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

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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,343 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2343
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%


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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pjkelley82

New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ahhhh... yea... the rating speaks for itself. Went to Maine and visited Allagash taproom. They let us sample this.... bought 2 bottles. Couldn't find it for 4-5 months then I did.... bought 2 more bottles.... bottles were $15-$19... for a 750.... well worth it. Maine beer is impossibly smooth so the alcohol taste barely stays.... I'm a big fan of cask beers so that's maybe why I liked it so much.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 06:10:42 | More by pjkelley82
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dar482

New York

4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a beautiful hazy deep blonde gold color.

The aroma has a sweet caramel, barrel characteristic with oak, and sweet apricot. Lemon, spice. You can surely get that this what it is. Tripel that is barrel aged.

The taste has a barrel aged sweetness, Belgian yeast, fruity sweetness, lemon, pineapple. Then there's some rich flavors with oak, bourbon barrel with the coconut, vanilla.

There's a boozy finish as this is at 11% ABV. My favorite tripel so far. It's not your standard fare, but this really is spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 06:29:58 | More by dar482
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with great carbonation for lots of head and lace patches on top of at first is a lightly tart, funky smell with some sour and tropical fruit notes and spice. Got some sweet fruit and sugariness out of the aroma too but not much woodiness or bourbon. Taste is the same as the barrel aging helps out in the mouthfeel with some smoothness and the bourbon notes are quiet but add some heat on the back but not overpowering. More of a traditional tripel in regards to taste with a solid balance of some tropical fruits like orange peel and banana, some sweetness from sugary malts and possibly tropical fruit and touches of spice thanks to some clove and even a slight sourness (I swear I got a taste of sour apple). Not a traditional tripel in the strictest sense but the addition of bourbon barrel aging is a nice complement to the brew and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 16:56:59 | More by clayrock81
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sticks ans Stones tonight.Poured into a goblit a lightly hazed lighter golden with a nicely formed white head.Aromas are big in the bourbon barrel department with mild phenols and spiced pears,a nice mix of things going on.Sweet bourbon vanilla flavors along with more sweet alcohol,spiced phenols are there but kept in check pretty well,some boozy fruit in the finish.A nice barrel aged tripel not over the top bourbon wise but it packs a kick.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 23:48:36 | More by oberon
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled on February 1, 2013. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow color with a finger of a white frothy head and good retention. Body is very hazy with lots of champagne like carbonation streaming throughout. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast spice, banana, clove, red apples, with some light candi sugar notes as well. Not really getting much barrel character.

Taste: Sweet Banana, apple, pear, vanilla, toasted almonds, candi sugar, pineapple, white grape, oak. There's a semi sweet creaminess as well, almost like a banana cream pudding with a shot of booze. The beer has a lot of bourbon barrel character without overt bourbon taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high, but works really well with the big mouthfeel. Booze is hidden well.

Overall: Well I'm officially an idiot for waiting so long to try this. This is probably the best tripel I've had. I can't believe this doesn't fly off shelves.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 04:41:35 | More by Jonada
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Pours surprisingly little head that is white and lasts. The beer itself is a cloudy gold.

Smell:
The hops come out strongly and mix very well with the alcohol and vanilla flavor as well. In addition, I also get some Belgian spices and some clover as well.

Taste:
Wow. The taste is nothing like the smell. While the smell is more hoppy, the taste is more vanilla than hoppy. The hops are still there but are mainly present in the aftertaste than anything else. In addition, I get a nice clover taste, which I believe would be the yeast.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with biting carbonation.

Overall:
I thought this was a very good Trippel aged in Bourbon barrels. The flavors and smells blend well together to make a very good beer. I'm definitely going to have to pick this beer up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:16:02 | More by HattedClassic
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 05:52:06 | More by Jimmys
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retry4z

California

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cold - a little too cold for such a high alcohol content beer - on tap at a Sprouts inside bar in a trumpet-shaped pilsner, which I found odd for a Tripel.

Glass filled to the top, so no head and minimum lacing.

Appearance is foggy golden yellow, with some bubbles surfacing to the top.

