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

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

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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 HeeNalu
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love any kind of bourbon barrel aged beer, so I decided to pick this one up from the local store.

A - Pours a hazy medium-light golden colour with a decent 2to 3 finger head. Almost perfect for a tripel, if not a touch hazier, which I do love.

S - A subtle not an in-your-face kind of aroma with fruity esters, a bit of banana and clove, and a touch of vanilla. A touch of sweetness, and a fair presence of alcohol. Very pleasurable and well balanced.

T - Pretty obvious sweet alcohol presence, esp as the brew warms, but not harsh or unpleasant at all which has a nice balance of a delicate sourness. A bit of woody taste, almost oak or mild cedar with it's effervescence. Hints of light/noncitrus fruits- tannic apples, bananas, and maybe slight touch of dark grape peel. Lingering effect of the alcohol sweetness, that is in no way cloying or off-putting. Very nice finish that reminds you that you just took a sip of a great brew.

M - Not very carbonated, but enough to give you a pleasant mouthfeel and balance out the flavors. Ever so slightly tingly and enjoyable to let the tastes linger on your palate.

D - For being an 11 percent brew, this is more than drinkable. The alcohol is present, but not off-putting. It is dangerously enjoyable, and has the ability to put an uncontrolled aficionado on his ass rather quickly. Too good for it's own sake.

Photo of chumba526
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2009. This ale appears hazy orange with a full bodied great looking white head.

It smells initially of oats and dry bread like malts, and peppery, fruity yeast. I get a nice very mellow vanilla smell, there is a bit of a mellow alcohol smell. There is also a nice light citrusy lemon smell. It smells fairly mellow but it also smells quite complex.

It tastes initially of earthy oak. I get a bit of a mild sour like quality to the beer. A Belgian fruity and peppery yeast flavor is also very noticeable in this beer. There is a bit of a nice lemon like flavor. I get a mild but noticeable bourbon flavor to this beer. This is a very well balanced beer, I was not sure how a tripel would do with the flavors of bourbon but this beer was executed perfectly. There are a lot of different flavors mingling with each other but all of the different flavors work well with each other.

The carbonation is moderate low. The mouth feel is like there is a smooth creamy texture to the beer.

The drinkability for this beer is fantastic. For how high it is in Alcohol it goes down smooth. It is flavorful but it is smooth and easy to drink.

Overall a fantastic beer. It is amazingly drinkable. It has a unique flavor to it. The best beer I have had by Allagash.

Photo of benclimbs
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

looks gorgeous - huge head, perfect looking, tons of lacing could not look better, tons of head at 11%!!!

smell is an amazing mixture of fruity, yeasty esters, sourness and a big base of woody vanilla.

taste is beautiful, soooo geared...woody yeasty incredible round oak character mixed with a subtle but not overwhelming sweetness - a wholly unique brew, bright yet deep.

mouthfeel is nice, solid not slick, lots of carbonation even after warming

Drinkability is 6.0!!! this is friggin unreal for 11% -better drinkability than almost all real belgians at that percentage! so balanced and beautiful

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

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... starts with a nice bone white head that disappears leaving behind a nice coating of lacing stuck to the glass. Beer is a cloudy orangish color with little activity

S- First wiff produces a sweet woody scotch-like aroma. After some swirls of the snifter, I get more of the belgian tripel... very sweet with fruits and belgiany sugar with a ever so little hint of hops

T- Has all the great tastes of a quality tripel... belgian candied sugar, yeast, fruity, spices; with the added bonus of the wood barrel aging giving it a bourbony hot alcoholic finish

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation... little thin

D- Had this one for awhile, but I think I remember it being a bit pricey... regardless, it was worth it IMO. Allagash is starting to creep up in my list of "go to" breweries. Alot of quality stuff from them. If you haven't had any of their stuff, start trying them


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

Got it off the growler station at GBX.

A - Poured from a growler into a Bedazzled chalice. Pours hazy straw colored, cloudy but mostly opaque. Thin white head dissipates to a thin ring clinging to the glass.

S - Light lemon-lime citrus, light fruits, with subtle notes of pineapple, mango, and green apples. Slight vanilla and pepper aroma from the bourbon barrel.

T - Pretty interesting. There's a slightly starchy fruity banana taste not totally different from a wheat beer, but quickly the flavor turns into a light malty backend that fades into a dry, faintly tannic, alcoholic finish.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation.

