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

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3,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,222
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 769 | FT: 35
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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Pours a slighty cloudy yellow/orange with two fingers of white head. Webbed lacing. Decent retention.

The nose is full of that traditional Tripel banana and clove with a sour mash-like bourbon note. Not as much bourbon as expected but pleasant nonetheless.

The flavor is much the same. Banna, spice, and clove are melded with a mild vanilla and oak flavor offered by the barrels. A nice sweetness hits right before the heat kicks in.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a creamy texture. A nice sharp amount of carbonation prickles the palate as the flavors strike.

Overall, pretty damn tasty but wanted more bourbon!

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Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villain's in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I've loved the beers I've had from Allagash in the past.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow. I wouldn't know it was 11% to look at it.

Sm: Very fruity - melon, peach, orange clementine, and nuts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, heavy fruit, alcohol, and banana. Some hops. It's got a heavy tropical vibe - maybe pineapple and passion fruit. Lots of coconut too. Evocative of a pina colada to an extent. Complex but very strange. I like that it's bold and inventive, but it's sort of a failed experiment. Awkwardly balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Generally suits the flavours.

Dr: Among the strangest beers I've tried. Everyone should try it because it's experimental; it's sort of a novelty item. Very drinkable for the ABV. Curious indeed.

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