Barrel & Bean
Allagash Brewing Company

Barrel & BeanBarrel & Bean
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #14
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,224
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.5%
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
690
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Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Gots
  98
SCORE
91
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Barrel & BeanBarrel & Bean
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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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

May 25, 2014
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An amazing and unique beer.

Feb 23, 2015
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

A: Golden-Amber color with great clarity. Fine-bubbled white head settles after a time. Wispy lacing.

S: Malts bring light toast, pie crust and sugary graham cracker. Coffee is lightly roasty and nutty with a unique blackberry aroma. The barrel adds soft traces of bourbon and nuances of oaky vanillins, caramel chews, and toasted coconut, and even some chocolate. Surprisingly restrained, but in a good way. It's perfectly balanced and all the subtleties are able to pull through.

T: Graham cracker/pie crust malt base is the backbone, though the coffee drives most of the experience. The coffee addition is nutty, lightly roasty and smokey, but overwhelmingly berry-like. Very discreet tanginess. Spocy hop bitterness drops in middle to back, but stays out of the direct spotlight. Barrel plays a supporting role, displaying subtle bourbon, barrel toast, oaky vanillins, and a faint hint of toasty coconut. These flavors build only slightly and trail into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round and chewy. Carbonation tingles on the tongue and makes things airy in feel and provides lift.

O: The coffee beans used here are very unique, and the Belgian strong pale ale on which it rests is a rather unconventional choice of host as well. It's a far cry from the brash imperial stouts we usually see getting the coffee and bourbon barrel treatment. That said, it all works very well. Don't sleep on this as a dessert pairing either. I once attended an Allagash beer dinner where this was served alongside blueberry cobbler, and it remains one of the more memorable pairings I've experienced to date.

Sep 04, 2016
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Get two. This was on tap at Monk's in Philly to celebrate Allagash's 20th Anniversary. 20 different Allagash beers on tap!!! Had to get two James Beans. Curieux is my favorite, and this one is Curieux with Maine cold pressed coffee! No change in color (that I can tell) and minimal head. I had to try two to really get the coffee tones. I may need a third, as the coffee is not at the front. Get some now if you can.

Aug 05, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color of gold with a strong coffee taste to it. The coffee moves the bourbon to the background and makes this beer excellent. One of the best barrel aged beers I have had.

Apr 03, 2015
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 690 ratings