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

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3,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,125
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 383
Gots: 690 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled in April 2011 per label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.99.

A: Slightly murky peach with thick, foamy cap of off-white head with thick drape of lacing.

S: Pineapple, coconut, and vanilla are most prominent the nose. Some pale malt sweetness comes through but the big 3 dominate.

T: The flavor introduces more sweet pale maltiness but the pineapple and coconut flavors are strong and combine with vanilla to give a very rounded profile. The yeast comes through more with warming and provide some fruit, estery contributions.

M: Medium-full bodied with mildly dry finish and pale malt and pineapple citrus aftertaste.

O: Definitely a unique and interesting beer. The pineapple-coconut combo is new and the crafting can't be beat. A great beer, but the price tag is steep. There are other beers I enjoy as much or more that are more reasonable. I did really like beer and it is a good occasional treat.

Photo of Cadebro
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden with a few fingers of white head.

S - Smells of caramel, vanilla and bourbon.

T - Banana and bourbon. Finishes with quite a bit of alcohol flavor.

M - The body is quite heavy but it is balanced out well with a high carbonation.

D - A heavy tripel and a mighty tasty sipper. The many layers of smell and flavor make this a very enjoyable drink. This is probably my favorite of Allagash's barrel series.

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2011

Beer is a golden-orange colour, with a good sized, fluffy white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell has a lot of subdued fruit in it- subdued in the sense that the sweetness seems to have been taken out to an extent, rather than a faint smell. Bourbon and vanilla is there strongly. It begins to open up a bit more to reveal pepper, some more fruit (which I really can't identify, but there seems to be some banana). Nice smell.

It taste just like it promises- a bourbon-infused tripel. Bourbon, vanilla, pepper, light fruit, some yeast, some sweet, caramelly malt. Quite sweet. The bourbon really makes its presence known, especially in the finish. I am surprised that some reviews indicate that the bourbon is not very present - perhaps batches have varied quite a lot (or the age of the barrels), but it is strong in this bottle. Quite complex. At times it tastes more like a tripel, at others the bourbon/vanilla flavours take over and the tripel fades.

Beer is moderately carbonated, full bodied. Alcohol heat is fairly strong. Generally a pretty soft, smooth beer. Heat is disappointing.

A very enjoyable beer. Really pretty hard to compare it to standard tripels, as the barrel-aging adds in whole new features. Very good.

Photo of tony223366
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel golden color. Nice clarity. After a vigorous pour, 2+ fingers of white fluffy head. Throughout the tasting there is fantastic lacing. This was an incredibly attractive beer.

S: Awesome vanilla aroma up front from that barrel. Bananas at first only briefly. Then all kinds of spice and vanilla.

T: Great bourbon flavors up front. Lots of oak and vanilla. Then a malted caramel richness hits. Spicy yeast and a slightly bitter finish that transforms into vanilla again somehow.

M: Heavy, but in a good way. I thought the carbonation was excellent.

O: Really rich and delicious. Have to certainly be in the right mood for the vanilla and sweetness. But if you are... Amazing. One thing keeps this from being a five is the finish. Wish it was a little cleaner. I get too much sweetness that lingers.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash goblet. Thanks to BennyL1 for both the bottle and the glass!

Appearance - Kind of a dull yellow body with a huge white head. Sticky lacing and an eternal pillow atop the body. Couldn't look better.

Smell - Apple and bananas from the esters. Kinda sweet. Not complex and not very strong. I get no bourbon in the smell.

Taste - Sweet, perhaps overly so. Fruity and bourbony. I finally get the bourbon, which I really wanted. It integrates well, but detracts from the lightness of the beer. Finishes with a honey sweetness that is just a bit too much.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a tripel. I'm feeling the ABV, though I don't taste it so much. Somewhat low carbonation, despite the appearance. It could use something to establish that effervescence I expect from a tripel.

Overall - Nice taste, but really the bourbon is the best part. The base tripel just isn't that impressive.

Photo of drumminbrewer
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2011 - My 25th beer review! I have always loved Allagash, bold beers that are still complex, refined and well balanced. I've had this before at various states of age...let's see how she drinks relatively fresh. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours straw gold, morning sunshine yellow. Thick, creamy head that leaves thick layers of lacing on the glass...not bubbly patches but a chunks of head are left behind once it slowly dissipates.

Lots of bananas on the nose...starchy. Belgian yeast is predominant, bringing some fruit with just a trace of alcohol left behind.

First sip...mmm...bananas foster. Vanilla (not bourbon necessarily, but strong vanilla), butter rolls, banana & some spice (hard to identify...closest would be "allspice".

Medium to medium heavy body. Ample amount of malt hides the alcohol beautifully while lively carbonation makes it unbelievable accessible.

So interesting...I don't know of any other barrel aged triple - (BM me if you do because I'd like to try another)...but this is an exceptional beer that is both approachable and complex. Would delight a newbie or a seasoned BA...outstanding. A brewery that has constantly impressed me. Having tried this several times though, I think it's best after about a year. Cheers.

Photo of axeman9182
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8 oz of 2007 vintage on tap last month at Rattle n Hum and served in a goblet. This review is formed from notes taken as I drank it.

