Curieux | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian 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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#1,102
Reviews:
931
Ratings:
3,869
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
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Photo of Coronaeus
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

it was.... Love from the first uncorking - a nightcap after a wonderful day of traveling and theater-going. Found myself continually glancing down at the bottle's label to be reminded of the make. I had already revered the base Tripel as it stands, but with the barrel-aging, and that oh-so-deceptively masking fresh splash of base at the end (you devils!)..... So World-Class.

The REAL Champagne of Beers.

Must do some slightly extreme beer runs to the state just south to even attempt procuring & purchasing, but it is worthy of the task.

Truly, a Star of the cellar.

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Photo of Knickfan3
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFNC
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I recently had curieux from Allagash and like so many other of their offerings it was great.

Look: Hazy light yellow with a thick chalk white head

Aroma: yeast, banana, grapefruit, mild bourbon

Taste: It's sweet, yeasty, the flavor is like yeasty banana bread with a mild bitter hop flavor (grapefruit peel) some alcohol flavor and a hint of bourbon.

Feel: smooth medium body

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Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 4/11/18.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a golden yellow color with a thin finger's worth of white foamy head. Some mild stringy lace.
The aroma had a lot of bourbon forward sweet woodiness and a touch of spice. Some vanilla coconut meshing came out with a touch of banana, sweet red delicious apple, light coriander and a mild grassy sweetness.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side taking the Tripel qualities to bleed into banana, red delicious apple, Belgian breadiness/sweet yeast, and some light tones of wood. Slight aftertaste of sweet red delicious apple, slight coriander and a wisp of sweet grass.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. ABV and carbonation felt fine. Very nice smooth clench of the sweetness just laying down ever so nicely.
Over, wow what an exceptionally bourbon barrel-aged Tripel. Would love to have again.

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Photo of vincechan
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerpapa
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drank many bottles of this beer over the years, and I'm happy to finally review it. It seems to me that the quality has deteriorated somewhat with the introduction of the 4-packs, but it's possible that I've become used to this beer. A cloudy, thick pour, with lots of candied banana, yeast, vanilla, and some light bourbon on the nose. In my opinion, this beer has the perfect amount of bourbon--it's difficult to tell that this beer has been barrel aged at all (and that it's 11%!). Taste is typical of the Belgian style with no off-flavors--very smooth, light, and drinkable. Overall, a very fine beer for any occasion.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Meh..... Yes, its really good, but not great. Very different tasting beer and smooth going down. Alcohol is well hidden for 11%, not boozy in the least. Waited until 4 packs were available to buy as I don't care for bombers. At $17 - four pack, won't be buying again as there's many beers I like much more for that price.

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Photo of Jrosso
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmullz
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Smoky on the pour
Light, pale amber
Very little head, no head retention and little lacing
Cloudy and lively
S - Some citrus smell, a little bit of hops, a little bit of yeast
T - A clean, fresh taste with a mild bitter hoppiness coming through
Only mild undertones of the bourbon, wood, and fruit
M - Smooth and clean with carbonation evident
O - Great Belgian taste that is too smooth and easy to drink for its high alcohol content

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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

Curieux from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,869 ratings