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

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Reviews: 833
Hads: 3,382
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
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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 Jeffreychason
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottled December 2011. Consumed NYE 2013. Done side by side with a fresh bottle. Major improvement with the aged bottle. The beer is more well balanced with the bourbon, I would never complain about Curieux it's one if my favorite beers and a local classic. But compared to the 2011, it was sweeter and more pronounced. The qualities of the triple and the bourbon are well blended to form a real classic. (409 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%

One of the nicer things done in a bourbon barrel in a very long time.
Nose: light fruit, hint of caramel, vanilla, light malts. spice
Hazy straw to gold under a quickly dissipating yet clingy and easy roused 1" foam cap with a very fine bead.
A yeast driven palate beginning with caramel, melon, banana, light fruit, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, a little nuttiness and a faint touch of pepper and a suggestion of hops. The beer shows astounding balance of flavor between the layers of malt, yeast, bourbon barrel and alcohol flavors.
The alcohol is stealthy - a slight warming announces its presence but there are no harsh, hot or solventy flavors to betray its presence. The body is just below medium and the carbonation is above average but not harsh or carbonic.
Le petit Jésus en culotte de velours (805 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

A: Burnished orange, increasingly yellow with brighter light. Some loose bubbles, not much head or lacing to speak of.

S: Warm butterscotch, some abrasive oak, and back to butter goodness.

T: Even more intense varieties of the nose, oak is more dominant, with a ton of vanilla, almost too much. Rich butter. I can't make out the tripel for all the oak.

M: Heavy, smooth, dense.

O: Intense to say the least. If oak is your thing, here is your beer. If you shy from harsh wood and alcohol notes, be warned. (508 characters)

Photo of David121
5/5  rDev +19%

A- This beer is cloudy with a dark golden brown color.

S- It has a very pleasant smell. Not overbearing and not too sweet, and a little sour.

T- The taste is very balanced with a slightly sour taste. Very smooth vanilla and coconut start with a Bourbon finish.

MF- Moderately carbonated with excellent texture and great consistency in flavor.

O- Honestly, this is one of the most balanced beers I have ever had. The qualities in this beer are perfect. It is not lacking in any category. At $24 a bottle, the experience is definitely worth it. I find this to be one of the absolute best beers I have ever had. Enjoy slightly chilled for better flavor. (656 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Shared 5-way with family, poured into the Allagash coolship chalice

A: Beautiful golden trippel color with some floaties near the end of the bottle. Slightly hazy with big puffy white head. Lacing and retention outstanding.

S: White pepper, yeasty dough and brediness with a slight tang of barrel.

T: Everything in the nose, except the tang on the nose is muted on the taste. Imperceptible metallic note on warming as well.

M: Impossibly light for a barrel aged beer. Perfectly dry finish. Vapors fuel heat sensation, but it is expected for an 11% ale.

O: I would have this on a semi-regular basis if possible. Just outstanding. (646 characters)

Photo of slym
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Had this at a tasting, 10oz pour from tap.

Easily the best tripel I've had, but still... not a truly great beer. It was extra creamy and had a different taste than most Belgians I've had - but not boozy at all. (212 characters)

Photo of samfromsf
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I heard great things about this beer. I was looking forward to tasting this beer and bought Belgian ale glass just for this. Poured from 750ml bottle. The appearance is something in between lager and pale ale. the nose is not as bad as the taste., This beer is something of cross between, Berliner weise, Pilsner and Belgian ale. I am not sure that the fuss is about it. It's over hyped, over priced. There so many pother great beers from Firestone and Stone brewery. (467 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 07-23-2014
Freshness: Bottled 02-07-2014
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

I don't concern myself too much with review numbers, but saw I was coming up on #700 and thought this would be a good milestone review...

Appearance is a clear, brilliant golden color, with a large white head that shows excellent lacing and retention.

Aromas have lemongrass, spices, musty Belgian yeast, and some Hefeweizen like qualities of cloves and banana fruitiness. Very pleasing to smell.

The taste has a sharp and tart quality up front. Woodiness and also whiskey alcohol notes then come into play. Overall it is dry, but has some sweetness of fruits to balance. Low bitterness and hop presence.

