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

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Ratings: 3,126
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
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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 koopa
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage Sampled Today....

Appearance: Pours a transparent pale blonde with a 2 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Holy bourbon Batman! Some sweet vanilla notes, cane sugar sweetness and plenty of charred barrel to counterbalance.

Taste: The sweet malt and yeast comes off as a honey dipped banana and mixes a touch less smoothly then in the nose to me. Still a touch of hop bitterness but they are fairly stale as one would expect them to be.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is still solid but the body is getting thin.

Drinkability: Strong abv coupled with past peak flavor profile equals not too drinkable to me.

This one is on the downhill in my opinion. 2-3 years is probably a better aging range. I should just leave this brew in the glass and smell it all night instead of drinking it.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Jan 2010
Pours a bright golden orange with a cloudy haze. Has a very thin white head, but creates good lacing. Aroma of belgian yeast,crisp fruits (pears and apples) and a little vanilla. First sip is that nice funky belgian yeast followed by a little difference. The bourbon adds even another level of funk to the flavor. The yeast levels out the booziness of the bourbon to create
a vanilla Tripel. Outstanding. The mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation, a very easy drinker. Another super brew from this brewery. Need to get another to cellar and see how much better it could get.

Photo of Popkas
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2008 - pulled out from the cellar.

A: Pour is a slightly hazy golden orange with thin yet attractive head.

S: Smell is of spice/belgian yeast, oak, and booze to go with hints of citrus.

T: The leading tastes are of vanilla and bourbon with a spiciness from the yeast and again some hidden fruity tones.

M: Slightly dry, nice body with appropriate carbonation.

D: Wow, this is a really pleasant beer and drinks very well at 11%!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap the other night while I was fighting off a cold and really enjoyed it. Thankfully, I had the pleasure of trying it on tap again after my head cleared and wow, what a great beer.

The body is clear with an orange hue. The head was minimal and a little thin by the time the glass made it to me.

The smell is a little funky belgianesque yeast, some light fruit, possibly pear or apple, and of course, vanilla from the bourbon.

I love the flavor profile on this one. Pear, apple, and coriander spice. The bourbon is present, but not overwhelmingly strong like in most barrel aged beasts. The vanilla is the most prominant and thankfully the charred wood aspect of it is muted. It gives it more of a perfume type feel, if that makes any sense. The yeast adds a little touch of funk.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side for a tripel, but it works well with this one. Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and sparkling. The bourbon like aftertaste has pretty long retention.

This is a sipper, for sure, but it is fun to drink. It's much like drinking a fine spirit vs a beer. I'll gladly give this one a few more tries on tap while it's available.

Photo of mondegreen
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Bright orange color with a cumulus head. Like sunshine is a glass (wow, is that a cheesy line, or what??).

S: Great Tripel smell. Citrus and spices. Oak and bourbon complementing. This is a wonderful aroma.

T: Following the nose, the taste is phenomenal. The melding of the Tripel with the bourbon is a mastery of art. Oak and vanilla notes make this a complex and very enjoyable brew.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Picture perfect mouthfeel for a Tripel.

D: Only the price will hold me back (~$16 for a 750ml). However, if you love Tripels you must try this at least once. The 11% sits very comfortably in this beer, and the quality absolutely justifies the price.

Photo of beergeezer
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly splendid beer!
This is one of the first beers that I have used a beer rating form.
This is not a cheap beer. Buying this beer qualifies you as being a bona fide beer snob.
It pours out a hazy amber/orange color. It has a small head with fine foam that may look disappointing, but I don't buy beer for the foam. Do You?
It has a fine lace that lasts.
The nose (Yes; THE NOSE. We're beer snobs now!) gives you a sweet aroma of bread dough and pear. No alcohol aroma, that I could discern.
The first sip imparts a moderately sweet flavor, with medium to full body and a light cream texture.
The finish was non alcoholic and not overly sweet.
This is better than the 2004 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine that I sampled last month in Escondido, California. That would be an excellent substitute, but it is only available at their bar, and only in growlers occasionally. Disappointing.
This Allagash brew is absolutely splendid. They have accomplished master craftsman status with this brew aged in oak bourbon barrels.
One of the finest beers I have ever tasted.

