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

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 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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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade from Pipmeister. Thanks buddy.

Poured into a goblit. Has almost no head and dissapeared fast. Has a beautiful apricot color to it.

Smells nice and malty with a little burbon to it. Little yeasty goodness as well.

Taste is wonderful. Have yet to be dissapointed by any of this companies beers. This is one of my favorite tripels. Tastes as it smells.

Mouthfeel is good with a good carbonation.

Drinkability is high and can't wait to have it again.

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Photo of brushtachio
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared a 750 ml bottle with a co-worker while having dinner at the publick house in the Boston area (Brookline) Poured golden with a temporary head. Well carbonated. The smell was intriguing- vanilla,wood, and bourbon mixed with the traditional spicy sweet aromas of a Belgian trippel. The taste delivered all of what was promised in the nose but in a layered complex way. First, the sweet malty taste. Then a strong bourbon wave that faded to vanilla and wood. Finally finished with the clove, banana and yeast flavors I would expect from a Belgian-style trippel. Really an exciting experience. My co worker doesnt stray from the Macros much, but he really enjoyed it as well. I am currently trying to hunt it down in my area.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Golden, with a frothy white head that receded quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, and, most importantly, whiskey! This is one of the most remarkable-smelling beers I've ever encountered.

Taste: Again, that distinctly vanilla-oaky taste of whiskey. I'm trying hard to look past this flavor (which I love), but it's so prominent that it's difficult to. It whelms the tongue immediately. Underneath this, there's something that's very 'Belgian', a certain unique sweetness from the yeast that only Belgian (-style) beers have. As a beer AND whiskey fan, I'm very impressed by this beer.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It just isn't imposing one way or the other.

Drinkability: Have you ever wished you could have the flavor of a good whiskey without the alcohol content? Well, now you can! Of course, this is still 11% alcohol, so it's not weak. What it is, though, it damned excellent.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of this. The style may be Belgian, but its soul is somewhere in Appalachia.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance- Despite a careful pour, I got a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange; sort of apricot body. It had a small white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a sparse lacing on surface.

Smell - An interesting mix of fruitiness and sourness. A tad bready. Almost smells like a white wine with a hint of Brettanomyces.

Taste- Good, solid tripel. Lots of light, sweet maltiness with a nice, light balance of pepper mixed fruits and a hint of complex citrus. A hint of dried dark fruit and fig on the very tip of the tongue and at the very back. Not super-complex, but complex enough to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel- light-medium body, a decent alcohol warming. Good level of carbonation and effervescence. It dances of the tongue nicely. Coats the mouth well and has an interesting puckering quality right in the middle.

Drinkability- This is a great beer. I'd love to just sip it after a light dinner with some friends on the porch.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Hazy golden yellow with light orange tint, small white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lace on surface.

S = The oak comes through clearly but too strongly, smells a lot like a California Chardonnay, underneath the oak is a nice bouquet of wet flowers, white pepper, strong earthy scents.

T = Definite oak, but not overpowering, once past the oak, there are great flavors of pepper and other spices from the yeast, good light malt flavors as from a white wheat bread perfectly cooked, mixed fruits as well, dates, figs, mandarin orange. Very complex. Very balanced.

M = Medium-heavy body, great mouthcoating, alcohol burns a little too much too get a perfect score but otherwise very good.

D = This is a great beer. It would be a great drink as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to fish or possibly chicken.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Curieux
750mL brown bottle (caged & corked)

A: poured into a snifter. Curieux pours a very hazy yellowish orange with a nice white head on top. Good retention rate and very nice lacing.

S: nice sweet belgian tripel aroma. Spices, honey and some fall fruits. not hoppy at all. some hints of oak and some bourbon, but nothing over the top.

T: wonderful belgian tripel flavors, sweet cereal malts with a dash of honey and some fall fruits, like apples, plums, raisins, figs and dates. Some serious spices are in this as well, mostly clove and nutmeg. Now enter the bourbon barrel aging which leads to flavors of vanilla, oak, and some coconut and cherries.

M: a little thick, but expected from an 11% tripel. Full bodied, with a typical, high carbonation level. very smooth on the palate.

D: such a great beer....but 11% is a little too much. Plus, as much as I like tripels and oak aging, I don't like them together as much as I like tripels on their own, plus I like oak aging stouts and IPAs. Solid brew, but I think that it is a bottle to be shared.

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Photo of Strix
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy peach, minimal head with good lacing.

A complex smell - alcohol, wood, pear, and pineapple.

