Style: Belgian Tripel
Despite their high alcohol, most good Belgian tripels are surprisingly delicate in their flavor. With just hints of candied sugar and clove, part of the charm (and danger) of this style is the way that its effects can sneak up on you. The bold coconut and bourbon flavors that Jim Beam barrels impart in Allagash’s Curieux won’t sneak up on anyone, but they don’t overwhelm the base beer either. Allagash ages the beer in barrels for just eight weeks to keep the flavor from getting muddied, and the resulting libation is harmonious and smooth rather than big and boozy.
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