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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 21, 2005
Well, this was certainly a rating that took a while to formulate. Pours a nice rich golden color. Good head with sticky lacing. Very nice looking beer. While cold, this was ALL booze in the nose. I was unhappy that Allagash roached a bunch of their excellent tripel by spiking it with some of Kentucky’s finest. Tasting this chilly brew simply reinforced my feelings. Plus, this bad boy was like $13 with tax! After letting this come up to temp, this was quite different. The aromas and flavors were very complex, with distinct ’tripel’ characteristics. Malty sweet, but notes of yeast and spicy hops. The boozy thing had almost blown off all together. It was just lingering there, ever so slightly, underneath the massive, complex Belgian traits. This was still a bit hot, and could probably use a few months to a year in a cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
Who was the fantastic RB Rater that sent me this First Batch Edition "Bottling - September 2004" of 9.5%abv Curieux? Please reveal yourself and beermail me!

Poured a golden blond body with a fluffy white head. The aroma was immensely floral… hits with vast perfumey notes… Brenda first called this out. It was an oddly complex combination of oaked whisky and fruity triple. There was a light black peppery bite in the focus but I kept hinting upon big flowery gardenia and marigold blossoms. The palate had a great buttery solidity… I must admit to being rather under-whelmed, though. I really wanted to like it more! This one came across as a bit hot and sharp with rubbing alcohol, IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2005
GABF 2004 Deep straw in color with a slight haze and small white head. Aroma is of fruit,oak and spice. Flavor is of more oak,subtle whiskey with more fruit, finishign dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2005
(Bottled Oct 2004 10% ABV) Decent light fluffy head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation. Thick sticky lacing. Fruity aroma with some peaches, lemon, butterscotch and a light bourbon aroma if you inhale very deeply. Color is a cloudy golden orange. Flavor is light and fruity with a big alcohol kick. Quite hot but I tend to like the hotness. 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 which is somewhat nasal at the finish. A good brew and one that is probably going to mess me up tonight.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2005
Looks good in the glass with a nice think head and amber hue. Smell is of whiskey, wood and some sugar. Taste is sweet with some whiskey notes present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2491) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours a two-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy, light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is alcohol, starts with a distinct alcohol/bourbon flavor some sweetness, finishes with a slight sourness. Nothing like the sweet Belgian triples but is very good. Bottled 10/2004, the ABV is now 10%. 750ml bottle for $14.00 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Hazy straw color. Aroma and flavors of bourbon, wood, citrus, and spice. Medium bodied and semi dry finish. Bourbon is strong not not too out of balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pale, hazy gold with a thick, sticky head. The bourbon character melds well with the estery belgian strong ale fruit and alcohol. It’s actually a surprisingly good match.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Vanilla-oak, pears, apples, honey, light spiciness in the aroma, very chardonnay-like. Clear golden color, lasting white head, good lacing. Flavor again is reminiscent of an oakey chardonnay, lots of oak and vanilla blending with light fruits and spiciness. Leans towards sweetness, but it is balanced out by the not-unpleasant alcohol flavor. Medium body with high carbonation, a little alcohol warming. Put me down as another person who likes the regular Triple Reserve better, but this isn’t bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Dated September 2004. Exactly as expected - Allagash Triple with some oak and vanilla in the nose. The sweet body of the triple holds up nicely, and is not dominated by the bourbon. A "buttered biscuits, dipped in whiskey" analogy is right on target. To me, worth the $15+ that I paid. Hopefully others will pay far less.

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