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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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3,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,181
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 395
Gots: 736 | 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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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of froghop
3.12/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy orange with a small off-white head, lively carbonation, okay lacing.

smell of fruit, bread, grain, touch of toasted caramel, nuts, malt, some spice.

taste is smooth, sweet, pear, apricot, green grape, grain, carbonation, some wood, slight spice.

overall a little too sweet for my liking.

Photo of DustinSWB
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLING: November 2008

It's the golden color of peach nectar. Clear with a light haze. The head of white foam is almost one-finger thick and is somewhat loose and frothy. It doesn't take too long for it to recede to a surface covering film. The lacing is somewhat thin and spotty, but nicely sticky.

A nicely large yeast presence is backed by a good amount of candi sugar presence. Nice amounts of orchard fruits are here. A very interesting touch of fresh grated coconut and a trace of toasted almonds. Good, yet restrained, caramel notes. Light hints of oak and vanilla.
Jim Beam barrels do some interesting things to this tripel.

The belgian yeast presence still appears to be prominent, but only slightly so. A nice oakiness is here, along with some vanilla, caramel, almonds/marzipan and some toasted coconut notes, which are delicious and somewhat of a highlight, for me personally. A good presence of mild notes of orchard fruits. Apples, pears, peaches, apricots and white grapes, among others. The candi sugar is much lighter than I'd anticipated from the nose, which works very well for this bottle.

This is a medium to almost full-bodied beer. The light level of carbonation suits it very well. It has just enough bubbles to keep it active, yet not enough to get in the way of enjoying the flavors.

You get a nice touch of warmth from this one, but that's about the only hint that you get about it's 11.0%abv. It is very smooth and light, which helps make it an easy one to drink. This is definitely a beer that leans towards the sweet side, but I think it is restrained enough to be enjoyable. It has a slight hint of dryness that keeps it from becoming cloying.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours hazy light orange-gold, with a creamy white head and nice, solid lacing.

Nose - hints of bourbon and vanilla, slight booziness, meld with sweet apricot and passion fruit, with just a bit of yeast. Vanilla really comes through as a nice, smooth vanilla sweetness, apricots dipped in cream with a slightly boozy aspect.

Taste - Begins with an underlying note of vanilla, moves to a much larger, more prominent bourbon note to complement a nice, sweet apricot presence with just a hint of dryness. Finish is yeasty, dry, a bit more bourbon comes through. Really a fantastic balance between the barrel and the beer. Really top notch, one of my favorite Allagash experiences.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft, fluffy carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this one along in a trade. He's never let me down before, and I seriously doubt this will be the first time that occurs. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL cork & cage bottle with a label that lists a bottling date of 4/19/2013 and notes the fact that this is one of 750 cases bottled. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a translucent golden body with amber highlights. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising up throughout the glass replenishes the bone-white head on top. At initial pour, the head is about a finger thick, but dissipates to a thick permafilm across the top that never completely goes away due to the aforementioned carbonation bubbles. Lacing is pronounced only insofar as the foam leaves a small sheet of lacing just above the top of the body, but that fades as I drink it down, with no stick to speak of.

Smell - I honestly expected more whiskey characteristics, which come through in faint notes of vanilla and coconut, with slightly stronger profiles of toasted oak and bourbon. Mostly, however, this gives the impression of a nice tripel, with generic fruity phenols of plantain, nectarine and pear. There is a touch of spiciness, which reminds me of ginger in some ways. As the bottle continues to warm, the woodiness of the barrel becomes more pronounced but never rises to the level of heat that I would expect--the base beer certainly holds it's own against the assault of the whiskey.

Taste - Here, the bourbon is more noticeable, even at fridge temperature, but like the smell, the whiskey elements become more pronounced with warmth. The fruit isn't as obvious at this point, instead making way for the yeasty spice (like clove) that is so common in the Belgian style that serves as the starting point for this barrel-aged beer. King's Hawaiian and fresh-baking bread come through, but as it warms, there are wonderfully subtle notes of brown sugar, coconut and again, vanilla. Unlike in the smell, the taste has a component that brings straight Kentucky bourbon to mind.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and fairly thin of mouthfeel, which is to be expected of a barrel-aged beer, especially one that doesn't start out with the body that a hefty stout might. Carbonation is moderate and makes for a slightly creamy, effervescent feel. Finish is slightly sweet.

Overall, a style that I've not tried from barrels before, and while it was interesting, I must admit to being a little bit let down by my high expectations. Not the beer's fault by any means, and in fairness, my expectations didn't come from anywhere other than excitement at the uniqueness of this take on the style. Would be curious to try it again with less age, or another barrel-aged tripel, just to see how they compare.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, bottled November 2007, bought at Lou's in Augusta. Pours a hazy golden amber-red body with a quarter inch (if that) of off-white head. Smells fruity/citrusy and woody. Tastes citrusy, pithy, malty, with a fair bit of wood and hints of vanilla toward the finish. A little bit of alcohol warming is evident on the finish, but buy no means overwhelming or solvent-like. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, bordering on sticky mouthfeel but the carbonation helps make this one more drinkable than it might otherwise be. Tasty and complex. I think I'll stick to drinking Allagash Tripel on a more regular basis, but this is a very good beer and definitely glad I gave this one a go. One of the best barrel-aged beers I've had so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, banana colored, foggy brew. Medium body. Head is large and soapy-foamy white.

Spicy Banana. Awesome aroma. VERY light vanilla barrel is noted, not heavy, very light.

Perfect heavy carbonation plays perfectly into the spice and fall time fruits of the belgian flavors. Wet, refreshing, damp, carefree, unique and perfectly roughed-up by a solid bourbon barrel. Lots of great heat burn a few seconds past your last sip.

This brew is belgian greatness. Normally, I hate heat burn, but with this brew it's so flavorful and deep. Highly recommended and well worth the $16 price paid. I cannot wait to trade for some more of this stuff! I need a southern trading partner...

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed (Draft at Brouwer's, Seattle, TX):

Pours a somewhat cloudy body, very pale yellow. Fluffy white head creamy and lasting. Sweet sour aroma, light. Sour taste, pretty sweet. Not rotten, or acidic-ly sour. Relatively smooth. Refreshing. Fruity tasting. A little dry on the aftertaste. Tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 603BeerMe for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden caramel color with a small head and very nice retention. Constant bubbles racing to the top.

S: Wonderful smell. I'm getting your typical Belgian Tripel smell, but with a nice kick of liquor. The hit of liquor almost smells like vanilla. This is my first Barrel-Aged brew, so it really impresses me.

T: Smooth Belgian start, that blends into a Bourbon finish. Not as dry a finish as I'm accustomed to by this style, this is almost creamy.

MF: Light body with a nice amount of carbonation that keeps the flavors fresh.

D: This is a beer that the drinkability is interesting. I would love to drink this all the time, but I don't see it as an everyday beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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