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

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Ratings: 3,359
Reviews: 868
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 MrHurmateeowish
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, bottled November 2007, bought at Lou's in Augusta. Pours a hazy golden amber-red body with a quarter inch (if that) of off-white head. Smells fruity/citrusy and woody. Tastes citrusy, pithy, malty, with a fair bit of wood and hints of vanilla toward the finish. A little bit of alcohol warming is evident on the finish, but buy no means overwhelming or solvent-like. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, bordering on sticky mouthfeel but the carbonation helps make this one more drinkable than it might otherwise be. Tasty and complex. I think I'll stick to drinking Allagash Tripel on a more regular basis, but this is a very good beer and definitely glad I gave this one a go. One of the best barrel-aged beers I've had so far.

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

750ml heavy brown bottle dated September 2007.

Pours a luminescent and slightly hazed gold. A modest half-inch of head receedes quickly, leaving persistent lace tendrils. The beer smells strongly of sour oak, pepper, and rounded fruity vinegar. Must and earth linger at the edges. Very nice initial presentation. The flavor is peppery and fruity at first. Becomes velvety smooth, dry and woody, with a huge rounded alcohol presence in the finish. Strong enough to numb the throat and warm the stomach. The beer feels light and a slightly fizzy at first, but this changes to a warm and creamy smoothness as the alcohol takes hold. A very good sipping beer for a cold winter night. Would be even better if the alcohol didn't so overpower the other flavors. Could perhaps be mellowed with aging.

Photo of Floydster
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5 ounce glass at O'Briens in San Diego for $2.50 on the barrel aged beer night during their 14th Anniversary week

Color was a yellow orange color with a golden tint when held up to the light, expected this one to be much darker, nice 1/2 inch soapy white head, good retention, and some very impressive lacing

Smell did not have that much bourbon in it which was a little shocking to me, instead there was a lot of sweet sugary aromas, several different kinds of sweet malt and fruity scents, also some oak and vanilla

Taste was a lot more calm than I expected it to be, the bourbon accents were very faint and provided no real intense boozy flavor, definitely traces of Belgian yeast, lots of sugar, some caramel and other sweet malt accents, lots of vanilla once the beer warmed, the oak started to shine through towards the end as well, could have used a faint amount of hoppiness to balance out more but it was still good, not a bad barrel aged beer overall

Body was pretty thick but needed some more carbonation to balance out its syrupy texture, taste lasted long quite a long time, creamy mouthfeel

Could have drank a pint or two of this, the ABV will catch up to you in a hurry though, I do not see anybody drinking too much of this, alcohol is hidden pretty well for a beer over ten percent nevertheless, pretty heavy on the stomach

Fairly new to Allagash brews and this one was the best of their beers I have tasted, I need to try Interlude next, very calm for a strong beer and quite unqiue, despite the very expensive price tag, around sixteen dollars for a 750 ml bottle, I recommend this bourbon barrel tripel to those who have not tasted it yet

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - One finger of pure, white head on a hazy golden body. Leaves nice lace as the head settles.

S - Strong boozy, vanilla scent (actually smells more like rum than bourbon to me). Sour cherries, sweet alcohol, herbal hops, and an inoffensive hint of sulphur.

T - Sweet malt, very sugary and lots of vanilla and bourbon character (really tastes like bourbon instead of rum this time). Sticky almost cloying sweetness up top with a strong, woody oak note. There is some definite bitterness and hop flavor, but not quite enought to balance the sweetness. The finish is mellow and smooth with notes of oak and vanilla and a good bit of warming alcohol.

M - Moderate carbonation and heavy body but a surprisingly dry finish despite the initially heavy sweetness.

D - Wow, quite a big, interesting beer. It is extremely heavy but the finish leaves me practically itching for more. The bourbon notes are really great and have me wondering why I stopped drinking hard liquor (though at 11% if I finish the bottle in one sitting I might remember the reason).

I am initially inclined to think that this would be a great beer with a cigar, but I wonder if it might be too sweet to make a good match. Perhaps it would go well with something light and spicy, but there is only one way to find out.

