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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 | 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 Proteus93
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A snifter of slightly hazy golden - close to the colour of apple juice, with a modest, though slightly short-lived head of white foam.

S: Spiciness and plenty of yeasty esters offering something of a tropical fruit aroma. Some subtle aromas of the bourbon barrel that adds a nice touch.

T + M: Fruit flavours - pineapple, some pear and apple. A note of vanilla is detected. The aging has added a nice complementary flavour - nothing overpowering. A note of vanilla is detected. Spices and a little heat of alcohol that warms gently as it goes down. Finishes smooth, with a bit of slickness to the body.

D: Quite a nicely done tripel... hats off to Allagash on this offering. They've maintained the gentle complexities of the tripel style and turned it up a notch without going overboard. A big one to sip at for some time. Very nice.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Midlothian, VA. 10 oz serving in a tulip glass during American Craft Beer Sunday for a whopping $3.00 Great price for this!

Pours a clear golden yellow with about a 1/4 finger of brite-white head that retains around the edges, with some thin wisps across the center, leaving a nice smattering of lace behind. The aroma is not super assertive at first but then opens up very nicely as it nears room temp. Big bourbon notes out front that meld well into softer flavors of vanilla and caramel. Not much of the Tripel character is picked up but the Bourbon aging notes more than make up for it.

The Tripel comes out more in the taste with candied sugars, caramel, yeast, and spice making themselves known. The Bourbon really pops in the finish though with additional notes of silky vanilla and yes, even a touch of coconut in there. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a bit of beef but for the most part remains smooth and creamy without much stinging at all from the alcohol presence.

The more I drank this, the more I enjoyed it. Luckily a good amount of the Tripel comes out to keep this from being too one-dimensional from the Bourbon aging and I can't believe how smooth this drank for a 11% beer. Good work here form Allagash.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a rich and clear dark red and brown mixed together amber and topped with a tightly packed and tightly bubbled one and a half inch head. The head bubbles down in about five minutes or so and rests into a nice thin cap that leaves some streaks of lacing, but not much to write home about.

S: Light and fresh lemony zestiness mixed with a mild vanilla and husky gaininess.

T/MF: Very interesting to say the least. The first thing I notice is the finish as the first few sips are rather standard tripel wise. The mildly hot bourbon finish is something that I think would not work in a beer like this, but everthing is presented with perfect attention to detail. The bourbon is kept in check until the finish while the rest of the time the beer takes on the traditional tripel character. Lemon zest, pear, and dusty yeast mix wonderfully together with a solid oak and vanilla combination that is all tied together in the end with a strong bourbon finish. Mouthfeel is at first rather prickly but smooths out a great deal on subsequent sips and a bit too much so for my personal taste.

D: All in all not a bad beer, just about the most unique tripel I've ever come across, and the bourbon and oak barrels work in perfect haromony, but sometimes I felt as though I was drinking a rather one dimensional beer.

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Photo of Night
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 2007 bottling. Cases bottled: 508. Pours hazy honey-gold with copper and blonde tones with flecks of crimson. Large, fluffy, somewhat bubbly off-white head. Partial to near-full rings of lightly bubbly lace. Aroma is very warming and yeasty with rich notes of grape, figs, raisins, other dark fruits, candied nuts, and honey. Mouthfeel is silky with a gentle but assertive tingle. Medium body. Flavor hits immediately with strong pineapple and coconut tones followed by a bitter bourbon spike and a wash of sweet and mild buttery caramel and sourdough maltiness. Mild underpinnings of yeast balance the strong fruit flavors. Finish is sharp and sour with a touch of woodiness. Lingering aftertaste is dry, yeasty, and very warm.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottling: June 2008
Cases Bottled: 524
11% Alcohol By Vol.


Soft and malty, the nose is subtle. Playful hops - bright, floral - and yeast - fruity and a little spicy. Slight caramelized sugar to the malt, and a hint of alcohol. Very fruity, but still quite subdued.

Pours a buttery apricot color / deep yellow to mild orange, highly translucent - no detectable haze, moderate creamy, creamy head with moderate retention.

