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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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2,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 2334
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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Photo of jmz62565


4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I saw this I had to buy it. This pours a darkish gold color with a nice white head. The smell is a alcohol,bourbon, and oak aged aroma. The smell is something special. The bourbon taste is alot stronger than I expected. I like this,but if you don't like bourbon don't try it. Like the smell, the taste has a full alcohol and whiskey flavor. The oak wood brings out a earthy and vanilla flavor that is really outstanding. The m/f is medium with a range of flavors that mix perfectly. This beer is one for the ages and if you can find it, buy it. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 21:52:18 | More by jmz62565
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3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

December 04 bottling, served into a tall goblet glass. Pours our a slightly dense bright gold color, with a quickly-fading head. Fruity aroma (apple-like, with a dose of honey) and light caramel malt. Fruity initial taste, with sweet, candyish malt presence. Moderate bitterness, enough to balance out the malt. Strongly medicinal alcohol flavor at the finish, way too strong to me, lingering. Full-bodied, moderate carbonation.

For my tastes, the bourbon influence is way overdone. It is an interesting beer, but it's one I just don't care for.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 01:25:30 | More by allengarvin
Photo of gotbeer


3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I will admit to high expectations with this beer.

The appearance was like many a triple, with a pale head and a nice, golden color. The smell was of some fruit, oak, whiskey, and vanilla.

The taste was complex. There were notes of whiskey, and alcohol that was apparent. There was also vanilla and some fruit flavors like Allagash's excellent Triple. The delicate taste of the triple seemed to be a little subdued by the oak and whiskey flavors.

It was certainly an interesting beer, and worth a try. I prefer their Triple, though. My preferences in oak barrel aging appear to be towards aging impy stouts and barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 00:14:03 | More by gotbeer
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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jpm30 for this bottle. This stuff is awesome. The concept of a bourbon barrel aged tripel seemed very interesting to me, and it indeed works great. This is the 2004 release, and it lists the ABV as 11% as opposed to BA's 9.5%.

The beer pours to a hazy straw color with fairly little head, as to be expected from an 11% tripel that has been soaked in bourbon. Lacing is subsequently minimal.

The smell is great. A nice vanilla with a very smooth boozy aroma. Still some nice sweet grains shining through. The taste is just as great. They took an already good tripel and soaked it in bourbon laced oak barrels. Very good vanilla and bourbon flavor.

The body is uber creamy and thick with a bit of a sting from the bourbon at the finish. Very smooth. I like it alot, and I will definitely seek out another bottle in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 05:36:46 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Crosling


3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange color with a full, Belgianesque covering foam. Aroma is mostly bourbon, alcohol and a few woody elements (dry toasted oak, vanilla), but some Belgian elements remain (although I would suggest the wafting, rather than deeply inhaling the compounds), giving a lightly fruity, yeasty touch. Flavor is predominantly bourbon and booze, with a vanilla and cask wood flavor and an ungodly rich body, which does improve the beer. Some Belgianesque, triple elements remain, providing a slight hint of Belgian yeast and fruit, but it really is very unbalanced. I still find it pretty enjoyable, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 17:37:57 | More by Crosling
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bottle labelled July 2005. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a short surface foam head. Carbonation level seems low.

Smell: the nose picks up earthy and fruity tones.

Taste: nice maltiness, green apples, vanilla, hints of yeast, decent bitterness, a bit of alcohol, and a very faint hint of bourbon. Well balanced but a somewhat dry earthiness lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry throughout. Malt, alcohol, and earth tones linger a while after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy drinking even though the alcohol is noticeable especially as it warms. I could enjoy more than one bottle, but it will be over a long evening. Must try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 00:02:43 | More by Gavage
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling: July 2005
The beer after it’s disemboguing from the 22-ounce cork and caged bottle sets in the glass a honeyed gold color, the head is meaningful in size, the texture creamy and the color a pleasant off white, after its depletion, the lace forms a fine coating upon the glass. Nose has a citrus like crispness, hints of alcohol, corn, and a vanilla like tone, quite a sniffer this one, start is somewhat sweet with a purposeful grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, the hops bashed by the alcohol, quite dry, vinous, and a definite tummy warming noticed, a real “Hoot”, just got to love the brewers at Allagash, they certainly know how to put together one hell of a line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 19:25:54 | More by Gusler
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy (real hazy, I just can’t see through my glass) golden color ale with a medium bubbly white head with minimum retention. Aroma of bourbon is quiet easy to detect but also some real funky yeast is present which remind of a saison or even a lambic without the sourness though. Taste is a bit too sharp in alcohol at first, which kind of ruin it for me since I don’t like the warming feeling. But you get used to it and it seems to disappear (or I might just be getting drunk) and then I can see some traces of a nice abbey tripel with a strong yeast profile, which provide a farmhouse side that I really enjoyed. Overall, probably not something I would go for on a regular basis but I still enjoyed. If I was to rate on experiment alone though, I would have rated this much higher since I appreciated the fact that Allagash tried to do something different.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 18:23:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife & I shared a bottle last night at Concordia Ale House, Portland, OR. One of just 6 bottles they had ($18 ea.), October 2005 edition. Stated "11% ABV" & "378 cases made" on the label. Served in a chalice.

