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/ 3,760 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:
3,760
Liked:
3,460
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: 3,760 |  Reviews: 908
Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2015. Poured into a tulip. A hazy golden color with a frothy and rocky white head. Mainly a yeasty aroma with bread, floral notes, honey, and wood. Really no bourbon on the nose. The taste was a different story. Classic Tripel flavor - candied sugar, esters, yeast, bread - but wrapped in a sweet oaky and bourbon package. Dry and crisp on the finish.

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

Bottle at 504, brought by Vito

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

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lilbeck23
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is very different. Has a bourbon smell and light look to it. It was not what I pictured it to be. However, it is not overpowering on bourbon and it has notes of vanilla and tropical fruit meledy. It is light but hits home on ABV.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed January 28, 2017. 1100th review:) 750 ml bottle aged for an additional 3 months in the cellar and enjoyed on a snowy Sunday afternoon. Purchased while visiting the US.

Appearance - A hazy, dark golden colored beer with a finger of white head. Good retention and next to no lacing.

Smell - Classic tripel aromas with yeast and candi sugar, but much more complex with traces of white wine, bourbon (duh) and honey too. Simply awesome.

Taste - And it tastes even better than it smells. Yeast, candi sugar, earthy with restrained bitterness to start, hints of bourbon throughout, but comes of drinking at a much lower ABV. This might be the best tasting tripel I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - Smmoth and delicate, the booze just never comes out and smashes your head in light some of the double digit ABV's can do. Light body all things considered (style, ABV).

Overall - Holy shit this stuff is good! A front runner for best beer I'm going to enjoy in 2017, fantastic feel and flavors, with just the right amount of bourbon, the right amount of spice and yeast and sugars, everything near perfect. While the price tag was hefty, this one has been on my wants list for about 3 years now, and very glad to have tried this masterpiece.

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Photo of Jliscin
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

February '16 bottling

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and straw gold in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing save a handful of small spots.

Smell - Tart and fruity aroma, almost cherry like, with spice, sugary sweetness and a vague hint of wood. Tartness dies as the brew warms.

Taste - A bit more 'sugary' sweet in the flavor profile, along with slight tartness and a hint of funk. Clove spice. Notes of oak surface mid-taste. Finishes much in the way it starts, though, with plenty of sweetness. Just a touch of astringency in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation. Sticky texture with a mostly dry finish, leaving that stickiness to linger on the lips and tongue.

Overall - I'm not especially fond of Belgian Dubs, Trips or Quads because of their immense sweetness, but the only other BA brew of similar style I'd had previous was Firestone's Stickee Monkee, which I found to be amazing. I thought this would be similarly balanced, but I was wrong. Maybe more than 8 weeks in the barrels would have given it a more well-rounded flavor? Isn't 6 months to a year about the norm? Even with nearly a year of age on it, I find this to be way too sugary for my palate. It's got some nice things going for it, but all things considered it's nothing I'd care to buy again.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of flyinhawaiian
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdecross
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Apellonious
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle that was bottled on 2/15/15 poured into a tulip glass. A mainly clear golden yellow/orange with a one finger head that retains as a creamy lace for a good while. Aroma is slightly sour, with some bourbon and yeast notes. The taste is more muted and rounded, with green olive (?) notes and bubblegum . Not much of the 11% is there, other than a slight reminder on the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation low. Overall, an interesting BA tripel. I wonder at what age point this is optimal, I have to imagine this less rounded at bottling.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ealanjones
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 3,760 ratings
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