Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.09/5 rDev -27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz (750 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottling September 13, 2012
Served in a tulip
The hazy, yellow-amber liquid was topped by an inch-tall crown of sudsy, off-white froth. Splotches of lacing coated the glass. The head faded to a thin, lasting film.
Belgian yeast notes were apparent in the nose. Crisp, fruity and phenolic. Slightly sweet with subtle vanilla notes. Touch of citrus. Lemon peel was most apparent. Hints of bourbon came through as well.
The flavor profile was rather lackluster. Belgian yeast notes appeared on the front end. Slightly phenolic. Subtle bready, toasty notes were present as well. Crisp, dry and lemony in the center. Hints of tart and bitter citrus rind were noticeable on the back end. The finish was oaky, dry and much hotter than I anticipated. I was amazed that this was only 11%.
The mouthfeel was one of the better things about this beer. It was smooth, supple and frothy. The liquid contained a fine, lively effervescence.
Curieux was a huge letdown, especially considering that I paid nearly $20 for this bottle. Not only was the flavor profile simplistic and quite harsh, but the bourbon element was practically non-existant. Allagash makes some terrific beers, but this definitely is not one of them.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 16:27:33 | More by Damian
4.36/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap after a few minutes
S: Belgian yeast imparts some nice fruity and spicy notes while the barrel character gives off some vanilla and oak. Alcohol lightly twitches the nose
T: Quite complex. Starts off with the yeasty fruit and spiciness and goes into the oak, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol. Lightly sweet into the finish. The length of time it takes to go from the yeasty tripel aspect into the barrel character varies and makes things interesting
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly drying
O: A very unique and tasty treat (albeit, quite expensive) that makes for a nice sipper. The barrel character works well with the base beer and imparts a nice complexity. Definitely worth trying because there is just nothing else like it
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2013 04:29:30 | More by BEERMILER12
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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