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 #1,503
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 10.75%
Reviews:
1,009
Ratings:
3,088
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 21, 2022
Added:
Apr 05, 2004
Wants:
  577
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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Rated: 4.5 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, served in a snifter. Bottled on 03/31/22 19:32.

Appearance. Slow pour to leave the sediment behind yielded a golden yellow, partly hazy beer - as some of the finely dispersed sediment did come along with the pour. Nicely thick white head with islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Some bourbon notes, floral, citrus (light orange and lemon). Very appealing.

Taste: Interesting blend of a tripel with yeasty notes, citrus, peppery flavors, and what you would expect from the bourbon barrel - vanilla, boozy, oak. Lingering noble hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and thickness. Brisk, but not fizzy carbonation, that gently scrubbed the tongue. Some lingering stickiness on the teeth. Alcohol well hidden.

Overall / Drinkability: The name of this beer says it all - it's a curious beer alright. I always think of bourbon notes going more with darker malts and different flavors than a Belgian Tripel. And yet it works. A very interesting sipping and savoring beer. I feel like I want to pair this with something to eat, but I have no idea what. One per evening is enough though.
Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: It pours yellow and clear with a white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has lemon aromas with a bit of grainy sweetness. There is a light whiskey touch with some spiciness. There is a hint of honey.

Taste: It has lemon and spice flavors with smooth bourbon. The alcohol and bourbon become more pronounce in the aftertaste. There is a touch of grainy sweetness in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with strong alcohol warming.

Overall, a nice touch to a tripel with the bourbon barrels.
Nov 11, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.35 by McSeal from Connecticut

Oct 17, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
12 ounce bottle brought to Florida from Boston - no distro! Poured at 50° into a Hertog Jan snifter. Fine white head domes the glass.
Smell is bread, oak, corriander and familiar Belgian yeast.
Tastes like a classic Belgian made lovingly, then rested in oak. The oak notes are killer. Little spice and vanilla, bit of banana. Great dry finish.
Feels medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.
Overall, a lovely Belgian ale aged in an oak barrel to perfection. The Art of the Craft.
May I have another, please?
Oct 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

Oct 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by dueserdo from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
First of all, I am 80 and have been drinking beer all my life. Love the high ABV and cost is not a consideration. This is one of my favorites and would buy again. This brew is from a 12 oz. bottle and I am enjoying it very much.
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Sellen from Connecticut

Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
 
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Soft, pale yellow body; partially cloudy; thick, dense, sculpted head, white and long lasting; heavy sheets of foam coast the glass. Nice aroma of honey, clover, light bread-y malt notes; slightly herbal. Mild malt flavor infused towards the finish with a nice bourbon undercurrent; spicy, anise and coriander; slight bitterness. Medium body; mild coarseness; balanced alcohol heat presence; rather dry overall.

This is an interesting and tasty take on the tripel beer style. The appearance, smell and taste all point towards its tripel baseline, delivering some nice spicy character. The bourbon barrel aging develops midway through the sip and lingers into the finish. The brewery's label description of "subtle notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak" weren't really perceived by me (perhaps in hind-sight I can agree with the caramel and oak points - but they didn't really standout to me). I like the beer and am glad to have one additional bottle of this beer.

Pouring temperature: 50 °F; bottling data: BOTTLED ON 05/19/22
Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Casterbridge from Connecticut

Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L - Golden with a white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves a cap behind
S - some bready belgian yeast, oak, some spices, but otherwise pretty faint
T - bready belgian yeast, some banana, light spices followed by a good amount of oak, vanilla, smooth bourbon, and some caramel.
F - light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
O - a pretty interesting brew. Starts out like a typical Belgian triple, but follows with a ton of barrel character.
Jul 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by WynnO from Florida

Jul 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Lukass from Ohio

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep gold. Light foam. Fruity aroma. A lot going on here. Dried fruit and vanilla body. Not too sweet. A little oaky. Alcohol finish. Well balanced. A must try.
Jun 25, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.79 by tkolterman from Pennsylvania

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.2 by scottyshades from Florida

Apr 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Apr 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by rawbraves from Colorado

Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.84 by Tadwinks from Virginia

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by BeerInspector from Delaware

Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Mar 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by French_Brandon from Maine

Feb 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.35 by irishevans from California

Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jan 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.62 by hopley from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by o29 from Texas

Dec 04, 2021
Curieux from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 4097 ratings