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:
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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3,754
Reviews:
907
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BTAH in NYC, as part of the Very Special Cask night. Poured hazy, golden yellow, cloudy, with a minimal white tiny bubble head, leaving very light lacing. Bourbon and alcohol notes in the nose. Tart, fruity,yeasty,strong bourbon/whiskey notes in the not too distant background. It all adds up to a complex, interesting, tasty and strong brew. Not your typical tripel. Track some of this stuff down if you can.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. It is a Belgian Strong Pale ale aged in Bourbon barrels; very nice.

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is perfect. It boasts of pale malts, corriander, orange peels, and a strong bourbon odor. The taste is very good. It has a nice pale malt base, but the flavor is all bourbon. It feels like drinking a weak whiskey, but very flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation. This is a fine brew for sure. I've never tasted anything like this. I don't know if this is going to be a regular offering, but I hope so.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented at the AOBF in Boston. I was definitely blessed at this beer fest.

Poured into the 4 oz. sampler cup a hazy golden yellow with no head to speak of. Not getting any lace from this one, but a thin syrup coats well enough.

I gave it a nice swirl and the nose jumped out of the glass. Mixed fruits soaked in bourbon. Slight vanilla aroma. A light alcohol smell is present, but it is overwhelmed by the fruits.

Wow... tart apple, grapes and orange zest meet a peppery bourbon finish that warms going down. Sweet and delicious.

Thicker mouthfeel than the Triple Reserve and IMHO much tastier.

Not gonna have a problem drinking a couple of these. Thanks to ABC for bringing such a prize.

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Photo of lenin
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Stemmed glass at the Blind Tiger's Allagash night 3/31/2004.

Appearance: A cloudy, murky yellow to orange with minimal head and rentention.

Smell: Vanilla? Coconut? Has minimal similarity to Allagash Tripel Reserve.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Even more dissimilar to Allagash Tripel Reserve. Smooth, soft, with dominant coconut flavor. Where did that come from? No alcohol to speak of, and at 9.5% it's a dangerous brew, drinkable all night. Background of vanilla but up front it's all coconut.

Notes: How could a random experiment succeed as much as this beer does? One of the best and most interesting beers I've had in a long time and one that I hope to god makes it to bottle, or at least to regular keggings. Awesome stuff.

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