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

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Ratings: 3,177
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 731 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
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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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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.

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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..

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,177 ratings.