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RATINGS: 1169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (771) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Pours a fairly clear, light orange color. Sweet, caramel malt, oaky, light bourbon, and a hint of a sweet tart note. Sweet, malty, Belgian yeast character, spicy phenols, vanilla, oak, and bourbon and some alcohol heat in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (364) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2014
Dotée d’une robe dorée assez claire qui mousse bien, le bouquet de cette bière est aguichant. Les céréales mielleuses, la levure épicée et l’alcool sont en parfaite symbiose. Cette harmonie se répète en bouche, mais le côté bourbon est un peu plus présent sans toutefois aliéner les autres saveurs. Relativement facile à boire malgré son haut taux d’alcool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cernjoh (116) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Poured from a 2010 bottle into a snifter. Aroma is very subtle but fruity. Appearance is a clear medium yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is semi sweet with light bread fruit and white wine. This beer aged well and to me is better than more fresh bottles. Palate is good with nice carbonation. Overall a good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berntholer (898) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2014
ivory white head disappears with some lacing. yellow colour. aroma is spices, curacao, coriander,clove, reminds me a lot of witbier, yeast, slight vanilla. taste like aroma and boozy with slight wry aftertaste. medium body and carbonation. bottle @ cantillon quintenssence ’14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (897) - Vermont, USA - JUN 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2014 750 mL bottle supplied by Michael last Saturday; many thanks! Paired rather nicely with some bacon-and-cheddar sliders (with blue cheese and caramelized onions), which were served outside on a gorgeously sunny afternoon. WillRunForBeer was there. So was my dog. To long-stemmed tulip, it pours a gleaming, amber-orange with which an off-white head 1 ½ fingers in length stood. Aromas of expired lemon juice, earl grey tea, persimmons, autumnal leaves, candied ginger, satureja, noble hops, and sesame seeds. Tastes the same with the addition of red kuri squash/nutmeg, bourbon oak, sun-dried multigrain chips, banana peppers, farmhouse yeast, and pilsner malt. Mildly spicy, showcasing notes of yeast, sweet malt, unripe fruit, and bourbon-soaked oak. I absolutely had a fun time with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1162) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
I split a 750ml bottle with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses. It was bottled on 1/24/14 (thanks to Renee for the bottle!).

Appearance: Glowing orange hue. Mostly cloudy with some visible carbonation. Pours to a large, beige, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Strong bourbon and alcohol/phenolic character. Definite Belgian yeast esters as well.

Taste: I’m a big fan of Belgian-style Tripels, though I’ve never had one that was aged in bourbon barrels as is the case of Allagash Curieux. Barrel-aging can be a wonderful addition to a strong stout or barleywine, though I’m not sure it’s ideal for a Tripel. There’s a constant back-and-forth between the base brew and the bourbon character from the Jim Beam barrels. An interesting contrast between banana, clove and raw malt against an astringent, earthy character of wood and vanilla. There’s distinct crushed black pepper in the palate here, too. A consistent presence of dry, tingly spiciness. The alcohol also comprises a major flavor component which has a slightly buttery taste with strong heat and dryness on the finish. I’d probably prefer the regular Allagash Tripel to this, though Curieux is certainly interesting to say the least.

Drinkability: It probably goes without saying that a big 11% ABV Belgian-style Tripel aged in bourbon barrels is going to be a full-bodied brew in every way possible. There’s plenty of effervescence initially, though it does calm down to a soft mouthfeel with a creamy texture. It’s difficult to drink Allagash Curieux in more than a sip at a time, though a beer like this is best enjoyed via a slow, savory delivery anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Golden with a gods pale head. Aroma is apricot, marmalade, bourbon, vanilla, honey. Medium-full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a hint of spice. Flavours are apricot, honey, bourbon, orange marmalade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hidden_Pooch (295) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
On tap. I am not a huge fan of Tripels, and even one so highly rated as this, I was not a fan of. It had a great look to it in the goblet, and nice sweet fruity aromas. It tasted far too sweet for my liking almost undrinkable. All I got was fruity liquid bubblegum, which was too much to handle. I found it very curious though for a Tripel, a nice change from others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (806) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Pours the classic golden hazy look of a Tripel. Aromas are pretty good, dominated by the bourbon but enough of a fruity presence as well. Flavors are more of the same with the yeast balancing nicely with the harsh bourbon bitterness. At first sip you think it’s going to be boozy but the sweetness of the yeast saves it and mellows it out. Interesting beer. I can’t say it’s better than their normal Tripel but it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2014
On tap at Cannery Row Beer co. Unusual but really interesting. Has the look of a cloudy wheat but the flavours don’t really confirm to any readily identifiable style, rather an offbeat mix of spice, aniseed, boozy notes, fruit. Hard to place but this is the appeal.

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