First sip rolls in the tartness, for a moment, then generous yeasty fruitiness, dry hop-tannin-like bitterness, and sticky sweetness on a slow viscous body. Zesty spiciness is all over the place - white pepper to orient spice to exotic fruit. Pear with sharp cheese and honey. More semi-hard cheese than bleu, but it does poke around Gorgonzola or something. Grassy hops are dry and leafy with herbal arguments. Honey flavor intensifies reminding me of honey when it begins crystallizing and is raw, concentrated, and gritty. Caramel-like aftertaste slowly fades from sweet to dry as the tannins and chalky yeasty bits linger. The thick, sweet, and alcoholic body suggest whiskey and I'd like to say I taste that Bourbon or oaky influence, but I'm not sure. Flavor profile as of Glass One is still delicately understated. I'm surprised the high alcohol content doesn't impart more sensation than the seductive <English-cockney> "c'mon, 'ave another sip love" </English-cockney> whisper. This is a carefully brewed beer.

As it warms, I'm seeing more soft cheese (like Brie) in both flavor and overall oral sensation - the juxtaposition of quaint off-flavors, supple nuttiness, and sharpness/tartness/sourness. Wilder fruit, bolder funk, and more alcohol. This is euphoric. After such a tame flavor & mouthfeel for over the half the bottle, I'm amazed how Curieux just went off like a firecracker. Vanilla now, not just vanilla... oak! Finally the oak I'd hoped for makes a statement. It just needed to warm up a bit.

No yeast in the bottle.

With head creaminess like a nitro carbonation on top of the thick and saucy body, there are few better feelings than the mouthfeel of this beer. This is truly phenomenal.

Paired with Swiss Emmenthaler & Finnish Rye it is bolder, tarter, and more fruity/floral.

What a wonderful, wondrous beer. At first it was kind of boring, then it sparked up and became one of the better beers I've had. I'm glad, considering the price. But seriously, it is very good and if anything I wish it came in a bigger bottle.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Viscious white head two fingers embracing a fizzy yellow beer. Great lacing and there apears to be head on head on head.

S- vanilla, coriander, orange peel, wood, citrus!!!

T- fresh banana peel, tart pear, sour apple (NOT TOO MUCH!!! JUST SOMETHING I FRIGGIN NOTICED! GOSH!), strong dry finish that warms your guts!

M- light, but fluffy, like a bunch of cotton thats soaked in cider!

D- This beer is bad ass and im going to drink some more now.

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

Appearance: Murky pale yellow, small head that faded quickly into a lace.

Smell: Fruity with subtle notes of vanilla and alcohol.

Taste: lightly fruity balanced by a subtle vanilla and sweet malt, rounded out nicely with the subtle bitterness and spice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with low medium body, finishing dry.

Drinkability: This was a great beer, I enjoyed the barrel aging and definately would pick up again.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into my unfortunately-now-defunct Ommegang chalice (klutz). Lucky I have a spare...anyway, let's go to the videotape...

Body color is split down the middle between Scotch and bourbon, with additional slight orange zest-ish tones. 1st pour has a very flat head with a yeasty top - from the pop of the cork would have expected a little more head, as there is definitely some carbonation there.

I can smell the bourbon oak without trying - this gives it a nice warm feeling, although it's somewhat overpowering at first, 'cause rest is slightly obscured. Orange zest, yeast and apples are present in addition to the bourbon burn.

Wow - thick, soothing coating of bourbon, malt, yeast, sugar...maybe some white grapes and a little bit of piney hops. Carbonation makes it tingle. Needs warmth at first glance but very good. Even a slight sour tinge with a little horse blanket in there (?). Even warmth doesn't mellow out the bourbon - this one may need to age a bit more.

The mouth on this is good but not as herty as expected - it's a little clammy and disjointed at first. Again, needs warmth or even more likely age. Mouthfeel splits between a good bourbon and a mild Trippel or even a Belgian Strong Pale Ale feel. Definitely burning alcohol in there.

This isn't hard to drink but the flavor profile is a little too mild for me and heartily obscured by the oak/bourbon. This probably needs some time. Good but I expected more from this.

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Photo of Goliath
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 2007 bottling

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a very thin layer of white head sitting on top. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is really nice. Smells really fruity, with banana and pineapple. The bourbon I think enhances that. Just really pretty.

Taste is pretty damn good. Nice fruity notes, pineapple dominates, but seemingly a touch of banana and almost coconut. Strong hints of bourbon enhance the flavor and burn on the way down. Really just great.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, fairly thick, and slightly syrupy. There's a nice carbonation tingle to it as well. The kicker is the alcohol warmth which is apparent in both taste and mouthfeel and lingers all the way down.

