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)
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:
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.

Added by Todd on 04-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,735
Reviews:
903
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
535
Gots:
1,101
For Trade:
38
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to tour the brewery in Portland, Maine.

First off, fantastic brewery, staff of 40 or so, well kept, great atmosphere to just sit, drink, and talk.

The Curieux is their strongest brew. They get their barrels from Jim Beam which have only been used once.

The color is a deep brown ale-look. The smell has a mixture of the trippels fruit...but it is over powered by the bourbon.

At first you get a dark and heavy taste of a true dark ale with hints of honey and wheat, but then you kind of get punched with a taste of the bourbon. This is a brew that would be best enjoyed by itself.

Fantastic brew. Maybe not for all, but definitely a favorite on my list. Too bad they stopped exporting to Texas. They said Texas would be the first state to receive Allagash again as soon as they can meet demand.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer surprised me! I have not had many beers from Allegash and I picked up a 2011 bottle. Well this beer is good! it has a mild bourbon flavor and good carbonation. For a barrel aged beer this was very smooth. At $15.00 buck a bottle I would not buy it again due to wanting to try other beers at this cost. That said to me it's totally worth the $15.00 bucks. If you have not had it, try it it's very good.

Bottom line; Worth the money a well made brew!

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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured beer into a brandy snifter glass. Beer has the appearance of a typical tripel: a cloudy brown/orange color with a thin frothy head and moderate lacing on the side of the glass. At cold temperatures the estery/fruity and phenolic aromas really stand out. There is also some very light oak in the background. As the beer warms the oak comes out a bit more. The spice of the bourbon really hits the nose but compliments the esters and phenols quite well. It definitely tastes like a tripel but is extremely well balanced and complimented with the bourbon oak. The aftertaste is something to be applauded; a nice pungent burn that leaves me feeling as if I took a shot. Amazing mouthfeel, my palate begins to go dry after a few swigs of this, I love it.

Great beer, can't wait to pick up another bottle and age it.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour served in a snifter at Ulysses American Gastropub in Wilmington, DE.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with a finger of white head. Great retention and eaves behind a patchy lacing. This is what a tripel should look like.

S - Smells of pear, spicy clove, lemon peel, and some vanilla. The oak and bourbon flavors are present but not dominant. Pleasing aroma makes me anticipate the first sip.

T - Granny smith apple and pear tartness on the front. The cloves and Belgian yeast couple with vanilla for a balanced middle. There is also some oak hidden in there with a big bourbon finish. The bourbon and traditional tripel flavors pair wonderfully.

M - Light-medium body with tingly effervescence. Somewhat dry on the finish without much alcohol heat.

O - I was somewhat hesitant to order this one because of the price ($9.00 for an 8oz. pour), but decided to go for it. Although this is not a style I have seen Bourbon barrel aged before, I was very impressed with how well the barrel and tripel flavors melded. I am not one who believes that anything you throw in a bourbon barrel will come out better, but this one works on every level. I will seek out some bottles now that I know it is worth the price. This is probably the best Allagash beer I have tasted.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 3.5 -A semi hazy light golden color. Lots of visible carb bubbles racing to the surface. A large head on this one that condenses to a 1/3 inch layer of thick foam that sits over the top for a long long time.
Smell 3.5 - A faint white wine aroma. Light grapes, alcohol, belgian yeast. Not bad but nothing too out of the ordinary for a tripel. Wondering where all the wood and bourbon is...
Taste 4.5 - There they are. Delicious. Very very unique in such a great way. Belgian yeastiness, light grapes, alcohol, the wood starts to show through in the middle and a smooth sweet bourbon kiss at the end. The onnnly thing i could do without is the slight bitterness but thats to be expected with the triples so I can't really say much.
Mouthfeel 4.5 - Very comfortably warming on the way down. Enough carbonation to still feel like you're drinking a beer but it coats your mouth completely and goes down so smooth. Compliments the flavors VERY well!
Overall 4.5 - Delicious and original. Cool to get those triple flavors + aromas along with the wood and bourbon taste from the aging. I feel like theres not too many companies aging belgian styles like this, I dig it. $20 for a 750 ml is a little steep but if you're not worried about the price id say give it a try for sure!

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,735 ratings.
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