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Take an abbey style tripel brewed by one of the best American brewers of Belgian style ales. Put that beer into Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks. Remove, pour, drink and die happy, because it’s all downhill after this. Allagash is no stranger to hitting it out of the park — the brewery is widely recognized as one of the country’s best for a reason — but Curieux really takes things to another level. The soft, sweet notes of vanilla drawn from the bourbon barrels play beneath the bright, spicy tripel to perfection, while the taste of bourbon complements the whole rather than dominating it like in so many other bourbon-barrel-aged beers. This warming sipper of a beer offers layers of complexity. It doesn’t simply demand your attention, it earns it. Curieux may be on draft at Fountain Porter.