Barrel & Bean
Allagash Brewing Company

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4.12 | pDev: 8.5%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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Notes: Formerly James Bean

Barrel & Bean starts its life as our Tripel—a Belgian-style golden ale. We age that beer in bourbon barrels for just shy of two months, before blending it with cold-brewed coffee from Speckled Ax, a Maine coffee roaster. The sun-dried Ethiopian beans in the coffee are known for their stone fruit and dark berry flavors. The finished beer features rich notes of caramel, bourbon, and coffee.
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Peach63 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow with a 1.5" foamy, white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma is coffee, caramel, spices, vanilla, yeast.

Taste is coffee, caramel, bourbon, cloves, Belgian yeast, oak vanilla.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry finish with lingering coffee.

An interesting departure from bourbon barrel stouts. This is a very nice Golden Ale.

Thursday at 05:28 PM
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Dark gold, pours with slight haze and a 5mm fine-bubble pale tan head. I also see some sediment left in the bottle. ps after 10mins, holds v well, forms lacing on the way down.
S- It's quite mild though there does seem to be a coffee note here - hence it's name?
T- Quite bright, yes I think that's a gentle coffee note, then swirling around is a liquor note too. For 10% it does a good job of being somewhat subtle about it, I like that. [Previous beer was the WestV8, which in comparison made a bigger ABV% statement than this - surprising!)]. It has a balanced hoppy edge into the finish.
F- It's big and bold, one for slow-sippin'.
O- Ahhh, difficult. I've just finished one the more epic beers I've ever had, the WestVleteren8 which rated as 6th of my 1950-to-date reviews. Sadly for this Allagash that is an almost impossible Beerxperience to follow. So it's ok, but in comparison to the Westv the coffee(?) just feels unecessary and there is a void area in the middle (thinking 3D) of the taste. Interesting to try but no reason to buy again.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the lables to see what I missed! ==> 'Tripel, bourbon and coffee. Bottled on 10/15/20. Bottle conditioned. Interesting that the ingredients aren't listed.
330ml bottle £6.50 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Jul 10, 2021
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sjrider from California

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour- opaque orange/gold color with white head leaving scattered frosty lacing. Nose is sweet malt and yeast with hints of coffee. Taste follows with hints of barrel wood. Finishes almost dry. Tasty.

Jun 25, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/15/20

You know, I can’t say I’ve ever had a coffee barrel aged Tripel, much less even heard of it before getting my hands on this one. I’m really wondering how the flavors will interact with the spiced and fruity yeast of the base Tripel. Let’s dive right into this one and see what it has to offer

Pours a cloudy brownish gold with 2 fingers of white head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

Oh wow, the nose on this one is very coffee foward, in a very earthy and roasty way while still maintaining some sweetness. I’m picking up on aromas of earthy medium roast coffee, vanilla, white pepper, doughy malt, overripe banana, and subtle oaky bourbon

This is absolutely full in taste, hitting all the right notes of the aroma and then some. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting coriander, light roast coffee, doughy malt, banana, earthy bourbon, and light pepper. The swallow brings notes of bitter coffee, doughy malt, vanilla, graham cracker, and light orange peel

A medium full body pairs with moderately aggressive carbonation, resulting in a very fizzy and highly drinkable beer for the abv. Finishes mostly dry with a sweetness to counteract the coffee

How the hell is the average on this one not higher? The coffee is so perfectly integrated here, it’s unreal. I get that the barrel isn’t in your face, but I like how it’s a bit more of an afterthought here. Great stuff

Jun 07, 2021
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden with a minimal white head and no real lacing to speak of.
S - Sweet fruit esters, Belgian yeast, caramel, and bitter coffee
T - Bitter coffee and Belgian yeast dominate follows by bright fruit esters intermixed with caramel and vanilla notes. Not picking up too much bourbon flavor.
F - medium bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp.
O - A pretty solid beer, but not really what I was expecting - it loses much of the Triple qualities via the barrel aging and addition of coffee

Jun 05, 2021
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CrellMoset from Virginia

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

My first review in seven years. A lot has changed in seven years, not the least of which is my palate. My penchant and proclivity for prattle have not, however. Has BeerAdvocate's 5000 character limit changed, though?

