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

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)
BA SCORE
92%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 3,761 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:
#600
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
3,761
Liked:
3,461
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
10.98%
Alströms:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
545
Gots:
1,118
Trade:
38
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,761 |  Reviews: 908
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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Photo of wrenken
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nothing like their Tripel. This is fantastic. By the way, I like their Tripel too. I can't get this in my state, but I'm still going to get it. This brew is so subdued, it has so much depth. I love this. My favorite American beer. I can't explain, I'm not so good at qualifying, but I love this.

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

Good orange hue. At first the aroma was similar to a triple but then fruit,sugar,bourbon,and definitely alcohol comes through.Taste follows aroma almost identically but with a strong warm effect from the alcohol. A really well made beer that is unique with a lot of complex flavors. I personally think it was overdone as the tripel aspects of this beer were excellent and barreling it added flavors that didn't need to be added. Don't get me wrong , I would try it again it just wasn't my favorite

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrat45
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of user785335
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Casey_L
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjrider
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty light golden hazy color. Aroma, white wine, alcohol, pear. Taste- a little pear and banana, Bourbon, white wine. Mouthfeel- medium carbonated. Overall- pretty strong alcohol flat out.

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Photo of joeyjojojrshabadoo
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of ccg
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled September 26, 2014, opened April 8, 2017.

Pours with a thin, fizzy head. It's a light-yellow beer with a slightly cloudy look and not much evidence of carbonation once the head fades away.

The smell is mostly banana, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a hint of bourbon.

The flavor is pretty similar, although the alcohol is not as well hidden. It's doesn't taste like it would be 11%, but there is some heat. Lots of yeast and a little bit of spice.

It has a pretty soft feel. The alcohol burns just a little, but it's mostly well hidden.

Overall, it's a solid beer. The bourbon-barrel aging is not overpowering but well integrated into the rest of the beer.

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Photo of themegamancave
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of thomda11
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a murky golden color with a massive, white, fluffy 3-finger head. Incredible retention and lacing present.

S - Oddly resembling of Allgash White. As expected, fairly sweet aromas, dominated my a blend of yeast/wheat, notes of banana, sugar, and unsurprisingly, bourbon. Very powerful and subtle aromas that mesh into a beautifully scented brew.

T - Almost entirely on par with the aromas. Sweet, subtle and robust. Malts, yeast, honey, bourbon and a note of vanilla are the dominating flavorings.

M - Sublime mouthfeel. Full bodied, mild carbonation, and incredibly smooth going down with little to no hint of booziness. An incredibly drinkable and enjoyable brew.

O - A wonderfully crafted beer from Allgash that I'll equate as the aged, grown-up version of their White. Well worth the value and well crafted beer.

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

Pours hazy gold color with a 1+ finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles, fading slowly and leaving very nice foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of bourbon, oak, yeast, peppery spices, vanilla, orange peel, bubblegum, green apple and a whole bunch of fruit. The malty aspects, fruit and bourbon blend well together and make for a really nice complex nose to inhale.

Tastes more fruity with toasted grains, grapes, white wine, rye, chalky yeast, rotting pear, clove and then more oaky bourbon accents like coconut and a touch of sherry. Very tasty, complex and smooth for such a dynamic brew. This was the last beer of the night after several others so I'l definitely revisit this again.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Omniwar
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 3,761 ratings
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