Weird-Ass Beer of the Week: Allagash Curieux

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Like the taste of bourbon but not all its alcohol? Check out Allagash's Curieux, a Belgian-style Tripel ale aged for two months in barrels previously used to age Jim Beam. The result is a complex brew with nutty and fruity flavors from the oak and a definite bourbon aftertaste. At $16-$17 for a 750ml bottle, it's one of the more expensive beers on the market, but a little goes a long way: I serve it after dinner in small glasses, just as I would hard liquor. I've seen it intermittently at Bevmo, City Beer, and K&L, and reportedly it's served at Church Key (1402 Grant at Green), a new bar in North Beach.

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