APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy gold with orange edges
HEAD: Thin, white head…dissolves fairly quickly
LACING: Very nice. Lingers high up the glass in sheets.
NOSE: Exceptionally complex and exceptionally well-balanced. Massive variety of fruit aromas…orange, lemon, banana, pineapples and peaches. Big hints of vanilla and spice. A warm, tingling whiff of peppery bourbon. All of those notes are held together by a big, fresh-baked biscuit backdrop with a generous aroma of yeast.
TASTE: Everything is more subtle in the taste. Less fruit. Less yeast. Less spice and booze. It’s citrus up front, sweet pale malt and vanilla in the middle, and a touch of drying bitterness in the finish. For all the bold notes in the nose, the flavor is actually quite delicate and refined.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied, but bright and effervescent. Tingles like champagne.
DRINKABILITY: For an 11% tripel, the Curieux is remarkably drinkable. The alcohol is present in the finish, but so well-incorporated that you would have no idea how strong this sucker is. Subtle flavors and a captivating nose add to the drinkability.
RATING: 3.5 Hops