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

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Ratings: 2,683
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 299
Gots: 468 | FT: 29
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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:
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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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 01:43:41 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 15:53:55 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-05-2014 21:04:23 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copperish golden yellow color with a 2 finger creamy white head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Earthy oak/wood aroma with crisp light fruit and citrus notes. The bourbon presence is there but doesn't dominate and is actually quite subtle.

Smooth medium body which was very surprising considering the high ABV. Very flavorful and not too hot. Alcohol is excellently masked making it very drinkable.

Sour earthy oak wood flavor with some sweet crisp light estery fruit notes, mostly apple and pear, slight citrus peel notes and again a nice bourbon presence. The bourbon flavor is well integrated and doesn't overpower the other flavors. Very well balanced with some more bourbon flavor coming through in the oaky dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 10:19:05 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 03:27:43 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2006 version...
Appears a hazy, light orange toned gold with a fluffy, 2 finger white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky lacing is left around the glass. Small pockets of CO2 quickly rise to the top.
Smell is of tropical fruit salad, leather, peach, oaky vanilla, dough, caramel, and a nice bourbon aroma that is excellent to inhale. There is a warmness found in the aroma but not a hot boozy burn as I seem to remember from the 2004 version.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas and it seems to meld together nicely. This is one of the few Bourbon Barrel Tripels I've had and I think the peachy, apricot, tropical, doughyness really compliments the bourbony caramel, and vanilla warmness.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet up front with a smooth warming vanilla and spice flow across the palate. Finishes semi dry with bourbon and oak resonating and making me lick my lips awaiting the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 21:05:13 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-10-2012 04:42:53 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 15:22:16 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pops the cork with a very impressive sound. Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow with a nice thick head of crunchy, crackling milk-coloured bubbles. Great lacing. Looks a top drop.

Lots of phenolic activity on the nose. Big oaky characters, citrus, resin, a bit of wine cork, unique but refined, fresh but aged. Lots of sharp fruit as well, maybe cherries or cranberries, in a lingering overtone. Very nice indeed.

Smooth sweet entry, with a blossoming robust oak character. Sweet, lightly citric notes on the mid palate before the long finish, dry and crisp, with a noticeable alcohol heat. Mouthfeel has a perfect sheen on it, and only at the end when the big alcohol presence is felt is there a tingling on the tongue. Yet in a way the prominent alcohol character numbs this away.

For me, this is such a classic American craft beer. A Belgian style tripel aged in bourbon casks. Where else in the world could such a beer be possible?

A big beer, very refined, but somewhat hard to approach as well. There are some really lovely characters to this. The huge ABV is daunting, and to be honest, isn't necessary. There's just a bit too much of it noticeable on the palate.

But this is a very nice beer nonetheless. Not something for every day, but something worth savouring on a rare occasion. Try it once now, and then maybe again in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:04:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 01:24:32 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A growler of Curieux filled on 6/19 at Capone's and opened on 7/22. This concludes my Allagash week, a big HUGE thanks to Matt C. and Capone's for the chance to try these beers on tap.

A: The ale is not nearly as hazy at it appeared to be in Capone's. It is an orange-yellow color, moderately translucent with an apparent haze that prevents complete visibility. The head has maintained itself nicely, measuring near 1.5 fingers and lacing extensively in the glass.

S: The nose, as always, is silky sweet bourbon. Buttery with vanilla and a strong undercurrent of alcohol. The bourbon is so strong that you expect a mouthful of Basil Hayden's (my bourbon of choice), hot damn I love it. The nose just keeps getting better and better over time.

T: Even fresh out of the fridge, the ale shows off its robust bourbon body. The sweetness of the barrel brings out a sweet yellow corn taste that is augmented with some buttery oak and vanilla. Tripel flavors emerge immediately from a sip, kicking up a bit of peppery zest that is quickly gobbled up by the bourbon. The sugary sweetness of the finish is enough to keep one coming back for more.

M: This is bourbon without the big alcohol component, how could you ever disparage that? I couldn't, so don't even try...

D: This is a monumental drink, so smooth and so delicious. The growler, between my wife and I, didn't survive the night. The flavor is so robust, so strong and profound that words barely do it justice. Showstopping work from the Allagash crew.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2007 01:41:32 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2004 04:40:31 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-10-2013 23:12:12 | More by oriolesfan4
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-16-2011 22:59:04 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
bottled June 08
case bottled 524
A- This beer has an apricot colored body with a slight haze. There is a sea of micro bubbles gliding to the surface where a thick sticky mousse head last for a bit.

