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

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Reviews: 833
Hads: 3,386
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
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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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Photo of jsapunor
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2008 bottling. Lots of beautiful white head on a typical tripel colored base. As I drink it, the lacing holds fast to the sides of the glass. A very pretty beer.

The aroma tells you right away that it was aged in bourbon barrels. I've had an '09 bottling and the nose on the 08 is much more civilized; the bourbon is not as overwhealming as in the more recent vintage. There is a definite woodiness lurking in the background.

The '08 bourbon flavor is nicely moderated and blends wonderfully with the oak and tripel in beautiful balance. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a beautiful beer, so good I don't want to finish it. The carbonation delivers all the wonderful flavors in perfect harmony.

Allagash makes great beers and this is one of their best! (768 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Had it at Allagash on a trip a few weeks ago (as we do not get Allagash in Colorado!). Wonderful, effervescent and light/citrusy, but with a well-balanced backbone of bourbon barrel taste. Just an incredibly balanced beer...if only they all could be like this one... (266 characters)

Photo of BeerLover729
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber but translucent with a one finger head when poured in a wide chalice. Strong bourbon smell overwhelming any malty or hoppy aromas. Very pronouced bourbon taste with soft but complex oak tannins and crisp malt finish. A light but sharp carbonation that brings out a burn from the high alcohol content reminiscent of whiskey/bourbon/scotch but with much less grimace. I love anjeo tequilla's but I have yet to get into whiskey/bourbon/scotch, and in fact despise JD, however this beer was very interesting and quite delicious. I bet it goes excellent with barbeque and intend to find out soon. (Bottled June 2006-Drank November 2007, Case 398) (652 characters)

Photo of bwd110
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA 05/28/09

A: Pours a golden honey, a touch darker than your standard tripel, with a big fluffy off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing to speak of.

S: Bourbon. Vaniilla. Coconut. Goodness. Slight yeasty, tart fruit smell when you dig a little deeper in this one. Very complex.

T: Goodness, this is a tasty beverage! Very well crafted, very complex. Bourbon, wood and vanilla mix SO well together. Like coconut flavor contrasts nicely to the light tart fruit notes. Almost too complex to completely describe after one sitting. Alcohol esters are prevalent, however.

M: Nothing short of perfect. Great creamy feel despite the higher level of carbonation. The barrel aging adds a real smooth texture to this one - like velvet.

D: Best shared and sipped. A big boy for sure.

I WILL be buying some bottles of this one. (865 characters)

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled: 10.11.05

It faded quickly, but a light head once sat on this pale gold nectar. Bubbles arise from the 2 inch depths. Slight lacing, very slight.

The smell is, at first, of typical tripel style. There are orangey esters deep in the nose, but overall the beautiful bourbon qualities take a hold. Wooden overtones and a rich dryness give this beer’s aroma a wonderfully distinctive quality.

The flavor is delicious. There’s an apparent sweetness with complex malts all around the tongue. The bourbon burns with just the right amount of heat, not too much. Practically perfection. The brew is light in the mouth, yet quit apparent with the alcohol heat.

It should be obvious, but this is a brew made for lengthy, shared enjoyment. At a listed 11% or so on the bottle combined with the whiskey flavor, made me take it slow. But the slower you drink it, the more you can enjoy it!

Notes: I drank this on my 2nd year anniversary while my wife was unfortunately away on business. I didn’t (want to) drink the whole thing, and it held up well for one night with a wine stopper. Still tasted fantastic the next night!

UPDATE: 2006 Edition - the 2006 Curieux is loaded with vanilla and oak aromas and flavors which hid the alcohol much better this year. Whether that's good or not...

