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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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Ratings: 3,228
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 771 | FT: 35
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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villain's in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I've loved the beers I've had from Allagash in the past.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow. I wouldn't know it was 11% to look at it.

Sm: Very fruity - melon, peach, orange clementine, and nuts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, heavy fruit, alcohol, and banana. Some hops. It's got a heavy tropical vibe - maybe pineapple and passion fruit. Lots of coconut too. Evocative of a pina colada to an extent. Complex but very strange. I like that it's bold and inventive, but it's sort of a failed experiment. Awkwardly balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Generally suits the flavours.

Dr: Among the strangest beers I've tried. Everyone should try it because it's experimental; it's sort of a novelty item. Very drinkable for the ABV. Curious indeed.

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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

Bottled in May 2007, poured into a wide-mouth glass:

Pours hazy golden with a white head that becomes a lasting wide patch that leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain with some sour, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon, some banana - quite complex.

The taste is of sweet grain with some sour and citrus peel (lemon/orange) and a hint of banana. THe bourbon and oak play in nicely to give it vanilla and cinnamon notes that are quite strong but not overly masking. It has a nice, dry finish.

The body is light-to-medium with effervescent carbonation.

Smmoth as anything. Very drinkable for a (well-hidden in sharpness) 11%'er! If you like bourbon-barrel aged beers, this one should certainly be on your list of beers to try!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. It is a Belgian Strong Pale ale aged in Bourbon barrels; very nice.

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is perfect. It boasts of pale malts, corriander, orange peels, and a strong bourbon odor. The taste is very good. It has a nice pale malt base, but the flavor is all bourbon. It feels like drinking a weak whiskey, but very flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation. This is a fine brew for sure. I've never tasted anything like this. I don't know if this is going to be a regular offering, but I hope so.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07/18/06- Received in a trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, bottled in mid 2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark peach colored elixer. Maybe even on the copper side. Pours with a 1/2 inch head which fades pretty quickly, but leaves behind nice streaks of lacing.

Smell- Tons of oak barrel in the nose. A bit of bourbon fusel alcohol scents as well. Some light spices with a good dose of vanilla. Different and a treat to the nose.

Taste- Vanilla is the first thing to hit my taste buds. A wonderful sweet tongue coating. The oak flavors and absolutely huge in the beer. Very wine like...maybe on the chardonnaly side as my drinking partner Spinlock had mentioned. Bourbon notes come through more as the beer warms. Corriander, powdered sugar and maybe a few alcohol soaked fruits finish it out. As Rachael Ray would say....Yummo!

Mouthfeel- Smooth, silky and a tad dry. Lower on the carbonation level.

Drinkability- I had the abv listed as 9.5 on my excel sheet and thought that it didn't even feel that high...then I looked at the bottle and saw it's actually 11%! Super easy drinking beer that is flavorful and a pleasure to drink. Another big winner from Allagash. Thanks much Steven!

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Bottled September 2004, Sampled December 2004
Pours a hazy straw gold color, and is topped by a light cream colored head that is driven by an ample carbonation that dances up from the bottom of my Duvel glass. As I pour this notes of vanilla and bourbon waft to my nose. As I go in deeper I note that the oak/ vanilla notes are what dominate, but underneath I get notes of the Tripel that this beer once was. There are aromatic hints of lemon peel, herbs, and hay.

The taste is initially soft and creamy up front, but then moves to a spicy Tripel dominated mid section, which then moves to a hint of oak in the finish. The bourbon character is here, but it is not as strong as the nose suggests, and I consider this a good thing. In the flavor the bourbon barrel is more an accompaniment, than the only noticeable thing. This beer is pretty tasty, The notes of the Tripel are strongly here, but there is an undercurrent of bourbon, oak and vanilla. I will admit that I enjoy the regular Tripel a wee bit more than this concoction, though I am certainly enjoying this beer.

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled in June 2008. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention, that reduces to a fairly thick cap. A bit of thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, clove, banana, pepper, citrus peel, honey-like sweetness, white grape, oak, and bourbon. Surprisingly no real booziness was noticed, and there is a great amount of complexity going on here. Taste of tons of oak, lemon, clove, banana, vanilla, bourbon, white grape, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of of mainly bourbon, oak, and vanilla; with a bit of pepper, light fruits, and spices as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a decent slightly prickly mouthfeel that is still very smooth. No alcohol noticed other than a warming on the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged tripel. I would definitely like to try a fresher bottle of this because I hear it is even better while it is younger.

