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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 | website

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

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885
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3,637
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
23.04%
 
 
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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 2009 Bottling.

So the wife dragged me to the grocery store on a day when we had no kids and I snuck this bottle into the shopping cart. Shh don't tell her how much it cost :)

Pours a slightly cloudy Golden color with a big bubbly white head that sticks around for a while and coats the side of the glass. Smells of Phenolics, oak, alcohol, citrus, lightly fruity, some bubblegum, and spicy yeast. Taste is filled with fruits, oak, alcohol. A bit sweet with a semi-dry finish. Leaves a lingering alcohol hot/sweetness in the finish. Carbonation is high, body is full, mouthfeel is sweet creamy. Great Oak aged Belgianesque brew. Not something I would enjoy often, but great to try.

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Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff, and thanks to chonyr for bringing this out. A nice looking golden hued ale. A decent, almost tight off white head formed on the pour.

Some golden cake, a touch of phenolics, cinnamon, clove, banana, as well as a good dose of caramel and vanilla.

No real surprises here in the taste. A rich golden ale with some oak and bourbon to compliment it. Reminiscent in some ways of the 08 AS, although nowhere near as malty.

Medium in body, smnooth and slightly creamy in feel. Almost dry, and the balance comes from the nice touch of bourbon barrel aging.

A tasty big brew. Nice use of barrel aging with a nice and subtle kiss of bourbon that never gets in your face. Recommended, and something i would love to drink again someday.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sweemzander for bringing this bottle to our tasting.

Poured into my tulip the beer is lightly hazed golden yellow. About one finger of off white head forms and settles leaves moderate sticky lace.

The aroma is solid dose of candied fruits and belgian yeast. Hints of spice, oak and vanilla come through as it warms. The bourbon is present but not super potent. Just enough to remind you that this is a barrel aged beer.

The flavor is more sugar drizzled fruit and yeast. The bourbon is much more present in the flavor than the nose. Super dry finish with a touch of heat.

Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and dry as a bone.

Overall a very flavorful and interesting beer. I bit hot which makes it a sipper but pleasant. I hope to try more of this style in the future.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear golden orange. Very thin white head. Minimal lacing.

Nose is very sweet and fruity. Honey, peach, the bourbon can be detected a bit. Some vanilla and perhaps a few coconut notes.

Medium/light bodied. Good carbonation. Off dry finish.

Vanilla on the pallete, some fruit, bourbon flavor is there. Sweet.

Dangerously drinkable...man could a few small glasses of this really put you on your ass.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a yeasty spicey fruity nose

T - Starts off with fruit flavors then the spiced yeast comes through

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - For as big as this beer is its very drinkable with its good taste that hides the abv well worth trying sometime

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with great carbonation for lots of head and lace patches on top of at first is a lightly tart, funky smell with some sour and tropical fruit notes and spice. Got some sweet fruit and sugariness out of the aroma too but not much woodiness or bourbon. Taste is the same as the barrel aging helps out in the mouthfeel with some smoothness and the bourbon notes are quiet but add some heat on the back but not overpowering. More of a traditional tripel in regards to taste with a solid balance of some tropical fruits like orange peel and banana, some sweetness from sugary malts and possibly tropical fruit and touches of spice thanks to some clove and even a slight sourness (I swear I got a taste of sour apple). Not a traditional tripel in the strictest sense but the addition of bourbon barrel aging is a nice complement to the brew and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2004, Sampled December 2004
Pours a hazy straw gold color, and is topped by a light cream colored head that is driven by an ample carbonation that dances up from the bottom of my Duvel glass. As I pour this notes of vanilla and bourbon waft to my nose. As I go in deeper I note that the oak/ vanilla notes are what dominate, but underneath I get notes of the Tripel that this beer once was. There are aromatic hints of lemon peel, herbs, and hay.

The taste is initially soft and creamy up front, but then moves to a spicy Tripel dominated mid section, which then moves to a hint of oak in the finish. The bourbon character is here, but it is not as strong as the nose suggests, and I consider this a good thing. In the flavor the bourbon barrel is more an accompaniment, than the only noticeable thing. This beer is pretty tasty, The notes of the Tripel are strongly here, but there is an undercurrent of bourbon, oak and vanilla. I will admit that I enjoy the regular Tripel a wee bit more than this concoction, though I am certainly enjoying this beer.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2008

Pours a white head. Decent retention with splattered lace left. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Oak/wood, a lot of spice flavor, I get a little bourbon as well. Some dry light fruits, peaches stick out a lot.

Taste: A lot of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Raisins, cherries, pepper, spice. Nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little amount of heat showing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with the -bal aged flavors.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for it. However, I really like the bourbon -bal aging that was done to the triple.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slighty cloudy yellow/orange with two fingers of white head. Webbed lacing. Decent retention.

The nose is full of that traditional Tripel banana and clove with a sour mash-like bourbon note. Not as much bourbon as expected but pleasant nonetheless.

