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

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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,686 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 301
Gots: 468 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004)
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bierbum718

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-05-2013 20:16:42 | More by bierbum718
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deadliest

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-05-2013 18:47:52 | More by deadliest
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jdense

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-05-2013 18:04:59 | More by jdense
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

11-04-2013 20:42:22 | More by funkel81
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Paccamacca

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-03-2013 21:10:08 | More by Paccamacca
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Damian

Massachusetts

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
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-03-2013 02:54:38 | More by WVUbrew
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Coldsnack

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

11-03-2013 00:37:48 | More by Coldsnack
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-01-2013 14:03:53 | More by Shawnspl
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alwaysplayin

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-01-2013 05:00:21 | More by alwaysplayin
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-31-2013 18:59:06 | More by ajcormier
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bulldog91

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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nharres

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-30-2013 20:55:55 | More by nharres
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sorvats

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-29-2013 22:02:31 | More by sorvats
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-27-2013 00:05:04 | More by hoffa0922
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hikeeba

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-26-2013 20:40:55 | More by hikeeba
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judkinst

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-26-2013 15:33:38 | More by judkinst
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MattyIce21

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-26-2013 05:28:44 | More by MattyIce21
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

10-26-2013 01:20:03 | More by DarthKostrizer
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GETTNCRUNKED

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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collino

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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BEERMILER12

Maine

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
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Mphis

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-22-2013 21:30:24 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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dbkdev

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-22-2013 17:53:31 | More by dbkdev
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.