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Having “bashed” Allagash White, my best friend purchased a trio of Allagash bottles for me. I plan to post the last of the bottles next month. Together, we first opened this offering called Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel).
Curieux pours hazy golden brown that quite resembles watered down bourbon. The bottle says to pour this beer slowly into a tulip glass (complete with diagram) and we quickly found out why. A storm of head forms quickly as this beer is poured and raised to three fingers before I stopped and adjusted my pour. We drank this one warm ish (around 60 degrees) and found that that warmth of the beer brought out more notes of the oak casked bourbon barrels. The flavor originally starts with a big hit of alcohol that is overtaken by strong dried fruit like figs or cherries, and a bit of vanilla. As the flavor subsided, I was hit with that bourbon flavor and there is without a doubt an oak presence Allagash did not want you to forget how they fermented this beer.
I really did quite enjoy this beer and give the people at Allagash big props for creating something crazy unique and recycling Jim Beam barrels in the fermentation process. There is little to critique except that I consider this beer more a treat – liked aged scotch – than an everyday favorite. I also wonder what it would have tasted like just a little bit colder. Would the bourbon flavor come more alive? Would the dried fruit or vanilla flavors pop a little more? At 11% ABV, this is a high alcohol beer that is meant to be enjoyed slowly. Curieux has quite a few price points and I’ve found it for between $13 – $18 for a 750ml bottle. If your ready for an experimental beer, or perhaps have never tried a bourbon barrel aged beer, this is a fine start assuming you can find it in your local store.