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:
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,733
Reviews:
901
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
534
Gots:
1,099
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Photo of fostwal
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitly one of the best beers that I have had. It is so smooth and flavorful. I love the sweet floral scent that you get drinking this from a snifter. The appearance betrays its power. It is a very light and hazy straw colored beer. It has a slightly sweet and malty taste with a hint of hops. It has a really rich malt flavor. The barrel aging has really mellowed this beer. No bitterness and no bite at the end. Just smooth and rich flavor.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of afoersch
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle into a Duvel tulip goblet... a bit of celebration after finishing final exams :)

Came out a very hazy, almost opaque, orangey-ambery gold. Whispy, very thin head with some larger bubbles, but it's not terribly carbonated - head retention is poor, even in the scored duvel glass. Somehow, though, I can tell just by looking that this will be a particularly flavorful beer.

In the nose, I catch some hay and other various barnyard scents. Then the bourbon barrel becomes present, with some other fresh woody tones, followed by the rest of the familiar tripel scents - sweet, but in a sort of tart way.

After my first sip, I nearly dropped the glass it was so delicious. The barrel-aging is very evident, and adds just the right amount of spice to the natural sweetness of this brew. My favorite thing about Tripels is that they hide just how alcoholic they are, and while you can certainly taste a little (accented by the bourbon), it tastes nowhere near as strong as it actually is - leading to fine sip- and drink-ability. I fear I may have served it too chilled, however, as the flavors take a particularly long time to develop in the mouth. That, or this beer is just that thorough. The sweet, ever so sour/tart aftertaste is quite the pleasant reminder of every sip... or glass.

In the mouth, it feels far more carbonated than it looks. Whether this is by design or not, I'm not sure, but I like it. Goes down smooth but weighty, and will warm you up well. Based on taste and mouthfeel, exhibits excellent drinkability.

Might be my new favorite, as I continue to explore all available options.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Brixx pizza in Charlottesville, VA.

Thin head (small glass, and not poured by me) and complex lacing, like a fractal. Clouded golden body.

Citrus and tangy hops on the nose.

Taste is amazing. Oaky, smooth, sweetish, malty-- complex and excellent on several levels. Buttery, faintly citrusy; completely balanced and utterly luxurious. This is the taste of privilege. Clean finish and almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious to mathc. Smooth-textured and creamy.

One of the best I've had this year. To nitpick, the smell was really unassuming, but I got a pour with a very thin head, so that may explain that. It's easy to see now why the bottles command such a high price, but it was quite reasonable on draft.

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Photo of SonnyHenry
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redneckchugger
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beer i have ever had.
Beautiful head, lacing all the way down the tulip, just gorgeous.
Its a tripel aged in bourbon casks and it smells like it. I get the classic phenolic tripel smell with cloves, bread and a hint of bananas, along with the vanilla of bourbon,
Tastes amazing, classic tripel flavors, but so creamy so smooth with the oak and bourbon in the mid-palate.
This beer has the best mouthfeel of any beer i have ever had, so smooth and creamy.
I don't care if this beer is 16 bones a pop , i will buy several bottles every time i see it. One of the best beers i have ever had.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a beautiful hazy deep blonde gold color.

The aroma has a sweet caramel, barrel characteristic with oak, and sweet apricot. Lemon, spice. You can surely get that this what it is. Tripel that is barrel aged.

The taste has a barrel aged sweetness, Belgian yeast, fruity sweetness, lemon, pineapple. Then there's some rich flavors with oak, bourbon barrel with the coconut, vanilla.

There's a boozy finish as this is at 11% ABV. My favorite tripel so far. It's not your standard fare, but this really is spectacular.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labeled as "Bottling February '05." 11% ABV.

Appearance: Poured into a 25 oz crystal sniffer. Cloudy reddish orange with a thick, creamy white head. Excellent head retention. Very smooth head. Light swirling revives the head to full size.

Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, grass, and a strong alcohol scent. There's also a flutter of a wood aroma.

Taste: Smoky and slightly toasty flavor. Sweet, dry scotch flavor. Sandy, with a big malty and fruity flavor. Light apple, lemon, and a crisp wood flavor that lasts through into the aftertaste. The wood is very much like hickory or mesquite in flavor. It reminds me of the wood chips used to smoke meat. Earthy and gritty in a good way. A light hop ending as well with a bit of yeasty spice. There's also a very light lingering alcohol flavor that is balanced very well with the woody malt flavors. This tastes great. It is not your ordinary tripel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety. Well carbonated but not sharp on the palate at all. Coats the palate very well and the flavor opens up nicely.

Drinkability: This beer is absolutely delectable. Wonderfully smooth with a balanced and complex flavor. Other brewers should strive to brew something this good.

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Photo of jren
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To date the best barrel aged ale I've had. Great taste, feel, and good smell.

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Photo of djwilson
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle, bottled february 2005.
Consumed out of a large Brandy snifter.
Aged two years.

Appearance: Very light copper color, slightly unfiltered, nice head retention. Leaves a nice Belgian lace on glass.

