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)

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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 maximum12
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dr. Dogbeer who sent this in my very first trade. The label has this one bottled in November 2007. So young.

Pours a cloudy orange with a definite head. Swirling the glass even a little makes it reappear almost instantly. Cool. Smells fantastic!

Tastes even better. The oak gives the bourbon a nice backing & the whole package is subtle & smooth. We're consuming our first bottle with fresh-caught fish & it makes a good meal leap into the magnificent range. The alchohol is definitely present but caught up in the rest of the ingredients & warms my tummy like a warm bottle of milk sucked through the nipple of a baby's bottle. Mmmm.

This is exactly what I was hoping for from an Allagash beer & hadn't quite found it in the few I'd tried. Approachable, subtle, complex, drinkable, tasty, with a smell that starts in my nose hairs & ends someplace in my spinal column. I've vowed to lay off trading for a bit but my wife wants another. OK!

This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice off-white head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of Belgian yeast phenols and candi sugar, followed by a strong scent of bourbon, vanilla. Some floral aromas as well. The taste is sweet from the candi sugar which is cut by the strong bourbon flavor. There is a nice honey malt backbone and a trace of grassy hops in the end. This brew sits very well on the tongue and tickles with the fizzy carbonation. Finishes sweet but not sticky or syrupy; very much like a bourbon. The alcohol is hidden very well, no burn for this 11%ABV. Will need to pick up an extra bottle to cellar.

I had this brew on cask at The Ginger Man this past winter. The aroma and taste was very strong on the oak and bourbon flavors, it was quite the experience. If you enjoy barrel-aged brews, try to find this one on cask.

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Photo of azagthoth
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Chimay glass.

Appearance - A hazy golden straw in color with moderate head retention.

Smell - A puissant display of bourbon that is ever so ravishing as it overpowers hints of vanilla and tropical fruits.

Taste - Bourbon and wood first come to mind. The alcohol is much present at 11% ABV which compliments the vanilla & sweet fruit taste with a cordial spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps not as smooth as its competitors, but arguably spot on in the carbonation and quite smooth for how lightly it went down. The alcohol was also very existent.

Drinkability - Very easy to consume when you consider it's ABV, and most definitely an evening sipper. Well worth the $$$ for a single bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. This is one of those brews that, the second it hit my tongue, it was a revelation. The only other brew to strike me that way recently was Chimay's Grande Reserve. Curieux was close to the near-religious experience that I had with the Chimay and a plate of St. Louis-style BBQ ribs.

Pours clear golden with one finger of off-white froth. Aroma is cloves and bourbon. Bourbon explodes on the palate. I imagine that some beer purists will not enjoy this brew since the power of the bourbon is such that it almost comes across as a "flavored beer" (which I usually detest). However, I found the flavor so unique and subtle, with oak and vanilla and a sweet, smoky aftertaste, that I have only kudos for this beer.

My only dissension would be that I probably would not want this brew as my everyday imbibe, simply because it is such a "curious" flavor.

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Photo of amiles
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap... From notes a while back.

A: Beautifully carbonated, thin white head, straw colored body.

S: Aroma is fruity with hints of bourbon.

T: Definitely one of the better beers I've had in my life. There is something about a well made tripel... but this ones got bourbon notes. Excellent!

M: Again, carbonated to keep it interesting till the last sip.

D: Amazing, but dangerous.

One of my favs.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have an opaque golden brew with constantly streaming bubbles feeding the 1" head of white foam.

Is it appropriate to thank God for beer? Sure it is. Bourbon wafts through the room, emanating from this Goliath of beers. Memories of afternoons with my grandfather race to fill my mind like it was just yesterday.

The bourbon flavor is more subtle and sublime than its aroma, as it competes with vanilla and butter.

Smooth as fine combed silk, light as angel food cake, warming alcohol, and decadent.

I'm not sharing this bottle with anyone, but will rush out and get another for friends. If only I were younger, I'd spend the entire day sipping away. Oh, what the hell, bring it on baby!

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Photo of alexgash
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled on August 2006. Served at 45 degrees F.

Pours a clear, brilliant golden with yellow straw edges. Small, half inch of tight-bubbled off-white head. Some lacing, but not a lot. Nose of spiced cider, manuka honey, white pepper, ripe pears, Chardonnay oakiness, and mild bourbon. Surprisingly Chardonnay-esque.

Soft, lightly-toasted wheat malt and mild astringency up front. Pear cider tangy-ness and tropical fruit sweetness fill out the palate. Light alcohol and definite bourbon notes around the edges. Some honey sweetness mixes with peppery notes. Hints of vanilla and oak in the warming finish. Mild peppery, herbal hop bitterness is there as well. Lingering tropical fruit and oaky bourbon. Excellent. Full-bodied with a very nice creamy, mouth-coating feel. A very well conceived and executed beer. I love the way the light bourbon and oak mix with the sweet, peppery base. Delicious!

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Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting 3/29/08

This beer was very surprisingly good. I'm not sure why I had it in my mind that I wouldn't like it but that certainly wasn't the case. Very outstanding beer.

