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

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Reviews: 844
Hads: 3,444
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 23.04%
Wants: 451
Gots: 898 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of sevreng
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on draught, 5/18/2014, in tulip glass. Evening Star/Planet Wine in Alexandria, VA.

A- Creamy opaque copper with 1/4 head.

S- Dates and dark fruit notes giving way to citrus and a little vanilla as the beer warms.

T- Light raison and vanilla notes, bourbon flavor is not readily separated from the beer and makes a fantastic contribution. Great dry finish, sly warming alcohol with no undesirable hotness.

M- Light in body and effervescent yet full and creamy. Great tripel style body.

O- Very interesting contribution to the style, highly recommended for those who enjoy tripels. Would like to get a corked bottle for the cellar.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter (one I so sneakily stole from the Shannon Rose in Clifton). Not sure how old this bottle is. Label reads 0244 over 10:19. I highly doubt this bottle is 70 years old. Maybe one or two? Who could say? The store I bought this from still had last year's Pumking on the shelf so it could have some age to it. By the way, the pour is lovely. Nice chamomile tea coloring with a two finger head. Beautiful lacing as I continue to drink.

The nose is a little disappointing, I guess. More tripel and not enough bourbon. I wanted a nice blast of booze, but didn't get it. Again, I don't know how old this is.

Taste is smooth. Very smooth. TOO smooth. This must have some age to it. The alcohol burn doesn't start until it's taken a full tour of your esophagus. Slight bourbon notes in the taste. Excellent--nay, superb--balance!

I'm going to enjoy every ML of this 750ML bottle.

Addendum: I'm an idiot. Bottling date is front and center on the bottle. January 24, 2014. Well done, Allagash. You brewed a beer that hid all its alcohol in less than 6 months and hid its bottling date in plain sight.

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Photo of Mordath
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 330ml goblet. Bottled 3/21/14. Corked it at 45 degrees F and let it warm while drinking.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper. Medium head that quickly settles. Light lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, banana, spice, a very light scent of honey.

Taste: A bit high on the alcohol side, even for an 11%. This was a young bottle (only 2 months old), I'm sure it would mellow with age. I bought a second just for that purpose...

Mouthfeel: A dry finish, certainly a belly warmer. Moderate carbonation, it was still bubbling when I finished each glass.

Overall: I expected more bourbon flavor to come through, it was not as noticeable as other bourbon barrel ales I've tried. Still, overall an enjoyable drink. Not sure it was worth the hefty price tag, but looking forward to trying the second bottle in a year or so. Because the bourbon wasn't apparent, next time I'll save half the $$ and get a plain Allagash Tripel..

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Photo of derryd
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle, good lacing on the glass, great mouthful, no overwhelming or overpowering in the mouth, taste is somewhat like an English Old Ale, light smells of carmel, cloudy appearance. A great beer with great taste, goes down well with no after taste and will wreck your palate. I'd rate it higher for an English Old Ale than a Tripel.

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Photo of pacino77
4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

dang. i shared a bottle of this with my brother in honor of my thirtieth birthday and have only positive praise for it. we paired it with homemade huaraches, and if you've never tried turning ground corn into tortillas, i'll tell you that all it takes is a little bit of water and a fork, and fueling your efforts with sips of curieux isn't a bad way to go either. it packs an amazing wallop without ever being in your face or overbearing, just an enjoyable experience from feather to feather, from sip to sip. sit back and settle your eyes out on that pod of dolphins passing by. it's summertime. enjoy all the moments.

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Bottling served at room temperature
A - Under reasonable pressure. Pours a cloudy golden color with a single finger of white head. The head is long lasting leaving a nice amount of lacing.
S - Has a yeasty, floral nose with a hint of grapefruit.
T - Hints of bourbon (very light) with similar qualities to the smell.
M - Moderately full mouth feel with no coating qualities. Very carbonated
O - A nice Belgian style ale. I don't imagine it spent very much time at all in the bourbon barrels. I wouldn't get it again but it was worth trying once.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: this re-review is the 3rd, following the most recent on 8/2013. My initial thought was not liking the bourbon addition to beer. barrel-aging (especially whiskey) have grown on me over time. The second review increased ratings, but I thought I would need at least one more.

