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Allagash Curieux is a unique beer that was aged for 8 weeks in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels. In July 2004 they brewed a batch of the Triple and placed it in Bourbon barrels from Kentucky.
December í04 bottles labeled as 11% ABV. Previous vintages at 9.5%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Poured dirty gold with a non-existent head. Aroma is thick with caramel malt, spices, and (shockingly) bourbon. The taste was just not that good. Too much bourbon spoiled the beer flavors. Maybe if they used a better bourbon (Makers Mark?) or less time in the Jim Beam barrel, this could be a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2011 On tap at Julianís - Providence, RI. Finally got around to re-rating this one and feel like I can see it for what it really is. Aroma brings up Bourbon and lightly Belgian-inflected pale malts. On the palate, it seems a bit light, surprisingly hiding the alcohol well. However, I think the overall light flavor of the underlying beer is overrun by the raw bourbon flavor and it comes across as out of balance and muddled with the Allagash house yeast, which for me, always has a slippery, soapy feel.

Originally rated 5/22/2006 - Julios Spring Beer Festival. Pour of almost yellow-green. Aroma of sweetly wicked sour Meyer lemons, with hints of coriander and light fruit alcohols. Flavor is intensely medicine to me, which does not sit well for my palate. This is hard to drink, but I can see that the use of the barrell is decent here, but I just can get into anything other than the strong belgian yeast profile. The palate is drying. Maybe a rerate?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2927) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle (July/05 vintage) shared with a bunch of folks - courtesy of jerc. Hazy golden colour. Aroma is an interesting mixture of sweet and tart/sour notes - fruit, yeast and woody bourbon notes. Body is a bit on the light side. Flavour is deceptive - it seems simple (maybe because of the light body?), but thereís a lot going on in there if you look for it. By the end of my sample, I wasnít sure how I felt about it - the bourbon notes started to get a bit harsh - but itís an interesting experiment and Iím glad I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 I donít yet have bourbon-barrel ennui so I have really enjoyed the two bottles (both from July 2005) Iíve had. I think Allagashís Tripel is a strong, above average example of the style - and the b-b aging doesnít compromise it for me. It actually moves it gently in the direction of a Flemish primitive, with the wood combining with the heat of the bourbon and a touch of citrus to give it a really interesting flavor that seems to bloom in the mouth. Better as it warms, this is a really strong entry from Allagash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev, jerc, R. and the rest of the gang -- courtesy of jerc. Vintage 2005. Pours a very hazy orange with a small diminishing white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, wood, fruit, spices and bourbon. Flavour of wood, bourbon, spices, yeast and an alcohol finish with some hops thrown in. Light to medium bodied. This is really good but thereís no damn way I could drink a whole bottle of this to myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Jercís bottle shared with a bunch of fine folks. Nice yeasty, funky malt aroma. Hint of bourbon, lots of yeast, bitter. Interesting taste that was a combo of bourbon and a Belgian Triple. Strong strong taste. yeasty. Better as it warmed. What a great sipper, lovely!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6133) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev, DougShoemaker, R and others - jercís bottle. Cloudy orange with a smallish white head. Funky, peppery, heavy yeast aroma, some sour lemon and oak character, but Iíll say it again - funky. Taste is oaky (vanilla character), quite whiskey-ish, gets more whiskey character as it warms, otherwise spicy and yeasty, quite a bit of alcohol. Itís a little watery, but acidic, creamy, only lightly carbonated but the spice and yeast make it quite lively nonetheless. This is a solid brew, but the oaky/whiskey character (and the booze) gets a bit much after a while - itís still restrained compared to some bourbon-aged beers, but I am certain I couldnít drink a whole one myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAY 14, 2006
í05 bottle...pours a light hazy copper with minimal white head. Aroma is bourbon, sweet candy, spice, and a bit of sour fruit. Flavor is quite woody and spicey...lots of actual jim beam too. If you let it warm, some interesting tangy sweetness shows itself. Mouthfeel is a bit light and highly carbonated. Very warming too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Color is a cloudy golden orange. Decent light fluffy head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation. Thick sticky lacing. Fruity aroma with some fruit (peaches?), butterscotch and a light bourbon aroma. Nice. Flavor is light and fruity with a big alcohol kick. Quite hot. Little more butterscotch and bourbon. Nice alcohol warming. Very easy drinkng which can be very dangerous for this brew. Finish is clean and short-lived besides the alcohol. A good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAY 3, 2006
just tried this as the Nappi Distributors Beer Trade Show. on tap, poured by Rob Tod himself. cloudy copper brown color. aroma is powerfull. vanilla, oak, caramel and some other earthy, woodsy type aromas. taste is verry unique. vinilla, caramel , citrus, briwn sugar, toffee, and alcohol is definatly present, but only adds to the experiance. like sipping a fine burbon wiskey. soooo goood.

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