Mouthfeel has a high carbonation and finishes somewhat dry, with notes of citrus (lemon and oranges) plus some added sweetness and warmth from the bourbon barrels.

Overall a first-class beer that I'm glad to have tried.

Thanks to Treyliff for this one! (1,019 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear filtered gold with a softness to it, a fair amount of champagne like carbonation, a finger of stark white head. Nice lacing.

S: Tripel all the way. A sweetness, Belgian yeasts, coriander and offal in a Blue Ribbon way. Light notes of bubble gum and emptied shot gun cartridges just shot. Vanilla? Perhaps but muted in the sort of way you never think of vanilla being in chocolate cake but its there. Coconut (as said on the label) perhaps, as its in a lot of d shelved foods as coconut oil but but goes unnoticed as its mild.

T: Here it comes. Wow. The flavours of a great Tripel – the Belgian yeasts, coriander and fruity flavours are there but mild due to aging, and the lovely bourbon barrels come in strong. Definite woodiness, bourbon, and a softened coconut feel, creamy and smooth and yes vanilla notes. A fair sweetness is there, but not syrupy.

M: Light and smooth, good rich foamy, powdery dry carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Was questioning it on the nose, but overwhelmed on the flavor. Bought at Greenlife Asheville, drank on the beach at Deerfield Beach, FL, July 17th, 2014. (1,104 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, banana, coconut, vanilla, spices and woody oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, coconut, banana, faint spices, some vanilla, woody oak and faint bourbon.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. (550 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into balloon snifter 14/6/14, cheers Kmat10 for sharing (from notes)

A golden orange, lots of bubbles floating up to a finger of foam that sits around for a couple sips leaving a few random spots of lace

S lots of wood but not a whole lot of bourbon, I guessed JD but have been told Beam was used, spicy Belgian yeast, some fruity notes, apple and banana, vanilla, some dry cereals and sugar I can't place

T more of the same, plenty of wet wood, sweet bourbon, yeasty, a little booze but very well concealed for 11%

M has some body for the color, creams up a little, faint heat on the way down, slick on the palate, woody finish

O smooth and easy drinking for 11%, interesting use of a barrel and they pulled it off, I can't recall having a BB triple before and it worked out well

I'm a little surprised this only spent 8 weeks in a barrel and was blended with fresh triple, lots of barrel and something I'd want to try again down the road (968 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into oversized snifter. Bottled 8/24/2012.

A: Pours a clear, deep apple juice color with a large, billowing, and dense off-white head that took forever to slowly settle into a dense and fluffy layer of fuzzy film. A sheet of soft lace was left down the glass.
S: Sweeter than expected on the nose with hints of apple juice, toasted malts, caramel, toffee, golden fruits, and a touch of earthy barrel spice.
T: Mellow and complex flavors of caramel and toasted grains, slightly sweet apple cider and stone fruits, and peppery spicy yeast. The finish contains notes of honey and vanilla, and the aftertaste has notes of bourbon, leather and leafy tobacco.
M: Full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, low and soft carbonation. Slick overall, heavy and viscous mouthfeel. Drinks heavy and smooth.
O: Not as potent as I expected, but the flavors and mouthfeel were extremely smooth and balanced. There is a flavorful touch of bourbon, but I wish they would have blended a little less fresh tripel into the recipe. Help up will with age though, and definitely drinks well. (1,081 characters)

Photo of halo3one
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter

A - Medium-dark hazy amber, minimal lacing or froth

S - Caramel, malty, bread

T - Dried fruit, more malt, a touch bland

M - Smooth but heavy.