Photo of ChazMania
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted about a year ago and have wanted to find it since. Found a bottle recently. Certainly has aromas of sweetened vanilla and oak, very nice. This has a nice big complex flavor, slightly sweet and not over the top. This might be a great beer to introduce people to the world of craft beer. I am very surprised that it's at 11%, it's very smooth. I'm still on my first pour, so maybe some other qualities open up when it comes to room temp.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had this on cask at The Olde Toad in Rochester, NY. Served in an 8oz. Tulip.

A - Golden hue with little to no head. Slight lacing left after each sip. Richer color than an American Pilsner, not as dark as a red. Didn't share the same color as other tripel's I've had

S - Malty. Over the top, orange peel and nutmeg were present.

T - Orange peel and nutmeg with an instant alcohol flavor. Not overpowering, no hoppiness. No bitterness, very clean aftertaste. The bourbon barrels definitely left their mark, as well as a very faint vanilla taste.

M - Just slightly carbonated, what you'd expect from an ale that had been ages in oak barrels for months. No extra carbonation at all.

D - This could be deadly. I'm glad I had a driver. This beer is amazing. I really couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 without getting hurt, but I might be willing to try.

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

Bottled January 07, and deliberately aged until January 2008 to drink.

Pours a shimmering gold color with a fluffy white head of 3 fingers. The Duvel tulip that houses this beer maintains a foamy cap of head and is marred by dense lacing.

Aroma is very yeasty, with a distinct woody hard liquor note and some tropical fruitiness.

The bourbon barrel influence on the flavor is unmistakeable. There is a breathtaking oaky vanilla booze bite in the middle of the palate that just melts into a fruity sweetness that finishes pleasantly dry. The warmth in the chest imparted by this beer is trademark whiskey, and it blends surprisingly well with the sweet tripel notes of pear and orange.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, with a quite Belgian carbonation and a nice dry finish for such a sweet and rich beer.

This beer is a bit hot and you can feel it. The booze really comes out with too much warmth, which makes it harder to drink.

Overall this beer is interesting, unique, and delicious. One of Allagash's best.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to fartingdog for this bottle

A - this ale pours a hazy amber golden brown with a bog fizzy pure white head that dissipates to a rim quickly, tons of side-streaming carbonation

S - oak is the first element of the aroma that hits my nose, followed by vanilla, the alcohol, and some dried fruits, but this last element is only the faintest of hints

T - a great woody/vanilla/toffee taste again hits first, this beer definitely benefited from those oak barrels, also in the flavor is alcohol and lots of it, the inherent ABV, plus the bourbon rears its head. As you taste it, the alcohol fades and mellows to a sweet flavor as the other flavors step forward. as the beer sits for a while, it seems to get woodier, which is definitely welcome

M&D - a bit harsh of an alcohol kick, so it need to be drank carefully, but the flavors are darn good, once it sits for a while it gets even better and smoother, a nice brew, thanks again fartingdog, never could pull the trigger on this one in the store, im too cheap

barrel-aged=good

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

1-yr-old cellared bottle brought over by the old man. Pours a cloudy golden-rust with an off-white head so big and thick looking I thick it could support a kiwi dollar. Leaves behind lots of delicate lacing. Smells of vanilla, oak and alcohol. Didn't pick up any whiskey/bourbon notes in the aroma but it comes though very clearly in the taste... along with associated flavors such as vanilla and oak. Bit of honey sweetness and spicey yeast as well. Produces a nice warming effect in the aftertaste. Velvety smooth texture with just enough carbonation. Not as complex as I hoped or the easiest thing to drink but still highly enjoyable. Better than the first time I had it.

Photo of DavidEddie
3.06/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in May of 2007.

A golden blondish appearance. Very thick white head with some sticky lacing. Aromas of citrus, candied sugar, oak, and soft bourbon. Complex in flavor. Tastes of fruity lemon, green apple, spicy clove, vanilla, and oak. Definitely had that boozy warming effect after each sip. The oak seemed to come out more in the finish. Mouth feel smooth and soft. Moderate carbonation. Overall drinkability was interesting. The bourbon barrel aging didn’t do it for me but never the less it was fun to try. Cheers!

