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

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Reviews: 850
Hads: 3,484
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.33%
Wants: 461
Gots: 927 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 850 | Hads: 3,484
Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The whiskey barrel note is pronounced on this one. Very nice way to round out the Belgian yeast character. Fruity esters, slight banana, and the coconut aroma is really nice. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in the flavor but you will feel every percentage point after a glass or two. This is a great special occasion brew, right up there with classic tripels from well regarded Belgian breweries.

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Photo of Didier
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer by any standards, but since I'm apparently the only person here who doesn't flat out worship this beer and am only giving it an "average" rating (or has average become below average?), BeerAdvocate demands a review. Well, I'm just not that impressed by bourbon barrel aged beers. If I wanted my brew to taste like hard liquor, I'd make it a snakebite and drop a shot of whiskey in my glass. I did like this beer, it was tasty and didn't quite taste like the 11% it is (but it definitely does taste strong).

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Photo of ajm5108
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In a sea of neverending bourbon barrel-aged stouts, Allagash Curieux is an oasis in the desert. Tart apple, warm honey and smooth bourbon greet you on the nose. The brew is nicely carbonated but not fizzy, silky but not thick or chewy. The bourbon is a complimentary note, not some boozey colossus here to hammer in self on your taste buds. The dry granny smith carries through with some honey and caramel from the oak. Almost too sweet and candy-like, but then the bourbon comes in to finish it off. Perfectly balanced, Exceptional beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Amber-orange in color with creamy white head that dissipated in a minute or so. There is no strong aroma; a little bit of fruit but no smell of bourbon at all. Mildly fruity (cherry) but also fairly bitter throughout. After a few sips I could taste a little vanilla at the finish but less than I anticipated. This ale is medium-bodied and easy to drink. While it doesn't have a strong alcohol burn, you can definitely tell its 11% ABV; it hits hard. Overall, this is a very good ale but I'm not tasting the bourbon. Maybe that's a good thing since it is quite refreshing.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Pale amber color with active carbonation.

S - Strawberries, sour cherries. Other than the fruity smells, almost smells similar to a lager.

T - Front seemed similar to a lager at first, but those similarities went away the more I drank. The middle was sweet and there was a small amount of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body, strong alcohol burn and carbonation.

O - I found this a bit odd at first, but it grew on me more as I drank it.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a thick white head.

Smell: No scents at all really.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of light grassy notes hints of sweet bourbon and hops.

Overall: Very good brew!

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Photo of ctjoumas
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Floral smell as it's being poured with a lot of small bubbles resembling soap suds, even with a slightly slow pour. Very effervescent mouthfeel like champagne, accompanied by a fruity flavor I recall from other tripels (I'm not overly familiar with this style). A bit of dryness in the back of the tongue after swallowing with a tart flavor which gives way to a subtle bourbon flavor. Nice complexity to this beer and overall enjoyable but a bit too much of the dryness in my opinion.

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Photo of hp2skater
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell is very subtle, not significant in any way, but certainly pleasant- hints of vanilla bean and oak aging. Taste is on point of the tripel style, smooth up front taste of vanilla, coconut and light hints of the bourbon oak aging that follow through on the back end of the palate. Overall a delicate and fine tripel, however I wouldn't go out of my way to pay $18 a bottle again. I was once in love with the tripel style, but think I am more so a fan of strong belgian golds and darks now.

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Photo of SkiSailRide
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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%.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of founddrama
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of byronic
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of fx20736
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
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

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Photo of bmeehan
5/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Mattygross44
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of MadCat
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.07/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of uvachief
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely the very best and most well done bourbon barrel aged beer I've had the pleasure of drinking. What is already a solid tripel in it's own right is made better by the barrel aging. The bourbon flavors are there but take a nice subtle backseat approach. Not hot enough to burn and yet present enough to notice. Very nice . . . The case can certainly be made that Allagash brews the very best examples of Belgian beers in America.

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Photo of Houser
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden orange with at least a finger head that dissipates quickly. smell is that of a typical tripel (bananas, oranges, coriander, peppery) with, unfortunately, little to no barrel prescence. taste is very similar to most other belgians, but has a little something extra. solid beer, but nothing overly impressive as i was slightly let down based on the other reviews here and left feeling underwhelmed.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

December 25, 2014

750 ml bottle, wine glass

A – Golden orange, hazy, possibly just chill haze. A white foamy head of a half-inch with long retention. Sudsy, proteiny, gorgeous.

S – Funky, like very mild brettanomyces, which from my understanding is NOT used in the beer. This must be derived from the oak barrels. Tangy bread dough, and citrus-orange.

T – Very lemony-citrus, with a hint of nectarines and peaches. The vanilla/oak character is subdued but very noticeable, again an impression of some funk here. Some fresh bread dough, and citrus and tropical hops, with guava and mango in the mix.

M – Highly carbonated, but a light frothy/spritzy feel. High level of dryness throughout, especially on the finish. This is very well-attenuated. Enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

O – Even though it’s not supposed to be there, I definitely get the impression of Brett yeast, which I like! Appears to be character from the barrels and the bourbon previously contained within. Either way, very complex, a lot of layers of aroma and flavor, and matches well with some savory foods. Excellent.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.