Photo of SDHoffers
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I just put this on tap and was pretty impressed. I'd previously only had it in the bottle. I got a nose full of that Belgian yeast right away. A little boozy but I like the shock. Mouth feel was great. I like when you have that bite from the carbonation and the creamy lace stays on the roof of your mouth. The look is inviting. Kinda resembles Mischief from The Bruery or Le Merle from North Coast. Bright yet murky. Kinda like a candle glowing in the middle of the glass. I can't say I don't taste the alcohol though. Definitely hits you quick. Kinda reminds me of Tremens but thicker, less sweet and more potent.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

December 2009 bottling. Split the bomber with themedievalist. I've been wanting to try this for ages. It seems that a tripel would be overwhelmed by bourbon, but then again, it's a much tougher style than it would seem at first blush (as various next-day headaches have reminded me).

A: Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color. There's a small white head that collapses into a ring and doesn't leave any lacing.

S: Citrusy and spicy, as one would expect. The barrel aged smells are subtle but undeniable. It mainly comes through as vanilla, and a bit of booze. A little Belgian funk.

T: Fruity. I think peaches...white grapes...a bit of orange. A good dose of allspice. Belgian yeast. It all makes for the foundation of a good tripel. The barrel aging puts it above and beyond. My fears of the bourbon being overwhelming were unfounded, it seems. There's a lovely oak and vanilla combination that keeps you coming back for more.

M: Compliments the taste almost perfectly. Smooth and sticky. Thicker than the average tripel, which supports the stronger flavors from the barrel aging.

D/Overall: Quite excellent. A really special beer and a great take on the style.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber served in a chalice; October 2009 bottling

Pours a golden honey color with a chilled haze and a good amount of visible carbonation. A rocky bone white cap rises a full two fingers and fades slowly. A good looking tripel.

The nose is of apricots and peaches up front, with a soft vanilla and oak undertone. Some spicy alcohol is everpresent.

Apricots and pears up front with a solid oak current, but the vanilla really takes over and shines. The spicy alcohol makes itself known early and often.

The carbonation is actually pretty aggressive in this guy. The finish is fantastically balanced between the oak, bourbon and vanilla and the base components of the triple. Well played.

A lighter body, but sits heavy due to the bourbon aging. I found this to be enjoyable to drink and had to remind myself to slow down.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ The Institute

Look: Golden honey color, medium head with decent lacing

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, slight fruit

Taste: It tastes like it smells. The flavor is amazingly complex and well balanced

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and smooth.

Drinkability: You'd never know this was 11% abv!!! Very easy to drink, but be careful mortalz

Overall Impression: We lovez us some Bourbon! The fact that Allagash was able to blend that flavor perfectly with a delicate style like a Tripel is just amazing. Even Newbeez might love this beer.

Photo of MikeGill
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/11/10 at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Gravity cask poured into a snifter.

Light cloudy carmel color. Pin sized head with minimal lacing. Vanilla, coffee, and charred wood aromas with some tree fruits coming through as well. Definitely has a bourbon smell.

Buttery with hints of bitter chocolate and sour dough bread. Plenty of sweetness but not syrupy. Medium bodied and luscious. Smooth and complex with American oak spice. Well rounded flavor profile, starts sweet then moves to spicy bitterness and finishes dry.

Remarkably balanced and drinkable for 11% abv.

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

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright light golden color with lots of fine carbonation and a ¼" white head that persists for a reasonable period of time. The lacing sticks to the upper portion of the glass and looks like a combination of fine spider webs hanging next to each other. Sipping leaves a fair ring and some leggy lacing, part of which slides back down to the liquid. Though out most of the beer there is a pattern of scattered leggy lacing on the lower portion of the glass.

Smell: The nose reveals a nice mix of light tree fruits such as pear that mingle with the vanilla from the bourbon barrel. At first the aroma seems to be all about the bourbon but then the fruity differences not found in a good bourbon emerge as a component of the aroma.

