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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 39
Gots: 6 | 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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malcontent

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber body crowned by a champagne-like, bubbly head.

Apple skins, oak, smoke, fallen leaves and distant alcohol comprise a delectable nose.

Rich malt but never overbearing in its sweetness. Charcoal and vanilla themes are complimented by a long, woody finish. Strong cider flavors prevail throughout.

Shockingly smooth given the ABV. This is only enhanced by the lively, leading carbonation and a wonderfully tannic finish. Sophisticated like no Scotch Ale I've ever had.

Yes, it's strong, but it goes down effortlessly. Allagash sometimes gets my expectations up higher than they're able to meet. This beer, however, surpasses anything I could have imagined from the style. An absolutely exceptional ale.

It should be noted that I received this as a gift and therefore haven't been influenced by the price (as it seems others have). Who knows, if I were to have shilled out close to $20 for the bottle I, too, may not be so in love with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 14:18:09 | More by malcontent
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fartingdog

California

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a slight head that dissipates soon. Aroma is a bit of funk, sweet (vanilla?), faint oak. Taste is yeasty, spicy, earthy and slightly tart. Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation, medium body- certainly not what I'd expect from a scotch ale, it's too thin. Leaves a residual 'twang' in the mouth.

It's good, but not great. It's not a 'Scotch' style and certainly not a wee heavy, it's a decent Belgian strong, but either way it's just not worth $17 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 01:09:50 | More by fartingdog
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Sienna with a decent head and some isolated specks of lacing.

S - A caramel malt, herbal aroma, pine, peppery alcohol and lemon balm. Very pungent, not unpleasant, but strong enough as to be difficult to handle.

T - A mild smoky, herbal flavor with a caramel taste (but lacking in the sweetness). The aftertaste is of smoky malt and mild herbs. The Allagash yeast flavor is present.

M - Smooth, thick to medium body and pretty refreshing too.

D - Extremely high for a wee heavy, Alagash did a fantastic job on the delivery of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 05:26:36 | More by mrasskicktastic
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GClarkage

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/09/07- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2007 release, while poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep amber in color pour. 3/4 inch tight and lighty creamy head. Leaves nice lace tracks behind.

Smell- Notes of light caramel, oak barrell and mixed dark fruits. Really subdued though.

Taste- I'm not seeing Wee Heavy here at all. Not malty enough. There is a caramel malt base, but it doesn't scream out like it does in other heavy's. Muted dates, prunes and plums with a light sugary flavor. A bit of oak, but nothing too intense.

Mouthfeel- A bit over carbonated, mild hop-oak aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sadly another Allagash $$$ brew that doesn't cut it IMO. $17 for this? A decent run of the mill oaked beer, but the flavors really don't jump out at you. One more overpriced on to go...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 23:48:44 | More by GClarkage
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Flyer

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thing of beauty. I like anything barrel-aged, but this is the first ale I've had that seems like it was designed just to be aged in oak. It pours the color of a cherry tea, with a thick head and lots of good lacing. The aroma and initial flavor is heavy on the oak, but then some notes of bitter cherry, orange peel, and plum enter the mix. Not overly complex, but it does have a faint ale funk throughout, and a nice, crisp, vaguely hoppy finish. This struck me as great for wine-type occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 01:17:15 | More by Flyer
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merlin48

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 19:06:34 | More by merlin48
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ccrida

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2006, poured into my Scotch Silly tulip, Musette is a clear amber a large, rocky off-white head that settles down pretty quickly, but leaves huge hunks of foamy lace.

The smell is earthy pine, sweet malt, spice, smoke and vanilla. Almost like a smoked bier de garde. Strong, complex, and very appealing, I just can't get enough. My favorite aspect of this beer, just phenomenal.

The taste is not a bright as the aroma, and is generally more reserved then I was expecting. Fairly malty, but neither sweet nor thick, and tempered by a peppery spiciness, fading to some vanilla notes before a clean, dry finish, reviling the clean tasting alcohol, hinting at bourbon. Again, I'm reminded of a bier de garde, certainly moreso then a wee heavy...since a musette is actually a french bag pipe, maybe I'm on to something! Regardless of style, it's a great tasting beer, although I could have used a bit more umph.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy, can this really be 10% ABV?

This is a dangerously drinkable beer, very smooth and easy drinking for such a heavy hitter. I did however notice that the booze started to build on the tongue after a while, as did a bit of an ash tray like smoke (which was evident in the nose, but not the taste).

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 06:38:57 | More by ccrida
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Zorro

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of mikesgroove and Battlecruiser BIF.

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a slight yellowish orange tinge. Nice head with a tan to off-white color to it.