Hard to smell because it's so cold and my allergies, but I could make out a delicious blend of sweet flowers, fruit, and caramel with some distinct delicious barley aroma.

Taste characteristic of Belgian beers, with a delicious sweet-tingly taste of barley, malts, caramels, fruits, and licorice.

Goes down very smoothly for an 11% beer, pleasant tingling from carbonation and a warmth due to alcohol lingers.

Overall an obvious quality brew from a reputable brewery that I would be sure to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 23:07:22 | More by retry4z
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wspscott

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on Nov 2009
Found this in the basement, purchased a couple of years ago in NJ. Probably bought too many 750s and this one got lost in the back.

A: Light golden/copper color with a 1/2 finger not-quite-white head, large than expected given the alcohol level.
S: Light bourbon and a little oak/woodiness.
T: Lots of oak character (vanilla cream) but not much in the way of tannins. There is a subtle belgian-yeast flavor (fruity esters) but not much. The bourbon is very integrated, most of what is obvious is wood vs. bourbon.
M: Crisp and yet somewhat creamy/mouthcoating, I assume this is the tripel interacting with the wood.
O: An obviously well made beer that almost certainly would have been better 2 years ago., still tastes very good, but everything is too muted to be world class. Based on this bottle and other reviews, I would definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 02:37:20 | More by wspscott
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ButtonBeer

South Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is silky smooth with a complex nose and medium bodied flavor that hangs on long after each swallow. One can definitely detect the bourbon as well as a hint of honey. By my standards, this was pricy but worth it. Forced to write more in order to post. So, there is also a hint of an English ale - like Old Speckled Hen, but only a hint.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 21:28:33 | More by ButtonBeer
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glowing honey gold with a healthy finger of soapy whiteness on top that retains for a few minutes before forming a neat collar. Body is mildly active.

Wow... never smelled anything like this before. Vanilla, toffee, clove, leather, cookies, a bit of heat if you really snort for it, mushy grapes and figs. Smells darker than it looks... raisins... pineapple? All over the place.

Musty oak with a sweet bourbon that envelopes an otherwise clean tripel profile. There's that wheaty yeast and cereal malt that you might find in Chimay white or Karmeliat but then there's this mellow bourbon barrel contribution that really transforms this into something unique.

Thanks cw577enfield!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 19:27:26 | More by yamar68
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Guden

Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Fairly cloudy pale copper with a small white layer of little bubbles. Nothing bad, just not super exciting.

S- Definite oakiness with light citrus and banana fruitiness. A pleasant balance between whiskey and a tripel.

T- Oak and bourbon lead the way with a rich, sweet creaminess fighting them back before a lemon flavor finish that sticks on the tongue.

M- Creamy and mouth filling. Let's all the flavors shine through and finishes reasonably dry.

O- Very drinkable and interesting at the same time. The oak and bourbon are strong enough to really enhance without overpowering or wearing on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 01:58:16 | More by Guden
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For_those_near_death

Switzerland

4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = anticipation
S= great, but lets not dwell on it
T=life's short, cut to the chase
M=swallowed every time
O=will buy more

ok, the counter says that I must say more- ok, got it. If you are aware of being past 'half way' there, this beer might be for you. Time, sometimes, and beer, is all we have.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 06:27:51 | More by For_those_near_death
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TequilaGeorge

Pennsylvania

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

If there is beer in heaven, you can rest assured that this brew will be on draft, there. It is an amazing, but pricey brew that requires special permission from my Mrs. of 35+ years for me to purchase. I would wax her car, put on a new roof, cut down trees, build a new deck, or complete just about any chore she laid out for me, just to earn that special permission. :)

As a perfectionist, I am not one to call many things perfect, but, as beers go, this is one perfectly perfect, brew. The deep rich color, the bourbon ale fragrance, the high end boiler maker taste, and the crisp, yet rich, sweet taste in your mouth, all says this is one, very special beer.

