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 DJoe
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A -Poured crystal and golden, with a thin head

S - Light scents of bourbon, but also some fruity aromas. Reminds me of a good cider in some ways

T - Taste is mildy of bourbon. I drank it about six months after bottling and i sense less bourbon than in some other reviews. Very crisp and fresh for a high ABV beer.

M - Very, very nice and clean with just the right carbonation. Even on the light side.

O - Overall I am very impressed. Crisp and clean with oak/bourbon hints.

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Photo of TripleTwenty
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to have this on tap as I probably will not get this chance again for a while.

A: Poured into a tulip glass with a solid half inch white head. The beer itself looks amazing; orangy look almost like a mix between a wit and hefe but not to hazy.

S: First smell did not produce too much, similar to most tripels but with a touch of oak and not an over powering smell of alcohol as you can get in some tripels.

T: My first question was, is this really 11% ABV? This beer is so incredibly smooth, a perfect balance of malt/hops. Not too sweet as some tripels can be and a perfect oaky finish.

M: Very light, creamy, and smooth throughout your palate.

D: At 11% ABV I can see how this can be consumed easily over and over again. Try it!

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Photo of FFreak
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Poured into tulips and shared. A hazy pinkish-straw color with a pure white head. Whiskey on the nose with vanilla, white wine and raisin. Tastes delicious with whiskey, wine, oak, raisin, caramel and vanilla notes. Nice level of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Very nicely done. This is worth repeating.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: June 2011

Purchased @ Tulleys, Wells Maine

Price - $15.99/bomber

Pours crisp and clean with a one inch soapy white head. The color is gold with no haze what so ever. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the stem area adding to the creamy film that sits on top. Modest lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is fruity and complex with peach, vanilla, honey sweetness and what smells like Belgian yeast which adds a touch of funk. I dig the smell of this one.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with orange peel, bananas, lemons, wood and spices. Well balanced with the bourbon. I know some BB blends can be over the top but this is perfectly crafted. The hops add a nice little bite and the alcohol flavor is light and non offensive.

Mouthfeel starts off soft and smooth followed by some hop bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation. Finishes warm and a bit dry, like a white wine. A smooth sipper and very drinkable.

Overall this is a fantastic Bourbon barrel tripel. I'd love to add this to my regular line up however my one hang up is the price. That being said it's still worth it.

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

Interesting beer. At first I wasn't sure if I loved it or I hated it, but it quickly won me over. The cork popped with a decent crack, and it poured a mainly clear golden-orange body (cellaring has sedimented it nicely) beneath a frothy, and then creamy, head of white. The retention was good and it left some very nice sheets of lace about the goblet.

The nose is unlike any other beer I've ever encountered, with notes of tropical, citrus, and summer fruits (tangerine, papaya, pineapple, peach, melon) amidst sweetish vanilla notes from the wood. It's bready, doughy, and sweet with a suggestion of bourbon, and some balance from the oak. Alcohol is present, but welcome... far from "hot".

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy with a medium-light body and "airy" effervescent carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

The flavor is not unlike the nose, except that perhaps the fruitiness is softened a bit as it's immersed in sweetish, vanilla-accented, golden malt. The alcohol remains, but the bitterness is limited and it actually helps to balance and dry the beer, as does the oak in the finish. As you progress, the alcohol steps in and changes it slightly, covering over - or blinding your tastebuds to - the sweet malt, leaving it more spicy, fruity/subtly tangish, and dry with wood. It also helps to let the mild herbal hops that are there come through; and gives it a greater complexity - of course, you can't taste much after you're through, but it's a nice ride!

This beer has aged nicely. It's become much more rounded and focused than I initially remember it, where the fruitiness seemed to want to express a sharper, more juicy/tart side and the vanilla/candyish malt fluffed over it. Perhaps it's dried out a little bit and now the two sides have come a little bit closer together. I wish I had another bottle to try a year from now... Impressive!

