Allagash Brewing Company

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4.31 | pDev: 10.67%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

See through and light golden with lots of carbonation bubbles and and thinning just offwhite head. Yeasty nose with some bourbon in there, interesting deep nose here. Taste is sweet and bourbon with some vanilla and a slight bitter finish. Really good feel, creamy and lively carbonation really does well here.

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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy light shade of honey with a puffy white head, lots of nice little tiny bubbles. It settles to a pleasant looking white with some bubbly islands in the middle.

Very pleasant aroma coming off this beer. White wine aroma is the most noticeable to me. There is also something lemon like to the aroma. I think it’s just a very lively smell and it reminds me of all things refreshing. It’s not minty at all but it has that sort of liveliness. As it warms up there is also some sweetness to it too.

This was a complete mindfuck, tastes way different than you’d expect from aroma. There is still the liveliness to it but there is a tad more sweetness, honey like, definitely some oak as well. It almost had an earthy quality to it that was nowhere at all in aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium, bubbly carbonation, and a touch of woody bitterness. Surprisingly I do not sense any heat for a lighter bodied beer at 10.5%, a pleasant surprise.

May 03, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

#1796 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
I've just been reminded what I paid for this... well, hope it's good!!
L- Pale golden, poured with a very slight haze and 15mm fine-bubble white head.
S- Lightly perfumed, quite subtle, reminds me of a Belgian Blond.
T- ... it slowly creeps up on you (no sledge-hammer, which is nice at this ABV%). It's full-on, it's like a Belgian Blond but it's dryer (hoppy-dry) and it seems somewhat acidic.
F- Pungent, deep and yet it balances it with some serious hops too.
O- Ah now (dohhhh!) I get the liquor barrel note, as it warms a touch. The timber note, and the pretty hard ABV% edge which together add a sense of dryness and intensity. Certainly a statement beer, but I'm left thinking such might come better from a 'black beer' than a golden one...
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! --> Aged in whisky barrels. But dare I say this? I'm not sure if that makes it better.
US12FlOz bottle Bottled: 10/29/2020 £9.60 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

May 02, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale yellow with a with 2 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma is spicy, malty, cloves, Belgian yeast.

Taste is cloves, wood, vanilla, bourbon, Belgian yeast.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

Outstanding Belgian style ale.

Apr 29, 2021
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JRed from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazy golden in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of citrus rind, lemon skin, light horsie, mild floral and pepper. Tastes of citrus rind, lemon skin, horse blanket, mild floral, pepper, light pine and barrel. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel.

Feb 03, 2021
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is awesome. I love their regular Golden Ale and this barrel aging really gives it some nice complementary tropical fruit flavors.....I get a lot of coconut along with white grapes... Subtle touch of vanilla and wood as well. The coconut really shines through and blends perfectly with the base beer.

Perfect tight carbonation...medium bodied...drinks so easy....has a light booziness but nothing sharp or overwhelming. Excellent beer.

Feb 03, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my Christmas dinner beer! Found it in a grocery store in Richmond, VA.

Poured a hazy bright golden yellow color with a creamy white head and great curtain lacing. Sweet home and herbal smell and taste.
The beer has a pleasant flavor from the barrel aging and has a complex, sophisticated taste as it warms. Overall, an excellent beer that is a nice treat.

Dec 26, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Moderately hazy golden with a modest head on an aggressive pour. Good lacing.

S: Ripe fruits, pear, peach, a bit of pineapple. Modest spice and some subtle woody notes, maybe a faint touch of bourbon. Good bready yeast and malt.

T: Very full, bready malt and yeast flavor, fruity over spicy. Some subtle barrel notes and a hint of bourbon.

F: Modest carbonation for the style, fairly full bodied, but overall drying on the the finish.

Overall: A really unique and tasty brew, certainly one of the best belgian strong goldens or tripels out there. I appreciate that they were restrained with the bourbon character, if it were full force I don't think it would have jived well with the rest of the beer. Highly recommended for sure, I will be coming back to this one.

