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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 ’04 bottles labeled as 11% ABV. Previous vintages at 9.5%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TChrome (1435) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Appears identical to the Allagash Triple I am used to, clear golden, lots of carbonation with a well retained, creamy, egg white head. Aroma has notes of wood, red wine, bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is WAY over the top Jim Beam. Elements of the delicious triple try and come through, but they are buried under whisky nastiness. Very glad I didn’t pay $12-14 per bottle for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
October 2004 bottle, $12. Cloudy yellow, with white head. Aromas of bourbon, yeast, fruit. Strong bourbon flavor, with fruit, yeast, and wood in there too. Body is medium, and overall, it goes down smooth. Like Weyerbacher Insanity, this is good, but still seems young. Aging should help.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Corked and caged 750 ml bottled October 2004, pours cloudy golden yellow with a nice lasting head of large bubbles, good lacing in my glass. Sweet fruity and bourbon aromas, smoky and woody flavors, the bourbon taste almost overwhelming at first but mellows throughout, medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel, not as carbonated as most tripels, finishes dry. At 13.99 a bottle no thank you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Cloudy golden with loose carbonation that settles to a thin, white ring of lace - bourbon is prominent in the aroma, but it melds well with the light fruit smells of apple and pear, and a hint of banana - spice rounds things out, almost giving the beer an overall smell of bananas foster, with a touch of tart mustiness - surprisingly creamy for something with such lively carbonation - fruits from the aroma come into play, with smooth notes of vanilla, and well-balanced bourbon flavor - in fact, this is probably the most well-intergrated bourbon flavor I’ve encountered in a barrel-aged beer, which is surprising, because I never would have even thought to age a tripel style ale in a bourbon barrel - I’m shocked that there are such mixed reviews of this, especially since other barrel-aged ales are getting such high marks, even when they aren’t nearly as well-balanced (ie. Weyerbacher Heresy).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Orangish gold, thin head. The nose reflects this with a cidery/woody thing going on Some grapes and alcohol. Like strongbad says, this is "a very nice." Alcohol, lemon, yeast, sweetness, burbon, grape skins. The burbon is really well balanced. This stuff rocks. Really smooth body. I wish this was regularly available

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Nice clear golden color with a moderate head. Yeast, spice, oak accompanied by vanilla notes on the nose. The wood, which plays rather nicely with the dry, spicy character of the beer, does detract form the overall complexity of the beer. Yeast and malt character are moved to the background to make way for the wood. This beer is mellow, well integrated, and still complex enough to tantilize. An interesting departure from a fantastic tripel that works very well. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 Really an interesting brew from Allagash. A fairly mild flavored tripel that is combined nicely with the bourbon barrels to create a nice, somewhat vinous concoction. Full flavored, with a nice color. This goes down fairly easy, which makes it a bit dangerous. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2621) - GERMANY - DEC 28, 2004
Perfumy nose, golden brown color. A whiskey-like component that is interesting and enjoyable. Some peat and smoke too. Bonus points for novelty and character, but not un-flawed. Too perfumy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2004
October 2004 bottling, 10% abv. Pours a cloudy golden orange color, thinner but long lasting white head. Aroma had your typical triple elements with some yeast, spice and pale malts but also had an interesting angle from the barrel like vanilla and oak. Some citrus comes through in the flavor along with some booze, to go with what was already mentioned. Body was pretty creamy and had a bit of a kick from the alcohol. A very nice beer to try, a sipper if you take on the whole 750 by yourself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4982) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Slightly hazy golden orange coloured body with a thinnish slightly off-white head. Aroma of SUPER-STRONG oak, cedar,vanilla and some light coriander seed and yeast. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong oaky flavour with a good vanilla taste, solid malt and a good yeastiness. Some mild curacao flavours and coriander seed freshness remains from the tripel, but most of the taste is from the new bourbon barrels. Overall, a nice beer-great to try and a good example of what these barrels will do to an already established beer. MANY thanks to jon[r888710] for purchasing and sharing this 75 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C.

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