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:
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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled on April 19, 2013) into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated September 2, 2013.

A-The brew pours with a thin, white head. Retention is decent. The beer is lighter in color for the style, nearly straw-colored or very-light golden. There is a slight haze.

S-The smell is lightly oaked...I don't get much in the way of boozy bourbon, but rather, some smooth vanilla and caramel to go along with the grassy, sweet-pear flavors of the base tripel. Incredibly mild for 11% ABV.

T-The taste is also restrained (mostly in a good way). The tripel beer underneath is pleasant with light fruits and a bit of spicy grass. The barrel comes through mostly in the form of vanilla, with some caramel and a bit of drying, oaky character. Again, alcohol is incredibly well-concealed for the high ABV.

M-The feel is a nice match for the flavors. Medium heft with moderate carbonation.

O-This is a really classy beer. The barrel-aging is noticeable, but not hit-you-in-the face boozy or drying or funky. You can also tell that the base beer is a solid tripel. The best trick this beer can perform, however, is making you think you are drinking a normal beer not an 11% monster. All the positives notwithstanding, I could have used a little more complexity in the profile to nudge this beer from great to world-class.

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A: A golden beer with an orange hue and moderate haze. The white head is a mix of mostly compact bubbles with a few larger soapy bubbles mixed in. It leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong orange aroma with medium-light black pepper note and a light malt sweetness. The oak brings medium aromas of vanilla and coconut notes with a subtle whisky character in the background. There is a low floral alcohol aroma.

T: There is a blend of flavors matching the aroma just differing in intensity. The orange still dominates but the honey-like malt sweetness taken with coconut and vanilla from the oak and the light perfume-like, floral quality from the alcohol combine into a sort of adult candy thing, in the vain of how a black licorice or horehound isn't a kids candy. With a medium hops bitterness and a near equal sweetness the balance is about even, but the bitterness has a bit more staying power in the medium finish. The aftertaste is of orange and a slight orange peel bitterness with a light spice note.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A flavorful Belgian Tripel with a balanced oak character that compliments the beer and adds to the complex flavors.

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