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

22% ABV. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle (Bottled in October 2010) at Smith Commons in DC ($25). Allagash Curieux is a unique beer that was aged for 8 weeks in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels. Allagash brews a batch of the Triple and placed it in Bourbon barrels from Kentucky. There are only 750 cases bottled. This beer gave off a dark amber golden color which I found suprising as I expected a darker appearance. I could smell the bourbon and Belgian yeast at first whiff. Mouthability showed a well-made medium body with ongoing carbonation. Drinkability was smooth and enjoyed picking up oaky flavors of bourbon. This is a very dangerous beer as I didn't realize I was drinking a 22% beer so the alcohol is masked extremely well. I rarely drink bourbon barrel aged beer, so this was a very nice and special treat that I shared with a buddy. I would have this style again to wither away my sorrows or for a nice drink to accompany my cigars with friends on a cold night. I'd definitely be a buyer of this type of beer as it would be an excellent cellar beer to have for the holidays, celebrations, and what have you.

Photo of rdilauro
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another winner from Allagash. After opening the wire cage and taking the first aroma, we knew we would be in for a treat.
The pour was light golden with a small creamy head.

Taste was big, but it was so smooth during the after taste.

We let the beer sit for a while and kept on tasting. As it reached room temperature, there were more flavors. You could almost taste the 'corn' from the bourbon casks.

A definite winner

Photo of marvin213
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's fizzy like a Coke product, but I suppose it's supposed to be. A bourbon barrel-aged tripel--I haven't had many of these, but it's far lighter in color than I expected: hardly yellow; mostly white; but cloudy. From a harsher perspective, it looks like a Bud Light served in a dirty glass; even from a more appreciative and respectful perspective, it looks like cloudy piss. Like cloudy piss, in fact, its contents are mysterious and curious.

The smell is provocatively fruity. There's some dirty but subtle bourbon backbone to what is a banana and green apple tree. The yeast brings about a spicy, peppery olfactory tingle. It's remarkable!

Dry white pepper combines with a freeze-dried banana vibe. This is a beer I would take hiking...to wash down my trail mix. The touch of bourbon is more of a smell and a feel than a taste. It makes me think either the bourbon wasn't that strong, the barrel was only freshly used, and/or the beer sat within the barrel only for a limited time. It's good. It's weird, though. It harly tastes like a beer. It's a carbonated refreshment to accompany my cashew and raisin mix! I mean, really, never have I so associated a beer with a mountain hike!! Course, an 11% 750 to the dome might not be the best to bolster survival skills.

The feel is dry like a chardonnay. That peppery Beligan yeast tickle is a tad spicy. It's a concoction--like something cooked in a cauldron. It's the most impressive beer I've tasted that looks like it looks. Really, I could set it up next to Natty Light in a dirty glass and you'd have to investigate a bit to discriminate the difference. I could do with a little more bourbon, but I respect the fact that it imparts only a minimal influence.

Drinkability's good, but it's that peculiar dryness that probably most hinders quaffability. Being that it's 11%, it's noteworthy that something besides alcohol solvency hampers drinkability! I like it, it's neat, it's worth sharing, and it's of a quality that deems it worthy of just having around.

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

Thanks to Dim for this.

A: Golden w/ white head. Good amount of carbonation.

S: Belgian yeast, spicy. The bourbon is there, but not over powering. More of a nice compliment than the main event. I like it.

T: Vanilla, bourbon, light fruits. Very enjoyable.

M: Bubbly w/ carbonation. Medium body.

D: This is very drinkable as the alcohol isn't all that present. It's there, but not strong.

This is the first Allagash that I've tried and it's a tremendous first impression. Thank you Dan.

Photo of BobZ
2.96/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with buddy and poured into my Duvel tulip. Had this bottle over a year hoping the bourbon would "mellow" a little with some age since trying my first bottle.

Appearance: Nice rich head which remains over time, very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Bourbon up front, dominant, very little else on the nose.

Taste: Again, bourbon, all about the bourbon, "bourbon uber alles". All other flavors are pretty well masked. Unlike bourbon barrel aged stouts like KBS and Cuvee Delphine where the bourbon is a component in a multi flavored balanced brew, here the bourbon is too much and does not allow the Tripel characteristics to surface at all. This also makes the alcohol noticeable.

Mouth feel: Alcohol burn but otherwise decently smooth.

Drinkability: Too boozy to make a sessionable beer, one and done, glad I was splitting the bottle.
Again, could have been a much better brew if the bourbon aging added "A component" rather the being "THE component".

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Tulip. Bottled in August 2009.

Pours a light golden amber with a small light white head. The nose is like light bourbon, spicy Belgian yeast and a nice sharp bite.

Taste is very well balanced, it's got some bourbon bit it's not in your face, it's got a nice burnfrom the alcohol mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of BamaViper1
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

The curieux pours straw yellow into the glass forming a thick white head. Nice lacing as well.

