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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2011 bottling. Bone white head of about 2 fingers. Creamy. Medium lacing. Slightly hazy golden yellow straw colored liquid.

Fruity/estery, pear, lemon zest, bready notes, candy sugar, clove, slight white pepper, banana, with oak, vanilla, and light bourbon mingling in the background. Much less oak and bourbon than I expected.

Much the same as the nose. Fruity and estery, lemon, pear, Belgian candy sugar, light clove and banana, hints at white pepper from the nose, and again very light bourbon, oak and vanilla way in the background. How do I coax them out more?

Nearly round carbonation works well with the light-medium body and soft consistency. The finish lingers with almost a sour note, and some of the fruity notes, along with some oak.

I don't know if I just aged this too long or what, but the bourbon barrel aging is so close to non-existent it's not even funny. I thought this was heavy on the bourbon and oak so I aged it a while, but what I'm currently drinking is like a Trippel that had maybe 10-20% aged in barrels. A little disappointing that there's so little bourbon because I think a strong showing of that would work really well. But, this beer still is pretty good. I was just looking forward to more bourbon.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Frank for bringing this over.

A - Pear gold. Fine white head. Nice lace and retention.

S - Oak, white table wine, caramel, and vanilla. Soft and well integrated.

T - Silky and incredibly smooth. Mellow booze elevates caramel, Chardonnay, oak, and a fantastic vanilla bean note. Oak, vanilla, and honey linger through the finish.

M - Medium/full body with a soft and super smooth frame.

O - Stellar.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap during an allagash event at Kudu coffee house Charleston, SC

A- A beer that deserves the correct glass. Beautiful haze of golden yellow, with a perfect two finger head that possess some serious lasting power. You can practically see the texture Curieux possess.

S-For those who don't know, this particular beer is aged in Jim Beam barrels and that first becomes apparent in the small. The scent is unmistakable as the bourbon vanilla is abundant with very faint fruit hints that the tripel possesses.

T- Woah. Not quite like anything I have ever tasted. The initial taste is unmistakably Jim Beam, but to my surprise the latter notes of the tripel manage to shine through and compliment the alcoholic vanilla quite well.

M- A bit too creamy for the taste it creates. Curieux cascades throughout the mouth and coats the palate making some of the flavors go dormant towards the end of the glass.

O- Highly recommendable. Fully enjoyable without parings, one I will certainly seek out in the future.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into Allagash glass at three penny, montpelier, VT. Hazy yellow orange color with thick head.
Belgian wit aromas meet something sweet like caramel or sugar?
Wow...that's an amazing taste. Super smooth belgian banana and clove mixed with smooth vanilla and toffee bourbon notes. Wow. This is a good brew. Flavors, smooth, carbonation...all on point for this. Its an expensive bottle so I jumped on the tap when I saw it; but I will now say its worth the price..maybe aging a few years to really develop some vanilla and bourbon flavors.
Wow, just an awesome brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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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 3,807 ratings