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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
James Bean is a bourbon barrel aged, Belgian-style strong ale that is infused with cold press coffee, post fermentation. Coffee, vanilla and bourbon dominate the aroma. Flavors of caramel, coffee, bourbon, and oak present themselves throughout this full-bodied beer. The coffee used in James Bean is Speckled Ax, roasted right here in Maine. The beans used are Ethiopia Amaro Gayo and are known for their lush blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors.

Grains: Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend
Hops: Tettnang and Hallertau
Spices/Other: White Cane Sugar, Cold-Brewed Coffee
Yeast: House
Original Gravity: 1.074, 18 degrees Plato

Added by jlindros on 07-09-2012

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462
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, honey, coffee bean, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, coffee bean, vanilla, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a coffee presence that is noticeable but it is somewhat muted against the base beer and barrel aged qualities.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked u a 750ml brown glass bottle @ Beercraft in Northern California (Rohnert Park, I think?). Branded white hood-and-gold-wire cage over a cork. Classy white label. Bottled on 05/19/16. 11129.

10.40% ABV. "Bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style golden ale." Brewed with Speckled Ax wood roasted coffee.

Reviewed live. Served cold into a highball and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. I'm really looking forward to this since I adore a lot of Allagash's brews.

After the cork pop, no liquid surges out - this seems well-carbonated.

HEAD:

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half finger of head that settles to a fluffy cap with spots of lace. Definitely smell the booze and some Belgian candy. Very sweet, candy and bourbon. Nice balance.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at prohibition pig
Light fizzy head, touch of lacing, hazy golden tan color, typical of a tripel at 11%.

Nose light creamy malt, hint of vanilla aroma like barrel, hint of fruity esters, nice mocha vanilla coffee aroma, quite strong, and slightly nutty.

Wow coffee flavor really comes out, fresh roasted coffee beans with cold extraction smoothness. Booze starts to tingle a bit, with a mild sweetness, light taste of the syrup that would be used to flavor coffee, light creamy golden malts, just a hint of citrus. Finish is long, slight bitterness, long smooth nutty coffee finish, still fairly sweet, hint of booze on the finish.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming and tingly booze borderline fuesel.

Overall interesting, lots of coffee flavor packed into the small amount of beer, although the beer itself kind of gets lost in the coffee, smooth cold extracted coffee though, and booze gets a bit much especially as it warms.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Heavily hazed, darkened gold body with a nearly white head, just shy of a full inch.

Smell: My stars! Certainly a stronger coffee aroma than I had anticipated, delightfully roasty, nutty. Undertone of gently sweet-scented bourbon notes. Faintly fruity, with a bit of lemon, leaving little of the original tripel to recognize.

Taste: Sweetish flavor of roasted coffee beans -- it really does have a surprising depth of coffee in the taste. No, really, it does! Caramel, vanilla, and wooden bourbon accents follow. Then, way waaaay back is the original Allagash Tripel. Ultra faint citrus. Sweetish, coffee finish with a sliver of bourbon and a slight, warming alcohol quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: I would enjoy starting my day by downing a pint of James Bean.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Served in a short pint.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Fluffy white head that leaves thick foam dripping down the inside of the glass.

Smell - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some coffee. Lighter malts give it a fruitiness. Even some citrus.

Taste - Strange grain flavor that really blends quite well with the bourbon and coffee. Grainy, sweet, but not heavy or sugary. Belgian yeast in the finish with some oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - More interesting than I expected. It's good because of the adjuncts, but the tripel is pretty lost there.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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 rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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 VelvetExtract
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pricey. Poured golden and deep in it's goldenness. Almost like honey. I will say that I was very nervous about this. I usually don't love Trippels nor am I a huge fan of light colored coffee beers. Why the hell did I buy this? Yet, this was pretty good! I was surprised how well the Trippel elements worked with the coffee. There was a load of coffee, too. Also plenty of bourbon. Those two aromas and flavors are almost a perfect matrimony. I liked this more than I was expecting to but the price tag will not have me going back.

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Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a gold-orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing, though.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, fruit, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of a bit of spicy Belgian yeast, vanilla, cloves, a good amount of the advertised coffee, some light fruit (apples), citrus (orange), a hint of oak, caramel, and honey. This is an uneven flavor, with a lot of coffee in the front, but a thin finish. Not quite as complex as it aspires to be, but a solid flavor.

F: A good shot of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: Definitely one of the more uneven beers I've had from Allagash. Certainly not terrible, and an interesting idea for a tripel, but it's uneven in spots.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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 lordofthewiens
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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 thagr81us
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, coffee, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I am a pretty big fan of the base brew as far as a representation of the style and this one was no exception. All of the right right things going on that you would expect plus that nice touch of coffee. The coffee seemed to be more integrated on the nose than in the flavor which was a bit of a letdown for me. Still a solid offering that I would not hesitate to try again in the future if I have the opportunity.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-surprisingly light to medium golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-bourbon, coffee, toffee, light bready malt, little vanilla

T-light caramel malt, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, hint of clove and yeast

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky

O-interesting beer, color and coffee flavor somewhat disparate, having had Curieux before perhaps prejudices my rating as the coffee overwhelmed the base beer so as to make it difficult to recognize the "Curieux" in this beer

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting idea. I've had a few coffee IPAs really recently that are definitely love em or hate ems - but at least I could tell they were IPAs - with coffee. No way could I guess this beer is a Tripel. It's just boozy coffee. Not a horrible beer but I feel the praise here is unwarranted. Your mileage may differ. Cheers!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Coffee Curieux" has finally made its way into bottles. Hooray!

A: Pours a dark golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice frothy head that leaves some streaky lacing

S: Coffee and Belgian yeast up front, with notes of fruity esters and some alcohol. Definitely a good mix of the two aspects

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the Belgian yeast and coffee. Leans a bit more on the fruity esters here than in the nose. Coffee still holds its own. Some spice from both the yeast and alcohol pop up shortly after. Clove and light banana blend nicely with the coffee. The bourbon plays off of the coffee quite well, as does the oak which softens the feel a bit. Vanilla comes along with the banana and clove notes. Finishes with lingering coffee and a light bourbon undertone

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smoothed out quite a bit by the barrels

O: A very unique beer that does surprisingly well for all of the could-be clashing flavor profiles going on with the base, barrel, and coffee. This version (coffee, specifically) definitely mellows Curieux to a much smoother and easier drinking beer while keeping the kick at full throttle. Definitely still a sipper. Well worth trying, despite the price tag

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. Count on Allagash to give you something different. This beer hardly disappoints. An interesting rendition of a unique style. A triple brewed with coffee beans. I was pleasantly surprised.

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