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

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

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: 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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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml sent to me by Valdieu2, into a Spiegelau tulip. June 2011 bottle.

A: Nice darkish orange with a decent white head.

S: Mild bourbon, oak, and vanilla from the barrel mixes nicely with the sugary pale maltiness of the tripel. Bit of a floral backing from the yeast.

T: Smooth influence from the barrel is most prominent: vanilla, fragrant oak, bit of coconut, some nice hot bourbon notes. The malt and yeast lend some pale sweetness and a bit of light esters (lemon, vague stone fruits, green apple) and perfumy floral notes, but take the back seat to the barrel.

M: Full-bodied and thick carbonation.

O: This is pretty interesting and tasty, but the tripel is ultimately drowned out by the barrel. Could be a little more balanced.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into my unfortunately-now-defunct Ommegang chalice (klutz). Lucky I have a spare...anyway, let's go to the videotape...

Body color is split down the middle between Scotch and bourbon, with additional slight orange zest-ish tones. 1st pour has a very flat head with a yeasty top - from the pop of the cork would have expected a little more head, as there is definitely some carbonation there.

I can smell the bourbon oak without trying - this gives it a nice warm feeling, although it's somewhat overpowering at first, 'cause rest is slightly obscured. Orange zest, yeast and apples are present in addition to the bourbon burn.

Wow - thick, soothing coating of bourbon, malt, yeast, sugar...maybe some white grapes and a little bit of piney hops. Carbonation makes it tingle. Needs warmth at first glance but very good. Even a slight sour tinge with a little horse blanket in there (?). Even warmth doesn't mellow out the bourbon - this one may need to age a bit more.

The mouth on this is good but not as herty as expected - it's a little clammy and disjointed at first. Again, needs warmth or even more likely age. Mouthfeel splits between a good bourbon and a mild Trippel or even a Belgian Strong Pale Ale feel. Definitely burning alcohol in there.

This isn't hard to drink but the flavor profile is a little too mild for me and heartily obscured by the oak/bourbon. This probably needs some time. Good but I expected more from this.

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

Got this in a trade from sephiroth.

Bottled February 2006.

A: golden yellow that's hard to see through. one inch offwhite head

S: sour fruit notes like a wild ale. hints of the bourbon are there.

T: starts off like a high ABV trippel, then the bourbon comes in, but not too much. the sour fruit notes are quite nice.

M: the alcohol warms the mouth and throat and belly. still the carbonation makes up for it somehow.

D: given the alcohol percentage, It's not bad drinkability. Still, after one 750 of this, and I'd be pretty trashed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear amberish orange. No head, a ring forms around the edges. Little to no lacing.

S- Weak aroma. Some Belgiun yeast, some citrus and sharp alcohol.

T- Very dry and to the point. Wooden and bourbony tones seem to lay on an underlying sweet vanilla-like base. Citrus sharpness and a toasty malt finish. Hats off to Allagash for not making this overly bourbony.. its a wonderful balance.

M- medium carbonation. medium bodied. Way to dry.

D- Awesome sipper and a unique brew. The appearance is dull, the smell is weak and the dryness leaves a bad mouthfeel.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 3,762 ratings
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