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)

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle of Allagash Curieux dated September 2004 was aged for more than a year in my beer cellar. The beer pours a hazy light amber color with a medium sized creamy white head on top. In the glass large bubbles cling to the bottom as streams of smaller bubbles float up to the surface. Meanwhile, up on top the foam dissolved quickly down to thin sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace around the glass. An interesting aroma of bread, yeast, alcohol and apple cider hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is a well balanced combination oak, vanilla and toasted coconut. Towards the end some fruity notes come through with a pineapple flavor. At the end alcohol and a hint of hop bitterness finish off each sip. Once gone oak and vanilla flavors linger on the palate.

I think the time this beer spent in my cellar helped soften the alcohol burn and tame the burbon flavor. As it warmed in my glass different flavors came through with each sip. I've got to get a couple more bottles to drink now and age for later.

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Photo of timmay41
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Valentine's Day cask-conditioned treat at the Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA.

A: A deep, muddy brownish with yellow highlights. A one-finger casky-bubbled head.

S: Alcoholic-tinged sweet notes of bourbon and malts dominate, with subtle fruit notes.

T: Sweetness up front with a warm, dry aftertaste. Belgian sugars present but muted by the temperature and relative flatness, which is actually pretty awesome.

M & D: What the cask conditioning does is make this much more (and dangerously) drinkable, toning down the booze bite. It drinks less like a complex aged triple and more like a session belgian white or double. If this 11% offering is wrong I don't want to be right.

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

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger white head on top that has good retention, with a slow fade to a tight layer of foam on top. Some sporadic, but thick lacing left behind.

S: A good bit of Belgian yeast and some light fruit - mostly banana with a bit of bruised apple and faint citrus. There is some doughy malt and spices. The bourbon is present and there is a bit of an alcohol presence.

T: Similar to the aroma with some apples, Belgian yeast, caramel, and to a lesser extent some banana. The bourbon is less present than it was in the aroma, but there is some residual heat from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Drinks rather smooth with a clean finish.

O: A pretty tasty beer with a nice flavor profile. The alcohol presence knocks it down a tad for me, but would certainly give this one another shot. Would like to try it from a bottle to see how that changes it.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - hazy orangish yellow with no head

S - coriander, pepper, fruity, funky, a hint of orange

T - fruity, spicy, banana, bubblegum, orange peel, serious booze

M - boozy, warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid Tripel. The flavor is fantastic. There is no mistaking the alcohol content here though. You know what you've gotten yourself into. At some points I thought the booze overcame some of the more subtle flavor notes. Otherwise, this was a really good beer.

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

Poured from a 750ml sent to me by Valdieu2, into a Spiegelau tulip. June 2011 bottle.

A: Nice darkish orange with a decent white head.

S: Mild bourbon, oak, and vanilla from the barrel mixes nicely with the sugary pale maltiness of the tripel. Bit of a floral backing from the yeast.

T: Smooth influence from the barrel is most prominent: vanilla, fragrant oak, bit of coconut, some nice hot bourbon notes. The malt and yeast lend some pale sweetness and a bit of light esters (lemon, vague stone fruits, green apple) and perfumy floral notes, but take the back seat to the barrel.

M: Full-bodied and thick carbonation.

O: This is pretty interesting and tasty, but the tripel is ultimately drowned out by the barrel. Could be a little more balanced.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into my unfortunately-now-defunct Ommegang chalice (klutz). Lucky I have a spare...anyway, let's go to the videotape...

Body color is split down the middle between Scotch and bourbon, with additional slight orange zest-ish tones. 1st pour has a very flat head with a yeasty top - from the pop of the cork would have expected a little more head, as there is definitely some carbonation there.

I can smell the bourbon oak without trying - this gives it a nice warm feeling, although it's somewhat overpowering at first, 'cause rest is slightly obscured. Orange zest, yeast and apples are present in addition to the bourbon burn.

Wow - thick, soothing coating of bourbon, malt, yeast, sugar...maybe some white grapes and a little bit of piney hops. Carbonation makes it tingle. Needs warmth at first glance but very good. Even a slight sour tinge with a little horse blanket in there (?). Even warmth doesn't mellow out the bourbon - this one may need to age a bit more.

The mouth on this is good but not as herty as expected - it's a little clammy and disjointed at first. Again, needs warmth or even more likely age. Mouthfeel splits between a good bourbon and a mild Trippel or even a Belgian Strong Pale Ale feel. Definitely burning alcohol in there.

This isn't hard to drink but the flavor profile is a little too mild for me and heartily obscured by the oak/bourbon. This probably needs some time. Good but I expected more from this.

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

Got this in a trade from sephiroth.

Bottled February 2006.

A: golden yellow that's hard to see through. one inch offwhite head

S: sour fruit notes like a wild ale. hints of the bourbon are there.

T: starts off like a high ABV trippel, then the bourbon comes in, but not too much. the sour fruit notes are quite nice.

M: the alcohol warms the mouth and throat and belly. still the carbonation makes up for it somehow.

D: given the alcohol percentage, It's not bad drinkability. Still, after one 750 of this, and I'd be pretty trashed.

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

A- Crystal clear amberish orange. No head, a ring forms around the edges. Little to no lacing.

S- Weak aroma. Some Belgiun yeast, some citrus and sharp alcohol.

T- Very dry and to the point. Wooden and bourbony tones seem to lay on an underlying sweet vanilla-like base. Citrus sharpness and a toasty malt finish. Hats off to Allagash for not making this overly bourbony.. its a wonderful balance.

M- medium carbonation. medium bodied. Way to dry.

D- Awesome sipper and a unique brew. The appearance is dull, the smell is weak and the dryness leaves a bad mouthfeel.

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

On tap in a tulip. Glowing hazy gold with a dense cap of creamy head. Nice retention with scattered sheets of lacing.

In the nose and flavor profile, there's a very nice Bourbon/Belgian interplay. Jim Beam seems to be a good fit; it's a little raw and rough around the edges, matching well with the peppery and spicy qualities of the base beer. Plenty of tangy yeast and candi sugar, a big dash of vanilla, a bowlful of apples and pears. Interesting feel, a light and silky body, but with prickly carbonation constantly bubbling through. Quite tasty.

Overall impression: Nice example of how barrel-aging can complement a beer. Recommended.

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

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

bottled on 10/21/2015

Appearance - pours a golden hue with white head

Smell - vanilla, oak, butterscotch

Taste - hint of citrus upfront, butterscotch with vanilla and oak on the back end

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, high/full carbonation, mildly sweet upfront, dry finish, vanilla and oak linger on the back end

Overall - decent take on 'innovation' of a tripel, the flavors aren't as bold as I was expecting, but seem to work well.

Price Point - $17.99/25.4 oz bottle

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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.


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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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