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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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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.

Added by Todd on 04-05-2004

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887
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3,652
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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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 mkh012
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle served in a tulip. This was bottled in November 2015 (4 months before this tasting). Pours golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose is mild -- yeast, banana, and a touch of oak. The flavor profile on this one is honestly incredible. It opens with soft citrus and tapers into rich, milky coconut and vanilla. An incredible beer. Super smooth and luxurious. Worth every penny. Maybe the best tasting 11% beer I've had. Super smooth from beginning to end. Would recommend without a doubt. A must-have.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange -peach with a small white head that coats the glass nicely. Smells of charcoal and bourbon, banana, spicy and peppery, some mild fruity esters and citric notes, and an excellent musty oak aroma. WOW, is this a complex brew. Tastes very spicy. Extremely evident bourbon flavor and alcohol kick. Very warming, almost overpowering. Bready notes with some citric tones, and some sugary sweetness hidden under the alcohol burn. Maybe some tart apple and sweet peaches. Like I said, very complex. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with a little carbonation tickle. A great beer to sip and enjoy with a good book- don't be in a hurry with this one. I must have one for the cellar.

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Photo of Flyer
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 11 percent alcohol and oak-laced flavors make this trippel unique. It pours a pale golden, but still slightly ruddy, color, with a thick white head. The aroma is all oak. Classic Belgiany trippel flavor up front, with notes of honey, whiskey, and oak throughout,and an alcohol-warmed aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very thin, and that's not normally a plus for me, but the experience is bolstered by that intense alcohol presence and the oak, so I'd call it "delicate but earthy." Nothing else quite like this out there, and along with another entry in this Allagash line (the Musette) these ales could obsolete wine as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of GregA135
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew!

A nice hazy amber color

smooth and crisp

Allagash really makes some great brews! The barrel aging is what did it great, a nice smooth and crisp beer.

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

Poured from bottle (marked as bottled in January 2012) into Maudite snifter. Nice pop from the cork, no foamy mess.

Cloudy straw to golden in color? Nice, big, puffy head that thins out but not completely leaving some nice lacing.

Wonderful aroma. That Belgian yeast nose, with sweet bready notes, almost like cake batter. This beer is too darn drinkable for 11%! Nice sweet (but not too sweet) finish, with just a kiss of booziness.

I've got to get more of these.

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Photo of jhu1995
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled date of August 2007.

Pours a golden yellow color with orange tones and thin head. For smell, first noticed a slight funkiness to it, with a second layer of bourbon and oak, and finally some orange notes and faint alcohol. The bourbon oak barrel aroma was very mild and not overpowering. On first taste, noticed the oak and bourbon, but the orange flavors start to come through. Some warming alcohol as you work through it. Would categorize as medium-bodied but had a smooth creaminess to it. Easier to drink then I thought it would be. Worth seeking out.

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

Appearance: Light Golden/Cloudy

Smell: Almond, Cotton Candy, Candy Apple

Taste: Hint of Bourbon, Creamy, Cinnamon, Melon

Mouthfeel: Smoooth, Full Bodied, Spritzer finish.

Drinkability: It's like that curtain of glaze at Krispy Kreme that everyone's fantasized about putting their mouth under - I could put my mouth under a waterfall of this beer and be in heaven. It's what beer is supposed to taste like.

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

750 mL bottle dated July 2011 shared amongst friends.

A: golden clear with bright white head, fairly constant stream of bubbles, excellent retention during entire glass pour and great lacing.

S: Nose has a bit of funk, some hay, and alcohol is apparent as well. Not as strongly Belgian as I remember from previous tastings. There is a hint of oak in there.

T: There is a hint of Belgiany fruit and slices, behind fairly strong alcohol. Definitely get some hints of bourbon.

M: fairly crisp and dry with sharp alcohol heat. Good carbonation.