Taste: The flavors are a balance between those of the bourbon and those of the triple in such a way that there is a fruity, malty sweetness that is well integrated with the vanilla in such a way that the pears and sweet light sugar flavors round out and complete a complex mix of flavors that seems just right.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied and smooth with fine but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long and maintains the balance between bourbon and tree fruits almost to the end when a slight warming from the alcohol is felt.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer that can go well with a dinner salad or as an after dinner treat. At 11% ABV I'd probably not have more than one a night but I'll definitely be happy to have this one again. This not a beer for those who don't care for Bourbon. The marriage of flavors and aromas from the Bourbon and the Tripel tend to favor the Bourbon but the Tripel compliments, sweetens and adds fruitiness that is truly a nice change of pace.

Photo of browncrayon
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a cloudy burnt sienna (I had to run through the 64-count Crayola box in my head for that one), and the cloudiness tells me I'll probably be tasting a lot of yeast.

I'm smelling a lot of sweetness. The essential sentiment here is that it doesn't smell like beer. It smells like bourbon, obviously, but if you guessed how much this beer might taste like bourbon solely off the smell, you'd be wrong.

This one's easy to describe for you: it tastes like bourbon. It's almost disturbing because the bourbon taste is there but your brain can't believe that you're drinking it in such big sips and with such ease. At a certain point I started to taste caramel, and there were also some hints of the fruity and estery flavors, definitely from the yeast. The yeast makes it spicy, which goes well with the bourbon flavor. And the 11% ABV is masked pretty well, yet still warms you as it's going down.

This beer covers your whole mouth and it's smooth. You really feel the spice of the yeast right on the front of your tongue. It's lightly carbonated and slightly dry.

There's no question that this beer is drinkable. It's definitely more drinkable than bourbon, so it's got that going for it. But ultimately, my two glasses were enough for me. The richness is delicious, but does better to be savored in fewer portions.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.32/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. November 2008 bottling.

A: Pours a cloudy golden body with a finger of off-white head that retains moderately and collapses into a medium collar with very light film on top. No lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, butter, oak. Citrus (lemon, apricot, maybe even tangerine), banana, spice. A little boozy warmth.

T: Bourbon; definitely bourbon, yes. Buttery oak and vanilla also emerge at the front. I thought those flavors would recede over time, so it makes me wonder what this beer was like a year and a half ago. The base beer comes out more in the mid-taste, but not fully. The barrel character has overwhelmed it. I can get hints of lemon, apricot, tangerine, as well as banana. The finish is spicy at first, but it gets pretty warm from the booze, though I would hesitate to call it hot.

M: Definitely chewy, but it is medium-bodied. Carbonation is good (to my palate), but I acknowledge it is low for a tripel.

D: I didn't really enjoy this experiment. Bourbon-barrel tripels are rare, so I can't really judge to "the style," but I know Cascade's Vlad had some bourbon-tripel in there, and it was worlds better than this one. Won't even consider buying this again at $17.

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

Revisiting this on-tap after having had several bottles over the last couple of years. Poured at the Library AleHouse in Santa Monica. Served in an Allagash tulip.

Slightly cloudy gamboge to amber gradient topped by an ivory finger of dense cream that recedes by half. Waves of lacing adhere doggedly to the sides of the glass ringed by shimmering legs.

Barrel notes are carefully balanced by the foundation of ale yeast and light hops. A floral element, hay, and a rich clean sugar note merge with vanillin and faint oak. Sweet and inviting.

Bourbon is estery and spirit-forward but is submerged in candi sugar, sourdough, faint lemon zest and chamomile. The barrel notes return in the finish, with vanilla and char which just prevents it from being cloying.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, and slightly tannic; warming.

Not as drinkable as I remember (a bit sweet and tiresome)...I may prefer this slightly in the bottle.

Photo of BinaryBeer
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle, from 2008, into a snifter. Served with a sharp, aged Vermont cheddar which complimented this beer superbly.

A: GOLD!! Wonderful golden appearance, a slight head develops as the beer settles into the glass and clings to the glass while you enjoy.

S: So many wonderful aromas were delivered while drinking this beverage. The scent of bourbon immediately stands out, but vanilla, citrus fruits & spices are also present.

T: Sweet, spicy, fruity. The bourbon has positive influence on the taste. The abv% is obviously high, but not overpowering.

