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

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Ratings: 3,172
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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 evilkalla
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 750ml bottle into a very tall lager glass.

A: First off, the label on this bottle is very attractive. Makes me think of scotch, which gets my mouth watering. Not that this makes a difference, just saying.

Poured a gold, slightly cloudy straw color with two inches of fully developed head. Definitely a tripel. The head is hanging around a while which is enticing.

S: Peppery and spicy with that belgian yeast smell. Wonderful.

T: Well, I have to admit that the first thing I noticed was the OMG booze overtones that flooded my mouth. Very noticeable alcohol content. Otherwise, very smooth and spicy flavor. Has a solid, phenolic malt character to it. Pretty good.

M: Has a solid, thick feel to it. Plus it's bubbly bubbly bubbly!

D: I don't think I would pound this back but it's very drinkable. After this one bottle I'm sure I'll fall off my chair though.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a nice big white head. It has a very pretty look to it. The nose is awesome, with great wooden notes along with bourbon. Never had a triple smell like this before. This triple is definitely "one-of-a-kind" with a taste like this. Initially, it is light and yeasty, with vanilla flavors. Then half a second later you get wood and bourbon flavors from the aging process. Then a little more vanilla and spiciness come into play. This tastes AMAZING! The mouthfeel is mind-blowing how crisp this is for a high ABV barrel aged beer. Incredible. Drinkability is not very high due to ABV. I had 2 snifters of this and was pretty tipsy. Alcohol is well hidden, but sneaks up on you.

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

Presentation: Brown corked and caged 750 w/beautiful, classy label. Vintage clearly marked.

Appearance: Really attractive dark golden beer, with small Champagne-like carbonation, and a creamy ivory cap with great retention.

Smell: Awesome aromas...lots of spicy citrus and fruity yeast aromas, along with creamy vanilla tones from the barrel aging (I'm assuming). I didn't think I'd like a bourbon-barrel tripel, but this mix is awesome.

Taste: Booze is still pretty warm, and definitely lets you know it's there, though it's not hot. There are some prominent bourbon notes, with a hint of heat, some oaky vanilla as well, and it's all backed up with juicy stone and citrus fruits. Very well balanced and vibrant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full

Drinkability: Medium-high; not that there's anything wrong w/this beer; it just lets you know it's a serious player. It feels (in a good way) like 11%, not like Westvleteren 12 or St. Bernardus Abt. that just shouts "have another!"

Conclusion: What a great beer. I'm gonna do my best to try and find one of these to pick up for a special occasion each year.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from May 2009. Pours a hazy, medium gold color with a fluffed white foam that fades pretty quick. Leaves just a smattering of lacing.

Nose is wood soaked bourbon booziness with some light fruit, strawberries perhaps. Toasty, toffee graininess with a light nutty aroma. Boozy, but really good.

Bourbon/wood character really comes through in the flavor big time. What a great idea to put a lightly malted brew is strong whiskey barrels! Makes it a slow sipper though and the Belgian yeast does not come through as much as I would like. Pretty dry finish and is lightly bitter. Nutty malt, sweetly earthy as it warms. Damn tasty brew here, it is dangerously drinkable as it actually gets easier to drink as the bottle approaches empty. Very fun beer to drink, expensive but also very good.

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

Consumed on draft at The Trappist in Oakland, CA.

Brought to the table in a tulip glass and I view a straw colored ale with a bright white head. Mildly surprised at the appearance based on the dark bottle and brandy on the label I have seen on the shelves. Right off the bat I smell pear with some light brandy whiffs. Nothing harsh to turn off the drinker. Well done. Fruity taste with a kick of booze on the swallow and a lingering boozy aftertaste though without harshness. Dry mouthfeel as expected. The high alcohol makes drinkability somewhat difficult but it is perfect for a sipper and enhances as it warms. Good stuff.

Photo of gurpapete
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, drank on the couch. Great citrus nose with the hint of oak but at 11 abv it's hard to miss the fire when you taste it (which I'm a fan of). Thick and rich, this beer leaves you with a smooth malty aftertaste and the craving for another glass.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most clarity of anything I've had barrel aged. Dark yellow. Aroma lacked bourbon. More of the belgian yeast aroma than anything.