The flavor is much the same. Banna, spice, and clove are melded with a mild vanilla and oak flavor offered by the barrels. A nice sweetness hits right before the heat kicks in.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a creamy texture. A nice sharp amount of carbonation prickles the palate as the flavors strike.

Overall, pretty damn tasty but wanted more bourbon!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been on my list of beers to try for some time now. I had this on draft years ago, and I believe the keg was infected.

The appearance is translucent and light copper with a fluffy, tan head. The aroma brings an odd combination of Belgian yeast, citric spice, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Not off-putting, just unusual. Certainly an interesting brew. A lot going on, though I must say, I would prefer any of the better tripel beers to this. While the barrel-aging is well executed, I don't believe it adds to a beer of this ilk. There are some flavors that just naturally clash, and perhaps bourbon and tripels were not meant to be united. All that said, this was decent, though I won't buy it again.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: had on draft at the Pickled Pig Pub.

appearance: murky yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, banana, spices, bourbon,

taste: bourbon, caramel, spices,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a delicious beer. I'm hoping the bottle I have is as good as this beer was on draft.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a smattering of pure white head which fizzles out fairly quickly to a persistent ring. Leaves a few ephemeral streaks of lacing.

S: Lots of oak and a touch of vanilla bean, banana frosting, and sweetish malt.

T: Loads of tannic oak which dry the mouth. Tastes slightly overextracted. Some sweetish malt and a touch of vanilla. A little boozy, esp. on the finish.

M: Soft, light carbonation with a little bite. Medium-full body.

O: They overdid with the barrel treatment; I imagine this is what adding oak cubes or spirals to the fermenter tastes like. Kind of a one dimensional beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Greenville. (confirmed with tap sample in Dec. 2014 and bottle sample in August 2015).

Very pale golden; light Haze.
Sweet aroma with a pronounced contribution from bourbon barrel aging. The bourbon barrel is even more obvious in tasting and approaches, but does not exceed, a reasonable level. Lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Still, a bit more bourbon flavor than I would prefer. Good thing this is a blend of BB and fresh ale.
High ABV is partly hidden but there is some inevitable warming.
Medium-light body with ample carbonation.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this randomly at a local grocery store and was beckoned to try it by the gleaming reviews it received on here. This is also my first brew from Allagash. First thing that surprised me was how light, and transparent it is. I was expecting something heavier and darker. But it gleams a bright off-golden with thin head. It is a great looking beer, and in a wide mouth glass it seems to glow as light refracts through the almost entirely translucent liquid. The next thing that surprised me was the smell. It was actually rather muted, and not the full force wave of smells that accompanies most barrel aged, heavy duty brews. This was light, mildly sweet, with notes of wheat and mild citrus. The taste is absolutely great, and wonderfully smooth. It starts with some fresh fruits like banana and orange and finishes with oats and mild hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, and very refreshing. No booze despite the 11%, but a nice warming feeling ensues. Wonderful beer, but a tad pricey if honest.

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Photo of bashiba
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy golden orange with a thick creamy off white head and tons of lacing.

Smell was dominated by a heavy vanilla bourbon odor.

Taste was a mixture of classic bourbon flavors - Vanilla, Honey, and Charred Oak all showing signs here. The boubon flavors just seem to become more and more dominant the more you drink. Good, but you might as well almost be drinking Bourbon.

Mouthfeel was creamy and just a touch hot due to the very present high ABV.

Drinkability is good, but it helps that I like Bourbon, non bourbon drinkers will probably be turned off.

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Photo of Lukecook
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle(Dec 2009) poured into a tulip glass

A- Golden in color, big fizzy head that diminishes quickly.

S- Strong oak and mildly fruity. touch alchol.

T- Oak is strong, touch of vanilla and fruity undertones.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- I think that this beer is everything it is ment to be, but for me I find the oak overbearing.

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Photo of gr0g
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage poured into a snifter. Cloudy amber-gold in color with a two finger head. Leaves some nice but spotty lacing behind. Yeasty notes of the standard Allagash tripel are more subdued here. Faint notes of oak and vanilla are additional contributions from the barrels. Overall floral note with maybe some ripe pear.

The flavor follows the nose in being less fruity and yeasty with a corresponding increase in sweetness and woodiness. Dull aftertaste that kind of lingers. Some alcohol heat but no sting, which is impressive for an 11% beer. By no means a mediocre tripel, this still hits most of the right notes for the style, but the vibrancy of the fruit and yeast notes are missing.

Overall, the barrel aging doesn't really do any favors. Allagash makes an excellent tripel that isn't improved upon here.