The beer smells like Belgian yeast and bourbon. I love bourbon, so it smells quite nice.

The beer has a slightly fruity nose followed by Belgian yeast and white bread. The end and finish are full of alcohol and bourbon notes like caramel, toffee, etc. Love that bourbon barrel.

The bottle-conditioning adds lots of carbonation which helps this beer have a pretty good medium body. Finish is long and viscous.

I could drink this for a couple but then I'd have to move on. But I like it a lot. Mainly because of the bourbon. But this is one of the few palatable tripels I've had. Three cheers for Allagash.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to McWhirk for cracking this pricey number with me. Poured into a goblet. The beer pours a hazy straw color with about a finger of frothy white head and sticky soapy lace and lots of visible carbonation. the aroma is kind very malty right up front with just a nice lingering bourbon aroma that's very nicely balanced. It finishes the aroma with just a slight bitter hop scent. The taste follows the aroma really well. Rich malts coat the pallet with a nice caramel/bourbon flavor and an oak finish. Slightly hot a boozy on the pallet but still pretty rockin'. The mouthfeel is great, light and good carbonation. Certainly a sipper though, especially at a big elven percent with a bit of heat at the end.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10oz glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Fantastic 2-fingers or so of head sitting on top of a slightly hazy light golden yellow brew. Lots of active carbonation. Head retention was very good and lacing was strong almost all the way down the glass.

The aroma is the first hint of something different here - there is a nice hint of the bourbon-vanilla-oak thing, presumably from the barrel aging. It's complex with some other fruit aromas mingling in there as well.

Trips are a favorite of mine and I wasn't sure about messing with it, but I'm glad Allagash did because this was awesome. The notes of oak, vanilla, and the spice notes of the tripel are simply a great combination. There is definitely a warming from the alcohol content, especially on the finish.

Overall a great brew. I love the tripel style and I like Allagash's take on the style. Nice!

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

A bottle split with the family the night befor thanksgiving. Good times.

A- a solid two fingers of bright white head from a firm pour that settles in a few leaving a couple spots of lace and a small cap. slightly hazy sunset banana yellow orange in color with a nice glow when lit from behind.

S- funny it looks a bit banana like because your get a good amount of it in the nose. Along with a bold barrel smack that brings on the bourbon and a touch of brown sugar sweetness. A subtle spice that grows as it warms up.

T- its a battle between the spice and barrel out front with some cloves and nutmeg then the jim hits ya and bring in the brown sugar and a touch of boozy goodness. Some vanilla and a touch of cream, maybe a hint of orange zest. Sweet slightly boozy finish.

M- mediumish body with a nice slow building carb that keeps the semi sticky brew light on the palate. There is some heat to this one but its a pleasant creeper and i really enjoy it.

D- ive had this many times and i find a new way of looking at it everytime. This is a great tripple and then you sack it in a jimmy barrel for a bit and your get an even better one.

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2010 Release

A- Golden amber to bronze color. Strong long lasting head.
S-Aged bourbon oak aroma.
T-Aged bourbon and old oak earthy flavor. Slight smokey flavor like a quality bourbon. Hop intensity strong.
M-Immediate alchohol intensity without being overpowering. Warming after flavor that is pleasing.
D-Being a fan of quality bourbons, this Curieux Tripel has the taste complexity of a good Bourbon but with the refreshing after effect of a great ale. Jefferson Small Batch Bourbon comes to mind. For my fellow bourbon drinkers, try this tripel in a low tumbler glass with a couple of fresh muddled mint leaves. The grassy- ness of the mint will brighten the aged oak flavor. Just like a neat Bourbon n' Mint!

Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of bright white, foamy/creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice and sweet smell of fruit, malt, a woody quality, and bourbon.

T: A complex flavor of malt, light fruit, that woodiness, and little bourbon in the finish. Alcohol is rather noticeable, but never obtrusive. Gets easier to drink as you go along. Very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of best American takes on a Belgian beer. Extremely drinkable.

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

On @ Sierra Grille.

A- Yellow with a small white head. Sticky suds but not much lace.

S- Pretty much a moderate bourbon overtone with a dark fruit tripel feel in the background. Whiskey huge as it warms.

T- Starts with big oak and Bourbon and finishes with the Belgian spice and yeast of a Tripel. Some dark fruit.

MF- Light body with big creaminess. Middle of the line carbonation with a silky feel. Pretty warm from alcohol.

