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
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
3,708
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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526
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1,089
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Photo of Lilbeck23
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is very different. Has a bourbon smell and light look to it. It was not what I pictured it to be. However, it is not overpowering on bourbon and it has notes of vanilla and tropical fruit meledy. It is light but hits home on ABV.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed January 28, 2017. 1100th review:) 750 ml bottle aged for an additional 3 months in the cellar and enjoyed on a snowy Sunday afternoon. Purchased while visiting the US.

Appearance - A hazy, dark golden colored beer with a finger of white head. Good retention and next to no lacing.

Smell - Classic tripel aromas with yeast and candi sugar, but much more complex with traces of white wine, bourbon (duh) and honey too. Simply awesome.

Taste - And it tastes even better than it smells. Yeast, candi sugar, earthy with restrained bitterness to start, hints of bourbon throughout, but comes of drinking at a much lower ABV. This might be the best tasting tripel I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - Smmoth and delicate, the booze just never comes out and smashes your head in light some of the double digit ABV's can do. Light body all things considered (style, ABV).

Overall - Holy shit this stuff is good! A front runner for best beer I'm going to enjoy in 2017, fantastic feel and flavors, with just the right amount of bourbon, the right amount of spice and yeast and sugars, everything near perfect. While the price tag was hefty, this one has been on my wants list for about 3 years now, and very glad to have tried this masterpiece.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

February '16 bottling

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and straw gold in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing save a handful of small spots.

Smell - Tart and fruity aroma, almost cherry like, with spice, sugary sweetness and a vague hint of wood. Tartness dies as the brew warms.

Taste - A bit more 'sugary' sweet in the flavor profile, along with slight tartness and a hint of funk. Clove spice. Notes of oak surface mid-taste. Finishes much in the way it starts, though, with plenty of sweetness. Just a touch of astringency in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation. Sticky texture with a mostly dry finish, leaving that stickiness to linger on the lips and tongue.

Overall - I'm not especially fond of Belgian Dubs, Trips or Quads because of their immense sweetness, but the only other BA brew of similar style I'd had previous was Firestone's Stickee Monkee, which I found to be amazing. I thought this would be similarly balanced, but I was wrong. Maybe more than 8 weeks in the barrels would have given it a more well-rounded flavor? Isn't 6 months to a year about the norm? Even with nearly a year of age on it, I find this to be way too sugary for my palate. It's got some nice things going for it, but all things considered it's nothing I'd care to buy again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle that was bottled on 2/15/15 poured into a tulip glass. A mainly clear golden yellow/orange with a one finger head that retains as a creamy lace for a good while. Aroma is slightly sour, with some bourbon and yeast notes. The taste is more muted and rounded, with green olive (?) notes and bubblegum . Not much of the 11% is there, other than a slight reminder on the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation low. Overall, an interesting BA tripel. I wonder at what age point this is optimal, I have to imagine this less rounded at bottling.

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

The most noteable thing about this beer is how well balanced the bourbon barrel aging is: it is subtle but makes its presence known by contributing a richness and depth to the flavor profile.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle - has been in my fridge for about a year...

Looks good, smells like a tripel should, and taste is right in line with the style. Its clearly a very well made beer, its just not one that I can get very excited about.

The barrel aging adds little to the beer except to possibly soften the feel a touch? Maybe? I don't know, there are no signs of bourbon, and while it drinks nice enough for a big beer its just not anything I would seek out again.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on draught

A: a fairly clear, straw gold, 1 finger head, good retention, nice lacing
S: immediate white grape and estery belgian yeast notes, a juicy; cleanness is present here with some bourbon notes popping up as the beer sits (not very pronounced though)
T: not as sharp as one might expect, immediate caramel malt note, clean and somewhat mild (though not overly prominent) bitterness, no real depth to the hop character here, quite boozy and sweet, the bourbon is not very present here, not overly fruity as one would expect from a belgian, a decently astringent quality, a tad vinous, sweetens up as it sits
M: sticky, but not overly so
O: a tad underwhelming, I was expecting a more assertive bourbon note, that being said it is a good beer, not great, but good, but judging by american tripel standards there are better beers that are cheaper and easier to find, the bitterness of the alcohol was the only thing I could distinctly label as bourbon reminiscent, which was disappointing, thought to be honest I was skeptical of how well the flavors of bourbon and a tripel would marry anyway

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting enough, this is a real clean looking barrel aged beer. Yellow in color, looks the tripel part. Only 8 weeks in a barrel? no wonder I can't smell anything out of this one in terms of the barrel, just the alcohol heat and yeast.

