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)

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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Burlyn
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden honey color with a light head.

Smells sour and clean.

At first its sweet followed by a very slight sour second taste which is then finished with a bitter maltiness. Bananas. Cloves. Black bread. Bourbon.

Very viscous and oily. Heavy and thick on the tongue.

It grew on me. Very complex and layered flavors make this a joy to drink. The 11% also goes easily unnoticed unless you actively think about it.

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

Caged and corked bottle marked "bottled may 2011"

Poured into a tulip this trippel is hazy golden with a thick and cakelike off-white head which leaves small patches of fuzzy lace

The scent wafts from the pour. Cake batter. Bourbon and maraschino cherries. Candy sugar. Overripe pineapples.

Taste is initially sweet, then briefly sour, woody. Very long finish. Herbal hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Pears. Pineapple. Bourbon. Woody notes. Slight sourness. Touch of vanilla. Sweet bread dough notes appear reminiscent of a sweet holiday bread.

Oily, weighty mouthfeel; high viscosity.

Drinkability good. ABV of 11% belied only by a mild warming in the throat.

Complex, balanced and very satisfying trippel.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,794 ratings
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