Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #4
Ranked #709
4.31 | pDev: 10.9%
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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Photo of andypeters1971
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.

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Photo of digboy
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.

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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of Bigbeerman
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.

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Photo of Dan-Man
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottling December 4, 2014...
1300 cases, 11% by volume.

Pulled from my wine cabinet recently. Perfect cork popped upon opening, pouring with a mild white head. Pleasing aromas of wild yeast and pit fruit.
Smooth baked fruit esters and aged oak with a well hidden kick in the medium bodied soft finish. No odd flavors at all. Enjoyable barrel hints later.
Graded on a slight curve due to age...

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Photo of jrc1093
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/23/19

Pours a hazed deep golden straw body capped with a cascading multiple fingers of eggshell white foam; impressive head retention as the body sparkles with a lasting effervescence; as the head fades, a decadent, silky cap, dense collar of creamy froth, and thick walling of layered lacing hold firm.

Aroma opens with green banana touched by vanilla bean accents and oaky yeast undertones; the middle imparts a richer note with estery banana creme and dried clove, while it finishes with subtle peppercorn spice and flambéed citrus zest for a soft, rounded bouquet.

Taste brings out herbal clove to start, phasing into stewed apple and orange as bits of coconut cream accentuate the mid-palate; toasted vanilla bean offers a unique and cohesive smoothness as banana and bourbon peak welcomingly on the finish.

Mouthfeel provides a medium-light body, at times casually thin and inconsistent, though bolstered with an amplified moderate-high carbonation; a varied mid-palate features a chalk-dry prickle building into a brief creamy interlude before resuming a dry finish, highlighted by a bright, robust peak into a tinge of boozy warmth on the back end.

Imbued with the delicate integration of the bourbon barrel and a general hesitance to overwhelm on any aspect, this becomes a plush yet vibrant tripel bringing forth some of the more impressive drinkability for a barrel-aged beer I've come across.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 11-13-19. Opened 3-21-19.
3 finger white head (rocky and dese) that doesn't budge...excellent retention. Pale golden color with a slight haze and some poured sediment in suspension. Ample lacing.
Apple, yeast, and lots of spice. The barrel character isn't dominant but if you get your nose down in the bowl it's definitely there with a wet wood and light vanilla aroma. Stone fruit with grassy and noble hops.
Apricot and apple. Clove spice. Rich flavors in general with a bit of the vanilla and barrel coming in late.
Bright entry, light to medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Very lengthy off-dry finish with a faint but noticeable grassy hop mixed in.

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Photo of Wattie83
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold color with some yeast particles floating around competing with the constant bubbles rising up. Thick tight white head sits on top fading away slowly. Smell of strawberry-banana, spice, not much barrel here. Taste is different. Starts with fruit, clove, and a bit of bitter hops. Towards the middle you get the sweetness and a pop of vanilla and oak. Finishes clean and even a bit dry. Feel is light and effervescent leaving behind a crisp clean palate. Overall, this is an interesting beer. The barrel aging imparts a whole new, but somewhat subtle layer of flavor. The ABV is pretty well hidden too.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 2 finger cream colored head, so so retention, great lacing. Clear bright golden in the glass, some yeast got past my pour, but otherwise a beautiful beer. Smells of cracker grain, slight juicy fruit and very slight bourbon notes. Taste is initially sweet malt, candied sugar, mild belgian fruity esters the bourbon and vanilla show up slightly in the middle, very deft hand with the barrel aging, mild coconut on the finish with a firm bitterness. Mouthfeel is great, tending to finish more on the dry side than sweet side, makes this a really easy drinking beer. Lots of tripels will have a cloying sweetness that makes it almost impossible to finish. Also had to do a double take when I saw this was 11%, drinks like it is way less.

