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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,763
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
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Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Allagash Curieux was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.

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brendan13

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%

Thanks to Smithflipper for sharing!
A - Poured into an oversized wine glass a clear golden with 2cm white head that slowly falls away.
S - Spicy notes, some light candied fruit with some woody touches and alcohol.
T - Spice and fruity phenols with vanilla and bourbon hints.
M - Quite a sweet Tripel, fairly high carbonation.
D - Worth trying but not something I'd rush into again.

08-31-2009 11:37:05 | More by brendan13
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

split a 750mL, poured into a snifter

Ar: citrus and floral, a strong whiskey/wood character, lightly spicy
Ap: fine and thick off white head, good retention, smooth lace, golden straw with a very fine haze
F: dry fruit, very strong whiskey. The bourbon barrel character seems to overwhelm the rest of the flavors. Light candy sweetness but dries out well, smooth doughy malt, very mild hops.
M: rough alc in throat, high carbonation, light mouthfeel.
O: whiskey overwhelms the other flavors (but admittedly i am not a big whiskey fan), intriguing and unique, I like the bourbon barrel character better in more aggressive beers like IIPA's and Imperial Stouts.

08-26-2009 01:04:59 | More by DaveJanssen
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bobjonesSD

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

We had this one on-tap at the ToronadoSD. Poured into an allagash chalice - the chalice had a 40cl marking on it and was filled all the way to the top - about 1.5cm above the line. A ton of beer for the $3 monday night special, goodness.

Anyways, it was golden and hazy at the start, and cleared up more towards the end. The aroma was delicate and reminiscent of candied nuts. The first thing to hit from the taste was belgian yeast followed by candi sugar. No harsh coriander notes in this tripel. The finish was of sugared fruit but not obnoxiously cloying as some overly candi-sugared tripels end up. Anyways quite enjoyable and easy to drink, no heat to speak of from the 11% abv.

08-25-2009 17:53:40 | More by bobjonesSD
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

750ml bottle into nonic. June 2009 bottling.

Slightly hazy golden hue with a slight orange tint. A three finger very dense white head slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind thick walls of lacing.

Strong spicy phenols are in the background, with sweet honey malts in the foreground.

The spicy phenols are even stronger in the flavor, almost peppery. Sweet bread-like malts, with a little bit of bitter citrus toward the end. The alcohol is present when the beer is warmer. Full bodied, high carbonation.

This was a rather good Triple, and the barrel aging was a nice touch. Recommended.

08-22-2009 23:10:35 | More by BeerSox
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%

A: Surprisingly decent head for barrel-aged tripel.

S: Wide variety of citrus, pine, bourbon, and cloves. Started salivating..

T: Slightly disappointing relative to the nose. I found the bourbon flavor to be more overpowering than I had anticipated from the nose. Maybe I just got a bad batch..

M: Nice medium-bodied and carbonated pour. Certainly didn't seem like such a strong beer, which is the sign of a good tripel.

D: The mouthfeel was great, but too much bourbon in this pour made this nothing more than a sipping beer.

I love Allagash, so I'll see if I need to re-evaluate this review after a pour from another batch.

08-18-2009 18:06:07 | More by donniecuffs
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -33.7%

On tap. Pours a hazy light gold with a creamy white head that leaves nice lace. Smells strongly sweet and fruity, but with plenty of oak and whiskey as well. Banana and citrus. Expected spiciness from the typical tripel yeast. Tastes of sweet, grainy malt, yeasty light fruit, and strong bourbon. It's surprising how much the whiskey comes through. Some oakiness and spice there as well. For me, the bourbon character doesn't work well at all with the flavor of a tripel. Between the dijointed flavors and the high ABV, this one doesn't drink very easily.

08-18-2009 05:02:11 | More by philipquarles
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fostwal

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Definitly one of the best beers that I have had. It is so smooth and flavorful. I love the sweet floral scent that you get drinking this from a snifter. The appearance betrays its power. It is a very light and hazy straw colored beer. It has a slightly sweet and malty taste with a hint of hops. It has a really rich malt flavor. The barrel aging has really mellowed this beer. No bitterness and no bite at the end. Just smooth and rich flavor.

08-16-2009 20:48:26 | More by fostwal
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -22%

Picked up a bottle from the brewery on July 17th, Enjoyed on August 13th.

