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)

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, orange-gold color, with a finger of off-white head that quickly faded and left no lacing. Pretty typical appearance for the style.

S: Grapes. White wine. Some faint vanilla and oak aromas as well.

T: Just a hint of malt sweetness initially. Tart,fruity flavors dominate the middle; oak and buttery diacetyl are definitely there as well -- in fact, they are detracting with their forceful presence. The finish is moderately bitter, and slightly phenolic. In short: It tastes more like wine than beer.

M: Moist and well-carbonated, a touch chewy for the style. The finish was rather dry. There's no subtlety to the booze, either.

O: It really tastes like they mixed a tripel with a chardonnay. It's interesting, and good enough to finish, but not good enough for me to buy another. I know that bourbon-barrel aging is all the rage in craft brewing these days, but it seems to suit the stronger/heavier styles better, as the barrel-aging mellows their rough edges; a tripel's delicate flavors are just overwhelmed by the oak.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass
A-light straw color with white head good lacing
S-smell of tropical fruits and a wood oak and vanilla
T-taste spices at first with a sweet candy and the bourbon oak finish
M-medium body with good carbonation that finishes crisp
O-this is great version of a Belguim triple

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,750 ratings.
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