Curieux

Maine
United States
Allagash Curieux
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Allagash Curieux was our first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.

Profile

ABV: 
11%
Served at: 
40 - 45°
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The aroma of this Tripel aged in oak bourbon barrels is subdued overall, containing a gentle mix of peppery phenols, light banana, and oak. This beer pours a hazy deep gold with a tall, creamy white head that lasts and lasts, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. The flavor begins with a bourbon sting and leads into a peppery spice that lasts throughout. This beer is quite bitter and has a dry, tannic finish with oak flavors. The barrel character masks the malt flavors and other complexities. Although dry, bitter, and highly carbonated, this beer is very smooth. Despite lacking the trademark expressiveness of a Tripel, the flavors in this beer come together well. The outcome is a pleasant reminder that bourbon barrel-aging doesn't have to be extreme.