O: a very good strong Belgian-style ale. I am looking forward to aging the other one I have. Very good, would highly recommend.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2-11-16 (750ml, Long Beach) yeasty mushroom thing which is a hallmark for many Belgian style beers, some spiciness as in nutmegish, a note of vanilla, finishes clean and high alcohol content doesn't get in the way of the flavor, overall very good

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL December 04 Listed as 11% ABV (not 9.5 as listed here)

Pours a bright yellow with golden core, very little initial head with next to zero retention.

Aroma is straw, oak (though a lot more sweet than one would expect in a bourbon) and a yeasty smell like those ready to bake dinner rolls.

Taste is alcohol first and foremost, a lot more of the woody notes coming in towards the end of the draw. Really sharp bite right as the aftertaste kicks in, leads into a dark cherry.

This is an intense beer, I liked it but expected more. At roughly $15 I doubt I will get this again.

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Photo of gotbeer
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I will admit to high expectations with this beer.

The appearance was like many a triple, with a pale head and a nice, golden color. The smell was of some fruit, oak, whiskey, and vanilla.

The taste was complex. There were notes of whiskey, and alcohol that was apparent. There was also vanilla and some fruit flavors like Allagash's excellent Triple. The delicate taste of the triple seemed to be a little subdued by the oak and whiskey flavors.

It was certainly an interesting beer, and worth a try. I prefer their Triple, though. My preferences in oak barrel aging appear to be towards aging impy stouts and barleywines.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden yellow with a little orange tinge. A nice foamy white head on this one. Smells like straight up burboun, but if you smell closer you can smell belgian yeast aromas. There is definitely a belgian beer in there. Tastes like grain alcohol. This stuff is pretty stiff actually. Some vanilla and coconut flavors are present, basically burboun. Its not bad, but I wont more tripple here. You can feel the burn in your mouth with this stuff. Alright, and different, but not stellar

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Photo of Minotaur
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazy, foamy golden triple; the head remains for most of the glass staying about half a finger above the grainy looking liquer.

The aroma is alcoholic with a superior malty depth and just a few bright fruit and bitter notes from the yeast and hops. There is an exceptional liquer essence hanging above every sip.

The taste that comes through most strongly is a smooth malty wine-like draught which could be overly sweet if not for the very heady spice, tangerine, and grape-fruit like notes. This is intentionally a Belgian style as identified with the underlay of breadiness. However there is a sharpness that fades into a pleasant sourness. A bit of funk liners on the back of the tongue but remains integrated and pleasant.

The mouthfeel is like a fine, slightly chalky smooth confection. Creamy and rich. It is highly drinkable even though packed with alcohol. The alcoholic sharpness remains subdued and the warmth adds to the pleasantry.

Allagash at their best; one of the best American brewed Belgian style ales out there.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Had it at Allagash on a trip a few weeks ago (as we do not get Allagash in Colorado!). Wonderful, effervescent and light/citrusy, but with a well-balanced backbone of bourbon barrel taste. Just an incredibly balanced beer...if only they all could be like this one...

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

My first foray into the world of Allagash, and a damn fine choice at that.

Poured into a snifter. Hazy light orange-golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated before the first sip. The lacing really shows the ABV.

Smells of smoky bourbon, through and through. Some slight roasted malts, but that may be the overtones of the bourbon co-mingling with the malts.

The flavor one complex brew— changes drastically as the beer warms. New layers become apparent as you allow the temperature to take effect. There is a fruity nuttiness and spice to it at first that is well balanced and rounded. As it warms vanilla bourbon definitely comes out with a little banana even. Very interesting to taste.

So complex and engrossing. Truly an incredible example of the craft at it's most alchemical.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good bourbon notes along with the classic tripel flavors. the bourbon is restrained and doesn't tip the balance. the awesome coconut and vanilla still manages to come through

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle indicates October 2005 bottling.

A: Pours a nice copper color, showing moderate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Quite clear. Absolutely no head, which is really the only flaw (although not a minor one) in the visual presentation.

S: Aroma shows oak, like a California chardonnay, and a sweet vanilla. There is a whiff of Bourbon, although it is not at all pronounced. No hops at all.

