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 mshallah
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in June of 08 and sampled in July. A fresh sample that I just can't bring myself to age before trying. The pour shows a cloudy pale orange with a wonderful naturally carbonated head that is foamy and clingy. Aromas hit me as soon as the bottle was uncorked. Tropical fruit and alcohol with a mild yet appealing bourbon character of whiskey and vanilla. Belgian yeast mustiness is also appealing and rather subdued. Taste when colder is of refreshing tropical fruit and vanilla. Taste as it warms is more musty yeast, bourbon whiskey, and warming almost hot alcohol. I would suggest serving Curieux cold when paired with food and warmer for an after meal sipper. A very complex and masterful Brew.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

13.5 oz pour on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Pours a cloudy honey-gold with marmalade highlights. 1-finger head settles to a ring thin ring around the glass, leaving a great deal of lacing.

S: Banana, pear and pineapple in the nose. Smells quite fruity, but not at all sweet.

T: Vanilla and oak notes right off the bat from the bourbon barrel, with plenty of spice in the center. Finishes dry and just slightly bitter with banana, pear, fresh cream and a touch of licorice.

M: Medium body and carbonation causes this to cream up very nicely on the palate. Sharp at first, but mellows quickly.

O: Curieux may have been the first beer that REALLY got me started on my passion for craft, back when the Portland Hannaford mistakenly marked it at $8.99 for a 750 in 2006. Creamy, beautiful and remarkably different from the Tripel that serves as its base, this beer needs no introduction. One sip and you're hooked.

A gorgeous, truly unique beer.

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Photo of pershan
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: The beer poured a fairly cloudy, straw-yellow with virtually no head into a chalice. Had to take off a bit for the cloudiness.

S: Slight hop aroma, with citrus, lemon, and orange undertones and a slight bourbon aroma.

T: Very nicely balanced, with a stringent hop bitterness and wonderfully subdued bourbon flavor, not overpowering. The alcohol is well-masked (a very drinkable beer for its 11% ABV).

M: Medium, a bit fizzy, with light lacing down the glass.

D: A surprisingly drinkable ale (given the high ABV). I especially like the fact that the bourbon flavor is not overpowering, as it can be with other "barrel-aged" ales. Nicely done.

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

Bottling May 2011.

Appearance - Very light orange, almost like a light orange rust. There is about a finger thick head that leaves lacing. The beer itself looks a little hazy. Looks like alot of carbonation, byt the amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - I get some banana, spiciness, earthy as well as some floral qualities and some bourbon scent. Every little scent seems faint.

Taste - I get a mixture of banana, cream, bread, caramel, some apple and bourbon on the finish. There comes some spiciness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Oily and coats the whole mouth. Quite dry on the finish, too.

Overall - Very good tripel. Way better than La Fin Du Monde.

As a side note, I don't think this beer is worth the $16 it cost me. More like a $10-12 bomber.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It tastes just like a great Trappist with an oak and bourbon aftertaste. Two completely different tastes that somehow balance each other out. I couldn't have more than one of these but I'll thoroughly enjoy that one.

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

Serving: 750ml bottle into a very tall lager glass.

A: First off, the label on this bottle is very attractive. Makes me think of scotch, which gets my mouth watering. Not that this makes a difference, just saying.

Poured a gold, slightly cloudy straw color with two inches of fully developed head. Definitely a tripel. The head is hanging around a while which is enticing.

S: Peppery and spicy with that belgian yeast smell. Wonderful.

T: Well, I have to admit that the first thing I noticed was the OMG booze overtones that flooded my mouth. Very noticeable alcohol content. Otherwise, very smooth and spicy flavor. Has a solid, phenolic malt character to it. Pretty good.

M: Has a solid, thick feel to it. Plus it's bubbly bubbly bubbly!

D: I don't think I would pound this back but it's very drinkable. After this one bottle I'm sure I'll fall off my chair though.

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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 Kennethzelljr
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden,bubbly head and a good amount of carbonation streaming to the head.smells of bananas,honey,vanilla coconut,and very faint all barrel aged beers some traits become nullified,some get enhanced.the spicy part of the tripel yeast is canceled out and the sweetness is turned up.but the hop character makes it dry but refreshing.the tongue mouth and taste is dominated by a soothing smooth light honey met with delicate notes of vanilla coconut and light cloves.extremely extravagant beer,delicate.deserves a tulip glass but for an 11 % it tastes like 8

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

On Tap @ The Institute

Look: Golden honey color, medium head with decent lacing

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, slight fruit

Taste: It tastes like it smells. The flavor is amazingly complex and well balanced

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and smooth.

Drinkability: You'd never know this was 11% abv!!! Very easy to drink, but be careful mortalz

Overall Impression: We lovez us some Bourbon! The fact that Allagash was able to blend that flavor perfectly with a delicate style like a Tripel is just amazing. Even Newbeez might love this beer.

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Photo of Manoftyr
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

Appearance-Pours a lightly yellowed golden with just the sligtest orange highlights. Some significant white head rises and bubbles away leaving solid rings of lace and a dusting of white wisps along the top.

Aroma-There's the faint undercurrent of the base triple but the aroma is dominated by woodsy bourbon-soaked oak.

Taste-Same as the aroma with a stiff alcohol-kick, bourbon flavor throughout, undertones of oak and woodiness. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel-Crisp and spritzy with ample carbonation, a tad thin for a triple by my reckoning though.

Drinkability-The drinkability is decent, but the bourbon character can get a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash Teardrop Tulip @ Burger N Brew in Sac

A - Pours a pale gold, w/ orange tint, thick white head that fades to a thin cap, lots of carb

S - Smells of spicy phenols, pepper, clove, pear, lemon, grassy notes

T - Much the same as the nose, pear and pepper, cloves, nutmeg, oranges, vanilla, light oakines, fruity, spicy.

M - Very light, dry, bitter finish, high carb, and a light tannic

O - Very good, deep, complex, lots of fruit and spice, drinkable, bitter dry finish, and light oak.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Viscious white head two fingers embracing a fizzy yellow beer. Great lacing and there apears to be head on head on head.

S- vanilla, coriander, orange peel, wood, citrus!!!

T- fresh banana peel, tart pear, sour apple (NOT TOO MUCH!!! JUST SOMETHING I FRIGGIN NOTICED! GOSH!), strong dry finish that warms your guts!

M- light, but fluffy, like a bunch of cotton thats soaked in cider!

D- This beer is bad ass and im going to drink some more now.

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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 pastradul
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was one that I have had the pleasure of having on draft but never out of the bottle before.

Like many bottle conditioned beers, this one takes on a whole different feel from the bottle then it does on draft. Pours a nice gold, with a nice finger of head on it. The aroma is light fruit like pears and apples, with just a hint of alcohol. the mouth feel is smooth a refreshing. So much flavor packed in, yet so crisp. As it warms the fruit and belgian tang becomes very present. This is definetly on of my favorites!

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Photo of wknight167
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a cloudy, dirty orange with a halh finger white head that leaves behind a thin cap and a solid sheet of lacing.

Nose- Vanilla, pineapple, passion fruit and sweet mango.

Palate- Big lemon up front, then spicy, woody vanilla and finally bourbon accompanied by carmalized sugar. The bourbon flavors work well with the belgian yeastiness. I will admit, I love bourbon and tripels, but did not forsee this working out. Alcohol is evident, but that only adds to the bourbon qualities.

Mouthfeel- Med-full body, light, smoot, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- A sipper no doubt, but one i wouldn't mind sipping on for a while.

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