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

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Reviews: 839
Hads: 3,405
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 5%
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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 DawnL
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
Our tripel ale aged in Jim Beam bourdon barrels for 8 weeks where complex new flavors develop, most notably coconut and vanilla. 9.5 - 10.5% abv

What I had to say:
I'm picking up more passion fruit on this brew. It was an interesting smokey quality - I assume from the barrels. Bourbon barrels are charred for both smokey and sweet qualities. I will either love this beer or be overwhelmed by it as it sits. The beer develops a white pepper characteristic which is a nice foil to the passion fruit. The palate is very alcohol driven. I would age this beer a little longer. (784 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ Bottled in March 2009

P: This honey-infused bronze liquid is topped with a soapy-like, off white head that's semi-dense and puffy with an expectedly below average retention from the alcohol.

A: Aromatics don't jump out of the glass like I had hoped, that's for sure. Bourbon, obviously, is the first thing I notice. It's not overpowering, but does smell sweet and delicious. Then, fruity aromas reminiscent of apples, pears, peaches and some citrus make their presence known. Some oak is definitely present here as well, along with cloves and yeast.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, but with the oak meter turned up a bit. Smooth malt bill propels the fruit to the forefront with flavors of pink apples, pears, and the sweetness of peaches that tastes great! The yeast and cloves work together to provide a nice spicy kick, while the Bourbon oversees everything with a hyper-active personality, mainly because it's so fresh. A sweet undercurrent of vanilla notes round things out.

M: Full-bodied for a tripel, smooth and slick, slightly creamy with a gentle carbonation.

Notes: While this Bourbon barrel-aged tripel tastes pretty good, it's just too damn fresh. As of right now, the flavors just don't meld together quite right. The bourbon is a bit too pronounced, which kind of disjoints the rest of the flavor profile. So obviously, the potential of this one is through the roof! Glad I got one in the cellar because it should be a fuckin' rock star in 2 to 3 years. (1,498 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10% version. Their regular ale,aged for a while in Bourbon casks. The result is smooth but it is corn and us Canucks are not as awesome fans on this taste. Some decent whitish head. Bourbon aroma and it is strong. Interesting enhancement for the style.
RERATE:
21 months later, on draft at Prime 16 and it was tremendous. Bourbon sourness in aroma, in taste. Grapefruit colour, lots of lace. Dramatic improvement in rating, so moving it over to the draft side.
Bottle at brewer. Bourbon aroma. White wine, champagne and funky farmhouse taste. (542 characters)

Photo of thekanna
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Appearance: Slightly pale orange-amber with medium head. A bit too fizzy... seemed the consistency of watered-down orange soda instead of beer.

Smell: Scent of whiskey with a slight whiff of cognac, but lacking the alcohol. Woody overall, almost like a fresh sapling. Interesting.

Taste: An infusion of oaky bourbon, floral hops and spices. Overall, it develops a strong oily, slick feeling that coats in your mouth and just keeps on pumping the flavor forever.

Good sipping beer, but I can't handle too much of this. It's like sniffing a good air freshener... how long would you really want to sniff it, no matter how good it smells? (698 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. As soon as I read about it, I had to try it. Thanks to James at Grapevine Market for holding a bottle for me.

Appearance - It poured a hazy honey orange color. It was slightly translucent during the initial pour and slowly became transparent as the beer warmed to room temperature. It produced a 1/2 finger foamy white head that dissipated very quickly.

Smell - I could detect notes of vanilla from the oak, a slight hint of caramel-like malt, and a Belgian-esque yeast scent. I also could smell notes of fruit like green apples, orange and lemon peel. I could also smell booze, and it became more pronounced the more the beer warmed to room temp. There was a very detectable bourbon scent.

Taste - The alcohol flavor showed up the more the beer warmed. It tasted very much like it smelled - there was a definite bourbon flavor, along with vanilla, green apple, citrus and yeast. Very tasty. If you like bourbon, this beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. There wasn't enough carbonation for me, and because of this, it felt a little too thin for the style.

Drinkability - It is definitely a sipper. You will feel the alcohol a lot sooner than you think. That said, it was very easy drinking - while the alcohol is present in the taste and scent, it felt absent on the way down.

