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

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3,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,172
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
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Gots: 732 | FT: 36
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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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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay glassware.

A- Nice murky apricot golden color with a nice 2 finger white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S- Good tripel smells with nice candied pineapple/mango smells and a nice vanilla bourbon/oak smell.

T- Smooth tripel tastes with nice belgian yeast and that candied fruit flavor that flows well with the vanilla bourbon oak flavors that follow. Alcohol is high but not very noticeable.

M- Very nice, smooth medium/heavy beer with ample fine/smooth carbonation.

D- Any BA's that enjoy barrel aged heavy beers, like me, would really enjoy this beer. Drank the 750ml bottle and looking for another, very easy to drink.

Photo of Reaper16
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle (dated 2009) served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice (Thanks, FernMaster!)

Pours a honeyed yellow, like a Halls mentho-lyptus cough drop. FernMaster got a sizable amount of head pouring this into a pint glass while I got a nice, tight cap of white foam into my wide-mouthed chalice. The head coats the glass when tipped; lacing is strong.

Lots of sweet stuff in the nose. Plenty of sweet malt and orange zest. Something generically sweet... like a candy necklace or something. There is some vinegar sourness that I think comes from the barrel aging. There isn't so much a woodsy smell from the oak barrels but what the aging has brought is depth to the sweet scents that tripels have.

The oak barrel aging process lends more obvious elements to the taste of the beer. There is a drying, kind of vinous aspect along with vanilla flavors that go well with the bready sweetness of the tripel body. Some floral, rose petal like taste to the finish is unique. To be honest this isn't as complex as I thought it was going to be.

I love the mouthfeel of Curieux. it is very thick; I've had imperial stouts with thinner mouthfeel than this beer. I don't know if such a thick feel is the best choice for this beer, but the surprise of it is novelty enough to excite me. Drinkability is ok for the style, I suppose. There is a smidge of fusel alcohol on the back end. I don't think I would want to tackle a whole 750mL by myself.

What a cool idea -- barrel aging a tripel. Does this beer make a successful argument for more tripels undergoing barrel aging? Nah, I don't think so. This beer is very good but ultimately not going to revolutionize the style. A valiant experiment.

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

Bottled November 2008

Pours a white head. Decent retention with splattered lace left. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Oak/wood, a lot of spice flavor, I get a little bourbon as well. Some dry light fruits, peaches stick out a lot.

Taste: A lot of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Raisins, cherries, pepper, spice. Nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little amount of heat showing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with the -bal aged flavors.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for it. However, I really like the bourbon -bal aging that was done to the triple.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLING: November 2008

It's the golden color of peach nectar. Clear with a light haze. The head of white foam is almost one-finger thick and is somewhat loose and frothy. It doesn't take too long for it to recede to a surface covering film. The lacing is somewhat thin and spotty, but nicely sticky.

A nicely large yeast presence is backed by a good amount of candi sugar presence. Nice amounts of orchard fruits are here. A very interesting touch of fresh grated coconut and a trace of toasted almonds. Good, yet restrained, caramel notes. Light hints of oak and vanilla.
Jim Beam barrels do some interesting things to this tripel.

The belgian yeast presence still appears to be prominent, but only slightly so. A nice oakiness is here, along with some vanilla, caramel, almonds/marzipan and some toasted coconut notes, which are delicious and somewhat of a highlight, for me personally. A good presence of mild notes of orchard fruits. Apples, pears, peaches, apricots and white grapes, among others. The candi sugar is much lighter than I'd anticipated from the nose, which works very well for this bottle.

This is a medium to almost full-bodied beer. The light level of carbonation suits it very well. It has just enough bubbles to keep it active, yet not enough to get in the way of enjoying the flavors.

You get a nice touch of warmth from this one, but that's about the only hint that you get about it's 11.0%abv. It is very smooth and light, which helps make it an easy one to drink. This is definitely a beer that leans towards the sweet side, but I think it is restrained enough to be enjoyable. It has a slight hint of dryness that keeps it from becoming cloying.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work a couple days ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice head

Smell- wonderful aroma, fruit, oak

Taste- smooth, there is some bourbon flavor in there., very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Excellent, This is a superb beer. Allagash has done a wonderful job.

