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:
3,733
Reviews:
901
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
534
Gots:
1,100
For Trade:
38
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of JDV
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellowish orange color. Cloudy with a very small quickly fading head. Smell is lemony, bright, and cedary. Pretty fresh aroma and taste is much the same with bright lemony notes and definite strong woody flavors from the barrell more so than the actual bourbon. Slightly creamy. A very unique beer, and I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of RavenForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable beer! The oak barrels really shined through on this! Beautiful straw color with a great head of creamy foam. Intense vanilla and belgian yeast in the aroma and the flavor is an amazing balance of banana, hop, bourbon, and something peppery. Wow, wow.

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Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev -5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

I had this one on tap the other night while I was fighting off a cold and really enjoyed it. Thankfully, I had the pleasure of trying it on tap again after my head cleared and wow, what a great beer.

The body is clear with an orange hue. The head was minimal and a little thin by the time the glass made it to me.

The smell is a little funky belgianesque yeast, some light fruit, possibly pear or apple, and of course, vanilla from the bourbon.

I love the flavor profile on this one. Pear, apple, and coriander spice. The bourbon is present, but not overwhelmingly strong like in most barrel aged beasts. The vanilla is the most prominant and thankfully the charred wood aspect of it is muted. It gives it more of a perfume type feel, if that makes any sense. The yeast adds a little touch of funk.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side for a tripel, but it works well with this one. Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp and sparkling. The bourbon like aftertaste has pretty long retention.

This is a sipper, for sure, but it is fun to drink. It's much like drinking a fine spirit vs a beer. I'll gladly give this one a few more tries on tap while it's available.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer. Purchased at the brewery in August, 2008. I don't remember what I bought on that day, so I assume I drank it soon after.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber, somewhere between light brown and dark orange, with some gold - small, off-white head - not surprising considering this bottle is four and a half years old - still leaves a wall of lacing

Smell: Mild bourbon and pale malts - light caramel malts, candi sugar, light bread - some hints that this was once a tripel, including banana esters, and some yeasty spices - for this particular bottle, both the bourbon and tripel aspects have mellowed considerably

Taste: A mellow tripel with a strong backdrop of bourbon - oh, Jim Beam, you remind me of a number of bad decisions - even with over four years of aging, the bourbon is still quite potent - vanilla, wood - pale malts, with some caramel, and some yeasty bread - bananas, cloves, and other typical yeasty aspects - mellow overall, due to the bourbon barrels and subsequent cellaring

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, with some woody stickiness (I swear this is a thing), low carbonation

Overall: Many years ago, I loved this beer.

The first time I had this beer, I loved it. Then I had it again, and it just wasn't the same (perhaps, too fresh). Now, I have an old bottle, back when from when it really blew my mind. And it's just not the same. Too much Jim Beam, not enough Allagash Tripel charm. It kind of breaks my heart. Cue Taylor Swift:

Loving [this beer] is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
Faster than the wind
Passionate as sin, ended so suddenly

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4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill haze honey amber golden hues with nonstop tiny champagne bubbles rising up like a fountain from the bottom of me Duvel tulip under a mountai of ever so slightly antique white gargantuan sticky head cap. Excellent head retention leaving solid “get out the paint brush cleaner ‘cos someone painted my glass” foamy lace. A few healthy swirls and an incredible ½ head cap appears at any time. This beer makes me feel like a magician.

Sweet aromatic woody bouquet. Takes a minute to think how it needs to be described. Scents of cheescake and suggestions of cognac. Scents are a delicacy alone. The most satisfying beer I have ever sampled on aroma alone. Superlative Crème brulet in a goblet which could not be improved. Tropical fruit.

First Swigs: Warm cognac meets vanilla tripel. The yeasty pronounced flavors are subdued. A smoothness unparalleled in comparrison to that of any other. Pecans and awl-kee-hawl esters. Notes of Maple syrup. Blended booze flavors reminiscent towards vanilla and almond extract come to mind.

Buttery smoothness like melty butter pecan ice cream. Somewhat hot and vodka like on the tongue with a mild unsettled burn.

Last Swigs: Crème brulet in a cup. Vanilla smooth. Curiosity killed the cat and the beer! Maybe some of a malty essence creeps out a la the oak barrel. My 2nd most expensive bottle, behind Sam Adams Chocolate. Needs to be at the recommended cellar (a.k.a. 55) temperature. ALLAGASH Curieux can do the 50/50 Duvel tulip pour. Beer dessert to mark a special occasion. A full 750 mL is a wee much for one soldier. Compared to my recent ALLAGASH Tripel review, the peppery yeastiness is subdued. If this improves with age, life is good. Hopefully, this is on its way to a 5/5/5/5/5 review in its future.

Beer is good. Happy KY oak barrel aged beering.

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Photo of ldhughes3
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sparx1100
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed this a while back for something like 6.99 so I went into this with little expectations.
Nov 2006 bottling.

A: Hazy golden color. Minimal white head. Looked like a standard tripel in the glass.

S: The smell was the one flaw in the beer for me and it was still decent. You could smell the oak and the yeast which was an unusual combo. Behind that I did get hints of grapes.

T: Really hard to describe. It was really sweet with a hint of bourbon and some sugar. The barrel aging totally did something unuiqe to this beer. Really hard to describe.

M: Really good mouthfeel on this. Very traditional take on the style.

D: I would give this beer a 17 on drinkability if I could. If you handed me a glass of this and then told me to guess the ABV I would tell you around 5%. Simply put amazing.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of bashiba
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy golden orange with a thick creamy off white head and tons of lacing.

Smell was dominated by a heavy vanilla bourbon odor.

Taste was a mixture of classic bourbon flavors - Vanilla, Honey, and Charred Oak all showing signs here. The boubon flavors just seem to become more and more dominant the more you drink. Good, but you might as well almost be drinking Bourbon.

Mouthfeel was creamy and just a touch hot due to the very present high ABV.

Drinkability is good, but it helps that I like Bourbon, non bourbon drinkers will probably be turned off.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Patrickbrusil for the rocking extra. Poured from C&C to Duvel Tulip

A- Straw golden with subtle haze and ridiculous white pillowy head

S-Subtle vanilla, oak and bourbon play well with the sweet citrus-y and yeasty notes.

T- Wow, perfectly integrated sweet bourbon vanilla and oak with orange peel and cereal grain. The greatest compliment that I can give a beer is being assertive with restraint; this beer is the perfect example. All of the flavors are clean and bright without being overpowering or one dimensional. This is so well executed.

M-Viscous yet bubbly, very silky

O- Thanks Patrick, this was a huge win. I only wish I had a few dozen more.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Paccamacca
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,733 ratings.
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