The smell is malty and complex with vanilla, smoke and oak aromas. One weird aroma here best I can identify it is banana and coconut. Not unlike the tropical fruit scent in many Quadruple style ales. There is also a faint Bourbon scent here.

The taste begins sweet and boozy with a strong Bourbon flavor it, mostly vanilla and a coconut rum taste. This is quite a tasty beer and it is has a great deal more flavor levels than your average beer of this style and frankly I like it.

The mouthfeel is thick.

Quite the drinkable beer one you get past the initial boozy flavor. Then again this isn't nearly as booze laced as your average RIS. Highly recommended and an especially good beer for Christmas time, this and spice cookies would make an excellent match.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 06:34:03 | More by Zorro
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a St Bernardus chalice, pours (what I'll call) a russet orange, a half inch of creamy head sticking around for a little bit, settling to a thin film. The lacing falls in sheets down the glass, not sticking but for a few instances, the head reforming upon a gentle swirl.

The aroma is light, even shy, kind of a tricky buoy, but delightfully woody, lots of oak, earthy, the fruits vague and .... dank? And then there is the yeastiness that takes on a BSDA quality, very odd, very unique, very nice.

The taste is a wonderful kind of vague that I love, where the individual qualities are second to the overall cohesive whole. And its like a Scotch-Belgian hybrid, very interesting, the oak and malts giving it its highland feel, while yeasty spices impart that unmistakable Belgian impression.

The mouth is about medium (read: not thin), which leaves me yearning for a bit more heft. But the carbonation is just right, it warms the tongue real nice, but above all its a deliciously smooth ride. Overall, its a very interesting beer, another wonderful Allagash beer, most delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 22:36:26 | More by objectivemonkey
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cabsandking

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with red/orange highlights and an off white, thin pool and lace ring. Aromas of candied fruits, papaya, tea herbals, slight alcohol tinge and oak barrel tones. Dominant oak barrel flavor but not too strong. Belgian yeastiness ending big on sour but balanced well with a complex sweetness, brown sugar. Buttery, caramel, peach, and peppery spice and nutty, husky malt tones come through as is develops. Full body and respectable mouthfeel, crisp carbonation is just right. The finish is dry with oak tones and a pleasantly lasting sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 21:32:12 | More by cabsandking
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged.

Moderate pour into a tulip glass yields a huge rocky light tan head over a hazy dark copper body. Lots and lots of thick thick lacing. Very attractive beer.

Nose of caramel, crackers, biscuit, a slight note of pepper, a tiny bit of floral-pine hops.

Taste is good, though not what I expected. Much milder flavors. Caramel, crackers, some mild spices, light date-like sweetness. Best part of the taste is the long spicey-dry mildly bitter finish. However, where's the oak-vanilla-tannin I was expecting?

Mouthfeel is really excellent. Good carbonation and nice round-mouth fullness, without being sticky. Interestingly enough, the alcohol is completely masked.

Drinkability is excellent. The easiest-drinking 10% beer I've ever had. You could almost gulp this down (except for the price!), and then it would hammer you. If you are thirsty, be careful with this one -- tastes and feels like a 5.5% beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 03:01:12 | More by ColoradoBobs
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 22:35:26 | More by stereosforgeeks
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peabody

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fairly clear brown amber. Nice white suds here with lacing all over the glass.
Smell is roasted caramel.Smokey vines and strong yeast/malts.
Taste is a bit of a letdown. Should have tasted lots of Oak but didn't.
Mouthfeel is OK at best. Not a lot going on here either. Needs to be more dry in the mouth.
Drinkability is low because of the problems with the flavors , not the 10% abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 18:56:32 | More by peabody
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Cascadia

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby-amber color with nice champane-like bubbles. Good head retention too. Smells like pears, raisons, carmels with a hint of oakiness. Taste hits you with a lot of fall fruits, such as pears, apples and figs. The oak does come through, but not too heavy. Has nice light forward notes that are pleasantly suprising for the style, almost champane-like. The ABVs are very well hidden. Mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer. It is very effervesant, a great pairing with the oak-aged heavier flavors being well delivered by the consistant carbonation. Very easy to drink the brew.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 03:27:23 | More by Cascadia
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krkearney

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at Capone's (Norristown, PA) during the Allagash promo 6/19/07. Hazy, orange color, with an off-white head. Sweet aroma; caramel, vanilla, and some oak. Complex flavor with notes of caramel, raisin, vanilla, and oak. Long oak and caramel finish. Tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 00:39:30 | More by krkearney
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 04:13:36 | More by Sammy
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike the Curieux, which I thought was too "oakey", this is an excellent offering from one of my favorite US breweries. Has an almost brown hue, decent head which disappaited quickly. No overt aroma or taste, but very good overall flavor and balance. Gets better as it goes. A very easy drinker for a 10% ABV brew. A hint of oak, but nothing to detract. Spicy and flavorful. My only real criticism is the price. Compared to the tripel (which is still the better brew), it's more than double the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 03:56:24 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Truh

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found inspiration with this one on 7/2/2006. 1 pt. 9 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a wide mouth chalice.

