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)

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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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated September 13th, 2012.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with an enormous effervescent and fluffy off-white head. Fades at a moderate pace with great head retention. Nice island of foam refuses to dissipate. Nice thin spiderweb-like lacing left behind.

S: A bit of bourbon booziness but not as big as a lot of barrel-aged stuff (like BCBS or other big stouts). A little caramel, vanilla and oak I would say. Tripel character stands out nicely. Get some yeasty biscuits, grass and some crisp citrus. Spicy too, mainly black pepper. Get a whiff of coconut here and there too.

T: Definite caramel from the barrels up front, mixing with some grass and light citrus. Yeasty breadiness with some earthy spices kicks in in the middle. Get some vanilla in the middle and then some coconut as the flavor progresses into the finish. Lingering oak, coconut and black pepper in the aftertaste with just a pinch of yeast. A bit of boozy bourbon lingers between sips.

M: Pretty heavy but higher carbonation and bourbon cuts it decently.

O: Top notch tripel, one of the best ever in my opinion. Not a super strong, overpowering bourbon barrel character but it does add some nice complexity. I think this makes sense because it would probably overpower the crisp and yeasty flavors of the tripel (like a Jackie-O's Kentucky Monk). Having said all of that, it shouldn't be surprising because the base beer is my favorite tripel of all time (I gave it a 4.45 but that was before quarter-point scores). Honestly I'm not sure if this an improvement or not. It's different for sure, but noticeably heavier and boozier. Definitely more complex, but loses some of the crispness that really makes the base beer wonderful. Close call. Allagash definitely has the market on tripels locked down though, nothing else comes close in my opinion.

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Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,807 ratings