Curieux
Allagash Brewing Company

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From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Tripel
Ranked #5
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,500
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 10.75%
Ratings:
4,076
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2022
Added:
Apr 05, 2004
Wants:
  574
Gots:
  1,207
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: First brewed back in 2004, Curieux was our first foray into barrel aging. To make Curieux, we take our Tripel and let it age in bourbon barrels for seven weeks. Once that time is up, we take the beer out of our cold cellars and blend it back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting rich, golden ale features smooth notes of coconut, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon.
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Photo of woemad
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woemad from Washington

12oz bottle courtesy of Rub_This_BBQ. According to the stamp on the label, this was bottled on January 19, 2022. My first Allagash beer in somewhere between 15-20yrs. Once upon a time they were distributed here, but, sadly, that pipeline dried up long ago. I've missed them.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, this was a dark golden amber color, with a thin, bubbly, off-white head.

Fruity and spicy nose, in that order. Not that dramatic. As it warms, a little bit of boozy, bourbon-y sweetness becomes noticable.

Taste is considerably more complex than the nose. It's where the barrel aging becomes apparent. Fruity start, reminiscent of apple juice, and then things get oakey. The bourbon barrels add, in addition to notes of bourbon itself, a vanilla-like aspect, and there's a definite alcohol heat in the background.

The body is light for a 10.2% bba beer, but is definitely not truly light bodied. Mouth feel is lightly creamy.

Is this a Belgian golden ale or a tripel? If this was a Belgian tripel, as it's called here, I find it a bit lacking. I think there should be separate style when it comes to American and Belgian tripels. As an American-brewed Belgian style beer, this is pretty awesome, but it doesn't have that authentic Belgian feel or look. Then again, I've never had a true Belgian-brewed tripel this high in alcohol, at least as far as I can recall, so it's possible one wouldn't have the big, fluffy head one normally associates with Belgian abbey ales. It's very close to being a great beer, but doesn't quite get to that point for me. Anyway, style quibbles aside, I enjoyed this. The bourbon aging didn't drown out the golden ale flavors but augmented them. It's too boozy for me to want a lot of in a sitting, but this was a great beer to drink as a bit of a reward after getting some work around the house done.

May 09, 2022
 
4.79 by tkolterman from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2022
 
4.2 by scottyshades from Florida on Apr 29, 2022
 
4.25 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut on Apr 13, 2022
 
4.07 by rawbraves from Colorado on Apr 02, 2022
Photo of CBlack85
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CBlack85 from South Carolina

12 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Stemmed Tulip

The beer pours a clear golden yellow/straw color with a huge white foamy head that slowly recedes leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing.

The aroma has a lot going on, with some banana, apricot, vanilla, peppery spice. Not much actual bourbon aroma, but there is just enough to hint at the barrel aging. Very nice and inviting

The flavor is toasty and lightly bready with some fruity notes. Banana, apricot, coconut, and vanilla complimented by a peppery spiciness, and a sharp finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall this is a nice beer and coming in at a big 10.2% you would expect more booziness, but the alcohol is well masked, making this beer easy to drink. A great example of a style that I took way too long to come around to…

Mar 28, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mikeinportc from New York

Bottled 4/22/21 . Let sit out for ten minutes , before opening.

Moderately hazy, with 1/2 finger of quickly-dissipating off-white head.

Smell is candied orange rind , with slight barrel aromas (oak & vanilla) .

Taste is similar to aroma, but with the orange rind element less jammy . Slight spiciness, and light bitterness. As it warms, more oak tannin becomes apparent.

Feel is slightly slick , light-medium, with moderate, very,very fine, soft-ish carbonation. Actually feels fairly light for the abv. No apparent alcohol presence.

Overall, pleasant, and surprisingly easy-drinking for what it is. I'd never guess that it's > 10% abv, if I hadn't read the label.

Feel is

Mar 28, 2022
 
4.84 by Tadwinks from Virginia on Mar 20, 2022
Photo of Whyteboar
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Bottled 11/18/2015
Poured golden honey in color and was topped with an off white head.
Aroma spoke of simpler times, fresh herbs and hops and malts and dancing in the sunshine. No bourbon did I get, but no complaints from me. Wonderful nose.
The taste rather follows. It seems after 6 1/2 years any bourbon from the barrel has been reduced to insignificant proportions. But what remains is a very tasty triple.

Mar 08, 2022
 
4.25 by BeerInspector from Delaware on Mar 06, 2022
 
4.07 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Mar 01, 2022
 
3.75 by mpenske from California on Feb 12, 2022
 
4.45 by French_Brandon from Maine on Feb 09, 2022
 
3.72 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jan 26, 2022
Photo of lastmango
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a hazy light gold with a half finger white fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Nose of mild banana, citrus and subtle bourbon. Light tastes of banana, malt, and hops. Medium bitterness and heat like white pepper or cloves. This gives way to a sweetness and oak most likely from the bourbon barrels. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The booziness becomes pronounced halfway through the drink. This beer started out on a bit of a ho hum with me and then really grabbed me.

