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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 190
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 50
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of grub
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Chambic
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of nick76
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  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!

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork-caged bottle - Bottled in August, 2006 - poured into wide-mouth glass:

Pours hazy orangeish brown with a thin fizzy head that settles to a lasting patch.

The smell is of vanilla/oak, caramel, yeast, and earthy spiciness.

The taste is of sweet vanilla (hint of cinnamon?) with caramel maltiness. There's an earthy, spicy, yeasty dry balance. It has a warmth from the alcohol, which is present, but not too sharp.

It has a creamy, medium body.

The alcohol shows itself clearly, even after two years of aging, though it's not overwhelming. The wood dominance hangs on well into the aftertaste. Sips well enough for a sipper.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I did pour quite gently as the bottle suggested but at the same time, the head was not what I'd like. Body is a nice ruby brown but the head struggles to even fight its way atop. Nose is snappy bubblegum, an almost woody mahogany smell, followed by brown sugar and caramel. Finish is like licking a slab of cardboard ... but pleasant. I know of no other way to describe it. Taste is at once caramel, brown sugar, rum, vanilla, with the finish being dry. Mouth was at first perhaps overly carbonated but later very very smooth.
In all, this is a damn fine and tasty brew. The real question is:
should you pay nearly $20 for it? Nope. This tastes great but there are so MANY other great beers out there begging to be bought for a fraction of the price. I would honestly rather have my four Ommegangs to this one Allagash. Save your money and smile.

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Photo of Pencible
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy, dull copper color with light tan head. It smelled like a perfectly balanced blend of wild Belgian yeast, caramel malt, and floral and pine hops. It immediately had a watered-down oaky flavor, along with the semi-sweet/semi-bitter taste of burnt honey, caramel, salt, and lemon hops. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a clean and sweet aftertaste. Overall this was an interesting drink with many good elements, but could have been further refined with a bolder flavor and body.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006.

Pours with a faint head with a rimming along the outside.

Smells scotchy, not like scotch guard, but the drink.

Some carbonation, butterscotchy, warm, alcohol,

Nice mouthfeel. Light and fizzy for a scotch ale, but if you like the brewery, not a bad beer. Kinda like a belgian scotch ale. A belch, if you will

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Splendid mahogany with a sensational, creamy, pillow-top head that simply won't quit. Ringed lacing along the glass with each sip.

S - Honey, leather, vanilla.

T/M - Vanilla, green olive, leather, maple syrup. Creamy with a touch of carbonation in support. Very nice!

D - Probably not food friendly but more than pleasant as an after dinner ale. At 10% ABV, caution is in order.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Tria in Philadelphia.

Beautiful ruby color, at least it looked ruby in the low light. Not too much in the taste at first. The aftertaste had bourbon notes it picked up from barrell aging.

10% alcohol? You've got to be kidding. Wouldn't have guessed except I was already told by the menu.

So a nice easy drinking beer. Good for sipping. If you like bourbon, this will go nicely. I think this may go nice with a blue-veined cheese.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle with a date of August 2006. The color was a nice amber. Bottle calls for a slow pour so I started with that and ended up about medium. Even with the increase in pour there was almost no head at all. Several other reviews talked about a 3 finger head so something wrong here. The smell was oaky and sweet with raisin and fruit. The taste was pretty good but a tad too sweet from the alcohol sugars. It's 10% ABV and you can just start to taste the alcohol so pretty well balanced there. Mouthfeel was good with medium carb feel. Overall, it was a pretty good beer but not something that I see having a regular basis. Maybe ever couple years to see how my tastes evolve. I can easily drink the whole thing and like it but just not my style. (4, RB, T, O)

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