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

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

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Ratings: 2352
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%

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 Dankuel


4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured beer into a brandy snifter glass. Beer has the appearance of a typical tripel: a cloudy brown/orange color with a thin frothy head and moderate lacing on the side of the glass. At cold temperatures the estery/fruity and phenolic aromas really stand out. There is also some very light oak in the background. As the beer warms the oak comes out a bit more. The spice of the bourbon really hits the nose but compliments the esters and phenols quite well. It definitely tastes like a tripel but is extremely well balanced and complimented with the bourbon oak. The aftertaste is something to be applauded; a nice pungent burn that leaves me feeling as if I took a shot. Amazing mouthfeel, my palate begins to go dry after a few swigs of this, I love it.

Great beer, can't wait to pick up another bottle and age it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 21:40:34 | More by Dankuel

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented at the AOBF in Boston. I was definitely blessed at this beer fest.

Poured into the 4 oz. sampler cup a hazy golden yellow with no head to speak of. Not getting any lace from this one, but a thin syrup coats well enough.

I gave it a nice swirl and the nose jumped out of the glass. Mixed fruits soaked in bourbon. Slight vanilla aroma. A light alcohol smell is present, but it is overwhelmed by the fruits.

Wow... tart apple, grapes and orange zest meet a peppery bourbon finish that warms going down. Sweet and delicious.

Thicker mouthfeel than the Triple Reserve and IMHO much tastier.

Not gonna have a problem drinking a couple of these. Thanks to ABC for bringing such a prize.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2004 17:17:07 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of krkearney


3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled most recently on draft at Capone's (Norristown, PA) during the Allagash promo on 6/19/07. Hazy yellow, with a moderate sized off-white head. Complex aroma, fruit, oak, whisky, and yeast most notable. The wood aging adds some interesting flavors, like tropical fruit, whiskey, oak, alcohol, and yeast. Delicious beer, but I think the alcohol overwhelms the other more delicate flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 00:25:21 | More by krkearney
Photo of gearbike


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

Not sure about the color and nature of the pour from the nice corked 1 pint bottle because the great smell overwhelmed my scenes. The scent turned out to be a great indication of the taste and overall mouth feel. It has a sweet mild smell of alcohol. The flavor is just so gentle. A nice medium body with some sweetness. You can sort of tell the alcohol is present but it really does not hit until the end of the sip when a slight woody bourbon flavor kicks in. Just a terrific smooth warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 21:42:22 | More by gearbike
Photo of VtBeerRun


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a quality beer. By the end, it leaves a good taste and I could drink more which is the best part of the beer. There isn't anything over the top about this beer. Just my opinion, but a bit over ratted for the price. This would be a go to beer if it was half the price, but it isn't one I'd line up to get at the current price. Again a good beer, but not one I'd go to again unless the price was least. It does still prove that Allagash can make quality beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:43:56 | More by VtBeerRun
Photo of kms910


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A bright golden amber, Medium head quickly recedes to skim surface

S- Strong bourbon and oak aromas with a little banana on the end

T- Sweet malts or pure honey and a lasting Jim Beam bourbon alcohol burn - a treat!

M- Creamy with just enough alcohol to make it interesting and delightful

D- Excellent drink-ability, the bourbon barrel paired the triple, makes it a must have - Allagash does a great job with this brew

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:32:06 | More by kms910
Photo of cfleisher

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at The Dirty Truth in Northampton, Mass.
Light amber color with hints of honey. The bourbon added some nice hints of vanilla, putting it out front of many of the other tripels on the menu. We had this at the end of the night, four strong beers into a tasting, so take this review with a grain of salt. But I'm confident that if I ordered this again, I'd feel the same on most accounts.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 22:10:30 | More by cfleisher
Photo of SirBenton


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer blew my mind. I had it on tap at the Barley House in Algonquin.

Pours a great golden orange with a good amount of head. Smells seductivley sweet with honey and yeast shining through. The flavers are absolutely majestic! The belgium spices with the honey and bourbon meld wondrously. The bourbon can be tasted with a good swirl in the mouth. Goes down super smooth; you can just barely taste the 11% alochol. Overall, one of the greatest beers i've had. Adding to my cellar!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 23:22:00 | More by SirBenton
Photo of SteveGNC

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another outstanding beer from Allagash. I think I have enjoyed everything I have tried from them. This one pours very frothy, nice pale orange/yellow color. Great head which dissipates slowly. Wonderful aroma - vanilla, bourbon - but not too much. The taste is fantastic. Some bourbon barrel aged brews are too heavy on the bourbon taste for me - this one gets it perfectly. This may be the first Tripel style that I have tasted that was bourbon aged. Wonderful combination in my opinion. A fantastic sipper - a little pricey, but worth it. I'm going to have to go back and buy a few more. I'm guessing this will be even better with time. This one was bottled in May 11.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:06:35 | More by SteveGNC
Photo of azagthoth


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

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay glass.