Photo of alkchrios
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly what I was expecting but pretty good none the less. Poured at about 60 degrees into a pint glass. This beer while not too too full of flavor...packs a pretty decent punch..not so much to the pallet but, you get at 11 percent ABV you get the idea

A- copper slightly transparent...almost comparable to a good wheat beer.

S- great. not overly hop smelling... slightly fruity aromas. oak

T- I taste a slight hint of orange..not as overbearing as say a la fin de mont

M- rather carbonated but not overdone...smooth...almost creamy.

D- One or Two 22 Oz bottles to cap off the day sounds about right.

I was aging this beer for sometime when I decided to give it a try... this is one of the only beers i have aged that i didnt try first. Im glad I opened it now as I am not too sure this is the best one for aging!

I wouldnt say its an amazing brew but its still pretty good.

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

Wow...what a treat! Another great Allagash beer. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Mad Elf tulip. Cloudy caramel color with a thick frothy head that slowly dissapates to a mild ring with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is mild, but malty and sweet. A little boozy too. Hints of boutbon in the scent.
Very good flavor of ripe fruits, sweet malts, and solid booze. Great flavor and addictive!

Photo of jrallen34
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the 22 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer is a great dark gold with just a hint of orange. It has a nice bubbly finger head that is white lasting about 2 minutes, then leaving behind a light white filmy head. The lacing is great.

The aroma is pretty light, wish it was a little more full. There are some light flowers with just the tiniest scent of oak.

The taste is great the frone end is what you expect of a triple light and hoppy and floral and drinkable. Then at the end it comes burst with more flavor with some really nice oak nots.

The feel is great and nice lasting feel. It is highly drinkable.

This beer is awesome. Not a huge triple fan but the oak aging gives it some great adden ummphff.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tasting at the Draught House Anniversary Party...

A: Good-looking beer. Pale-golden, hazy, with excellent lacing.

S: Boozy, but pretty restrained for the most part. Citrus, vanilla, a little cinnamon. Yeasty.

T: Sugary, vanilla. Not too boozy at all, but rather excellent bourbon flavors.

M: Very silky smooth, full body. Great mouthfeel.

D: Pretty darn good for the style, very easy drinking.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled January 2008

Poured a golden haze. Straw with a nice white foamy head.

Smelled sweet like vanilla from bourbon. A touch of Tripel yeast was there, but subtle.

It tasted like heaven! I don't like tripel's but this one was great. Smooth, sweet, with a touch of bite from bourbon yet.

Very easy drinker, smooth across your tongue and it goes down easy. Which is scary at 11%!

Well done! Glad I have 1 left!

Photo of adamette
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. The fourth of four Allagash 750 ML corked and caged bottles that I picked up at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood. This one was $13.99. I was especially happy to find this since Tripels are my favorite style and this one is one of the highest rated ones out there. Bottling February 2008. Cases Bottled 650. 11% ABV. Poured into my gold rimmed Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Bold golden yellow body (darker than the Allagash Tripel reserve that I sampled and rated yesterday under a similar fluffy white head of about 3 inches. Great lacing on the inside of the tulip and even some visible sediment (the yeast?) in the bottom of the glass. My second tulip glass (presumably from the bottom of the bottle) was darker than the first, probably due to the sediment. Allagash yet again displays its mastery of a style just in the look of this beer. 5.0

S Just a great smell of bourbon barrel aged goodness with the great sweet malt and Belgian yeast of the Allagash Tripel that admired in their very good Tripel Reserve. The bourbon smells really create a fruity, caramel kind of bigness to the beer that suits it very well. The smell cannot be improved. 5.0

T All of the promise that the smell displayed carries right over into the taste. What a great idea to take a great beer to begin with (the Tripel) and bourbon barrel age it. I had RIS Bourbon barrel aged in the past but this shows me that it should be done more often with "lighter" beers such as this tripel. The taste reminds me of Great Lakes Rackhouse Ale (another Bourbon Barrel aged light colored beer). For most the taste would likely be too sweet and the sweetness is high for sure but I love this level of sweetness. There is more "warmth" from the alcohol in this one vs. the Tripel Reserve. I love the combination of flavors here. There is a great light caramel like flavor from the bourbon and sweet malt. 5.0