1 1/2-inch of fluff settles slowly to a fine coating with an even lace drapery. Deep amber hue with just a touch of light; a lot of discernible action clanging around makes for a great display. Alcohol-infused prunes on nose, like fruit soaked in vodka behind a bar, some char, and heavy malt. On the tongue the raisin and prunes jump to the fore, with some toffee notes presenting themselves as the pour warms. Ache of alcohol on the throat, soothing, with oaky vanilla. Medium body, verging on the higher end.

Another great barrel-aged offering from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 16:52:23 | More by Truh
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 2006 Bottling. Rustic orange with a subtle infusion of brick red. The towering, majestic, orange-ivory crown is the usual Belgian-like masterpiece from Allagash. It looks to be softly sticky, but isn't gracing the glass with very much lace. Although I like the appearance just fine, I expected something much darker and richer.

It looks like I'm going to have to forget about viewing Musette as a Scotch ale, despite the fact that the brewery calls it a 'Belgian-inspired Scotch ale'. Given the nose, I'd say it's more like a Scotch-inspired Belgian ale. In typical Allagash fashion, the yeast strain is a humdinger, providing a crazy amount of fruit and spice. Truthfully, it smells like a dubbel.

I think the other two Barrel-Aged Beers in this series (Curieux and Odyssey) are two of the finest creations that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. After the first several ounces, it looks like Musette isn't on the same astral plane. It's still good beer, it just isn't special. I'm hoping that with time and warming, it will impress me a little bit more.

I'm still reminded of a Belgian dubbel, or an especially light-bodied BSDA. I would have given this high-ABV ale much more malt. It's a little too airy-fairy when it needs to be down and dirty like the classic wee heavies. There's plenty of tangy fruit (on the order of fresh figs, golden raisins and snappy apples), along with a caramelized sugar and toffee vibe that is probably coming from the bourbon barrels.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is bursting with Belgian yeastiness. Ground clove, especially, is zinging this way and that in each and every mouthful. If there one thing these guys do right (and I believe they do almost everything right), it's to create the most Belgian-like beer outside of Belgium itself. Allow me to add 'and parts of France and Holland'.

For whatever reason (possibly the 10.0% ABV), I'm enjoying the lower half of the '750' more than the upper half. I still can't pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score because there simply isn't enough depth and complexity. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated. More malt would have given the beer some much needed viscosity and would have allowed the flavor to linger for an extra second or two.

Musette is French for bagpipes (depicted on the label). That's a great name for a Scotch ale, except that this beer doesn't have much in common with Bonny Scotland. It's a tribute to the remarkable skill of the brewers at Allagash that I feel this good about a beer that falls this short of perfection. They're the ones who set the bar so stratospherically high in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 22:27:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BuckSpin

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml wiretop (bottling date of May 2006), cellared in my possession for one year, in a flared tulip glass.

Cork came out with some attitude. Poured with some nice surge and crackle. Deep, fruited wood nose, resonating with wet oak, sour cherry, tannins, leather, thick caramelized malts...a deep, dark yet soft aroma. With some bloom and warmth a sweet toffee quality as well as some bread crust & yeast emerge. The head was surprisingly loose and alive with a faint crackle, a solid 2 fingers of tight, blanched almond hued foam that formed an almost solid 1/4" blanket of the same when it settled and clung with faint lacing. Refreshing the glass with subsequent repours restores the head wonderfully to its original state. The body is a breathtakingly beautiful ruddy-brassy Southwest sunset cherry amber, lush, hinting of barreled spirits, crystal clear, just wonderful. Thus far my eyes & nose are happy.

Oh....my. Give me a second here...

It..is...lush. Wonderfully thick, warm & overrippened stone fruits (dark cherry) bring a syrupy sweetness overtop a solid oak dancefloor thick with history & faint dirt, all near a fireplace that not only brings some faint smoke to the party but also imparts some warmth as my mouth begins to softly glow already from the alcohol. This is going to be a long, slow dance, but I'm in no hurry to get anywhere fast soon.

