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

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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 356
Gots: 617 | FT: 33
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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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Photo of SFLpunk
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass cork & caged. Jan 2011.

Pours a deep golden yellow with 1.5 fingers of stiff bone-white head. Nose smells soft and creamy with some light vanilla pudding-like aroma and some flowery yeast notes.

Palate is crisp with alcohol right off the bat. Apricots (both dried and fresh), golden raisins, a little tanned leather, then oak, thin bourbon (like I dunno, say...Jim Beam?), then back to a drying yeast for a flowery, somewhat earthy finish. Second sip reveals a little banana or banana leaves flavor right on the start. Nice lengthy finish.

Notes: I never thought this beer should work. I've had it before, a bunch of times, and am always impressed with how beautifully executed it is. They are careful with how much bourbon-influence it receives and it's a work of beauty marrying two really unique and very difference flavors. The bottles I find to be a drier experience than the draft. I've also found that the bourbon shows more in the draft version(s). Perhaps the bottle conditioning takes the bourbon down a notch? The price tag is a bit high, but barrel-aged beers can fetch it, so I guess why not?

Love it!

Photo of StaEva
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the world of Allagash, and a damn fine choice at that.

Poured into a snifter. Hazy light orange-golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated before the first sip. The lacing really shows the ABV.

Smells of smoky bourbon, through and through. Some slight roasted malts, but that may be the overtones of the bourbon co-mingling with the malts.

The flavor one complex brew— changes drastically as the beer warms. New layers become apparent as you allow the temperature to take effect. There is a fruity nuttiness and spice to it at first that is well balanced and rounded. As it warms vanilla bourbon definitely comes out with a little banana even. Very interesting to taste.

So complex and engrossing. Truly an incredible example of the craft at it's most alchemical.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle that I had in the cellar.

A - Poured a nice cloudy orange. Very little head, almost immediately dissipated.

S - Strong scent of bourbon. You'd think that this came from Tennessee not Portland, Maine.

T - Fruity notes off set by the strong taste of bourbon. I've been cellaring this for close to 3 years now. I'm sure the taste is extremely different now from where it once was.

D - Didn't realize this was 11%. The alcohol is definitely evident but it doesn't overpower the brew. Goes down smooth and warms your insides :-)

M - Smooth, very little carbonation, tastes like a cask offering that has been bottled. I was concerned that I had kept this in the cellar too long but that is not the case. A very good beer.

Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/27/2011 and poured from the bottle (2009 vintage) to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/coppery color and it starts with a massive 2 and 1/2 finger off-white head that is typically indicative of a Belgian style; body has a little bit of haze/cloudiness to it, but it shows massive amounts of tiny bubbles swirling around and up; head slowly fades to a full and firm cap, and leaves big patches and swaths of foam lingering behind

Smell: Smell is tart, green apple, possibly some green grapes; some Belgian spiciness, including coriander, cardamom; bit of a sweet vanilla and oakiness hangs out in there too.

Taste: Wow. This beer is the shit. The tart, green apples and green grapes are present, but the tartness is definitely mellowed out and balanced with the sweetness from the Bourbon barrel treatment as there is definitely some oakiness to it, but there is definitely some sweet vanilla that is present; the spiciness from the Belgian yeast is present, and really compliments the flavors of the fruit and bourbon; slight alcohol presence, but it's not fusel at all -- really sweet and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Body is of a solid, medium weight; comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is great -- soft, foamy, still lively and interesting without being dulled by the barrel aging; a moderately thick and semi-dry and sticky coating is left on the mouth, and it becomes cottony dry; belly is left warm from the acidity of the fruit and the ABV.

Overall: This beer is way too drinkable for being 11% -- I feel the alcohol is masked and blended well enough that it really comes across as closer to the 7-8% in terms of the mouth and flavors; good balance between the tart, green fruits and the smooth and sweet Bourbon and vanilla aspects, and I have to admit it's a little surprising as the Tripel isn't necessarily one I would think of immediately when it comes to styles I would barrel age. Cheers to Allagash for this excellent and epic beer.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber with only a 1/2 finger of frothy white head with not much retention that leaves almost a full circle of lacing. Once the head is gone the top of the beer retains a fw spots of head.

S: Well rounded tripel smell with yeast, banana/clove and hints of pineapple. Also a nice vanilla aroma comes through. Very appealing aroma.

T: Huge kick of alcohol mixed with a woody/oak flavor. Under the alcohol comes sweet fruit flavors, and the finish is really rich with oak and vanilla. Not as much bourbon as many "bourbon barrel ales" that I've had, which isn't really a bad thing. I just wish that the alcohol was not the dominant taste.

M:medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly sticky but goes down incredibly smooth.

O: Easy to drink, but it's very up front about its 11% ABV. If you can get past the alcohol the flavor is well balanced and delicious. For my taste, if I wanted something that tasted this much like alcohol I would skip the beer and go straight for the bourbon. Still, very good in its own right.

Photo of beenitty
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 750mL bottle in Dec 2010. Opened April 2010. 4 months in the cellar.

Had this on draft leading up to me popping my aging bottle and was not impressed, so hope this is worth it...

Chimay Goblet (possibly wrong glassware)

A: Pours hazy golden with whitest of white head like a cloud in the sky, sizeable, thick and does not dissipate. Carbonation exploding from the bottom of my glass keeps the cloud intact, lacing everywhere.

S: Familiar Belgian Yeast laced with booze. Some dried fruit aroma but the end is only bourbon, but not overpowering, quite nice.

T: Whoa. Heat at first, slight spicyness and melded tripel with bourbon which gives way to the creamy head that mixes well and flows across the palate and ends with a bit of sweetness. The creamyness was unexpected based on my previous tasting, but very much welcome addition. The flavors seem to mix well together, wonder why others haven't copied this mix like the imperial stouts have.

M: The creamyness of the brew makes me want more of this one. Very smooth. Multiple levels of flavor in each sip as the meld intices you to think about what Im actually tasting in each sip.

D: Borderline High. Personally I downed a bottle of this in one sitting booze is well hidden and proably would have drank more of it in the right setting.

Went and bought more bottles to age for a while after tasting how much better the bottled version was over the draft. Excellent beer. Highly Reccomended.

Photo of silentjay
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an old favorite I have yet to review. The first beer I actually felt deserved to be priced close to $20. This one has 6 months age on it.

pours hazy and golden, with a huge, fluffy pure white head that sticks around a while and leaves tons of lacing, consistent with the best tripels I've seen.

smells a bit spicy and fruity with a good amount of booze and some bourbon/oaky smoothness that adds maybe some vanilla and nougat.

flavor is one of the most complex I have ever had, and changes drastically as the beer warms (getting better with each sip). starts off spicy and estery with plenty of booze. The tripel flavors still dominate with some vanilla extract added in on the finish. after warming a bit, the oakiness and bourbon come into play with a tamed down alcohol harshness, but increased sweetness and caramel/toffee flavors, while still keeping a bit of the spicy yeasty tripel character.

has the mouthfeel of an authentic Belgian Tripel. velvety smooth, but with soft-bubbled carbonation and a nice warmth that lingers well after the swallow.

my favorite Allagash brew, my favorite Tripel, and one of my favorite barrel-aged beers. they hit a grand slam with this one.

Photo of busterthecat
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 2 wine glasses. bottled 2/2011?

A- Pours a semi-transparent rosey peach hue. A big bright foamy head forms. Looks interesting and inviting.

S- Sweet floral and fruity notes. The fruitiness has a juiciness. Some spice and yeast present. Medium

T- Similar to smell. Sweet juicy fruit and floral tones upfront that give way to a blossoming of mellow oak, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavors then blend back into equality and gently linger.

M- A nice moist feel with a slight drying action. Light- medium body. Feels nice.

O- A very good beer. Interesting. They nailed the bourbon flavor without over powering the rest. Will be buying again.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation is cool, very nice bottle and label. Looks classy. Poured slowly, the beer comes out a cloudy yellow haze with a healthy and bubbly white head that sticks to the glass beautifully. The nose is strong, hints of that high alcohol and musty oranges maybe? Certainly a citrus of some kind, but whatever it is, I can't get enough of it and my nose isn't assimilating to it, which makes for a great taste every time.

First in the taste is a touch of citrus that is quickly overpowered by a complex mix of booze, hops, and malts. The booziness hits in the middle of the palate quickly, and if you think about how it's barrel aged in bourbon, you can get a charcoal or even a bouron flavor. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and no doubt about it, perfect for the style. The alcohol leaves a lingering zest in the mouth after the taste.

Really good beer all around, perfect for special occasions or a tasting. Definitely easy to diagnose the hell out of the complexities in the taste.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml my friend I brew with had been aging for about a year and a half...2009 bottle...head was not huge on top of light and pretty clear body...

Nose is huge bourbon...tons of smooth bourbon aroma, with the hops and malt taking a back seat. Aging was a good call with this brew, and I admire the discipline to sit it down for that long.

