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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 38
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of a Belgian-inspired Scotch ale, Musette undergoes a caramelization process in the kettle, where the first runnings are condensed and caramelized, imparting a unique and subtle caramel character and amber color to the beer. Following fermentation, a portion of it is aged in oak bourbon barrels for three months. Musette features raisin and ripened banana aromas. Its taste is malty and caramel with a hint of roast, and its warm finish strikes a balance between dry and caramel characters with a hint of smoke.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-23-2006)
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Reviews by ojiikun:
Photo of 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.

ojiikun, Oct 16, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Amber with a frothy tan head and great retention.

Aromas of oak and vanilla, toasty malt.

Tastes quite a bit different than it smells. Imagine one of those peanut butter toffee halloween candies that come in the black or orange wrapper, soaked in mollasses. Also, some vanilla and raisin notes with woody cherry.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's rich, soft, and very smooth with the 10% very well hidden. I would definately buy this if I saw it again.

brownbeer, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am of the opinion that Allagash can do no wrong, and this beer does nothing to dissuade me. I had a 750ml bottle, purchased at Tully's, that stated it was bottled May of 2006. It was a medium brown color, with a thin white, sticky head. It had a sweet, oaken aroma, with some maltiness. It tasted fruity, some vanilla, and fairly big malt that lingered a long time. Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable, as long as you remember to sip and not guzzle.

lordofthewiens, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

August 2006 bottling. Pours a clear and radiant mahogany body with a small beige head that leaves ample patch lacing. Aroma of oak, caramel, vanilla, and faint tropical fruits. Medium body with some obtrusive alcohol. Taste is malty sweet caramel, bubblegum, and candied pineapple with some subtle oak tones and a hint of vanilla and spicy pepper. Some boozy alcohol again intrudes. Not my favorite Allagash by a long shot and much more Belgian than Scotch.

merlin48, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large Belgian bottle, caged and corked, "bottled August 2006" Pours cloudy, dull dark brown, typical tan head showing fine retention and leaving nice, fine and also blotchy lacing. Nose is musty,malty and sweet. Notes of more malt, light raisins and a hint of wood and rum. Fine, fine stuff, very smooht and enjoyable mouthfeel. Go get some! Thanks to my beer bud, Daver, for bringing this fine brew over..

Billolick, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of djwilson
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a corked bottle 1pint 9.4 fluid oz
Bottled December 2006. Aged 1 year in cellar conditions.

Poured a hazy copper with a thin white head slowly disapearing and leaving a light Belgian lace on glass (snifter).

Smell is lighter then I expected from an oaked aged ale slight sherry aroma, and light caramel and citrus undertones.

flavors of caramel, alcohol, and slight bitterness from the hops, finishes with a slight hint of charred oak.

very full and smooth in the mouth.

This beer is a little thinner than I expected from the oaked aged series from ALLAGASH. Complex but not all that interesting to me especially for the price.

djwilson, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear burgandy. Mild cloudiness. Plenty of carbonation. Beige head. Mild lacing and retention.

Aroma: Caramel, oak, yeast, apples, and cherries.

Taste: Nice caramel candy malt. There is some apple tartness and sweet cherries. Tastes vaguely Belgian. The oak comes through during the finish.

Mouthfeel: Manages to be light but complex. It just evaporates in the mouth.

Drinkability: Nicely integrated alcohol. I will definitely try to get another of these.

stereosforgeeks, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a cloudy red-orange color with a large off-white head. The head slowly dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of fruits mostly - pears, raisins, and lightly tart apples, with some caramel malt and earthy aromas coming out as well - definitely not the Wee Heavy aroma I was expecting.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The fruit flavors are front and center, with malt flavors that are middle and slightly left. A slight earthy flavor is back and far right, but still contributes.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass, but unlike most other offerings from Allagash I'm not sure I'd be down with drinking the entire bottle.

Overall this is a very interesting beer, but I'd rank a few other Allagash beers ahead of it. Worth a shot, just don't expect a Wee Heavy.

glid02, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
Bottled May 2006

A- This beer has a warm brown crystal clear body with a sea of tiny bubbles racing toward the surface. There is a thick rocky tan foam that holds for a good bit.

S- The light toasted sweet malt note have strong notes of oak and some green wood qualities. There is a soft sherry alcohol smell in the finish.

T- This beer has a caramel sweet malt flavor with some alcohol taste that is mellow but definitely present. There are some strong notes of oak, and green wood in the finish of the taste also.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel probably from the strong carbonation and a light alcohol heat in the finish which cuts down the sweetness nicely.

