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

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Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#649
Reviews:
917
Ratings:
3,823
pDev:
10.98%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Pours surprisingly little head that is white and lasts. The beer itself is a cloudy gold.

Smell:
The hops come out strongly and mix very well with the alcohol and vanilla flavor as well. In addition, I also get some Belgian spices and some clover as well. There is also a nice strong Bourbon note that permeates the other notes. It isn't too strong but it certainly has a commanding presence. There is also a nice coconut smell to it.

Taste:
Wow. The taste shares some notes in common with smell. While the smell is more hoppy, the taste is more vanilla and bourbon (along with a little bit of wood) than hoppy. The hops still shine through a bit but are mainly present in the aftertaste more than anything else. In addition, there is an alcohol note through it but adds more than it detracts.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with biting carbonation. The body is very smooth (Smoother than the regular tripel). The carbonation breaks up the smoothness a bit in order to give it a nice delicate texture.

Overall:
I thought this was a very good Trippel aged in Bourbon barrels. The flavors and smells blend well together to make a very good beer. I'm definitely going to have to pick this beer up again.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into tulip. bottling September 14, 2013.

A: a hazy bright orange body. head is frothy and bright white. retention is good, thick clumps of lace left behind.

S: minor oak aroma. sweet unfermented sugars. fruity, apples especially. a relatively mild aroma.

T: a little bit of vanilla. pears. lots of oak, not nearly as much of the bourbon as I remember in the past. a little vinous. this thing is dangerously drinkable/smooth. the heat is seriously minimal. residual sweetness.

M: moderate carb, but mostly smooth. medium/full body.

D: goes down too easy. to, too easy. my one complaint is where is the bourbon? seems like they almost blended it out of the equation. otherwise a very drinkable, very smooth Belgian blond ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of retry4z
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served cold - a little too cold for such a high alcohol content beer - on tap at a Sprouts inside bar in a trumpet-shaped pilsner, which I found odd for a Tripel.

Glass filled to the top, so no head and minimum lacing.

Appearance is foggy golden yellow, with some bubbles surfacing to the top.

Hard to smell because it's so cold and my allergies, but I could make out a delicious blend of sweet flowers, fruit, and caramel with some distinct delicious barley aroma.

Taste characteristic of Belgian beers, with a delicious sweet-tingly taste of barley, malts, caramels, fruits, and licorice.

Goes down very smoothly for an 11% beer, pleasant tingling from carbonation and a warmth due to alcohol lingers.

Overall an obvious quality brew from a reputable brewery that I would be sure to try again.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,823 ratings