M: Great feel with just the right amount carbonation.

D: Easily finished a 750ml bottle. Recommend enjoying the bottle with a friend only because of the high abv.

I would recommend this to all beer lovers, especially those who enjoy a complex tripels.

Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Dive Bar, Worcester MA, into an Allagash tulip. Pours a hazy golden orange with a cottony white head, leaves great lacing. Smell is kind of citrus-cherry, definitely getting the bourbon as well. Taste is strange, I wasn't sure what to think at first but found myself very intrigued and liking it more and more with every sip. Huge on syrupy bourbon, fruit, peppery yeast, medicinal notes. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, like I said before syrupy. Obviously with a 11% bourbon barrel aged beer it's alcohol city, but that being said it's definitely not as hard to drink as it could be. A whole different beast from Allagash's regular tripel but I'm not sure which I prefer. I'd like to try it again.

Photo of Minotaur
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazy, foamy golden triple; the head remains for most of the glass staying about half a finger above the grainy looking liquer.

The aroma is alcoholic with a superior malty depth and just a few bright fruit and bitter notes from the yeast and hops. There is an exceptional liquer essence hanging above every sip.

The taste that comes through most strongly is a smooth malty wine-like draught which could be overly sweet if not for the very heady spice, tangerine, and grape-fruit like notes. This is intentionally a Belgian style as identified with the underlay of breadiness. However there is a sharpness that fades into a pleasant sourness. A bit of funk liners on the back of the tongue but remains integrated and pleasant.

The mouthfeel is like a fine, slightly chalky smooth confection. Creamy and rich. It is highly drinkable even though packed with alcohol. The alcoholic sharpness remains subdued and the warmth adds to the pleasantry.

Allagash at their best; one of the best American brewed Belgian style ales out there.

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

On tap at the Great Lost Bear, where you can drink Allagash cheaper than you can buy it in the bottle, 13oz pour for $6.25

Very attractive beer. hazy golden, active, thick creamy white head with good retention and patchy lacing.

Smell is spicy, fruity and yeasty, with a touch of sweetness. later a bit of tart funkness come into play. As it warms, the wood and bourbon emerge and add some depth.

Tastes alot like the nose. Peppery spicy, almost lemon fruity yeast profile lead. Big sweet malty body is solid, and the wood bourbon barrel add complexity. Vaguely boozy with very light bitterness.

Smooth, very little warming, thick and rich full body, high viscosity and finishes clean and crisp.

Wicked smooth and tasty, and a very easy drinking special treat. Maybe too sweet for some (such as the beer geeks near me at the bar who had it in their sampler flight and didn't like it) but not unexpected for the style. Been a while since I'd had this, and it was good to become reacquainted.

Photo of 220emaple
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip--with my first wiff I was woken up by the beautiful bourbon aroma with undertones of vanilla.

The taste also includes a vibrant bourbon/vanilla flavor while incorporating the triple style characteristics ----with bourbon notes increasing as the beer sits.

At 11%, it is one powerful beer. Definitly recomend.

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

Allagash Curiuex 2009 Bourbon Barrel tripel

G- Riedel 6416/07

A- Hazy, honey gold. Lots of hanging Belgian lace.

S- Vanillin oak lactones, Fruity citrus/banana esters. Bready Belgian yeast. Spicy clove phenolics.

T- Substantial gravity here. Malt, spice, fruits, apricots, coconut.

M- Creamy. Refined, beautifully polished, balanced and integrated.

Serving: Corked bomber.

Comments: This interpretation of a tripel may be unconventional, but it is wonderfully complex, and seductive to enjoy.

Photo of Bierman9
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle today at Shaws, at the urging of one of Alewifes co-workers. Bottled December, 2009.

Poured into a small Smutty tulip, the color is a cloudy, flat, golden hue. Steady and plentiful carbo rises through the liquid, helping build a fine, thin head. This topping is comprised of tight, minute white bubbles layering the surface, with some clinging well to the glass surface. Aroma consists of some pleasant tropical fruit notes battling with the bourbon characteristics emanating from the barrels. Body is very nice, much more than medium, while nearing fullness. And creamy? Damn! Fantastically smooth and velvety on the tongue.

