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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 04-05-2004

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Photo of Floydster
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5 ounce glass at O'Briens in San Diego for $2.50 on the barrel aged beer night during their 14th Anniversary week

Color was a yellow orange color with a golden tint when held up to the light, expected this one to be much darker, nice 1/2 inch soapy white head, good retention, and some very impressive lacing

Smell did not have that much bourbon in it which was a little shocking to me, instead there was a lot of sweet sugary aromas, several different kinds of sweet malt and fruity scents, also some oak and vanilla

Taste was a lot more calm than I expected it to be, the bourbon accents were very faint and provided no real intense boozy flavor, definitely traces of Belgian yeast, lots of sugar, some caramel and other sweet malt accents, lots of vanilla once the beer warmed, the oak started to shine through towards the end as well, could have used a faint amount of hoppiness to balance out more but it was still good, not a bad barrel aged beer overall

Body was pretty thick but needed some more carbonation to balance out its syrupy texture, taste lasted long quite a long time, creamy mouthfeel

Could have drank a pint or two of this, the ABV will catch up to you in a hurry though, I do not see anybody drinking too much of this, alcohol is hidden pretty well for a beer over ten percent nevertheless, pretty heavy on the stomach

Fairly new to Allagash brews and this one was the best of their beers I have tasted, I need to try Interlude next, very calm for a strong beer and quite unqiue, despite the very expensive price tag, around sixteen dollars for a 750 ml bottle, I recommend this bourbon barrel tripel to those who have not tasted it yet

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10oz glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Fantastic 2-fingers or so of head sitting on top of a slightly hazy light golden yellow brew. Lots of active carbonation. Head retention was very good and lacing was strong almost all the way down the glass.

The aroma is the first hint of something different here - there is a nice hint of the bourbon-vanilla-oak thing, presumably from the barrel aging. It's complex with some other fruit aromas mingling in there as well.

Trips are a favorite of mine and I wasn't sure about messing with it, but I'm glad Allagash did because this was awesome. The notes of oak, vanilla, and the spice notes of the tripel are simply a great combination. There is definitely a warming from the alcohol content, especially on the finish.

Overall a great brew. I love the tripel style and I like Allagash's take on the style. Nice!

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a tulip.

A: Decent head and retention, white and bubbly eventually becoming a ring. The body is pale golden yellow in color and foggy. Minimal lacing.

S: Well mannered bourbon, vanilla and oak are the predominant aromas.

T: Sweet enough, nothing bitter and well concealed alcohol, especially given the ABV. I would have preferred that the Curieux be leaning more heavily towards the tripel end of the spectrum, as the bourbon component is less subtle than advertised.

M: Nearly perfect mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy texture with a prickly carbonation and a well endured finish with the oaky bourbon lingering on.

D: I realize that this is a very good beer. And I enjoyed it as such. Ultimately, it's drinkability comes up short for my personal preference considering I've come to accept that bourbon flavor in my beer is not a favorable flavor component. It is restrained though, and subtle enough that I think many will find this brew highly palatable.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL corked & caged bottle split. Poured into a tulip. Bottled January 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a great white head that left a thin ring of lacing as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Yeasty, with a good woody oak vanilla-ish bourbon note in front of a light biscuity-wheat & banana earthiness; very subtle though.

(T)- A light & spicy wheat & lemon behind a big, warm, & woody oak vanilla sweet middle. Finishes the same as the middle.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A tad high in the boozy warmth as it goes down with that oaky vanilla sweetness. Some of the traditional tripel nuances come through, but at this stage, the barrel aging is taking center stage. The richest tripel to have crossed my lips.

(D)- An interesting tripel. I have never seen a bourbon barrel aged one at that, so this one intrigued me. Definitely is a good one, but the barrel aging definitely overpowers most of what this has to offer; over time should smooth this out. I am glad I split this, cause I would have difficulty.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle (dated 2009) served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice (Thanks, FernMaster!)

Pours a honeyed yellow, like a Halls mentho-lyptus cough drop. FernMaster got a sizable amount of head pouring this into a pint glass while I got a nice, tight cap of white foam into my wide-mouthed chalice. The head coats the glass when tipped; lacing is strong.

Lots of sweet stuff in the nose. Plenty of sweet malt and orange zest. Something generically sweet... like a candy necklace or something. There is some vinegar sourness that I think comes from the barrel aging. There isn't so much a woodsy smell from the oak barrels but what the aging has brought is depth to the sweet scents that tripels have.