Drinkability is moderate. Really great flavors and feel making for a great drinking experience. However, at 11% you really feel almost every bit of it. A sipper for sure, and an ass kicker no doubt.

Side note: I'm like 2/3 into the bottle and just loving it. I'm over 2 hours into this beer and have a ridiculous buzz going! I was not expecting this, definitely take even more time with this beer!

Just finished my final sip. Just wanted to say that overall, this beeer is just phenomenal.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bourbon barrel aged tripel - big, big beer. Sampled on tap two years old at the fabulous Am Flat in downtown B-town. Nice eggshell white head with a yellowing edge at the meniscus of my glass. Nice retention and irregular yet persistent lacing that banded throughout the sample. Aromas of dried cherries and raisins. Clear and rich true-gold color with some orange highlights. The flavors are deceptive (where is that 11% ALC? Oh crap... there it is...) Tropical fruits (sweetness), malty breads, bourbon depth and alcohol heat (esters) especially as it warms up. Good mouthfeel, nicely balanced, smooth and surprising. Impressive aged and will likely get better as it does so. Noted and admired.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 received as an extra .. who includes a Curieux as an EXTRA?! DLucky does and deserves massive props in a fantastic trade. Been sipping on it for a while, this is my 3rd glass poured into my New Belgium snifter...

2 finger head slightly hazy apricot looking brew.. great lacing and head retention.. looks like meringue.

Fruity aroma.. mango and passionfruit .. some pepper but maybe the only "bourbon" I am getting is a little bit of wood and possibly some vanilla bean.

Flavor is classic triple and probably world class triple.. papaya and Meyer lemon (light) are outweighed significantly by green apple.. thick pale malts and a spiciness that is more than noticeable.. white pepper and cardamom notes.. fairly thick body is not a detriment.. good carbonation and overall a better complexity than my palate can describe.. that said, I am getting damn near no bourbon or wood and this brew is pretty much room temperature right now... it is still a righteous triple.

Huge thanks to Dan for the proper hookup!


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Photo of froghop
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy orange with a small off-white head, lively carbonation, okay lacing.

smell of fruit, bread, grain, touch of toasted caramel, nuts, malt, some spice.

taste is smooth, sweet, pear, apricot, green grape, grain, carbonation, some wood, slight spice.

overall a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of bsoakley
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i am not one who does a lot of actual beer reviews. with that in mind let me say this; if i was a god in some sort of fantasmical world, i would will it into being or cast a spell if need be to make this tasty ambrosia replace the blood that runs thru my devine veins, make the cork from the mouth of the bottle into my lips, fingernails and eyelashes, turn the glass of the sacred vessel into my tempered skin and the label of the bottle into my holy chiton.

that being said, this is truly the best beer that allagash makes.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash- Curieux

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Light hazy copper brown with a small filmy head.
S- Light charcoal bourbon with a sweet caramel malt base.
T- Light sweet bourbon, charcoal, vanilla, and tonic water.
M- Very smooth and creamy, pungent alc. pinches you in the end. Slightly watery.

Overall- A little ligher than expected but otherwise very tasty and drinkable. A good sipping beer despite its alc% this is good!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle corked & caged. Bottled on June 2008, 524 cases. Into Chimay goblet

A classic golden honey color with streaming, tiny, bubbles and a thick, dense, milky white crown at 2" high. Medium to slow retention, sticky, clumpy lacing.

A very nice vanilla scented pale malt with fresh, wet garden veggies, peppery and tangy yeast, honey dipped red fruits, tart berries, woody...oak-like flavor's deep in the malt, tangy wheat and dried earth. Tropical, citric fruits as it gets warmer.

There is a classic balance of of light, crispy malt with tangy yeast, earthy and green veggie hops flavor's all at once. There's a woody, aged effect that brings peppery notes and seems to be a nice depth enhancer. The 11% abv. is very well hidden within the contents of the liquid, which is amazing concidering how light the malt flavor's are. A dry-hoppy bitterness takes over at the end.

Feels crispy but medium and a unltra-smooth, creamy finish perhaps due to the aging effect.

This "Aged" Tripel is pretty much right on.

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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 emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov. '06 bottle

Soft peachy color, bisected in two, yellow edge at the meniscus of the glass, fading into a rich orange tone, glowing in the light. Constant head of foam, irregular lacing that fulfills the visual aesthetic requirement.

Lightly sweet aroma that's full of fruit without any cloying element.