This, however, is NOT a beer that you would want to have in the summer time. Not that you wouldn't enjoy it, because, I believe I would, but, after some heavy chores in the hot sun, and stoping to enjoy a few pints of this, you can rest assured that not much else would get done that day. :)

It is one outstanding beer that you can be proud to server your best friend, your best client, your boss, or your future father in law. It is a pleasant beer for sipping, tasting, drinking, paring with any and all healthy or unhealthy foods. It is, as I mentioned earlier, a beer that will likely be on my expected brews list in heaven, assuming I get there. :)

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 03:52:51 | More by TequilaGeorge
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

World Class-ish!

I had this on a sampler flight last night and am referring to my notes on the bar napkin, BUT after reviewing the style characteristics, I upped my score from last night.

It poured a crystal clear straw color (bar lighting) with a full creamy white head that left nice sticky lacing.

It's aroma was of malts and intoxicating bourbon.

The flavor was rooted in malt sweetness with the bourbon on top and very little in the way of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was outstanding! It was medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It's pretty sweet although not real heavy, but at the end all of that fades away to an extremely pleasant lightly dry finish. It really goes through a neat transformation there.

Overall, I think it fits with the style pretty well. It's a little on the sweet side but probably one of the most pleasant beers that I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 00:30:59 | More by WissBrauSean
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ckollias

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a pub glass.

A: Pours an extremely hazy orange hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a partial trail and semi wispy lace..

S: Honey, citrus fruits, and Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Sweet and slightly tart flavors with honey, fruits, and little bit of almond. There is the typical tripel flavors but also so oak, bourbon, and maybe vanilla.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – delicious Tripel. I would have never guess a Tripel aged in oak bourbon barrels would taste like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:35:26 | More by ckollias
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, bottled on August 24, 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden color, topped with a thick, sticky white head, leaves lots of excellent lacing.

S- Interesting, sort of weird mix of sweet bourbon flavors with lots of caramel and vanilla, as well as spicy, fruity esters and candi sugar.

T- Lots of fruit, esters that lend clove and banana flavors, as well as some spice and yeast. Has some nice sweet caramel and vanilla bourbon flavors, which are very tasty but seem to clash with the fruit and esters.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- An interesting beer, the bourbon flavors are really nice but it doesn't work especially nicely with the Tripel flavors in my opinion. It's worth giving a shot, but I probably won't need to try this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 05:41:32 | More by WillCarrera
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the complexity in the flavor of this beer cannot begin to be described, it seemed like something different every time.... spicy, bready, sweet, licorice... and all at 11% abv... you wouldn't know... the barrel aging process for beers is ingenius...

world class... no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 03:37:22 | More by klkatz
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

Bottle dated September 13th, 2012.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with an enormous effervescent and fluffy off-white head. Fades at a moderate pace with great head retention. Nice island of foam refuses to dissipate. Nice thin spiderweb-like lacing left behind.

S: A bit of bourbon booziness but not as big as a lot of barrel-aged stuff (like BCBS or other big stouts). A little caramel, vanilla and oak I would say. Tripel character stands out nicely. Get some yeasty biscuits, grass and some crisp citrus. Spicy too, mainly black pepper. Get a whiff of coconut here and there too.

T: Definite caramel from the barrels up front, mixing with some grass and light citrus. Yeasty breadiness with some earthy spices kicks in in the middle. Get some vanilla in the middle and then some coconut as the flavor progresses into the finish. Lingering oak, coconut and black pepper in the aftertaste with just a pinch of yeast. A bit of boozy bourbon lingers between sips.

M: Pretty heavy but higher carbonation and bourbon cuts it decently.

O: Top notch tripel, one of the best ever in my opinion. Not a super strong, overpowering bourbon barrel character but it does add some nice complexity. I think this makes sense because it would probably overpower the crisp and yeasty flavors of the tripel (like a Jackie-O's Kentucky Monk). Having said all of that, it shouldn't be surprising because the base beer is my favorite tripel of all time (I gave it a 4.45 but that was before quarter-point scores). Honestly I'm not sure if this an improvement or not. It's different for sure, but noticeably heavier and boozier. Definitely more complex, but loses some of the crispness that really makes the base beer wonderful. Close call. Allagash definitely has the market on tripels locked down though, nothing else comes close in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 05:44:13 | More by Dope
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer. Purchased at the brewery in August, 2008. I don't remember what I bought on that day, so I assume I drank it soon after.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber, somewhere between light brown and dark orange, with some gold - small, off-white head - not surprising considering this bottle is four and a half years old - still leaves a wall of lacing