The glass of four year old Curieux I'm brought contains liquid that's a bright golden to lemon yellow, with just a bit of visibility through it. There's just a tiny bit of white foam (due somewhat to the pour), and as a result not much in the way of lacing or head retention. The nose is heavy on vanilla soaked pale fruits, with bourbon and oak playing supporting roles (and the former shining through more than the latter). I'm surprised not to find any clove or pepper aromas anywhere. The flavor brings more of the same. Sweetened fruitiness opens the beer, and a bourbon presence that's a bit more prominent/aggresssive than in the aroma cuts though mid palate, before a subtle woodiness closes the beer out. Once again I'm somewhat let down by the lack of yeasty phenols, as they are somewhat standard for the style. For a beer that's firmly in the double digit ABV territory, it's got an impressive lightness of body. The carbonation is just a tad dull, but it's a minor issue. As a pure drinking experience I enjoyed Curieux a bit more than the score here would indicate, but looking at it as a triple I can't grade it too highly when it's missing one of the hallmark characteristics of the style.

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

Poured straw colored with a slight haze.
Created a nice long lived white frothy and sculptured head.

The beer created a wonderful fruity aromatic nose.

The flavor was loaded with spice, coriander, citrus, hops, hints of yeast, malt and a bouquet of other flavors that I can't recall at the moment.

Mouthfeel was a blanket of lively spice and effervescence.

Overall this beer was beyond the classic Belgian Triple- the flavor complex is such that with every bottle I would find flavors that I didn't know were there.

I wonder if this beer will age well?

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of alcohol, bourbon, pepper, vanilla and yeast in the nose.
T: The bourbon flavors from the barrel aging really stand out in front of those of the tripel but are not that strong and also have notes of oak and hints of vanilla. Flavors of fruit, spices and yeast are also present from the underlying tripel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The alcohol is noticeable in the both the smell and taste but this doesn’t make the beer overly difficult to drink. It is definitely a good beer to sip.

Note: Bottled August 2011

Photo of MayLattimore
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. Not as dark as I would have expected. Nice foam. Nose is lovely. Wood and vanilla. Doesn’t seem to be over wooded on the nose. Light fruit as well. Coconut and banana. Lotion. Tastes a little too standard. Surprised and disappointed in the flavors. Still really good. Above average without a doubt.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at American Craft

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Some bourbon and oak does come through, but it's more vanilla and tripel. Lots of spice notes to it with a nice banana and pear flavor. Plenty of sweet malt, mostly bread, and a bit of candi sugar.

T: As with the aroma, not the most intense bourbon flavor. Again, a decent vanilla note, though. I do get some sweet fruits (mostly banana) and a bit of spice character (mostly clove). Again, a fairly strong dose of sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Would have preferred a bit more bourbon flavors, but still very nice.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this having very high hopes. I really enjoy Bourbon Barrel aged brews so when I saw this one I was really excited to try it. I opened the bottle and gave it a pour, it comes out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a white head on top. Gave the brew a good noseful and got mostly a sour aroma to it. Perhaps it's from the Oak barrels, thats fine I was expecting a sweet vanilla aroma from the Bourbon or something but it smelled more like a sour tripel than anything else. The taste was basically the same way, Mostly had a tart flavor to it and virtually no Bourbon flavors that I could pick up at all. The mouthfeel was decent, it had a good feel to it and it was still drinkable. Overall I was just a little bummed about this brew to say the least. I was hoping it would have been a bit different than it was. I haveanother bottle that I'm hanging on to, one day I'll have it again.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled in June 2008. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention, that reduces to a fairly thick cap. A bit of thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, clove, banana, pepper, citrus peel, honey-like sweetness, white grape, oak, and bourbon. Surprisingly no real booziness was noticed, and there is a great amount of complexity going on here. Taste of tons of oak, lemon, clove, banana, vanilla, bourbon, white grape, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of of mainly bourbon, oak, and vanilla; with a bit of pepper, light fruits, and spices as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a decent slightly prickly mouthfeel that is still very smooth. No alcohol noticed other than a warming on the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged tripel. I would definitely like to try a fresher bottle of this because I hear it is even better while it is younger.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, alcohol, coconut, vanilla, and woody aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, brown sugar, spices, coconut, vanilla, some butter flavors, bourbon flavors, and wood. There is an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. A medium bodied feel as well. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great barrel-aged flavor. Interesting to see a tripel aged in bourbon barrels.

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

Another outstanding beer from Allagash. I think I have enjoyed everything I have tried from them. This one pours very frothy, nice pale orange/yellow color. Great head which dissipates slowly. Wonderful aroma - vanilla, bourbon - but not too much. The taste is fantastic. Some bourbon barrel aged brews are too heavy on the bourbon taste for me - this one gets it perfectly. This may be the first Tripel style that I have tasted that was bourbon aged. Wonderful combination in my opinion. A fantastic sipper - a little pricey, but worth it. I'm going to have to go back and buy a few more. I'm guessing this will be even better with time. This one was bottled in May 11.

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,125 ratings.