Taste has some smoothness and chills out the yeast phenols and spice rack, but man I wish there was more bourbon to this, some oak, yes, but oh well. Its better than your average tripel, but prolly less than average in terms of barrel aged beers.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had two offerings on tap at the fabulous Dive Bar NYC.
Pours a cloudy golden color, moderate head that disapates and leaves a nice frothy collar and lace that decorated the glass.
Aroma that emits moderate sweetness; banana, pear, vanilla and coconut. This is balanced by hints of Clive and mild bourbon.
Wonderful complex taste. Pilsner malt and cookie dough. Like the aroma, there is fruity sweetness, mainly banana, vanilla and coconut. Mild peppery spices and clove balance things out nicely.
The best thing about this is how smooth and velvety the mouthfeel is. I mentioned I had two; that's how easy it went down. I could barely feel the alcohol. This is a truly awesome brew!

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

bottled on 10/21/2015

Appearance - pours a golden hue with white head

Smell - vanilla, oak, butterscotch

Taste - hint of citrus upfront, butterscotch with vanilla and oak on the back end

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, high/full carbonation, mildly sweet upfront, dry finish, vanilla and oak linger on the back end

Overall - decent take on 'innovation' of a tripel, the flavors aren't as bold as I was expecting, but seem to work well.

Price Point - $17.99/25.4 oz bottle

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale color with white head. Aroma is floral and perfumey with a touch of bourbon. Taste starts like a typical Belgian tripel, yeasty and sweet but on the aftertaste you get the bourbon barrel. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad at all but I think the flavors don't combine as well as expected.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a wonderful, hazy, pale lemon with a thin, creamy, white head. No carbonation.
Not a big smell., banana and yeast, a bit of funk.
A very smooth ale, with the same banana and yeast up front, twang from alcohol on back.
As it warms, this beer explodes, the yeast and banana becomes more prominamt. The vanilla, oak, clove and Carmel hints show up. What a complex beer! The kiss of Jack says..."yep, I know I'm a badass beer!

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Photo of mschrei
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November of last year. Poured into my "stout snifter". Cloudy orange gold reminiscent of a New England style DIPA. Constant creamy foam and lacing. Scent of rich funk with a slight barrel presence on the back end. Tart, tangy bold flavor with very mild barrel notes. Booze is there, but not overpowering. Creamy, fun on the tongue, tasty,

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Photo of stortore
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 10/22/15.

Pours a golden color, lightly hazy, with a one and a half finger head, good amount of lacing. Smell is yeast, malt, straw, light bourbon, a little oak, a general spiciness- cloves? Taste follows the nose with the yeast and malt, bourbon- more as it warms, oak, vanilla, some caramel, spices still present- again, cloves? Very smooth, solid body, well carbonated.

This is a favorite of mine, perfectly blended. Intense and different flavor, this is one everyone should try. Just a delight to drink.

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Photo of ijusth
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

People seem to be returning over and over to the costs.... folks I bought this at Costco for either 8.99 or 9.99 Forgot which (admittedly they may not all carry this). You all need to go to Costco and check their craft beers. Half BEVMO. Fantastic beer here and I have tried the coffe porter they carry and it is also great and also around this price point.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bourbon barrel aged tripel pours a bright orange gold color with a good deal of carbonation and a fairly thick, white, foamy head that has amazing retention. There is sharp alcohol scent and slight fragrances of yeast and banana. At 11% alcohol this is a potent beer and unsurprisingly it has an assertive alcohol flavor. There is a sweet banana flavor as well as lesser flavors of typical Belgian spices and a subtle, but noticeable oak and bourbon flavor from the aging. There is a significant difference between this and the Allagash tripel, which is good on its own, but I would say slightly inferior. I have tried this on tap and in the bottle and I have to say that it is better on tap. The bottle I had might have been a little over-aged. This is the fourth highest rated tripel and I think with good reason as I don’t usually like these as much as quads. It is robust almost like a quad, however, which is to my liking.

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Photo of matjack85
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on Memorial Day weekend at my sister's house. Didn't know at the time it ran $15 for a 750ml bottle, so I'm glad she let me try some. It had a release date of December 2015 printed on the bottle and said to drink within 1 year and this is only at the 6 month mark, so it's well within its freshness limit.

