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

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2,706 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,706
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 306
Gots: 477 | FT: 28
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004)
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Photo of Nibbley


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy golden color with a not much head , but a thin ring of tiny bubbles.
Has a wonderful aroma of oak,straw and complex fruits.
It hits the mouth with champagne like carbonation and that same vanilla/oak flavor and a definite alcohol note but is still very,very smooth.
An amazingly complex and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 16:38:43 | More by Nibbley
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A yellow colored body with a white head that has some decent retention and leaves a bit of lacing behind. Pretty good looking beer overall. Not surprisingly, this one looks a lot like the allagash triple reserve.

There is a good amount going on in the nose here. I notice the characteristics of the tripel, sweet candied sugar with a good yeast backing. But I would say that the borubon is more powerful. A ton of bourbon in the nose here in fact. A good amount of woody, oaky aroma too, with a bit of vanilla.

The flavor here mirrors the aroma pretty well. Once again, lots of bourbon in this one. I would say broubon is the strongest flavor, followed by wood notes. The woody flavor is prnounced and is also accompanied by a bit of vanilla. After the bourbon and wood comes the standard tripel flavors. Some slightly peppery yeast with a good candied sugar backing. The malt is noticeable and slightly biscuity.

Mouthfeel is good. On the heavy side of medium bodied and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation, which I would say is appropriate. Big enough to handle the high ABV and the big bourbon flavors.

OK drinkability, good considering the ABV. I like this beer, but I have to say that I'm not on board with all of the really high ratings on here. I'm not convinced the tripel and the bourbon work here, and I do like bourbon. I found myself thinking that I would prefer the Tripel reserve to this. Interesting beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 16:10:19 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours hazy light orange-gold, with a creamy white head and nice, solid lacing.

Nose - hints of bourbon and vanilla, slight booziness, meld with sweet apricot and passion fruit, with just a bit of yeast. Vanilla really comes through as a nice, smooth vanilla sweetness, apricots dipped in cream with a slightly boozy aspect.

Taste - Begins with an underlying note of vanilla, moves to a much larger, more prominent bourbon note to complement a nice, sweet apricot presence with just a hint of dryness. Finish is yeasty, dry, a bit more bourbon comes through. Really a fantastic balance between the barrel and the beer. Really top notch, one of my favorite Allagash experiences.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft, fluffy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 13:52:20 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Bottled November 2008

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with a nice off-white colored head with very nice retention and lacing.

S- The aroma features some fruits (mostly apple and pear) along with some spices and a hint of funk. There is also a lot of woody oaked bourbon notes as well with hints of vanilla from the barrels.

T- The taste features some fruity malts with some spices and some oaked bourbon flavors as well with a hoppy yet boozy finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a really nice mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Allagash Curieux is a sipper for sure, but it is definitely interesting and unique enough to justify the high price. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 03:47:46 | More by cjgator3
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Curiexu
July 2008 bottle drank from a tulip. A Christmas present from my wife.

A- this one pours a brilliant golden color body under a finger of bright white head. The head sticks around throughout the entire glass and leaves a little bit of lace on the sides of the glass. Many small, champagne sized carbonation bubbles can be seen rushing to the surface.

S- the funky Allagash yeast is the first thing I notice. After that, vanilla and bourbon from the oak. Moderately spicy and slightly alcoholic.

T- the level of bourbon taste is perfect in this one. Not too strong, but you can tell its there. Plenty of the classic allagash yeast in this one and that comes across as spicy and funky/wild.

M- it has a high level of carbonation and leaves a dry feeling in the mouth. Very crisp.

D- the bottle was very easy to finish. The high level of alcohol sneaks up on you, making more than one of these a very bad idea. The flavor is right for it though. Glad I got the chance to drink this one without coughing up the 16$ for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 15:01:19 | More by jwinship83
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hot and hoppy, but also with mellow and sweet vanilla notes. The bourbon flavor profile is hinted at, but the bountiful hops never let you forget this is a tripel, not Jim Beam. Great, lively mouthfeel. Exceptionally clean and cohesive finish for such layered flavors. Really just an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:17:27 | More by hopmonkey
Photo of digitalbullet


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: At first glance this looks like any other Tripel. Deep golden color and hazy. Head retention is good and good lacing is present.

Smell: You can tell with the first whiff that this is not your ordinary tripel. It has a hoppy character and you can definetly smell the bourbon in the back ground.