Appearance: Warm golden/amber, slightly cloudy, very thin white head.

Smell: Rich & oaky, the strong bourbon smell really was notable.

Taste: Very complex and hard for us to discern all that was going on. Alcohol was present, also yeast & citrus, and a lingering hint sweetness which I likened to banana or papaya(?). I'm still "working on" my tasting palette - so it's hard to pick out the individual flavors when the senses get so overwhelmed!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warm, wraps the tongue like a good bourbon.

Drinkability: Great for sipping and enjoying with dinner or after. We began our beer midway through dinner and found it really paired well with (believe it or not) a BLT - something about the peppery/smoky bacon. Saved most of it to go with desert, a warm caramel-ly bread pudding, which was delicious.

Highly recommended tripel - very happy we tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 16:54:57 | More by msubulldog25
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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - translucent yellow/orange pour, slightly clouded. An initially frothy head recedes to a thin cap and hefty collar. Spotty lacing, a great looking beer.

Aroma - yeast, oak, and bourbon dominate. Settles to a lightly sour oak smell.

Taste - sweet and yeasty to start. Developing oak and bourbon flavors come on beautifully. Smoothly delivered bourbon flavors take over. Finishes sweetly, warmly, and nothing like you'd expect an 11% beer to finish. I don't taste any hop influence and really don't mind.

Mouthfeel - smooth, just like a good bourbon. Right on the spot.

Drinkability - a great oak-aged beer that will give your temperance skills a challenge.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 17:56:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This id a wonderful beer. It pours a dark yellow, without too much of a head. There is some lacing, but not a lot. It has a spicy/fruity odor to it. The taste is complex: fruit, spice, and a darker backtaste. It's feels great in the mouth, not too carbonated. A really great beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 20:44:41 | More by lordofthewiens
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed light amber pour produces 2 inches of snow white froth that quickly settles to a thin but lasting veil.

Aroma is mango, pinapple, banana, pear, cotton candy, and peppery yeast shadowed by strong bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. As it warms, the bourbon completely takes over.

Flavor is similar, with tropical fruits, cotton candy or bubblegum, anf vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and strong bourbon notes. Again, as it warms, the bourbon becomes too strong, drowning out all the other flavors.

Body is medium, with a smooth, creamy texture and a bubbly mouthfeel brought on by high carbonation. Too much booze and bourbon to make this highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 16:44:10 | More by AlexJ
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: This beer is a hazy light orange coloration. The head was a very thick creamy off white. Small traces of lacing remain behind on the glass.

Smell: There is a mixture of tropical fruits citrus and bananna are prominant. There is also a bourbon alcohol smell to the beer. These combine with a very nice vannila smell.

Taste: The beer leads with a nice malty fruity bite. Then an woody bourbon taste hits like the hammer of the beer gods. Alcohol brings up the rear of the taste with a spicy vannila combination.

Mouthfeel: This beer has developed a very creamy texture over this year. I recall the beer had a peppery punch when fresh and this is lacking. I think the beer has pulled together more as a taste whole.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable taste and smell treat; however, one of these and I am done for a while. I wonder how another year will affect this beer. Perhaps I will find out.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 14:46:55 | More by nlmartin
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2.42/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

light copper, perfectly clear, tons of small fine carbs support the spritzy head.

Burbon smell is predominant although you can pick out the typical fruity tripel aroma.

After my first bottle I thought it needed some cellar time. This one is just a young 6 months old and its not ready yet in my opinon. Still a bit harsh around the edges. sweet malts add to the sugary aspect. The alcohol did make the movie "bad santa" pretty entertaining.