Taste, mild, smooth sure, but I wanted some heft and whatnot. Wood comes across more than whiskey. Minimal spice and vanilla. At least the alcohol remains well hidden despite its massiveness. I'll give them points for making a bourbon barrel something so unique, but its a mellow beer without a lot of taste.

Photo of wcintula
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm at a loss for words on this delicious beer. Poured from a 750 that I enjoyed with my dinner.
Bottled April 2010, batch 691.

A- Great big cascading head containing large pockets over a cloudy, honey-colored body.

S- Strong bourbon and oak smells.

T- Tastes of bourbon, oak, malts, and fruits.

M- Smoooth, baby. Medium-full body, nice coating properties, and the high %ABV is masked very well.

D- I drank a 750 by myself with dinner and was super content. Great beer.

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Overall the intensity is pretty mild. Strawberry and 7-up spritzer. tart candied oranges. Fruit smoothie (mix of bananas, berries and apples). Whiskey sour.

Taste: Slightly sour-orange woodiness with a pinch of alcohol burn and slightly stale white wine up front. Slowly melds to a middle which is dark citrus, faint light bourbon alcohol and semisweet with a white wine edge. Finish is dry white wine and is moderately fresh and citrusy.

Notes: While tripels are a beer that is often wine-like, this ends up more like and exact replica of white wine. Really didn't get the bourbon/vanilla notes that everyone else is talking about....maybe since its was on draft?

Photo of Lukecook
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle(Dec 2009) poured into a tulip glass

A- Golden in color, big fizzy head that diminishes quickly.

S- Strong oak and mildly fruity. touch alchol.

T- Oak is strong, touch of vanilla and fruity undertones.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- I think that this beer is everything it is ment to be, but for me I find the oak overbearing.

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

Thanks to imagineii to try this special beer.

Enjoyed on 7/5/10 to celebrate my 1st anniversary!

Bottled July 2008.

Served cool into my Watou glass.

Curieux has a hazy golden yellow color. The head is thick but short-lived and doesn't leave much lace behind.

Aroma is very pleasant and full of unique character. There is a fair amount of oak that overlays tropical fruit, pepper, and other spices. There is some nice floral quality to it as well.

Flavor is certainly what you would expect given the description. It's unlike anything else I've ever had and in a good way. The tripel is making itself known initially but it's knocked to the side by the exceptionally strong bourbon. It doesn't completely overwhelm the base beer but it comes close. The oak barrel aging adds a nice bit of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation as most Belgian styles do. This beer has two years on it now so any harshness that might have been there has faded nicely. That said, it does have a nice warming affect that serves to remind me it's a sipper.

Overall very impressive, very unique, just not really my style.

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

A - Light gold with a 2 finger creamy head. Very lively carb, great lacing.

S - Getting lots of bourbon! Notes of vanilla, oak, molasses and candied orange peel.

T - More bourbon and oak. Classic tripel flavors of light malt, pears and citrus. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeasts, slightly boozy.

M - Medium bodied, slightly oily, great carbonation. It is a bit "hot" from the bourbon, but I'm a bourbon fan :)

D - Great drinkability, but definitely a sipper as the ABV is apparent. Could easily imagine enjoying this in the winter by a roaring fire. Very nicely built beer.

Photo of boomer31
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got via trade at DLD...the day that keeps on giving!

A - Beautiful dirty blonde with thin white lacing and hazy thru the glass

S - Lemony like a saison. I was expecting more bourbon here and less 'funk' smell. Reminds me of avery's anniversary saison (16 I think)

T - Again this tastes like a saison with brett. Very fruity and some kind of floral taste. All I can think of is that avery anniversary beer. Dry finish

M - Light and refreshing with high carbonation...a very nice ssison mouthfeel

D - I don't get much ABV here. This is a very nice summer drinker just not what I expected from the label

Interesting beer. Most bourbon barrel aged ales are overpowering with the bourbon but this is almost absent. As it warms I get more bourbon but all I think about is Saison. Interesting but one to drink on a hot evening

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Curieux | on-tap | 11.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Tripel
Glass: Allagash chalice

Appearance:
Spritzy, micro-bubble, off-white head and a dusty yellow-orange body.