Started to drink this too cold, and it had a fairly boozy finish. As it warms, the alcohol is slightly less present, but still packs a punch. Tastes of vanilla with notes of wood and light fruit. Also a buttery caramel taste to things. This is all right, but not earth shattering for me. Guess I'm in the minority.

Mouthfeel smooth and dense, yet slippery.

Not worth the high price for me personally - for $15, I was expecting to be blown away.

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

I think more than enough has been written about how well this beer goes down, and my initial tasting of this brew definitely confirmed that it does have all the exceptional characteristics previously touted in spades! It doesn't come on too strong, or taste overly acoholic. Pouring out one of these into a large glass is a stellar night cap following an exhausting day.

I believe you can cellar this particular tripel as well and age it even more as an added bonus.

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

On tap in Portland, Maine at the Great Lost Bear.

Appearance was brown with a one-finger head.

Smell was strong, fragant, almost like hard booze, but still pleasant.

The taste was spicy, rich, and powerful, almost like I was drinker a Makers Mark version of a belgian beer.

Mouthfeel was full and complex, interesting.

Drinkability is good, just be sure not to have more than a couple of these.

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Photo of maximum12
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dr. Dogbeer who sent this in my very first trade. The label has this one bottled in November 2007. So young.

Pours a cloudy orange with a definite head. Swirling the glass even a little makes it reappear almost instantly. Cool. Smells fantastic!

Tastes even better. The oak gives the bourbon a nice backing & the whole package is subtle & smooth. We're consuming our first bottle with fresh-caught fish & it makes a good meal leap into the magnificent range. The alchohol is definitely present but caught up in the rest of the ingredients & warms my tummy like a warm bottle of milk sucked through the nipple of a baby's bottle. Mmmm.

This is exactly what I was hoping for from an Allagash beer & hadn't quite found it in the few I'd tried. Approachable, subtle, complex, drinkable, tasty, with a smell that starts in my nose hairs & ends someplace in my spinal column. I've vowed to lay off trading for a bit but my wife wants another. OK!

This is a fantastic beer.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice off-white head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of Belgian yeast phenols and candi sugar, followed by a strong scent of bourbon, vanilla. Some floral aromas as well. The taste is sweet from the candi sugar which is cut by the strong bourbon flavor. There is a nice honey malt backbone and a trace of grassy hops in the end. This brew sits very well on the tongue and tickles with the fizzy carbonation. Finishes sweet but not sticky or syrupy; very much like a bourbon. The alcohol is hidden very well, no burn for this 11%ABV. Will need to pick up an extra bottle to cellar.

I had this brew on cask at The Ginger Man this past winter. The aroma and taste was very strong on the oak and bourbon flavors, it was quite the experience. If you enjoy barrel-aged brews, try to find this one on cask.

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Photo of azagthoth
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay glass.

Appearance - A hazy golden straw in color with moderate head retention.

Smell - A puissant display of bourbon that is ever so ravishing as it overpowers hints of vanilla and tropical fruits.

Taste - Bourbon and wood first come to mind. The alcohol is much present at 11% ABV which compliments the vanilla & sweet fruit taste with a cordial spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps not as smooth as its competitors, but arguably spot on in the carbonation and quite smooth for how lightly it went down. The alcohol was also very existent.

Drinkability - Very easy to consume when you consider it's ABV, and most definitely an evening sipper. Well worth the $$$ for a single bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. This is one of those brews that, the second it hit my tongue, it was a revelation. The only other brew to strike me that way recently was Chimay's Grande Reserve. Curieux was close to the near-religious experience that I had with the Chimay and a plate of St. Louis-style BBQ ribs.

Pours clear golden with one finger of off-white froth. Aroma is cloves and bourbon. Bourbon explodes on the palate. I imagine that some beer purists will not enjoy this brew since the power of the bourbon is such that it almost comes across as a "flavored beer" (which I usually detest). However, I found the flavor so unique and subtle, with oak and vanilla and a sweet, smoky aftertaste, that I have only kudos for this beer.

My only dissension would be that I probably would not want this brew as my everyday imbibe, simply because it is such a "curious" flavor.

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

On tap... From notes a while back.

A: Beautifully carbonated, thin white head, straw colored body.

S: Aroma is fruity with hints of bourbon.

T: Definitely one of the better beers I've had in my life. There is something about a well made tripel... but this ones got bourbon notes. Excellent!

M: Again, carbonated to keep it interesting till the last sip.

D: Amazing, but dangerous.

One of my favs.

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