Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
August 2006 bottling poured into a nice, wee tulip. Typical 750mL cork, cage, and brown glass. Body is a very dark red and nearly clear save a bit of chill haze. Head is burnt-creme white and took a bit of coaxing to produce. Fell fast to spotty clumps and not much in the way of lace.
Smell is sweet and malty, clearly with newage belgian yeast. Oaking is surprisingly subtle, first-used burnt oak, I'd guess. Some grassy notes. Mild booze and chalky chocolate.
Taste is meaty as can be at first, then the oak really pours out. Less smokey than on the nose and not at all bitter. Yeast continues to make an upfront statement. More grassy and herbal notes - fresh parsley. Not much fruit save some mild berry character. Malting is really quite hard to place. More cocoa and burnt milk. Finishes a bit more tart.
Insanely clean mouthfeel for a 10% beer. Carbonation is strong and no coating can be felt. This along with a brilliant flavour makes this all too easy a drink.
The first of the Allagash oaks that I've tried, this beer is unexpectedly delicate. Serve warm, stay away from rich food pairings, and enjoy slowly. It might drink like water, but it hits like a brick.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2007 05:26:59 | More by ojiikun
More User Reviews:
2.63/5 rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Pours clear with a tall head. A nice amber color with bright golden hues.
Smells delicious, very bretty and also quite sour. Mild mustiness and some caramel malt. I know it's a barrel-aged wee heavy, but this works too. Plus, I have very limited experience with Allagash and it seems everything they brew is either Belgian and/or sour.
Tastes nothing like the nose - like oxidized oak and caramel without any real sourness.
A bit hot and boozy.
Ultimately this turned out to be a beer pulled in opposite directions, and I am unclear which way the brewers intended it. But it appears to be an infected barrel with a bunch of oxidation from either that same barreling or from the age on this corked bottle.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2011 05:50:22 | More by Spider889
Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.