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
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#2,394
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
583
pDev:
8.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 583 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of Jeromedepot
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doomcifer
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cider like copper- yellow color in a Stone Snifter with a 1 F head.

Right from the start- strong coffee aroma- not burnt, roasted, or espresso. The fruit and berry come out from this Ethiopian coffee. There is also an oak presence.

Light malty MF, light carbonation.

Taste is exquisite. The coffee aroma follows to the taste. The berry is even more prominent in the taste, especially as the beer warms up. The coffee taste is not over-roasted. The Ethiopian berry comes out. This is in women in most coffee beers.

Overall, a wonderful well-balanced, not overdone coffee ale. Often, coffee aroma and taste are overdone and over roasted. Not in this beer which brings out the berry quality of the Ethiopian coffee.

Overall, excellent beer which I greatly enjoyed

A snifter is a good glass for this beer.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler from Beershop NYC on the UWS
Clear amber with minimal white head, smells like fresh coffee grounds, booze, and oak, taste is sweet milky coffee with warming booze, finishes with a dry coffee bean bitterness, feel is full and finishes dry. A sweet coffee warmer of a beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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 LeftHanded666
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Actually delicious. Sort of expensive. I prefer this to KBS. I realize they are completely different styles. The coffee is prevalent . As well as vanilla, Oak, sort of Banana taste. Excellent.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty interesting, but its elements didn't hang together well. The base beer didn't meld with the coffee which didn't really lend itself to the barrel under these circumstances. Surprisingly drinkable, even refreshing, but it didn't deliver on its description.

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Photo of pstam87
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deereless
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oakley
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hammerhead79
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -36%
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.

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James Bean from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 583 ratings