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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,835 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,835
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 321
Gots: 524 | FT: 27
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

thegrimone, Nov 16, 2013
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itracy63, Jul 31, 2013
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spark3148857, Jun 02, 2013
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crownrl28, Nov 27, 2012
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MJSJr, Dec 25, 2013
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AndyTaylor, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ChipChaight, Jun 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

May 2009 Bottling

Appearance: A bright and hazy golden-orange body capped by over two fingers of fluffy near-white head that features good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma: All of the usual citrus and spice notes you'd expect from a Tripel mixed with plenty of booze around the edges and some vanilla and whiskey notes presumably imparted during the barrel aging process.

Taste: It's fruity, spicy, and bready like most Tripels, but there's far more complexity to come. You certainly don't have to look far to find plenty of oak and whiskey notes, unlike some barrel-aged beers I've tried. That eleven percent alcohol is present throughout and adds plenty of additional spiciness, but never seems out of place. Booze, whiskey, and vanilla come together in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation. There's a few hints of burn from the alcohol profile, but it's all rather deceptively smooth. Dries up in the finish.

Drinkability: A beer crafted for savoring, to be sure.

Verdict: Curieux is quite a special beer; it's essentially a damn good Tripel accompanied (not dominated) by complex barrel and alcohol character. If I had the funds, I'd secure some bottles for cellaring, as I'm sure this just gets better with age.

BeanBone, Aug 03, 2009
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Crosseye, Nov 06, 2012
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Cheld, Nov 26, 2013
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mattsmith413, Sep 09, 2013
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tjcamm, Jun 01, 2014
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bwyu, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1 finger white head.

Smells like caramel and toffee with some alcohol. Very nice smelling actually.

Tastes so good! Lots of caramel and toffee, but with a distinctive Belgian twist. Nice touch of alcohol warmth. Extremely well balanced. Oh, so tasty!

Mouthfeel is relatively creamy and perfect carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability is exceptionally high based on the alcohol.

Highly recommended. Too expensive, but oh so good.

rallison, Jul 30, 2007
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jlove5, Jan 23, 2013
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beerdave, Apr 21, 2014
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,835 ratings.