The oak barrel aging process lends more obvious elements to the taste of the beer. There is a drying, kind of vinous aspect along with vanilla flavors that go well with the bready sweetness of the tripel body. Some floral, rose petal like taste to the finish is unique. To be honest this isn't as complex as I thought it was going to be.

I love the mouthfeel of Curieux. it is very thick; I've had imperial stouts with thinner mouthfeel than this beer. I don't know if such a thick feel is the best choice for this beer, but the surprise of it is novelty enough to excite me. Drinkability is ok for the style, I suppose. There is a smidge of fusel alcohol on the back end. I don't think I would want to tackle a whole 750mL by myself.

What a cool idea -- barrel aging a tripel. Does this beer make a successful argument for more tripels undergoing barrel aging? Nah, I don't think so. This beer is very good but ultimately not going to revolutionize the style. A valiant experiment.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. bottled august 2010.

pours a cloudy, dull yellow with a finger and a half of white head. retention is so-so; most of it recedes somewhat quickly although a lasting cap remains. nice walls of lacing.

in the nose i get a lot of the traditional tripel aromas: belgian yeasts, spices, fruitiness (notably lemon and a bit... almost tropical), and some subtle malt characteristics. not picking up on much bourbon, though there is a touch of booze.

flavor follows the smell to some degree but then branches out into all kinds of directions. first of all, the alcohol is a much bigger player than the nose had me believe it would be; very boozy, barely hidden at all... the fruitness combines with the spices and opens up more mid-palate, and is quite tasty... interestingly, i get some bourbon out front and then again in the aftertaste, where its presence is most felt. unique approach. delcious? not sure i'd go that far. despite its heat it is good, maybe i'm just not completely in love with a boubon barrel-aged tripel.

really creamy mouthfeel with a medium body, appropriate carbonation. IMO not tremendously drinkable no matter how you look at it: too boozy to drink much of in a sitting, too cost-prohibitive to return to unless you're ga ga over it, which i'm not. nice, tasty beer, don't get me wrong, but i probably won't be returning considering the previously mentioned.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to McWhirk for cracking this pricey number with me. Poured into a goblet. The beer pours a hazy straw color with about a finger of frothy white head and sticky soapy lace and lots of visible carbonation. the aroma is kind very malty right up front with just a nice lingering bourbon aroma that's very nicely balanced. It finishes the aroma with just a slight bitter hop scent. The taste follows the aroma really well. Rich malts coat the pallet with a nice caramel/bourbon flavor and an oak finish. Slightly hot a boozy on the pallet but still pretty rockin'. The mouthfeel is great, light and good carbonation. Certainly a sipper though, especially at a big elven percent with a bit of heat at the end.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into cervoise. December 2010 on the bottle

A - Pours a light, hazy orange with 1.5 fingers bubbly white head. I expected it to be a touch darker but still good looking.

S - Lots of vanilla and caramel. A good funkiness mixed in with the yeast. Some cloves, nutmeg and nuts.

T - The bourbon is there but not as strong as you'd think, which is fine. It doesn't overpower the strong woody flavour or the vanilla. The cloves, spices, peppers and some bananas and oranges are also supporting. Pretty good.

M - A bit thin and not exactly perfectly organized. Flavours could stand to be better meshed but still decent.

O - This one is fairly boozy and a bit hot. The soft approach of the flavour profile makes the booze easier to handle. The bourbon could have been a wee bit stronger but it was still tasty.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 2 wine glasses. bottled 2/2011?

A- Pours a semi-transparent rosey peach hue. A big bright foamy head forms. Looks interesting and inviting.

S- Sweet floral and fruity notes. The fruitiness has a juiciness. Some spice and yeast present. Medium

T- Similar to smell. Sweet juicy fruit and floral tones upfront that give way to a blossoming of mellow oak, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavors then blend back into equality and gently linger.

M- A nice moist feel with a slight drying action. Light- medium body. Feels nice.

O- A very good beer. Interesting. They nailed the bourbon flavor without over powering the rest. Will be buying again.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hazy light gold. Thin white head that splits to islands of thin foam. Smells of a serious Belgian, sweet honey, some vanilla, very slight bourbon notes. Tastes again of a good Belgian, sweet honey with some raisins, vanilla, slight bourbon comes through as it warms. This brew seriously needs to be served at cellar temp. I opened it way too cold and didn't get much but as it warmed it came alive! Completely different brew. The warmth lets the alcohol, bourbon, vanilla come through much better.

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Photo of Truh
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The strange, funky, and wild just kept coming with this one on 11/5/2004. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. poured twice in a goblet.