But still a truly delicious offering. (1,353 characters)

Photo of mbrasi
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2008 bottling. Pours golden with a white head that dissipates into a lace. Aroma is yeast, oaky, almost saison like with spice. Palate is medium, higher than average carbonation. There is a significant amount of oak in the flavor, as well as alcohol/bourbon in the finish. Has the bread triple flavor but BAM in your face with oak and alcohol. I can tell it's a triple but I thing the bourbon is a bit much. (416 characters)

Photo of buffettfan
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bomber, into my Allagash Glass!
Poured a cloudy, gold. With a think, pouris head, that seemed to last forever, clinging to the glass the whole time I drank this beer.

Aroma was a typical tripel. A sort of spice, with a little citrus was easy to detect.

At first sip, I was in love with this beer! A warming alcohol presence was noticable upfront, along with an orange/citrus hint.

Very smooth, very enjoyable beer. A light, refreshing mouthfeel.

I would love to get my hands on more of this beer. Belgiens are not my favorite, but man, if all beligians tasted like this, I would drink them all the time. (628 characters)

Photo of ChazMania
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted about a year ago and have wanted to find it since. Found a bottle recently. Certainly has aromas of sweetened vanilla and oak, very nice. This has a nice big complex flavor, slightly sweet and not over the top. This might be a great beer to introduce people to the world of craft beer. I am very surprised that it's at 11%, it's very smooth. I'm still on my first pour, so maybe some other qualities open up when it comes to room temp. (442 characters)

Photo of jnezda
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this Allagash after returning from Maine and looking for a good Trippel aged in Oak. This beer did not disappoint. Poured into 2 wine glass the white head was full and stuck around for a bit while still leaving decent lacing. The color was a hazy amber/golden/orange. The smell was good but not over powering with some citrus, honey or molasses and, hints of the wood coming through. The first sip pf this was immediately good. Great balance of flavors, carbonation, aromatics, full bodied (wheaty) which all mask the fact that the beer has a high alcohol content. For a Trippel this beer is mellow enough to enjoy a few of but full enough to know you getting into a good quality brew. My hat is off to the folks at Allagash for this lovely beer. (752 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass, golden hazy with massive 3 finger head. The retention is really sticky around the glass. Bottle dated August 2011.

Beer aroma has big estery Profile of dried fruit with pineapple, orange peel and spices.

Taste of clove, vanilla, dried fruit present. Very much like the aroma. No boozy syrupy dissapoinments. Does not taste strong at all for 11% Abv.

Mouthfeel has well balanced carbonation, effervescent and finishes clean but not dry. Very creamy.

Phenomenal example of a golden Belgian triple. The barrel aging takes the edge off and gives A super smooth profile. It's worth the $. (616 characters)

Photo of Night
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2007 bottling. Cases bottled: 508. Pours hazy honey-gold with copper and blonde tones with flecks of crimson. Large, fluffy, somewhat bubbly off-white head. Partial to near-full rings of lightly bubbly lace. Aroma is very warming and yeasty with rich notes of grape, figs, raisins, other dark fruits, candied nuts, and honey. Mouthfeel is silky with a gentle but assertive tingle. Medium body. Flavor hits immediately with strong pineapple and coconut tones followed by a bitter bourbon spike and a wash of sweet and mild buttery caramel and sourdough maltiness. Mild underpinnings of yeast balance the strong fruit flavors. Finish is sharp and sour with a touch of woodiness. Lingering aftertaste is dry, yeasty, and very warm. (737 characters)

Photo of Lukecook
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle(Dec 2009) poured into a tulip glass

A- Golden in color, big fizzy head that diminishes quickly.

S- Strong oak and mildly fruity. touch alchol.

T- Oak is strong, touch of vanilla and fruity undertones.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- I think that this beer is everything it is ment to be, but for me I find the oak overbearing. (347 characters)

Photo of BenZ
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb. 2006 bottling. Cellared for a couple of years.

A - somewhat cloudy (looked clear before chilling) not much head. Golden

S - Bourbon definitely noticable, alcohol as it warms, reminds me of the arquebus barleywine we tried a few times at the CBC.