Every sip is something to savor and enjoy. The bourbon is obviously a unique element in the mix. Tropical fruit sweetness and a subtle malt breadiness work their way in too. Overall it's a really smooth and integrated combination.

Full bodied with mild carbonation, this is a sipper for sure at 11%. Good for the cellar, can't say more than 2 years would be necessary, this is drinking well now.

After having a 5 year old Dulle Teve last weekend, I can honestly say this domestic Tripel is the best i've ever tasted.

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

Bottled in June of 08 and sampled in July. A fresh sample that I just can't bring myself to age before trying. The pour shows a cloudy pale orange with a wonderful naturally carbonated head that is foamy and clingy. Aromas hit me as soon as the bottle was uncorked. Tropical fruit and alcohol with a mild yet appealing bourbon character of whiskey and vanilla. Belgian yeast mustiness is also appealing and rather subdued. Taste when colder is of refreshing tropical fruit and vanilla. Taste as it warms is more musty yeast, bourbon whiskey, and warming almost hot alcohol. I would suggest serving Curieux cold when paired with food and warmer for an after meal sipper. A very complex and masterful Brew.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tally Ho in Bethlehem

A: Slightly hazed, but mostly clear deep golden color with a nice carbonation and a retentive thin white head.
S: Fruity, white wine aroma (in general, triple like) with mild smell of bourbon and vanilla.
T: Surprisingly mild and smooth, the bourbon isn't nearly as stiff as expected. Ripe fruit, slight hop bitterness and strong oak-y, vanilla flavor. Alcohol/bourbon is present in the finish but not unpleasant. Very smooth, full body. Finish is very dry and clean. This is very easy to drink, almost to easy to drink for this style. It's very drinkable, but a little too mellow and I'm left wanting a little more complexity.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Beverage Warehouse. One of the first above 8% beers to be sold on regular shelves in lieu of VT's law change to 16%.

Bottled in April of 2008.

Color: Pours an amber-golden color with a nice, frothy head and ample carbonation.

Aroma: Cherries, bourbon, raisin and spice stand out as the dominant aromas. Delightful aroma once this beer warms up.

Taste: Bourbon dominates the palate upfront with the flavors of cherry, raisin and spice afterwards. Some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Raisin, cherry and spice struggle to shine through the alcohol heat.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable but I would probably buy another bottle to lay down for aging. Over time, the alcohol heat should disappear and the true flavors should shine through. I'm not a fan of bourbon either but this is a beer that is tailor-made for aging. Pick up a bottle and put it away for a while.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-cask 7/3/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, fruit, light malts, alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste malty and creamy which I wasn't expecting, with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance and there's a slightly alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, the casking seems to add the creaminess to it, whether or not that helps this particular beer is a matter of personal preference. Overall, it's a very good beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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

Bottle from Sept 2004 (9.5%), tasted June 2008: This one opened with a fairly loud "POP". It pours a hazy almost amber tinged golden color. There was a large off-white head on it that settled quickly into a thin one. The nose is nice, with many notes. I get hints of the bourbon, yeast, vanilla and citrus. They don't overpower one another. WOW! what a taste. This is incredibly smooth & silky, with a lot subtly going on. Subtle hints of the bourbon, as well as spices, clove, banana, yeast. What a fine treatment of their already great tripel.

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Photo of iceball585
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light yellow color, clear, thin white head that lasted pretty well

S- Bourbon, oak, light malts, yeast, vanilla

T- Strong bourbon flavor, vanilla, fruit, oak, creamy, mild hops

M- Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth but definite warming kick near the end

D- WOW it was awesome

You can really tell this beer was aged in Jim Bean bourbon whiskey barrels. It gives it a nice whiskey flavor but not too over powering. The oak barrels almost give it a slight chardonney flavor as well.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, bottled Sept. 2007

A: Pours a deep golden under an inch worth of white head. Decent lace and excellent retention.

S: Very vinous, some earthy yeast and wood and small hint of bourbon.

T: Woody and yeasty, a bit dry, hint of bourbon. A little bit of fruit, still maintains a vinous quality.

M/D: Smooth, creamy body. Medium bodied, excellent mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. Taste lost me a little, but everything else is solid.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, golden-yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, grains, citrus and floral notes.

T - It tasted quite spicy and zesty. The bourbon flavors really came through with a sweet kick.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a great Tripel. It was the first that I have had that was bourbon barrel aged and I liked the kick.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.
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