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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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160 Reviews
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Reviews: 160
Hads: 189
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 45
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:
Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 05-22-2006

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.
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Reviews: 160 | Hads: 189
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of jhu1995
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled date of August 2006.

Pours a copper color with a slightly off-white head.

Aromas of vanilla, tartness, and slight alcohol.

Taste is subdued vanilla and oak, almost whiskey like, with a mild tartness. Slight warming alcohol in the background.

Medium-bodied, but the tartness gives it a very dry feel. Overall a good beer. (332 characters)

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle (2008 vintage/ 650 cases bottled)
Poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: The body looks like a maple leaf, with a dark mahogany center enhanced by a rosy hue where the light escapes gracefully. There is a half inch foamy off white head.

S: Sweet apples, then a maple scent with a hint of sourness.

T: Lots of malt, and very well carbonated up front all the way until the end of the last sip. There is a transition of sweetness from ripe Macintosh apples to a smooth caramel in the back of the palate.

M: Medium/light body and very well carbonated with a warming feeling in the chest from its 10% ABV.

D: Overall not our favorite beer from ALLAGASH but still a worthy beer to try.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop (722 characters)

Photo of drumrboy22
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2006. Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Beer was a slightly hazy, copper color, with a one-finger, creamy head. Intricate lacing and slow, soft carbonation.

Aroma was sweet malt, pecans, nuts and caramel. Moderate aroma.

Taste was caramel, raisins, sweet apples, candi sugar and very light maple syrup.

Smooth and easy drinking. Delicious beer. It's drinking very well. (389 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BOTTLED: March 2008 (650 Cases)
Thanks to Traquairlover for this one.

This pours a very dark ruby color, with copper overtones. Almost three-fingers of light tan colored, fluffy foam sits on top. Retention is great and lacing is somewhat wispy, but very sticky.

The nose is full of sweet maltiness, which I expect from a Wee Heavy. There is a nice earthy/nuttiness present. Mild notes of good butterey oakiness. Tiny hint of smoke.
This is definitely a good nose, but not nearly as big as anticipated.

The flavor is a little more subdued than expected, also. Good levels of sweet maltiness. An equal level of butterey oak flavor. Mild spiciness and a good nutty earthy flavor.

Nicely full-bodied. 'Medium plus' level of carbonation. Quite smooth and even lightly creamy.

The 10%abv is nearly undetectable, while drinking this one. The smooth, mild flavor help make this one a nicely drinkable brew.
While this one started out positively and still ended well, I'll add that in the realm of Wee Heavy's this one is on the 'lighter' end of the scale. I enjoy mine a bit more bold, generally, but this one is sure easy to drink. This would be a good one for me to have on hand, for just drinking, if Allagash were available in Oklahoma. (1,287 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-4-09
Bottled in March 2008

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, with a plaeasnt off white head that leaves behind huge lacing.

Smell is slightly earthy, very sweet, with tons of nutty, peaty aromas. Very thick, and very different.

Taste is extremely sweet and buttery, and I have a hard time getting past it. Maybe it's too old, but the vegetable butteriness is just a damn shame.

Mouthfeel is decent, maybe a little too thin, but the carboantion is nice.

Drinkability is actually pretty good, the alcohol is almost imperceptible.

Overall, I sat on this beer for over a year, and I don't think it's any better for it. (636 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle cellared by dmeadows

A: Nice deep brown color. Tons of bubbly carbonation with a half finger of white head.

S: Tons of sweetness. Nice Belgian yeast nose. Some hints of peat/smoke as well.

T: Nice sweetness. Big whiskey flavor. Some hints of vanilla as well. Tastes like whiskey but in a good way.

M:Very prickly mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

D: Really nice. Didn't know to expect going in to this one but I got a pleasant surprise. A belgian inspired wee heavy? Why not. (486 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Julio's Liquors. One finger head atop a clear amber body.

Aroma was slightly hoppy, which was a surprise for the style. There was a bit of spiciness, and some woodiness and tannins. Didn't get much of a malt presence. Don't get me wrong, I liked it... but I don't think it really fits in with the style well.

The taste, however, was all malt. Medium bodied malts swirled around the tongue, with some caramel notes in for good measure. Not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel was good, mainly because it wasn't sweet and thick.

Drinkability was good. I am a hophead, but sometimes you want to ease up a bit. This was a great diversion. (639 characters)

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cookin420 for this one, large corked bottle poured into a tulip.