Smell: Mild bourbon and pale malts - light caramel malts, candi sugar, light bread - some hints that this was once a tripel, including banana esters, and some yeasty spices - for this particular bottle, both the bourbon and tripel aspects have mellowed considerably

Taste: A mellow tripel with a strong backdrop of bourbon - oh, Jim Beam, you remind me of a number of bad decisions - even with over four years of aging, the bourbon is still quite potent - vanilla, wood - pale malts, with some caramel, and some yeasty bread - bananas, cloves, and other typical yeasty aspects - mellow overall, due to the bourbon barrels and subsequent cellaring

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, with some woody stickiness (I swear this is a thing), low carbonation

Overall: Many years ago, I loved this beer.

The first time I had this beer, I loved it. Then I had it again, and it just wasn't the same (perhaps, too fresh). Now, I have an old bottle, back when from when it really blew my mind. And it's just not the same. Too much Jim Beam, not enough Allagash Tripel charm. It kind of breaks my heart. Cue Taylor Swift:

Loving [this beer] is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
Faster than the wind
Passionate as sin, ended so suddenly

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 07:23:41 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased August 2008 at the brewery. July 2008 bottling. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deeply hazed golden brown. Small bright-white head drops to a wispy cap and small, tight collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tiny hints of bourbon. Deeply breast and biscuity. Half-cooked dough. Some vanilla and toffee. Slight hints of oxidation add some sherry notes. Cooked and caramelized malts. Banana and a hint of banana jam, because it must exist. Touches of alcohol and a backing yeasty spiciness.

Taste: Ripe banana and some.minor peppery clove. Belgian yeast. Bourbon pushes small layers of vanilla, oak, and toffee. Deeply caramelized malts. Bready. Undercooked biscuits. Some pale malts as well. Bourbon still kicks a bit after the years. Slight push of jammy sweetness. Layers of oak and bourbon. Solid malt base. Some pithy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Relatively clean finish.

Overall: A mild curiosity. Probably wouldn't appear in you're average curieux.

Age dampens the bourbon A good bit, but it's still kicking. A solid bass triple that gets a bit more depth with aging in barrels and a cellar. I'm thinking 2 years is prime.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 07:04:30 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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DocJitsu

California

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely translucent yellow golden color with a quickly dissipating pure white head. A lot going on with the bouquet. Bubble gum, vinegar, olive, and green grape. Mouthfeel is nice. Medium-bodied, wet, and with just the slightest bite of carbonation at the finish. I get the bubble gum right away. There's a bit of tartness, but it is very mild. Everything about the flavor of this beer is mild. I know it's been aged in bourbon barrels, but I get a hint of Chardonnay. It finishes with a very pleasant oaky vanilla. Very good trippel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 00:23:07 | More by DocJitsu
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 16:28:27 | More by SHerninko
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:41:44 | More by AlexFields
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml corker and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange-gold color. There is a huge, soft, bright-white head which fades moderately quickly to a thin cap and thick ring of foam. Lacing is moderate but really sticks to the glass.

S: The aroma is light and sweet but potent. Overtones of clove, fruity esters and to a lesser extent, banana define the aroma. Light, crystal malt/sugar sweetness give a little depth and a light touch of alcohol, especially as the beer warms.

T: The attack is classic tripel. Candi-sugar provides a light sweetness to contrast the spicey, earthy clove note that develops to prominence in the mid-palate. Only now to I detect any bourbon. It is a dry, alcoholic bourbon flavor that complements the already dry, alcohol flavor of the beer. The finish is moderate in strength and length, showcasing the bourbon in contrast to the earthy clove.

M: Fairly thin with notable but pleasant alcohol heat. Good for the style. Low but effervescent carbonation and slightly oily/sticky.

O Great beer. Excellent, earthy tripel. Bourbon is well integrated. Pleasure to drink, intent to get another bottle to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:53:12 | More by WankelEngine
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.