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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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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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.

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.

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.

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to 3 fingers of light tan head that has decent staying power. Very deep brown is exemplatory of a scocth style. Nose is a extremely invigorating spicey eye opener. Very fruity hints enter play also. Sweet malt is the first thing you notice on the tongue after enitial sip. Smooth spicey zap on the taste buds is accompinied by mineral notes, and hints of vanilla. Alchol is noticeable but not harsh. I really think this beer would have been better after a year or so in the cellar. Mouthfeel is realatively thick. Easy to enjoy.

Photo of peabody
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The half-inch, creamy-almond head is going nowhere as it guards the top of a clear, auburn brew with lively carbonation in my thistle glass.

The aroma is rather earthy with some highlights of fruit and spice.

The flavors are similar to the aromas, albeit slightly musty. The barrel-aged qualities are less apparent than with other offerings from Allagash.

A heavy body with warming alcohol.

Musette is definitely worth a try. However, with so many other outstanding offers from Allagash, this one suffers from comparison.

Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
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.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Thunder
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with johnnnniee. thanks!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. august 2006 vintage. 419 cases bottled. sampled dec 31/07.

pours deep red-brown with a small fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bourbon and vanilla. bit of peat. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. big bread and biscuit malts. lots of caramel. bit of toffee. vanilla and bourbon. medium bitterness level. bit of mineral character. hint of peaty smoke.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. a little more than medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, with a good balance between the barrel and the base scotch ale.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snifter glass served at Capone's.

A: The ale is a dark garnet red color mixed with brown haziness. The head is not very well defined in the snifter and quickly recedes to a small white band.

S: The ale, even as it warms, gives off nothing that suggests a wee heavy. The aroma is a buttery softness complimented by a yeasty funkiness. No hint of smokiness like a wee heavy should have.

T: What the ale lacks in terms of smoke, it makes up for in depth. There are raisiny thick flavors, spicy sweetness and a bourbon aftertaste, all in the first sip when the ale is still cold. As it warms, the yeast imparts a Belgian finish on the ale that gives it a unique sweetness that a wee heavy could never sustain. The ale is approachable but lacks some of the instant gratification of, say, a Curieux.

M: The mouthfeel offers a lot throughout the glass except for a wee heavy element. I liked it but wanted more peaty density.

D: A good sippin' beer, this ale improves as it warms.

Photo of Chambic
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: really dark, almost black, but looks a bit thin

S: unique blend of fruit and malt, with something else I can't decipher

T: sweet, but the fruit notes in it are surprising. Detected some coconut and a light grape flavor

M: pretty smooth for something so sweet and high in alcohol

D: not too bad

Photo of nick76
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/15/2007 $20.00 750 mL 10.00% Bottled August 2006; 419 cases bottled.

Appearance:

Pours a ruddy brown with nice orange highlights adorned by half an inch of tight white foam that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

A redolant mix of alcohol mixed with smoky peat tinged with a touch of wood.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Excellent smooth mouthfeel that is slightly chewy. Oak and peat really shine through in the flavor department along with slight cherry notes. This is a nice brew, and very drinkable. I was fortunate enough to snag a bottle of this at Firewaters at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. A little pricey, but with the limited quantities it was worth getting my hands on.

Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits a few weeks ago. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel Tulips.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish-red with a fluffy, thick, beige head that thins to a persistent, half-inch layer, leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel malty aroma is predominant, with notes of dark fruits, especially dates. There are also notes of yeast and alcohol.

Taste: There's a malty and fruity sweetness upfront, followed by a woody flavor and a peppery alcoholic spice. The finish has a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, creamy and medium to full-bodied.

Drinkability: Flavorful, with well hidden alcohol.

Overall: This is the first Wee Heavy that I've assigned a ranking to. The malty flavors are nice and are balanced well by the woodiness and bitterness. If I could find another bottle I would buy it for cellaring, perhaps next year's release.

Photo of FightingEntropy
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.

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

Appearance: Pours a murky brown body with a dense, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, malty aroma of brown sugar, cookies, orange oil, banana, with a little mustiness to it and a dash of maple syrup.

Taste: Extremely complex, multi-faceted flavor here, with a plethora of subtle notes and hints at play - vanilla Tootsie Rolls, almonds, orange, dried cherries. Initially malty with a candy sweetness. A dusty quality, as well as a spice-laden finish steers the taste away from being cloying. No real hop presence to speak of. A small amount of alcohol shines through and provides a nice warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body enhanced by a smooth, creamy palate and a lively carbonation.

Drinkability: A real marathon for the mouth and the wallet!

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.

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

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