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 | 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.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Expensive beer that gets its highest marks for the barrel-aging being more of a subtle complement to an already outstanding tripel, as opposed to dominating and overwhelming. Maintains the characteristics of a great tripel - golden effervescent body with a pillowy head; aroma and taste of coriander, banana, pepper and pear. The bourbon makes itself known at the back end with real subtle notes of vanilla, smoke and wood. I would've liked a little more muscle - the taste was 90/10 tripel/bourbon. My last sip was close to being washed out. Great beer, but I wouldn't try again due to the price.

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Photo of bwood06
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a small pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Frothy, tall, off white head that dissipates moderately slowly. There is some serious carbonation to this beer. Bubbles are vast in quantity and rise extremely quickly, almost like champagne (which makes sense with a corked bottle). Cloudy, yellowish copper in color. 4.25/5

S - The first notes to reach my nose are coconut and pear. Yeast with a hint of banana ester is also present as well as a hint of clove. Slight oak as well with a bit of vanilla. 4/5

T - Sweet caramel right off the bat. Right after the caramel comes vanilla, coconut, and oak (which is expected due to aging in Jim Beam barrels). Pear is also present as well as a mild yeastiness. Sourdough bread makes an appearance right before the alcohol kicks in along with the banana and clove. Finishes very boozy. Very clean tasting beer. Flavor and booziness do not linger long at all. Flavor is completely gone by the next sip. 4.5/5

M - Carbonation burn is very noticeable with the beer retaining a very light feel. Slight drying astringency on the back end from the hops and ABV. 4.5/5

O - Awesome beer. High ABV really allows the flavors to come out and perform a nice dance for your tastebuds. I generally am not a huge fan of bourbon barrel aged beers but this one is a massive exception to that trend. 4.25/5

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden,bubbly head and a good amount of carbonation streaming to the head.smells of bananas,honey,vanilla coconut,and very faint all barrel aged beers some traits become nullified,some get enhanced.the spicy part of the tripel yeast is canceled out and the sweetness is turned up.but the hop character makes it dry but refreshing.the tongue mouth and taste is dominated by a soothing smooth light honey met with delicate notes of vanilla coconut and light cloves.extremely extravagant beer,delicate.deserves a tulip glass but for an 11 % it tastes like 8

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would have guessed wine barrels instead of bourbon. Soft, slippery body of a tripel, hazy golden wth full fluffy head. Barrel aging takes over the flavor, adding some sour flavors to the mix. Normal tripel spiciness, floral essences. A tripel with a twist.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml c&c bottle dated 7/8/15 into a tulip at cellar temp.

Look: surprisingly pale yellow orange, with a medium head that persists and leaves good lacing.

Smell: orange, spice, vanilla.

Taste: lots of vanilla, orange, and spice (maybe coriander), plus caramel, banana, and oak. Has a bit of what I can only describe as a sickly sweetness that I also get (and dislike) in most Scotch ales.

Feel: fairly thick, but not unpleasantly so, and with good carbonation.

Overall: enjoyable, but probably not something I'd want again. At $17+ for the bottle, the heaviness and sweetness are enough to make me want to seek out other options.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bomber into snifter style glass. This beer is a favorite of mine when I want a little bourbon with my beer without all the alcohol. Pours a dark copper with amber flecks and a head that lasts against the glass. Real definite smells of vanilla, smoke and oak that sets up you palette for what is to come....drool initiated.
Taste is very well balanced and the alcohol is not the first thing you taste....very well balanced considering 11%. Would like to see with four roses single barrel or woodford reserve barrels as well

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pronounced "cure-io" like "cheerio"(??) Anyway, pours a golden copper body with residual white head. Smells like sweet bourbon! Vanilla, oak, and caramel :) Taste is definitely boozy, like a buscuity-malty bourbon. Vanilla and coconut notes are pronounced, and coriander and clove is far in the background. Being a tripel, I wish the coriander was more noticeable. Mouthfeel is super creamy (like frothy bourbon) and very smooth. Very pleasant for such a steep beer. Overall, glad I experienced it, but not eager to purchase another. Also, this is definitely a sipping beer! 10oz had me feeling a buzz lol. Thanks Allagash for your bold, Belgian experiments :)

