Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Allagash Curieux was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.

Added by Todd on 04-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,739
Reviews:
904
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
538
Gots:
1,106
For Trade:
39
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of txx675rx
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmurph8941
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer. Light in color, thick fluffy head with subtle notes of vanilla and a warming though not overpowering presence of bourbon. Bottle notes say that the taste contains soft coconut notes also. Frankly I did not taste this but no matter. The 11% ABV is certainly present in the taste but again this beer is so wonderfully balanced, something that I cannot echo for a lot of the other barrel aged brews out there, that the mouthfeel ends up being nothing other than warm and inviting.

Curieux may be a touch pricey and I am shy to recommend pricey brews because there is in my mind nothing worse than paying top dollar for average fare but this one hits the proper heights. Kudos to Allagash.

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Photo of wrenken
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing like their Tripel. This is fantastic. By the way, I like their Tripel too. I can't get this in my state, but I'm still going to get it. This brew is so subdued, it has so much depth. I love this. My favorite American beer. I can't explain, I'm not so good at qualifying, but I love this.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good orange hue. At first the aroma was similar to a triple but then fruit,sugar,bourbon,and definitely alcohol comes through.Taste follows aroma almost identically but with a strong warm effect from the alcohol. A really well made beer that is unique with a lot of complex flavors. I personally think it was overdone as the tripel aspects of this beer were excellent and barreling it added flavors that didn't need to be added. Don't get me wrong , I would try it again it just wasn't my favorite

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrat45
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjrider
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty light golden hazy color. Aroma, white wine, alcohol, pear. Taste- a little pear and banana, Bourbon, white wine. Mouthfeel- medium carbonated. Overall- pretty strong alcohol flat out.

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Photo of joeyjojojrshabadoo
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenH
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ccg
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled September 26, 2014, opened April 8, 2017.

Pours with a thin, fizzy head. It's a light-yellow beer with a slightly cloudy look and not much evidence of carbonation once the head fades away.

The smell is mostly banana, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a hint of bourbon.

The flavor is pretty similar, although the alcohol is not as well hidden. It's doesn't taste like it would be 11%, but there is some heat. Lots of yeast and a little bit of spice.

It has a pretty soft feel. The alcohol burns just a little, but it's mostly well hidden.

Overall, it's a solid beer. The bourbon-barrel aging is not overpowering but well integrated into the rest of the beer.

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Photo of themegamancave
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of runeatdrink
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of thomda11
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a murky golden color with a massive, white, fluffy 3-finger head. Incredible retention and lacing present.

S - Oddly resembling of Allgash White. As expected, fairly sweet aromas, dominated my a blend of yeast/wheat, notes of banana, sugar, and unsurprisingly, bourbon. Very powerful and subtle aromas that mesh into a beautifully scented brew.

T - Almost entirely on par with the aromas. Sweet, subtle and robust. Malts, yeast, honey, bourbon and a note of vanilla are the dominating flavorings.

M - Sublime mouthfeel. Full bodied, mild carbonation, and incredibly smooth going down with little to no hint of booziness. An incredibly drinkable and enjoyable brew.

O - A wonderfully crafted beer from Allgash that I'll equate as the aged, grown-up version of their White. Well worth the value and well crafted beer.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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