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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)

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,782 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,782
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 312
Gots: 505 | FT: 28
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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zachary80

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

10-01-2012 21:38:39 | More by zachary80
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

11-15-2013 04:00:42 | More by RochefortChris
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -33.7%

On tap. Pours a hazy light gold with a creamy white head that leaves nice lace. Smells strongly sweet and fruity, but with plenty of oak and whiskey as well. Banana and citrus. Expected spiciness from the typical tripel yeast. Tastes of sweet, grainy malt, yeasty light fruit, and strong bourbon. It's surprising how much the whiskey comes through. Some oakiness and spice there as well. For me, the bourbon character doesn't work well at all with the flavor of a tripel. Between the dijointed flavors and the high ABV, this one doesn't drink very easily.

08-18-2009 05:02:11 | More by philipquarles
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jokemon

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -33.7%

To put it simply.

There is way too much bourbon flavor in this beer. It tastes like they took a regular beer and added a shot of jim bean to it.

The aroma itself is somewhat pleasant. I enjoyed smelling the beer at least.

I would reccomend this beer to try at least once, but thats about it.

02-06-2012 18:56:28 | More by jokemon
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -33.3%

I had to admit this Belgian style triple with oak aged Bourbon casks was a bit dissapointing. Not much of the characteristics they mention in the product came through in the tasting (oak, vanilla, caramel/toffee).

The beer also from a mouthfeel and taste is a bit lacking as well compared to other tripels I've had. No big heavy fruit or breadyness that I was expecting, also the beer felt to heavy on the alcohol side compared to other tripels whose body and taste profile could mask the alcohol I've had. It's a good beer but I found it hard to drink, and felt it really needed to be paired with food, you couldn't just casually drink it.

10-05-2010 15:15:59 | More by smakawhat
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -32.6%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a lift caramel color that is somewhat opaque. Nose brings forward a god dose of light bourbon along with some caramel sweetness and bread. Sligt spicing. The taste just doesn't really work for me, with some strange bread and banana interacting with the bourbon. It sounds good, but just isn't very appetizig to me. Mouthfeel is a bit boozy and thin. This one just did not work for me.

10-07-2010 11:21:13 | More by Thorpe429
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1Adam12

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -32.1%

Man, I was really looking forward to this bottle. I'm wondering if I might have gotten a bad bottle. I heard binny's can produce a bad bottle or 2, because if this is how it normally tastes, it is wayyy overpriced. Color was the best part, nice light murky orange. I smelled almost nothing at all on the nose. Tasted like alot of bourbon, which i do love me some bourbon forward beers, but thats all I got, nothing else. Not much hops, lightly carbonated. Like I said, I think I might have gotten a bad bottle, because this was very unimpressive if this is the norm.

06-05-2011 00:23:37 | More by 1Adam12
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4000qtrap

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -32.1%

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Overall the intensity is pretty mild. Strawberry and 7-up spritzer. tart candied oranges. Fruit smoothie (mix of bananas, berries and apples). Whiskey sour.

Taste: Slightly sour-orange woodiness with a pinch of alcohol burn and slightly stale white wine up front. Slowly melds to a middle which is dark citrus, faint light bourbon alcohol and semisweet with a white wine edge. Finish is dry white wine and is moderately fresh and citrusy.

Notes: While tripels are a beer that is often wine-like, this ends up more like and exact replica of white wine. Really didn't get the bourbon/vanilla notes that everyone else is talking about....maybe since its was on draft?

07-10-2010 22:27:37 | More by 4000qtrap
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BobZ

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -30.9%

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with buddy and poured into my Duvel tulip. Had this bottle over a year hoping the bourbon would "mellow" a little with some age since trying my first bottle.

Appearance: Nice rich head which remains over time, very good lacing throughout.

Smell: Bourbon up front, dominant, very little else on the nose.

Taste: Again, bourbon, all about the bourbon, "bourbon uber alles". All other flavors are pretty well masked. Unlike bourbon barrel aged stouts like KBS and Cuvee Delphine where the bourbon is a component in a multi flavored balanced brew, here the bourbon is too much and does not allow the Tripel characteristics to surface at all. This also makes the alcohol noticeable.

Mouth feel: Alcohol burn but otherwise decently smooth.

Drinkability: Too boozy to make a sessionable beer, one and done, glad I was splitting the bottle.
Again, could have been a much better brew if the bourbon aging added "A component" rather the being "THE component".

12-18-2010 18:05:33 | More by BobZ
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cabsandking

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -30.2%

Golden to light copper color and a white head quickly diminishing to some scant lacing. Aromas display big woodsy oak barrel characters, earthiness, golden apples, soft fruits, and something lactic like yogurt. Large alcoholic burn dominates beer along with oaky bourbon flavor, vanilla, and bananas. BA spice characters meld well with those of the tripel but as it warms they seem to consume the other flavors. Typical tripel mouthfeel...thin, fizzy carbonation. Lots of alcohol and bourbon in the finish. Before I finish the bottle all I can taste is sweet, sweet, sweet aspartame and bourbon. Just couldn’t appreciate much of the tripels nuances... maybe some extensive aging would do this better justice.

01-09-2007 17:25:29 | More by cabsandking
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tylermains

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -29.7%

09-08-2012 18:53:08 | More by tylermains
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Aexoonge

California

3/5  rDev -29.7%

03-19-2012 17:09:15 | More by Aexoonge
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.7%

08-02-2014 23:41:30 | More by donkeyrunner
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arash1000

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -29.7%

09-30-2012 04:01:11 | More by arash1000
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SageO

California

3/5  rDev -29.7%

02-06-2012 04:24:41 | More by SageO
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AndyEdgar

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.7%

06-15-2014 17:26:29 | More by AndyEdgar
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carteravebrew

Colorado

3/5  rDev -29.7%

01-19-2014 16:27:17 | More by carteravebrew
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ONN8

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.7%

06-24-2012 00:04:35 | More by ONN8
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scot959

California

3/5  rDev -29.7%

06-23-2013 02:25:58 | More by scot959
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coz

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.7%

07-28-2014 01:09:47 | More by coz
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EB1

California

3/5  rDev -29.7%

04-24-2014 04:09:36 | More by EB1
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Marvicsin

California

3/5  rDev -29.7%

08-02-2014 22:37:55 | More by Marvicsin
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bickdalls

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -29.7%

09-26-2013 01:57:41 | More by bickdalls
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Sheldog

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.7%

07-09-2014 20:49:26 | More by Sheldog
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -29.7%

08-22-2014 21:52:39 | More by Carpentiere
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,782 ratings.