Allagash Curieux

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Type: Tripel
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  • 554/3686 
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In October of 2004, we released the first beer in our series of Barrel Aged beers, Allagash Curieux. To make the Curieux (French for "curious"), we age our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam barrels for 8 weeks in our cellar. During the aging process in bourbon barrels, the beer is totally transformed, and many new flavors and aromas develop. Most notably, the beer picks up soft coconut and vanilla characteristics...and also a hint of bourbon flavor!
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Reviews: 3

  • Jul 30, 2011
    TheCorkStops (70)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Barley Wine
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    The Curieux, french for curious, is the Allagash Tripel aged for two months in Jim Beam bourbon barrels. Served in a 750mL bottle with a cork and cage. The front label denotes that it was bottled in October 2010, in the midst of 750 cases bottled, and clocking in at 11% abv.

    The pour is a cloudy golden/orange color, with a bright white head. Lots and lots of tiny bubbles form a nice thick foam that slowly fades, with great lacing. The aromas are both light and fruity, like I'd expect from a Tripel, but also with a bit of a boozy backbone. Some hints of vanilla, sugars, and tropical fruits.

    The flavors are great! The Curieux is exactly what its named for. There's a slight hint of smooth hops, plenty of fruit, nice kick from the alcohol, and it all flows together really well. The finish is crisp, clean, and leaves me waiting for another sip.

    Overall, I'm really impressed. There have been a lot of overpriced hype beers lately. I'm happy to announce that I don't think the Allagash Curieux is one of them!
  • Sep 12, 2010
    berthalemu (2)Rank: Beer Novice
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    Despite having such a high alcohol content, this beer is very smooth and easy to drink. The taste was very crisp and refreshing. I would definitely order it again!
  • Nov 14, 2009
    VTHopHead (21)Rank: Beer NoviceGroup: IPA Lovers
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    Poured a pretty golden yellow in color with a small white head that faded to thin covering over the beer. Aroma is very fruity with bready yeast. Flavor is thick with bready yeasts, fruits (green apple), light citrus, slight alcohol and floral hops. The bourbon/vanilla from the aging process is just the barest hint in the flavor profile. One of the best Tripels I’ve had... excellent!