It was worth the wait and it was worth searching out. It is a very interesting interpretation of the style. (1,427 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a chalice
Bottled on: March 12th, 2015


A: A rusty, dark golden body with less than 1 fingers width of white colored head. Its hazy to the point of being opaque. Head dissipates down pretty quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4

S: Spicy characters and a bit of fruity esters, very subtle oaky vanilla. Some booze. Surprisingly the aromas as a whole are very muted, I don’t get much at all. 3.25

T: Much more flavorful than the aroma implied. Barrel notes are noticeable right away with oaky vanilla bourbon character. There are some dark fruit characters and candied sugar that’s reminiscent of a barley. A bit of biting bitterness. Some spicy characters and fruity esters show the base beer. A bit of booze shows the ABV. I am surprised how noticeable the bourbon characters are considering it was only barrel aged for 8 weeks. Good balance and quite complex. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end which is appropriate, a biting quality from the combo of booze/spice/bitterness, ABV is noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is above average for the ABV. 4

O: Not much going on with the aroma, but very good flavor. An enjoyable beer, but not worth the nearly $20 a bottle price tag. 4 (1,254 characters)

Photo of femALEist
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 2007 & 2009 Allagash Curieux- both poured a bit cloudy caramel color with a hint of orange. The 2009 aroma was mild but malty, sweet, a little boozy and a hint of oak. It tasted like sweet malts, some vanilla, light hops. In contrast, the 2007 had way more of a whopping smell and taste of bourbon. It tasted like honey, bitter hops and bourbon! All in all the 2009 was again, a lighter beer in comparison to the aged 2007. I am not sure if they used the same barrels and the bourbon is being used up in each batch or what. (527 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber with only a 1/2 finger of frothy white head with not much retention that leaves almost a full circle of lacing. Once the head is gone the top of the beer retains a fw spots of head.

S: Well rounded tripel smell with yeast, banana/clove and hints of pineapple. Also a nice vanilla aroma comes through. Very appealing aroma.

T: Huge kick of alcohol mixed with a woody/oak flavor. Under the alcohol comes sweet fruit flavors, and the finish is really rich with oak and vanilla. Not as much bourbon as many "bourbon barrel ales" that I've had, which isn't really a bad thing. I just wish that the alcohol was not the dominant taste.

M:medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly sticky but goes down incredibly smooth.

O: Easy to drink, but it's very up front about its 11% ABV. If you can get past the alcohol the flavor is well balanced and delicious. For my taste, if I wanted something that tasted this much like alcohol I would skip the beer and go straight for the bourbon. Still, very good in its own right. (1,028 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern Plymouth—served into an Allagash tulip.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, dark gold in color, clear

Smell: big time oak and bourbon

Taste: I got a huge dose of oak, bourbon, small vanilla, and even slighter citrus. The oak really dominates.

Mouthfeel: sweet and oaky, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: I do like this one due to its heavy oaky nature. That said the tripel portion of the beer I find is very subtle—almost overwhelmed by the oak. I am not sure if that is a bad thing—just different. I may go out and get this again, but there are other Allagash beers I would get first. (653 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
bottled June 08
case bottled 524
A- This beer has an apricot colored body with a slight haze. There is a sea of micro bubbles gliding to the surface where a thick sticky mousse head last for a bit.

S- The clean smell of fresh rain and marshmallow fluff give way to an herbal green hop aroma.

T- This beer has light cheese notes with a white bourbon and oaky flavor to follow. There is an apple note and a bit of a rummy quality to it. The dry taste of circus peanuts has a note of cloves and a white wine hint which finishes with a green herbal flavor with a slight tartness.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a soft alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms.

D- This beer had a pretty light malt flavor and a light barrel flavor with not much depth but a hint of complexity. It was just too subtle to be interesting. (883 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this on-tap after having had several bottles over the last couple of years. Poured at the Library AleHouse in Santa Monica. Served in an Allagash tulip.

Slightly cloudy gamboge to amber gradient topped by an ivory finger of dense cream that recedes by half. Waves of lacing adhere doggedly to the sides of the glass ringed by shimmering legs.

Barrel notes are carefully balanced by the foundation of ale yeast and light hops. A floral element, hay, and a rich clean sugar note merge with vanillin and faint oak. Sweet and inviting.

Bourbon is estery and spirit-forward but is submerged in candi sugar, sourdough, faint lemon zest and chamomile. The barrel notes return in the finish, with vanilla and char which just prevents it from being cloying.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, and slightly tannic; warming.

Not as drinkable as I remember (a bit sweet and tiresome)...I may prefer this slightly in the bottle. (931 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stumbled upon this beer in an unexpected place. I wasn't in the position to buy at the time, but I did make a special trip to get his brew.