T - A tripel with extras! The level of bourbon flavor is just about perfect, maybe just slightly more assertive. Could be the other flavors faded more over the last 2.5 years. Some generic fruity esters, alcohol warmth. The bourbon/woody charachter was strong, then mellowed, then came back as the beer warmed. Awesome.

M - Warming, needs just slightly more carbonation.

D - Slightly too sweet? I can't tell if this is residual sugars or that sweet taste most whiskies have.

I'm glad I bought this bottle and held off on opening it for a while. I wonder what it would taste like if Alagash intentionally infected a barrel or two... (888 characters)

Photo of jwchestnut
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really gorgeous beer. Golden straw color, small tight bubbles, wonderful creamy pillowy head that staid around for quite a while. The nose is sweet malts, banana, coriander, maybe some grapes and white wine - definitely sweet. Sadly no discernible or strong barrel characters in the nose and similar in the taste. Similar to the nose with some faint oak, but definitely sweet malts and spicy belgian yeasts, faint tart like lemon rind - would never have guessed it was 11%. Very tight carbonation but moderate feel for such a sweet beer goes down easy and dry. All in all this was a fantastic tripel but the consensus was that as there was little apparent barrel character it was somewhat disappointing. If the price point was lower I would definitely try again. (762 characters)

Photo of Katahdin
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fascinating beer. I love all the body's complexities and the unique texture they combine for. The aroma sis unique, doesn't quite do justice to what you are about to experience. Easily drinkable, although it is more to be sipped than to be gulped as I have watched some do. It pours with a rich, creamy head that reminded me a bit Of Guinesses. The erathy taste is easily balnaced by the subtle flavor of citrus. (422 characters)

Photo of ricchezza
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Distinct pilsner malt base with noticeable candi sugar (or similar). Although there is no mention of this being a Belgian-style Triple on the label it is clear upon tasting it that that is exactly what this is (I should have expected that from Allagash!).
Consumed while cold the sweetness of both the grain and sugar is prominent. There is also what I perceived to be a lemon-esque zing.
After allowed to warm a bit the flavor became fuller. The bready yeast character that I was missing before is clearly more distinct now. Slightly dry finish.
The oak barrel character is smooth and balanced nicely as opposed to overwhelming the core Triple characteristics.
Overall impression is that Allagash has yet to disappoint me. Excellent beer. (739 characters)

Photo of carpezytha
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip

A: Two fingers settles to a 1/4". Beautiful foam, pure white with nice lacing tops murky honey body.
S: Nuts, bread dough, bark, bananas.
T: Vavoom. An intense concoction of marmalade, vanilla, star anise, certainly with a finish that brings forth the bourbon and oak, but without being overpoweringly "oaky". There are a lot of other flavors happening here. Every sip brings up more.
M: Big active body with active carbonation keeping a slew of flavors pouring across your tongue.
D: Yes, I could drink this daily, at least for a while.

It will be interesting to see how this tastes after having been put away for a while. (642 characters)

Photo of BeerHonky
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is fantastic. It pours a bright and hazy golden yellow with slight orange highlights here and there. A thin, prickly looking head doesn't stay for long.

Immediately you can smell a bouquet of citrus fruits. Many come to mind but its very hard to pin point any particular one that stands out amongst the aroma.

This beer also has a fantastic balance of fruity belgian flavor, hints of bourbon, and alcohol. I love bourbon and this was a perfect marriage of the two libations. This is a beer that will also become more flavorful as it warms up. If you can't taste the bourbon, give it some time and you'll start to notice it towards the end. (655 characters)

Photo of brushtachio
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared a 750 ml bottle with a co-worker while having dinner at the publick house in the Boston area (Brookline) Poured golden with a temporary head. Well carbonated. The smell was intriguing- vanilla,wood, and bourbon mixed with the traditional spicy sweet aromas of a Belgian trippel. The taste delivered all of what was promised in the nose but in a layered complex way. First, the sweet malty taste. Then a strong bourbon wave that faded to vanilla and wood. Finally finished with the clove, banana and yeast flavors I would expect from a Belgian-style trippel. Really an exciting experience. My co worker doesnt stray from the Macros much, but he really enjoyed it as well. I am currently trying to hunt it down in my area. (727 characters)

