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

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)
BA SCORE
4.28/5
3,767 Ratings
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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#601
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
3,767
pDev:
10.98%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
545
Gots:
1,125
Trade:
37
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,767 |  Reviews: 908
Photo of PhillyNole
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayleym10
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible flavorful and tasty: also goes down real smooth

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dogfishnoggen
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

December 25, 2014

750 ml bottle, wine glass

A – Golden orange, hazy, possibly just chill haze. A white foamy head of a half-inch with long retention. Sudsy, proteiny, gorgeous.

S – Funky, like very mild brettanomyces, which from my understanding is NOT used in the beer. This must be derived from the oak barrels. Tangy bread dough, and citrus-orange.

T – Very lemony-citrus, with a hint of nectarines and peaches. The vanilla/oak character is subdued but very noticeable, again an impression of some funk here. Some fresh bread dough, and citrus and tropical hops, with guava and mango in the mix.

M – Highly carbonated, but a light frothy/spritzy feel. High level of dryness throughout, especially on the finish. This is very well-attenuated. Enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

O – Even though it’s not supposed to be there, I definitely get the impression of Brett yeast, which I like! Appears to be character from the barrels and the bourbon previously contained within. Either way, very complex, a lot of layers of aroma and flavor, and matches well with some savory foods. Excellent.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rideguy64
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boom went my taste buds. This is a heck of a beer.

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Photo of Rjtauer
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Levin0013
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjc3151
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOSullivan
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharleyW
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brentusaurus
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden amber color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of pineapples, light white oak and oranges.
Delicious flavor of coconut, vanilla, pineapple, mint, lemongrass, elegant tartness, oranges, white pepper, herbal hops, pears, white wine and a bit of banana. And I was almost forgetting, a touch of bourbon, which had a perfect level for the style and overall beer. Dry, almost astringent, aftertaste with a lingering fruity taste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Great example on how to hide an 11% abv, amazing.
Hard to beat Tripel. Excellent complexity and wonderfully balanced. Quite flexible: very drinkable or great sipper.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwent91
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KasteelDonker
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New reviewer, new taste for me. I like smoothest, highest abv. This curieux has great taste AND the strength that I desire.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy, but not quite cloudy; golden yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: the bourbon clearly comes through, but it doesn't overwhelm the coriander, orange peel, banana, and peppery spice from the original tripel;

T: complex; a moment of bourbon and vanilla, then a rush of citrus - mostly lemon; the finish is a combination of all of that, along with some black pepper;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; a little alcohol warming, but not much; really smooth;

O: one of the best beers I've every had; it's always a treat when I get a taste of this;

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Photo of Knoxrb12
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wmclaughlin12
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wsherry1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Caskaway
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of inonesock
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,767 ratings
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