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

Thanks to brewguru for the bottle.
Pours a glowing light gold color with an enormously effervescent white head on the pour that fades into a snifter coating layer of puffy lace.
Aroma is loaded with medicinal alcohol notes, strong vanilla hits and some grain and pale malt. I swear I get some rum or curacao notes as well.
Flavor has some fruity sweetness, reminds me of sugar cookies with lots of vanilla tones. Just a hint of peat and a then a yeasty, cloved, spiced finish with a hint of white pepper. Very intriguing indeed. You can tell the Tripel is here but the vanilla flavors and peaty aroma cut off any of the citrus that the Tripel has to offer.
Mouthfeel is really tremendous and full of contradictory notes. Sweet yet semi-sour mash. Harsh vanilla notes coupled with a softness of citrus, grain and yeast.
Drinkability is really very good. Must admit when I first heard about this beer, I was highly skeptical. I'm a fool for doubting the genius of Mr. Tod. This beer is a true classic and a style buster. Only a mad brewing genius like him could marry barrel aging and a world-class triple to make such an intriguing and tasty treat.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1 finger white head.

Smells like caramel and toffee with some alcohol. Very nice smelling actually.

Tastes so good! Lots of caramel and toffee, but with a distinctive Belgian twist. Nice touch of alcohol warmth. Extremely well balanced. Oh, so tasty!

Mouthfeel is relatively creamy and perfect carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability is exceptionally high based on the alcohol.

Highly recommended. Too expensive, but oh so good.

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

Poured into tulip glass, golden hazy with massive 3 finger head. The retention is really sticky around the glass. Bottle dated August 2011.

Beer aroma has big estery Profile of dried fruit with pineapple, orange peel and spices.

Taste of clove, vanilla, dried fruit present. Very much like the aroma. No boozy syrupy dissapoinments. Does not taste strong at all for 11% Abv.

Mouthfeel has well balanced carbonation, effervescent and finishes clean but not dry. Very creamy.

Phenomenal example of a golden Belgian triple. The barrel aging takes the edge off and gives A super smooth profile. It's worth the $.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy light straw color with a nice head and minimal lacing.

S: Scents of fresh Belgian yeast with citrus hops and light hints of alcohol fumes.

T&M: Nice tripel taste with quality yeast, citrus hops, warming alcohol. Smooth, light bodied.

Quality brew and glad I was able to get it locally on tap. Probably not my favorite Belgian style due the the priciness, but definitely worth a try for a special occassion.

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

This is one of my favorite beers i've had over 5 bottles of it now and i fiured it was time to say somethign about it. My bottle was bottled january 2009 and i've been saving it for a few months now. i'm gonna have to get a bottle to replace it now :D.

A: Hazy Golden slightly orangish served in a duvel tulip. 1.5 finger head. head fades to thin layer. some lacing

S: Alcohol, burbon, smells the way an excellent beer should

T: Tastes aged like a wine might be. excellent strong yet smoothly light taste.

M: Very super smooth. Light carbonation, particularly smooth for a beer of this color.

D: at 17 bucks a bomb, not really but if i were rich this would be a sessions beer for me. i love it. high on the alcohol % though.

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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 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 jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden straw with a huge head that hangs around. nose; lemongrass, vanilla, & clove. taste; belgian yeast, banana, pear, tart apple, oak, vanilla, lemongrass, gum, & coconut. a touch heavy on esters/ethanol, but pleasing. high carbonation & medium mouthfeel. nice!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

"Hints" of bourbon is correct, at least with this bottle. Would have liked a more pronounced bourbon influence but that may be bottle specific, too. Only thing that detracted from my giving it a perfect score!

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

Sampled this brew at Philly Winter Beer Fest, got a full drink on draft at Capones in East Norriton

The pour on this brew poured a deep golden color with a decent amount of carbonation. It has a great bright white head that doesn't have a whole lot of retention, which is expected with such a high ABV brew. It did have a pretty decent amount of lacing as you drink the brew.

