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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:
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

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Bottled September 2015
Pale golden pour with a crisp white thin head. Trace vanilla and oak. I'm thinking golden plump raisins. Cereal and a mellifluous sweetness. A phenolic spiciness. Pale malt and corn sugars. Trace bourbon. Medium feel, mild bitterness and lasting sweet alcohol. I see I keep using the word 'trace' throughout my descriptors. Not big and powerful, yet subtle. Drinks better at warmer temperatures. I've had this in the past and one bottle could get you very comfortable. This bottle always seems to be paying a lot of rent on the shelves especially for a barrel. Other comparable brews available for less $$.

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750ml bottle into oversized snifter. Bottled 8/24/2012.

A: Pours a clear, deep apple juice color with a large, billowing, and dense off-white head that took forever to slowly settle into a dense and fluffy layer of fuzzy film. A sheet of soft lace was left down the glass.
S: Sweeter than expected on the nose with hints of apple juice, toasted malts, caramel, toffee, golden fruits, and a touch of earthy barrel spice.
T: Mellow and complex flavors of caramel and toasted grains, slightly sweet apple cider and stone fruits, and peppery spicy yeast. The finish contains notes of honey and vanilla, and the aftertaste has notes of bourbon, leather and leafy tobacco.
M: Full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, low and soft carbonation. Slick overall, heavy and viscous mouthfeel. Drinks heavy and smooth.
O: Not as potent as I expected, but the flavors and mouthfeel were extremely smooth and balanced. There is a flavorful touch of bourbon, but I wish they would have blended a little less fresh tripel into the recipe. Help up will with age though, and definitely drinks well.

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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,782 ratings
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