Appearance - A hazy golden straw in color with moderate head retention.

Smell - A puissant display of bourbon that is ever so ravishing as it overpowers hints of vanilla and tropical fruits.

Taste - Bourbon and wood first come to mind. The alcohol is much present at 11% ABV which compliments the vanilla & sweet fruit taste with a cordial spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps not as smooth as its competitors, but arguably spot on in the carbonation and quite smooth for how lightly it went down. The alcohol was also very existent.

Drinkability - Very easy to consume when you consider it's ABV, and most definitely an evening sipper. Well worth the $$$ for a single bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 18:55:57 | More by azagthoth
Photo of thebarracuda


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottled june 2007 640 cases 11% alcohol
the bottle suggested that I use my wide mouthed glass so I did.
it poured a pale cloudy orange with a slight white head. the first scent is a slightly lemony alcohol.
the first sip was amazing. I actually had to pause my movie and exclaim "WOW!"
the initial flavor was of creamy lemons the after taste is amazingly silky and creamy. I will certainly try this again!
I suggest trying this beer with some friends in a relaxed setting. not a hot day or a ballpark beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 03:32:44 | More by thebarracuda
Photo of trixdout

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling May 2011.

Appearance - Very light orange, almost like a light orange rust. There is about a finger thick head that leaves lacing. The beer itself looks a little hazy. Looks like alot of carbonation, byt the amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - I get some banana, spiciness, earthy as well as some floral qualities and some bourbon scent. Every little scent seems faint.

Taste - I get a mixture of banana, cream, bread, caramel, some apple and bourbon on the finish. There comes some spiciness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Oily and coats the whole mouth. Quite dry on the finish, too.

Overall - Very good tripel. Way better than La Fin Du Monde.

As a side note, I don't think this beer is worth the $16 it cost me. More like a $10-12 bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:08:38 | More by trixdout
Photo of Ehouse


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionally smooth and balanced Belgian Triple. Slightly tart and spicy from the wood but not overpowering like other barrel aged beers. Personally I like the Interlude better, but, as always, Allagash comes through in making another kick ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 23:17:41 | More by Ehouse
Photo of blincoln


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good white foamy head. Large bubbles and dissipated into a thin frothy layer. Good thick lacing. Honey golden and cloudy color with lots of bubbles coming up.

Aroma: First impression – you can really smell the bourbon coming through with a sweet coconut scent. After a while, the smell does seem to be a little over powering…maybe due to some bad experiences with whiskey.

Taste: As my first beer aged in bourbon barrels – wow. That coconut taste is really at the forefront almost like a coconut rum with a mix of bourbon but not in a harsh hard alcohol way. The vanilla is really subtle, almost unnoticeable.

Palette: Smooth and carbonated. Relatively light, but definitely not a beer to be consumed quickly.

Overall: Weird and Awesome! All the opposing flavors come together to be one of the most interesting unique beers I’ve had. My only disappointment…that this beer was poured into a tumbler.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 05:03:23 | More by blincoln
Photo of jtrem14


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - Wonderful golden/amber color which retains a very light but full head. The head remained for a long time, and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Good hints of bourbon and oak, mixed with some sweeter aromas like vanilla and fruitiness. I feel like there are some aromas I am missing, as the smell is very complex.

T - Similar to it's smell, but the bourbon flavor really begins to stand out here. The oak still comes through, but the vanilla and fruit seem to be masked a bit by the strength of the alcohol.

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Good medium body.

D - Great barrel aged beer, which really picks up the characteristics of the barrel it was aged in. A very good Tripel, which stands up to many of the greats in the world.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 12:40:19 | More by jtrem14
Photo of 220emaple


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

Poured into my tulip--with my first wiff I was woken up by the beautiful bourbon aroma with undertones of vanilla.

The taste also includes a vibrant bourbon/vanilla flavor while incorporating the triple style characteristics ----with bourbon notes increasing as the beer sits.

At 11%, it is one powerful beer. Definitly recomend.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 01:32:45 | More by 220emaple
Photo of BeernerdJeff

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured beautiful, cloudy golden color with a nice head which quickly died down to a thin lacing around the glass. Very nice smell of peach and oak. First glass was bitter peach flavor on front, with bourbon coming through on back end. Second glass was much less peach flavor and much, much stronger bourbon. Not sure how long bottle had been on the shelf, but it would have benefitted from gentle swirling before opening to mix up the flavors. Good carbonation. This is a beer to be sipped slowly just as you would with a glass of bourbon.

Overall, hard to determine the true characteristics of this beer as the flavors seemed to separate in the bottle, heavier bourbon taste at the bottom and the fruit at the top. Recommend swirling your bottle before opening for a better experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 12:49:40 | More by BeernerdJeff
Photo of smilingPolitely

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think more than enough has been written about how well this beer goes down, and my initial tasting of this brew definitely confirmed that it does have all the exceptional characteristics previously touted in spades! It doesn't come on too strong, or taste overly acoholic. Pouring out one of these into a large glass is a stellar night cap following an exhausting day.