Photo of number1bum
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle, September 2007 bottling, a Christmas gift from my brother Nick. Poured into a Chimay goblet is a rich golden color with a bit of chill haze and lots of bubbles both sticking to the side of the glass and rising to the top. Thick and creamy off-white head on top is a good finger and a half, and recedes to a more than adequate lace. Also leaves patches of stick on the sides, but it never quite kicks that haze.

Initially I get vanilla, oak and a nutiness on the nose, products of the barrel aging I'm guessing. Not much that would normally be there with a tripel, to be honest, other than some sweetness. Barrel dominates here but it sure smells nice. As it warms up there is some more fruitiness on the nose.

Vanilla and some bourbon flavor are prominent in the taste just as they were the smell, along with an oakiness, too. Tripel characters play more on the palate than the nose, though, as I get some malt sweetness, light spiciness and fruit. The bourbon characters really add to and complement rather than dominate (a la KBS) the flavor in this beer, although the bourbon is definitely strong. Some alcohol burn toward the end hits the back of the throat, but so what, this is damn tasty.

Mouthfeel has a chewy medium-full body and is very smooth and creamy.

This is an awesome brew! Dangerously delicious and drinkable at 11%. I found myself taking very frequent sips to explore the complexities of flavor, and even spending far more time with the glass to my nose than I do with a typical brew. I'd love to get another bottle of this and leave it in the cellar for awhile. Great stuff!

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged. august 2007 vintage. 560 cases bottled. sampled dec 31/07.

pours hazy golden amber with a small dense off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. bourbon, vanilla, and tripel. bit of peach and apricot. orange peel. i get a bit of peaty smoke coming through too.

taste is good. nice bourbon presence that isn't overbearing. big vanilla. touch of clove and orange peel. alcohol. peach and apricot. bready malt.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is great. i really like the mix of bourbon and tripel. both stand tall and compliment each other well. nice balance too. i really enjoyed this one, even more than the plain tripel.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gold orange that is a bit darker and clouded of course. The flavor is presented with an almost milky mouthfeel that is thick and wooded. Smooth and almost a bit spicy, but subdued in nature. Supremely crafted and masterfully aged. This is a definite pleasure to drink.

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

Hadthis one on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I've hadthis a number of times now, several times on draft and several in the bottle. The bottle is good, but draft is better, not quite as spicy and harsh and the bourbon flavor seems purer and cleaner while also being a tad more delicate. I can't recall any other Bourbon tripels that I've had, surprisingly that elixer works well with this style of beer.

Pours slightly darker than golden with great lacing. Aromas of bourbon, sweet malt underneath that, and stored apples and pears with a touch of cream. Similar flavor profile. Heavy, but clean and pure bourbon, typical tripel tastes and some pear brandy on the finish. Quite creamy mouthfeel. This is a delight to drink. It works, and the bourbon is so well integrated that it doesn't overwhelm the tripel flavors, it enhances them. I've had this with beer lovers who don't like bourbob, and they still really like this.

Photo of phisig137
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IntriqKen for this bottle. Bottled in June 2007.

A- Pours a deep golden, light amber color with a three finger head. Great retention and loads of delicate lace. Slight chill haze before it warms.

S- Rich, warm malty aromas, followed by a distinct whiskey note, and hints of vanilla. Spicy yeast phenols round everything out. Very nice indeed.

T- Slight caramel sweetness, with loads of spicy yeast show up right away, followed by a wave of soft vanilla and bourbon flavors. The bourbon/whiskey type flavors of wood, vanilla, and sweet malt comes in waves, and make the body and flavor profile very round, warm, and cozy feeling. Quite complex and interesting.

M- Moderate body, low carbonation.

D- decent, but you've really got to love bourbon to enjoy this. I think the heavy bourbon flavor makes you think that its even higher than the 11%, even though the alcohol is well hidden. I chalk it up to a mental association.

Overall, a damn fine beer from a great brewery. Most of Allagash's barrel series beers are pretty outstanding, and this is no exception. Well worth picking up a bottle, assuming that you enjoy bourbon from time to time.

