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Allagash James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged strong ale infused with Cold Press Coffee

Added by jlindros on 07-09-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
405
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
29.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 405
Photo of jeff12hoops
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Incredible brew. Tasted this on tap during SF beer week at the Willows.

I had never tasted a light-hued beer with coffee flavor before, and this one was outstanding. At first smell, I noted a pure, balanced, coffee aroma that wasn't overpowering. The taste was smooth and light, but rich in flavor that mixed the best qualities of a Belgian and a coffee porter. Excellent balance, smooth finish, and pleasant aftertaste. Thoroughly impressed. I tried a bunch of Allagash offerings tonight and this one was the cream of the crop.

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Photo of palma
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Allagash even at Rattle n Hum bar NYC.

Peanut butter! Thats what I taste and I love it. The mouthfeel is amazing smooth it works with the flavor great.

Also flavors of oak and rum and citrus fruits. Great combination and an excellent example of american brewing ingenuity.

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Photo of bluehende
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of antott0523
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Penny's in Montpelier, VT. 5/22/14.

This beer is extremely drinkable for such a high ABV beer. The alcohol did not come through, and I could not drink it more quickly because it tasted so freaking great. It pours a rich amber color, which decries the nose and palate, as the beer has such a strong coffee flavor. It may not be something that a traditional Belgian style ale enthusiast enjoys, but the coffee marries so well with the Belgian flavor profile. Coffee is star here, and it is done so well.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy Amber color; side by side with Curieaux and it's slightly darker and more Amber colored. Smell and flavors of Belgian yeast, spiciness, vanilla, oak, and smooth coffee flavors. Very creamy mouthfeel, low-medium carbonation. Another excellent Allagash offering, though it does not surpass the original Curieaux.

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Photo of JFear
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Mekong in Richmond. The combination of flavors seemed too bizarre to pass up. Served in a wine glass.

The beer has a nice golden appearance, resembling agave nectar in color. The aroma is enticing. Big whiffs of caramel and bourbon dominate the nose, with a bit of coffee sneaking in and intermingling with those big aromas. The flavor is a marvelous combination of all of the elements present in the aroma, with the coffee wedging itself in with the vanilla, caramel, and bourbon notes. The yeast character of a traditional tripel is present, albeit very subdued, with a bit of apple making its way in. I would normally knock the brewer a bit for not making the yeast a highlight in a tripel, but if it was more forward in this beer, it would not marry all that well with the barrel character and coffee. The beer is surprisingly well-carbonated for being barrel-aged, and it's all the better for it, as the spritely carbonation carries big flavors across the tongue easily.

Overall, an incredibly impressive beer. A mixture of elements I would normally think of being incongruous, handled deftly by the brewers at Allagash, results in an entirely unique and supremely satisfying experience.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what a unique twist on a alla gash classic. the cold brew coffee at first was a bit odd but as I sipped the brew and my taste buds adjusted to this unique flavor and found myself drawn in further and further. abv is invisible. delish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was worried that adding coffee to one of my favorite beers would put it over the edge and ruin the nice balance that Curieux has. I worried for nothing. While I prefer Curieux, this is really good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours a golden orange-brown, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing, not a whole lot.

This one smells like sweet coffee, stone fruit, caramel, vanilla, and white chocolate.

This one is great. The coffee, combined with the barrel aging, gives the impression of white-chocolate infused coffee with caramel and coconut. So delicious. Lots of really sweet decadent flavors, probably best in small doses with this one.

This one is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation. This one's very drinkable.

Been waiting to try this beauty for a while, thanks EBF and Allagash for finally giving me the chance.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A: considering coffee was added, it's a bit light. Don't recall what regular Curieux looked like, but this doesn't seem too different. A swirl returns the head that sustains decently.

S: coffee and cigarettes, initially, maybe a little citrus in the back

T: tasting this reminded me of "Regular Coffee" I had at Extreme Beerfest, though not as sweet. The front taste is on the lightly sweet coffee side. To be sure, the coffee is the predominant taste, but it's doesn't seem to be the coffee-hinted, roasted malt taste of some stouts (maybe b/c actual coffee added?). The back end taste is toffee to me, carrying the sweetness forward.