It pours a cloudy straw color with a thin white head. I got the bottom of the bottle because I like the yeast so that was the cause of the cloudiness. The first beers poured were much clearer. The aroma is filled with bourbon and citrus and is very pleasant. The flavor is nice, light, and very balanced with just a hint of bourbon and a good sweetness. This was a perfect mix of bourbon aging and tripel. Light to medium bodied and there is NO WAY to detect any of the 11% ABV. INCREDIBLY drinkable.

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Photo of JDV
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellowish orange color. Cloudy with a very small quickly fading head. Smell is lemony, bright, and cedary. Pretty fresh aroma and taste is much the same with bright lemony notes and definite strong woody flavors from the barrell more so than the actual bourbon. Slightly creamy. A very unique beer, and I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of Boppar
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: very pretty. Darker than a normal tripel (yay for barrel-aging). Two fingers of delicate foamy lace and hea. Good retention.

S: Awesome. Broan sugar, vanilla, Belgian yeast, (very slight) alcohol spice, esters.

T: Opens up tasting a little bit like a tripel, but with the addition of vanilla and brown sugar. This beer was fairly weak from the mid-late palate through the finish, although it did have an awesom bourbon aftertaste.

M: Too thin! Not creamy or yeasty enough.

D: Yes, as a tripel should be.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle in early 2007 and I think it's time to open it.

Bottling: November 2006
Cases Bottled: 496

Big pop once I removed the cork.

Pours a pale to golden yellow with a thin crown of foam which quickly dissipates.

Aromas of bananas, green--not yet ripe--grapefruit, bread dough, spices, yeast, apricots and peaches. The vanilla from the oak and wood comes through very lightly in the background but works really well. A slight boozy aroma dances in the background as well. After I let the beer breathe for a few moments (still without taking a sip) some more fruits begin to present themselves. I'm now detecting green apple, ripe mango, and a touch of strawberry. All-in-all it has a wonderful bouquet of tropical fruits, bread and spices.

Tastes more of the same but really well balanced. Apricot, orange, grapefruit, nectarine and mango comes to mind and is quickly followed by bread and spices. A mix of fruits in the finish along with some alcohol warmth. Tastes very sweet with a honey flavor and cheerios. Apple skins appear in the aftertaste as well as grape juice.

Drinks very smooth, for 11% it is dangerously drinkable. Enough carbonation on the tongue to keep this one lively and effervescent.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting 3/29/08

Clear and somewhere between golden and yellow. This one is really attractive in a glass. I wish I the bottles to experiment with pairing. There is a nice grape/wine and spice aroma. The barrel age is an accent...part of the overall balance of the fruitiness of the beer instead of an alien presence.

This is easy drinking. It tastes good with an inviting sweetness and 11% ABV hiding in wait. Don't let it bounce on you.

I'm going to be on the lookout for bottles of this one.

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Photo of Avryle
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Night in the Woods" tasting 3.29.08
November 2006 bottling

A- Clear, bright golden in color. Pours very full-bodied with a small white head

S- Spicy sweet malts. Peppery grains of paradise coming right through along with grapes.

T- Sweet & citrusy with a good presence of bourbon & wood

M- Fizzy & full bodied- a nice indication of the syle

D- You'd almost think this was a session beer- its so dangerously drinkable. But that 11% would kick you in the teeth if you tried it!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed this a while back for something like 6.99 so I went into this with little expectations.
Nov 2006 bottling.

A: Hazy golden color. Minimal white head. Looked like a standard tripel in the glass.

S: The smell was the one flaw in the beer for me and it was still decent. You could smell the oak and the yeast which was an unusual combo. Behind that I did get hints of grapes.

T: Really hard to describe. It was really sweet with a hint of bourbon and some sugar. The barrel aging totally did something unuiqe to this beer. Really hard to describe.

M: Really good mouthfeel on this. Very traditional take on the style.

D: I would give this beer a 17 on drinkability if I could. If you handed me a glass of this and then told me to guess the ABV I would tell you around 5%. Simply put amazing.

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Photo of skibumdc
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Eat Bar/Talula's in Arlington, VA
Served in a tulip/snifter style glass.
Dirty Blond in color, but perfect clarity. Small head but it stayed throughout entire 6oz sample.
Smells in Pinot Grigio wine or fruits.

Taste had buttery caramel after taste that turned into laces of fruit.
I could tell it weas higher in alcohol, but not too much.
Very drinkable but not a session beer.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Paradiso.
Pours a very hazy, cloudy medium amber to bright orange color. Just a shimmer or bright white head is formed that quickly is reduced to a covering and soon nothing. The aroma is difficult to grasp with the cask pouring (minimal carbonation hurts), but soon notes of sour cherries, citrus, moderate clove and vanilla come through. On the palate, however, things develop. Flavors of strong oak hit you hard first, followed by vanilla, spicy phenolics, and a little citrus. The cask conditioning makes things a bit muddy, with a bright citrus tripel clashing with the strong oaky and bourbon flavors. The mouthfeel is heavy with low to minimal carbonation. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and extreme beer. The oak was a bit overpowering though hindering the drinkability.

