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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 00:45:09 | More by JAHMUR
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 13:44:56 | More by sideshowe
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shoky01

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 12:51:49 | More by shoky01
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Boto

Connecticut

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 00:55:25 | More by Boto
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:01:40 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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beertunes

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:44:05 | More by beertunes
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 17:53:45 | More by bobsy
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:45:06 | More by Derek
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

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

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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 02:50:59 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Chambic

California

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 23:58:29 | More by Chambic
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burner

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

popped this 22 oz. bomber with some friends. I pretty much drank it by myself. WOW! Some of my friends are wussies. Anyway, this was a March 2008 vintage.

Poured a deep ruby red with a half inch of soapy head, quickly deflated to thin lacing. Plum and rasion in the nose. Very nice.

Sweet malt,bourbon and oak. Slight plum. No hop flavor up front, but in the finish deep but well rounded hops. Medium carbonation, just right. ( No hiccups or burps ) spiciness when warmed.

Good mouthfeel, not thick or syrupy. Very balanced. A little sweet to have one after the other. But very drinkable despite the alcohol being 10% . Had this one for about a year and a half. Get a bottle, save it, or drink it. it ages very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:09:34 | More by burner
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 00:04:26 | More by brownbeer
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jhu1995

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 04:15:41 | More by jhu1995
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:40:22 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 23:01:03 | More by drumrboy22
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:15:42 | More by coldmeat23
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BMoney575

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:38:58 | More by BMoney575
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aerozeppl

New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 23:50:08 | More by aerozeppl
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 03:02:30 | More by connecticutpoet
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brdc

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:39:36 | More by brdc
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drseamus

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 22:50:09 | More by drseamus
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 00:30:23 | More by brewandbbq
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 01:55:52 | More by maximum12
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 14:01:45 | More by JohnQVegas
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glid02

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 18:53:27 | More by glid02
Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.