Curieux | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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.

Added by Todd on 04-05-2004

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#1,126
Reviews:
934
Ratings:
3,877
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
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Photo of Sulty
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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 ThaPrivateer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npolachek
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 32arden
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 heddar33
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Jbk81
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of miltondtoaster
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Samact
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of redsoxjim
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,877 ratings