Dec 20, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Have seen this beer around for awhile and finally bought a four pack. I love their Tripel and this is a derivative that is aged in bourbon barrels. This is like sipping a fine bourbon or scotch. Looks great on the pour with lots of thick lace. Smell is fruity and sweet. Taste is smooth with hints of coconut, vanilla and bourbon. Booze feel is initially subtle but comes on strong. Drink two of these and its bed time for this old timer..... I love this brew but its for special occasions!

Nov 28, 2020
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hbeimers from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a great sipper. The belgian yeast, high alcohol content, and aging give it a big mouthfeel and long aftertaste. Very bourbonish with subtle breadiness and a vanilla/bitter aftertaste. It's super good, but too strong for me to be drinking regularly. This one will be for special occasions

Nov 23, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft.
A: pours golden body with small white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: fruity and sweet smell; some subtle sour notes and hints of grapes?
T: sweet, fermented grape taste; sweet alcohol notes; fairly well balanced
M: a little light but fairly smooth; ok drinking beer overall
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty decent drinking overall

Nov 21, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a small short lived head.

Smells of bready yeast and cloves. Tastes of belgian yeast and spice with a warm sweet alcohol finish that increases as the glass warms.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouth feel.

This is an exceptional smooth sophisticated powerful sipper!

Nov 08, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a fizzy, golden yellow color with a two finger white head of dense foam. Great head retention, moderate lacing.

Aroma: Banana and clove, bubblegum. Slightly doughy. Bitter lemon rind.

Taste: Bourbon comes through upfront, it's slightly woody with notes of dry vanilla bean. Bitter lemon rind flavors follow suit - before spicy, hoppy, earthy undertones come into play. Finishes on yeasty, doughy notes of clove and sweet banana. Well attenuated, although still somewhat sweet. A clean, pleasantly warm, alcoholic nip is apparent throughout the tasting experience.

Feel: Light for the style, but I would still call this medium bodied. Fizzy and well carbonated, but not over the top or soda like. Very clean alcohol profile.

Overall: Quite impressed with this. I sort of cringed at the idea of a bourbon barrel aged tripel at first, but Allagash came through and delivered on this one. I love my whiskey, but I'm not really much of a "bourbon barrel aged" beer type of guy. I find that a lot of breweries don't get it right, and often the end product becomes either a hot mess or a sugar bomb. However here, the woody/vanilla notes are well balanced against the yeasty, spiciness of the tripel. Expertly so in fact. I highly recommend this if you are looking for something barrel aged.

Oct 25, 2020
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Fenix2009 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold with good head and lacing. Smell and taste are both more earthy and yeasty, bread like, compared to their regular triple. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, decadent. Side by side, the triple and curieux are different but both are elevated examples of Allegash’s brewing expertise.

Oct 18, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of yeast, spices, biscuit malt, grassy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full, creamy and tangy. Herbal hops, Belgian yeast, wheat malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Nice brew.

Aug 31, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

three fingers white head with tiny bubbles that sticks around for a while

nose is tropical (lemon), grassy, fruity (peach?)

taste is citrus, coconut, vanilla, and some bubblegum on the back

some heat is noticeable, but not at all unpleasant

if you hadn't told me it was barrel aged, I wouldn't have an idea

Aug 12, 2020
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smbslt from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three months old
Clear and straw colored, with a couple of fingers of tight, creamy head which subsides to a layer across the top with substantial coating rather than lacing on the left and right.
Faint sweet bready aroma but have to work too hard for it
Taste follows but in a much more substantial way, straightforward - no games. May have blended out the aged component but does not detract.
Full mouthfeel to go with the style.

Alcohol well hidden heats up at the end

Jul 17, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between a pair of sample glasses. Part of Untappd Virtual Beer Festival

Pours with a slight haze, medium or bigger head. Medium carbonation. Smell is banana and clove, maybe vanilla, wood. Some spice, but fairly light.

Taste is banana-like, but not banana. Fruity somehow, but can't identify the fruit. Cloves for sure, maybe vanilla. I think I get some oak.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, but still drying. Overall, this is really quite nice.