Taste: I am partial to tripels so to me this is the fantastic. You can taste the hops and the bourbon sweetness kicks your tongue in the nuts. The sweetness definatly hides the 11% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation.

Drinkability: Great beer to enjoy with some great friends. More expensive than the other 750ml. I would definatly buy again and would have a refriderator full for cellaring if my wife would let me...sigh.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 18:00:57 | More by digitalbullet
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a ruddy, hazy, murky amber with a thin wispy lace of head. low carbonation forms tiny bubbles which slowly rise through the brew.

muted aroma gives traces of bourbon with a light belgian character in the background. the two have been combined so nicely to prove difficult (for me at least) to really pick apart on their own.

taste also has been really well combined with the oak softening some of the sharper edges of the belgian ale. at the same time, the oak and bourbon flavors have been controlled enough to not overtake the rest of the beer.

man, this is one smooth beer. i've been looking forward to trying this for over a year so i dont know if it really lived up to the hype i built up for it. regardless, it is a seriously drinkable and complex beer and, dare i say it, worth the money i paid for a bottle. this one btw was only bottled in nov 08 so i dont know where it could go with some aging. would love to find out though.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 05:03:58 | More by joecast
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big Allagash head I expect, nice lacing; pours a golden-hazy-straw-yellow. Beautiful tiny bubbles.

Smell: Sweet bourbon and vanilla, with the spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) and golden fruits (apple, pear, peach) of a tripel right beneath it.

Taste: Equal parts tripel and bourbon, it is delicious. A nice spice in the background. Bourbon, oak, caramelized sugar, vanilla, whiskey apples, peaches, & pears. A little hot is my only complaint.

Mouthfeel: Tiny little bubbles, very nice; the taste lingers nicely. Very light, soft, and creamy.

Drinkability: A huge improvement over their regular tripel. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 17:24:29 | More by craytonic
Photo of raoulduke37


4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750 mL bottle. From the beginning, beautiful light caramel color with different yellow/brown hues. Smells of wood (obviously), and unmistakeably vanilla. Taste is extraordinary, malt forward with a warm alcoholic/vanilla aftertaste. Taste and mouthfeel remind me of drinking a really good port. Would go fantastic with bleu cheese and walnuts. Drinkability is down slightly only because of the high abv, which should by no means deter you from taking this one on. This is definitely a celebration/need to warm up/warming up with your lady/it's snowing outside beer. It is a bit pricy, but completely worth it since, all things considered, you'd spend this much on 3 crap beers in a bar. Simply lovely.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 05:16:27 | More by raoulduke37
Photo of Patrick999


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

September 2008 bottling. Classy label depicting nothing but a few barrels and lots of useful information.

The 750ml bottle loses its cork very easily. Poured into a Chimay chalice, it raises a small but persistent white crown. Cloudy golden body typical of a tripel.

In the aroma, I can't pick out anything that would distinguish this from a regular tripel. It smells yeasty, bready, a tad spicy. I smell absolutely nothing of the considerable 11% alcohol.

Upon hitting the taste buds, the barrel-aged quality makes itself known. Indeed, bourbon permeates the start, middle and finish. But it's not overpowering. It adds a pleasant unsweetened vanilla to an already-excellent tripel. I like that this beer isn't so sweet - there's something keeping the sweetness in check...the hops, the oak, or both. Quite good, and it doesn't even matter if you like bourbon or not. I'm not a big fan of bourbon, but for some reason it doesn't bother me at all here - it really does complement what is already a very good tripel.

While it isn't that sweet, the feel bothers me slightly. It is well-carbonated, but it's a little syrupy...I feel the need to constantly lick my lips and swallow.

Curieux is surprisingly easy to drink, even at 11%, even at the young age of 3-4 months. The 11% ABV just doesn't seem to assert itself much in the taste, and oddly enough, I'm not even feeling it. Drinks light and lovely. Expensive, but worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:00:51 | More by Patrick999
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml from May '07. Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head. The appearance is remarkably similar to Allagash's traditional tripel. Tons of lacing, too.

As someone who despises bourbon, and especially Jim Beam, I'm a little surprised at how much I enjoy the smell of this stuff. You catch glimpses of the bourbon in the nose, but not enough to offend. It mingles really well with the typical Belgian-style fruitiness.

The flavor is even lighter on the bourbon end of the spectrum, but the barrel aging imparts a definite vanilla characteristic to the beer. Banana-like fruitiness becomes coconut-like fruitiness. Booze is very well hidden as well, though occasionally you feel like you could breathe a little fire.