S- The clean smell of fresh rain and marshmallow fluff give way to an herbal green hop aroma.

T- This beer has light cheese notes with a white bourbon and oaky flavor to follow. There is an apple note and a bit of a rummy quality to it. The dry taste of circus peanuts has a note of cloves and a white wine hint which finishes with a green herbal flavor with a slight tartness.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a soft alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms.

D- This beer had a pretty light malt flavor and a light barrel flavor with not much depth but a hint of complexity. It was just too subtle to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 18:20:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-28-2011 05:08:33 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2011 01:37:57 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy, light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is alcohol, starts with a distinct alcohol/bourbon flavor some sweetness, finishes with a slight sourness. Nothing like the sweet Belgian triples but is very good. Bottled 10/2004, the ABV is now 10%. 750ml bottle for $14.00 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 00:00:18 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750-ML bottle corked and caged. Bottled July 2005.

Pours a clear golden beer with a subdued head.

Smell is strong fruit and floral with a medium strong scent of bourbon. Citrus and flowers mix well with the vanilla and oak from the barrel aging. A pleasant odor of whiskey floats on the alcohol fumes from the glass giving this an odor very similar to southern comfort whiskey liquor.

Taste is dry with fruit and oak with a pleasant hit of whisky in the taste. The triple flavors of flowers and spicy hops mixes very well with the flavors of vanilla, apples, oak and faint smoke from the bourbon barrel. Orange peel and coriander are in here but the bourbon flavors mostly mask them.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Hard to assign a drinkability score for this particular beer, bourbon barrel triple isn't really a style of it's own. As a triple this is good but not outstanding. As a beer not confined to a style this is a unique and interesting beer. The flavors of a Belgian triple and bourbon whiskey complement each other very well and it is a pairing I would have never thought to try. This is a MUST for any beer drinker that also likes top of the line whiskeys. For a beer only drinker this is a must try just for the uniqueness. As just a highly creative beer this is outstanding in the drinkability department. I will find another bottle of this for Thanksgiving this year.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 23:34:26 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hadthis one on tap at the Brick Store Pub. I've hadthis a number of times now, several times on draft and several in the bottle. The bottle is good, but draft is better, not quite as spicy and harsh and the bourbon flavor seems purer and cleaner while also being a tad more delicate. I can't recall any other Bourbon tripels that I've had, surprisingly that elixer works well with this style of beer.

Pours slightly darker than golden with great lacing. Aromas of bourbon, sweet malt underneath that, and stored apples and pears with a touch of cream. Similar flavor profile. Heavy, but clean and pure bourbon, typical tripel tastes and some pear brandy on the finish. Quite creamy mouthfeel. This is a delight to drink. It works, and the bourbon is so well integrated that it doesn't overwhelm the tripel flavors, it enhances them. I've had this with beer lovers who don't like bourbob, and they still really like this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 05:55:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-13-2013 00:06:42 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DoubleJ

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My co-worker asked me if I had ever had this beer before. No, I haven't. He said he tried a bottle and described this as the first beer he's ever needed a chaser for. That was my spark to buy a bottle of this over Angel's Share. Question...does an oversized wine glass qualify as a "wide mouthglass". Well, let the journey begin:

It's a very heady brew. It's looks like shaving cream on top a body of dusk orange. Smells like oak and pine. It's not nearly as strong as I would have hoped, but it's all about the taste, right?

The oak flavor is dominant, but never too intense. Where's the tripel? It's very light. Some maple notes cling on the palate into the aftertaste. It has a nice full mouthfeel without too much carbonation, and the booze is masked well. .... on second though, as it warms, the fruity sweetness associated with a tripel shows up. To my surprise, I found it very easy to drink.

This is a good barrel-aged beer considering how tame it is. It's a bit pricey in terms of flavor/price ratio (@ $14 per 750 ml), but there aren't that many 11% ABV barrel-aged beers out there with this kind of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 05:21:24 | More by DoubleJ
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-23-2013 09:46:51 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Callenak for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
May 2007

Poured into a chalice a murky light/medium golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, a few oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of the bourbon, a touch of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, a tad on the yeasty side, a nice touch of bourbon. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. Full body. Very drinkable, this is a nice take on a Tripel, another awesome brew from Allagash, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 22:27:10 | More by Wasatch
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

09-12-2013 13:38:57 | More by duceswild
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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