O - Mellow beer, for a calm evening, ideal for the fall/early winter. Not my favorite, but a quality beer nonetheless. (287 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

*25.4 oz. bottle March 1st. date* Look: Brilliant golden honey amber, what was a 1 finger white head turned into a white ring around my glass. Smell: Bourbon, wet hay, spicy, honey graham crackers, faint alcohol, subtle flowers. Taste: Like the aroma yet much richer. Vanilla, subtle hints of coconut, nice fruity pear esters shine through the overall bourbon characteristics, nice hints of flowers in there with a honey wheat bread sweetness, no alcohol heat or flavor is detected, lemon zest in there as well, there is a nice bitter bite to it as well. Feel: Medium-full body, tight active carbonation. Overall: Man, this ale is a hit for me. 11% ABV is not even a presence in the flavor, very devilishly. The malt sweetness gives a little to let you know it is a big beer. I’m very impressed on how flavorful this ale is and yet it is delicate at the same time. A lovely combo Balanced and Dangerous! The bourbon isn’t overdone and the Tripel components are just right. This brew is Recommended! (1,002 characters)

Photo of sevreng
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on draught, 5/18/2014, in tulip glass. Evening Star/Planet Wine in Alexandria, VA.

A- Creamy opaque copper with 1/4 head.

S- Dates and dark fruit notes giving way to citrus and a little vanilla as the beer warms.

T- Light raison and vanilla notes, bourbon flavor is not readily separated from the beer and makes a fantastic contribution. Great dry finish, sly warming alcohol with no undesirable hotness.

M- Light in body and effervescent yet full and creamy. Great tripel style body.

O- Very interesting contribution to the style, highly recommended for those who enjoy tripels. Would like to get a corked bottle for the cellar. (641 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter (one I so sneakily stole from the Shannon Rose in Clifton). Not sure how old this bottle is. Label reads 0244 over 10:19. I highly doubt this bottle is 70 years old. Maybe one or two? Who could say? The store I bought this from still had last year's Pumking on the shelf so it could have some age to it. By the way, the pour is lovely. Nice chamomile tea coloring with a two finger head. Beautiful lacing as I continue to drink.

The nose is a little disappointing, I guess. More tripel and not enough bourbon. I wanted a nice blast of booze, but didn't get it. Again, I don't know how old this is.

Taste is smooth. Very smooth. TOO smooth. This must have some age to it. The alcohol burn doesn't start until it's taken a full tour of your esophagus. Slight bourbon notes in the taste. Excellent--nay, superb--balance!

I'm going to enjoy every ML of this 750ML bottle.

Addendum: I'm an idiot. Bottling date is front and center on the bottle. January 24, 2014. Well done, Allagash. You brewed a beer that hid all its alcohol in less than 6 months and hid its bottling date in plain sight. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Mordath
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 330ml goblet. Bottled 3/21/14. Corked it at 45 degrees F and let it warm while drinking.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper. Medium head that quickly settles. Light lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, banana, spice, a very light scent of honey.

Taste: A bit high on the alcohol side, even for an 11%. This was a young bottle (only 2 months old), I'm sure it would mellow with age. I bought a second just for that purpose...

Mouthfeel: A dry finish, certainly a belly warmer. Moderate carbonation, it was still bubbling when I finished each glass.

Overall: I expected more bourbon flavor to come through, it was not as noticeable as other bourbon barrel ales I've tried. Still, overall an enjoyable drink. Not sure it was worth the hefty price tag, but looking forward to trying the second bottle in a year or so. Because the bourbon wasn't apparent, next time I'll save half the $$ and get a plain Allagash Tripel.. (928 characters)

Photo of derryd
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle, good lacing on the glass, great mouthful, no overwhelming or overpowering in the mouth, taste is somewhat like an English Old Ale, light smells of carmel, cloudy appearance. A great beer with great taste, goes down well with no after taste and will wreck your palate. I'd rate it higher for an English Old Ale than a Tripel. (339 characters)