Jun 15, 2020
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Todd from California

4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle tasted during the Untappd Virtual Beer Festival.

Light and semi-cloudy with a tight creamy head that drops a great lace. Banana, clove, vanilla in the nose. More banana, coconut, distinct Jim Beam, vanilla, oak, peppery. Alcohol is well-hidden flavor-wise, but you can feel it massaging your brain into submission. Fruity with some red delicious apple. Light char and marshmallow. Sweet and toasty with caramel and bready notes. Light-bodied, tight carbonation, and uber-creamy. Spicy and semi-dry finish.

Too many barrel-aged beers are over-the-top. Not the case with Curieux. Allagash was able to retain everything I love about a Tripel and complement it with layers of depth and nuances from the barrel. This is a delicious, world-class beer.

Jun 14, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-cloudy burnished gold color. Thick, tight velvety head dissipates partially but not completely. A nice thin layer of foam is retained on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of light oak and fruity ester notes. A touch of sweetness coming through on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of oak, fruity esters, and light bourbon-y notes. Has a yeasty character to it - reminiscent of a yeast dinner roll. As it warms you get more of that Jim Beam bourbon coming through.

Feel is surprisingly moderate for such a high abv beer. Spritzy carbonation. Semi-dry to dry finish.

Overall a very nice take on the triple style. This is one of those beers I tend to drink every once in a while and absolutely love it when I do.

Jun 14, 2020
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Would be difficult to locate and identify a beer that more thoroughly has set out a goal for itself and achieved it to the fullest of its capabilities than this. A tripel aged in this way is how a tripel should be delivered. Brilliant.

May 25, 2020
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy dark gold color with a 1finger silky white head. Aroma is warm with light bourbon and oaky notes, lightly sweet. Taste is the same - very mellow and smooth, lightly sweet oaky malt. The bourbon flavor is subtle. The flavor is not heavy at all. Feel is soft with very little bitterness, just super mellow. The slightest alcohol burn in the finish is amazing for 11%.

Truly an amazing beer and masterfully crafted.

May 25, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always glad to find classic to review.
a) Pours mostly clear, light bronze, mostly translucent, slashing lace.
s) Coconut, vanilla, candied, bourbon, wood, cedar.
t) All the above, with yeast, wine-like tannins, more woods, dark stone fruits, bourbon soaked, and cellar must alongside.
f) Creamy and yet powdery, a bit sweet, after dinner drink.
o) Curious classic indeed. Top Tripel, but must like the coconut, bourbon trend.

May 08, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage
750ml cork & cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours crystal clear and golden in color with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention

S- aroma opens with apple juice, pears, rye bread, clove, banana, basement must, peppercorn, just a hint of wet oak & vanilla

T- ripe pears and apples up front, followed by some yeasty notes of clove and peppercorn. Mid-palate gives a hint of bourbon barrel, adding light oak and vanilla. The finish is spicy with some phenolic notes

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- hides the abv well, lots of apple and pear notes coming out

Apr 30, 2020
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Bigbeerman from New York

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It was a dark damp night
( in beautiful downtown Troy Ny ) I was sitting at my desk feet up and cleaning my 45.
I hadn't had a case in over a week (thanks to the penicillin) .
The phone rang.
I answered it!
The voice on the other end sounded familiar, it was the dame from elixir 16 (in beautiful downtown Troy NY ) she said she just got a delivery.
I of course ran right over!

Oh sorry I thought I was writing one of my short stories!!

Poured into a weizen glass
Hazy golden color, one +fingers of large bubble foam that settles into a creamy white head.
Slowly fades to a thin layer with plenty of lace.

Smell is clove, banana, spice, vanilla with a slight yeast odor, oak is there but not over powering.

Taste is fruity, dry,spicy clove and pepper.
Strong bourbon and oak in the throat.

Finish is medium body, medium carbonation, slight hop bite with a nice dry finish.
No after burn.

Overall a very nice tripel, never did find the coconut.
This is one that I will be enjoying over and over again.

Apr 17, 2020
Curieux from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 4034 ratings