Dark brown, reddish edges, nice dense tan head with good retention but not a lot of lacing.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is rather simple, although quite pleasant.
Sweetish malts, with lots of caramel, some bread, a somewhat dry finish.
Medium body, needed a bit more complexity and density to turn into a great beer, but still makes for a very nice late night drink. (441 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for sharing this.

A: Amber body topped with a nice white head. The head is replenished by the super active carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel backed by some floral notes and a touch of smoke.

T: Whiskey barrel right up front. I'm not sure what type of whiskey it is but I'd guess scotch because there is a good amount of smoke and maybe some peat. Smooth malt behind it all.

M: Highly carbonated.

D: Nice smoke. Good beer. (442 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage May, 2006, 750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours clear dark chestnut with a cola-like fizzling head of beige. The porous foam fell instantly upon the halt of the pour and revealed a placid, bare surface and zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with caramel-laced malt, roasted barley, and a hint of burnt plastic.
Sweetish and roasty with plenty of malt and some clovey phenolics.

Medium bodied with a tacky, almost chewy mouthfeel. A bit syrupy with lowish carbonation.

Chewy malt, drizzeled caramel, and roasted barley start the palate. Hints of toffee, figs, and smoke follow through.

Finishes with shades of peaty roast, sweet malt, and chipped toffee.

Probably the least complex beer I've had from Allagash. An interesting take on Scotch ale though. (761 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in May 2006 per the nifty Allagash label. For $19/bottle, I can see why it's been hanging around, but hey, I'm on vacation, one expensive bottle won't kill me! I wonder if this was distributed in 2006 & has been on the shelf since then, or if it was aged in the bottle for a while. Guess I'll never know. And now that I ponder the matter, who cares?

Pours Mississippi brown muddy with the a sickly sweet aroma.

Taste is pretty wild. The first note is that this feels more like a wine than a beer. It's deep, with layers of flava, & a thickness on the tongue I recall fondly from Sonoma County. The next, as it warms a bit, is the wood, which layers over all of the complexity underneath. There's plenty of fruits there & just a hint of something that isn't quite scotch, but close. No clue what that is.

Splitting this with the wife, but I think, given no place to go tomorrow, I could take down the entire bomber. I don't cotton much to bombers in this high-falutin' price range, but I'm very glad I tried this. Excellent beer! (1,042 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught, '07 vintage, @ BTAH VSK.

Pours very hazy brown, with a thin, creamy off-white head and solid lacing.

Nose is cocoa nibs and Belgian yeast, bit spicy, just a hint of pear. Lively carbonation up front. Bit yeasty, with an interesting melding of roast, cocoa, and sweet golden fruit - candied pear dipped in coca powder. Finish is fruity, bit of yeast, tiny bit dry.

Mouthfeel is med-light, crisp carbonation. Dry. (426 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-red-orange; no big head or lacing like most Allagash brews sadly.

Smell: Spice and buttery oak. Golden fruits - golden raisins, fresh pears, fiji apples, apricot.

Taste: Amazing buttery oak and vanilla come through, like a good chardonnay, not a cheap one that tastes like wood Great oak and a hint of cedar with a tiny plume of smoke. A touch of spices - ground clove and the faint hint of cinnamon. The oak really comes in to play in the second pour. Most wineries can't impart oak this well, and charge a far higher price for worse wine.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, I wish it had more malt and more body, more in that department would have pushed it up into the solid A range. Still silky smooth. It dissolves in the mouth, but the end is too thin.

Drinkability: They may call it a scotch ale, but it is definitely still a belgian. It is a good beer, but the other two in the series (Curieux and Odyssey) easily beat it out. But for many, many brewers, this could easily be their top beer. A touch of heat, but nothing like curieux's bourbon heat. I will age the latter but not the former. Not what I was expecting given the bagpipes - not a hint of peat or scotch. (1,188 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with an orange tint, has a large beige head that goes away quickly leaving a good lacing.

smell is of malt, caramel, and some hay.

taste is creamy, grain, some caramel, some malt, barley, and some spice in the back, becomes thicker as it warms. (265 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a deep, dark amber with a generous white head and some good lacing.

S-Sweet and bready malts, dark fruits (raisins and figs), some oakiness, spices and Belgian yeast. Oh, a bit of candi sugar as well.

