Allagash Curieux

This is a beer that I’ve been searching out for a long time. I used to see it all the time but then when I finally wanted to buy it, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this brew and I’m all about aging in bourbon barrels.

ABV: 11%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wiktionary, “curieux” translates to “curious, inquisitive, agog; possessing curiosity,unusual, interesting, quaint; inducing curiosity”

Random: I’ve been looking for this beer for a while. I finally found it when I was Christmas shopping for my father and my girlfriend at Joe Canal’s in Woodbridge. I decided that I should buy myself a Christmas gift and brought the bomber home with me.

The label on the brew said that this was from the October 2010 batch and 750 cases were bottled. The brew poured with a one finger white head into my Rogue chalice. Every time I use these glasses, I think that are darn heavy. Anyways, the head dissipated and didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The color is a light yellow with a hint of orange and presents with moderate carbonation. The body is clear. On the nose, I got a lot of bready and yeasty notes. Then, I get some golden fruit and sugars. I don’t smell much of the oak that I thought I would from being aged in bourbon barrels. On the taste, the first thing I say is, “Damn, this is a good beer.” There is a lot going on with this. There is a definite wood/vanilla characteristic, then the fruit, then some breadiness and spices. The alcohol, which is hefty at 11%, really only makes itself known on the finish, when it really warms the throat. There is light carbonation on this brew, which is perfect. The brew itself is lighter than I thought and not really syrupy. I love this brew. I almost wish I waited to try it when I saw Chris next because it’s so good. Then, I remember the DFH Worldwide Stout she had without me and I don’t feel so bad.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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3 thoughts on “Allagash Curieux

  1. Big hoppy smells were coming off of this beer with a citrusy grapefruit quality to them..If I were doing just a blind taste I would have never said this was a barleywine. Hops are dominating this brew right now with the same grapefruit character I was detecting in the smell.

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