Curieux

Image courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME

Image courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME

Allagash Tripel Ale aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for 8 weeks?  Sounds like a great idea!  Curieux is honey gold and hazy with vigorous carbonation and a persistent lacey head.  The bouquet has that Belgian vibe to it, yeasty and wheaty with a possibly fruit sugar sweetness thrown in for complexity.  And then there is the bourbon.  Nor overpowering, but it’s there.  The malt quality and quantity seems above average.  The taste?  Oh my goodness, smooth, rich, sweet revealing some vanilla notes and a vague, underlying citrus tang.  The finish is dryish, but the 11% ABV is well masked and can be dangerous if you don’t know what to expect.  I’m a big boy, I can handle myself.  Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, ME is consistently good.  This bottle cost $16.99, so at that price point I don’t expect it to be a regular resident of my beer fridge, but I certainly recommend you try it at least once.

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