Curieux | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 947 | Ratings: 3,918
Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +5.6%
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 -6.1%
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 -12.4%
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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Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

That sweet after smell. Definitely can feel the bourbon barrel... Oh god, I thought tripel ale allagash was my life beer but this is very close, or actually on par. One of the best beers I've tasted in my life yet (tried about 50 kinds so far). Love the 11% either, especially because from the taste you can't feel any. Initial smell is the best, taste is up close, after smell is relatively least favorite for me but overall feel is superb. Highly recommend.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding tripel here with great feel and body. Delicious yet refreshing for a big brew, only knock is barrel is semi quiet, but only 7 weeks of aging then blending with regular tripel assures us of not getting a bourbon bomb. Would love to experience this aged longer and unblended

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Photo of Boxboybeer
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It’s amazing and revelatory. A blend of a bourbon aged and fresh brewed Allagash tripel it has a lot of weight (about 11%abv) and character. Smooth with smoky vanilla and coconut, a beer that should amaze and astound novices, casual beer drinkers and seasoned brew hunters alike.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. This must be very fresh as the bourbon flavor smacks you right in the face with both the aroma and flavor. Perhaps would be better balanced with age, but still plenty tasty as it is.

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Photo of FrothyBeard
2.59/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poors a clear golden straw color with a nice foamy head on it. Smells of bready malty goodness with slight hints of oak. However the taste is a Miller High Life with a slight hint of oak and earth. Bottled on May of 2018 and imbibed in February of 2019. Wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, May 2018 bottling, bottled on 5/9/18. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet grains and cracker malt with some Belgian funk and some vanilla and booze.

The flavor is sweet grainy malts with some Belgian spice and earthy funk and a vanilla bourbon finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice sipping beer. More comes out as it warms.

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Photo of Exec_Crawfish
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10oz snifter, Raleigh's, Berkeley, CA.

Pale golden color, light head, dissipates quickly leaving a crown and very light lacing. Not surprising at 11%.

Very understated nose, mostly caramel malt with slight citrus, spice, and alcohol notes.

Incredible mouthfeel - thick and unctous but not cloying.

Immediate caramel malt and sweet notes on the first sip; fruit flavors quickly develop, including candied citrus peel, a sharp guava or Meyer lemon note, perhaps some pineapple. The finish is clean malt and a slight hop note, again with citrus overtones.

Beautiful tripel, very drinkable for the ABV, almost seems like a 7 or 8.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tis a delicious gold concoction, the bourbon comes through nicely. It doesn't taste overpowering. Medium head. I like the subtle nature of this one. Another winner from Allagash

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Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Bottle to goblet.

Look: Clear medium yellow. Touch of sediment. Bug frothy white head. Lasting.
AROMA: banana bread, bourbon,

TASTE: whiskey, coriander, black pepper. Yeast.

Feel: medium body. Lively.


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Photo of krh
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/17, drank 11/18. Only decent for me. Tripel is fine enough, but didn't pick up much of the coconut/bourbon notes. Priced too high for my tastes to revisit.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Hazy tannish gold color with a great skim and foam
Smell - Banana dipped in Vanilla
Feel - slight spice grain taste with vanilla a very very slight coconut, no real banana taste like in the smell
Feel - medium full body with a crisp carbonation
Overall - Very different yummy tripel

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Photo of Wxb1111
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was gif=vent to mine a gift from a friend from work, We love to travel to Miane and this is a special beer. Found myself continually glancing down at the bottle's label to be reminded of the make. I had already revered the base Tripel as it stands, but with the barrel-aging, and that oh-so-deceptively,,

A real great Triple!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(750 ml bottle, bottled on 12/28/17... poured into glass similar to one seen on Allagash site... review #1250)

L: rather-clear, yellow-gold liquid, faint haze; tall, tight, two-finger high pad of sudsy foam... laces in broad, crusty bands... healthy slug of dark, speckled sediment adds an almost apple cider look

S: mashed banana, fermenting bread dough, hint of barrel char... subtle phenol spice, faint hint of sweet booze... vanilla and burnt caramel slowly creep out... overall intensity and depth light-to-moderate; very 'clean' background, scrubbed and sanitized

T: mildly sweetish malt with a huge pop of bourbon upon first sip; clean, dry finish; dusting of peppery spice and candy banana (a la Runts) in the aftertaste... second sip shows more of a cream and caramel blend that was only in the background of first sip; aftertaste leaving subtle metallic, dough, and bubblegum... subsequent sips show a locked-in balance of the bourbon, silky-plush malts, and perfumy spices, but also a rather dull, dry back end

F: fantastically satiny soft; finish and follow-through carries a smooth, sedate heat... carbonation stealth, soft sudsy bubbles... arguably dilute finish, but drinkable in Maß, good god!