The aroma begins with a great presense of floral notes. After that you begin to great solid boozy aroma, definitly bourbon. Which actually warms the nose. There is also something sweet in the nose as well, an oaky vanilla or sugar that mix with the booze aroma and come together very well.

The flavors from the aroma carry over into the flavor of the brew, but there is also more there as well. Its got a very nice bitter/sweetness and alcohol burn. There is a bit of a grainy flavor that is also in the front, as teh brew warms a bit there is a nice citrus hops that give the brew a bitter taste, but they are balanced out with the sugars from the alcohol. There is also that woody, vanilla flavors as well. As in a good bourbon(at least for me) as the brew warms, it actually makes me enjoy it even more.

The mouthful on this brew is full of carbonation that feeds the nice alcohol burn from the bourbon barrels. It actually gives the mouth a nice tingle in the first few sips. Its a very warming feeling. Its a nice medium body. It smooth and creamy and goes down very well. Great brew by Allagash.

For a brew with a such a high ABV, I am really impressed. I could drink much more of this brew. However, for those who don't always have these kind of brews, the brew must be respected. It must be done as a sipper. Enjoy. I know I did

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Photo of number1bum
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle, September 2007 bottling, a Christmas gift from my brother Nick. Poured into a Chimay goblet is a rich golden color with a bit of chill haze and lots of bubbles both sticking to the side of the glass and rising to the top. Thick and creamy off-white head on top is a good finger and a half, and recedes to a more than adequate lace. Also leaves patches of stick on the sides, but it never quite kicks that haze.

Initially I get vanilla, oak and a nutiness on the nose, products of the barrel aging I'm guessing. Not much that would normally be there with a tripel, to be honest, other than some sweetness. Barrel dominates here but it sure smells nice. As it warms up there is some more fruitiness on the nose.

Vanilla and some bourbon flavor are prominent in the taste just as they were the smell, along with an oakiness, too. Tripel characters play more on the palate than the nose, though, as I get some malt sweetness, light spiciness and fruit. The bourbon characters really add to and complement rather than dominate (a la KBS) the flavor in this beer, although the bourbon is definitely strong. Some alcohol burn toward the end hits the back of the throat, but so what, this is damn tasty.

Mouthfeel has a chewy medium-full body and is very smooth and creamy.

This is an awesome brew! Dangerously delicious and drinkable at 11%. I found myself taking very frequent sips to explore the complexities of flavor, and even spending far more time with the glass to my nose than I do with a typical brew. I'd love to get another bottle of this and leave it in the cellar for awhile. Great stuff!

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

one of the better efforts from Allagash
Rich golden color
Heady/Yummy dark fruit nose
Heady and intense
Banana and pear fruit with a nice Bourbon (barrels from JB) presence, bit of vanilla.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Good for a late evening beside the fireplace

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

Appearance: Light Golden/Cloudy

Smell: Almond, Cotton Candy, Candy Apple

Taste: Hint of Bourbon, Creamy, Cinnamon, Melon

Mouthfeel: Smoooth, Full Bodied, Spritzer finish.

Drinkability: It's like that curtain of glaze at Krispy Kreme that everyone's fantasized about putting their mouth under - I could put my mouth under a waterfall of this beer and be in heaven. It's what beer is supposed to taste like.

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

Allagash Curiuex 2009 Bourbon Barrel tripel

G- Riedel 6416/07

A- Hazy, honey gold. Lots of hanging Belgian lace.

S- Vanillin oak lactones, Fruity citrus/banana esters. Bready Belgian yeast. Spicy clove phenolics.

T- Substantial gravity here. Malt, spice, fruits, apricots, coconut.

M- Creamy. Refined, beautifully polished, balanced and integrated.

Serving: Corked bomber.

Comments: This interpretation of a tripel may be unconventional, but it is wonderfully complex, and seductive to enjoy.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Shared 5-way with family, poured into the Allagash coolship chalice

A: Beautiful golden trippel color with some floaties near the end of the bottle. Slightly hazy with big puffy white head. Lacing and retention outstanding.