Photo of pacino77
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

dang. i shared a bottle of this with my brother in honor of my thirtieth birthday and have only positive praise for it. we paired it with homemade huaraches, and if you've never tried turning ground corn into tortillas, i'll tell you that all it takes is a little bit of water and a fork, and fueling your efforts with sips of curieux isn't a bad way to go either. it packs an amazing wallop without ever being in your face or overbearing, just an enjoyable experience from feather to feather, from sip to sip. sit back and settle your eyes out on that pod of dolphins passing by. it's summertime. enjoy all the moments. (620 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Bottling served at room temperature
A - Under reasonable pressure. Pours a cloudy golden color with a single finger of white head. The head is long lasting leaving a nice amount of lacing.
S - Has a yeasty, floral nose with a hint of grapefruit.
T - Hints of bourbon (very light) with similar qualities to the smell.
M - Moderately full mouth feel with no coating qualities. Very carbonated
O - A nice Belgian style ale. I don't imagine it spent very much time at all in the bourbon barrels. I wouldn't get it again but it was worth trying once. (552 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: this re-review is the 3rd, following the most recent on 8/2013. My initial thought was not liking the bourbon addition to beer. barrel-aging (especially whiskey) have grown on me over time. The second review increased ratings, but I thought I would need at least one more.

A: translucent yellow with decent retention and lacing
S: strong on the wood, with some notes of the whiskey. A citrus-pineapple undertone seems present
T/M: initial tastes are like the smell, up front is a little flat beer taste, immediately followed by the bourbon barrel taste to save the day. This taste is subdued by the fruit flavor in the beer, my initial thoughts reminded me of pineapple, and the combo almost of piña colada. The end wood notes fade into a taste of paper (strange but not off-putting)
O: I think this beer could grow on me. The bourbon does not overpower the beer as much as some. The ABV is also pretty well hidden. This is a very solid beer overall. I think the balance of the flavors is superb, even if the overall flavor does not charge me up as much as others. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Beach Front Liquor, San Clemente CA
Bottled October 25, 2013
Popped and poured into an Allagash Chalice

A: clear amber-honey color, effervescent with a 1.5 inch head. Settled to .25 inch and retained as I allowed the beer to warm slightly. Quite beautiful.

N: roasted malt slightly sweet, hard to sense any bourbon. Not what I expected, very soft of the nose. Pleasant.

T: HUGE burst of flavor on initial taste. A super-intensified version of the nose. Sweet caramel malt on the tongue with unmistakable whiskey tones and yeast. Truly dramatic to sip. Bourbon lingers on the palette. Mouthfeel a little bubbly, I think I would love to try something like this with a heavier body. But it definitely holds up.

This is a must-try for even those not thrilled with this style. I'm hooked already. (809 characters)

Photo of ConMac
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the Allagash Brewery following a tour. Really unique beer from Allagash...even at 11% ABV, it doesn't come off as "too boozy" like some beers might. Great execution and a beer worth trying (again and again). Hats off to Allagash on this one. (260 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, smooth pour into a globe glass nets a fluffy white, finger high head over a clear golden toffee body. Good head retention and lacing left on the glass.

Belgian tripel first and foremost, fruity yeast esters, pineapple, ear and red apple skins, sweetness is reserved to a light caramel and oatmeal cookies that blends well with the fruit. Oak and bourbon is very subtle adding a vanilla cream film. Grassy and lightly citric hops.

Sweetness is cookie dough and the bourbon and wood is featured more adding vanilla to the Belgian spices and fruity esters. I get some apples and lemony hops in with clove and black pepper spices. Finishes with muted grassy hops and yellow citrus, dilute bourbon and Belgian yeast.

Moderate body and carbonation that is smooth and calm bringing balance to the active Belgian yeast and barrel influence. Alcohol is present but complementary to the flavor profile and it releases from the palate nicely.

I was expecting a much heavier and more intense beer and was surprised by how mild and bright this is. Belgian spices and fruity esters dance about with a thin veil of vanilla, oak and whiskey to keep it together. (1,175 characters)

Photo of BeeryMcbeerenstein
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this for the 2nd time last night from a 750ml.
Loved it the first time I had it and even more the second time.
It's just that price tag that keeps me away (but damn, it's worth it when you can shell it out)

A. Hazy, yellow, frothy, beautiful carbonation. Head lasts forrrrevvveerrrr.

S. Apple/Pear, boozy, fruity. Belgian esters, but nicely restrained and not blowing my face off.

T. I love this. How is this 11%? I don't get overwhelmed by the bourbon/high abv. Nice retrained belgian taste to go with the esters.

M. Get moar in my mouth.

I love this. I have nothing else to say. Take the plunge and spend the $18-$20. Worth. (635 characters)

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