Photo of Zaplt
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a crisp light golden amber with an inch of white foamy head with pretty decent retention.

aroma- strong bourbon, tart candy like fruit, citrus, vanilla, I could get lost in this for a while.

taste - The bourbon and vanilla from the oak aging hit hard at first then layers of citrus, clove, yeasty banana. Nice light hop bit at the end. There is another flavor I can't nail that seems somewhat malty that I am not enjoying. Can't find the words.

overall - Very delicious and interesting. There is again a mystery flavor that I cannot distinguish but this is absolutely a worthwhile treat. (610 characters)

Photo of BeerEngineer
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

General - I got this 22 oz bottle from a store a couple of weeks ago. Really nice corked bottle. Drinking it out of a chalice type glass that I had.

Appearance - The color is around an SRM 7 or so, beautiful light golden. Head was a light white frothy but it quickly faded. Fairly clear with just a touch of chill haze. This is a little too cold to be drinking right now, just out of the fridge.

Aroma - MMMM Bourbon! This thing has a big hit of the bourbon barrel that it was aged in. There is also an alcohol scent, not unsurprising with the 11% ABV on this bad boy. in the background there are some light citrus scents with a touch of banana. Really great scent.

Taste - If God were to brew a beer, it would taste like this. Seriously this is one of if not the best triples that I've had. The flavor of bourbon is perfect with the alcoholic burn and slight fruitiness. Amazing is all I can say.

Mouthfeel - A slightly thin feeling with a moderately high carbonation level. There is an alcoholic burn on the back of the throat also.

Overall - Wow, this is awesome. I couldn't ask for a better beer after a long day. Refreshing yet strong with a lot of great flavor. (1,177 characters)

Photo of biophiliadude
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tap to flute

A: Chardonnay, 1/4 inch white head.

S: Faint fruits, dry white.

T: Unreal. Strong Malibu rum accented with apples, pears, lemon grass and bubbles.

F: Ticklish wood

D: Very unique. First sip blew my mind away. If you're looking for a taste adventure please check this out. I could only have one but the taste is certainly desirable for the hard liquor crowd perhaps, but for me there was no balance. Everyone's strange brain needs their own taste trial. (470 characters)

Photo of mrquartetman
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden amber, cloudy, big head

S: Citrus, spice, big malt, like a spicy cake, lots of aromatics, a clear bourbon backgrouind aroma.

T: Starts out gingery, then citrus kicks in, but is quickly overwhelmed by a huge malty surge, banana and the cake that the aroma promised. The bourbon flavor is quite present, but other great spicy flavors contend with it.

M: Dense, quite sweet, though not at all cloying; very complex, very big.

D: The temptation would be to just keep drinking this one, it is so good, but its alcohol level might be a bit of a caution.

This is truly "curious." Allagash says of it, "To make the Curieux (French for "curious"), we age our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam barrels for 8 weeks in our cellar."

This is one helluva beer. (750 characters)

Photo of bceagles39
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Looks like cloudy applejuice. Dense white head that laces nicely throughout.

Vanilla and woody aromas overpower.

Tastes smoky and toasty with a whisky finish. I didn't get much of the classic triple flavors to come through.

Great creamy mouthfeel.

Very fun to try, the smokiness was almost a little too exagerrated. But enjoyed trying it. (414 characters)

Photo of Mattygross44
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Its good i mean im a whiskey drinker so i expect a little more boozy taste of bourbon but let me tell you its soooo smooth im glad i bought it. And at 11% it will sneak up on you. Allagash did very well with this brew and i cant say nothing bad about this amazing brew. If you're reading this deciding on buying it or not ...put your phone down and go try it!! It wont disappoint! (380 characters)

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