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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 268
Gots: 196 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-30-2005

Allagash Odyssey is a dark wheat beer aged for ten months, a portion in oak barrels and the remainder in stainless tanks. The recipe includes 2-row barley, malted wheat, a generous amount of roasted barley and Belgian candi sugar. This deep brown beer boasts an aroma of black treacle and raisin. The flavor hints at dates, with a mildly roasted finish imparted by aging in both medium and heavy toast American Oak barrels. The finish is dry, punctuated by vanilla.
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Photo of notchucknorris
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky chestnut color with a thin cream-colored head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit and Belgian yeast on the nose. Plum and date stand out the most along with a good amount of oak.

T: Rich and malty upfront with a good hit of dates and raisins. Lots of oak, some chocolate and brown sugar. Finishes on a bit of a dry note, but has a great full mouthfeel. Good stuff but I don't think it's worth the price.

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of pcarney8
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rhhjr
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of gueuzegossage
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of JimDH
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of palma
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking head.

Not very exciting with the nose. Smells like a typical dark belgian style ale. A little too sweet of an aroma for my liking.

Taste is complex from the get go. Semi dry throughout. wheaty notes. Plum, dates, nutty, Pecan pie. A mild fruitiness. Along with some light clove and banana esters Mild charcoal and toast from the charred barrel ageing I believe. A touch of smoke as an other reviewer has also noted. Very complex and not cloying in the least. A great tasting, complex, and highly drinkable dark beligan.

I dont believe this beer is 10.4 abv. taste more like 8 percent.

Photo of mkeene78
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of M27
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BobZ
3.16/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. bottle poured into a .4L Weizen/Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark, amber but not quite brown. Nice initial head of about 2” which quickly recedes to about 1/2”, decent lacing.

Smell: Some floral hops surprisingly, with some hits of malt underneath.

Taste: Interesting, malty almost nut brown-like nut flavor, no dark fruit at all and a nice hoppy bitterness on the finish. The beer matches some of the nutty characteristics of some Belgian Quads (Val-Dieu Grand Cru) but lacks the depth and complexity that the Belgian beers offer. No real flavor development beyond the bready malt and nutty flavor. The bitterness on the finish does provide a nice balance. The alcohol is completely masked. The effects of Oak aging are not noticeable.

Mouth feel: Very smooth pleasant mouthfeel, the hops clean the palate on the finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer; however, as an attempt at a Belgian Quad it again (for most American brewers) misses the mark, matching some of the flavors but missing many major components (dark fruit, Belgian candy sugar, etc.). The price point is another negative as there are much better options out there.

Photo of sneaks2210
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the BAer who brought this to the Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share. Ray (baybum) I think. I'm not sure what vintage this one was.

Dark brown pour, hazy, with a small off-white head that dissipated mostly, leaving some thin lacing behind. Caramel malts in the nose, stone fruits, herbal hops and a touch of smoke. I actually got quite a bit of oak up front in this one, pretty toasty at that, caramel, peach and pear, a little raisin, yeast, herbal hops; no vanilla detected. Medium body, moderate carbonation, drinkable, and decent overall.

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle.

A - dark brown with a soft, thick, white head that has little retention

S - the nose was a little faint; dark fruit and clove

T - oak, woody, vanilla, dark fruit, burnt sugar, molasses, mild bitter finish, spicy alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, crisp

This was fantastic. The oak came through and really complimented the base beer. The alcohol is noticeable, but it's spicy and plays well with the yeast and malt. This was a great beer from start to finish.

Photo of brewdude1982
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dolphan39
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated February 2011. Coming up on 2 years old.

A: Pours a very very dark brown with a hint of red in it. Head is huge and fluffy, light brown with even a little red in it too (almost pink really). Fades slowly, leaving huge fluffy blobs of lacing all over the glass.

S: Surprisingly very wheaty. Like a big old wheatwine. Lots of oak, leather and tobacco in there. Touch of hickory-like smoke. Lightest hint of cocoa.

T: Very unique flavor right off the bat. Loaded with heavy, dark wheat but equally balanced with charred wood. Has an astringent ashy, toasty and chocolate character. Caramel and brown sugar helps sweeten it up and balance it out. Touch of leather and the faintest hint of meat, especially on the back end. A little bit of char and earth in the lingering aftertaste. Flavors are melded quite well, nothing is too sharp - it all just flows together.

M: Heavy but smooth and creamy. A bit astringent from the char. Maybe chalky is a better word. Just a little. Not over the top.

O: What a great beer. What really sets this one apart is the level of complexity while maintaining an excellent balance of flavors. Every sip, something new stands out. I will say I didn't get a huge amount of belgian influence in this one oddly enough. It's a little fruity, a little earthy and a little spicy but nothing really stands out like so many BSDAs do. It's basically a belgian-style wheatwine aged on charred oak. Very tasty, very unique and expertly crafted.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.