Veritas is always searching for great products. And when we find the great ones, we make sure we can bring them into the store. But rarely will we dedicate an entire article to any given product. But recently, we opened up what turned out to be one of the best new beers we’ve tasted in a while. And that product is the Allagash Curieux Ale from Portland, Maine.
The Allagash White has been on our shelves since day one of Veritas. And it certainly is one of our favorites. But the bourbon barrel aged ale that is in the Allagash Curieux is a contender for one of our most favorite beers in the store. Matter of fact, we took a few bottles and placed then in the Spirits section as well as with the Shiraz wines.
The Curieux is a Belgian-style Ale that is aged in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels for 8 weeks. On the pour, there is a bright fluffy head and the beer is clear with a pale amber color. On the nose, our olfactories were happy with a hint of sweet bourbon, vanilla, yeast and minimal oak. On the palate, you will find the yeastiness you will find with Belgian beers but that is balanced with the right amount of sweetness and tartness.
You can tell how the 8 weeks in the oak have imparted layers of flavors, smooth and subtle nuisances. What makes this beer so great is its sophisticated finesse – its complexity and smooth finish gives us an opportunity to use two words that we’d normally reserve for a great wine – cosmopolitan and mellifluous.
Do not gift this to someone who doesn’t appreciate their drink. Buy it, and drink it yourself or with friends who know their beer. It is rather expensive but worth every penny!