Mouthfeel is consistent with the tripel. Good effervescence thanks to the bottle fermentation. Bone dry on the finish.

Overall, this brew is absolutely amazing. Two things knock down the drinkability. First is obviously the alcohol content. Secondly -- and probably more important -- is the price. The store I work at charges $15 a bottle for this beauty. Luckily for me, a former co-worker decided to buy it for me. Thanks, Shane. This beer is fan-fucking-tastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 07:51:48 | More by BigJim5021
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds and served in a snifter. This beer poured a lightly hazed golden orange with a thin head of slowly fading off-white foam that left some even lines of lacing down the glass. The aroma was made up of candied oranges and pears, light clove and coriander, and also just a hint of bourbon. The flavor was bright and full of sugar-coated oranges, pears, honeycrisp apples...all tinged with a mellow bourbon note. Quite delicious! The mouthfeel was full-bodied and lush. Moderately carbonated. I love Allagash's tripel, but the bourbon barrels add another layer of flavor to a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 20:25:21 | More by mdm46410
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

again, another surprise from superdave70... 2008 batch.

pours an orange shade of orange brown (yup, that's what the notes say. i MAY have been a little bit d-runk at the time.) with a whitish head and slight spots of lacing.

the aroma is intoxicating... lots of mellowed bourbon with notes of vanilla, orange, caramel, peppercorns, spicy wood and a touch of smoke.

the flavor profile contains a tart sourish barrel note with a ton of vanilla, woody notes, caramel, light yeast and a spicy finish. medium body with a smooth luscious mouth feel.

notes say "this is special. i want to pour this in a gigantic snifter and sit in the hot tub while it snows on top of me."

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 06:04:18 | More by hellbilly
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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! The character of this beer is bold and beautiful. Deceivingly strong, the alcohol never gets in the way of the warm, rich, woody flavor. Smooth from the top to the bottom this is a world-class brew. Now if we could just get a beer aged in Jack barrels I'd be totally satisfied!

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 02:35:32 | More by dirtbag43
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Appearance: Slightly pale orange-amber with medium head. A bit too fizzy... seemed the consistency of watered-down orange soda instead of beer.

Smell: Scent of whiskey with a slight whiff of cognac, but lacking the alcohol. Woody overall, almost like a fresh sapling. Interesting.

Taste: An infusion of oaky bourbon, floral hops and spices. Overall, it develops a strong oily, slick feeling that coats in your mouth and just keeps on pumping the flavor forever.

Good sipping beer, but I can't handle too much of this. It's like sniffing a good air freshener... how long would you really want to sniff it, no matter how good it smells?

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 06:30:26 | More by thekanna
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New York

2.55/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 9/13/08. Bottle, May 2008. Pours a cloudy bright orange with a small white head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of melon rind and sharp spices (some pepper, clove), and bourbon. In the flavor the bourbon really comes out with the tripel background. Not overpowering bourbon although you can certainly taste it. At least it feels like you're still drinking beer...I'm not really a fan of bourbon-flavored beers. This isn't the worst, but it's still too bourbony for me.
6/4/5/3/12 (3.0/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:27:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle into a Duvel tulip goblet... a bit of celebration after finishing final exams :)

Came out a very hazy, almost opaque, orangey-ambery gold. Whispy, very thin head with some larger bubbles, but it's not terribly carbonated - head retention is poor, even in the scored duvel glass. Somehow, though, I can tell just by looking that this will be a particularly flavorful beer.

In the nose, I catch some hay and other various barnyard scents. Then the bourbon barrel becomes present, with some other fresh woody tones, followed by the rest of the familiar tripel scents - sweet, but in a sort of tart way.

After my first sip, I nearly dropped the glass it was so delicious. The barrel-aging is very evident, and adds just the right amount of spice to the natural sweetness of this brew. My favorite thing about Tripels is that they hide just how alcoholic they are, and while you can certainly taste a little (accented by the bourbon), it tastes nowhere near as strong as it actually is - leading to fine sip- and drink-ability. I fear I may have served it too chilled, however, as the flavors take a particularly long time to develop in the mouth. That, or this beer is just that thorough. The sweet, ever so sour/tart aftertaste is quite the pleasant reminder of every sip... or glass.

In the mouth, it feels far more carbonated than it looks. Whether this is by design or not, I'm not sure, but I like it. Goes down smooth but weighty, and will warm you up well. Based on taste and mouthfeel, exhibits excellent drinkability.