Boy, was it worth the effort. I have had mixed results with Tripels, so I'm pleasently surpised with this.

Looks good with a dark golden color. Brilliant oak flavor. A bit sweet for my tastes make a dry version and I be all over this. Carbination lingers behind a thick mouth feel. Very nice. High alcohol content leaves this a bit rough and not highly drinkable. But nice and very enjoyable.

I'll be sure to pick this marvel up again.

I cannot wait to try the Odyssey. (625 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at American Craft

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Some bourbon and oak does come through, but it's more vanilla and tripel. Lots of spice notes to it with a nice banana and pear flavor. Plenty of sweet malt, mostly bread, and a bit of candi sugar.

T: As with the aroma, not the most intense bourbon flavor. Again, a decent vanilla note, though. I do get some sweet fruits (mostly banana) and a bit of spice character (mostly clove). Again, a fairly strong dose of sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Would have preferred a bit more bourbon flavors, but still very nice. (656 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice golden orange color. The head quickly receedes from a huge snow white fluff into a thin 1/8" layer. Big malty and vinuous aroma. I get more wine then anything resembling bourbon. Some oak and yeast. The flavor however is quite bourbon laced. I liken it more to single malt scotch then a bourbon but the whiskey/bourbon presence is right there. Decent alcohol burn in the finish. Somewhat sweet as well. No real hop bitterness its realy all oveshadowed by the oak and bourbon flavors. Good mouthfeel. I have to knock down the dinkability a bit as I dont know how much of this I could consume in a sitting or evening. Very well done and interesting beer-just not something I could consume a lot of or very often. Well worth a try. (738 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a fine example of what barrel ageing can do, it make a good brew even better. I poured a 750 bottle into a tulip glass and was greeted by a white head set on top of a honey brown colored brew. The aromas' of the barrel make the statement right up front. It is fruity(grapes) and woody (oak) with a touch of spice and Belgian yeast to it.

I enjoyed the flavors as well the warmth of alcohol come's out first, but the flavors of fruit and candy sugar help keep it in check. I consider this a medium bodied brew with ample carbonation.

This brew has a kick, and drinking the bottle by yourself is questionable at best. So I say one glass a sitting is more than enough for me. I have revisited this beer on numerators occasions and was never disappointed. (766 characters)

Photo of damienblack
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 2008, enjoyed with thanksgiving dinner.

Pours a lovely golden brown, the color of fresh honey. Small head, but with enough carbonation to keep the beer looking lively when swirled in my Allagash tulip. Smells of sweet belgian sugars and spices, some wood/pine that helped smooth over the sugar, with a slight whiff of alcohol. An intoxicating odor.

The barrel aging gave the tripel a little bit more of a kick than I thought it would. It also tasted more spiced than I expected, it almost tasted like this year's Fluxus with a bit of a bourbon alcoholic bite to it. Overall, a far more complex profile than the standard tripel. As the beer got warmer, it definitely opened up, the spice became a little less overbearing and complemented the sweet tripel. On the other hand, Fluxus at this temperature was undrinkable for me. The bourbon taste was all up front on my palate, but mellowed as the beer warmed. I was enjoying this more a half hour after opening, rather than 10 minutes out of the fridge at opening. Average carbonation, which fits the character of the beer perfectly as a slow sipper. Drinkability improved as it warmed, and while the alcohol taste is pretty mellow (as the bourbon aging helps smooth over the sweetness of the belgian style), it's most definitely a sipper. (1,306 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottled December '04 (11% abv version)

Pours a hazy, bright, slightly yellowed orange. blinding white head forms and quickly fades. Collar is nice but not particularly impressive.
Smell is peaches, pears, green apples, bourbon whiskey, a woodsy aroma, and a slight bit of hops. Alcohol prominent as is a fairly nice yeast characteristic.
Taste is fruity, bourbon (LOTS of bourbon), bitter hops - quite a bit more than I expected - and oaky sweetness.Yeastiness is present as well. Alcohol is strong, but not overwhelming. The flavor of the bourbon is intense but there is very little heat to the 11% here. The problem I am having with this one is that the bourbon kind of overtakes much of the other flavors in the beer (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just mentioning it).
Mouthfeel is okay, decent carbonation, no overwhelming sweetness, or alcohol.
Overall, A nice experiment from Allagash. Very glad I tried this one, but I'm not sure that it was worth the $15.99 I paid for it. Nevertheless, I bought it like 3 months ago and it's been cellaring since, so I'm not that upset. Drinkability suffers only because of the abv and the intensity of the bourbon flavors. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into tulip. bottling September 14, 2013.

