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 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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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on cask

A: Pale yellow with slight one finger head. Fairly shiort retention and leaving some light lacing.

S: Wine, bourbon, Begian yeast, banana, and a touch of clove

T: Follows the nose with a mix of wine and bourbon while showcasing typical tripel flavors.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is a little hot and slightly sweet

O: Excellent beer and the cask presentation was spot on.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good bourbon notes along with the classic tripel flavors. the bourbon is restrained and doesn't tip the balance. the awesome coconut and vanilla still manages to come through

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Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Over the years on BA, I've given several perfect ratings while others have never given one..

"The perfect beer can never be achieved...", they say...

"No beer is worthy of a 5 rating!", they exclaim...

Well.... Guess what?

Just gave another one... and this one is as worthy, if not more so, than all of the others...

Here's the catch.... I've had this beer before... several times actually... How I haven't reviewed this is a mystery to me.. Every time I drink this, I enjoy it more and more and I'm finally giving it the recognition that it so richly deserves in my eyes..

Along with La Fin du Monde, this is easily the best tripel on the planet... It's gorgeous to behold in a St. Bernardus chalice... Glowing golden as if it's been touched by King Midas himself... Lovely active carbonation... Perfection...

Heavenly aromas of Belgian yeast, sweet pears, rich coconut, crisp apples, fleeting aromas of bourbon... they blend to create a sublime sensory experience... If I could capture this essence, I would wear this as a cologne and fend the women off as best I could... Remarkably fragrant in the manner of that first whiff of the hyacinths blooming out front... Incredible...

Sweet and yeasty up front followed quickly by a wave of bourbon, coconut, and booze... Intoxicatingly delicious, this beer is a star and knows it... a man amongst boys if you will... It's potent flavor profile has me reaching time and time again for the glass as I type away at this review... the finish is long and slow and luxurious with the yeast and fruit holding on for dear life...waiting for the next sip...

I'm convinced.... Allagash would be the brewery I would choose to distribute to my state without a doubt. I've sung their praises to friends for years now and this beer just serves to prove my point... Everything those guys do is on a different level than others....

This very well could be the longest review that I've ever written but this beer is worth it without a doubt...

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Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Jimmy the Greeks in OOB.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Banana, apple, pear, vanilla, bourbon, pilsner malts, coconut, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Wow, wow, wow. This beer tastes delicious from year to year. Awesome blend of above aromas.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, super delicious, light to medium bodied, lightly chewy, light warm booziness, and barrel flavor.

Overall: I've had this beer a lot over the years. Awesome, drlicious, and never gets old. I'll revisit this soon.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap and bottle and notice that the bottle is yeastier and more complex. The only problem is Curieux has become too many people's top tripel and that has driven up the price to the point that I'm not comfortable buying it anymore and, instead, will look for better value in tripels.

Tried again five months later (after a retail chain ran a special price, indicating that Allagash needed to unload its inventory)... While Curieux probably was worth the money at full price, it certainly is worth it at 25% below retail. Just a very enjoyable tripel. (But, no change in rating.)

Deservedly on the "1001" list as this is an early successful pioneer in aging triples in booze barrels.

1/23/17 Had again because I bought up an inventory when on sale.... And it occurred to me that the alcohol is not subtle enough to call itself a beer. Aftertaste/Feel reduced appropriately.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,729 ratings.
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