Appearance: A deep copper, hazy from the get-go even with a nod given towards gentle decanting, but made more hazy with the contribution from the B-12 shot at the bottom of the bottle. A volume of carbonation typical for the style, but the speed at which the effervescence tends skyward suggests some quantity of residual sugar, and keeps a ring of foam continually suspended around the perimeter of the cervoise, the only bit of foam that persists after the original pour, itself suggestive of the abv%. All in all, an attractive hue, rich, warm, inviting, though lacking in that crisp firm lacing and head retention that one seeks even in beers where it's near-impossible.

Aroma: Coffee is the immediate foreground note, rich, slightly nutty, suggestive of caramel, oily green tea, peanut brittle-like nuttiness, the depth of which amplifies in ones mind the warmer spice notes of the base beer - cardamom predominantly. Honeyed graham cracker emerges as it warms, again, itself suggesting both the sweetness of the base beer/bourbon addition but also the estery spices thrown by the yeast. A bit dull around the edges, so many lighter roasted coffees will throw acidity and citrus that would seem to pair splendidly with a bourbon-barrel aged Belgian like this one, but I'm not detecting too much brightness in the nose.

Taste: Dryer than one might imagine from the velocity of the bubbles, at least. Barrel and coffee notes dominate here - vanilla, coconut, toasted char, that sweet honeyed Wethers original-esque butterscotch note one gets from bourbon occasionally (that's something that's changed in the last seven years - I've consumed copious quantities of bourbon in the interim, hey-o). An earthy green spice that sits squarely in the middle and lingers on the tongue afterwards. As it warms, the spice emerges more fully, heavy, earthy, a bit smoky at least in suggestion, or at least phenolic in the more chemical sense of the word. Nutmeg is definitely present, cardamom again (black), maybe some slight white pepper and cloves. A really nice synergy between the trinity here (the coffee, the yeasty spice of the base Tripel, and the bourbon barrel aging).

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and oily, though the carbonation does a solid job of brightening that up, sublimating off the tongue nicely. Still, a fat beer, with a body that matches the heft of the flavor profile.

Drinkability: Initially, a quite pleasant drink, with the brightness of flavor and aroma that matches its levity of body. After a while, it becomes a bit more challenging, with the increasing warmth drawing out heavier, earthier notes and the retreating carbonation deadening the experience somewhat. Enjoyable, though, on the whole.

One I'd seen on the shelf quite a few times and had put off due to the price point. Still one that's not an amazing value proposition, but is definitely worth trying, and is quite enjoyable, all things considered.

May 24, 2021
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 5-14-21 for $5.25. Bottled on 1-14-21; consumed 5-21-21.

Beer poured a coffee infused orange brown with a very nice white head that has some very good hang time.

Nose has a nice dose of coffee but nothing that totally dominates.

Taste is very good, the light but lethal pilsner malt base allows the coffee and bourbon to jell nicely together and display a dark fruit flavor to go with the base coffee and also some vanilla from the bourbon. Finishes with a nice bourbon touch in the background to balance all nicely.

Mouthfeel is light and delightfully refreshing considering the high gravity of this brew.

Overall a wonderful spin on an old world style. Nice job Allagash!

May 21, 2021
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JayQue from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer!!!! Didn't seem like a Tripel though. I expect Tripels to feature a lot of yeastiness, spicing (a lot of black pepper) and some of the best ones feature something that resembles cheese!!!! This beer had the fruit (apples and pears) kind of thing, a golden ale background and very light alcohol taste. Barrel and Bean featured other things though. Poured into a goblet, the beer started out a clear gold color with a medium size frothy white head with good retention and some lacing. The bourbon barrel was very restrained, but the coffee was very prominent. This was a golden ale with coffee flavoring. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. No trace of alcohol (like a good Tripel). I enjoyed this take on a Tripel but I would have labeled it a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

May 03, 2021
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great barrel aged triple. On the front of the palate I get dark roast coffee followed by hints of bourbon, malt, and caramel/toffee. It drinks much easier than it's 10% would indicate. I must say this beer is amazing. You cannot go wrong with a Belgian triple , barrel aging, and coffee.

Apr 21, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden copper with a finger of head. The nose has distinct coffee notes that blend nicely with the soft bourbon essence in the background. The coffee and bourbon carry over into the flavor profile along with some breadiness.

