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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4.28/5
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3,795 Ratings
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:
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.

Added by Todd on 04-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#611
Reviews:
911
Ratings:
3,795
pDev:
10.98%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
549
Gots:
1,137
Trade:
37
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Ratings: 3,795 |  Reviews: 911
Photo of chossboss
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The greenish, dark gold color is cloudy. The small head leaves a lattice of lace.

Sweet, nearly raisin-like, smell. I also get prune and apricot aromas.

The taste has a good dollop of bittering hop along with a strong alcohol presence. This is a blend which works well. The base is pale malt which lingers throughout but doesn't dictate the overall experience.

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Photo of eppie82
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ruzzal
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeufo
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely, slightly cloudy amber with copious white head. Smell is vanilla, tropical fruits, yeast. Taste is sweet malts forward , hint of bourbon, vanilla, pineapple, with a yeasty, sweet finish. Medium bodied- string carbonation- provides some astringency and keeps the from becoming cloying and a clean finish.
Overall- they took the excellent tripel and made it better- great job- a little pricey- but a taster beer for a special occasion

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Photo of mantistobogganmd
3.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy burnt straw with a mild creamy white head that leaves some thin, curvy arms of lace.

Nose is bringing banana, apple, light toffee, grass and char with taste kicking up the bourbon, adding wood, banana, phenolic spice, and sharp apple.

Slightly acidic but frothily carbonated with a dry finish.

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Photo of LennyBound
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Viaduck
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice little pop, hazy amber with a impressive white foamy head. Aromas of banana, pear & spices. Slightly salty, a hint of sweetness,bread, grains,bourbon & vanilla. Very mild & pleasant. Not much sign of the 11%. Nice feel. An excellent brew,the perfect ale for my birthday.

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Photo of pstam87
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkenMonk
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of txx675rx
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmurph8941
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer. Light in color, thick fluffy head with subtle notes of vanilla and a warming though not overpowering presence of bourbon. Bottle notes say that the taste contains soft coconut notes also. Frankly I did not taste this but no matter. The 11% ABV is certainly present in the taste but again this beer is so wonderfully balanced, something that I cannot echo for a lot of the other barrel aged brews out there, that the mouthfeel ends up being nothing other than warm and inviting.

Curieux may be a touch pricey and I am shy to recommend pricey brews because there is in my mind nothing worse than paying top dollar for average fare but this one hits the proper heights. Kudos to Allagash.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,795 ratings
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