A: a hazy bright orange body. head is frothy and bright white. retention is good, thick clumps of lace left behind.

S: minor oak aroma. sweet unfermented sugars. fruity, apples especially. a relatively mild aroma.

T: a little bit of vanilla. pears. lots of oak, not nearly as much of the bourbon as I remember in the past. a little vinous. this thing is dangerously drinkable/smooth. the heat is seriously minimal. residual sweetness.

M: moderate carb, but mostly smooth. medium/full body.

D: goes down too easy. to, too easy. my one complaint is where is the bourbon? seems like they almost blended it out of the equation. otherwise a very drinkable, very smooth Belgian blond ale. (737 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dense cloudy appearance with a pale orange caramel color. It ours with a frothy white foam which quickly dissipates. The aroma is dominated by charred oak with possible notes of resin, leather, and clove. It has a full body-- a creamy, thick feel with soft carbonation. The initial flavor is that of a tripel. It's lightly bitter and almost salty. It has a spicy finish of bourbon, black pepper and alcohol. This is basically a tripel that is treated with the charred oak flavor of bourbon. Quite unique.
(rated 1/14/2007) (538 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber light orange with a frothy white head that develops into a thin collar. The beer is slightly hazy with very lively carbonation. The oak bourbon barrels impart a wonderfully complex aroma of vanilla and tropical fruit. The fruitiness is complex with several layers that is very enjoyable. Slightly phenolic and spicy as well from the yeast.

The beer begins with an initial full mouthfeel and creaminess that imparts a vanilla sweetness. Sweeter than I would prefer that inhibits drinkability and takes away from some of the finer subtle qualities of the yeast. It's difficult to differentiate whether the sweetness is imparted from the vanilla notes of the bourbon barrel or simply the attenuation of the beer. That said it is a little nitpicking and personal preference.

Sweetness aside the phenols and spiciness are somewhat subdued compared to the scent. Very full mouthfeel as one would expect from the style. Throughout the beer the barrel aging is very evident, but there isn't a hint of alcohol presence. (1,042 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Tulip. Bottled in August 2009.

Pours a light golden amber with a small light white head. The nose is like light bourbon, spicy Belgian yeast and a nice sharp bite.

Taste is very well balanced, it's got some bourbon bit it's not in your face, it's got a nice burnfrom the alcohol mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. (388 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet... a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Great retention. Still looking strong after the minute or so it took to bring up this site and type this far.

The smell is characteristic Tripel. Floral, bits of honey... not a lot of bourbon barrel on it yet.

The bourbon comes a little more on the taste... really balances well with the Tripel flavors and Belgian spices. The honey and bourbon are a great compliment to each other and neither is overpowering.

It's kind of a weird flavor... but it's good. I guess bourbon barrel aging isn't as well suited to this style as a stout, but it's still a good beer. (642 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear yellow with a little bit of head

S-very strong bourbon, and little bit of yeast

T- the bourbon is very unbalanced with the beer. You can really taste it and that is not good. Would be very good if it was more mellow

M-medium body and smooth finish

O-good beer. Wish it was more balanced (299 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at manny browns in philly

Pours a clouded golden color with some fluffy white head - fades out slowly with patchy lacing and retention.

Strong bourbon scents with wood and dark fruit. Raisins, cherry, and dates all swirl together with alcohol heat.

Plenty of wood notes up front with bourbon. Dark candied fruit and burnt sugar with alcohol. Bready malt with crust and sugar. Finishes with bourbon, wood, alcohol heat, and fruit sweetness.

Fuller medium body, lighter carbonation, sticky and chewy. Drinks pretty nice, plenty of bourbon barrel flavor, definitely something I want again, but hot up front. (617 characters)

Photo of snpub540
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead's. Poured a hazy orange hue with a small white head. It leaves some delicate lacing on the glass the entire drink.

Aroma seems very faint. A little spice and some earthy yeastiness mixed with a nice vanilla from the barrel.

Nice hay and grain flavors upfront with phenolic yeast notes in the finish. Spicy and tasty. A little bourbon and heat as it warms. Great flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is crisp and refreshing. Nice drinking beer. (476 characters)

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