O: been wanting to grab a bottle of this again, procrastinating on reviewing it; had it a few times on tap in the interim - after looking for single 12 oz'ers without luck, purchased a bomber on sale, knowing full well I'd be going at it alone - of course, I find singles in a bottle shop in PA yesterday, jfc... this is a splendid beer, and I'd be inclined to grab a glass whenever possible, but the BB aging, though resulting in a tasty variation, doesn't quite strike the same strident chords and melodies as a bottle-conditioned bomber of their base Tripel - sorry, I much prefer that... at any rate, an elegant brew, and one of the better BB-aged light-colored beers

(originally rated 3.75 for draft serving, 18 Dec 2012)

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Photo of Lunkerjim
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer you save to drink with your best friend. It is a little pricey but well worth it to show your buddy how much you appricate him being there through the good times, bad times and when he came at 2:30am in the morning, several times, to pick you up from a bar after drinking too much so you don’t get a DUI, then taking you back to get your car in the morning, so you can get to work on time. Yea it’s that good and special.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of spice, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of Belgian yeast, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of spice, liquor, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body; the liquor is subtle.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Mostly clear golden yellow. Large, foamy white head with decent staying power.

Smell: Raspberry, strawberry, apples, and lemon are the predominate smells, to the point where it's hard to identify anything "beery".

Taste: Mild sweet malt, a little fruitiness, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth on the swallow with a mild sparkle from carbonation.

Overall: I do think this beer needs to taste a bit stronger to reach its full potential.

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Photo of bret717
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/7/18

Look- Hazy golden colored liquid w/a lot of carbonation bubbling up; fluffy white one finger head

Aroma- musty hay, faint clove, an herbal/earthy note and just a hint of bourbon

Taste- follows the nose pretty closely with the hay, clove, herbal quality and bourbon but there’s also some vanilla

Feel- medium bodied and very soft feeling from the carbonation; semi-dry and mildly bitter finish

Overall- exquisite BA golden ale w/subtle flavors interwoven to create an incredibly balanced complexity

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Photo of Holderness
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L -- Moderately hazy golden orange.Finger of white head produced with moderate pour. Less retention than expected for the style, Iassume because of thebarrel aging
S -- Honey, booze, oak, fruity yeast ester, hint of earthy hop
T -- Largely follows the nose. The oaky/boozy bourbon barrel notes come through strong.Hint of clove
F -- Fairly limp and watery body, bolstered by the boozy bourbon presence. Medium+ carb.
O -- Certainly a very interesting approach to a tripel. Glad they're releasing these in more manageable 12oz bottles now


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Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

it was.... Love from the first uncorking - a nightcap after a wonderful day of traveling and theater-going. Found myself continually glancing down at the bottle's label to be reminded of the make. I had already revered the base Tripel as it stands, but with the barrel-aging, and that oh-so-deceptively masking fresh splash of base at the end (you devils!)..... So World-Class.

The REAL Champagne of Beers.

Must do some slightly extreme beer runs to the state just south to even attempt procuring & purchasing, but it is worthy of the task.

Truly, a Star of the cellar.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recently had curieux from Allagash and like so many other of their offerings it was great.

Look: Hazy light yellow with a thick chalk white head

Aroma: yeast, banana, grapefruit, mild bourbon

Taste: It's sweet, yeasty, the flavor is like yeasty banana bread with a mild bitter hop flavor (grapefruit peel) some alcohol flavor and a hint of bourbon.

Feel: smooth medium body

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 4/11/18.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a golden yellow color with a thin finger's worth of white foamy head. Some mild stringy lace.
The aroma had a lot of bourbon forward sweet woodiness and a touch of spice. Some vanilla coconut meshing came out with a touch of banana, sweet red delicious apple, light coriander and a mild grassy sweetness.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side taking the Tripel qualities to bleed into banana, red delicious apple, Belgian breadiness/sweet yeast, and some light tones of wood. Slight aftertaste of sweet red delicious apple, slight coriander and a wisp of sweet grass.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. ABV and carbonation felt fine. Very nice smooth clench of the sweetness just laying down ever so nicely.
Over, wow what an exceptionally bourbon barrel-aged Tripel. Would love to have again.

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