PW's Year of Beer: Allagash James Bean

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at

Occasionally, you run into a beer that is difficult to discuss without descending into the sort of hyperbolic gushing that comes over a person when they have just met the President of the United States or that quirky woman from the insurance commercials. This is one of those beers. And it’s a doozy. James Bean takes a beer that is already world class, the bourbon-barrel aged tripel called Curieux, and injects it with massive amounts of cold-brewed Maine coffee. Coffee, bourbon, oak, notes of vanilla, Belgian yeast—cramming this much into a beer can often result in a messy, unfocused brew. Not this one. Potent notes of coffee take charge and keep all that other flavor in check. The bourbon and oak are there, but toned down. Muted tones of grass and bready sweetness ensure it has wonderful drinkability. The whole package is as close to perfection as beers get. Try it at Monk’s Café.

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