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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Ratings: 3,082
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 365
Gots: 651 | FT: 36
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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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/27/2011 and poured from the bottle (2009 vintage) to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/coppery color and it starts with a massive 2 and 1/2 finger off-white head that is typically indicative of a Belgian style; body has a little bit of haze/cloudiness to it, but it shows massive amounts of tiny bubbles swirling around and up; head slowly fades to a full and firm cap, and leaves big patches and swaths of foam lingering behind

Smell: Smell is tart, green apple, possibly some green grapes; some Belgian spiciness, including coriander, cardamom; bit of a sweet vanilla and oakiness hangs out in there too.

Taste: Wow. This beer is the shit. The tart, green apples and green grapes are present, but the tartness is definitely mellowed out and balanced with the sweetness from the Bourbon barrel treatment as there is definitely some oakiness to it, but there is definitely some sweet vanilla that is present; the spiciness from the Belgian yeast is present, and really compliments the flavors of the fruit and bourbon; slight alcohol presence, but it's not fusel at all -- really sweet and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Body is of a solid, medium weight; comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is great -- soft, foamy, still lively and interesting without being dulled by the barrel aging; a moderately thick and semi-dry and sticky coating is left on the mouth, and it becomes cottony dry; belly is left warm from the acidity of the fruit and the ABV.

Overall: This beer is way too drinkable for being 11% -- I feel the alcohol is masked and blended well enough that it really comes across as closer to the 7-8% in terms of the mouth and flavors; good balance between the tart, green fruits and the smooth and sweet Bourbon and vanilla aspects, and I have to admit it's a little surprising as the Tripel isn't necessarily one I would think of immediately when it comes to styles I would barrel age. Cheers to Allagash for this excellent and epic beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright light golden color with lots of fine carbonation and a ¼" white head that persists for a reasonable period of time. The lacing sticks to the upper portion of the glass and looks like a combination of fine spider webs hanging next to each other. Sipping leaves a fair ring and some leggy lacing, part of which slides back down to the liquid. Though out most of the beer there is a pattern of scattered leggy lacing on the lower portion of the glass.

Smell: The nose reveals a nice mix of light tree fruits such as pear that mingle with the vanilla from the bourbon barrel. At first the aroma seems to be all about the bourbon but then the fruity differences not found in a good bourbon emerge as a component of the aroma.

Taste: The flavors are a balance between those of the bourbon and those of the triple in such a way that there is a fruity, malty sweetness that is well integrated with the vanilla in such a way that the pears and sweet light sugar flavors round out and complete a complex mix of flavors that seems just right.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied and smooth with fine but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long and maintains the balance between bourbon and tree fruits almost to the end when a slight warming from the alcohol is felt.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer that can go well with a dinner salad or as an after dinner treat. At 11% ABV I'd probably not have more than one a night but I'll definitely be happy to have this one again. This not a beer for those who don't care for Bourbon. The marriage of flavors and aromas from the Bourbon and the Tripel tend to favor the Bourbon but the Tripel compliments, sweetens and adds fruitiness that is truly a nice change of pace.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of craytonic
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big Allagash head I expect, nice lacing; pours a golden-hazy-straw-yellow. Beautiful tiny bubbles.

Smell: Sweet bourbon and vanilla, with the spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) and golden fruits (apple, pear, peach) of a tripel right beneath it.

Taste: Equal parts tripel and bourbon, it is delicious. A nice spice in the background. Bourbon, oak, caramelized sugar, vanilla, whiskey apples, peaches, & pears. A little hot is my only complaint.

Mouthfeel: Tiny little bubbles, very nice; the taste lingers nicely. Very light, soft, and creamy.

Drinkability: A huge improvement over their regular tripel. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow color with less than a finger whispy white head that fades quickly. Little lacing observed.

The smell is a sharp lemon citrus, yeasty and slightly astringent.

The mouth feel is light. A tingle from the carbonation while the alcohol soaks and coats the tongue. Which contributes to a lingering presence.

The flavor is light, the oak gives it a nice complexity, but the bitterness in the nose is reflected in the taste.

Drinkability. The alcohol burn is there. Not a big fan of the style but this one is a nice sipper.
Ohhhh how our tastes mature!!!
Bright light pastel yellow..totally cloudy with visible effervescence. The collar kept alive from below..the tiny micro-bubbles add significantly to the smooth creamy mouth texture. The smell is classic and aggressive. Tart..citrus with harvest fruit from the yeast. The mouthfeel is really nice light refreshing smooth and creamy. The taste doesn't have the same intense character as the nose or the mouth, but it is quite nice!! ...and oh by the way, the 11% ABV will take you there!!! VERY NICE!!!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a tulip. Glowing hazy gold with a dense cap of creamy head. Nice retention with scattered sheets of lacing.

In the nose and flavor profile, there's a very nice Bourbon/Belgian interplay. Jim Beam seems to be a good fit; it's a little raw and rough around the edges, matching well with the peppery and spicy qualities of the base beer. Plenty of tangy yeast and candi sugar, a big dash of vanilla, a bowlful of apples and pears. Interesting feel, a light and silky body, but with prickly carbonation constantly bubbling through. Quite tasty.

Overall impression: Nice example of how barrel-aging can complement a beer. Recommended.

Photo of maxpower
2.65/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked and caged 750 ml bottled October 2004, pours cloudy golden yellow with a nice lasting head of large bubbles, good lacing in my glass. Sweet fruity and bourbon aromas, smoky and woody flavors, the bourbon taste almost overwhelming at first but mellows throughout, medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel, not as carbonated as most tripels, finishes dry. At 13.99 a bottle no thank you.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Naerhu
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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