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)

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of smilingPolitely
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think more than enough has been written about how well this beer goes down, and my initial tasting of this brew definitely confirmed that it does have all the exceptional characteristics previously touted in spades! It doesn't come on too strong, or taste overly acoholic. Pouring out one of these into a large glass is a stellar night cap following an exhausting day.

I believe you can cellar this particular tripel as well and age it even more as an added bonus.

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Photo of Prasm
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely get the oak on the nose in the sense of vanilla and coconut cream. In the mouth the bourbon barrel aging is apparent in the creamy mouth-feel and the coconut and vanilla flavors. Overall this is an impressive effort that has enough substance to cover up the 11% abv with creamy coconut and vanilla flavors. If there is a down side it's that this is all about creamy coconut and vanilla, if that's not to you're liking you'll not enjoy this - but it works for me.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the cask at the Publick House in Brookline, MA. A: Golden honey orange, very thick, legs all over the glass. S: Very sweet, the oak is definitely present, toasted malts, breads, some fruits in there as well. T: A wonderful honey/fruit sweetness up front with a nice dry bitter finish. Really fantastic. M: Thick, smooth. D: When I walked into the Publick House this was the first beer I ordered, and I was not disappointed. It's a really beautiful, extremely well balanced, well-tempered tripel. I'm going to try to make it back to the Publick House in the next few days to try it again.

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Photo of bsoakley
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i am not one who does a lot of actual beer reviews. with that in mind let me say this; if i was a god in some sort of fantasmical world, i would will it into being or cast a spell if need be to make this tasty ambrosia replace the blood that runs thru my devine veins, make the cork from the mouth of the bottle into my lips, fingernails and eyelashes, turn the glass of the sacred vessel into my tempered skin and the label of the bottle into my holy chiton.

that being said, this is truly the best beer that allagash makes.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml from May '07. Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head. The appearance is remarkably similar to Allagash's traditional tripel. Tons of lacing, too.

As someone who despises bourbon, and especially Jim Beam, I'm a little surprised at how much I enjoy the smell of this stuff. You catch glimpses of the bourbon in the nose, but not enough to offend. It mingles really well with the typical Belgian-style fruitiness.

The flavor is even lighter on the bourbon end of the spectrum, but the barrel aging imparts a definite vanilla characteristic to the beer. Banana-like fruitiness becomes coconut-like fruitiness. Booze is very well hidden as well, though occasionally you feel like you could breathe a little fire.

Mouthfeel is consistent with the tripel. Good effervescence thanks to the bottle fermentation. Bone dry on the finish.

Overall, this brew is absolutely amazing. Two things knock down the drinkability. First is obviously the alcohol content. Secondly -- and probably more important -- is the price. The store I work at charges $15 a bottle for this beauty. Luckily for me, a former co-worker decided to buy it for me. Thanks, Shane. This beer is fan-fucking-tastic.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I got this from JasonA, I think, if not cheers to whomever & JasonA!

Pours bronze with a pinky of beige head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Apples & pears

T: Apples, butterscotch booze, booze infused apples & honey up front, plus lemony hops & oaky dryness. Toffee, dryness, more honey character, plus some passion fruit as this warms, p;us vanilla bourbon notes. Finishes with some nice pineapple & passion fruit & grapefruit hops

MF: Syrup, with low levels of carbonation, became creamy as this warmed. Love the complexity!

Drinks damn easy for the style & ABV, the warming sensation hints not to stay on this too long. Not a true tripel per se, but more enjoyable IMO

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Photo of ConMac
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the Allagash Brewery following a tour. Really unique beer from Allagash...even at 11% ABV, it doesn't come off as "too boozy" like some beers might. Great execution and a beer worth trying (again and again). Hats off to Allagash on this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gold orange that is a bit darker and clouded of course. The flavor is presented with an almost milky mouthfeel that is thick and wooded. Smooth and almost a bit spicy, but subdued in nature. Supremely crafted and masterfully aged. This is a definite pleasure to drink.

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Photo of tony223366
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel golden color. Nice clarity. After a vigorous pour, 2+ fingers of white fluffy head. Throughout the tasting there is fantastic lacing. This was an incredibly attractive beer.

S: Awesome vanilla aroma up front from that barrel. Bananas at first only briefly. Then all kinds of spice and vanilla.

