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

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Reviews: 833
Hads: 3,382
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 440
Gots: 855 | FT: 37
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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 Mattygross44
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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! (380 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.07/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of Wrigfen
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Houser
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy, but not quite cloudy; golden yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: the bourbon clearly comes through, but it doesn't overwhelm the coriander, orange peel, banana, and peppery spice from the original tripel;

T: complex; a moment of bourbon and vanilla, then a rush of citrus - mostly lemon; the finish is a combination of all of that, along with some black pepper;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; a little alcohol warming, but not much; really smooth;

O: one of the best beers I've every had; it's always a treat when I get a taste of this; (623 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

a - poured a one-finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was a bright, clear amber color.
s - oak and honey.
t - oak, honey, vanilla with a hint of bourbon.
m - slick and creamy, medium mouthfeel.
o - delicious and complex. great sipper. (307 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ.

Served in a Chimay chalice. Hazy, dark gold in color, and a small white head. Lots of caramel and vanilla in the nose. Very sweet and warming flavor. A little bit of heat from the bourbon which counteracts nicely with the sweetness. Medium bodied but bold. Definitely a sipper.

I've had this beer many times over the years but have been hesitant to buy a bottle due to the increase in price. It's probably the first barrel aged beer I had years ago. It was a treat to have on-tap and affordable as well. Great stuff! (568 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Had this one a couple of times over the past few months. It's a good one. Tripels aren't really my "thing," but I can see why this one is rated so highly.

Sweet, slightly boozy, crisp and possessing an interesting complexity, Curieux is a winner. I'm thinking 4.25+. (267 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable beer! The oak barrels really shined through on this! Beautiful straw color with a great head of creamy foam. Intense vanilla and belgian yeast in the aroma and the flavor is an amazing balance of banana, hop, bourbon, and something peppery. Wow, wow. (262 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice head that stays around and lots of lacing. Tiny carbonation bubbles noticeable.

Smell – Yeast, sweet bourbon, spice cake, orange, and oak.

Taste – A touch of bourbon with spice (pepper). Kind of simple; not as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel –Lightly carbonated, almost flat, with a light bourbon bite.

Drinkability – Nice for 11%abv; perhaps a bit flat. (428 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido in early September for $20.99. Bottled on 1-3-14.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that is very long lasting.

Nose is classic Belgian yeast strain; light fruits with a kiss of oak and vanilla.

Taste is pear and apple with an initial in your face oaken vanilla boozy blast that has nicely come to accent the flavor of the beer rather than dominate it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and with the classic trippel yeast strain each sip glides light and smooth across my palate.

Overall another wonderful brew from Allagash who is perhaps the best American made Belgian style brewer! A spendy proposition but glad I took the plunge! (724 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Honey copper color, with a fluffy big head.

Aromas of spice, yeast, bourbon and wood.

Buttery malts, caramel, hints of spice and warming bourbon, evolving slowly on the palate in a very pleasant way. Also a wooden note comes up, body by itself isn’t too huge, despite the unique mix of flavors. That leaves some space for mild belgium yeast, to smooth out the mouthfeel. Long yeast finish, with an underlying touch of bourbon. (432 characters)

Photo of Mdez
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Had this just an hour or so ago on-tap at the Bier Haus in Savannah, GA; it was wonderful and not like anything I've had before. Had a great taste with a little bourbon flavoring and was smooth as silk until I almost licked the glass clean. Maybe I will get a few of the bombers when I see them... (298 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Poured into tulips and shared. A hazy pinkish-straw color with a pure white head. Whiskey on the nose with vanilla, white wine and raisin. Tastes delicious with whiskey, wine, oak, raisin, caramel and vanilla notes. Nice level of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Very nicely done. This is worth repeating. (327 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium hazy honey color with a finger of tiny bubble head.
Smells of champagne and white raisins. Very interesting and refined nose.
Taste is very much like light scotch, clean and polished.
Finishes very clean with no alcohol burn.
Unbelievable this beer is 11% abv. (321 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11/28/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC so it's a real treat. Not your usual triple. Very mellow. Rorschach test lacing is picturesque. Rumors of coconut on the nose are verifiable but not off-putting.

Sweeter then I would have thought, but that's what I get from assuming. I'm of 2 minds here. It's notable but not memorable. (326 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Had it at Allagash on a trip a few weeks ago (as we do not get Allagash in Colorado!). Wonderful, effervescent and light/citrusy, but with a well-balanced backbone of bourbon barrel taste. Just an incredibly balanced beer...if only they all could be like this one... (266 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bad guy has been sitting in my fridge for 6 months since buying it at Allagash. Never seems to be a good time to drink a large bottle of 11% beer by mtwelfth. What the hell, I may as well ruin everyone's weekend and drink it tonight. Wow, the smell is overpowering. A bit of an orangish intro as you drink it, but there is a bit of an odd odor. Maybe this is too old now. Great soothing that though - can see this being great on a cold night. Very yeasty bomb that is nice, but not sure I get a ton of bourbon out of this. 11% bit too much for me. I love Allagash, but this isn't for me. (601 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

"Hints" of bourbon is correct, at least with this bottle. Would have liked a more pronounced bourbon influence but that may be bottle specific, too. Only thing that detracted from my giving it a perfect score! (211 characters)

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