Smell: Very Little Oak, Big Bourbon nose, slight hint of vanilla, and caramel.

Taste: Tip of the tounge gets a heavy residual sugar hit, sides of the tounge pick up the destinct bourbon flavor, back center of tounge gets the nice sour belgian charecteristic, Finish is shorter then I expected considering the huge aroma, it does linger for several seconds gradually mellowing, with oak undertones.

Mouthfeel: Fells Light and clean, expected to be shocked with a huge bourbon kick, but it's very well balanced for a beer at 11% ABV.

Drinkability: Dangerously smooth for those who like Bourbon aged beers, Love the big bourbon aged beers but most leave me satisfied with one snifter, this one can be consumed a little to quick for a beer of this SIZE.

I will Say this at the top of my list for Bourbon aged beers. Very nicely done Allagash. Keep up the good work

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Photo of edraid
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Only got this beer because I had a gift certificate and would not normally spend the money. Poured a straw gold color with about a finger of quick dissipating head. Smells like bourbon with a touch of caramel. Light on the mouth with lots of carbonation I want to say the same as most Belgian style beers. alcohol is hidden well with oak malt and yeast. Some fruit ester from the yeast. would suggest this beer. Maybe I'll stop being such a tight ass and start splurging on beers like this more often.

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Photo of maddmatt48
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash has a lot of good beers and this one fits near or maybe at the top. For an 11% alcohol beer it is easy to drink. It is some and really tasty like the grand cru, but you get a hint of burbon from the oak aged barrels. It is the smoothest 11% abv beer I have ever drank. It is a little price at $10-12 per bottle, but it is very good. I have only been in Maine for a couple of months, but Allagash has nothing but good brews.

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Photo of gorbos
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of dirtbag43
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! The character of this beer is bold and beautiful. Deceivingly strong, the alcohol never gets in the way of the warm, rich, woody flavor. Smooth from the top to the bottom this is a world-class brew. Now if we could just get a beer aged in Jack barrels I'd be totally satisfied!

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled: 10.11.05

It faded quickly, but a light head once sat on this pale gold nectar. Bubbles arise from the 2 inch depths. Slight lacing, very slight.

The smell is, at first, of typical tripel style. There are orangey esters deep in the nose, but overall the beautiful bourbon qualities take a hold. Wooden overtones and a rich dryness give this beer’s aroma a wonderfully distinctive quality.

The flavor is delicious. There’s an apparent sweetness with complex malts all around the tongue. The bourbon burns with just the right amount of heat, not too much. Practically perfection. The brew is light in the mouth, yet quit apparent with the alcohol heat.

It should be obvious, but this is a brew made for lengthy, shared enjoyment. At a listed 11% or so on the bottle combined with the whiskey flavor, made me take it slow. But the slower you drink it, the more you can enjoy it!

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Notes: I drank this on my 2nd year anniversary while my wife was unfortunately away on business. I didn’t (want to) drink the whole thing, and it held up well for one night with a wine stopper. Still tasted fantastic the next night!

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UPDATE: 2006 Edition - the 2006 Curieux is loaded with vanilla and oak aromas and flavors which hid the alcohol much better this year. Whether that's good or not...

But still a truly delicious offering.

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Photo of cvfish
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a nice, light golden yellow color that produced a beautiful, fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma produced by this beer were along the nose of a good Tripel, lots of grain, some fruit, and a smoked wood characteristic as the beer warms up

T - The taste of this beer is a happy mix of a good Tripel and a glass of Bourbon, nothing overpowers the other, and a healthy mix of cherries, golden apples, some vanilla from the oak, this is very tasty beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth

D - Another Allagash creation impresses the hell out of me, and with out a doubt this is one of the tastiest beers I have ever had, mad respect should go to the folks at Allagash

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Photo of Jordanmtate
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jason_nwx
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sangmin
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of RobertConway
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chrisjws
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tastesogood
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mondegreen
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Bright orange color with a cumulus head. Like sunshine is a glass (wow, is that a cheesy line, or what??).

S: Great Tripel smell. Citrus and spices. Oak and bourbon complementing. This is a wonderful aroma.

T: Following the nose, the taste is phenomenal. The melding of the Tripel with the bourbon is a mastery of art. Oak and vanilla notes make this a complex and very enjoyable brew.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Picture perfect mouthfeel for a Tripel.

D: Only the price will hold me back (~$16 for a 750ml). However, if you love Tripels you must try this at least once. The 11% sits very comfortably in this beer, and the quality absolutely justifies the price.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a orval goblet. dated may 2008. (Tasting better than my buddys served in a snifter.)

The look was golden brown. With a light head.

The smell was first of belgium yeast, candi sugar, bit of bourben followed by a nice balace of hops. A lot going on in there.

The taste was like a tripel gone wild. This is to me how I would always want a tripel. Taste was much like the smell with a perfect balance of oak and hops. The malt was nice and clean, as was the light carbonation.

This was a brand new bottle just a little over a month old, Iam glad I popped this now, it was perfect young. The 11abv was very much hidden. This was a pricey beer but well worth it. NICE

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Photo of CFram
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,733 ratings.
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