M: iffy on this, there's some body there, but the carbonation is surprisingly meh. This attribute means much less to me on this beer than others, for some reason.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Hopefully it's not just the situation. I'm not thinking this beer is for everyone (my girlfriend is not a coffee fan and only noticed coffee bitterness). I might've overrated it slightly, but hope for another chance to find out.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious nose w mild coffee and chocolate aroma, pours a somewhat cloudy amber color, really nice beer, maybe more of a cold weather beer. Just wish it wasn't sooooo expensive. It's $17 for a 750ml bottle! As a point of reference this beer is $0.67/oz while TreeHouse Alter Ego or Green (yes, different beer) is $0.23/oz or Epiphany across the street is $0.25/oz. Like I said, delish, more of a winter beer for me, but pretty steep such that I just wont enjoy it very often.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the dive bar on Allagash tap takeover. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden hue with a nice thin lacing and good creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of coffee haggle, faint barrel notes, the coffee mellowed out the aromas of the base beer. Still a quite nice aroma.

T - Taste is loads of coffee, light bourbon, light base beer but for the most part this is a glass of cold pressed coffee.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the ABV, light carbonation, alcohol well hidden here, tremendously so.

O - Overall I was happy with this one, best of the night even if it crushed the base beer. Delicious.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a clear gold color without any head.
Coffee aroma. Some sweet fruit.
Strong coffee up front, then a bit of milk chocolate, with some pear at the end.
Incredibly smooth, with no note of the alcohol.
Loved it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/07/14 notes. Have had a few times, review from 12 oz. pour at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a deep orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fresh coffee grinds, whiskey, caramel, oak, toasted notes, light fruity malts. Nice nose, lots of coffee to it.

t - Taste mirrors the nose closely. Lots of coffee, nice sweet whiskey, and some fruits and caramel. Very good taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No heat.

o - Overall I like this one a lot. Awesome coffee mixing wiht swete bourbon, but on a lighter tripel beer than the average stout. Highly recommend checking out.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty excited to see this on-tap at a random visit to the Farmhouse Tap in VT. Reviewed from notes.

A- Golden like Curieux, small white fizzy head with lackluster retention. Falls to foamy ring with a few legs but no true lace it seems.

S- Super laid back Jim Beam and cold brewed coffee reminds me of a nice brownie dessert.

T- Tastes like blondie brownies to me, decadent coffee on Curieux, balanced and almost silly smooth bourbon vanilla barrel feel. Most jarring color vs. taste beer ever. The coffee really makes a huge difference.

MF- Moderately thick body with high end carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

Brownie dessert feel. Coffee is intense and changes the beer a lot in a good way. The vanilla from Bourbon barrels and coffee really work well together.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Clear golden-orange. White head and some messy lacing.
smell: Coffee with a bright oaky vanilla.
taste: like the nose, coffee is most prominent but the other flavors temper it. Not sure i would have known this is barrel aged if it weren't on the bottle but the barrel time seems to be a perfect compliment to the coffee.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy tight lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Nice roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a little booze, and earthiness.

Taste: Same as above with a little sweetness, roasted bitterness, booze, oak, vanilla, and powdery yeast.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a little bitterness, and some booziness.

Overall: Tripel, yes. Aged in bourbon barrels, yes. Then add cold pressed local Maine coffee. Yes please. Sounds weird, but such a great mixture and blend of flavors.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Prohibition Pig

A - Opaque cloudy orange/yellow with a thin film of off white head.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, coffee. Some breadiness.

T - Big coffee flavour up front. Some spice, clove, Belg yeast and coriander. Warming alcohol throughout. The coffee definitely dominates but the other flavours are noticeable as well.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle, corked and caged, into tulip glasses:

Appearance: pours a mostly translucent golden color, with a touch of haze, and tons of bubbles. Poured somewhat aggressively, it left a fat, thick white head. Lingers for a few minutes and leaves some nice, sticky lacing.

Aroma: lots of coffee bean on the nose, with some sweet vanilla notes as well. There's a touch of heat here, but nothing too much for an 11% tripel. I didn't get all that much barrel character from the scent, but the whiskey is detectable.

Taste: this is a very interesting beer, with a lot going on. On first sip, there's a lot of creamy, vanilla-laden coffee. Very cohesive flavor profile here......mostly sweet, with a fair amount of whiskey flavor mixed in too. Not sure how people have mentioned that the barrel isn't prevalent here, there's quite a bit of whiskey and wood. Most prominent flavor is still the sweetened coffee though.