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Photo of KRug
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/23/19

Pours an opaque gold with 1 finger of white head that sticks around for a while, leaves really nice lacing

I'll admit, I'm a bit off-put by the smell here. It's similar in aroma to their "White" which I was a bit too generous rating, because as I went on, the coriander smell just threw it off for me. That's what I get here, distinctly Belgian. There are mild vanilla and citrus notes, but I absolutely do not pick up on any barrel character

Ok, the barrel comes through a bit more in the taste, but not much. It stays pretty similar to the White, but almost like a more mature version. Malty sweet in the beginning with a spicy and citrusy snap mid palate, this finishes semi sweet

For a beer this size, it drinks really easy. The carbonation is level and keeps things from getting heavy

Overall, not my favorite thing in the world. It's my first Tripel, and maybe I was just expecting something different, but I still enjoyed this, and I'd imagine it'd do well with some age

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Photo of irs
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Individual 12oz bottle from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville. Label is marked bottled on 09/19/19 16:43.
A really lovely golden beer with a rich foam head that dissapates somewhat quickly.
I'm getting an initial note of cardboard in the nose which worries me about the way this beer has been treated on its way to me. Beyond that is a sweetness, banana's and cloves, and some alcohol, but that cardboard dominates.
The taste i'm getting is very dry without a lot of flavor. The hops are upfront, present but gentle.
Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, about what I'd expect in a tripel. I think I'm going to have to try another bottle from a different source and see what my experience is and then update this review....seriously dissapointed, but I'm not getting a lot from this beer.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2019 vintage bottled 09/19/19) into a tulip

Look: Pours a gorgeous, mostly opaque pale gold. A finger-width white head of fine, velvety bubbles sits atop the beer and stays there. The staying power of this head is very impressive. A veritable blanket of fine lacing is left behind.
Smell: coconut/vanilla are the star of the show along with some belgian yeast/spice, oak.
Taste: Follows the nose, vanilla/coconut/honey-ish flavor dominates the palate, with belgian yeast spiciness, oak and bourbon.
Feel: On the thicker side of Medium bodied, probably assisted by the velvety head. Reasonably dry finish.
Overall: Very tasty, and a nice departure from darker BA beers, while still retaining many of the qualities that make them so enjoyable.

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Photo of PorterJohn
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: clear, light golden.
Smell: Like a traditional strong triple ale with the slight added scent of bourbon.
Taste: Vanilla, bourbon and spices.
Feel: Crisp, medium-bodied.
OVERALL solid beer.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is a golden hue. The foam quickly dissipates. Smell is very light citrus tangerine.
A traditional Ale in the style of a Duval. The flavors linger on the pallet for a minute or two. Overall a very nice Belgium Triple.

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Photo of ATL6245
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pale gold color, slight haze, fluffy white head with good retention
Aroma: Spicy, vanilla, coconut, oak & bourbon. Maybe some candy apple. Mild alcohol.
Taste: Spicy, vanilla, bourbon and oak
Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, quite dry, medium carbonation, restrained bitterness.
Overall: A VERY enjoyable barrel aged beer. Lot of complexity for a pale colored beer. Dry and on the boozy side. Hallertau hops gives some spicy aroma and taste. This is a beer meant to be savored. Great fall/winter beer. Well crafted.

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. $18.99 This is a very mild beer. The smell is faintly floral, light fruit, some sweetness(maybe honey?). Unfortunately, I don't get any bourbon in the nose.

The taste pretty much follows the nose. Mild fruit and sweetness. No barrel presence. No heat or oakiness. Maybe the slightest hint of vanilla. I don't think seven weeks is enough time in the barrel. That fact that the barrel aged product is mixed back in with more Tripel is just a head scratcher. Why spend the time to age it then dilute it? Meh.

The one thing this beer does really well is the masking of the alcohol. For an 11% beer, nobody would think it. Very smooth. Very drinkable. Does not justify the price though. For what was paid, I don't think this beer brings enough to the table. It just kinda makes me wish that Weyerbacher aged their Merry Monks. Not a bad beer. Not great though.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into the center of a Chimay goblet, this beer pours out a completely hazy, dark straw. It forms a thin, white crown that slowly dissipates.

The nose carries hints of bananas, oak, slight bourbon and faint coconut. The alcohol is there, but balanced. You wouldn’t guess it at 11%.