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Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I very much enjoyed this one from Allagash. Poured it while it was cold and the nose wasn't great, but as it warmed it really opened up. As a huge bourbon fan, I thought it was a nice addition to their tripel. Even at 11%, it was very smooth with little to no alcohol burn. Definitely worth a shot, especially if you're into whiskey. I'll be getting another soon for a nice treat.

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Photo of KGilmour
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden orange. A bit cloudy. Decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Orange, malt, sweet. Oak flavor with hints of vanilla. I didn't get any coconut as other reviewers have. The bourbon is well noticeable.

Taste: Orange and sweet malty. The vanilla not as strong as on smell. Oak some hoppy bitterness. Strong but smooth.

Feel: High carbonation and high alcohol.

I split a bottle of this with a friend and it still knocked me down. The bourbon came through quite heavily in this bottle. Very tasty, but take it in small doses with friends.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into chalice

Hazy yellow with a fluffy white foam cap

Great aroma of tropical fruits, bourbon

Taste of tropical fruits, bourbon, vanilla and the oak.

Great beer, worthy of a repeat.

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Photo of twage04
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The barrel imparted flavors are far from subtle on this beer. Some vanilla, bourbon and wood stick out. A very boozy tripel where the yeast imparted flavors take more of a back seat than usual. Beer is dry, a little tart, and complex. Definitely a beer to sip and contemplate rather than drink at a normal pace. Lots of carbonation and color is a brownish yellow.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a wine glass; 2015 vintage bottled on March 12th I think.
Look = 4.5 Cloudy, almost opaque, gold/light orange color with 1.5 fingers of bubbly crisp white head; great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Fruity esters, banana, spicy and alcohol notes all blend together on top of a faint bourbon and oak backbone. All comes together nicely.
Taste = 4.25 Sweet, spicy and earthy taste. Fruity esters, banana flavors, vanilla, alcohol comes through and a kiss of bourbon on the finish.
Feel = 4.5 Medium bodied, high carbonation, fizzy but smooth almost creamy, really nice feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 High ABV is hidden well and the bourbon is mild enough to maintain drinkability.
Overall = 4.3 Big score here; very nice BBA tripel. A great tripel, enhanced nicely by the subtle bourbon, oak and vanilla notes.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy, orangish-amber; medium frothy head, dissipates quickly but good lacing

Smell: aroma was faint, but you could pick up the yeast, notes of bourbon and something like a dried tropical fruit; nothing jumped out at you. Lost points here

Taste: oak hits you right up front with the yeast notes; citrusy in the mid with a hop bite lingering in the end; tart finish; aftertaste is definitely bourbony; decent beer, but I've had tastier tripels. Finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and zippy, almost like a Spencer Trappist

Remarks: not bad overall, but not fantastic either.

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Photo of beerbully
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into RR chalice

L-Hazy straw colored, 1/2 inch head not much retention, thick lacing again no retention

S-Bready yeast a the forefront, some spiciness and fruity esters, caramel, vanilla, slight oak

T-Belgian yeast, slight alcohol burn, slight bourbon and oak, burnt vanilla, flavors are not overly pronounced, some sweet caramel

F-medium bodied, a bit hot from the alcohol but at the same time has a degree of smoothness, has a pleasant quality about it

O-fine brew but not overwhelming in anyway, was expecting far more given its price

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Photo of Amtchicago
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The pour...look and smell was just delightful. After sniffing, I was ready to dive in. But unfortunately the yeast characteristics and barrel characteristics just didnt mesh well for me. Solid but I would not drop $20+ on this again.

