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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 04-05-2004

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Reviews: 879 | Ratings: 3,606
Photo of gotbeer
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I will admit to high expectations with this beer.

The appearance was like many a triple, with a pale head and a nice, golden color. The smell was of some fruit, oak, whiskey, and vanilla.

The taste was complex. There were notes of whiskey, and alcohol that was apparent. There was also vanilla and some fruit flavors like Allagash's excellent Triple. The delicate taste of the triple seemed to be a little subdued by the oak and whiskey flavors.

It was certainly an interesting beer, and worth a try. I prefer their Triple, though. My preferences in oak barrel aging appear to be towards aging impy stouts and barleywines.

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Photo of twage04
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The barrel imparted flavors are far from subtle on this beer. Some vanilla, bourbon and wood stick out. A very boozy tripel where the yeast imparted flavors take more of a back seat than usual. Beer is dry, a little tart, and complex. Definitely a beer to sip and contemplate rather than drink at a normal pace. Lots of carbonation and color is a brownish yellow.

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Photo of KGilmour
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden orange. A bit cloudy. Decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Orange, malt, sweet. Oak flavor with hints of vanilla. I didn't get any coconut as other reviewers have. The bourbon is well noticeable.

Taste: Orange and sweet malty. The vanilla not as strong as on smell. Oak some hoppy bitterness. Strong but smooth.

Feel: High carbonation and high alcohol.

I split a bottle of this with a friend and it still knocked me down. The bourbon came through quite heavily in this bottle. Very tasty, but take it in small doses with friends.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden yellow with a little orange tinge. A nice foamy white head on this one. Smells like straight up burboun, but if you smell closer you can smell belgian yeast aromas. There is definitely a belgian beer in there. Tastes like grain alcohol. This stuff is pretty stiff actually. Some vanilla and coconut flavors are present, basically burboun. Its not bad, but I wont more tripple here. You can feel the burn in your mouth with this stuff. Alright, and different, but not stellar

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Photo of Minotaur
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazy, foamy golden triple; the head remains for most of the glass staying about half a finger above the grainy looking liquer.

The aroma is alcoholic with a superior malty depth and just a few bright fruit and bitter notes from the yeast and hops. There is an exceptional liquer essence hanging above every sip.

The taste that comes through most strongly is a smooth malty wine-like draught which could be overly sweet if not for the very heady spice, tangerine, and grape-fruit like notes. This is intentionally a Belgian style as identified with the underlay of breadiness. However there is a sharpness that fades into a pleasant sourness. A bit of funk liners on the back of the tongue but remains integrated and pleasant.

The mouthfeel is like a fine, slightly chalky smooth confection. Creamy and rich. It is highly drinkable even though packed with alcohol. The alcoholic sharpness remains subdued and the warmth adds to the pleasantry.

Allagash at their best; one of the best American brewed Belgian style ales out there.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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...

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Photo of StaEva
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the world of Allagash, and a damn fine choice at that.

Poured into a snifter. Hazy light orange-golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated before the first sip. The lacing really shows the ABV.

Smells of smoky bourbon, through and through. Some slight roasted malts, but that may be the overtones of the bourbon co-mingling with the malts.

The flavor one complex brew— changes drastically as the beer warms. New layers become apparent as you allow the temperature to take effect. There is a fruity nuttiness and spice to it at first that is well balanced and rounded. As it warms vanilla bourbon definitely comes out with a little banana even. Very interesting to taste.

So complex and engrossing. Truly an incredible example of the craft at it's most alchemical.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle indicates October 2005 bottling.

A: Pours a nice copper color, showing moderate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Quite clear. Absolutely no head, which is really the only flaw (although not a minor one) in the visual presentation.

S: Aroma shows oak, like a California chardonnay, and a sweet vanilla. There is a whiff of Bourbon, although it is not at all pronounced. No hops at all.

T: This is a unique beer, and it is quite striking. Oak and vanilla clearly dominate the flavor, with a honey like center and a surprisingly dry finish. There is a barely perceptable banana highlight, and perhaps some tropical fruit. Alcoholic warmth is present, but it is not hot or harsh. Some yeastiness and biscuity notes also make themselves felt, but this is nothing at all like a Belgian tripel.

M: The mouthfeel is an interesting contrast between the syrupy vanilla and oakey flavor and a generally light body, with carbonation cutting though the beer to prevent if from being cloying.

D: This is definitely a sipping beer. It is very pleasant, though, and I do not find myself getting palate fatigue.