Pours a hazy yellow with some dark copper in the deeper sections of my Allagash glass. Thick fluffy white head and lots of tiny bubbles floating to the surface rapidly.

Nose of candi sugar, pineapple, apricot, peach and a ton of oak.

Light to medium bodied with a fluffy texture and slick mouthfeel. Candi sugar sweetness up front with some fruity flavors of peach and pineapple juice. The oak and abv dominate with a spicy drying quality. The oak leaves the palate dry and the alcohol really warms the palate ans stomach. This brew is a bit on the hot side, and the oak seriously overpowered the beer. Perhaps it is better with a little age on it.

Cheers!

08-15-2009 03:32:00 | More by SteveO1231
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david131

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Dug through my cellar and decided on this for my 500th review. June 2008 vintage.

A- An ever so slightly hazy golden color with a nice column of rising carbonation in the Duvel tulip. There is a thick, creamy off-white head that has some nice retention.

S- Cider, cotton candy, and just a hint of bourbon and spices. There was some alcohol that is noticeable as well. Not as much bourbon as I was expecting, but this is rather nice.

T- Cider, cotton candy, and some bourbon. The alcohol is apparent but not hot. There is some spiciness to it as well that makes it unique. For a tripel, this is great.

M- A nice level of carbonation adds to the spiciness. Pretty smooth for the style and ABV.

D- A good sipper that does a decent job of hiding the alcohol. Well crafted and worth keeping around.

08-15-2009 02:11:32 | More by david131
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bluebrew

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

This is one of my favorite beers i've had over 5 bottles of it now and i fiured it was time to say somethign about it. My bottle was bottled january 2009 and i've been saving it for a few months now. i'm gonna have to get a bottle to replace it now :D.

A: Hazy Golden slightly orangish served in a duvel tulip. 1.5 finger head. head fades to thin layer. some lacing

S: Alcohol, burbon, smells the way an excellent beer should

T: Tastes aged like a wine might be. excellent strong yet smoothly light taste.

M: Very super smooth. Light carbonation, particularly smooth for a beer of this color.

D: at 17 bucks a bomb, not really but if i were rich this would be a sessions beer for me. i love it. high on the alcohol % though.

08-13-2009 05:20:08 | More by bluebrew
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Hazy wheat gold with a decent one-finger head that was both persistent and hefty enough to provide an aromatic symphony throughout the enjoyment of this majesty of a brew.

Serving note: I drank this out of my Satan tulip and a buddy had one out of a standard pint glass. This is truly one of those beers where the glass makes a difference. As such, I recommend (and as stated by Allagash on the label), a wide-mouth snifter.

S: The smell of this feat in brewing starts off with the prickly scent of alcohol followed by tropical punch-like sweetness that increases in direct proportion with the temperature of the beer. There is a faint bourbon hint in the background as well.

T: The oak barrel bourbon really makes its stand here and never gives up the fight to remind you that this tripel is aged. However, this is not to say that the oak barrels dominate the scene. The punch scent carries over into the palate but commingles nicely with the hop bitterness and stark alcohol overtones.

M: A little heavy on the alcohol finish, but this is still an absolute feat to have something as fragile as a tripel aged with bourbon oak barrels come across so smoothly. Bravo!

D: If you are a gulper then do not waste your money of Allagash's time. This beer is meant for sipping in a relaxed setting. Beers like this are to be appreciated.

08-08-2009 19:31:17 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Split a bottle with my few people tonight. Poured into a wine glass.

A: Slightly cloudy and a fire orange yellow. Good carbonation and very good lacing.

S: Lots of spices, likely corriander some booziness and fruitiness and sweetness. Not as much bourbon scent as I had hoped.

T: Very nice and smooth. Sweet up front and bourbon in the finish. Lots of fruity esters in the middle. very mild and easy to enjoy.

M: Slightly acidic and boozy, but smooth and creamy. The bourbon comes out more as the beer warms, which makes for a really nice drink.

D: A sipper for sure, but a very fine showing from Allagash

08-08-2009 01:31:59 | More by mikey711
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BeanBone

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

May 2009 Bottling

Appearance: A bright and hazy golden-orange body capped by over two fingers of fluffy near-white head that features good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma: All of the usual citrus and spice notes you'd expect from a Tripel mixed with plenty of booze around the edges and some vanilla and whiskey notes presumably imparted during the barrel aging process.

