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

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Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)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

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#652
Reviews:
918
Ratings:
3,832
pDev:
10.98%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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Photo of Murph106157
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mlatvakokko
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JNPIII127
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dextermcgurk
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of risk1911
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of keith40
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle dated 8/3/17 purchased at Moonshine. Light gold color and a bourbon/vanilla/banana nose. Taste changes from an almost sticky sweet coconut/banana to green apple with a bourbon background. Not boozy and very little alcohol heat. Good carbonation. Very smooth and different beer.

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Photo of Brownie_jones
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M4CDO
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Xxambersky89
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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2.66/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Curt3
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.27/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ale aged in Oak Bourbon barrels (their triple, for 8 weeks), 11% ABV, Bottling November 10, 2015, reviewed 5/14/18. Brewed with Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend and hopped with Nugget and Hallertau. (They fail to mention on the Curieux page that they brew the tripel with white cane sugar)

"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."

Pours out to a cloudy golden peach, forming a tall white head with very good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5-3 carbs, not spritzy like many bottle conditioned Belgians. The nose is interesting, at first, very much straight apple juice, then a little pear nectar, then some muted phenols. Not as spicy in the nose as I was expecting. I love bourbon and know it well, but I don't get any bourbon in the nose. The mouthfeel is medium dense body, lightly syrupy and definitely warming as it goes down. Not astringent. The taste again, is of apple juice and pear nectar, overall on the sweet side, some moderate bitterness just in the very tail end, and a quite warm blast of alcohol in the middle and end.
There are some very harsh alcohols that make it very difficult to drink as it warms up. Unfortunately, the rest of this bottle will be a drain pour.

A worthy but failed attempt. I respect Allagash and like almost everything they brew, but this beer is an unfortunate exception. The alcohol is harsh and fierce, something I don't enjoy. I wouldn't buy this again, nor can I recommend it.

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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing tripel that is tasty, complex and very enjoyable. It features all the typical aromas and flavors of a tripel with the addition of mild bourbon notes and some vanilla and cinnamon. A long and fairly sweet finish. Very mild carbonation and a thick and very chewy mouthfeel.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Celtics76
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this beer for years, but the large format and high price tag kept me away. That changed this past week when Yankee Spirits received a shipment of Curieux in 12oz 4-packs!

I couldn't be more impressed with a beer. Looks great, pours with a decent amount of head. Not much of an aroma, but the taste is flawless. The 11% abv is well hidden, and it's just a super smooth drinking experience. A lot of complexity - the barrel isn't too strong, but that's a good thing. Lots of subtle flavors meld together perfectly - oak, vanilla, dark fruit.

Give it a shot, it's great!

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3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This is my all-time favorite beer, and I have tried hundreds...thousands. It still edges out the extremely rare Westvleteren 12 for me.

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Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,832 ratings