Bourbon is heavy on the tongue too, but quite smooth.

I believe this is 11% alcohol but at the same time it's hard to believe.

Quite a winner, I recommend having this once.

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

390th review on BA
Draft to chalice

On tap @ Bruery Provisions

App- A mix of yellow and orange with a big fluffy head to it. Great cling as the drink was going down.

Smell- I get much more of fruit then I thought I would along with some spice. This is a very inviting beer to say the least. The ABV gives off nothing in the nose.

Taste- This was sooo good. I wish I had the chance to have another glass but I couldn't as I had to go get the kid and from the beers at the airport another 11% would not be good. The bourbon imparted a large flavor that added some strong undercurrents yet the yeasty, pepper notes of the traditional tripel remained.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a very tempered carbonation lended itself well to the pepper and the yeast that remained on the after taste.

Drink- I could put back a couple bottles of this, pass out and have some more. A good beer. The knock is the ABV and the big bottle status, or else 5's all day long.

Photo of nhindian
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervois. Bottle generously provided as an extra by CharlieMurphy, thanks a lot Nick!

December 2010 vintage.

A - The bottle opens with a big pop when the cork let's out. A dark Orange liquid fills the glass, with a contrasting snow white head on top. The head itself is gigantic, almost 4-fingers tall. The texture is thick, rocky foam, almost like whipped cream and the retention is insane, not even close to diminishing. Lacing rubs off as well, leaving a thick coating on the glass.

S - The smell is interesting for sure, I'm getting a lot of banana, cloves, spice, and distinct Belgian yeast. I'm actually not getting a ton of bourbon in the nose, which is quite surprising. Smells like a typical Belgian tripel.

T - The bourbon that was so absent in the nose comes through stronger in the taste. Unfortunately, I think that the bourbon clashes with the tripel characteristics. It's still rather spicy and has a touch of banana and yeast, but the bourbon doesn't add what it would for a stout, and seems to impart a booziness.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. Thick coating on the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderate. A beer I was looking forward to just falls a bit short... I was expecting a bit more from the bourbon barrel influence but it was still interesting...

Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A bright glowing yellow. Thin white cap with massive lacing.

Sweet and syrupy citrus aromas. As the beer warms, the bourbon adds a noticeable woody scent, but it's not overpowering.

A balanced, sweet, and floral tripel with woody elements from the Jim Beam barrels. The faintest flavor of the bourbon is a lovely addition; it adds some vanilla notes which is a very nice addition to the more typical Belgian tripel flavors.
Unique, well balanced, delicious.

Silky mouthfeel. Feels light and somewhat airy in the mouth, remarkable for such a high ABV beer.

A fantastic beer only made better by the aging process in the bourbon barrels. Balanced, no hint of alcohol burn, sweet vanilla, woody, earthy; quite good!

Photo of CuttDeez
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A burnt orange color with a nice yellow hue in the light. There is a very strong white head and a good amount of carbination/
S - A great front end of citrus, deep fruits, nuttyness and pepper that is mellowed out by a strong armoma of bourbon and vanilla smoothness.
T & M - The beer is incredibly full bodied and smooth and creamy for the style. The carbination help mellow the body out especially in the back end. The taste is so crisp and fruity up front. The is a great carmalized sugar taste and malty sweetness. Then the taste opens up to a great bourbon flavor mixed with vanilla and spice. The bourbon feel is intensified by a great warmth from the alchohol content.
O - What a great complex beer. The crisp front end is balanced by the incredibly sweet and deep back end. The beer has a great amount of bourbon flavors and oaked feel. I really enjoyed this!

-Cheers

Photo of Kinsman
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in December 2010, making this a relatively fresh batch.

Pours a golden yellow body with some foggy haze to it. Sticky white head forms on top, 2+ fingers thick to start and fades nicely into a small crown on top.

Aroma is fruitier than expected, and while it's been a while since I've had their Tripel, I'm not detecting much of the spice I remember. Tropical fruits like mango and pineapple combined with the bourbon wood-vanilla aroma give its a sweet nose overall. Some doughy/bready malts can be found in the background.

Taste has plenty of malty/fruity sweetness to go around but the bourbon and vanilla flavors play a much stronger role than the aroma suggested. Also noted is a peppery and clove-like spiceness that wasn't found in the aroma and helps offset the sweetness and balance things out.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and full bodied. Alcohol and bourbon flavors feel a bit hot at this point, but still pleasing nonetheless.

