James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,467
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
566
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 566 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of deereless
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oakley
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hammerhead79
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AuntBea
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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 kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -35.9%
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 tkdchampxi
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is not really a tripel. Missing all of the banana and clove that I use to define the style. More Belgian strong pale or a light Belgian IPA with coffee flavors.

Very nice beer though. Lots of great coffee flavors coming through over a lighter base. If this were a coffee IPA, it would be my favorite

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeg67
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pours orange with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Body is full and slightly crisp. Alcohol, caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla and coffee fill the mouth. Finish is long and peppery. Very nice brew.

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Photo of Sexton
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kdevilliers
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nomis
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaineBeerDinner
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Cooker_stp
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 JKasten988
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwswigs
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 566 ratings