T: Great bourbon flavors up front. Lots of oak and vanilla. Then a malted caramel richness hits. Spicy yeast and a slightly bitter finish that transforms into vanilla again somehow.

M: Heavy, but in a good way. I thought the carbonation was excellent.

O: Really rich and delicious. Have to certainly be in the right mood for the vanilla and sweetness. But if you are... Amazing. One thing keeps this from being a five is the finish. Wish it was a little cleaner. I get too much sweetness that lingers.

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Photo of Jason
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mildy spritzy tiny bubbled head, dusty golden hue with some light haze.

The alcoholic aroma of the triple with wafts of bourbon wood (vanilla) and some mixed tropical fruit.

Very smooth with a mellow but stiff alcohol character, warming with undertones of vanilla and ripe fruit. The woody character melds well with the hop bitterness and spiciness of the alcohol with a drying bite.

Simply amazing. Amazing within the realm of barrel aged beer let alone doing it with a more delicate Belgian Style Trippel.

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Photo of DJoe
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A -Poured crystal and golden, with a thin head

S - Light scents of bourbon, but also some fruity aromas. Reminds me of a good cider in some ways

T - Taste is mildy of bourbon. I drank it about six months after bottling and i sense less bourbon than in some other reviews. Very crisp and fresh for a high ABV beer.

M - Very, very nice and clean with just the right carbonation. Even on the light side.

O - Overall I am very impressed. Crisp and clean with oak/bourbon hints.

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Photo of TripleTwenty
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to have this on tap as I probably will not get this chance again for a while.

A: Poured into a tulip glass with a solid half inch white head. The beer itself looks amazing; orangy look almost like a mix between a wit and hefe but not to hazy.

S: First smell did not produce too much, similar to most tripels but with a touch of oak and not an over powering smell of alcohol as you can get in some tripels.

T: My first question was, is this really 11% ABV? This beer is so incredibly smooth, a perfect balance of malt/hops. Not too sweet as some tripels can be and a perfect oaky finish.

M: Very light, creamy, and smooth throughout your palate.

D: At 11% ABV I can see how this can be consumed easily over and over again. Try it!

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

Delicious. Poured into tulips and shared. A hazy pinkish-straw color with a pure white head. Whiskey on the nose with vanilla, white wine and raisin. Tastes delicious with whiskey, wine, oak, raisin, caramel and vanilla notes. Nice level of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Very nicely done. This is worth repeating.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: June 2011

Purchased @ Tulleys, Wells Maine

Price - $15.99/bomber

Pours crisp and clean with a one inch soapy white head. The color is gold with no haze what so ever. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the stem area adding to the creamy film that sits on top. Modest lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is fruity and complex with peach, vanilla, honey sweetness and what smells like Belgian yeast which adds a touch of funk. I dig the smell of this one.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with orange peel, bananas, lemons, wood and spices. Well balanced with the bourbon. I know some BB blends can be over the top but this is perfectly crafted. The hops add a nice little bite and the alcohol flavor is light and non offensive.

Mouthfeel starts off soft and smooth followed by some hop bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation. Finishes warm and a bit dry, like a white wine. A smooth sipper and very drinkable.

Overall this is a fantastic Bourbon barrel tripel. I'd love to add this to my regular line up however my one hang up is the price. That being said it's still worth it.

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

Interesting beer. At first I wasn't sure if I loved it or I hated it, but it quickly won me over. The cork popped with a decent crack, and it poured a mainly clear golden-orange body (cellaring has sedimented it nicely) beneath a frothy, and then creamy, head of white. The retention was good and it left some very nice sheets of lace about the goblet.

The nose is unlike any other beer I've ever encountered, with notes of tropical, citrus, and summer fruits (tangerine, papaya, pineapple, peach, melon) amidst sweetish vanilla notes from the wood. It's bready, doughy, and sweet with a suggestion of bourbon, and some balance from the oak. Alcohol is present, but welcome... far from "hot".

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy with a medium-light body and "airy" effervescent carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

The flavor is not unlike the nose, except that perhaps the fruitiness is softened a bit as it's immersed in sweetish, vanilla-accented, golden malt. The alcohol remains, but the bitterness is limited and it actually helps to balance and dry the beer, as does the oak in the finish. As you progress, the alcohol steps in and changes it slightly, covering over - or blinding your tastebuds to - the sweet malt, leaving it more spicy, fruity/subtly tangish, and dry with wood. It also helps to let the mild herbal hops that are there come through; and gives it a greater complexity - of course, you can't taste much after you're through, but it's a nice ride!