Overall, Allagash has managed to achieve a great balance of bourbon and tripel with this beer. It's the best of both worlds.

Photo of afrye29
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A; When I poured this beer I noticed a orangish gold color and a slight cloudiness, this beer had about a one finger head foam, and very little lace.

S: The first hint of smell was over welming with the bourbon, but as the beer past through is seem to have a nutty/fruity smell to it and even a citrus hint as well.

T: At first it seemed a nutty sweet flavor then turned to a citrus orangey lemoney fruity flavor, and then came the heat of the bourbon as it passed through the mouth.

I wasnt sure what to expact when I purchesed this beer but I was very please with how it turned out, I recommend to try this beer if you come acrossed it, unless your not a fan of bourbon, but again one of the best beers Ive had.

M: Not to heavy, smooth, with a little bourbon feel

D: slow sipping beer, but gets better and better with each sip.

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

January 2009 bottle, cellared for about 18 months then spent about 6 months in the DBF. Consumed on March 5, 2011.

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear, light honey-golden in color with a small white head. Leaves behind no lace.

S: At first the bourbon overwhelms any other smells, but as it warms (or I get used to it) I get some sweet malt underneath it.

T: First impression is really all about the end of the sip, which is where the bourbon flavor - and heat - kicks in. But after the palate adjusts to that I can better discern the rest of the beer. And what I get, I like: sweet malt - doughy and bready with some fruit and even a slight nuttiness as well - and lemony, citrusy flavors. Some vanilla is there too.

Other than big stouts, I usually find that I'm not a big fan of bourbon-aged beers, as the bourbon tends to overwhelm. Here, however, at least after a couple sips, the bourbon compliments the underlying beer rather than destroying it. Nicely done.

M: Medium in heft, fairly smooth and creamy. Carbonation is low.

D: Solid. Definitely a sipper, but it grows on you.

Photo of Pahn
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a wine glass. Bottled October 2010, 11% ABV.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch fluffy, somewhat bubbly white head that dissipates slowly, leaving-- like the rest of the beer-- spread out but numerous lacing islands. Pours a semi-translucent gold.

Smell: At first, Belgian yeast, apple, some faint spices, a little bready. Smells like Allagash Tripel. Light caramel and bourbon appear not long after pouring. Well into the bottle, the aroma rounds out nicely from the growing bourbon and booze influence.

Taste: Great right away. Lots of bourbon up front, but quickly segues to spice and Belgian yeast, carried along by an amazingly creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol heat, spice, and high carbonation give the flavor a lot of punch. Long, smooth aftertaste of bourbon with some Belgian yeast highlights.

You would think that bourbon would overpower an often delicate beer like a tripel, and actually I remember getting that impression the first time I tried this beer. Either that bottle wasn't as good or I wasn't ready for it, because the balance between bourbon/oak influence and strong base beer flavor is excellent. It's a very good tripel with just enough bourbon. Extremely satisfying.

Mouthfeel: This is probably where the beer really excels. Medium bodied, with a divinely silken feel. Perhaps it's a little overcarbonated, but that's probably necessary for that beautiful creaminess.

Drinkability: Great beer to sit with for a long time, or share with friends. It's too harsh to drink fast, but a beer this luscious, flavorful, and (yes) expensive is something you want to take your time with anyway.

Allagash Curieux is a real luxury beer. For $15~$20 per 750ml bottle, I can't say it's the world's greatest deal, nor would I buy it often, but it's a great special occasion bottle for beer lovers who appreciate well done Belgian styles and barrel aging. For my money, it's probably the best of Allagash's line up, and I like their whole spread (the wild ales, the stouts, the abbey styles, etc).

Photo of JLeege
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, poured into a snifter

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy finger of white head. Good retention and a little lacing.

Smell- Banana, slightly phenolic with some Belgian yeast. Slight caramel, vanilla, and oak from the bourbon barrel.

Taste- Caramel is right up front on the palate, leading into your classic triple flavor notes. Banana, Belgian yeast, a slight spiciness, some clove. The bourbon influence is noted again on the finish, vanilla, oak, and caramel again. Lingering taste is more "bourbon" rather than "triple", and fairly short.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation, creamy and smooth. Also, I had no idea this was 11% until now! The ABV's go completely undetected.

Overall- An interesting style to barrel age. And honestly not my favorite. I like triples, I am a big fan of most things thrown into a barrel, but this style sort of clashes for me. It is worth trying at least once, but I probably won't be revisiting this one. I like trying Allagash's experiments, an "A" for effort, but this was a slight miss for me.

