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:
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 Angerhaus
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm less than a year into my journey through the rabbit hole we call craft beer. When I began this journey last summer I really didn't know what I was looking for, and I wasn't really ready for the joy in the results. In any case, sometime around August I made a list of beers that I wanted to try that included KBS, Darkness, BA Yeti, Dark Lord, and Curieux (see picture). Since then, I've drown myself in KBS, stocked up both regular and BA Darkness in my newly founded cellar, indulged in a variety of Yeti options, and struck out on Dark Lord. Curieux had sort of been forgotten, a ghost that I was sort of aware of in the corner of my eye, but not floating in my full field of vision. Until last weekend when my wife and I took a Sunday trip to Chicago to enjoy the Field Museum on a day when a portion of the crowd would be busy watching some sort of foosball game or something. After the museum we stopped by Beer Temple, a hell of a bottle shop if you if get the chance to go, and one of my favorite Chicago stops. Long story short, Curieux was on the shelf!

The bottle was shared with friends during a board game night. A 2013 bottle of BA Speedway was also in attendance so, suffice to say, it was a good night. My initial reaction to Curieux was to be impressed by the smoothness of the brew. We talk about silkiness from time to time, but I haven't had a lot of beers that really brought that image to mind as much as Curieux did. The beer wraps itself around your tongue and gently holds you in a warm embrace. That silky, almost buttery, caress is accompanied by a brilliantly blended combination of tastes fold through your mouth with vanilla, coconut, a touch of breadiness, and a slight hint of bourbon from the 8 weeks of aging.

My regret from the experience is that I neglected to purchase more than one bottle, but at least I'm now armed with the knowledge that this beer should never be left out of my sights again. Do yourselves the favor of finding this bottle and sharing it with friends, you won't be sorry.

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Photo of Boriqua445
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers from time spend in Maine. I got to check out this brewery several times while I lived in Maine and this beer on tap was something else.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden, with a small white head. Smell and flavors are of Belgian yeast, spices, warming alcohol, pears, and plenty of bourbon, vanilla, oak, almost a white wine like character. Delicious beer. Super creamy mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Allagash's best? It's certainly up there.

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Photo of gcasher
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

October 31st, 2014 bottling, 11% abv.
Hazy orange, fluffy white head, quickly dissipates. Sweet, yeasty, mild bourbon and oak. Like the fruit and the balance. Feels good. Great beer!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow, with a thick creamy white foam head. Smells like mild spice, banana, honey, light stone fruit, caramel, earthy yeast, and light cedar wood. Tastes like honey, light spice, banana, light peach, wheat grain, light grass, bourbon, vanilla, with mild caramel and wood notes. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a balanced and well crafted bourbon barrel aged tripel.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 2015.

Look: A beautiful golden yellow with a thick white head.

Smell: Spices, vanilla, clove, and oak.

Taste: Didn't get a ton of taste from the barrel. Vanilla, oak, and spicy on the back-end.

Feel: Medium bodied and very little booziness.

Overall: Was expecting a little more for the price, but still a very good Tripel.

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Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Tripel. Pours a hazy dull color into my Chimay goblet. Big, delicately bubbly white head with minimum lacing. Head retention is good, leaves a covering on the glass for a long time. Excellent aroma of white wine, oak, Belgian yeast, pepper and coriander. The taste is more of the same with the addition of the traditional apples and pears fruitiness. Plenty complex, but still overall a delicate blend of flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, the oak is the unique feature here that adds a little bitterness to the beer. Alcohol is well masked, as is fitting with most great Tripels. Expensive but worth it!!!!

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