S: White pepper, yeasty dough and brediness with a slight tang of barrel.

T: Everything in the nose, except the tang on the nose is muted on the taste. Imperceptible metallic note on warming as well.

M: Impossibly light for a barrel aged beer. Perfectly dry finish. Vapors fuel heat sensation, but it is expected for an 11% ale.

O: I would have this on a semi-regular basis if possible. Just outstanding.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, banana colored, foggy brew. Medium body. Head is large and soapy-foamy white.

Spicy Banana. Awesome aroma. VERY light vanilla barrel is noted, not heavy, very light.

Perfect heavy carbonation plays perfectly into the spice and fall time fruits of the belgian flavors. Wet, refreshing, damp, carefree, unique and perfectly roughed-up by a solid bourbon barrel. Lots of great heat burn a few seconds past your last sip.

This brew is belgian greatness. Normally, I hate heat burn, but with this brew it's so flavorful and deep. Highly recommended and well worth the $16 price paid. I cannot wait to trade for some more of this stuff! I need a southern trading partner...

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Photo of Jeffreychason
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottled December 2011. Consumed NYE 2013. Done side by side with a fresh bottle. Major improvement with the aged bottle. The beer is more well balanced with the bourbon, I would never complain about Curieux it's one if my favorite beers and a local classic. But compared to the 2011, it was sweeter and more pronounced. The qualities of the triple and the bourbon are well blended to form a real classic.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden hue with a massive white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing. Nice looking tripel. But this seems to be much more than a tripel.

S: Woah. Massive scent of vanilla hits the olfactory senses, along with tropical fruits and somewhere in the background is the alcohol. Seems they did a good job hiding the high ABV.

T: Intuition confirmed. The alcohol is hidden very well in this one. The style of a tripel aged in oak barrels seems to have melded together quite well. Sweet, tropical fruits, candi sugar leads it's way to a woody, vanilla finish that lasts quite awhile. Not as intense and varied in flavor in comparison to Allagash's Odyssey, but easier to drink than the also very good Odyssey.

M: Near perfect carbonation. Not too spritzy, not too flat. Just right. The barrel aged aspect of this beer comes through in the mouthfeel, where woody, vanilla finish lingers for some time on the palate. That's a good thing.

D: Easy to drink, but meant to be sipped and enjoyed. I expect this one to creep up rather quickly, considering the robust ABV. Though, it is a bit pricey, I'd most certainly try this again.

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Photo of dnichols
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a chilled tulip.

A: It poured a cloudy golden burnt yellow with an abundant slightly off white head of about three fingers. The head receded quickly but the sticky bubbles clung to the side of the glass and provided excellent lacing.

S: It has a wonderfully rich aroma of gently toasted malts, fresh whole wheat bread, and light fruits including bananas and mandarin oranges.

T: The front end of each sip includes a smooth rich flavor of sweet malts with a ting of sweet smoky bourbon and a dash of nutmeg and white pepper. There is also a lingering flavor of light lemon peels and sweet mandarin oranges. The back end has a bit of a bite of the alcohol that drys the palate but only leaves the lingering smooth richness of the flavor of bourbon and sweet malts.

M: Full bodied, creamy and smooth. It is silky and has a wonderful smoky sweet residual on the palate that makes the next sip an event that one cannot procrastinate.

D: Wow...this has a wonderful flavor, great mouthfeel and it delivers what it promises....a smooth rich aged tripel. A nice complement to its brother tripel from Allagash and an excellent cousin to the finest tripels from Belgium. However, the price per unit of joy is unbalanced compared to others with comparable and at times better qualities. This alone diminishes this fine brews drinkability.

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Photo of robroc
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pastabilities in Syracuse, NY. This beer tends to be the about same price per oz on tap as in the bottle. So I pass over the ubiquitous $18+ bottle, but order this whenever I see it on tap. There's a perfect balance between the bourbon barrel and the base tripel.

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