DB- A style not usually Bourbon aged. In this case it works very nicely. Whiskey is powerful but blends with a big Belgian flavor.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. bottled august 2010.

pours a cloudy, dull yellow with a finger and a half of white head. retention is so-so; most of it recedes somewhat quickly although a lasting cap remains. nice walls of lacing.

in the nose i get a lot of the traditional tripel aromas: belgian yeasts, spices, fruitiness (notably lemon and a bit... almost tropical), and some subtle malt characteristics. not picking up on much bourbon, though there is a touch of booze.

flavor follows the smell to some degree but then branches out into all kinds of directions. first of all, the alcohol is a much bigger player than the nose had me believe it would be; very boozy, barely hidden at all... the fruitness combines with the spices and opens up more mid-palate, and is quite tasty... interestingly, i get some bourbon out front and then again in the aftertaste, where its presence is most felt. unique approach. delcious? not sure i'd go that far. despite its heat it is good, maybe i'm just not completely in love with a boubon barrel-aged tripel.

really creamy mouthfeel with a medium body, appropriate carbonation. IMO not tremendously drinkable no matter how you look at it: too boozy to drink much of in a sitting, too cost-prohibitive to return to unless you're ga ga over it, which i'm not. nice, tasty beer, don't get me wrong, but i probably won't be returning considering the previously mentioned.

Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into SA perfect pint glasses. The pour is hazy straw with a big white head. The head sticks around and leaves a ton of lace. The aroma is woody, fruity, and lots of alcohol. It is very heavy of alcohol, with oakm and fruitiness rounding it out. It has a hot alcohol finish. The body is light and it is highly carbonated. I don't know how to feel about this one. A bit overpriced and a bit too hot for me.

Photo of weazal
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SMELL: Warm, sweet citrus. Pulpy in the likes of mandarin oranges and tropical fruits. Full, potent aroma that's immensely pleasing and begs you to take a sip. There is a balanced spiciness to it along the lines of white pepper.

TASTE: Starts off mildly spicy with a prevalent, but not overpowering degree of bourbon, alcohol, and dryness. The citrus and sweetness from the aroma is much more toned down if not even really present at all. Enjoyable, fuller mouthfeel and balanced carbonation.

More enjoyable in small sips with the mindset of sipping bourbon. Unique, but not a favorite.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eternal gratitude to Bobby Z for coming through with this deliciousness.

Bottled July 2005.

A - It pours nearly still, with a slightly hazy orange-tan hue. It seems the color and character of old wood.

S - Smells of barrel, bready, lemony, grassy-leafy, pickled vanilla, oak. Words do not suffice in ascribing the gifts that age has bestowed upon this beer.

T - Huge flavor in this one; notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, anise and pickling spice. The Tripel which once was has been decimated by age, replaced with a delicious EBW-like testament to the virtues of barrel-aging.

M - Very very rarely can a brew escape the flatness w/o being the 'bammer'; this one does, easily. Silky, velvety, decadently luxurious.

D - The quality here is outrageous. Of course, it took a half-decade of aging to get there, but it was worth it.

Photo of morimech
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 2010

Clear golden color with a large white head that hung around for a long time before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing however. Smells wonderful. I was wondering how bourbon would meld into a tripel and found out it does quite well. The fruity, vinous qualities of the tripel is complimented by the hint of bourbon. The bourbon is not as strong in the flavor and that allows the base ale to really shine. Flavor features fruit such as pears, apples, and grapes. Some spice such as cloves and pepper. The alcohol flavor and warmth is a little too prominent to garner a perfect score. I would of liked a little more body to help carry the flavors and alcohol but has nearly perfect carbonation. Just about nearly perfect in all categories. The high ABV limits drinkability, a true sipper.

Photo of hoppyhampy
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a footed allagash glass. Cloudy pale yellow-orange. Half inch of head that quickly dissipates. Light carbonation and minimal lacing. Interesting rich malt smell, similar to a lager. Also some orange citrus and a bit of coriander aroma. I can tease out some nice sweet oaky notes but not much else. Full bodied on the palate. Coats my mouth with a syrupy texture. Oaky vanilla, butterscotch, and orange peel. Not as heavy as the malty aroma suggests but still very big. Bitter, slightly hoppy gives it a cleaner impression overall, aiding drinkability. Only slightly less drinkable than other tripels. I usually don't care for barrel aged ales because the oak can be overwhelming but I thought this one had nice balance. Not my favorite but a nice twist on the style.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Served from tap into a tulip. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow orange with a two finger pure white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, and a slight sour note. The flavor was of sweet malt, bananas, slight oak, subtle bread, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. The aroma and flavor were both very good and was exactly what I was looking for at the time. I have a bottle of this in my cellar and can't wait to see what a little time will do for it. This one is a must try for sure.

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