M As suggested, really big and syrupy sweetness in just a great mouthfeel. 4.5

D For this high of an ABV it is insanely drinkable. I found the bottom of both tulip glasses very quickly indeed. Due to its bigness (taste and ABV) I cannot give it the highest ratings for drinkability. These two tulips will be enough for me tonight. 4.0

Notes: Simply a great beer from Allagash that everyone reading this should try. I can easily see buying one of the 650 cases that were produced in February 2008. Tripel is my favorite style and this and Weyerbacher Merry Monks are probably my favorite examples.

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

Poured from cask into snifter.

A - Golden color with medium white head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing around glass.

S - Yeasty, spicy upfront with hints of citrus.

T - Yeasty to start but slowly turns fruity with a hint of spices and that 11% abv comes through at the end.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Surprisingly very good drinkability even though it is high in abv. Very tasty and smooth.

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

From a magnum purchased from the brewery.

Smells somewhat like a normal tripel though less sweet. Feels bubbly in the mouth. Finish is dry and long.

Midway through the glass, I walked out to the kitchen and sampled some bourbon to make sure I wasn't imagining how bourbony this beer is. By golly, they weren't lying.

This is an enjoyable beer. I will be buying more.

Photo of pd360
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a strange and wonderful beer. Beautiful amber, copper color with slight foamy head. The taste is unusual, sweet but not cloying, spicy but not overpowering, and strong but not too strong. I love this beer and will enjoy it for many special occasions to come.

Photo of biophiliadude
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tap to flute

A: Chardonnay, 1/4 inch white head.

S: Faint fruits, dry white.

T: Unreal. Strong Malibu rum accented with apples, pears, lemon grass and bubbles.

F: Ticklish wood

D: Very unique. First sip blew my mind away. If you're looking for a taste adventure please check this out. I could only have one but the taste is certainly desirable for the hard liquor crowd perhaps, but for me there was no balance. Everyone's strange brain needs their own taste trial.

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

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern for $5, not a bad deal. The barrel aging isn't overpowering and is balanced nicely against the spicy and slightly fruity - apricot and candy apple - tripel. It really makes the brew more candy-like without making for a thick beer. I didn't know a tripel could benefit so greatly from a bourbon barrel. Hats off to Allagash.

UPDATE 8/8/10 - Tried from the bottle and thought it was superior to the draft. It picks up a more traditionally Belgian crisp mouthfeel from the bottle carbonation.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange copper color. Slight lacing retention. Smelled of bread, spice, clove, and bourbon. Tasting this, I experienced all of the aforementioned flavors with the addition of a warm, boozy finish. The ABV is hidden quite well until the very end and then slams your palate, reminding you this is a beer that has to be reckoned with. It's very smooth, needs to be poured in a tulip or snifter, sipped, and will kick your butt if not paying attention. This is a very complex beer and one I can become addicted to the taste. Considering I'm a hop head and love the bitter stuff, this is a huge compliment. Very well done. This has to be enjoyed by itself, not with food. I really like this brew.

Photo of Katahdin
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fascinating beer. I love all the body's complexities and the unique texture they combine for. The aroma sis unique, doesn't quite do justice to what you are about to experience. Easily drinkable, although it is more to be sipped than to be gulped as I have watched some do. It pours with a rich, creamy head that reminded me a bit Of Guinesses. The erathy taste is easily balnaced by the subtle flavor of citrus.

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copperish golden yellow color with a 2 finger creamy white head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Earthy oak/wood aroma with crisp light fruit and citrus notes. The bourbon presence is there but doesn't dominate and is actually quite subtle.

Smooth medium body which was very surprising considering the high ABV. Very flavorful and not too hot. Alcohol is excellently masked making it very drinkable.

Sour earthy oak wood flavor with some sweet crisp light estery fruit notes, mostly apple and pear, slight citrus peel notes and again a nice bourbon presence. The bourbon flavor is well integrated and doesn't overpower the other flavors. Very well balanced with some more bourbon flavor coming through in the oaky dry finish.