This offering does not resemble a traditional tripel, but I'm not saying that's a bad thing. Also, the drinkability is off the charts for a beer that's close to a double-digit ABV,

Apr 17, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Allagash Brewing Co. "Barrel & Bean"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 01/14/21 11:35"
$4.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is not my first Barrel & Bean, although I've never reviewed it. It might be sitting within the fairly large folder I have of reviews that I've never gotten around to writing up. It may, however be your first so here goes. It's Bourbon barrel-aged Allagash Tripel that's then blended with cold brewed coffee. It's deep gold in color, somewhat hazy, and fairly lively with thousands of steadily rising tiny bubbles within. The head is a solid cap of creamy white foam. Mostly what I find in the aroma is coffee, but it's a very soft coffee. It's not roasty, and really more like smelling the oily coffee beans in a bin at the store than a cup of fresh brewed Joe. There's a little bit of the Bourbon barrel as well, and a bit of the sweetish, grainy malt. The flavor is where it shines, however, delivering that same, soft, nutty coffee atop the Bourbon-barrel washed tripel. The spiciness from the yeast is quite apparent at the finish although I don't otherwise really get the tripel while it's in my mouth except for an orange and apple-like fruitiness. It really is a completely different beer than the tripel on its own. Of the three components I'd say that the coffee is the strongest, with the Bourbon barrel and base beer combining nicely into one secondary side. The dry oak and rich grainy malt work superbly well together, and I'm not sure, but they probably tame the coffee a bit as it's got a lot to work against. It's got some bitterness to it, what's in the tripel already - obviously - and that's balanced, but it's also balanced with the coffee and oak added in. Looking back, I should now note, I still have a thin but solid foam surface that covers everything, and the lacing is almost a solid sheet. What was I saying though, the balance? Yes, it's remarkably well balanced. It's a beautiful, strong, and yet in no way brash or harsh beer to sit down and relax with. I treat this like I would treat a barleywine. I probably should have bought more. Final note, the body, It's medium bodied and a little bit dextrinous, and gently crisp; not as crisp as the tripel is on its own. Remarkable beer.
Review #7,299

Apr 09, 2021
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JohnG190 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, golden honey color with little to no head. On the nose, hints of coffee, bourbon barrel and that slight banana aroma you get from triples. On the front of the palate I get dark roast coffee followed by hints of bourbon, malt, and caramel/toffee. Finishes slightly sweet and drinks much easier than it's 10% would indicate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. I have to be honest, I had my doubts about a barrel aged tripel infused with cold brew coffee but this beer really delivered! It combined my love of Belgian beer, barrel aging, and coffee!

Mar 25, 2021
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BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4pk purchased at Bound Beverage in Warrington, PA. $20/4pk

Pours a hazy, golden honey color with little to no head.

Intial aroma is of coffee. A slight hint of the traditional banana smell I associate with tripels.

The first sip delivers a mix of sweetness with a distinct bitter coffee taste. I don't get much of the bourban barrel flavor per se but I'm really enjoying the overall taste.

The feel is on the thinker side with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall...this is a really great tasting beer. A combination that I've never experienced before but it works. Recommended!

Jan 31, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/27/19.

A - Very hazy medium orange gold color with soapy white lacing. For a Tripel, this is pretty messy looking. The beer was poured cold into the snifter so it's chill haze, I get it. Going to let a portion of it warm up, the serving temp is evidently too low. As the beer warms, the clarity becomes more pronounced (I upped the score to a "4" on look). Carbonation is moderate and steady.

S - Pear along with delicate bourbon and light sweet malt aroma. There is some coffee but it's faded and buried in the mix.

T - Light citrus / pear, delicate bourbon presence, and very light sweet malt. Any coffee that's left is almost gone at this point.

M - Thick and silky soft with prickly carbonation hitting the tongue for a brief moment before being squelched in the thickness of the beer.

O - The ABV is extremely well hidden, there is no warming whatsoever, in fact, it drinks more like a 6% beer which is impressive.

Sep 02, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Reviewed as: Tripel
Glass: Jelly jar
Price: $23.99 for a 4-pack
From: The Bottle Shop in Montecito, Calif.
Purchased: June 11, 2020
Consumed: June 11, 2020
Misc.: Bottled on March 27, 2019 at 9:42 a.m. ET

Was excited to see this at The Bottle Shop in Montecito on a recent mini-vacation. Purchased a 4-pack without even looking at the price, which was $23.99 pre-tax and CRV. I had this once before, giving a taster a 4.25 on Untappd at the 2019 Firestone Invitational. It was super late in the day (3:59) and all I wrote was, “#BiL (Bill) says 4.25.” Allagash’s website called it, “Barrel & Bean starts its life as our Tripel—a Belgian-style golden ale. We age that beer in bourbon barrels for just shy of two months, before blending it with cold-brewed coffee from Speckled Ax, a Maine coffee roaster. The sun-dried Ethiopian beans in the coffee are known for their stone fruit and dark berry flavors. The finished beer features rich notes of caramel, bourbon, and coffee.”

