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:
3,732
Reviews:
901
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
534
Gots:
1,098
For Trade:
38
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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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Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold color with a 1+ finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles, fading slowly and leaving very nice foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of bourbon, oak, yeast, peppery spices, vanilla, orange peel, bubblegum, green apple and a whole bunch of fruit. The malty aspects, fruit and bourbon blend well together and make for a really nice complex nose to inhale.

Tastes more fruity with toasted grains, grapes, white wine, rye, chalky yeast, rotting pear, clove and then more oaky bourbon accents like coconut and a touch of sherry. Very tasty, complex and smooth for such a dynamic brew. This was the last beer of the night after several others so I'l definitely revisit this again.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jwg782
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2015. Poured into a tulip. A hazy golden color with a frothy and rocky white head. Mainly a yeasty aroma with bread, floral notes, honey, and wood. Really no bourbon on the nose. The taste was a different story. Classic Tripel flavor - candied sugar, esters, yeast, bread - but wrapped in a sweet oaky and bourbon package. Dry and crisp on the finish.

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

Bottle at 504, brought by Vito

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

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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 Urk1127
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Jliscin
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,732 ratings.
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