Photo of jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled a May 2008 Bottle. When the cage was GENTLY removed from the bottle, the cork subsequently rocketed-off, hitting the ceiling. Interstingly, there was no foam-over whatseover.

A- Poured gently to yield a 1/4" white foamy head, which was somewhat retained throughout the drink, slowly giving way to some edge lacing. The body was a *slightly* hazy light amber color, with some coarse carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of a baked apple crisp, dizzled with a vanilla/bourbon glaze. Slightly boozy. Absolutely wonderful.

T- Soft buttery biscuit malt and vanilla hit the pallate first, followed by some moderate oakiness and some bourbon heat. Finishes long, sweet, oaky and hot with alcohol.

M- Creamy velvet body... somwhat firm... with surprisingly soft carbonation. Just coats the mouth. Very elegant.

D- Wow. This is an absolute pleasure to drink. A perfect nightcap. But the alcohol is very prominent, which limits me to just one 11 oz. serving... this bottle must be shared to make sure none is wasted.

Photo of JimmyK77
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer into two tulip glasses revealed a richly colored golden ale with a thick, lovely white head. The aroma and flavor are a lovely blend of spicy yeast, warming alcohol, light fruit, with subtle bourbon and vanilla from the barrel. Flavors are bold without sweetness. Mouthfeel is luscious giving way to a dry finish. This is a remarkably well-made beer.

Photo of natelocc787
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very high quality Tripel aged in oak bourbon barrels. Every Tripel flavor in the books like bright green and red apple, lemon, orange liqueur, and white wine. Bourbon and oak are pleasantly prominent. Appearance, lacing, nose and taste were world class. A great beer experience.

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

A: Poured out of a 22 oz bottle. Good-sized, white head that stayed around for most of the drinking. Very decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer was quite cloudy, and a nice, orange-yellow color. Sediment was left in the bottom of the bottle.

S: Wow, there's a lot going on here. Quite a good amount of yeast, and definitely some orange in there too. The alcohol comes through, but not too strongly, and the oak is well tated but mellow and pleasent.

T: Just as much going on as in the aroma. Starts off tasting orange and slightly bready, from the yeast, followed by the warmth of the alcohol in the back of the throat,not overpowering though. After a few sips, the bourbon-flavor starts to come through. I picked upa little vanilla as well. Finishes ever-so-slightly dry, and the flavor lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium-bodied, and very creamy... feels extremely nice on the palate. Average carbonation balances it off perfectly.

D: This is an awesome beer to sip over a long period of time. This is truly a gourmet dinner beer.
Serving type: bottle

Photo of BMoney575
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9-30-09
Bottled in April 2008

Pours a completely cloudy golden orange color, with a fizzy white head that settles to ring around the glass. Lots of microscopic bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell is extremely fruity, both sweet and tart, followed by a good kick of booze, and finishing with an unexpected sour, wild yeast quality. Very complex, and still very strong.

Taste is big sourness, huge alcohol, and an intense burnt sugar finish. No real bourbon or tripel qualities, but still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation, adds to the tartness and sourness.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavors are quite strong, and become more difficult as you go.

Overall, a great beer that has probably benefited from 1+ years in the cellar.

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

I had this courtesy of Kimball's - the 2007 version on tap, served in a smallt taster goblet.

A - A very clear dark golden, the clarity is great for being barrel aged and a pale cap w/ micro beading

S - Sweet mellow coconut and candy-like aromas w/ oak. Almost pina colada w/ fruity yeast notes and a mild alcohol hint w/ spiced elemnents in the nose

M - A very dry mouthfeel w/ spicy and sweet maltiness and a hint of nuttiness w/ a pleasant alcohol tinge as it finishes smoothly

T - A fantastic sweet candy-like malt w/ nutty coconut and vanilla from the bourbon aging. The wood gives a toasty brown sugar and light pepper is in the flavor too from the yeast. There is subtle pineapple and the beer finishes w/ a mild flavor of alcohol as mentioned in the feel

D - So excellent of Kimball's to share this, a really beauty of a Bourbon barrel aged ale, very few come close to the drinkability especially at 11%, The taste was awesome making only wish I had more, the smoothest tripel aged in oak I may ever have.

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