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)
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
Ratings:
3,747
Reviews:
906
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
542
Gots:
1,113
For Trade:
39
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,747 |  Reviews: 906
Photo of CTbrew32
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rideguy64
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boom went my taste buds. This is a heck of a beer.

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Photo of Rjtauer
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Levin0013
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjc3151
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOSullivan
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharleyW
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden amber color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of pineapples, light white oak and oranges.
Delicious flavor of coconut, vanilla, pineapple, mint, lemongrass, elegant tartness, oranges, white pepper, herbal hops, pears, white wine and a bit of banana. And I was almost forgetting, a touch of bourbon, which had a perfect level for the style and overall beer. Dry, almost astringent, aftertaste with a lingering fruity taste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Great example on how to hide an 11% abv, amazing.
Hard to beat Tripel. Excellent complexity and wonderfully balanced. Quite flexible: very drinkable or great sipper.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwent91
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KasteelDonker
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New reviewer, new taste for me. I like smoothest, highest abv. This curieux has great taste AND the strength that I desire.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy, but not quite cloudy; golden yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: the bourbon clearly comes through, but it doesn't overwhelm the coriander, orange peel, banana, and peppery spice from the original tripel;

T: complex; a moment of bourbon and vanilla, then a rush of citrus - mostly lemon; the finish is a combination of all of that, along with some black pepper;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; a little alcohol warming, but not much; really smooth;

O: one of the best beers I've every had; it's always a treat when I get a taste of this;

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Photo of Knoxrb12
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wmclaughlin12
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wsherry1
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Caskaway
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of inonesock
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Sneaky... a very sneaky beer.

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Photo of Nightwish1094
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kipp
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GPHarris
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

a - poured a one-finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was a bright, clear amber color.
s - oak and honey.
t - oak, honey, vanilla with a hint of bourbon.
m - slick and creamy, medium mouthfeel.
o - delicious and complex. great sipper.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ.

Served in a Chimay chalice. Hazy, dark gold in color, and a small white head. Lots of caramel and vanilla in the nose. Very sweet and warming flavor. A little bit of heat from the bourbon which counteracts nicely with the sweetness. Medium bodied but bold. Definitely a sipper.

I've had this beer many times over the years but have been hesitant to buy a bottle due to the increase in price. It's probably the first barrel aged beer I had years ago. It was a treat to have on-tap and affordable as well. Great stuff!

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,747 ratings.
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