Notes: These bourbon type brews are tough. some peppery content came through late in the aftertaste but it just seemed like a watered down black velvet blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 06:54:47 | More by DogFood11
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. It poured a medium golden color with a little cloudiness to it and a small white head that lingered till the last sip. The smell right away was full of vanilla alchohol and bourbon. The taste was very unique. It started out like a tripple with a bit of frutiness and malt sweetness and then as you are about to swallow the oak barrel characteristics kick in. The vanilla sweetness comes around and finnishes with a very smoothe, Maker's Mark-esque flavor. After pouring the yeast from the bottle, the flavor had a little more sweetness an frutiness. I would suggest setting the bottle on the side for a bit and letting all the yeast mix in as it yields a more flaverfull beer imo. But it is defiantly recommedned nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 11:42:55 | More by Dmann
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull blonde. No head at all. Good clarity, but at least a collar of foam would be nice. Rich, complex aroma. Sweetish, with an underlying barrel aged scent. A bit boozy, with a very pleasant vanilla overtone. The bourbon is nicely placed, noticable, but not overpowering the beery, delicious tripel character. The bourbon mixes with the fruity tripel character to create something not unlike coconut. Fruity, lots of pineapple, quite tropical. Nicely placed, subtler bourbon flavor. The tripel still leads, supplemented with oaky, vanilla goodness. A fruity flavor I can only describe as coconut, the sweet kind of coconut in a Mounds bar, fruity and sugary. Plenty of pineapple and other tropical fruit. The finish is mostly dominated by the bourbon, contributing a booziness that only grows as the glass warms. Oaky vanilla, a bit of smoky phenols, with some spicy belgian yeast quality. Medium bodied, with moderate, fine bubbled carbonation. As the beer nears room temperature, the booze gets a little too strong for me, gathering a lot of heat in the swallow, the last quarter of the glass being a very slow sipper. Still, one of the better bourbon-aged beers. Classy, subtler and very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2005 04:48:24 | More by UnionMade
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle served chilled in a Raftman tulip.

Appearance: Hazy goldenrod topped by a healthy white head. High carbonation levels support the small layer of foam as the bottle was drained. Sticky fingerlike projections and sheets of foam were left on the glass.

Smell: Prominent alcohol and bourbon aromas blending in with apple/pear fruitiness and white grape juice. Peppery, powerful, and heady.

Taste: Very spicy black pepper and lively oak flavors. Sugary malts blending with boozy alcohol. Fiery and hot.

Mouthfeel: Hot and brash alcoholic feel, yet still oddly pleasant. Medium body. Lingering aftertastes of bourbon.

Drinkability: One of them "this is a beer?" kind of beers. I was skeptical of tripel + bourbon. No longer. Awesome beer that forces you to sip it slowly. Savor.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 18:04:11 | More by ManekiNeko
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well done and delicately balanced triple with an interesting addition of oak and vanilla imparted in subtle terms. Slightly under carbonated and heavy distinct smell of belgian yeast. This was a truly enjoyable beer and something to behold. Enjoy at slightly cold and experience new flavors and smells as it warms. Easy drinking and not too heavy the alcohol hides behind it all making for a ultimately enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 18:24:31 | More by Higravity
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells fascinating... like some kind of moldy exotic cheese. Complex and beyond my capability of description.

A lighter colored beer. Cloudy golden pale. Small head.

Taste... well, you can really taste the bourbon & oak notes, specifically on the first sip & the finish. But only very subtley. It doesnt hit you in the face with the alcohol like you might expect. Masterfully blended. Very full-bodied and tons of character. You'll need to have more than one bottle to fully dissect this beer.

Drinkability? As I can only find this in one specific location, a nearby bar, I will be trying this again sometime in the near future, probably near christmas. I look forward to the opportunity. An excellent, complex beer. To be savored.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 05:43:08 | More by chOAKbarrell
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What am I going to do without the Blind Tiger? Yet another gem that was part of the VSK night. I was absolutely floored by the sheer originality of this beer. It retained all the characters of a tripel. The smooth, dry, fruity palate; hints of creamsicle. And yet constantly my nose and tongue were convinced I was enjoying a snifter of good kentucky sipping bourbon. Curious indeed! There were notes of vanilla and just a hint of smoke that tickled my nose and rolled off the back of my tongue and I swear there was the distinct warming sensation I get when partaking in any type of scotch or whisky derivitive. Quite a wonderful beer though I can't imagine drinking too much of it. Three cheers for allagash!