Poured into a brandy snifter, the beer had a hazy medium gold color to it with a 1-finger creamy white head on top that just wouldn't go away even after 3 or 4 minutes of waiting, so I finally gave up waiting for it to dissipate and stuck my nose in the glass to get a good whiff. Lacing was good as well.

I didn't get any kind of overpowering smell to this. Instead it had some mild fruit to it, some vanilla, and a bit of bourbon.

They say this is aged 8 weeks in Jim Beam whisky barrels so I was looking forward to the taste. It was amazing. There was a mildly sweet malty backbone to it with a touch of Belgian yeast, coconut and other fruit flavors, vanilla, and just the right amount of bourbon whisky. It's balance with a light amount of noble hops and the 11% alcohol is not that noticeable.

It's somewhere between light to medium in body with moderate carbonation.

It's a great sipper and absolutely delicious.

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Photo of robroc
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pastabilities in Syracuse, NY. This beer tends to be the about same price per oz on tap as in the bottle. So I pass over the ubiquitous $18+ bottle, but order this whenever I see it on tap. There's a perfect balance between the bourbon barrel and the base tripel.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. November 2015 bottling.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with moderate carbonation producing a 1 inch white head with decent retention.
S: Soft funk, musty, vanilla, soft bourbon, white pepper, and spicy grain. Hint of florals.
T: Vanilla and soft bourbon come to the forefront here. Spicy grain, soft citrus funk, white pepper, and soft floral notes too. With warming, coconut and oak notes emerge.
M: Soft, supple, and creamy. ABV present, but restrained with only a mild alcohol bite. Medium-heavy body. Nice lingering and maturing of spice and earthy funk notes in the finish.
D: Well balanced and restrained. A nice offering, but not spectacular (it was priced as such).

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Photo of EMH73
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very slightly cloudy light gold color with a one inch head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of bready yeast, vanilla, bourbon, and banana. The taste is just fantastic and complex. It has the classic Tripel flavors only enhanced with the bourbon, vanilla, coconut and oak. Very well carbonated, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of EMV
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Chickie's in Philadelphia. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear golden caramel color. Thick creamy head and outstanding lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts, oak and bourbon.

T/F: Just fantastic... an awesome tripel and the bourbon aging REALLY works on this one. The bourbon complements rather than overpowers contributing some great oak character and vanilla but light on the booze. This goes great with the Belgian yeasts and dark candy flavors and dark fruits of the triple and melds into a fantastic beer.

O: Just awesome. An absolute must-try if you find it. One of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a mostly opaque peach color with some chill haze. Up top sits a finger of bright white head. Not much retention, but a given for 11% ABV. Moderate patchy lace.

The nose picks up the bourbon for shire, but also some fruity notes as well. As the bottle suggests, coconut plays in the background.

WOW. It tastes spectacular. The barrel aging provides coconut and vanilla and they're easily detected. Faint tropical fruit with a Belgian yeast pepper. The alcohol cleans up in the end.

Not that it's a bad thing, but it's a little simple to drink. Very smooth. Medium bodied. Sweet, spicy feel. A touch warming. Crisp finish.

A really sensational beer. Wish I could get this in Indiana.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Barking Dog Ale House in Haverhill. The beer had a murky light gold appearance with thick lacing and thin retention. Aromas were rich with that bourbon barrel aging such as vanilla, booze, and some bready yeasts. Taste follows the nose especially with a warm, bourbon aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a good balance of creaminess with a slight carbonation. Overall, this was a fantastic drink!

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional barrel-aged Tripel.

Poured into a snifter from a 750ml bottle. This is the most carbonated beer I've ever seen! The bubbles make the glass look like it's full of champagne.

The smell is delicious. Steadfast coconut, banana, a pleasant Belgian-beer-style smell. Tastes very nice - coconut, oak wood, yeasty, bubbly mouthfeel, almost fizzy, spritzy. Definitely doesn't taste 11%, more like an 8%, 9% tops.

Overall, an excellent beer. The bourbon wasn't too overpowering (I would've preferred more, actually). However, a bit pricey for me to buy regularly, perhaps too much even to buy on a special occasion if there are other speciality beers to choose from.

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Photo of mkh012
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle served in a tulip. This was bottled in November 2015 (4 months before this tasting). Pours golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose is mild -- yeast, banana, and a touch of oak. The flavor profile on this one is honestly incredible. It opens with soft citrus and tapers into rich, milky coconut and vanilla. An incredible beer. Super smooth and luxurious. Worth every penny. Maybe the best tasting 11% beer I've had. Super smooth from beginning to end. Would recommend without a doubt. A must-have.

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