Initial soft covering of carbonation, with some littering out into striated jettrails. Very understated nose of sifted stew, golden raisins, and a bit of ginger. Pale yellow hue with just a hint of haze, but on the whole fairly clear and opalescent. Some biting bourbon of flashing heat and woody oak up front, followed by a warming alcohol suppressant. Wonderful balance of all inputs, great fall/winter offering.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to N8DAGR8 for sending me this as an extra.

Aroma is unique, lots of wood, mild bourbon, dominated by malt character, something 'old' smelling that is hard to place, like the malt profile of an old ale maybe? I don't really get the pear/apple/yeast aromas that are typical of the style and that other reviews mention.

Taste is pretty similar but a little better. Lots of wood/bourbon character from the barrel, but it's a pretty unique barrel character, very different from the way bourbon barrels usually interact with stouts for example, much more subtle. Again, an unusual and complex malt character that reminds me in some ways of an old ale.

A very good and unique beer. This pour was somewhat different from how I remembered the beer, would like to revisit this review after I try it again.

8.0/10

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Photo of ccrida
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottling dated May 2007, poured into my Koningshoeven goblet, Curieux ('curious') is a hazy gold with a thin a thin white head that leaves modest, sticky lace.

Aroma is very heavy on the vanilla and bourbon aspects of the oak, with much less of the fruity, spicy Belgian yeast of a tripel. While I enjoy the smell, it is my affinity for bourbon, not tripels, that is piqued.

Taste, while plenty of bourbon, is better integrated with the base tripel then the draught I was pouring at a beer festival this summer (and had plenty of samples of). Still, even with a few more months age, this tastes more to me like a tripel with a shot of bourbon in it then anything else. And that's not all bad, particularly since I love tripels and bourbon is pretty much the only booze I'll drink. Still, it's a bit heavy-handed, and I think they'll need to count on time to afford them the experience to tweak the formula more appropriately. The fusels are just too strong, in spite of the effect of the bourbon smell/taste. This would probably be much better at 9% then 11%. I do, however, appreciate the 'woodiness', a bit like the cedar 'taste' of a humidor, as well as the tinge of honey.

In spite of the thin head and viscosity of the booze, the mouthfeel is ceramy, with a medium body.

Drinkability is above average, but this is a very robust and boozy tripel that begets respect. But there's not denying it's addictiveness...in spite of the fact that every time I've had this, I've been less then impressed, taking my time with the whole bottle has lead me to really want to milk those last few ml...

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

I liked it, but I prefer a regular tripel for what it is. I don't think everything needs to be bourbon barrel aged these days.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-cask 7/3/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, fruit, light malts, alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste malty and creamy which I wasn't expecting, with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance and there's a slightly alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, the casking seems to add the creaminess to it, whether or not that helps this particular beer is a matter of personal preference. Overall, it's a very good beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of SHerninko
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From an aged in my basement bottle, original purchase: Whole Foods (Mile Post Pub)

Appears: Very striking gold, champagne, cloudy. Looks classy and expensive.

Smell: Fragrant, very nice on the nose, sweet and bready.

Taste: One of the best of its style, the bourbon adds complexity, a different sweetness than a typical tripel. Very slight vanilla and carmel flavors though, not overly flavored, very subtle. Very slight pepper and alcohol taste, but at 11% it hides it. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: solid, not too thin, not thick, it swirls around with a bit of stickiness.

Overall: Great example of the style and more flavor from the bourbon adds to it. I thought a lighter beer (not a stout) would have a much stronger bourbon characteristic, but they've melded the two to compliment each other and not overpower the base beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 (bottled Feb 2010) into a Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a deep foggy golden honey with tons of carbonation. It is hard to see the carbonation because the color is so foggy, but when held to the light, there is a party going on in the glass. The head was thin and bubbly and didn't hang for long. Really attractive for the style.

S - Very strong woody smell mixed with a tripel. Very spicy and clove-like in odor. Citric notes are more in the background on this one.

T - Very unique. The bourbon flavor is there, but blends very nicely with the tripel. The wood flavor is mixed in also giving it something different. The alcohol is very present also and almost dominates the taste. The flavor definitely opened up on additional pours.

M - Alcohol is strong and gives my mouth a lively tingle.

D - Not the most drinkable beer, but at 11%, I doubt many would look for more than just one (even when sharing).

Worth a try, but didn't live up to the hype for me. I was impressed and it is a really good beer, but the dang internet set my expectations a bit higher on this one than reality. As with most brews, the flavor really came out after a pour or two, so you might want to let it warm up a bit before drinking.

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Photo of DawnL
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of thekanna
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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?

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of femALEist
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.