Overall: The recent trend of bourbon barrel aged beers does not always yield a drinkable product. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, and this is among them. This is an outstanding beer worth seeking out. I have cellared this for about half a year, and I suspect my remaining bottle may age for another year or two very nicely. I wouldn't drink it too cold, say much below 50 degrees, in order to ensure that the nose and vanilla accents are not unduly supressed.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. This is one of those brews that, the second it hit my tongue, it was a revelation. The only other brew to strike me that way recently was Chimay's Grande Reserve. Curieux was close to the near-religious experience that I had with the Chimay and a plate of St. Louis-style BBQ ribs.

Pours clear golden with one finger of off-white froth. Aroma is cloves and bourbon. Bourbon explodes on the palate. I imagine that some beer purists will not enjoy this brew since the power of the bourbon is such that it almost comes across as a "flavored beer" (which I usually detest). However, I found the flavor so unique and subtle, with oak and vanilla and a sweet, smoky aftertaste, that I have only kudos for this beer.

My only dissension would be that I probably would not want this brew as my everyday imbibe, simply because it is such a "curious" flavor.

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Bottling served at room temperature
A - Under reasonable pressure. Pours a cloudy golden color with a single finger of white head. The head is long lasting leaving a nice amount of lacing.
S - Has a yeasty, floral nose with a hint of grapefruit.
T - Hints of bourbon (very light) with similar qualities to the smell.
M - Moderately full mouth feel with no coating qualities. Very carbonated
O - A nice Belgian style ale. I don't imagine it spent very much time at all in the bourbon barrels. I wouldn't get it again but it was worth trying once.

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Photo of vinhgoh
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2-11-16 (750ml, Long Beach) yeasty mushroom thing which is a hallmark for many Belgian style beers, some spiciness as in nutmegish, a note of vanilla, finishes clean and high alcohol content doesn't get in the way of the flavor, overall very good

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Photo of derryd
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle, good lacing on the glass, great mouthful, no overwhelming or overpowering in the mouth, taste is somewhat like an English Old Ale, light smells of carmel, cloudy appearance. A great beer with great taste, goes down well with no after taste and will wreck your palate. I'd rate it higher for an English Old Ale than a Tripel.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a small head. The smell is sweet and accented by the smell of bourbon. The taste is like a tripel but without the hop bitterness which is replaced by the sweet taste of bourbon. The mouth is light with a low level of carbination. A drinkable yet very different tasting beer.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a orval goblet. dated may 2008. (Tasting better than my buddys served in a snifter.)

The look was golden brown. With a light head.

The smell was first of belgium yeast, candi sugar, bit of bourben followed by a nice balace of hops. A lot going on in there.

The taste was like a tripel gone wild. This is to me how I would always want a tripel. Taste was much like the smell with a perfect balance of oak and hops. The malt was nice and clean, as was the light carbonation.

This was a brand new bottle just a little over a month old, Iam glad I popped this now, it was perfect young. The 11abv was very much hidden. This was a pricey beer but well worth it. NICE

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750 mL bottle. From the beginning, beautiful light caramel color with different yellow/brown hues. Smells of wood (obviously), and unmistakeably vanilla. Taste is extraordinary, malt forward with a warm alcoholic/vanilla aftertaste. Taste and mouthfeel remind me of drinking a really good port. Would go fantastic with bleu cheese and walnuts. Drinkability is down slightly only because of the high abv, which should by no means deter you from taking this one on. This is definitely a celebration/need to warm up/warming up with your lady/it's snowing outside beer. It is a bit pricy, but completely worth it since, all things considered, you'd spend this much on 3 crap beers in a bar. Simply lovely.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber and slightly cloudy from the yeast. Rich foamy head that lasts.

Smell: Sweet malt, fruit, vanilla.

Taste: Malty and sweet. Strong vanilla and bourbon alcohol flavors, but all pleasantly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich and Creamy with some crispness from the carbonation. Finishes smooth.

Drinkability: Curieux was the second bourbon barrel aged beer that I have tasted (previously tasted AB’s Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale) and found it way better than AB’s offering (not in the same league). The ale flavors came through and the bourbon and oak vanillins were well balanced. Curieux makes a very nice selection for a special occasion. Try it instead of wine or champagne!

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Photo of MEsoJD
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[poured into Gouden Garolus glass]

I: I've had the pleasure of enjoying this brew for a long time ever since my first encounter with it at the Black Boar bar in Eagle Rock. I've also enjoyed bottles with friends, but only recently have I had the opportunity to give a review.

