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

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 430
Gots: 836 | FT: 35
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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:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004

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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Photo of SkiSailRide
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the tap at Steins Beer Garden in Mountainview, CA. Nice lacing in the glass. Bourbon notes in the smell, taste and mouth feel. Packs a punch at 11%.

Photo of Theheroguy
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple esters! I smell them but tastewise this is a classic Belgian ale. Dry with perceived sweetness and fruitynees. This is great, the barrel aging is somewhat subtle. A well executed beer. I think the pineapple notes are most likely a result of the barrel character merging with the yeast byproducts.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A big sipper. Nice full creamy mouth. Fair amount of citrus flavors. Slightly dry. Barrel flavors mild but well integrated with other flavors.

Photo of founddrama
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Belgian tripel in a distinctly American style. A great fireside beer. Great color, great head (and retention!) Re: flavor: that distinct Belgian yeast but none of that overpowering banana esters. (OK maybe a little.) The oak-aging is subtle but works.

Photo of thebeers
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy honey-orange color with a finger's white head. Orange, tropical fruit, a little banana and some peppery notes in the aroma. Smooth flavor with prominent bourbon and oak taste and the same fruits in the smell, with a small alcohol kick. Creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a spicy pop. Pretty interesting overall, but I'm not sure of bourbon-barrel aging is what I want in a tripel.

Photo of mobrado
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasant enough, just not good value at all. Would rather have a Fin Du Monde or Westmalle Tripel for half the price (or less).

Photo of ElJacobian
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It tastes just like a great Trappist with an oak and bourbon aftertaste. Two completely different tastes that somehow balance each other out. I couldn't have more than one of these but I'll thoroughly enjoy that one.

Photo of BBS323
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very strong! Fruity taste...orange an citrus

Photo of mageek52
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing experience. Best beer I've had.

Photo of byronic
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sometimes looks can be deceiving. When poured this looks like any other triple, although it's nice bouquet of citrus and a touch of sweetness. The flavour is where this brew really hits home for me. It has all the qualities of a Tripel but with some extra refinement. Perhaps this is where the barrel aging pays dividence. The usual notes are balanced by a sweetness and only the sligthest notes of a barrel finish are present. This brew is silky smooth and hides it's abv dangerously well.

Photo of fx20736
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

received as a gift, March 2015. Poured in a goblet at dcellar temp.

Look: Old Gold, fizzy white head, good lacing

Smell: vinegar, maybe some Noble Hops

Taste: unexpected skunk note, pale malt, orchard fruit, some alcohol ester

Feel: soft, mousse like

Overall: major disappointment. Was really looking forward to this one

Photo of bmeehan
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I expected something great when I bought this, and it didn't disappoint. Curieux pours a beautiful golden brown and smells like citrus and oak. How does it taste? Like scotch...if scotch could be beer. It has a sweetness to it that's followed by somewhat of a creamy finish, but after you've swallowed it, it has oaky notes that make you think you just had a sip of scotch. Absolutely fantastic stuff.

Photo of Mattygross44
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Its good i mean im a whiskey drinker so i expect a little more boozy taste of bourbon but let me tell you its soooo smooth im glad i bought it. And at 11% it will sneak up on you. Allagash did very well with this brew and i cant say nothing bad about this amazing brew. If you're reading this deciding on buying it or not ...put your phone down and go try it!! It wont disappoint!

Photo of MadCat
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice hazy golden yellow with a short white head that left good lacing

Smell: Sweet, Belgian yeasts that have been mellowed out a bit

Taste: Mellow Belgian yeasts, subtle bourbon and oak

Feel: Medium body, full crisp carbonation

Overall: Excellent tripel, however I wouldn't have guessed that it is barrel aged if I wasn't told. However, I think the barrel here mostly serves to mellow out some of the stronger flavors and bring harmony to everything. So maybe the barrel not being obvious is a good thing and shows some real benefit rather than a hot boozy mess that tastes like weak bourbon.

Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The bottle was about a year old and tasted like old beer as well. It states drink within a year though. Triples are really my thing anyway.

Photo of jren
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To date the best barrel aged ale I've had. Great taste, feel, and good smell.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.07/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle shared in wine glasses. Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of coconut, alcohol, vanilla, wood, spices, and some citrus. Taste is alcohol, bitter wood, coconut, vanilla, malt, and spices. Light body, thin texture, soft active carbonation, dry finish.

Photo of dramer
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to skip describing every category in the rating here and just say...WOW. Best beer I've ever had, period.

Photo of Damorneau
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love it. Smooth taste, great flavor

Photo of uvachief
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours an opaque golden brown much like a water downed Jim Beam and ginger. Full finger of head that quickly dissipates. Little lacing as you drink. You can smell hints of bourbon whiskey. Definitely not Kentucky straight bourbon which makes this fall flat. Tastes like a water downed Lynchburg Lemonade. I have a head cold though. Not picking up much other than mild, and just nasty in my book, Jim Beam. Had to chug a bottle of it to be initiated into my fraternity. Bringing back bad memories. Mild and drinkable. Smooth almost clean finish. Abv isn't noticeable although it is a big 11.0%. Curieux is really thin. Probably good on a hot summer day. Not particularly exciting on a cold rainy winter day. I only taste a hint of vanilla or coconut (but I do have a head cold). Grew on me more as I finished the glass or maybe that was just the ABV kicking in. I'll revisit later.

Photo of Wrigfen
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest with you I am not familiar with Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripple, but this is a great beer. Maybe I am partial to belgian strong ales, but this was another great job by Allagash that exceeds in the latter.

Very hazy Dark golden pour. This is solid flavor, no dissipation. Nice head, not an overwhelming taste, and the 11 % ABV is not really noticeable or overpowering with the bevy of flavors. But you still know this is a big time (alcholo drink). A beautiful pour and great lace when you are consuming.
Excellent, recommend it and will have it again.

Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

I liked it, but I prefer a regular tripel for what it is. I don't think everything needs to be bourbon barrel aged these days.

Photo of Jmc181
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely love this beer.

Photo of Drknight
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage, from the "Beerchives"...Slightly oxidized, but the oak and Bourbon still shines through!

Photo of JGam115
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2007. Dark gold, amber hue. Honeysuckle with hints of vanilla. Fleeting finish that's slightly tart. Not bad for 6 years in the keg

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