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA, $8.50 for a 12 oz. pour into a Chimay chalice, 2007 Edition, I'm pretty sure of it,

A: Pours a standard goldenrod yellow, with a nice white head, average retention, with average retention.

S: Bourbon, spices, ale yeast esters.

T: Very tasty, at first tastes just like a really good tripel, great yeast esters - spices, apple and pear - straightforward, the bourbon then comes in and adds a light touch of vanilla and oak/wood, some more complexity to just put i over the top. Absolutely delicious in a style I did not think would benefit much from Bourbon Barrel aging, great job Allagash.

M: Very crisp for its weight, great carbonation character, and very smooth with the aging.

D: A great beer, it seems to have lost some of its bourbon character from the 2006 edition which I last had on Halloween Night, 2006, but still is an excellent beer. Expensive, but well worth it, very satisfying.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2008

Pours a white head. Decent retention with splattered lace left. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Oak/wood, a lot of spice flavor, I get a little bourbon as well. Some dry light fruits, peaches stick out a lot.

Taste: A lot of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Raisins, cherries, pepper, spice. Nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little amount of heat showing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with the -bal aged flavors.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for it. However, I really like the bourbon -bal aging that was done to the triple.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tally Ho in Bethlehem

A: Slightly hazed, but mostly clear deep golden color with a nice carbonation and a retentive thin white head.
S: Fruity, white wine aroma (in general, triple like) with mild smell of bourbon and vanilla.
T: Surprisingly mild and smooth, the bourbon isn't nearly as stiff as expected. Ripe fruit, slight hop bitterness and strong oak-y, vanilla flavor. Alcohol/bourbon is present in the finish but not unpleasant. Very smooth, full body. Finish is very dry and clean. This is very easy to drink, almost to easy to drink for this style. It's very drinkable, but a little too mellow and I'm left wanting a little more complexity.

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3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Greenville. (confirmed with tap sample in Dec. 2014).
Very pale golden; light Haze.
Sweet aroma with a pronounced contribution from bourbon barrel aging. The bourbon barrel is even more obvious in tasting and approaches, but does not exceed, a reasonable level. Lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Still, a bit more bourbon flavor than I would prefer. Good thing this is a blend of BB and fresh ale.
High ABV is partly hidden but there is some inevitable warming.
Medium-light body with ample carbonation.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BTAH in NYC, as part of the Very Special Cask night. Poured hazy, golden yellow, cloudy, with a minimal white tiny bubble head, leaving very light lacing. Bourbon and alcohol notes in the nose. Tart, fruity,yeasty,strong bourbon/whiskey notes in the not too distant background. It all adds up to a complex, interesting, tasty and strong brew. Not your typical tripel. Track some of this stuff down if you can.

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

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger white head on top that has good retention, with a slow fade to a tight layer of foam on top. Some sporadic, but thick lacing left behind.

S: A good bit of Belgian yeast and some light fruit - mostly banana with a bit of bruised apple and faint citrus. There is some doughy malt and spices. The bourbon is present and there is a bit of an alcohol presence.

T: Similar to the aroma with some apples, Belgian yeast, caramel, and to a lesser extent some banana. The bourbon is less present than it was in the aroma, but there is some residual heat from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Drinks rather smooth with a clean finish.

O: A pretty tasty beer with a nice flavor profile. The alcohol presence knocks it down a tad for me, but would certainly give this one another shot. Would like to try it from a bottle to see how that changes it.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern for $5, not a bad deal. The barrel aging isn't overpowering and is balanced nicely against the spicy and slightly fruity - apricot and candy apple - tripel. It really makes the brew more candy-like without making for a thick beer. I didn't know a tripel could benefit so greatly from a bourbon barrel. Hats off to Allagash.

UPDATE 8/8/10 - Tried from the bottle and thought it was superior to the draft. It picks up a more traditionally Belgian crisp mouthfeel from the bottle carbonation.

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