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Allagash James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged strong ale infused with Cold Press Coffee

Added by jlindros on 07-09-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
385
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
30.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 385
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the base beer here is barely recognizable to me here, this is all about the coffee, and it just isnt anywhere near as sweet or as whiskey driven as the beer it comes from. some have remarked that the coffee is somewhat subtle, but i really didnt think so. i loved the way it smells bitter and earthy, rather than sugary and vanilla driven. the base beer just seems way lighter, which is odd in something like this, but i really do dig it. the coffee is great, more vibrant in nose than taste, i will agree with that, but its like cold drip or something, concentrated and strong on caffeine, not insane on the pungency in the blend, but the flavor is on point. i remember this being boozy, but the coffee seems to balance some of that, or cover it up, and in the end this seems nowhere near 11% abv to me, not even close. sometimes an extra ingredient doesnt need to dominate in a beer to improve it, and i think this is a perfect example of that. allagash can do no wrong though in my mind, i knew i was going to like this before i ever even ordered it. nice use of the barrel, coffee tastes fresh, and its drier than the original. lovely stuff.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half finger of head that settles to a fluffy cap with spots of lace. Definitely smell the booze and some Belgian candy. Very sweet, candy and bourbon. Nice balance.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't advertised as barrel aged at the bar I ordered it. Almost no coffee flavor, very strong whiskey favor. Did not enjoy it at all. If you like whiskey flavored beer, get it.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what a unique twist on a alla gash classic. the cold brew coffee at first was a bit odd but as I sipped the brew and my taste buds adjusted to this unique flavor and found myself drawn in further and further. abv is invisible. delish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was worried that adding coffee to one of my favorite beers would put it over the edge and ruin the nice balance that Curieux has. I worried for nothing. While I prefer Curieux, this is really good.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy Amber color; side by side with Curieaux and it's slightly darker and more Amber colored. Smell and flavors of Belgian yeast, spiciness, vanilla, oak, and smooth coffee flavors. Very creamy mouthfeel, low-medium carbonation. Another excellent Allagash offering, though it does not surpass the original Curieaux.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Get two. This was on tap at Monk's in Philly to celebrate Allagash's 20th Anniversary. 20 different Allagash beers on tap!!! Had to get two James Beans. Curieux is my favorite, and this one is Curieux with Maine cold pressed coffee! No change in color (that I can tell) and minimal head. I had to try two to really get the coffee tones. I may need a third, as the coffee is not at the front. Get some now if you can.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky gold draft pour with white head. Coffee nose. Strong espresso flavors superimposed on a sweet malt bill. Medium mouthfeel. Ok-the strong coffee did not marry well with the underlying sweetness. Funny coming from me-I love sugared up coffee in the morning.

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Photo of bluehende
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color of gold with a strong coffee taste to it. The coffee moves the bourbon to the background and makes this beer excellent. One of the best barrel aged beers I have had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours a golden orange-brown, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing, not a whole lot.

This one smells like sweet coffee, stone fruit, caramel, vanilla, and white chocolate.

This one is great. The coffee, combined with the barrel aging, gives the impression of white-chocolate infused coffee with caramel and coconut. So delicious. Lots of really sweet decadent flavors, probably best in small doses with this one.

This one is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation. This one's very drinkable.

Been waiting to try this beauty for a while, thanks EBF and Allagash for finally giving me the chance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, honey, coffee bean, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, coffee bean, vanilla, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a coffee presence that is noticeable but it is somewhat muted against the base beer and barrel aged qualities.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A: considering coffee was added, it's a bit light. Don't recall what regular Curieux looked like, but this doesn't seem too different. A swirl returns the head that sustains decently.

S: coffee and cigarettes, initially, maybe a little citrus in the back

T: tasting this reminded me of "Regular Coffee" I had at Extreme Beerfest, though not as sweet. The front taste is on the lightly sweet coffee side. To be sure, the coffee is the predominant taste, but it's doesn't seem to be the coffee-hinted, roasted malt taste of some stouts (maybe b/c actual coffee added?). The back end taste is toffee to me, carrying the sweetness forward.

M: iffy on this, there's some body there, but the carbonation is surprisingly meh. This attribute means much less to me on this beer than others, for some reason.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Hopefully it's not just the situation. I'm not thinking this beer is for everyone (my girlfriend is not a coffee fan and only noticed coffee bitterness). I might've overrated it slightly, but hope for another chance to find out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Served in a short pint.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Fluffy white head that leaves thick foam dripping down the inside of the glass.

Smell - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some coffee. Lighter malts give it a fruitiness. Even some citrus.

Taste - Strange grain flavor that really blends quite well with the bourbon and coffee. Grainy, sweet, but not heavy or sugary. Belgian yeast in the finish with some oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - More interesting than I expected. It's good because of the adjuncts, but the tripel is pretty lost there.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy tight lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Nice roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a little booze, and earthiness.

Taste: Same as above with a little sweetness, roasted bitterness, booze, oak, vanilla, and powdery yeast.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a little bitterness, and some booziness.

Overall: Tripel, yes. Aged in bourbon barrels, yes. Then add cold pressed local Maine coffee. Yes please. Sounds weird, but such a great mixture and blend of flavors.

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Photo of JFear
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Mekong in Richmond. The combination of flavors seemed too bizarre to pass up. Served in a wine glass.