Poured a clear amber color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Could see a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.50)

A lot of different flavors on the nose. In order got roasted coffee, char wood, citrus zest, banana, bourbon, caramel and hints of clovey orange. A little better out of the bottle with more bourbon - caramel, toffee, oak, butterscotch - notes. Could smell all the 10 pct. ABV. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose. Mostly coffee and bourbon initially with no noticeable characteristics of a Tripel. With some more effort got roasted coffee, char wood, ashtray, oaky bourbon, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, lemon, citrus zest, orange clove and light banana. Unlike the smell, the taste felt much lower than the 10 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Definitely an interesting beer. Seemed more imperial stout than Tripel, but it was excellent to me. (Overall - 4.25)

4.15 | 93 | A-

Jul 04, 2020
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kindoflikebilly from New York

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from amber 12oz bottle into a witbier glass (wanted the headroom for a good sniff) 6 months past the bottling date of 1/2/20. No head to speak of, but I did pour down the side, so. Looks like a nice IIPA, but once the smell hits you, you know you're in for something else: woody, bourbony, earthy. Personally, I can definitely feel the 10%, almost like whiskey going down your throat. Not as heavy mouthfeel as I would have expected. A nice beer, but pace yourself!

Jul 01, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a confession: I do not like Belgian beers. But I bought this Barrel & Bean because it's BBA and has coffee in it. Sounds a lot like a stout, and I'm a big fan of stouts.
Bottle dated 01/02/20 into pint glass. doesn't LOOK like a stout. Pours a hazy golden honey color with a persistent fine-bubbled head. Great lacing. Initial impression is bourbon, coffee, and caramel - exactly as advertised. There is a hint of the Belgian banana and spices, but it's definitely not your typical Tripel. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Finish is sweet and sticky.
Overall, I have to give Allagash credit for brewing outside the box on this one. Purists would probably call this a travesty rather than a Tripel, but I think it's excellent!

Jun 21, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this was a very interesting beer. Belgian tripels are not usually my thing but the addition of the bourbon barrels and cold brew coffee really helped to elevate this beer. 1/2/20 date printed on bottle. Pours a darker amber color with a little fluffy off-white head and some small scant areas of lingering lacing that slowly faded. Smells of nice Belgian yeast, medium roast coffee, bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, malt and maybe some faint hops. Taste follows the nose, very good balance and depth. Excellent well hidden higher ABV. Mouthfeel was slightly sticky, smooth and enjoyable, good amount of carbonation. A great beer.

May 27, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 08/22/19; purchased single off shelf at Bobkat yesterday... decanted into fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, honey-gold colored liquid; tall, tight, billowy off-white foam... head makes slow descent, smearing ring of lace in the process... streaky, speckled sediment left behind in bottle

S: first impression: mezcal?!... subtle notes of dried yeast, dried banana, spicy-sweet capsicum... very faint flicker of phenolic booze... coffee eventually emerges, a nutty, earthy, whole-bean medium roast scent... overall intensity mellow

T: coffee does leap out immediately, but is quickly rushed away by a slow, light caramel/toffee swell, with mildly banana-vanilla undertones... dry, light-toasted cookie finish; vanilla-kissed, clove spice creeping up behind; banana and toffee shimmering in late... by the second or third sip, a coffee-ish aftertaste does begin to develop and sustain; it's basically riding/tailing the base flavors

F: everything sanded smooth - booze, carbonation, body contour... very little definition to its body, it's just feathery-soft malt milk, quiet storm boozy warmth... feels almost as if poured from a gravity cask; lovely, easy drinking

O: let's be honest, I only bought this because some of the other beers I'd hoped to find singles of weren't available; I did notice the older bottling and decided to take a chance anyway... Allagash is often verymuch on point, and this held up nicely, though I'm sure the coffee expression has long since decayed... I will grab a fresher bottle though; twas a tasty drop (1664)

May 13, 2020
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Yaroslav from New York

2.57/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

I love what ABC brews. Their tripel is one of my favorites. It's always in my fridge.