This beer has aged nicely. It's become much more rounded and focused than I initially remember it, where the fruitiness seemed to want to express a sharper, more juicy/tart side and the vanilla/candyish malt fluffed over it. Perhaps it's dried out a little bit and now the two sides have come a little bit closer together. I wish I had another bottle to try a year from now... Impressive!

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

Thanks to brewguru for the bottle.
Pours a glowing light gold color with an enormously effervescent white head on the pour that fades into a snifter coating layer of puffy lace.
Aroma is loaded with medicinal alcohol notes, strong vanilla hits and some grain and pale malt. I swear I get some rum or curacao notes as well.
Flavor has some fruity sweetness, reminds me of sugar cookies with lots of vanilla tones. Just a hint of peat and a then a yeasty, cloved, spiced finish with a hint of white pepper. Very intriguing indeed. You can tell the Tripel is here but the vanilla flavors and peaty aroma cut off any of the citrus that the Tripel has to offer.
Mouthfeel is really tremendous and full of contradictory notes. Sweet yet semi-sour mash. Harsh vanilla notes coupled with a softness of citrus, grain and yeast.
Drinkability is really very good. Must admit when I first heard about this beer, I was highly skeptical. I'm a fool for doubting the genius of Mr. Tod. This beer is a true classic and a style buster. Only a mad brewing genius like him could marry barrel aging and a world-class triple to make such an intriguing and tasty treat.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1 finger white head.

Smells like caramel and toffee with some alcohol. Very nice smelling actually.

Tastes so good! Lots of caramel and toffee, but with a distinctive Belgian twist. Nice touch of alcohol warmth. Extremely well balanced. Oh, so tasty!

Mouthfeel is relatively creamy and perfect carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability is exceptionally high based on the alcohol.

Highly recommended. Too expensive, but oh so good.

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

Poured into tulip glass, golden hazy with massive 3 finger head. The retention is really sticky around the glass. Bottle dated August 2011.

Beer aroma has big estery Profile of dried fruit with pineapple, orange peel and spices.

Taste of clove, vanilla, dried fruit present. Very much like the aroma. No boozy syrupy dissapoinments. Does not taste strong at all for 11% Abv.

Mouthfeel has well balanced carbonation, effervescent and finishes clean but not dry. Very creamy.

Phenomenal example of a golden Belgian triple. The barrel aging takes the edge off and gives A super smooth profile. It's worth the $.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy light straw color with a nice head and minimal lacing.

S: Scents of fresh Belgian yeast with citrus hops and light hints of alcohol fumes.

T&M: Nice tripel taste with quality yeast, citrus hops, warming alcohol. Smooth, light bodied.

Quality brew and glad I was able to get it locally on tap. Probably not my favorite Belgian style due the the priciness, but definitely worth a try for a special occassion.

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Photo of bluebrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers i've had over 5 bottles of it now and i fiured it was time to say somethign about it. My bottle was bottled january 2009 and i've been saving it for a few months now. i'm gonna have to get a bottle to replace it now :D.

A: Hazy Golden slightly orangish served in a duvel tulip. 1.5 finger head. head fades to thin layer. some lacing

S: Alcohol, burbon, smells the way an excellent beer should

T: Tastes aged like a wine might be. excellent strong yet smoothly light taste.

M: Very super smooth. Light carbonation, particularly smooth for a beer of this color.

D: at 17 bucks a bomb, not really but if i were rich this would be a sessions beer for me. i love it. high on the alcohol % though.

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Photo of iceball585
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light yellow color, clear, thin white head that lasted pretty well

S- Bourbon, oak, light malts, yeast, vanilla

T- Strong bourbon flavor, vanilla, fruit, oak, creamy, mild hops

M- Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth but definite warming kick near the end

D- WOW it was awesome

You can really tell this beer was aged in Jim Bean bourbon whiskey barrels. It gives it a nice whiskey flavor but not too over powering. The oak barrels almost give it a slight chardonney flavor as well.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottling: June 2008
Cases Bottled: 524
11% Alcohol By Vol.