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Photo of VitBAficionado
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1-yr-old cellared bottle brought over by the old man. Pours a cloudy golden-rust with an off-white head so big and thick looking I thick it could support a kiwi dollar. Leaves behind lots of delicate lacing. Smells of vanilla, oak and alcohol. Didn't pick up any whiskey/bourbon notes in the aroma but it comes though very clearly in the taste... along with associated flavors such as vanilla and oak. Bit of honey sweetness and spicey yeast as well. Produces a nice warming effect in the aftertaste. Velvety smooth texture with just enough carbonation. Not as complex as I hoped or the easiest thing to drink but still highly enjoyable. Better than the first time I had it.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The foam on this is almost three fingers tall and a little off-white, slight yellow. Some good lacing. Body is a mostly clear wheat color.

S - A nice sweet to this, almost cotton candy like. A little vanilla and banana. Very creamy.

T - I can't figure this thing out. A truly unique experience. The bourbon is there and forward (along with some alcohol). I guess it fits what it is going for, a bourbon barrel aged tripel. Vanilla, slight banana, a little clove, and some pepper.

M - Alcohol burn, drying, great carbonation and body, and goes down easy. Even though there is that alcohol burn, it still drinks very easy.

O - Like I've said, this is weird. But it is so drinkable and pleasant, that I can't put it down.

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Photo of skomahon
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Dirty Truth in Northampton--I love cask ale, and was excited to hear about an Allagash tripel on cask while I was there.

Pours a blonde color into a chalice-style glass. Very rich aroma, lots of citrus and other fruit flavors mixed with some hints of alcohol and also a distinct richness--I could sense complexity from the very first smell of the beer.

It may have been this pour, but the mouthfeel was surprising! I wonder if this would have been better bottled, or maybe it was the surprise of low carbonation from the cask with a distinct alcohol flavor that I more regularly associate with the powerful, viscous, mouthfeel of belgian tripels, but I would have liked a bit more richness here. The taste itself is rich and complex, not overpowering--and actually is probably more drinkable than many other of its style. However, after being so excited about the smell and it being on cask, I was a bit disappointed...definitely worth trying, and an ambitious project from Allagash.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pumped when I found this on the shelves of Table and Vine in Northampton. They have several beers from Allagash, this one was a new addition. I was unsure of what type of beer it actually was, good old BA fills the gaps...again.

Hazy peach in color, quickly dissipated head, good lacing. Fairly aromatic- peach esters and of course a slight tinge of bourbon.

The taste is quite interesting. The barrel aged aspect takes away from many of the Belgium characteristics I find so enjoyable. Nonetheless is has a nice taste. Pretty sharp on the tongue, loads of sweet summer fruits, followed by an intensely sharp bourbon aftertaste.

A nice beer that is warming on this early Fall evening. A decent beer that is worth seeking out if this is your style. Cost to pleasure ratio is pretty low $11.00 a bottle.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - half finger head atop a clear yellow body. Not bad. Not sure why I thought there would be haze.

Aroma was of light apples and light citrusy hops. Very well balanced.

Taste started with a strong biscuit flavor, followed by some woodiness and tannins. The barrel aging was evident here, and it worked well.

Mouthfeel was somewhat smooth, a little thick and creamy, maybe a little much for a tripel but I liked it.

Drinkability is good. Too bad this one is so expensive. But it's evident a lot of work, care, and craftsmanship went into this one.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, bottled on August 24, 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden color, topped with a thick, sticky white head, leaves lots of excellent lacing.

S- Interesting, sort of weird mix of sweet bourbon flavors with lots of caramel and vanilla, as well as spicy, fruity esters and candi sugar.

T- Lots of fruit, esters that lend clove and banana flavors, as well as some spice and yeast. Has some nice sweet caramel and vanilla bourbon flavors, which are very tasty but seem to clash with the fruit and esters.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- An interesting beer, the bourbon flavors are really nice but it doesn't work especially nicely with the Tripel flavors in my opinion. It's worth giving a shot, but I probably won't need to try this again anytime soon.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Thanks to Paul, I can give this brew a second chance (I honestly was not impressed the first time). It pours a hazy golden straw topped by a thick white froth. The nose sourly funky wheat, something akin to rye spice, black pepper, buttery biscuits, toffee, light oak, and vanilla. The taste follows this same path (I mean, it's already been bushwhacked and whatnot), with the added company of coriander and a light whiskey. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this time 'round things went much better. This is indeed a strange brew, one that doesn't really fit nicely into any traditional descriptions but is still pretty dern tasty.

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Photo of Boppar
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: very pretty. Darker than a normal tripel (yay for barrel-aging). Two fingers of delicate foamy lace and hea. Good retention.

S: Awesome. Broan sugar, vanilla, Belgian yeast, (very slight) alcohol spice, esters.

T: Opens up tasting a little bit like a tripel, but with the addition of vanilla and brown sugar. This beer was fairly weak from the mid-late palate through the finish, although it did have an awesom bourbon aftertaste.

M: Too thin! Not creamy or yeasty enough.

D: Yes, as a tripel should be.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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