D- This beer is complex but still pretty chaotic. With some more age it should really mellow and when all the flavors blend it should be amazing.

rhoadsrage, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a bottle of this on my 31st birthday at UJ's on the Manatawny. Tom, the owner, was gracious enough to give my wife and I this bottle complementary for my birthday. What a great guy and what a great bar. Can't say enough about UJ's but on to this beer.

We poured the 750 ml bottle partially into 2 goblets. The beer poured a medium amber color with a think off white head that didn't last very long. The bottle states that it is an "ale aged in oak barrels" and you get some of that in the aroma. The nose is a bit earthy with some definite caramel tones. The taste is a bit fruity, some raisins and banama but also good notes of a toasted caramel character and a bit of hops. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer on par with the Victoria that I believe came before this treat.

Thanks again to Tom at UJ's for this fine brew!

ggaughan, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear deep ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. This is a impressive looking beer. The smell is a strong "bisquity" aroma with toasted almond,vanilla, bourban, and malt. The taste is crisp with malt,smoked oak,vanilla, and bourban, although the bourban flavor isn't too strong. The many flavors don't quite mix right making this beer alittle off flavored. The m/f is light and not balanced well. This is a damn good beer,but it's not as good as I hoped. Stick to the Alagash Curieux for the burban oak flavored beer.

jmz62565, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of RomanW70
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Publick House in Boston. Pours dark amber with minimal light tan head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and whisky. Really nice taste. The flavor has real complexity, with notes of chocolate and dark fruits in addition to the caramel and whisky. The whisky is present throughout, but adds to, rather than dominates the flavor. Warming alcohol on the finish. Excellent offering.

RomanW70, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750 mL, bottled as one of 419 in August 2006. "Ale Aged in Oak Barrels."

Hazy amber in color with an off-white, two finger head. Aroma of Belgian-ish yeast and smooth sugars like maple syrup and caramel. Taste is very smooth, with some hoppy bite and smooth, sugary malts. Very easy to sip, and finishes clean despite the sweetness.

Very, very good.

RockyTopHeel, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogoney brown with loyal significant white head. Masterful Scotch ale, with an impressive sourness not necessarily too much bourbon taste, and significant pleasant woodiness. Altogether mastery as they all work together for a successful replacement at dinner of a more expensive, wine. A good cross blend Scotch with Belgian yeast.

Sammy, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. The cork released easily. Bottled August 2006. I had no idea what this beer was until just now, and I found the drawing on the label curious (or is that curioux?), but now I see it's a bag pipe. Great name. Great label. Great beer.

Poured into a wide goblet, it's a very hazy deep chestnut with a ruby cast. A short head of creamy ivory froth rests atop, slowly settling into a wide collar with islands, peninsulas, and a single isthmus of lace across the surface. Creamy walls of lace rise from the surface along the glass, and as you sip and disturb the beer, it's roused to form a solid, silky veil across the surface. Very fine bubbles rise from below, helping to maintain the creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Very nice appearance.

In the nose it's lightly smokey and oak-like... not just woody, but woody and oak-like. Maltiness lies still beneath, not in any hurry to truly reveal itself, and a bit of yeasty fruitiness (chalky tangerine) seems to be up to the same game.

The flavor initially offers a strong note of vanilla with the wood, but with subsequent sips that disappears into the lush, smokey and deeply caramelish - scorched sugar maltiness. Yeasty fruitiness does make an appearance, but it's still restrained. It displays apple, pear, apricot, subtle cherry, and some mild dark skinned fruits. Alcohol hits the palate midway with a splash of spiciness, and leads into dry and oaky finish. Even cedar-like? The combination of fruit and burnt sugar and wood is quite remarkable. It's rich and flavorful but far from overwhelming... more like 'refreshing'... and it's perfect for cold weather! It finishes dry with a wash of sm-oak-iness, and lays on the palate with a touch of smoked meat character.

A really nice, very interesting Scottish style Ale. Solidly flavored with lots of complexity. A beautiful sipper.