Taste: It's fruity, spicy, and bready like most Tripels, but there's far more complexity to come. You certainly don't have to look far to find plenty of oak and whiskey notes, unlike some barrel-aged beers I've tried. That eleven percent alcohol is present throughout and adds plenty of additional spiciness, but never seems out of place. Booze, whiskey, and vanilla come together in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation. There's a few hints of burn from the alcohol profile, but it's all rather deceptively smooth. Dries up in the finish.

Drinkability: A beer crafted for savoring, to be sure.

Verdict: Curieux is quite a special beer; it's essentially a damn good Tripel accompanied (not dominated) by complex barrel and alcohol character. If I had the funds, I'd secure some bottles for cellaring, as I'm sure this just gets better with age.

08-03-2009 00:09:48 | More by BeanBone
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DawnL

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8%

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
Our tripel ale aged in Jim Beam bourdon barrels for 8 weeks where complex new flavors develop, most notably coconut and vanilla. 9.5 - 10.5% abv

What I had to say:
I'm picking up more passion fruit on this brew. It was an interesting smokey quality - I assume from the barrels. Bourbon barrels are charred for both smokey and sweet qualities. I will either love this beer or be overwhelmed by it as it sits. The beer develops a white pepper characteristic which is a nice foil to the passion fruit. The palate is very alcohol driven. I would age this beer a little longer.

07-25-2009 18:16:07 | More by DawnL
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Clear amberish orange. No head with little to no lacing.

S- Belgian yest, faint citrus, even more faint vanilla and booze.

T- A smooth, beligian wit (citrus, wheat and yeast) with a deleicate balance of flavors picked up from the barrel (vanilla, oak and burbon). I expected more burbon and got an extremely smooth taste, which was very good for such a high ABV.

M- Very smooth yet dry finnish from the aging. All around medium body. No alcohohol lingers.

D- Very good to have another barrel aged beer without the overly aggressive booze flavor. ALthough the tastes are delicate, they are not overly complex.

07-20-2009 15:55:01 | More by rfgetz
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smithflipper

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured with a lovely orange hue, clear as the yeast was carefully decanted.Big rocky head as you'd expect froma tripel.

Smell. Spicey vanilla, some bannana, oak, ginger. A faint finish of anise.

Taste. Tan bark, fresh pine chips. Faint smokey bourbon character then lods of vanilla pods. Loads of ginger. Plenty of oak. Alot going on, would be 5 if my tastebuds weren't so confused.

Highly carbonated, good mouthfeel.

Great beer, so much flavour, but thats what hurts the drinkability, shared the bottle with a friend, and that was plenty

07-16-2009 05:56:32 | More by smithflipper
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

Got this on cask at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a hazy apricot golden color with a fluffy white head and great lacing.

S-Sweet with a heavy aroma of chardonnay grapes. No real bourbon character or funk.

T-Yeasty and sweet with just a bit of funkiness. Bourbon barrel notes really not apparent here.

M-Light to medium bodied.

D-Tasty but not up to either the bottle or tap versions. Will be interesting to see if age helps this one.

HV

07-13-2009 13:47:14 | More by sholland119
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Overlord

California

3.8/5  rDev -11%

One of those beers where I wish I could have tried it pre-aging, just to figure out whether the barrel added or subtracted from the final brew (kind of like what happens to about 50% of Alesmith's barrel aged releases- they aren't improved).

Pours a light creamy gold with a surprisingly robust off-white head. Smells like vanilla, bourbon, and ... maybe a whiff of hay/grass. Hmmm. I was expecting more complexity from a tripel.

Taste is nice, soft bourbon/vanilla overlaying some interesting spice, bananas ... is that a hint of coconut?, and hay/grass. The beer is sweet. Quite sweet. It's got a grainy, sickly sweet maltiness to it that was completely unexpected.

Not my cup of tea, but an interesting beer.

07-13-2009 02:27:07 | More by Overlord
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%

Reviewed (Draft at Brouwer's, Seattle, TX):

Pours a somewhat cloudy body, very pale yellow. Fluffy white head creamy and lasting. Sweet sour aroma, light. Sour taste, pretty sweet. Not rotten, or acidic-ly sour. Relatively smooth. Refreshing. Fruity tasting. A little dry on the aftertaste. Tasty.