Might be my new favorite, as I continue to explore all available options.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:48:48 | More by afoersch
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale orange-honey colored with a little bit of lacing. A short creamy head at the start, some swirling head sticks around. Moderately carbonated. Nose has a bit of funky strength up front when you immediately open the bottle, but once you let it breath it mellows out to hints of fruit and malt. Taste starts out quite sweet and then shifts to an overall bitterness, not so hoppy but more just strong from age, sort of funkiness. Bitter yeastiness lingers on the tongue after each sip, wanting you to go eat something :).

Overall, an interesting and pretty good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 03:29:42 | More by aquatonex
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber/gold with a rich, creamy head that leaves moderate lacing. Beautiful!

S - Smells a bit like caramel popcorn, but in a sophisticated way. It also has a touch of vanilla.

T - Delicious! Has a splendid yeasty swing to it that is punctuated with a touch of sweet oak. I also detect some banana, pear, and a bit of caramel.

M - Splendid creaminess with a bit of soft carbonation that caresses the palate. Exceptional!

D - Usually I downgrade when the alcohol is so high; in this case a gigantic 11% ABV. This stuff is the exception. The alcohol is so pleasantly masked I could end up in real trouble.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:33:52 | More by pinotboy007
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dense cloudy appearance with a pale orange caramel color. It ours with a frothy white foam which quickly dissipates. The aroma is dominated by charred oak with possible notes of resin, leather, and clove. It has a full body-- a creamy, thick feel with soft carbonation. The initial flavor is that of a tripel. It's lightly bitter and almost salty. It has a spicy finish of bourbon, black pepper and alcohol. This is basically a tripel that is treated with the charred oak flavor of bourbon. Quite unique.
(rated 1/14/2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:54:06 | More by yesyouam
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3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dirty gold with a non-existent head. Aroma is thick with caramel malt, spices, and (shockingly) bourbon. The taste was just not that good. Too much bourbon spoiled the subtle beer flavors. Maybe if they used a better bourbon (Makers Mark?) or less time in the Jim Beam barrel, this could be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 19:44:04 | More by magictrokini
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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely amazing! $9.99 at the Hannaford's in Brunswick.

Pours with little head, beer is a marvelous cloudy yellow color when held up to the light, not much carbonation is apparent. Candied fruits and booze in the nose, rather subdued but it might just be too cold still to really release all the complexity. This beer is delightfully complex, sweet fruits up front, citrus and peach, the alcohol makes it sweet but it is all toned down by the bourbon barrels. The aging really becomes apparent in the middle and end flavor profile when the beer is well rounded, big bodied, and smooth. The 11% abv is really well hidden and the sweetness is nicely muted by the barrels. Warms the throat. A little fiesty as it goes down, overall a great beer, definitely worth the 10 bucks!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 03:52:17 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 2008, enjoyed with thanksgiving dinner.

Pours a lovely golden brown, the color of fresh honey. Small head, but with enough carbonation to keep the beer looking lively when swirled in my Allagash tulip. Smells of sweet belgian sugars and spices, some wood/pine that helped smooth over the sugar, with a slight whiff of alcohol. An intoxicating odor.

The barrel aging gave the tripel a little bit more of a kick than I thought it would. It also tasted more spiced than I expected, it almost tasted like this year's Fluxus with a bit of a bourbon alcoholic bite to it. Overall, a far more complex profile than the standard tripel. As the beer got warmer, it definitely opened up, the spice became a little less overbearing and complemented the sweet tripel. On the other hand, Fluxus at this temperature was undrinkable for me. The bourbon taste was all up front on my palate, but mellowed as the beer warmed. I was enjoying this more a half hour after opening, rather than 10 minutes out of the fridge at opening. Average carbonation, which fits the character of the beer perfectly as a slow sipper. Drinkability improved as it warmed, and while the alcohol taste is pretty mellow (as the bourbon aging helps smooth over the sweetness of the belgian style), it's most definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 00:31:38 | More by damienblack
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure about the color and nature of the pour from the nice corked 1 pint bottle because the great smell overwhelmed my scenes. The scent turned out to be a great indication of the taste and overall mouth feel. It has a sweet mild smell of alcohol. The flavor is just so gentle. A nice medium body with some sweetness. You can sort of tell the alcohol is present but it really does not hit until the end of the sip when a slight woody bourbon flavor kicks in. Just a terrific smooth warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 21:42:22 | More by gearbike
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,706 ratings.