B: [11.0% ABV. 1 Pint. 9.4 Fl. OZ. May 25th, 2012Release] I love the presentation of this bottle. Gives off a high quality/classy feel to it with the authentic an feel of the label texture to it's minimalist artwork/design. Some may not even assume that it's beer at first glance. All the information you can ask for is fit into one label. I really appreciate that you can clearly see the bottle date on the front of the label(many brewers make it hard). Overall, one of my favorite bottle presentations.

A: Light orange/golden body transparent body with white carbonated head(fast dissipation) and decent lacing(note: I suspect my pour may have been too aggressive or due to age (never had it this old)).

S: Smells of orange citrus, Belgian yeast, bread malt, oily/alcohol aroma. Reminiscent of some Belgian triples.

T: Orange citrus, some apple, light bitterness, spicy smokey/woody presence(due to the bourbon barrels), sweet bread malt complimented by warming alcohol. Alcohols presence increases with each sip.

M: Smooth slick/oily finish, low/med carbonation, full body, and apparent alcohol(sipper).

O: One delicious beer with a sense of calculation. What I love about this beer the most is with each sip the alcohols presence becomes more bold thus also enhancing the other flavors. I wouldn't recommend to newcomers, but this will truly be something appreciated among the experienced palate. Beer lovers should at least buy one bottle to store/age, and others should find it on tap. At $20.00 a bottle, it's something to have on special occasions. Savor Good Beer!

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Photo of jtd1969
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - mirky golden with a hint of orange. lacing and good carbonation

S - sweet fruit with bourbon. some yeast

T - bourbon, slight banana , some pepper, (not hot), subtle sweetness

M - smooth and mellow, good bourbon mouth burn, yet mild. ABV is noticeable in my opinion.

O - Really really good. A delight to drink anytime, but especially after a long day at work.

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Photo of Popkas
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2008 - pulled out from the cellar.

A: Pour is a slightly hazy golden orange with thin yet attractive head.

S: Smell is of spice/belgian yeast, oak, and booze to go with hints of citrus.

T: The leading tastes are of vanilla and bourbon with a spiciness from the yeast and again some hidden fruity tones.

M: Slightly dry, nice body with appropriate carbonation.

D: Wow, this is a really pleasant beer and drinks very well at 11%!

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Photo of DawnL
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
Our tripel ale aged in Jim Beam bourdon barrels for 8 weeks where complex new flavors develop, most notably coconut and vanilla. 9.5 - 10.5% abv

What I had to say:
I'm picking up more passion fruit on this brew. It was an interesting smokey quality - I assume from the barrels. Bourbon barrels are charred for both smokey and sweet qualities. I will either love this beer or be overwhelmed by it as it sits. The beer develops a white pepper characteristic which is a nice foil to the passion fruit. The palate is very alcohol driven. I would age this beer a little longer.

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Photo of srroos
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden and hazy with an ample white head. Maintains a nice cap after the initial head is gone.

S: Lots of alcohol, vanilla, and sweetness. Has a smell like a bourbon or brandy.

T: Fruity sweet and vanilla flavors, with a hot alcohol and slightly bitter finish.

MF: Highly carbonated and light on the tongue despite the strong flavors and alcohol. Very warming in the stomach.

D: Very drinkable, but quite strong. I would definitely drink more of this if it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of Mdez
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Had this just an hour or so ago on-tap at the Bier Haus in Savannah, GA; it was wonderful and not like anything I've had before. Had a great taste with a little bourbon flavoring and was smooth as silk until I almost licked the glass clean. Maybe I will get a few of the bombers when I see them...

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had this on cask at The Olde Toad in Rochester, NY. Served in an 8oz. Tulip.

A - Golden hue with little to no head. Slight lacing left after each sip. Richer color than an American Pilsner, not as dark as a red. Didn't share the same color as other tripel's I've had

S - Malty. Over the top, orange peel and nutmeg were present.

T - Orange peel and nutmeg with an instant alcohol flavor. Not overpowering, no hoppiness. No bitterness, very clean aftertaste. The bourbon barrels definitely left their mark, as well as a very faint vanilla taste.

M - Just slightly carbonated, what you'd expect from an ale that had been ages in oak barrels for months. No extra carbonation at all.

D - This could be deadly. I'm glad I had a driver. This beer is amazing. I really couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 without getting hurt, but I might be willing to try.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good bourbon notes along with the classic tripel flavors. the bourbon is restrained and doesn't tip the balance. the awesome coconut and vanilla still manages to come through

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