Bottled on August 2nd, 2013

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Photo of Emersonio
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: Bomber bottle into a snifter. Appearance: Hazy pale brown/bronze. Little to no head. Aroma: Hints of bourbon and caramel. Taste: Follows the nose with hints of bourbon and caramel notes. Aftertaste: The bourbon lingers and has a slight warming effect. Lingering sweetness. Overall: Consistent but expected more. Good: 3 out of 5.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer# 900 for me on this site!
Slightly hazy amber color with a frothy white head. Notes of vanilla, caramel and bourbon with light fruity esters maybe some cherry. Taste is caramel sweetness with vanilla and bourbon highlights. It comes a little hot but a smooth medium body overall. It would get a higher score for me aged a bit more but overall a very delicious beer to sip on!

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Photo of BigRizz62
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I aged my beer for and additional couple of years. It was smooth with a nice balance of bourbon and ale. Simply the best bourbon barrel aged beer I've ever had

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Photo of khmel
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The spicey and dry beauty of a tripel with the mellow, soft mouthfeel and vanilla-oak nose of bourbon-barrel aged beer. What else can be said? Amazing!

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was actually a little disappointed with the barrel flavoring. I found it more weak than subtle. I think I'd give it high grades in a blind taste as a tripel, but I was looking forward to a relatively unique barrel aged pairing (a la Founders' Doom).

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Photo of ordybill
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
Aroma-Hops and yeast
Appearance- A nice gold color with a small white head
Taste- Hops and a bourbon back end, very nice
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- An outstanding beer, very well made

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply, put I love this beer. (I also like tripels AND bourbon so this is no surprise.) The barrel aging gives just enough bourbon flavor to be a hint, not a hammer. I had this at Yard House, but I've had it on a number of occasions including bottled at home. IMO, this beer pairs well with pork, like grilled pork chops or BBQ. As beers go, its expensive, so I put it in the treat versus daily category.

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Photo of Prasm
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely get the oak on the nose in the sense of vanilla and coconut cream. In the mouth the bourbon barrel aging is apparent in the creamy mouth-feel and the coconut and vanilla flavors. Overall this is an impressive effort that has enough substance to cover up the 11% abv with creamy coconut and vanilla flavors. If there is a down side it's that this is all about creamy coconut and vanilla, if that's not to you're liking you'll not enjoy this - but it works for me.

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Photo of mynie
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

Pours dark gold, very effervescent, with a tight white head. Basically looks like a strong Belgian blonde. Maybe not quite as pretty as Duvel, but close.

Smells at first like a strong Belgian Blonde: heavy yeast, big spice complexities. After a few minutes it opens up a bit more and strong nodes of hop come through along with a little hint of bourbon.

Tastes like a bourbony Orval, if that makes any sense. Pronounced hops and spice start things off, moving into a lightly tart and boozy middle with nodes of white pepper and green apples. Ends swimmingly, with the hops returning against pleasant whiskey burn. There's a ton going on here, and it all comes together perfectly.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a chalice
Bottled on: March 12th, 2015

A: A rusty, dark golden body with less than 1 fingers width of white colored head. Its hazy to the point of being opaque. Head dissipates down pretty quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4

S: Spicy characters and a bit of fruity esters, very subtle oaky vanilla. Some booze. Surprisingly the aromas as a whole are very muted, I don’t get much at all. 3.25

T: Much more flavorful than the aroma implied. Barrel notes are noticeable right away with oaky vanilla bourbon character. There are some dark fruit characters and candied sugar that’s reminiscent of a barley. A bit of biting bitterness. Some spicy characters and fruity esters show the base beer. A bit of booze shows the ABV. I am surprised how noticeable the bourbon characters are considering it was only barrel aged for 8 weeks. Good balance and quite complex. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end which is appropriate, a biting quality from the combo of booze/spice/bitterness, ABV is noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is above average for the ABV. 4

O: Not much going on with the aroma, but very good flavor. An enjoyable beer, but not worth the nearly $20 a bottle price tag. 4

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