Aroma:
Warm alcoholic aroma mixes with with wafts of bourbon wood, hints of vanilla and tropical fruit, most notably, pineapple.

Taste:
The alcohol immediately warms with undertones of vanilla and ripe fruit. The woody character seeps into an ample hop bitterness. Mixed spiciness and a drying bite. Very distinguished.

Mouthfeel:
Very smooth with a mellow, dusty, but potent alcohol character.

Harmony:
Really an outstanding tripel. The barrel aging makes a big difference setting this one apart from the competition

Price = $8 at The Stag's head
Served/bottled on: June 12, 2010

Photo of jsapunor
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2008 bottling. Lots of beautiful white head on a typical tripel colored base. As I drink it, the lacing holds fast to the sides of the glass. A very pretty beer.

The aroma tells you right away that it was aged in bourbon barrels. I've had an '09 bottling and the nose on the 08 is much more civilized; the bourbon is not as overwhealming as in the more recent vintage. There is a definite woodiness lurking in the background.

The '08 bourbon flavor is nicely moderated and blends wonderfully with the oak and tripel in beautiful balance. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a beautiful beer, so good I don't want to finish it. The carbonation delivers all the wonderful flavors in perfect harmony.

Allagash makes great beers and this is one of their best!

Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 2008

A - Clear, golden-orange with a thick two finger foamy head. Very active carbonation quickly rising to the top. Foam slowly recedes to about one finger and lasts through the entire beer.

S - Initially the aroma is a touch one dimensional with a light Belgian fruitiness expected from average tripels. As the beer warms it really begins to open up though. Hints of lemon zest and alcohol soaked pears. A touch of vanilla and a light oakiness come through later on and just a touch of bourbon. None of the aromas are too strong and they all meld together wonderfully.

T - Pale malts and light sweetness up front. Hints of ripe pears and just a touch of citrus zest. Bourbon is very muted throughout the beer with hints of oak and vanilla coming through underneath all of the other tastes. Vanilla becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms. An excellent balance between bourbon and tripel.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very crisp mouthfeel. Easy drinking for such a big beer. Certainly will be looking for a couple of these to lie down for a few years.

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 5/29/10 notes. Batch is from July 2009.

a - Pours a nice golden color with a little bit of white head.

s - Smells of vanilla, oak, sour fruits, and citrus.

t - Tastes of oak, vanilla, and smooth fruity malts. Also some whiskey, but not as much as I would have thought.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - I thought this was a great tripel. I thought this tripel aged great in whiskey barrels. Would love to try again.

Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden hue with a massive white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing. Nice looking tripel. But this seems to be much more than a tripel.

S: Woah. Massive scent of vanilla hits the olfactory senses, along with tropical fruits and somewhere in the background is the alcohol. Seems they did a good job hiding the high ABV.

T: Intuition confirmed. The alcohol is hidden very well in this one. The style of a tripel aged in oak barrels seems to have melded together quite well. Sweet, tropical fruits, candi sugar leads it's way to a woody, vanilla finish that lasts quite awhile. Not as intense and varied in flavor in comparison to Allagash's Odyssey, but easier to drink than the also very good Odyssey.

M: Near perfect carbonation. Not too spritzy, not too flat. Just right. The barrel aged aspect of this beer comes through in the mouthfeel, where woody, vanilla finish lingers for some time on the palate. That's a good thing.

D: Easy to drink, but meant to be sipped and enjoyed. I expect this one to creep up rather quickly, considering the robust ABV. Though, it is a bit pricey, I'd most certainly try this again.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Capone's Restaurant Norristown, PA. I poured it into a water glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy gold color. The head is an off white color, 3 fingers tall, has great retention, thick lacing and tiny bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are grassy, orange peel, and pineapple.
Taste: The flavors are spring, grapes, and wheaty.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a medium body.
Drinkability: This beer is tasty beer.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of bceagles39
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Looks like cloudy applejuice. Dense white head that laces nicely throughout.

Vanilla and woody aromas overpower.

Tastes smoky and toasty with a whisky finish. I didn't get much of the classic triple flavors to come through.

Great creamy mouthfeel.

Very fun to try, the smokiness was almost a little too exagerrated. But enjoyed trying it.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sweemzander for bringing this bottle to our tasting.

