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.

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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!

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!

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

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work a couple days ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice head

Smell- wonderful aroma, fruit, oak

Taste- smooth, there is some bourbon flavor in there., very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Excellent, This is a superb beer. Allagash has done a wonderful job.

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Photo of JPJAM
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Gop
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vma
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

750 mL bottle dated July 2011 shared amongst friends.

A: golden clear with bright white head, fairly constant stream of bubbles, excellent retention during entire glass pour and great lacing.

S: Nose has a bit of funk, some hay, and alcohol is apparent as well. Not as strongly Belgian as I remember from previous tastings. There is a hint of oak in there.

T: There is a hint of Belgiany fruit and slices, behind fairly strong alcohol. Definitely get some hints of bourbon.

M: fairly crisp and dry with sharp alcohol heat. Good carbonation.

O: a very good strong Belgian-style ale. I am looking forward to aging the other one I have. Very good, would highly recommend.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden color with a hint of orange. Creamy thick head with good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Fruity yeasty aroma with pineapple, apple, and a bit of citrus.

Taste: The flavors are a bit mellow, but in a good way that gives it a light feel while still being very flavorful. The beer has a good biscuity/yeasty base with vanilla and fruits on top. Generally sweet (but not overly) with a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

Drinkability: Extremely (almost too) drinkable. There's barely any presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. Exceptionally tasty.

A really wonderful beer. Quite pricey, but totally worthwhile. Perhaps the best American-brewed Belgian-style ale.

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

I have to say I am addicted to this beer! If it wasn't $19 a bottle I would be tempted to drink it every day!

Nice bright color and brilliant aroma. The bourbon flavors really pop but are not overwhelming. The alcohol note is a bit strong but hey, that is one of the things that makes this beer what it is :-)

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,750 ratings.
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