Jan 20, 2022
 
4.35 by irishevans from California on Jan 11, 2022
 
4.19 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jan 07, 2022
 
4.62 by hopley from Massachusetts on Dec 07, 2021
 
4.35 by o29 from Texas on Dec 04, 2021
 
4.13 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Nov 27, 2021
 
4.31 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2021
 
 
3.98 by BLPasch from Michigan on Oct 24, 2021
 
4.33 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia on Oct 18, 2021
Photo of entheos
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by entheos from California

Really a great treat! A smooth intoxicating ale that feels and tastes delicious!

Oct 13, 2021
Photo of JamFuel
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a golden yellow with soft, soapy head.

Smell is fruity and a bit yeasty with soft notes of bourbon, oak and sweet vanilla. Some traditional Belgian notes of dried fruit and banana with a hint of toffee.

Taste is fruity and a bit sweet. Notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee and some hints of dried fruit and banana chips. Very well balanced, letting the barreling really shine. Soft bitterness with a slightly phenolic finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with frothy carbonation.

Overall, a terrific meeting of traditional Belgian beer and modern barrel aging. Tremendous stuff.

Sep 28, 2021
Photo of Bigmoist
3.01/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Not a huge bourbon fan and this is extremely bourbony.

Aug 21, 2021
 
4.29 by steverx8 from England on Jul 19, 2021
Photo of 2hearted_bastard
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by 2hearted_bastard

The sweetness from bourbon barrel aging cancels out the off-putting after taste of tripels.
Really like this idea.

Jul 14, 2021
 
4.5 by drt72 from Virginia on Jul 13, 2021
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by woosterbill from Kentucky

2014 bottle, courtesy of my friend Jason. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

L: Crystal clear medium amber body. The head is two fingers of fine white foam that leaves ample lace and replenishes itself with a swirl. Attractive.

S: Very complex, with some vintage qualities (sherry especially) alongside the core components I remember from drinking this regularly on draft a decade or more ago: banana, apple, coconut, vanilla, and white pepper. Any actual bourbon aroma has long since faded, but the sweet accompaniments remain. Very nice.

T: Opens with some bready malt ahead of the complex layers of fruitiness - banana and apple are joined by a strong melon note - followed by a touch of spice ahead of a rather boozy, dry finish. Lots of ethanol on the swallow, sadly overshadowing the great flavors that started things off. Not unexpected or particularly blameworthy in an 11% pale beer, but out of balance with the rest of the profile.

F: Medium-bodied and full of soft, velvety effervescence. Perfect for the style.

O: I love everything about this beer except its booziness, which I recall being the one thing I disliked about it back in the day. Even seven years conditioning in the bottle hasn’t fully tamed it, but it’s certainly held up admirably. I knew it wasn’t fresh when I opened it, but was shocked at just how old it was. Excellent beer overall, but nowhere near my favorite from this fantastic brewery.

Beers of Fame tick #208.

Cheers!

Jul 07, 2021
Photo of quinticsquash
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by quinticsquash from Maryland

look: gold, lots of head, opaque 4

smell: not stronger than the triple, bit of banana

taste:lots of cloves, very slight woody taste

mouthfeel: perfect amt of carbonation, very smooth

overall: much sweeter than expected, very sippable for such a strong beer

Jul 03, 2021
Photo of GrumpyGas
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

16oz bottle dated 01/13/21 poured into a tulip glass shows a cloudy, golden yellow body with persistent rising bubbles to a 1" proud head of tight, white foam. Agitation produces sheets of lacing running back to an edge-hugging ring.

Aroma of banana and apricot, yeasty esters, with vanilla and oak.

Flavors include the same fruity esters, a slight vinous quality has me imagining grape tannins.

Mouthfeel leans full with active, but just short of prickly, carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall I have been keeping this one in constant rotation as it is perfect for just sipping and for matching with food: anything from arugula and kale salads to chicken and pork.

Jun 26, 2021
 
4.25 by Samnem from Georgia on Jun 23, 2021
 
3.68 by stephenlee93 from England on Jun 20, 2021
Photo of TheRatCage
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

L: One finger foamy head. Some lacing, but what sticks stays forever. Hazy gold color. Nice looking triple.

S: Yeast foremost, bourbon/whisky notes, maybe some fruit. Vanilla and alcohol there on the backend. No bitterness.

T: Honey and malt sweetness. Oak or some wood cask is noticeable afterwards. Whisky notes. Vanilla. Subtle hops, I don’t consider this to be bitter at all until the very finish. Rounded whisky and sweetness throughout.

F: On the heavier side of medium bodied for the style. Strong alcohol, relatively smooth overall, slightly dry finish.

O: A respectable triple from Allagash. The bourbon cask compliments it nicely. Seems more like a one and done beer to me. I recommended letting this warm and open up a little.

Jun 01, 2021
Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a light straw color with well over a finger of head. There isn't any discernible barrel or yeasty notes in the nose. In fact, the only essence that I got was a faint soapiness. The flavor profile definitely has bourbon upfront. The bourbon also seems to give this offering a modest residual sweetness. The maltiness that accompanied the bourbon was rather pedestrian.

May 23, 2021
 
4.56 by Hoptometrist from Ohio on May 23, 2021
 
4.32 by benjaminsa from Vermont on May 22, 2021
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