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

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Ratings: 3,361
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 431
Gots: 841 | FT: 35
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 3,361 | Reviews: 868
Photo of fx20736
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

received as a gift, March 2015. Poured in a goblet at dcellar temp.

Look: Old Gold, fizzy white head, good lacing

Smell: vinegar, maybe some Noble Hops

Taste: unexpected skunk note, pale malt, orchard fruit, some alcohol ester

Feel: soft, mousse like

Overall: major disappointment. Was really looking forward to this one

Photo of bmeehan
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I expected something great when I bought this, and it didn't disappoint. Curieux pours a beautiful golden brown and smells like citrus and oak. How does it taste? Like scotch...if scotch could be beer. It has a sweetness to it that's followed by somewhat of a creamy finish, but after you've swallowed it, it has oaky notes that make you think you just had a sip of scotch. Absolutely fantastic stuff.

Photo of Mattygross44
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Its good i mean im a whiskey drinker so i expect a little more boozy taste of bourbon but let me tell you its soooo smooth im glad i bought it. And at 11% it will sneak up on you. Allagash did very well with this brew and i cant say nothing bad about this amazing brew. If you're reading this deciding on buying it or not ...put your phone down and go try it!! It wont disappoint!

Photo of MadCat
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice hazy golden yellow with a short white head that left good lacing

Smell: Sweet, Belgian yeasts that have been mellowed out a bit

Taste: Mellow Belgian yeasts, subtle bourbon and oak

Feel: Medium body, full crisp carbonation

Overall: Excellent tripel, however I wouldn't have guessed that it is barrel aged if I wasn't told. However, I think the barrel here mostly serves to mellow out some of the stronger flavors and bring harmony to everything. So maybe the barrel not being obvious is a good thing and shows some real benefit rather than a hot boozy mess that tastes like weak bourbon.

Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The bottle was about a year old and tasted like old beer as well. It states drink within a year though. Triples are really my thing anyway.

Photo of jren
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To date the best barrel aged ale I've had. Great taste, feel, and good smell.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.07/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle shared in wine glasses. Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of coconut, alcohol, vanilla, wood, spices, and some citrus. Taste is alcohol, bitter wood, coconut, vanilla, malt, and spices. Light body, thin texture, soft active carbonation, dry finish.

Photo of dramer
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to skip describing every category in the rating here and just say...WOW. Best beer I've ever had, period.

Photo of Damorneau
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love it. Smooth taste, great flavor

Photo of uvachief
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours an opaque golden brown much like a water downed Jim Beam and ginger. Full finger of head that quickly dissipates. Little lacing as you drink. You can smell hints of bourbon whiskey. Definitely not Kentucky straight bourbon which makes this fall flat. Tastes like a water downed Lynchburg Lemonade. I have a head cold though. Not picking up much other than mild, and just nasty in my book, Jim Beam. Had to chug a bottle of it to be initiated into my fraternity. Bringing back bad memories. Mild and drinkable. Smooth almost clean finish. Abv isn't noticeable although it is a big 11.0%. Curieux is really thin. Probably good on a hot summer day. Not particularly exciting on a cold rainy winter day. I only taste a hint of vanilla or coconut (but I do have a head cold). Grew on me more as I finished the glass or maybe that was just the ABV kicking in. I'll revisit later.

Photo of Wrigfen
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest with you I am not familiar with Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripple, but this is a great beer. Maybe I am partial to belgian strong ales, but this was another great job by Allagash that exceeds in the latter.

Very hazy Dark golden pour. This is solid flavor, no dissipation. Nice head, not an overwhelming taste, and the 11 % ABV is not really noticeable or overpowering with the bevy of flavors. But you still know this is a big time (alcholo drink). A beautiful pour and great lace when you are consuming.
Excellent, recommend it and will have it again.

Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Jmc181
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely love this beer.

Photo of Drknight
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage, from the "Beerchives"...Slightly oxidized, but the oak and Bourbon still shines through!

Photo of JGam115
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2007. Dark gold, amber hue. Honeysuckle with hints of vanilla. Fleeting finish that's slightly tart. Not bad for 6 years in the keg

Photo of sbauer
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild bourbon flavor balanced perfectly with Belgian yeast fruit notes. Very long flavor.

Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oak notes overpower much of the Belgian triple notes sadly. Requires more balance to be world class.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely the very best and most well done bourbon barrel aged beer I've had the pleasure of drinking. What is already a solid tripel in it's own right is made better by the barrel aging. The bourbon flavors are there but take a nice subtle backseat approach. Not hot enough to burn and yet present enough to notice. Very nice . . . The case can certainly be made that Allagash brews the very best examples of Belgian beers in America.

Photo of Houser
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden orange with at least a finger head that dissipates quickly. smell is that of a typical tripel (bananas, oranges, coriander, peppery) with, unfortunately, little to no barrel prescence. taste is very similar to most other belgians, but has a little something extra. solid beer, but nothing overly impressive as i was slightly let down based on the other reviews here and left feeling underwhelmed.

Photo of Volbeer
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Silky smooth and refreshing... outstanding

Photo of Hayleym10
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible flavorful and tasty: also goes down real smooth

Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

December 25, 2014

750 ml bottle, wine glass

A – Golden orange, hazy, possibly just chill haze. A white foamy head of a half-inch with long retention. Sudsy, proteiny, gorgeous.

S – Funky, like very mild brettanomyces, which from my understanding is NOT used in the beer. This must be derived from the oak barrels. Tangy bread dough, and citrus-orange.

T – Very lemony-citrus, with a hint of nectarines and peaches. The vanilla/oak character is subdued but very noticeable, again an impression of some funk here. Some fresh bread dough, and citrus and tropical hops, with guava and mango in the mix.

M – Highly carbonated, but a light frothy/spritzy feel. High level of dryness throughout, especially on the finish. This is very well-attenuated. Enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

O – Even though it’s not supposed to be there, I definitely get the impression of Brett yeast, which I like! Appears to be character from the barrels and the bourbon previously contained within. Either way, very complex, a lot of layers of aroma and flavor, and matches well with some savory foods. Excellent.

Photo of Rideguy64
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boom went my taste buds. This is a heck of a beer.

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden amber color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of pineapples, light white oak and oranges.
Delicious flavor of coconut, vanilla, pineapple, mint, lemongrass, elegant tartness, oranges, white pepper, herbal hops, pears, white wine and a bit of banana. And I was almost forgetting, a touch of bourbon, which had a perfect level for the style and overall beer. Dry, almost astringent, aftertaste with a lingering fruity taste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Great example on how to hide an 11% abv, amazing.
Hard to beat Tripel. Excellent complexity and wonderfully balanced. Quite flexible: very drinkable or great sipper.

Photo of KasteelDonker
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New reviewer, new taste for me. I like smoothest, highest abv. This curieux has great taste AND the strength that I desire.

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 3,361 ratings.