07-11-2009 22:34:55 | More by jujubeast6000
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champ103

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms and recedes to a ring in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Lots of wood, vanilla, and a light fruitiness. Not all that aromatic, but enjoyable. Some alcohol in the nose as well.
T: Wood, vanilla, and alcohol from the bourbon. A nice sweet fruit flavor and spice. Really well balanced with the bourbon and fruit.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. Rich and creamy. The alcohol is noticeable, but a very easy beer to sip on.

Another good beer from Allagash. This is very unique. Something I would recommend.

07-11-2009 01:36:18 | More by champ103
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billshmeinke

California

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into an Affligem chalice.

A: Hazy golden/orange color, modest (3-4cm) head that dies down to a slim layer of foam on top focused around the edge of the glass, modest lacing lacing.

S: The smell of bourbon is immediately apparent underneath that there is some spice (cloves), a hint of vanilla, oak and a modest citrus fruit smell.

T: Taste follows smell. Strong bourbon/whiskey flavor is immediately apparent, but not overpowering. Spicy alcohol is present (you can definitely taste that 11% abv). Taste of ripened bananas, spicy cloves, vague molasses and an oaky vanilla flavor. Flavor reminds me of a hefe-weizen a bit aside from the barrel characteristics.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated sort of bubbly/foamy in the mouth, very true to belgian style tripels. I find the mouth feel to be very impressive for a bourbon barrel aged beer.

D: Quite drinkable for such a strong abv and bourbon flavor, but definitely not a beer you'll find yourself drinking quickly.

07-03-2009 21:15:36 | More by billshmeinke
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pershan

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: The beer poured a fairly cloudy, straw-yellow with virtually no head into a chalice. Had to take off a bit for the cloudiness.

S: Slight hop aroma, with citrus, lemon, and orange undertones and a slight bourbon aroma.

T: Very nicely balanced, with a stringent hop bitterness and wonderfully subdued bourbon flavor, not overpowering. The alcohol is well-masked (a very drinkable beer for its 11% ABV).

M: Medium, a bit fizzy, with light lacing down the glass.

D: A surprisingly drinkable ale (given the high ABV). I especially like the fact that the bourbon flavor is not overpowering, as it can be with other "barrel-aged" ales. Nicely done.

06-25-2009 18:00:46 | More by pershan
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bilyboy65

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

This is a fantastic glass of beer.

Overall it's a little bitter, but not by much as its a very balanced beer. Looking at it you see a very cloudy dark yellow color with a paper thin head. Not many markings on the glass. And its aroma comes at you like a tidal wave of apples and bourbon. Anyone say christmas cider? Tasting it is not as good as smelling it as a bitterness to the beer seeps in. There is an apple cider taste to it up front with a sharp alcohol taste going down. Not a bad taste but still there. As it finishes though in your mouth you detect why it's bitter and the oak and bourbon really come through leaving nothing but good feelings on your taste buds. This is a very drinkable beer as it is a medium bodied even keel beer all around. Can't wait to taste the second in the series.

06-24-2009 02:04:39 | More by bilyboy65
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redneckchugger

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

One of the best beer i have ever had.
Beautiful head, lacing all the way down the tulip, just gorgeous.
Its a tripel aged in bourbon casks and it smells like it. I get the classic phenolic tripel smell with cloves, bread and a hint of bananas, along with the vanilla of bourbon,
Tastes amazing, classic tripel flavors, but so creamy so smooth with the oak and bourbon in the mid-palate.
This beer has the best mouthfeel of any beer i have ever had, so smooth and creamy.
I don't care if this beer is 16 bones a pop , i will buy several bottles every time i see it. One of the best beers i have ever had.

06-22-2009 02:18:59 | More by redneckchugger
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

From the 750 ml. corked bottle marked March 2009. Sampled on June 20, 2009. It pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a bubbly head that builds up quickly and then diminishes. The aroma is of yeast and sour malts. The mouthfeel is pretty good while the taste is a mixture of yeast, alcohol, and grass. It is much like a Belgian style Tripel is supposed taste and it is brewed in Maine. Tastes like Belgium.

06-21-2009 00:45:28 | More by puboflyons
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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