A: translucent yellow with decent retention and lacing
S: strong on the wood, with some notes of the whiskey. A citrus-pineapple undertone seems present
T/M: initial tastes are like the smell, up front is a little flat beer taste, immediately followed by the bourbon barrel taste to save the day. This taste is subdued by the fruit flavor in the beer, my initial thoughts reminded me of pineapple, and the combo almost of piña colada. The end wood notes fade into a taste of paper (strange but not off-putting)
O: I think this beer could grow on me. The bourbon does not overpower the beer as much as some. The ABV is also pretty well hidden. This is a very solid beer overall. I think the balance of the flavors is superb, even if the overall flavor does not charge me up as much as others.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Beach Front Liquor, San Clemente CA
Bottled October 25, 2013
Popped and poured into an Allagash Chalice

A: clear amber-honey color, effervescent with a 1.5 inch head. Settled to .25 inch and retained as I allowed the beer to warm slightly. Quite beautiful.

N: roasted malt slightly sweet, hard to sense any bourbon. Not what I expected, very soft of the nose. Pleasant.

T: HUGE burst of flavor on initial taste. A super-intensified version of the nose. Sweet caramel malt on the tongue with unmistakable whiskey tones and yeast. Truly dramatic to sip. Bourbon lingers on the palette. Mouthfeel a little bubbly, I think I would love to try something like this with a heavier body. But it definitely holds up.

This is a must-try for even those not thrilled with this style. I'm hooked already.

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Photo of ConMac
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the Allagash Brewery following a tour. Really unique beer from Allagash...even at 11% ABV, it doesn't come off as "too boozy" like some beers might. Great execution and a beer worth trying (again and again). Hats off to Allagash on this one.

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Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, smooth pour into a globe glass nets a fluffy white, finger high head over a clear golden toffee body. Good head retention and lacing left on the glass.

Belgian tripel first and foremost, fruity yeast esters, pineapple, ear and red apple skins, sweetness is reserved to a light caramel and oatmeal cookies that blends well with the fruit. Oak and bourbon is very subtle adding a vanilla cream film. Grassy and lightly citric hops.

Sweetness is cookie dough and the bourbon and wood is featured more adding vanilla to the Belgian spices and fruity esters. I get some apples and lemony hops in with clove and black pepper spices. Finishes with muted grassy hops and yellow citrus, dilute bourbon and Belgian yeast.

Moderate body and carbonation that is smooth and calm bringing balance to the active Belgian yeast and barrel influence. Alcohol is present but complementary to the flavor profile and it releases from the palate nicely.

I was expecting a much heavier and more intense beer and was surprised by how mild and bright this is. Belgian spices and fruity esters dance about with a thin veil of vanilla, oak and whiskey to keep it together.

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Photo of BeeryMcbeerenstein
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this for the 2nd time last night from a 750ml.
Loved it the first time I had it and even more the second time.
It's just that price tag that keeps me away (but damn, it's worth it when you can shell it out)

A. Hazy, yellow, frothy, beautiful carbonation. Head lasts forrrrevvveerrrr.

S. Apple/Pear, boozy, fruity. Belgian esters, but nicely restrained and not blowing my face off.

T. I love this. How is this 11%? I don't get overwhelmed by the bourbon/high abv. Nice retrained belgian taste to go with the esters.

M. Get moar in my mouth.

I love this. I have nothing else to say. Take the plunge and spend the $18-$20. Worth.

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Photo of stephens101
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brass with pure clarity and a white froth. Pear, slight smoke and ripe orange to the nose. Tastes of more pear, taffy, a bit of grain, apple, burtn sugar and water-logged oak. Alcohol is prominent. Body is medium to heavy. This is my first, and hopefully not my last, go at a BA Tripel.

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Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured beautiful, cloudy golden color with a nice head which quickly died down to a thin lacing around the glass. Very nice smell of peach and oak. First glass was bitter peach flavor on front, with bourbon coming through on back end. Second glass was much less peach flavor and much, much stronger bourbon. Not sure how long bottle had been on the shelf, but it would have benefitted from gentle swirling before opening to mix up the flavors. Good carbonation. This is a beer to be sipped slowly just as you would with a glass of bourbon.