Soft and malty, the nose is subtle. Playful hops - bright, floral - and yeast - fruity and a little spicy. Slight caramelized sugar to the malt, and a hint of alcohol. Very fruity, but still quite subdued.

Pours a buttery apricot color / deep yellow to mild orange, highly translucent - no detectable haze, moderate creamy, creamy head with moderate retention.

First sip rolls in the tartness, for a moment, then generous yeasty fruitiness, dry hop-tannin-like bitterness, and sticky sweetness on a slow viscous body. Zesty spiciness is all over the place - white pepper to orient spice to exotic fruit. Pear with sharp cheese and honey. More semi-hard cheese than bleu, but it does poke around Gorgonzola or something. Grassy hops are dry and leafy with herbal arguments. Honey flavor intensifies reminding me of honey when it begins crystallizing and is raw, concentrated, and gritty. Caramel-like aftertaste slowly fades from sweet to dry as the tannins and chalky yeasty bits linger. The thick, sweet, and alcoholic body suggest whiskey and I'd like to say I taste that Bourbon or oaky influence, but I'm not sure. Flavor profile as of Glass One is still delicately understated. I'm surprised the high alcohol content doesn't impart more sensation than the seductive <English-cockney> "c'mon, 'ave another sip love" </English-cockney> whisper. This is a carefully brewed beer.

As it warms, I'm seeing more soft cheese (like Brie) in both flavor and overall oral sensation - the juxtaposition of quaint off-flavors, supple nuttiness, and sharpness/tartness/sourness. Wilder fruit, bolder funk, and more alcohol. This is euphoric. After such a tame flavor & mouthfeel for over the half the bottle, I'm amazed how Curieux just went off like a firecracker. Vanilla now, not just vanilla... oak! Finally the oak I'd hoped for makes a statement. It just needed to warm up a bit.

No yeast in the bottle.

With head creaminess like a nitro carbonation on top of the thick and saucy body, there are few better feelings than the mouthfeel of this beer. This is truly phenomenal.

Paired with Swiss Emmenthaler & Finnish Rye it is bolder, tarter, and more fruity/floral.

What a wonderful, wondrous beer. At first it was kind of boring, then it sparked up and became one of the better beers I've had. I'm glad, considering the price. But seriously, it is very good and if anything I wish it came in a bigger bottle.

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

pours a cloudy golden straw with a huge head that hangs around. nose; lemongrass, vanilla, & clove. taste; belgian yeast, banana, pear, tart apple, oak, vanilla, lemongrass, gum, & coconut. a touch heavy on esters/ethanol, but pleasing. high carbonation & medium mouthfeel. nice!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

"Hints" of bourbon is correct, at least with this bottle. Would have liked a more pronounced bourbon influence but that may be bottle specific, too. Only thing that detracted from my giving it a perfect score!

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

Sampled this brew at Philly Winter Beer Fest, got a full drink on draft at Capones in East Norriton

The pour on this brew poured a deep golden color with a decent amount of carbonation. It has a great bright white head that doesn't have a whole lot of retention, which is expected with such a high ABV brew. It did have a pretty decent amount of lacing as you drink the brew.

The aroma begins with a great presense of floral notes. After that you begin to great solid boozy aroma, definitly bourbon. Which actually warms the nose. There is also something sweet in the nose as well, an oaky vanilla or sugar that mix with the booze aroma and come together very well.

The flavors from the aroma carry over into the flavor of the brew, but there is also more there as well. Its got a very nice bitter/sweetness and alcohol burn. There is a bit of a grainy flavor that is also in the front, as teh brew warms a bit there is a nice citrus hops that give the brew a bitter taste, but they are balanced out with the sugars from the alcohol. There is also that woody, vanilla flavors as well. As in a good bourbon(at least for me) as the brew warms, it actually makes me enjoy it even more.

The mouthful on this brew is full of carbonation that feeds the nice alcohol burn from the bourbon barrels. It actually gives the mouth a nice tingle in the first few sips. Its a very warming feeling. Its a nice medium body. It smooth and creamy and goes down very well. Great brew by Allagash.

For a brew with a such a high ABV, I am really impressed. I could drink much more of this brew. However, for those who don't always have these kind of brews, the brew must be respected. It must be done as a sipper. Enjoy. I know I did

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