T: This is a unique beer, and it is quite striking. Oak and vanilla clearly dominate the flavor, with a honey like center and a surprisingly dry finish. There is a barely perceptable banana highlight, and perhaps some tropical fruit. Alcoholic warmth is present, but it is not hot or harsh. Some yeastiness and biscuity notes also make themselves felt, but this is nothing at all like a Belgian tripel.

M: The mouthfeel is an interesting contrast between the syrupy vanilla and oakey flavor and a generally light body, with carbonation cutting though the beer to prevent if from being cloying.

D: This is definitely a sipping beer. It is very pleasant, though, and I do not find myself getting palate fatigue.

Overall: The recent trend of bourbon barrel aged beers does not always yield a drinkable product. There are a few noteworthy exceptions, and this is among them. This is an outstanding beer worth seeking out. I have cellared this for about half a year, and I suspect my remaining bottle may age for another year or two very nicely. I wouldn't drink it too cold, say much below 50 degrees, in order to ensure that the nose and vanilla accents are not unduly supressed.

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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 kdahnke123
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Bottling served at room temperature
A - Under reasonable pressure. Pours a cloudy golden color with a single finger of white head. The head is long lasting leaving a nice amount of lacing.
S - Has a yeasty, floral nose with a hint of grapefruit.
T - Hints of bourbon (very light) with similar qualities to the smell.
M - Moderately full mouth feel with no coating qualities. Very carbonated
O - A nice Belgian style ale. I don't imagine it spent very much time at all in the bourbon barrels. I wouldn't get it again but it was worth trying once.

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

Went to tour the brewery in Portland, Maine.

First off, fantastic brewery, staff of 40 or so, well kept, great atmosphere to just sit, drink, and talk.

The Curieux is their strongest brew. They get their barrels from Jim Beam which have only been used once.

The color is a deep brown ale-look. The smell has a mixture of the trippels fruit...but it is over powered by the bourbon.

At first you get a dark and heavy taste of a true dark ale with hints of honey and wheat, but then you kind of get punched with a taste of the bourbon. This is a brew that would be best enjoyed by itself.

Fantastic brew. Maybe not for all, but definitely a favorite on my list. Too bad they stopped exporting to Texas. They said Texas would be the first state to receive Allagash again as soon as they can meet demand.

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

750 ML Bottle, good lacing on the glass, great mouthful, no overwhelming or overpowering in the mouth, taste is somewhat like an English Old Ale, light smells of carmel, cloudy appearance. A great beer with great taste, goes down well with no after taste and will wreck your palate. I'd rate it higher for an English Old Ale than a Tripel.

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

Pours a light straw color with a small head. The smell is sweet and accented by the smell of bourbon. The taste is like a tripel but without the hop bitterness which is replaced by the sweet taste of bourbon. The mouth is light with a low level of carbination. A drinkable yet very different tasting beer.

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

This was served in a orval goblet. dated may 2008. (Tasting better than my buddys served in a snifter.)

The look was golden brown. With a light head.

The smell was first of belgium yeast, candi sugar, bit of bourben followed by a nice balace of hops. A lot going on in there.

The taste was like a tripel gone wild. This is to me how I would always want a tripel. Taste was much like the smell with a perfect balance of oak and hops. The malt was nice and clean, as was the light carbonation.

This was a brand new bottle just a little over a month old, Iam glad I popped this now, it was perfect young. The 11abv was very much hidden. This was a pricey beer but well worth it. NICE

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 750 mL bottle. From the beginning, beautiful light caramel color with different yellow/brown hues. Smells of wood (obviously), and unmistakeably vanilla. Taste is extraordinary, malt forward with a warm alcoholic/vanilla aftertaste. Taste and mouthfeel remind me of drinking a really good port. Would go fantastic with bleu cheese and walnuts. Drinkability is down slightly only because of the high abv, which should by no means deter you from taking this one on. This is definitely a celebration/need to warm up/warming up with your lady/it's snowing outside beer. It is a bit pricy, but completely worth it since, all things considered, you'd spend this much on 3 crap beers in a bar. Simply lovely.

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