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

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2,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,992
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 351
Gots: 583 | FT: 32
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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Photo of Naerhu
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this at Bevmo in LA for $15 or so.

Appearance - Great white sticky head, with yellow yeasty body.
Smell - No bourbon in the nose, but lots of citrus fruit, tangerine, bubblegum and yeast.
Taste - Mildly sweet and delish. Again, no bourbon flavors.
Mouthfeel - Fine carbonation on a full bodied beauty.
Drinkability - Despite the high alcohol, this baby was extremely easy drinking. A little high in the alcohol to become a daily brew, but would make an awesome stand in for white wine.

Naerhu, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Massbmx
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Massbmx, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of sloelco
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

sloelco, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Magery, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +17.1%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jmz62565
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I saw this I had to buy it. This pours a darkish gold color with a nice white head. The smell is a alcohol,bourbon, and oak aged aroma. The smell is something special. The bourbon taste is alot stronger than I expected. I like this,but if you don't like bourbon don't try it. Like the smell, the taste has a full alcohol and whiskey flavor. The oak wood brings out a earthy and vanilla flavor that is really outstanding. The m/f is medium with a range of flavors that mix perfectly. This beer is one for the ages and if you can find it, buy it. I love this beer.

jmz62565, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -18%

DanGeo, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -6.3%

ONovoMexicano, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Nightrain87, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev -6.3%

LotsofLupulin, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -6.3%

TheBishopco, May 29, 2014
Photo of SFLpunk
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass cork & caged. Jan 2011.

Pours a deep golden yellow with 1.5 fingers of stiff bone-white head. Nose smells soft and creamy with some light vanilla pudding-like aroma and some flowery yeast notes.

Palate is crisp with alcohol right off the bat. Apricots (both dried and fresh), golden raisins, a little tanned leather, then oak, thin bourbon (like I dunno, say...Jim Beam?), then back to a drying yeast for a flowery, somewhat earthy finish. Second sip reveals a little banana or banana leaves flavor right on the start. Nice lengthy finish.

Notes: I never thought this beer should work. I've had it before, a bunch of times, and am always impressed with how beautifully executed it is. They are careful with how much bourbon-influence it receives and it's a work of beauty marrying two really unique and very difference flavors. The bottles I find to be a drier experience than the draft. I've also found that the bourbon shows more in the draft version(s). Perhaps the bottle conditioning takes the bourbon down a notch? The price tag is a bit high, but barrel-aged beers can fetch it, so I guess why not?

Love it!

SFLpunk, May 05, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SPRichard, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

cfinch2, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev -6.3%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -29.7%

carteravebrew, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of magictacosinus
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice out of a 750ml bottle. Label states that it was bottled on October 2011.

Well, well. I must first admit that I'm not quite knowledgeable about barrel-aged beers. I'm fairly familiar with the process, but have tried very few in the past to form any solid opinions about them. Nevertheless, beer aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels sounds good enough to me!

Color is golden (as expected, being a tripel) though there is very low carbonation despite a small, foamy head. Not much lacing involved, and difficult to actually spot any alcohol on the edge of the glass. Clear, and hardly any sign of it being non-filtered.

Holds an aroma that is sugary and alcohol like many tripels I've had in the past, and contains hints of grapes and other sweet fruits. Definitely a woody smell at the front. While is obviously has liquor notes, there's far less of it than I expected. The smell of alcohol is far too overpowering here instead, without being able to reveal any of the subtleties that tripels usually have.

A first sip reveals instant bitterness at the front, but follows with a smooth bourbon finish. Overall, very boozy and warming, though lacking in fruitiness. If anything shines here, it's the woodiness and dryness of this beer. It's truly a successful barrel-aged product, as it manages to combine the sweetness and spiciness of tripels in terms of flavors, and the smoothness and fullness of bourbon. Nevertheless, it is absolutely nothing but a sipping beer and becomes progressively more sour as it warms and thins out. I unfortunately couldn't finish my glass as a result, and would sooner recommend this to be consumed cold rather than at room temperature.

I personally found it to be a special recipe from Allagash, although not really worth the $20 price. I've had far better tripels and while the barrel-aging does provide complexities of its own, it really distracts the overall flavor and throws it off balance with too much alcohol. I realize what this beer is trying to achieve (and it achieves it very well) but I personally can't bring myself to have it again anytime soon due to these traits.

magictacosinus, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to McWhirk for cracking this pricey number with me. Poured into a goblet. The beer pours a hazy straw color with about a finger of frothy white head and sticky soapy lace and lots of visible carbonation. the aroma is kind very malty right up front with just a nice lingering bourbon aroma that's very nicely balanced. It finishes the aroma with just a slight bitter hop scent. The taste follows the aroma really well. Rich malts coat the pallet with a nice caramel/bourbon flavor and an oak finish. Slightly hot a boozy on the pallet but still pretty rockin'. The mouthfeel is great, light and good carbonation. Certainly a sipper though, especially at a big elven percent with a bit of heat at the end.

Bendurgin, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Maillard, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

blindpiggie, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

meatyard, Apr 01, 2013
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a tulip.

A: Decent head and retention, white and bubbly eventually becoming a ring. The body is pale golden yellow in color and foggy. Minimal lacing.

S: Well mannered bourbon, vanilla and oak are the predominant aromas.

T: Sweet enough, nothing bitter and well concealed alcohol, especially given the ABV. I would have preferred that the Curieux be leaning more heavily towards the tripel end of the spectrum, as the bourbon component is less subtle than advertised.

M: Nearly perfect mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy texture with a prickly carbonation and a well endured finish with the oaky bourbon lingering on.

D: I realize that this is a very good beer. And I enjoyed it as such. Ultimately, it's drinkability comes up short for my personal preference considering I've come to accept that bourbon flavor in my beer is not a favorable flavor component. It is restrained though, and subtle enough that I think many will find this brew highly palatable.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of touchmeimsac
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

touchmeimsac, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Mikeypnh
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Mikeypnh, Jul 20, 2014
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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