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 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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Ratings: 3,794 |  Reviews: 911
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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of AGust82
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer. Purchased at the brewery in August, 2008. I don't remember what I bought on that day, so I assume I drank it soon after.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber, somewhere between light brown and dark orange, with some gold - small, off-white head - not surprising considering this bottle is four and a half years old - still leaves a wall of lacing

Smell: Mild bourbon and pale malts - light caramel malts, candi sugar, light bread - some hints that this was once a tripel, including banana esters, and some yeasty spices - for this particular bottle, both the bourbon and tripel aspects have mellowed considerably

Taste: A mellow tripel with a strong backdrop of bourbon - oh, Jim Beam, you remind me of a number of bad decisions - even with over four years of aging, the bourbon is still quite potent - vanilla, wood - pale malts, with some caramel, and some yeasty bread - bananas, cloves, and other typical yeasty aspects - mellow overall, due to the bourbon barrels and subsequent cellaring

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, with some woody stickiness (I swear this is a thing), low carbonation

Overall: Many years ago, I loved this beer.

The first time I had this beer, I loved it. Then I had it again, and it just wasn't the same (perhaps, too fresh). Now, I have an old bottle, back when from when it really blew my mind. And it's just not the same. Too much Jim Beam, not enough Allagash Tripel charm. It kind of breaks my heart. Cue Taylor Swift:

Loving [this beer] is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
Faster than the wind
Passionate as sin, ended so suddenly

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SebD
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, banana, coconut, vanilla, spices and woody oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, coconut, banana, faint spices, some vanilla, woody oak and faint bourbon.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2010 vintage.

Hazy light gold with a bright white 3 finger head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has oak, pale malts, vanilla, bourbon, and overripe bananas. It is also phenolic.

The taste has bourbon, oak, some vanilla, pale malts, and is quite sweet. No bananas in the flavor. The sweetness is not overbearing, which is nice. I would have guessed that aging this beer in a bourbon barrel would have given it a lot of heat. surprisingly, that is not the case.

Medium bodied, heavily carbonated, somewhat creamy, and beer to be sipped and enjoyed. No reason to hurry through this one. Sit back and enjoy it. This is yet another very nice beer from Allagash.

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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clvand0
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sheepnutz for sharing this bottle. I've been looking forward to this one. Corked 25.4oz bottle. Pours an orange color with a small head that dies off quickly. The aroma has a lot going on with the vanilla, spices, yeast, oak, and orange. Very nice. The flavor was nice. Lots of spices and peppery notes from the Belgian yeast(s) and some vanilla and honey. The flavor was a bit hot, as the alcohol is a little too upfront. I think a year will do this one wonders.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on cask at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a hazy apricot golden color with a fluffy white head and great lacing.

S-Sweet with a heavy aroma of chardonnay grapes. No real bourbon character or funk.

T-Yeasty and sweet with just a bit of funkiness. Bourbon barrel notes really not apparent here.

M-Light to medium bodied.

D-Tasty but not up to either the bottle or tap versions. Will be interesting to see if age helps this one.


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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,794 ratings
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