Lightly sweet, the flavor has some mango, pear and green apple elbowing each other as they maneuver across your palate. The bourbon and oak are also right there, along with a hint of vanilla. The finish is a bit cotton-candy like, and quite dry, while the 11% ABV is, scarily, quite well-hidden. A delicious bier and, while pricey, one I'd readily partake of again.

Prosit!!

4.3
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

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

25.4 oz. caged and coked bottle, poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

Bottled October 2004.

I wasn't extremely impressed with the Odyssey from around this time, so we'll see what happens with this.

Appearance: The cork comes off with a very soft pop, though it was slightly tough to pop it from the top. That said, there's a ton of yeast at the bottom of this, so hopefully that's helped to do it's work with the carbonation after five plus years. The body's a lighter peach-colored hazy orange, and there are weird vertical lines of lace, in addition to decent drops of lacing around the bulb of the glass. With some carbonation mildly still floating above the body, this looks like it's hopefully held up in the long run.

Smell: Huge aroma of maple syrup from the beginning, along with vanilla. And then monster whiffs of bourbon. I mean, obviously the bourbon would probably hold if this were buried in someone's backyard for twenty years, but wow. There's also some banana caramel cream combination going on too, though the Tripel flavors don't come through as much, mostly because of the bourbon, I imagine.

Taste: Here's some banana and vanilla coming through, along with some wood flavors, in addition to, you guessed it, the strong presence of bourbon. And again, big maple syrup flavors, probably from the bourbon and barrels I'm guessing. I'm not sure if I would've known this was a Tripel or not if I had just seen "Ale aged in bourbon barrels," but there's a good spiciness, notes of vanilla, and wood and booze flavors coming through, yet the finish brings on good spiciness and wood characteristics without being too sweat. And I wonder if that's the good thing here: that after five years this isn't some sugary malt bourbon bomb. There's also some citrus on the finish, though it's mild, a bit of orange and lemon peel, and a vagueness of hops going on.

Mouthfeel: More carbonation's here than I thought would be present, which is very nice, considering that this is a pretty strong and bigger brew. Mildly creamy, though the carbonation doesn't lend itself to being bumped up a notch. However, it's good enough to stand the test of time after five years, which I'm pretty impressed by.

Drinkability: Not sure if I've reached the end of this beer or not, as far as age. I'm sure it could still hold up, but what seems to be the case -- or what I can gather from at least imagining a fresh bottle -- is that the bourbon, obviously, has held up the most, while the more fruit ester flavors of the Tripel style haven't dissipated as much as they've integrated themselves into the wood and barrel and bourbon flavors. So this is what it comes down to. If you're a fan of bourbon, after five years you're going to love this. If you're not, well, I'm not sure how much of a fan you're going to be. I do have to say, though, that after this long, this has held up very well, and I feel like things have gone the way they were supposed to.

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

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Hazy copper pour, the constant stream of bubbles from the etched glass add to the firm creamy head. While the head shrinks to a small covering, the excellent lacing continues without fault.

S: Typical Belgian smell, although maybe slightly more alcoholic. For some reason I am also getting a slight wheat smell. And of course the expected Bourbon/Oak from the ageing.

T: Alcohol up front, followed by the Bourbon and Oak. Some Vanilla makes it through the much stronger alcohol notes. Very well rounded.

M: Just enough carbonation. Medium'ish feel. Slightly creamy and dry, makes me want to have another sip.

D: An easily drinkable barrel aged offering from Allagash. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the carbonation is perfect for this style. When it comes down to it, it is not hard to drink the 750ml yourself.

Photo of jtrem14
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - Wonderful golden/amber color which retains a very light but full head. The head remained for a long time, and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Good hints of bourbon and oak, mixed with some sweeter aromas like vanilla and fruitiness. I feel like there are some aromas I am missing, as the smell is very complex.

T - Similar to it's smell, but the bourbon flavor really begins to stand out here. The oak still comes through, but the vanilla and fruit seem to be masked a bit by the strength of the alcohol.

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Good medium body.

D - Great barrel aged beer, which really picks up the characteristics of the barrel it was aged in. A very good Tripel, which stands up to many of the greats in the world.

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