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2005 22:38:13 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750-ML bottle corked and caged. Bottled July 2005.

Pours a clear golden beer with a subdued head.

Smell is strong fruit and floral with a medium strong scent of bourbon. Citrus and flowers mix well with the vanilla and oak from the barrel aging. A pleasant odor of whiskey floats on the alcohol fumes from the glass giving this an odor very similar to southern comfort whiskey liquor.

Taste is dry with fruit and oak with a pleasant hit of whisky in the taste. The triple flavors of flowers and spicy hops mixes very well with the flavors of vanilla, apples, oak and faint smoke from the bourbon barrel. Orange peel and coriander are in here but the bourbon flavors mostly mask them.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Hard to assign a drinkability score for this particular beer, bourbon barrel triple isn't really a style of it's own. As a triple this is good but not outstanding. As a beer not confined to a style this is a unique and interesting beer. The flavors of a Belgian triple and bourbon whiskey complement each other very well and it is a pairing I would have never thought to try. This is a MUST for any beer drinker that also likes top of the line whiskeys. For a beer only drinker this is a must try just for the uniqueness. As just a highly creative beer this is outstanding in the drinkability department. I will find another bottle of this for Thanksgiving this year.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 23:34:26 | More by Zorro
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4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled: 10.11.05

It faded quickly, but a light head once sat on this pale gold nectar. Bubbles arise from the 2 inch depths. Slight lacing, very slight.

The smell is, at first, of typical tripel style. There are orangey esters deep in the nose, but overall the beautiful bourbon qualities take a hold. Wooden overtones and a rich dryness give this beer’s aroma a wonderfully distinctive quality.

The flavor is delicious. There’s an apparent sweetness with complex malts all around the tongue. The bourbon burns with just the right amount of heat, not too much. Practically perfection. The brew is light in the mouth, yet quit apparent with the alcohol heat.

It should be obvious, but this is a brew made for lengthy, shared enjoyment. At a listed 11% or so on the bottle combined with the whiskey flavor, made me take it slow. But the slower you drink it, the more you can enjoy it!

Notes: I drank this on my 2nd year anniversary while my wife was unfortunately away on business. I didn’t (want to) drink the whole thing, and it held up well for one night with a wine stopper. Still tasted fantastic the next night!

UPDATE: 2006 Edition - the 2006 Curieux is loaded with vanilla and oak aromas and flavors which hid the alcohol much better this year. Whether that's good or not...

But still a truly delicious offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 18:14:54 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pumped when I found this on the shelves of Table and Vine in Northampton. They have several beers from Allagash, this one was a new addition. I was unsure of what type of beer it actually was, good old BA fills the gaps...again.

Hazy peach in color, quickly dissipated head, good lacing. Fairly aromatic- peach esters and of course a slight tinge of bourbon.

The taste is quite interesting. The barrel aged aspect takes away from many of the Belgium characteristics I find so enjoyable. Nonetheless is has a nice taste. Pretty sharp on the tongue, loads of sweet summer fruits, followed by an intensely sharp bourbon aftertaste.

A nice beer that is warming on this early Fall evening. A decent beer that is worth seeking out if this is your style. Cost to pleasure ratio is pretty low $11.00 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 00:47:46 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Curieux is presented in a 750ml bottle with a caged cork. Mine is listed as being bottled in July 2005 and with an ABV of 11% (unlike the 9.5% listed above). The cork releases with an audible pop. Pours a hazy orange color with a 1cm white head into my Chimay chalice. The head soon fades to an islade of white foam in the middle of the beer. Aroma is floral, with some honey and some spices in there as well. Taste is spicy, with cloves and coriander and maybe some orange peel, with a heavy contribution of vanilla and other bourbon like flavors. Slick, full bodied mouthfeel with a slightly hot alcoholic finish. Definitely feels like it is every bit of the 11% listed on the bottle, in fact without the alcohol feel this would be one easy drinking beer. A fine American tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 01:25:14 | More by ColForbin
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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, honey malt aroma, just a touch of wood. Some bret. like notes.

Golden, slightly hazy, no head at all.

Nice Malty flavor. Peaches and honey malt. Somewhat dry from the wood. The wood is aparent but not tannic or bitter. Bourbon character is there, but not over-the-top. Light hop bitterness.

Nice warming from alcohol but no noticeable alcohol flavor. Creamy and full bodied.

REally a fine beer. Love it. Wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 02:49:17 | More by czechsaaz
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.