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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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850 Reviews

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Reviews: 850
Hads: 3,484
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.33%
Wants: 461
Gots: 928 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 850 | Hads: 3,484
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.

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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;

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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.

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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!

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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+.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Creamy oak flavors, vanilla and whiskey behind a solid base tripel. Light fruit notes. One of my favorite beers unfortunately no longer sold in Texas :(

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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!

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Photo of Jeffreychason
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottled December 2011. Consumed NYE 2013. Done side by side with a fresh bottle. Major improvement with the aged bottle. The beer is more well balanced with the bourbon, I would never complain about Curieux it's one if my favorite beers and a local classic. But compared to the 2011, it was sweeter and more pronounced. The qualities of the triple and the bourbon are well blended to form a real classic.

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Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%

One of the nicer things done in a bourbon barrel in a very long time.
Nose: light fruit, hint of caramel, vanilla, light malts. spice
Hazy straw to gold under a quickly dissipating yet clingy and easy roused 1" foam cap with a very fine bead.
A yeast driven palate beginning with caramel, melon, banana, light fruit, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, a little nuttiness and a faint touch of pepper and a suggestion of hops. The beer shows astounding balance of flavor between the layers of malt, yeast, bourbon barrel and alcohol flavors.
The alcohol is stealthy - a slight warming announces its presence but there are no harsh, hot or solventy flavors to betray its presence. The body is just below medium and the carbonation is above average but not harsh or carbonic.
Le petit Jésus en culotte de velours

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

A: Burnished orange, increasingly yellow with brighter light. Some loose bubbles, not much head or lacing to speak of.

S: Warm butterscotch, some abrasive oak, and back to butter goodness.

T: Even more intense varieties of the nose, oak is more dominant, with a ton of vanilla, almost too much. Rich butter. I can't make out the tripel for all the oak.

M: Heavy, smooth, dense.

O: Intense to say the least. If oak is your thing, here is your beer. If you shy from harsh wood and alcohol notes, be warned.

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Photo of David121
5/5  rDev +19%

A- This beer is cloudy with a dark golden brown color.

S- It has a very pleasant smell. Not overbearing and not too sweet, and a little sour.

T- The taste is very balanced with a slightly sour taste. Very smooth vanilla and coconut start with a Bourbon finish.

MF- Moderately carbonated with excellent texture and great consistency in flavor.

O- Honestly, this is one of the most balanced beers I have ever had. The qualities in this beer are perfect. It is not lacking in any category. At $24 a bottle, the experience is definitely worth it. I find this to be one of the absolute best beers I have ever had. Enjoy slightly chilled for better flavor.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Shared 5-way with family, poured into the Allagash coolship chalice

A: Beautiful golden trippel color with some floaties near the end of the bottle. Slightly hazy with big puffy white head. Lacing and retention outstanding.

S: White pepper, yeasty dough and brediness with a slight tang of barrel.

T: Everything in the nose, except the tang on the nose is muted on the taste. Imperceptible metallic note on warming as well.

M: Impossibly light for a barrel aged beer. Perfectly dry finish. Vapors fuel heat sensation, but it is expected for an 11% ale.

O: I would have this on a semi-regular basis if possible. Just outstanding.

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Photo of slym
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Had this at a tasting, 10oz pour from tap.

Easily the best tripel I've had, but still... not a truly great beer. It was extra creamy and had a different taste than most Belgians I've had - but not boozy at all.

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Photo of samfromsf
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I heard great things about this beer. I was looking forward to tasting this beer and bought Belgian ale glass just for this. Poured from 750ml bottle. The appearance is something in between lager and pale ale. the nose is not as bad as the taste., This beer is something of cross between, Berliner weise, Pilsner and Belgian ale. I am not sure that the fuss is about it. It's over hyped, over priced. There so many pother great beers from Firestone and Stone brewery.

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

Tasted On: 07-23-2014
Freshness: Bottled 02-07-2014
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

I don't concern myself too much with review numbers, but saw I was coming up on #700 and thought this would be a good milestone review...

Appearance is a clear, brilliant golden color, with a large white head that shows excellent lacing and retention.

Aromas have lemongrass, spices, musty Belgian yeast, and some Hefeweizen like qualities of cloves and banana fruitiness. Very pleasing to smell.

The taste has a sharp and tart quality up front. Woodiness and also whiskey alcohol notes then come into play. Overall it is dry, but has some sweetness of fruits to balance. Low bitterness and hop presence.

Mouthfeel has a high carbonation and finishes somewhat dry, with notes of citrus (lemon and oranges) plus some added sweetness and warmth from the bourbon barrels.

Overall a first-class beer that I'm glad to have tried.

Thanks to Treyliff for this one!

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.