Feel: a touch thin for what think would really support the strong flavors here, it's still very smooth and creamy.

Overall: an incredibly unique and subtly flavored beer, and one definitely worth trying.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a balloon glass.

Pours a cloudy, yellow color with a deep orange hue. Big white head that leaves decent lacing. Could improve on the clarity and head retention.

Very interesting aroma! James Bean has notes of green tea, coconut, maple yogurt, and when it warms up, freshly roasted coffee. Complex, layered and more than just coffee.

Amazing coffee flavor...just amazing.... Tastes like a typical coffee beer but with light malts and hints of coconut, cacao, and vanilla.

Extremely smooth body, but could use more carbonation, in my opinion for a Tripel.

Great beer. Yet again, awesome coffee flavor and aroma. It is amazing that Allagash could get the taste like that and keep the beer blonde. I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend trying it if you see it on draft.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is murky golden brown with thin white head with tight bead and slight lace pattern, the color lightens as it sits. The smell is very fragrant with an earthy coffee smell lots of nutty and light caramel with a hint of vanilla and odor of alchol. The feel is nutty, woody toasted grain and malt is dry with a moderately carbonated and medium body with low sweetness and mild alcohol warming near the finish which is mostly dry.

The taste is very good a deep coffee taste which has a fresh and roasty flavor combined with a mild yeast and triple base is apparent with a slight bourbon-like caramel/vanilla from the wood with low alcohol taste and coffee holds on throughout. Overall this is a wonderful coffee-infused barrel aged tripel. I found it interesting from start to finish and would order it again if it were not for it being so limited.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the base beer here is barely recognizable to me here, this is all about the coffee, and it just isnt anywhere near as sweet or as whiskey driven as the beer it comes from. some have remarked that the coffee is somewhat subtle, but i really didnt think so. i loved the way it smells bitter and earthy, rather than sugary and vanilla driven. the base beer just seems way lighter, which is odd in something like this, but i really do dig it. the coffee is great, more vibrant in nose than taste, i will agree with that, but its like cold drip or something, concentrated and strong on caffeine, not insane on the pungency in the blend, but the flavor is on point. i remember this being boozy, but the coffee seems to balance some of that, or cover it up, and in the end this seems nowhere near 11% abv to me, not even close. sometimes an extra ingredient doesnt need to dominate in a beer to improve it, and i think this is a perfect example of that. allagash can do no wrong though in my mind, i knew i was going to like this before i ever even ordered it. nice use of the barrel, coffee tastes fresh, and its drier than the original. lovely stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bestway in Greensboro, NC

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly ground coffee with some moderate aromas of bourbon and oak (from the barrel aging). Light notes of vanilla and just a hint of Belgian yeast, light fruits, and pepper.

T: Upfront there is moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed coffee with some moderate flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Light flavors of Belgian yeast, light fruit, and just a hint of spice/black pepper. Minimal notes of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and a touch creamy.

O: I was slightly suspect of a bourbon barrel aged tripel with coffee but I should have known the team at Allagash had the skills to pull this beer off... The coffee and bourbon flavors really complement each other and give it hints of chocolate which make this beer pair really nicely with dessert (chocolate pecan pie and pumpkin pie here on Thanksgiving).

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in an Allagash tulip.

A - Creamy off-white foam lingers; great retention here with glass-coating lace. Looks almost like a nitro beer. Lightly hazed golden orange body.

S - Loads of coffee! Very odd getting this from such a pale beer. Light vanilla, sweet malt, with an undercurrent of bourbon. Not much Tripel here, as it's largely overwhelmed by the coffee and barrel-aging. Perhaps a touch of tangy Belgian yeast as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is similarly heavy on coffee, with a whiskey and oak finish. There's implied chocolate from the other flavors that I'm guessing isn't really there. Some sweet malts, but nothing to suggest tripel. Perhaps a touch of peach brightness as it reaches room temperature.

M - Tannic, roasty, coffee texture. Medium-full body, a tad creamy, with pleasant carbonation. Some definite warming alcohol.

D - Odd beer. The coffee and barrel largely overwhelm the base beer, so as a Tripel it's off the mark. That being said, if I tried this blindfolded I'd think it was a pretty good bourbon coffee strong ale or something. High ABV makes things a bit slower drinking, but I'd consider ordering this again.

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