The taste brings in a ton of coconut over top of banana, wood notes and ever so faint, accenting bourbon.

The mouthfeel is dry with an oaky feel. Very balanced, alcohol does not show through like 11%. Leaves a warmness in the chest.

Overall, this just changed my thoughts on tripels. It’s been a while because I didn’t think I liked them. But this is an eye opener that they can be something very enjoyable.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2019 vintage which has a slightly lower alcohol content. Pours a semi opaque sunflower golden color, minimal head and lacing.Smell is of mild barrel notes,mild banana, Taste alcohol,banana,vanilla, raisin, lemon zest. Feels fairly viscous ( it is 10.4 ABV ) nice carbonation, Overall a solid Tripel. I think this would be much better aged in Tequila barrels instead of Bourbon. Overall very delicious,creamy,zesty,smooth-

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

Look: The beer pours translucent, slightly hazy, pale gold color. The off white head eventually disappears leaving some lacing in its wake, and a thick ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Some visible carbonation with tiny streams of bubbles floating up.

Smell: Smooth bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel and honey. Cinnamon spice, baked apple/pear, ripe banana bread. A really wonderful aroma and this is the first time it hits me that this beer smells like bourbon, without the high ABV.

Taste: Up front some sweeter bourbon like flavors including vanilla and coconut. Mid palate the fruit and banana come through. The finish is just wonderful. It dries out a bit and takes on a bold bread-like character.

Feel: Medium level of carbonation. Gentle sweetness upfront with a more dry finish. Pleasant warmth as appreciated in the stle.

Overall: I am revisiting this beer which I rated 4.25, and I am enjoying it so much that i am bumping my rating on taste and overall from 4.25 to 4.5. Such a great aroma where the bourbon shines and the fruity, Belgian-yeast flavors, coupled with the malt profile all shine beautifully.

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Photo of eugene17pluto
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like this brewery but I don't think the flavor combination of a golden ale and wood go as well together as a dark stout and wood.

The golden ale lacks the dark taste of coffee, chocolate, canalization etc. that stout has and that goes well with the wood.

I wrongly assumed Allagash was using their Black but found out it was their Triple to age in these barrels.

Maybe well made and well executed but the combination didn't work for me.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 1/24/19, so 3 1/2 months old.

Slightly hazy golden yellow body. Small slow streams of carbonation replenish a small white head leaving decent lacing.

Not much on the nose, faintly alcohol.

For a bba drink, this is quite subtle. Other than the sweetness and the finishing bitterness, none of the base beer comes through. A little vanilla, warmth and bitterness towards the end.

Mouth is between medium and full, finish a light bourbon warmth and a final bitterness.

Overall, a very different drink to their base tripel, but just as enjoyable.

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Photo of Gatch
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/01/18. Can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this beer up until this point. Had to revisit it as it’s an accessible and affordable barrel-aged beer and an incredible example of the talent of Allagash. Their Tripel is the standard in that category so it’s amazing that it can be approved upon, but that’s what happened with this beer. Has all the flavor of the Tripel but with a bit more sweetness, some syrupy notes of bourbon, and a hint of wood from the barrel. An approachable yet special beer. Stellar job, Allagash!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Tulip
Bottled on 3/7/18
Pours a bright gold with medium sized creamy  white head, really tight bubbles, and great retention
Aroma is heavy on the yeast, with honey and golden raisins seeping through
Sweet honeyed malt, fruity yeast esters, followed by a big oaky finish
Light creamy body, low carbonation, very drinkable for 11% ABV
Overall this beer is a stunner, looks gorgeous and tastes good, with an average aroma

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Photo of Parmesan
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:. Pours a pretty cloudy orange with a medium white head and several fingers of lacing.

S:. Sweet coconut and vanilla, with notes of a sweet brown sugar and bourbon.

T:. Sweet coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, some bourbon, a bit of spiciness, quite sweet.

F:. Medium body, slightly prickly carbonation.

O:. This is solid bit not my favorite tripel.

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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 3982 ratings