Overall, hard to determine the true characteristics of this beer as the flavors seemed to separate in the bottle, heavier bourbon taste at the bottom and the fruit at the top. Recommend swirling your bottle before opening for a better experience.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of March 22, 2013. Poured into goblet.

A-A nice burnt orange body with great clarity. The head was a pinkies width at best with minimal head retention.

S-Oak, peach, vanilla with a overall earthiness to it. None of them are really pronounced but all melded together.

T-Really enjoy the flavor of this beer. Up front you definitely get a fruitiness of peach and mango with the vanilla coming in after it. The bourbon barrels come in with the dry finish. The barrel aging is more subtle than I was expecting but fucking awesome none the less.

M-On the heavier side for the body thats broken up by the high carbonation. Dryer finish.

O-So this beer was worth the $18 after all. Enjoyed it alot. Wish the price tag was less so I could drink this more often. I do not know the ratio of how much they blend the fresh triple with the barrel aged tripel but being that the bourbon/vanilla/aged characteristics are so subtle I would say a majority of this beer is the fresh tripel. Not complaining at all because I really enjoy this beer. I will have to grab this years and see how it taste.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been on my list of beers to try for some time now. I had this on draft years ago, and I believe the keg was infected.

The appearance is translucent and light copper with a fluffy, tan head. The aroma brings an odd combination of Belgian yeast, citric spice, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Not off-putting, just unusual. Certainly an interesting brew. A lot going on, though I must say, I would prefer any of the better tripel beers to this. While the barrel-aging is well executed, I don't believe it adds to a beer of this ilk. There are some flavors that just naturally clash, and perhaps bourbon and tripels were not meant to be united. All that said, this was decent, though I won't buy it again.

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Photo of jwchestnut
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really gorgeous beer. Golden straw color, small tight bubbles, wonderful creamy pillowy head that staid around for quite a while. The nose is sweet malts, banana, coriander, maybe some grapes and white wine - definitely sweet. Sadly no discernible or strong barrel characters in the nose and similar in the taste. Similar to the nose with some faint oak, but definitely sweet malts and spicy belgian yeasts, faint tart like lemon rind - would never have guessed it was 11%. Very tight carbonation but moderate feel for such a sweet beer goes down easy and dry. All in all this was a fantastic tripel but the consensus was that as there was little apparent barrel character it was somewhat disappointing. If the price point was lower I would definitely try again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle gifted by my bro – Cheers to him!
02/13/14 -Split with friends – FW Snifter for me

A: Thick and compact khaki cream whip on top. Superior stay power on this one. Light Caramel color body with a hazy distortion to it and some orangey tones. Looks very enticing really with some light etches of sticky lace left behind.

S: Smell is more Tripel than Bourbon with golden pear, faint banana peel, sweetened breads, and coriander like spices. Touch of vanilla and some earthy oak there but it gets a little muted by the base beer. Fairly nice nose to it but very mellow with the Bourbon.

T: Golden fruit and a light peppery spice with coriander take lead. Very subtle oak wood presence with some vanilla crème however not a very forward Bourbon character otherwise. Getting some faint lemon peel and green apple skins there. But it is just so smooth and creamy with the alcohol really well tamed for 11% ABV. More peppery spice at the finish with the alcohol becoming more influential. Quite delish all things considered.

M: It is light and frothy with an upper amount of carb it seems. Moderate body feel. Very dry at the finish with more popping carbonation.

D: Although light on the actual Bourbon spirit notes for me this is probably one of the better Tripels I have had. Very tasty, smooth, and well crafted. A bit pricey if you ask me but would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this one along in a trade. He's never let me down before, and I seriously doubt this will be the first time that occurs. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with a label that lists a bottling date of 4/19/2013 and notes the fact that this is one of 750 cases bottled. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a translucent golden body with amber highlights. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising up throughout the glass replenishes the bone-white head on top. At initial pour, the head is about a finger thick, but dissipates to a thick permafilm across the top that never completely goes away due to the aforementioned carbonation bubbles. Lacing is pronounced only insofar as the foam leaves a small sheet of lacing just above the top of the body, but that fades as I drink it down, with no stick to speak of.