The beer has a nice golden appearance, resembling agave nectar in color. The aroma is enticing. Big whiffs of caramel and bourbon dominate the nose, with a bit of coffee sneaking in and intermingling with those big aromas. The flavor is a marvelous combination of all of the elements present in the aroma, with the coffee wedging itself in with the vanilla, caramel, and bourbon notes. The yeast character of a traditional tripel is present, albeit very subdued, with a bit of apple making its way in. I would normally knock the brewer a bit for not making the yeast a highlight in a tripel, but if it was more forward in this beer, it would not marry all that well with the barrel character and coffee. The beer is surprisingly well-carbonated for being barrel-aged, and it's all the better for it, as the spritely carbonation carries big flavors across the tongue easily.

Overall, an incredibly impressive beer. A mixture of elements I would normally think of being incongruous, handled deftly by the brewers at Allagash, results in an entirely unique and supremely satisfying experience.

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Photo of antott0523
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Penny's in Montpelier, VT. 5/22/14.

This beer is extremely drinkable for such a high ABV beer. The alcohol did not come through, and I could not drink it more quickly because it tasted so freaking great. It pours a rich amber color, which decries the nose and palate, as the beer has such a strong coffee flavor. It may not be something that a traditional Belgian style ale enthusiast enjoys, but the coffee marries so well with the Belgian flavor profile. Coffee is star here, and it is done so well.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Draft at City Swiggers. Imagine a curiuex with coffee and this is what you get. The combination of coffee and triple is unusual and I would not say it's better than the original. The coffee overpowers the subtle bourbon flavors but this is still a solid and enjoyable brew. Drinks light with a little kick.

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Photo of palma
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Allagash even at Rattle n Hum bar NYC.

Peanut butter! Thats what I taste and I love it. The mouthfeel is amazing smooth it works with the flavor great.

Also flavors of oak and rum and citrus fruits. Great combination and an excellent example of american brewing ingenuity.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-surprisingly light to medium golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-bourbon, coffee, toffee, light bready malt, little vanilla

T-light caramel malt, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, hint of clove and yeast

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky

O-interesting beer, color and coffee flavor somewhat disparate, having had Curieux before perhaps prejudices my rating as the coffee overwhelmed the base beer so as to make it difficult to recognize the "Curieux" in this beer

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Photo of jeff12hoops
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Incredible brew. Tasted this on tap during SF beer week at the Willows.

I had never tasted a light-hued beer with coffee flavor before, and this one was outstanding. At first smell, I noted a pure, balanced, coffee aroma that wasn't overpowering. The taste was smooth and light, but rich in flavor that mixed the best qualities of a Belgian and a coffee porter. Excellent balance, smooth finish, and pleasant aftertaste. Thoroughly impressed. I tried a bunch of Allagash offerings tonight and this one was the cream of the crop.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is murky golden brown with thin white head with tight bead and slight lace pattern, the color lightens as it sits. The smell is very fragrant with an earthy coffee smell lots of nutty and light caramel with a hint of vanilla and odor of alchol. The feel is nutty, woody toasted grain and malt is dry with a moderately carbonated and medium body with low sweetness and mild alcohol warming near the finish which is mostly dry.

The taste is very good a deep coffee taste which has a fresh and roasty flavor combined with a mild yeast and triple base is apparent with a slight bourbon-like caramel/vanilla from the wood with low alcohol taste and coffee holds on throughout. Overall this is a wonderful coffee-infused barrel aged tripel. I found it interesting from start to finish and would order it again if it were not for it being so limited.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty excited to see this on-tap at a random visit to the Farmhouse Tap in VT. Reviewed from notes.

A- Golden like Curieux, small white fizzy head with lackluster retention. Falls to foamy ring with a few legs but no true lace it seems.

S- Super laid back Jim Beam and cold brewed coffee reminds me of a nice brownie dessert.

T- Tastes like blondie brownies to me, decadent coffee on Curieux, balanced and almost silly smooth bourbon vanilla barrel feel. Most jarring color vs. taste beer ever. The coffee really makes a huge difference.

MF- Moderately thick body with high end carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

Brownie dessert feel. Coffee is intense and changes the beer a lot in a good way. The vanilla from Bourbon barrels and coffee really work well together.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bestway in Greensboro, NC

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly ground coffee with some moderate aromas of bourbon and oak (from the barrel aging). Light notes of vanilla and just a hint of Belgian yeast, light fruits, and pepper.

T: Upfront there is moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed coffee with some moderate flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Light flavors of Belgian yeast, light fruit, and just a hint of spice/black pepper. Minimal notes of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and a touch creamy.

O: I was slightly suspect of a bourbon barrel aged tripel with coffee but I should have known the team at Allagash had the skills to pull this beer off... The coffee and bourbon flavors really complement each other and give it hints of chocolate which make this beer pair really nicely with dessert (chocolate pecan pie and pumpkin pie here on Thanksgiving).

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the dive bar on Allagash tap takeover. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden hue with a nice thin lacing and good creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of coffee haggle, faint barrel notes, the coffee mellowed out the aromas of the base beer. Still a quite nice aroma.

T - Taste is loads of coffee, light bourbon, light base beer but for the most part this is a glass of cold pressed coffee.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the ABV, light carbonation, alcohol well hidden here, tremendously so.

O - Overall I was happy with this one, best of the night even if it crushed the base beer. Delicious.

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Photo of Noyt
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From tap at the Festival. Clear gold pour with white head. Intense coffee aroma, vegetal notes but also roasty, definitely smells just like cold pressed coffee. Some light bourbony wood notes are perceptible, but barely. Very intense coffee flavor. The most peculiar part of this beer is that it has the palate of cold pressed coffee (plus carbonation), very silky mouthfeel with a long bitter aftertaste. Not my favorite beer, not sure I’d drink a pint but this is very well made.

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