Its almost chewy with deep, not quite but almost burnt caramelized malts that add a bittersweet backdrop to the Highland festivities going on in my mouth. There is an unusual bitter nibble (hops?) in the background that takes on a orange pekoe tea like astringency, further rounding out the taste experience. Rounding out everything is a semi-dry mouthfeel that adds a toffee like crunchiness to all. There is a lot going on here. Definitely a sipper by command and just desiring to savor this slow striptease of a seduction.

My mouth is fully warmed, nasal cavities slowly open, teeth tingle & shake. After about 1/2 of it has been enjoyed the mouthfeel actually lightens (I am sure in part, or directly attributed to, the high ABV). The sweetness grows thicker and more syrupy, yet the overall mouthfeel lightens. The hop bitters get sharper on the palate (my teeth & gums are quite numb right now) with tannins and dry bite, and it finishes (sadly) thinner, weaker than it did originally. Not sure if its the beer growing thinner with temperature warmth or my mouth growing number with alcoholic warmth, or a combination, but its getting more & more even, flatter, thinner on the finish, leaving a warm, chewy, thick, slightly filmy and faintly chalked aftertaste. Still, a wild ride.

This was wonderful, though I think it would be best enjoyed at the correct temps in that it begins to fade with warmth & air. That said, this would make an excellent beer to share with a friend in that each could enjoy a glass while its at its peak. Its like a roller coaster that starts out huge and has lots of great, fast thrill in the first 2/3 of the ride, but begins to fade some as it draws near the finish. Still, a fantastic beer that I would wholehearted recommend, but perhaps not a whole bottle by one's self. Actually, a beer like this deserves to be shared. Could see it paring famously with a good cheddar or a strong, veined cheese, actually that may help extend the foreplay. Yeah, thats it, now I have a way to fill out that 2nd half so I can enjoy another bottle all by myself! Definitely recommended, a fantastic Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 01:30:04 | More by BuckSpin
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle - pour slowly for a two-finger creamy head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Raisin/caramel nose. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is raisiny with some caramel, finish is sour raisins. High ABV is hidden. Bottled Aug 2006. Pricey - $16.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 22:44:15 | More by jdhilt
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illidurit

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: 3 fingers of fluffy tan head floating on a deep amber body. Reduces to a healthy cap without much lacing.

S: Smells very Belgian, yeasty, estery, a bit of oakiness.

T: Tastes like a 75/25 split between Belgian strong dark ale and Scotch ale. Dark fruits, horseblanket/yeast, apple, caramel, wood.

M: Pretty smooth, not as thick as it should be for the style, kinda flimsy even.

D: Very nice, alcohol is hidden well and it's easy to get through the entire 750.

Interesting interpretation, but not really wee heavy enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 21:43:20 | More by illidurit
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Allagash's web, it says this is a Belgian inspired version of a Scotch Ale since it is often brewed there. The beer has a thick off white head that lingers and never really settles away, even pouring the second half of the bottle the high carbonation builds a strong, lasting head. Not much nose--had to swirl it to get some vanilla and light spice over a sweet malt. The taste is Belgian in character, oily and yeasty, but with a solid malty base underneath and oak with a bit of charcoal. The 10% alcohol warms nicely and evaporates up through the nose. Drink the beer at 55 like the bottle says because the balance is better; lower temp made the alcohol dominate over the other lighter flavor. A bit light for a mouthfeel and overall the beer lacks depth and character, though it was still a very fine night of tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 03:00:19 | More by FightingEntropy
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Westsidethreat

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost an amber corn color with a few sporadic bubbles working their way to the surface. Head is a good inch tall consisting of medium sized sandy colored bubbles.

S: Boysenberry, allspice and coins with a woody touch.

T: Begins with blue, black and raspberries around the front of the tongue. Some buttery aspects come next with hints of peach, caramel and kiwi. From there a very minor peat flavors come forth with a surprising amount of bitterness accompanying it. Some butterscotch, candy apple and more red berries are some of the last flavors. Finishes really oakey…but it creeps up on you. A lot of woodiness with a fair amount of vanilla as it warms.

M: Full and syrupy. Good carbonation with just a pinch of sting.

D: Didn’t think anything much of this beer until it really warmed up. The flavors melded well after a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 01:13:58 | More by Westsidethreat
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent dark amber with a small white head that slowly dissipates into a floating head of off white cream. Scattered chunks of lacing are scattered around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, light oak, mild citrus, and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with light fruit bursting through, along with brown sugar, mild coffee notes, very slight flavors of rum soaked raisins. This is complex with light cocoa found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, slight oak tannins clinging with a sugary finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2007 15:26:35 | More by weeare138
Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.