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Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) by Allagash Brewing Company
11.00 % ABV

Review by seaoflament on 04/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2006
I bought this bottle in early 2007 and I think it’s time to open it.

Bottling: November 2006
Cases Bottled: 496

Big pop once I removed the cork.

Pours a pale to golden yellow with a thin crown of foam which quickly dissipates.

Aromas of bananas, green—not yet ripe—grapefruit, bread dough, spices, yeast, apricots and peaches. The vanilla from the oak and wood comes through very lightly in the background but works really well. A slight boozy aroma dances in the background as well. After I let the beer breathe for a few moments (still without taking a sip) some more fruits begin to present themselves; I’m now detecting green apple, ripe mango, and a touch of strawberry. All-in-all it has a wonderful bouquet of tropical fruits, bread and spices.

Tastes more of the same but really well balanced. Apricot, orange, grapefruit, nectarine and mango comes to mind and is quickly followed by bread and spices. A mix of fruits in the finish along with some alcohol warmth. Tastes very sweet with a honey flavor and cheerios. Apple skins appear in the aftertaste as well as grape juice.

Drinks very smooth, for 11% it is dangerously drinkable. Enough carbonation on the tongue to keep this one lively and effervescent.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Bottled June 2006.

A - Pours lighter than I expected. Hazy bright yellow. Soapy off white head is about one and a half inches and shows good lacing.

S - Big vanilla on the nose. Slight oak and a bit of bourbon. Belgian yeast and some candy sugar sweetness. Slightly buttery in back. Something a bit different lingering in back which has hints of possible wild yeast at play here.

T - Vanilla up front. Works into a oaky vanilla light bourbon flavor that covers the tongue. No one flavor overpowers another here. Very balanced. Yeastiness becomes aparent with some banana, which combines with some fruity sweetness. At the end there is a bit of a bite followed immediately by a buttery taste and a finish with a slight sour twang.

M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is nice and smooth.

D - Allagash's barrel aged beers continue to impress me. I typically am not a huge fan of tripels, but I really like this one.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Pours a slightly hazy amber that forms into a nice white foam head. Pretty goo staying ability here. It smells of fruits, but not much alcohol or bourbon. Taste has some alcohol, esp. when it warms up a bit. Very good brew here.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 11/17/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
From the presentation to the pour, Allagash produces some very high quality. Caged and corked 750ml bottle, without any flashy labeling. Classy.

The beer smells wonderful, full of spiciness. The bottle is about a year old, and I think that has produced a more mellowed aroma.

Holy crap, this is a good tasting beer. It's got a strong alcohol component, but it doesn't overhwelm the rest of the flavors, and with as strong of a tripel as this is, I don't think that would have been possible anyway. Again with the spicy flavors, but also some dried fruits and citrus zest. All combined with the typical Belgian flair and aged to perfection.

I wanted to crack open my bottle to find out if it was something I'd like, as I had traded for it but it is now locally for sale. Damn, now I have to go spend some cash to get a couple of these bad boys to age.

Price: $15.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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