NeroFiddled, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml split with Blackie, bought at Riley's, $13.99

appearance: poured into a snifter...glowing dark garnet body, light beige head with pretty much no retention, lacing around the rim...pretty clear body and a nice looking pour

smell: strong vinous aroma, brown sugar, fig, dates, a bit boozy, sweet malt, yeasty, a touch peppery, raisins, pruins, nice woody nature, vanilla...nice ale

taste: First of all, this is not a scotch ale and should be reclassified because that is an extremely misleading classification. What it is is a nice Belgian Strong Ale. flavour is dominated by malt sweetness, strong belgian yeast presence, vinous alcohol bite, big dark fruit flavours - plum, raisin, prune, red apple...biscuity, oak woodyness, vanilla, toffee

mouthfeel: spicy pepper feel is a tad distracting, moderate carbonation, medium body

drinkability: about average, good opener

dirtylou, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2006

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a bit of orangish hues when held up to the light. Aroma is sweet fruity malts with a bit of spice and smoked oak. Taste starts out malty but quickly turns a bit spicey. There is also a large presence from the belgian yeast in the taste as well. Overall, this is a pretty good brew but I cannot help but be dissapointed in it from the steep price tag.

cjgator3, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

cliff1066, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of shoky01
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever tweeted that the Saucer had afew bottles of this stashed. Had the 2008 vintage poured into goblets, shared with new friend over beer stories.

A: heavenly color, cloudy brownish red with little head and light lacing. Nice carbonation for being 3 years old.

S: OMG. Caramel, slight nuttiness, malts.

T: As good if not better than the smell. At 10% the alcohol was just present enough to remind you its a scotch ale. The spice and malts were amazing. Got so much better as it warmed. It was such a shame to finish it.

Mouthfeel, being it was the end of the night my mouth was kinda wrecked so not sure exactly of the real mouthfeel, was pretty cotton mouth by then

Overall I'd have this again and again if I could, sad that its retired, may have to go back for another bottle. It was hard enough deciding on this or Curieux!.

shoky01, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very murky brown with a nice tan head that retains impressively for a beer this strong. The aroma has big caramel and molasses character upfront, along with some dark fruits (fig, date, plum, cherry), belgian yeast, and some slight oak and vanilla notes. The flavor is initially sweet with caramel and molasses notes, as well as dark fruits (cherry, fig, plum), belgian yeast, oak, toasted bread and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is descent at best. An intersting beer, by no means a traditional scotch ale...a bit cloying for my taste and quite expensive but solid.

silver0rlead, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark copper with a huge thick and pillowy head, super sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell had a big caramel malt odor with a bit of oak and vanilla.

Taste is outstanding! Big slightly sweet malts with great oak, vanilla, smoke, and peat flavors. Very much a superb wee heavy with oak! Has a lightly bitter earthy and smokey finish with a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel is warm and full with a crisp dry finish.

Super drinkable 10% Wee heavy. Only wish it was cheaper and more readily available it would become a staple in my fridge.

bashiba, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Rzzzzz
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep brown with a two-finger whipped egg white head that lasts forever. Smells of caramel malt; sweet and dry. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel malt, slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with aggressive carbonation on the tongue. Not bad, but not the best example of the style either.

Rzzzzz, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Goldorak
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Clark for suppling this bottle!

Appearance: Caramel brown, with quite an enjoyable bubbly head.

Smell: Interesting tapestry of oak, yeasty spices, and prunes. The bourbon comes through nicely, much better than the Curieux I had a year or two ago IMHO.

Taste: The boozy presence takes center stage, which tries to hide the body lost by the barrel aging process and does a relatively good job of it, giving it more girth than width, if that makes any sense. Like a girl stuffing her bra with kleenex to drag attention away from the zit on her forehead. Maybe the "magician making you look to the left while he stuffs the rabbit in the hat on the right" analogy would fit it better, but it just wouldn't be as funny. Anywhoo, the belgian yeast strain sort of takes this beer on a tangent a little too far from the style, but that's not a bad thing at all. The bready, almost peppery yeast flavors give it a richness the weakend malt wouldn't have been able to give on it's own. I'm glad I've secured a bottle of this, it's going to be a very interesting cellaring experiment.

Goldorak, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in August '06

Pours out the color of dates with an off-white frothed milk head that maintains well throughout the glass. Smell is extremely faint for me, but I pick up some toasted malts, caramel, and some Belgian yeast character. Flavor is of roasty malts, fruity esters, spicy phenols, and bittering hops in the finish. Where is the wood in this. Ends rather dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, but is seriously lacking in body. Kind of washes off the palate easily. A good drinker, overall. Reminds me of a toastier/roastier dubbel.

goochpunch, Dec 31, 2006
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Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.