Poured into my tulip the beer is lightly hazed golden yellow. About one finger of off white head forms and settles leaves moderate sticky lace.

The aroma is solid dose of candied fruits and belgian yeast. Hints of spice, oak and vanilla come through as it warms. The bourbon is present but not super potent. Just enough to remind you that this is a barrel aged beer.

The flavor is more sugar drizzled fruit and yeast. The bourbon is much more present in the flavor than the nose. Super dry finish with a touch of heat.

Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and dry as a bone.

Overall a very flavorful and interesting beer. I bit hot which makes it a sipper but pleasant. I hope to try more of this style in the future.

Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL corked & caged bottle split. Poured into a tulip. Bottled January 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a great white head that left a thin ring of lacing as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Yeasty, with a good woody oak vanilla-ish bourbon note in front of a light biscuity-wheat & banana earthiness; very subtle though.

(T)- A light & spicy wheat & lemon behind a big, warm, & woody oak vanilla sweet middle. Finishes the same as the middle.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A tad high in the boozy warmth as it goes down with that oaky vanilla sweetness. Some of the traditional tripel nuances come through, but at this stage, the barrel aging is taking center stage. The richest tripel to have crossed my lips.

(D)- An interesting tripel. I have never seen a bourbon barrel aged one at that, so this one intrigued me. Definitely is a good one, but the barrel aging definitely overpowers most of what this has to offer; over time should smooth this out. I am glad I split this, cause I would have difficulty.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Bottling: January 2010, Cases Bottled: 815, 11% ABV, "Pour slowly into a wide-mouth glass."

Thanks to Sweemzander for bringing this to our tasting last night!

A - With an easy cork pop from Sweem that went flying through the air, off the ceiling, and hit Todd, I decided to pour it slow like suggested. Full carbonation created a densely packed three-finger head with great retention and thick lace left on the glass. A very light haze formed in the golden yellow beer. Sexy.

S - Curieux smells unlike any other Tripel in the nose as it starts with a light Belgian candi sugar and honey sweetness. A long inhale chills the lungs with an alcohol presence but doesn't smell boozy at all. A hint of tiny hops gives a floral note to the aroma but the typical Tripel aroma of spice and yeast takes a back seat. Great balance and blending though as the barrel again gives it one unique aroma for a Tripel.

T - A little bit of warm alcohol and spicy booziness come out in this Tripel with some faint Belgian yeast poking out in the background. As the beer warms and I drink more of it, the barrel aged warm phenol and solventy alcohol comes out more. It's a very different take on the style, but still a good one.

M - Medium-light bodied with a crisp full carbonation finish. The warmth on the finish doesn't cloud any of the other flavors. Good spiciness on the finish.

D - Thank god we split this bottle three ways. It's good but the booze is a little much towards the end. Not much of the typical Tripel flavor but it's a solid beer. The alcohol does come out more in this than any other Tripel I've had, but it's also unlike any other version out there.

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

750ml bottle into a snifter bottled March 2009 - shared with a friend

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was full of vanilla, bread/yeast, belgian fruits, and malty sweetness.

T: The taste is vanilla, bready malts, and that belgian yeast flavor. I detected a bit of hop bitterness on the finish but don't know if that was just my mind playing tricks on me.

M: The feel is relatively creamy with a medium body.

D: This is damn good and I would love to have it again. The ABV had my head a litte dizzy towards the end of the glass.

This really reminded me of a few other barrel aged beers like Backwoods Bastard or Nemesis. Sweet and lots of flavor. Highly recommended.

Photo of WitteBelgique
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent brew! I'll forgoe the classic evaluations and just give it a description.
I recently made a Belgian Triple and used honey as a priming sugar...This beer is very similar...I pretty much thought I had cracked a bottle of my Belgian Triple. I noticed what must be the bourbon flavours, although I couldn't pin them to borboun in particular as I'm not a big drinker of bourbon, but it had a rich smooth consitency that was very pleasing.
So to me this beer is a classic Belgian Triple...just as good as my home brew.

I'm just wondering where everyone else is with the honey flavour because it is right there on the top of the palate!

And yes this is a strong beer being a Triple...watch out...one 750ml bottle will leave you sleepy ;-)

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,172 ratings.