T-Very sweet in the front with the candi sugar and raisin flavors taking the lead. Spices come to the fore in the middle along with the yeasty spiciness and oak, following along to the finish. Excellent. No hint of alcohol either.

M-Surprisingly light for the style and ABV. Not light by any means but not at all heavy.

D-A sipper for sure but not tiring at all, as I often find with this style (though I love the style). More than one a bad idea unless you are at home.

HV (712 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$20 bomber limited to 690 cases. Oak aged ale.

A: Poured a ruby red color, with a soft white head.

S: On the nose was tart citrus, dried fruit and sweet caramel malt as well some light alcohol notes.

T: a nice oaky woodiness, vanilla and dried caramel. There was some light dried fruit (raisins, prunes), and figs. A very nice complexity with a light smokiness and yeasty character (bananas).

M: smooth with a medium-fullness, creamy while the carbonation was just right.

D: An drink that was very easy going down and easy to enjoy. The abv is nicely hidden behind a sweet malting. (591 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark plum color with a slight red tint. Aroma is dominated by scotch but also has hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Very strong scotch presence with tastes of dark fruit, vanilla and butterscotch. (256 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Poured cloudy brown hue with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Heavy complex caramel malty and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Heavy balanced flavor with a medium sweet bitter finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

Another very good Allagash beer (329 characters)

Photo of tbeck
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was provided to me by my good beer buddy dnichols, excellent choice for my 100th beer review.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a one-finger brownish white head that collared nicely. Aroma is of malt, brown sugar and very fruity. Taste is brandy-like but smooth. On the sweet side but also remindes me of a Belgium-ale. Mouthfeel is carbonated and thick, although not syrupy. This beer is a little on the sweet side but the taste is outstanding. Highly recommended and an excellent session beer. (504 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to try this beer, especially after having some other barrel aged items recently. My overall feeling was disappointment after slowly savoring this product over an hour and a half.

I am not saying it's a bad beer, it's not. And for style, it actually is fairly close to the mark. But I really didn't get as much Oak Barrel flavor/sense as I had hoped. And what I did get seemed out of harmony with the rest of the flavors. Just seemed out of sync.

Anyway, the bottle said to pour slowly into a wide mouth glass. I did so and this produced no head whatsoever.. Later, I did pour more aggressively and did produce a bot of creamy tan head. The beer was a deep mahogany color that was translucent, but so dark you could look into it vs. through it. There were individual strands of carbonation haphazardly making their way to the top of the brew. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma was not as strong or pleasant as I had hoped. Especially after their recommend slow pour. Later I was getting some sweetness, fruit and a bit of yeast. The fruits were dark and later sensed in the flavor as well.

The taste was really cloyingly sweet without a great deal of balance. There were lots of interesting flavors and a great deal going on, again, just didn't seem to work together.

The fruits were intense and dark. Cherry, Fig, Date, plum all present. Then there was an oak & hop sense that came later. In the middle there was a strong sense of the yeast.
Strong sense of the alcohol, even when it warmed up.

Mouth feel was a bit sticky. This is a sipper and one to be savored.

Again, it was better than decent, not quite good. (1,641 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very fruity with apples and pears being the most prominent. There is also a butterscotch element as well as toasted malt and caramel. The appearance is hazy purple/brown with a two finger head. The flavor is like the aroma with only a trace of oak barrels. The palate is sticky but a little thin with an astringent bitter finish. Overall a really good beer. (370 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fours across the board on this one. Poured up a lovely red bronze colour with a finger and a half sand coloured foamy head. Very attractive. Smell is sweet, toasted grains, some fresh fruit (sliced pears, maybe / perhaps some figs), some earthy hops, and alcohol. A nice mix of aromas in this one. Taste is well balanced with pleasantly sweet malts up front giving way to delightfully bitter hops on the finish. All the while, the mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and "coating". A wonderfully crafted, immensely flavourful offering from Allagash perfect for sipping on chilly evenings. Recommended, for sure (604 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky 'orange pekoe tea', chunky off white head reduces to just covering beer with some sticky lacing.

S - Some wood, caramel malt, something earthy.

T - Nice malt center, some wood and booze. Nice sweet note on finish, but by no means cloying.

M - Creamy balanced, good coverage and lots of carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, especially considering the ABV. (368 characters)

Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.