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Photo of Ehouse
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionally smooth and balanced Belgian Triple. Slightly tart and spicy from the wood but not overpowering like other barrel aged beers. Personally I like the Interlude better, but, as always, Allagash comes through in making another kick ass beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Taco Mac in Crabapple (Crabble Mac).

Appearance: Pours a clear blonde body with a small, white head.

Smell: Restrained aroma of bourbon mixed with white wine and candy.

Taste: Bourbon-influenced, semi-sweet pale malt flavor and notes of vanilla, wood. Dash of pinot grigio. Lemon sorbet fruitiness and light spice in back of the bourbon. Hint of honeysuckle. There's plenty of candi sweetness on this ride, but it still manages to finish somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied bolstered by a creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty good. Go on, give it a try. What harm could it do?

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Photo of skomahon
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Dirty Truth in Northampton--I love cask ale, and was excited to hear about an Allagash tripel on cask while I was there.

Pours a blonde color into a chalice-style glass. Very rich aroma, lots of citrus and other fruit flavors mixed with some hints of alcohol and also a distinct richness--I could sense complexity from the very first smell of the beer.

It may have been this pour, but the mouthfeel was surprising! I wonder if this would have been better bottled, or maybe it was the surprise of low carbonation from the cask with a distinct alcohol flavor that I more regularly associate with the powerful, viscous, mouthfeel of belgian tripels, but I would have liked a bit more richness here. The taste itself is rich and complex, not overpowering--and actually is probably more drinkable than many other of its style. However, after being so excited about the smell and it being on cask, I was a bit disappointed...definitely worth trying, and an ambitious project from Allagash.

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Photo of DIM
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

note: This was bottled in sept. 2007.

a: This one is a slightly cloudy pale golden color. It pours with a huge fizzy white head that has great lace.

s: Huge bourbon smells dominate, along with some woody vanilla. Some of the tripel does manage to sneak through, aromas of yeasty sour apples.

t: Things are much more in balance here. Early on, flavors of earthy grainy yeasts, peper, cloves, and mildly sour apples are all blanketed by bourbon flavors. The finish is a wondeful wave of woody, vanilla bourbon goodness.

m: This has a nice oily texture and a pleasantly gentle carbonation.

d: I wasn't sure if bourbon barrel aging a tripel would work, but Allagash has done fantastic job with this one.

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Photo of faernt
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This cork wouldn't budge. It actually broke before I had to use a corkscrew to get the rest out. Is this sugar on the cork that sticks it so?

It opened with an aroma of brett and spices and the pour was slightly heady. The taste is prickly and boozy (one of my faves) The color is deep gold like chardonnay that is almost too old but still tastes good. The lace on the side of the goblet is irregular and up the side about an inch.

Sweetness and bitterness kick in about mid glass. This is well made stuff. Allagash does well with this one.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smellysell for this bottle.

Pours a dark straw, bordering on orange with a thick two finger head that settles, eventually, to a thick cap. The lacing leaves a solid sheet of foam on the glass.

Smell; oak and vanilla with a little coconut kick things off. The fruits are more prevalent than I though they would be with the barrel aging, with some apricots and pineapple.

Taste; the bourbon is very evident, but is not overpowering. Oak and vanilla mix nicelyl with apricots, pineapples and coconut. It's pretty sweet but the bourbon, a bit of a hop spiciness and a dryness from the barrels help to keep it moderate. Overll this is one awesome beer, with the bourbon barrel aging being an integral part instead of taking over the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth creamy carbonation. The drinkability is really good, despite a noticeable alcohol presence.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap this weekend

A - sort of an amber gold with a nice head, very cloudy, which I really liked. Dunno why, it just looked really nice

S - hints of vanilla from the bourbon aging. Fruity with a fair bit of sweetness and a few hop notes, and the alcohol is definitely there. It's almost like a wine aroma with sort of a grape smell to it. Very interesting

T - very similar to the smell. Fruitiness is really there, and the sweet isn't overpowering. It's quite pleasant actually. The alcohol does come through again, and it probably should at 11%. Body has the same wine-ish/grape flavor to it, but there is also some spice.

M - medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Enjoyable for sure

D - definitely drinkable, but only in small quantities. Incredibly delicious and complex. Really liked it, but obviously couldn't do these all night. Would totally order again though. Check it out if you can. Glad I got it on tap as 1 glass was about a third of the price of 750 mL at the store =)

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a complete frothy head. The nose on this beer is quite nice. The bourbon barrel aging is very good. Just the subtlest of hints of oak and bourbon. It really compliments the beer instead of taking over. This is a real treat, something I could drink all day long. A very nice, well rounded, well put together beer. I've got absolutely no complaints.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Years corked bottle tasting extravaganza with grub and biegaman! grub supplied this, 2007 vintage.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow, thick white head forms, solid, lots of lace, great retention. Smell is soft butter, oranges, bread, wheat, spices, vanilla and bourbon, lemons, oak, some alcohol, pretty complex. Taste is vanilla, lemons, fruity, peach and apricot, alcohol, oak, caramel, bourbon, pretty big flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty damn solid and the bourbon works well with this one. Thanks Russ!

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