I believe you can cellar this particular tripel as well and age it even more as an added bonus.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 20:38:04 | More by smilingPolitely
Photo of Zaccone


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a magnum purchased from the brewery.

Smells somewhat like a normal tripel though less sweet. Feels bubbly in the mouth. Finish is dry and long.

Midway through the glass, I walked out to the kitchen and sampled some bourbon to make sure I wasn't imagining how bourbony this beer is. By golly, they weren't lying.

This is an enjoyable beer. I will be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 03:38:39 | More by Zaccone
Photo of BeeryMcbeerenstein

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this for the 2nd time last night from a 750ml.
Loved it the first time I had it and even more the second time.
It's just that price tag that keeps me away (but damn, it's worth it when you can shell it out)

A. Hazy, yellow, frothy, beautiful carbonation. Head lasts forrrrevvveerrrr.

S. Apple/Pear, boozy, fruity. Belgian esters, but nicely restrained and not blowing my face off.

T. I love this. How is this 11%? I don't get overwhelmed by the bourbon/high abv. Nice retrained belgian taste to go with the esters.

M. Get moar in my mouth.

I love this. I have nothing else to say. Take the plunge and spend the $18-$20. Worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 14:05:29 | More by BeeryMcbeerenstein
Photo of skomahon


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Dirty Truth in Northampton--I love cask ale, and was excited to hear about an Allagash tripel on cask while I was there.

Pours a blonde color into a chalice-style glass. Very rich aroma, lots of citrus and other fruit flavors mixed with some hints of alcohol and also a distinct richness--I could sense complexity from the very first smell of the beer.

It may have been this pour, but the mouthfeel was surprising! I wonder if this would have been better bottled, or maybe it was the surprise of low carbonation from the cask with a distinct alcohol flavor that I more regularly associate with the powerful, viscous, mouthfeel of belgian tripels, but I would have liked a bit more richness here. The taste itself is rich and complex, not overpowering--and actually is probably more drinkable than many other of its style. However, after being so excited about the smell and it being on cask, I was a bit disappointed...definitely worth trying, and an ambitious project from Allagash.

Serving type: cask

03-10-2008 15:26:47 | More by skomahon
Photo of vinhgoh

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to tour the brewery in Portland, Maine.

First off, fantastic brewery, staff of 40 or so, well kept, great atmosphere to just sit, drink, and talk.

The Curieux is their strongest brew. They get their barrels from Jim Beam which have only been used once.

The color is a deep brown ale-look. The smell has a mixture of the trippels fruit...but it is over powered by the bourbon.

At first you get a dark and heavy taste of a true dark ale with hints of honey and wheat, but then you kind of get punched with a taste of the bourbon. This is a brew that would be best enjoyed by itself.

Fantastic brew. Maybe not for all, but definitely a favorite on my list. Too bad they stopped exporting to Texas. They said Texas would be the first state to receive Allagash again as soon as they can meet demand.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 23:51:09 | More by vinhgoh
Photo of Bonsall_Phil


4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Beach Front Liquor, San Clemente CA
Bottled October 25, 2013
Popped and poured into an Allagash Chalice

A: clear amber-honey color, effervescent with a 1.5 inch head. Settled to .25 inch and retained as I allowed the beer to warm slightly. Quite beautiful.

N: roasted malt slightly sweet, hard to sense any bourbon. Not what I expected, very soft of the nose. Pleasant.

T: HUGE burst of flavor on initial taste. A super-intensified version of the nose. Sweet caramel malt on the tongue with unmistakable whiskey tones and yeast. Truly dramatic to sip. Bourbon lingers on the palette. Mouthfeel a little bubbly, I think I would love to try something like this with a heavier body. But it definitely holds up.

This is a must-try for even those not thrilled with this style. I'm hooked already.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:19:53 | More by Bonsall_Phil
Photo of FirkinDave


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Case 350, Bottled May 2007

Enjoyed maybe a bit too young, bottle poured, an unfiltered cloudy body, odd for an "aged" beer let alone an oak aged beer. There was no doubt it was whiskey/bourbon aged as pointing to the large buttery hints exploding at the half and finish. Very refreshing beginning. Definitley need to try it again maybe in 3 or 4 years. It was spot on for the style and definition of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 04:40:57 | More by FirkinDave
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4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Eat Bar/Talula's in Arlington, VA
Served in a tulip/snifter style glass.
Dirty Blond in color, but perfect clarity. Small head but it stayed throughout entire 6oz sample.
Smells in Pinot Grigio wine or fruits.

Taste had buttery caramel after taste that turned into laces of fruit.
I could tell it weas higher in alcohol, but not too much.
Very drinkable but not a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2008 12:19:32 | More by skibumdc
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