Barrel and Bean is a miss in my opinion. It is as if I poured a bit of my morning coffee into such a fine tripel. I had a difficult time finishing one of a four pack and am looking for someone to take the remaining three.

In the meantime I'll pour another straight up ABC tripel and enjoy this world class brew.

Apr 26, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/23/19

Pours a translucent dark gold with a finger of white head. Mild retention. Mild spotty lacing.

Nose is very subdued. Light subtle scents. You get the normal tripel scents. Banana, funk. But the slight hint of coffee provides a very delicate nutty, roasty quality. Very far from what I'm used to. Slight hint of booze. Intriguing.

Taste blossoms out a little more. Coffee comes through more strongly, but still subtle. Banana, lemon, vanilla as well. There is a whisper of oak/barrel presence. Hardly even there. I takes me back to the time I had Allagash's Curieux and not being very impressed overall. The coffee makes this a little more interesting and gives your mind and taste buds some more information to assess and unravel.

Mouthfeel is very simple. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall an interesting concept and an enjoyable brew. Allagash makes very reserved, quiet, subtle beers. Not over the top or bombastic. Respectable.

Apr 23, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this how a brewer extends a good base recipe and adds new flourishes to create a product line ?
And we should recognize there is risk in putting a tripel into a barrel and adding coffee. Allagash made it work well. Art.

I liked Allagash's Tripel quite enough to try another variation. And I was not disappointed by its two renditions I've had on multiple occasions. Barrel & Bean is no different: an interesting rendition. Much like its base recipe, it keeps it simple.

The drying sensation from the coffee distinguishes B&B from, say, Curieux which has a heavier bourbon barrel-age. B&B's coffee keeps the barrel flavors (vanilla and other sweets) in check... or at least distracts the buds.

I had B&B before and during dinner. I generally avoid Tripels at the table; but B&B was suitable.
I bought a 4-pack, so I am not done with this review.

Apr 10, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly foggy burnt gold with a lumpy, airy off-white foam settling to a bubbly film.

The smoothly medium body has a mildly fluffy fizz where muted tripel notes are smoothed out in a unique way by a lightly sweet vanilla character possibly attributable to the oak, but also from the coffee bean, which is simultaneously earthy. A caramelly barrel note comes out on the exhale.

The tripel continues to transform in unique ways, almost coming across like a strong lager of sorts, with what the coffee is doing to the spice and malt, and there's no boozy heat to boot. The tingly semi-wet finish just seems to emphasize the fact that this is exceptionally smooth, mellow and unassuming for a tripel. It's to a point that it's really completely off style. Which is fine but it's also confusing my palate.

Mar 30, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Bright hazy golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Lasts awhile with great lacing.

S: Sweet belgian candy sugar, cold brew coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of yeast. Complex

T.F: Follows the nose. Semi-sweet up front. Mild espresso but not sharp/bitter. Vanilla and bourbon... and the tripel is present but in the background. Very mellow beer. Some spice and yeasty esters. Oak and grains. This should be WAY boozier than it is. Creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. A bit more coffee and bourbon at the finish.

O: A unique and delicious beer. Super drinkable and the flavors go along together nicely. Stellar work here.

Mar 11, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle it pours a clear golden color that appears slightly cloudy in the glass. A thumb length foam head, placid looking, displays great retention. Copious amounts of thick lathery and sudsy lacing compliment the nice overall look of this beer.

The nose opens like a typical Belgian Tripel with notes of cracker and honey malts and fruity esters. The fruity aromas evoke notes of grape, white raisin, apricot and citrus. However, the barrel aging soon comes to dominate the nose, particularly with its strong notes of fresh coffee beans. There are also notes of vanilla and oak, as well as a touch of grassy hops.

The taste opens sweetly with notes of candi sugar, honey, biscuit and graham cracker malts. Lots of fruity ester flavors of grape, date, white raisin, melon, jammy apricot and a bright citrus middle palate. However, the sweetness is dialed down as the palate is dry and the malts well attenuated. Furthermore, as with the aroma, the coffee flavors begin to assert themselves and add roasty notes along with a developing grassy hops bitterness.

Medium bodied with a light on its toes like drinkability. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a moderately mellow carbonation. The finish is moderately dry with strong notes of coffee and some residual sweetness.

I bought this thinking this was a typical Tripel, however, the coffee and barrel flavors were unique and a pleasant surprise. Well balanced and delicious overall.

Mar 09, 2020
Barrel & Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 714 ratings