Photo of rajendra82
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Duvel Tulip I picked out for this sampling seemed very appropriate, as Allagash Curieux came out foamy, pale, and slightly cloudy. The smell was clean and elegant. I could detect a faint hint of vanilla in the nose, but not much Bourbon. The taste was sweet and soothing, but a little too simple considering the barrel aging process. Not much in the way of oak flavors here, but based on my recollection, this came across a lot smoother than the Tripel. The alcohol was well hidden except for the warmth. A little flourish of hops was all that I could detect. Soft and creamy in the mouth, and aftertaste lingered on.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the cask at the Publick House in Brookline, MA. A: Golden honey orange, very thick, legs all over the glass. S: Very sweet, the oak is definitely present, toasted malts, breads, some fruits in there as well. T: A wonderful honey/fruit sweetness up front with a nice dry bitter finish. Really fantastic. M: Thick, smooth. D: When I walked into the Publick House this was the first beer I ordered, and I was not disappointed. It's a really beautiful, extremely well balanced, well-tempered tripel. I'm going to try to make it back to the Publick House in the next few days to try it again.

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

Bottle says: Bottled August 2006 and 510 cases bottled. I drank it out of a wide mouthed wine glass in December 2007
A: Little pop when corked. Thins lace with active carbonation though. Golden-peach colored. Hazy, probably due to bottle refermentation.
S: Fruity-sweet and dry like a sauvignon blanc. A little bourbon, caramel and sweet bread.
T: Vanilla-ey smooth - first impression: amazing. Slight vegetal aftertaste.
M: Smooth yet textured well like a nice soft fleecy blanket.
D: Strong but I want more! So nice.

Photo of edraid
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only got this beer because I had a gift certificate and would not normally spend the money. Poured a straw gold color with about a finger of quick dissipating head. Smells like bourbon with a touch of caramel. Light on the mouth with lots of carbonation I want to say the same as most Belgian style beers. alcohol is hidden well with oak malt and yeast. Some fruit ester from the yeast. would suggest this beer. Maybe I'll stop being such a tight ass and start splurging on beers like this more often.

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

on tap at beachwood bbq. pours a hazy orange, almost ipa color. aroma of bourbon and belgian yeast. lighter carbonation than expected from a belgian, but thats welcome in this beer. finishes with citrius and bourbon. all in all a delicious beer. highly recomended, completly different than in bottles in a good way.

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

on tap and in the bottle, this is a truly unique tripel. it seems like enough has been said about this beer, but i didn't see much mention of the nice, coconutty scent and flavor. i found this to be one of the most dominant, especially on tap. taste of bourbon is there too, without being overly boozy. my favorite of allagash's high end offerings lately. keep 'em coming rob!!!

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

A cloudy honey-amber golden with a nice thick head. Aroma is fruity and malty with strong banana and lemon tones. The rich wheaty flavor fairly fills the mouth, and the strong hoppy bitter undertone gives it a nice kick! It goes down smoothly with a strong alcohol bite that is more like hard liquor than beer.

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

Thanks goes out to Callenak for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
May 2007

Poured into a chalice a murky light/medium golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, a few oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of the bourbon, a touch of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, a tad on the yeasty side, a nice touch of bourbon. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. Full body. Very drinkable, this is a nice take on a Tripel, another awesome brew from Allagash, highly recommended.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber but translucent with a one finger head when poured in a wide chalice. Strong bourbon smell overwhelming any malty or hoppy aromas. Very pronouced bourbon taste with soft but complex oak tannins and crisp malt finish. A light but sharp carbonation that brings out a burn from the high alcohol content reminiscent of whiskey/bourbon/scotch but with much less grimace. I love anjeo tequilla's but I have yet to get into whiskey/bourbon/scotch, and in fact despise JD, however this beer was very interesting and quite delicious. I bet it goes excellent with barbeque and intend to find out soon. (Bottled June 2006-Drank November 2007, Case 398)

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into the elongated Stone Tulip

A - Light murky honey, small white head, slightly sudsy lacing that stays pretty well.

S - Lemon, bread and wood (new wood, like tannic freshly planed wood).

T- Tripel style for sure. Wood, banana, sugar and yeast, finished with slightly bitter dryness.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation.

D - As is often true with beers of this style, you need to let it sit and warm up a bit to get the true value of the beer. It deepens as you wait. Still, not a beer I want all night.

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