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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 187
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-23-2012 07:42:00 | More by cliff1066
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-23-2012 05:40:19 | More by EvanWilliams
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-01-2012 02:52:13 | More by jfcaa193
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.6%

01-13-2012 22:37:17 | More by djrn2
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2/5  rDev -50.4%

01-05-2012 06:58:57 | More by Ryan011235
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-30-2011 04:05:21 | More by JMBSH
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2.63/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

12-29-2011 05:50:22 | More by Spider889
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-14-2011 17:19:35 | More by THECPJ
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2.5/5  rDev -38%

12-11-2011 06:33:34 | More by jophish17
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-03-2011 13:40:29 | More by bsuedekum
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-22-2011 21:40:28 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-20-2011 05:03:19 | More by Magery
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-20-2011 03:00:12 | More by rab53
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-18-2011 12:44:22 | More by nathanjohnson
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-15-2011 01:44:56 | More by ithinkimasofa
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 00:45:09 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 13:44:56 | More by sideshowe
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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%

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!.

08-21-2011 12:51:49 | More by shoky01
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

750ml bottle: 2006 vintage. This one pours a fairly clear, ruby tinged amber color. There was a bit of a tan head on it, but it didn't linger long, nor leave any lacing. The aroma is nice. There is a fair amount of the oak in the initial nose. Lots of other aromas in there: fruits, bread, caramel, faint spice, maybe some peat. The taste is quite good. It is quite complex and starts a touch sweet, but there is a bit of caramel, fruits and smokiness on top. There is a bit of oakiness there also, as well as a slight bitterness to the finish. Almost a bit of a port wine characteristic to it also. Very Nice!

09-11-2010 00:55:25 | More by Boto
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

A bottle from the March 2008 bottling. Poured into a tulip glass, and shared.

Pours a murky brown with highlights of burgundy. There is an espresso cream-colored head that is fed by ample carbonation and streams of bubbles. The head is retained very well, and great lacing.

Aromas are of oak, scotch, cherry, and some peat-smoked malts. The aromas are not muddled at all, and the cherry is really nicely balanced with the somewhat understated peat-smoked malt aromas. There is also a touch of toffee. Once in the mouth, the scotch and peat-smoked malts come through more. It is not overpowering--which I find to the fatal flaw in a scotch ale--which is great. These give way to previously unseen vanilla and raisin flavors, coupled with the cherry and oaky tannins that have been seen from the aroma.

Musette is smooth and creamy with a medium body and surprisingly light carbonation. Complex and not muddled despite the myriad of flavors, this beer is thoroughly enjoyable, and I look forward to finding it again.

08-08-2010 22:01:40 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

Purchased at Whidbey Beer Works: http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ a neat little beer store.
Poured into tulip. Poured a reddish mahogany with a nice tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of malt and peat, with a trace of smoke in the background. The flavors were very well melded, everything went very well together. Malt, peat, smoke and a hint of spicieness.

The body was nicely full and well-rounded without being heavy. Drinkability was very good, and this isn't one of my more favorite styles. Overall, a very good beer that's worth seeking out.

07-24-2010 22:44:05 | More by beertunes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

2006 vintage shared by Derek.

Pours a moderate mahogany with a filmy off-white head that stuck around for the course and left a few lace spots behind. Typical wee heavy nose, with brown bread, caramel, peat, wood, spice and alcohol. Well-rounded and pleasing. Earthy, sweet bread flavour, with notes of scotch, alcohol and spice. Alcohol seems like its died a bit down the years, and this is nicely mellowed. Medium body and carbonation.

I'll never be a great lover of this style, but by jove, this one is nice and mellow. Alcohol is well-hidden and the flavours are well-integrated.

07-12-2010 17:53:45 | More by bobsy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

2006 Vintage.

A: Copper-amber, light tan head, thin ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Woody, cider, bread, caramel, nut & scotch.

T: Quite woody and it works really well. Bready pale malt, nuts, light spicing, vanilla, modest bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate body is smooth; moderate carbonation (has cellared really well).

D: A great drinker, considering its weight.

07-06-2010 02:45:06 | More by Derek
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Reviewed a 2006 bottle on 04-10-10
Reviewed cold than room temp from a bottle to a glass

Thanks again to Shango42 for sharing this one!!

A - Dark like coffee, no head retention, ok lacing ring on top

S - Malts, bourbon and sweet but slight tart fruit aroma with some vanilla lingering

T - Full bodied brew but goes down very smooth and finished dry

M/D - Very much so enjoyed this brew, this one started out pretty good cold but really after some time in the room temperature like maybe a half hour to 45 minutes, the flavors really came out. Love to try the brew fresh, very lucky though to try this one with a couple of years on it. Will keep this brew on the radar for the future. A must try for anyone that likes the style

04-12-2010 02:50:59 | More by FreshmanPour77
Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
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