Smell - I honestly expected more whiskey characteristics, which come through in faint notes of vanilla and coconut, with slightly stronger profiles of toasted oak and bourbon. Mostly, however, this gives the impression of a nice tripel, with generic fruity phenols of plantain, nectarine and pear. There is a touch of spiciness, which reminds me of ginger in some ways. As the bottle continues to warm, the woodiness of the barrel becomes more pronounced but never rises to the level of heat that I would expect--the base beer certainly holds it's own against the assault of the whiskey.

Taste - Here, the bourbon is more noticeable, even at fridge temperature, but like the smell, the whiskey elements become more pronounced with warmth. The fruit isn't as obvious at this point, instead making way for the yeasty spice (like clove) that is so common in the Belgian style that serves as the starting point for this barrel-aged beer. King's Hawaiian and fresh-baking bread come through, but as it warms, there are wonderfully subtle notes of brown sugar, coconut and again, vanilla. Unlike in the smell, the taste has a component that brings straight Kentucky bourbon to mind.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and fairly thin of mouthfeel, which is to be expected of a barrel-aged beer, especially one that doesn't start out with the body that a hefty stout might. Carbonation is moderate and makes for a slightly creamy, effervescent feel. Finish is slightly sweet.

Overall, a style that I've not tried from barrels before, and while it was interesting, I must admit to being a little bit let down by my high expectations. Not the beer's fault by any means, and in fairness, my expectations didn't come from anywhere other than excitement at the uniqueness of this take on the style. Would be curious to try it again with less age, or another barrel-aged tripel, just to see how they compare.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Allagash a perfector of the Belgian style came through with a twist on this beer, barrel aging. This company decided to barrel age their already stellar Triple. Now this doesn't come in over the top super potent heavy alcohol barrel aged feel but more so a slightly whisky-ish notes at the finish.

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Photo of riy3rd
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not one for all the nuances that a lot of reviewers go into. I do agree that the nose isn't as good as the taste though. This is my favorite beer since I can't get Heady Topper (which I have had). Curieux is smooth and easily drinkable with a wonderful taste.

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Photo of BSK_ONE
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, yellow gold, with 1 finger foamy creamy white head. Magnificent lacing
S: strange that the nose is the less appealing part of this beer. Picked up some hints of vanilla.
T: Wow! This is the BEST part of this beer! Vanilla and coconut hit you up front, then the bourbon aged oak barrels make their presence known. Not a hint of alcohol, which is very nice.
M: Warm, all encompassing, covered mouthfeel. A delight.
O: Haven't been impressed with Allagash beers, but this one is on another level. Not only is it delicious, but it is easy drinking. This is I. The top 10 so far!

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Photo of gatornation
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a slightly hazed orange/yellow color with a 1 finger fresh head
S-sweet malts with vanilla and white fruits bourbon and wood
T- outstanding sweet fruity tripel mixes well with the jim beam bourbon vanilla and coconut
M- some ABV heat but the soft tripel mixes well
O- outstanding BA tripel

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a shop in Cali but can't remember where. Big cork and caged bomber dated "Bottling June 27, 2013." Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a tall fluffy white head. Not a lot of aroma to speak of, some sweet pears, banana, honey, yeast, and a hint of bourbon for sure. Heavy oak up front flavor with some light vanilla and coconut. This fades into honey and light sweet fruits and banana midpalate and down the throat and leaves an oaky vanilla honey flavor on the palate for a while. Slick palate with adequate carbonation. On the heavy side for the style as expected to stand up to bourbon barrels. Overall this was an interesting treat but I don't think I would go for it again. I don't really get the big love for this one.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange, a bit hazy, with a somewhat creamy white head.

S: Oak, burnt sugar, vanilla, tripelesque spices, ligther fruits in the nose.

T: Vanilla, oak, orange, chocolate(?).

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth.

O: This isn't the first type of beer I'd put in a bourbon barrel. I feel like Scotch or rum might have been more interesting, but it was a delicious beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of papat444
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a while back, just getting to putting up a review now.

Poured from a 750ml bottle at Le Mondial.

A very nice treat. Dark in appearance, boozy in aroma and flavor but with a depth that showcases the Belgian flavors mixed with the bourbon. Sweet tasting and easy to drink. A real treat!

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