Photo of DaveHS
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden straw color, thin off white head.

S-Light oakiness, mild diacetyl buttery aroma. Like movie theatre popcorn. I assume this can be attributed to the barrel.

T/M-Light, prickly mouthfeel. A fairly straightforward tripel in terms of the base flavors, but there is a light grapey fruit acidity about halfway through. The buttery, light bourbon characteristics round out the finish. They are very well integrated into the beer, complementing the flavors rather than overpowering them.

D-Doesn't live up to the hype or the price. It's good.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy light gold in color with a cream colored ring on top.

S: A ton of bourbon and some sweet malts that come out a little more as the beer warms. Pretty boozy.

T: A good tripel and contains that great yeast flavor along with a solid malt backbone. The bourbon is nice, but a little overwhelming, especially as the beer warms. This would be perfect to age for a while to smooth it out a bit.

Photo of mattgreger
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this brew at Philly Winter Beer Fest, got a full drink on draft at Capones in East Norriton

The pour on this brew poured a deep golden color with a decent amount of carbonation. It has a great bright white head that doesn't have a whole lot of retention, which is expected with such a high ABV brew. It did have a pretty decent amount of lacing as you drink the brew.

The aroma begins with a great presense of floral notes. After that you begin to great solid boozy aroma, definitly bourbon. Which actually warms the nose. There is also something sweet in the nose as well, an oaky vanilla or sugar that mix with the booze aroma and come together very well.

The flavors from the aroma carry over into the flavor of the brew, but there is also more there as well. Its got a very nice bitter/sweetness and alcohol burn. There is a bit of a grainy flavor that is also in the front, as teh brew warms a bit there is a nice citrus hops that give the brew a bitter taste, but they are balanced out with the sugars from the alcohol. There is also that woody, vanilla flavors as well. As in a good bourbon(at least for me) as the brew warms, it actually makes me enjoy it even more.

The mouthful on this brew is full of carbonation that feeds the nice alcohol burn from the bourbon barrels. It actually gives the mouth a nice tingle in the first few sips. Its a very warming feeling. Its a nice medium body. It smooth and creamy and goes down very well. Great brew by Allagash.

For a brew with a such a high ABV, I am really impressed. I could drink much more of this brew. However, for those who don't always have these kind of brews, the brew must be respected. It must be done as a sipper. Enjoy. I know I did

Photo of Vierenner
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome! I've found so many beers taste alike ... this one dares to be different. I like Tripels ... I like oak barrel aging ... fantastic marriage!

There are some delightful flavors (vanilla, caromel) present in this beer which are missing in any other Dubbel/Tripel I've tried.

Sweetness is certainly present ... so if you like sweetness in your beer you're in luck!

Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2010 vintage.

Hazy light gold with a bright white 3 finger head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has oak, pale malts, vanilla, bourbon, and overripe bananas. It is also phenolic.

The taste has bourbon, oak, some vanilla, pale malts, and is quite sweet. No bananas in the flavor. The sweetness is not overbearing, which is nice. I would have guessed that aging this beer in a bourbon barrel would have given it a lot of heat. surprisingly, that is not the case.

Medium bodied, heavily carbonated, somewhat creamy, and beer to be sipped and enjoyed. No reason to hurry through this one. Sit back and enjoy it. This is yet another very nice beer from Allagash.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; nearly cystal clear, deep gold with lots of carbonation. Beautiful bleached-white head that diisipates to an attractive film; spirals with a raised center, Remineds me of a distant galaxy. Delicate lacing.

smell; sweel floral notes of mild honey suckle. Also honey and pollen, mixed with sugar cereal grains. Some alcohol aromas mingle with citrusy hops. Caramel malts, when sniffed from the bottle. Pretty complex but the alcohol aroma is a little strong.

taste; very rich, bitter-sweet yeast and alcohol. Some syrupy canned pear flavors, mixed with grainy malts. Tasty citrus rind hops are mild but produce enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying. Some pastry-like malts remain in the aftertaste. Some slightly nutty and acidic flavors come out, similar to eating an acorn from a white oak, mellowed out with a fatty neutralizer. Taste improves as the beer warms.

mouthfeel; nice blast of carbonation and alcohol burn. Numbs the mouth in a warm pleasant way. The body is medium, very lavish and warm, like lobster dipped in clarified butter. Finishes slick and loose, a very smooth drink.

drinkability; An easy drink for 11% abv. but the effects of the alcohol are to be respected.

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,053 ratings.