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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash MusetteAllagash Musette

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%


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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bashiba

Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark copper with a huge thick and pillowy head, super sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell had a big caramel malt odor with a bit of oak and vanilla.

Taste is outstanding! Big slightly sweet malts with great oak, vanilla, smoke, and peat flavors. Very much a superb wee heavy with oak! Has a lightly bitter earthy and smokey finish with a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel is warm and full with a crisp dry finish.

Super drinkable 10% Wee heavy. Only wish it was cheaper and more readily available it would become a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 21:16:01 | More by bashiba
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nickfl

Florida

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off white foam with a tinge of brown, settles quickly to a thick film. Extraordinary copper-red color with good clarity.

S - Malty, oaky aroma. Lots of caramel with notes of vanilla and coco.

T - Lots of woody oak flavor up front. Thin caramel flavor in the middle followed by some chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is drawn out with lots of oak and some smoky tobacco flavors.

M - Smooth, slightly thick body with moderately high carbonation and alcoholic warmth in the finish.

D - Pretty drinkable for a strong, wood aged beer. The flavor of the base beer is a bit weak, but the oak character is quite nice; substantial, but not overwhelming. The finish is particularly complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 04:28:25 | More by nickfl
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Pencible

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:45:59 | More by Pencible
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 received in trade with I think nflmvp (If I am wrong beermail me and I will edit immediately).. shared with Steven.. mine in my New Belgium snifter.

Big fizzy head drops pretty quickly into a reddish brown brew.. fairly clear but not alot of lacing.

Malty and fruity at the same time... not as Scottish as I would have guessed.. there is a big whiff of Belgium in there. A little oak.. and touches of vanilla as it approaches room temperature... notes of almonds.

Flavor is again the cross continental mash-up ... but in a good way. Rich malts with medium caramel popcorn notes... raisins and subtle plums... not as much Bourbon and wood as expected but still more than present. Less Belgian fruitiness than the nose but it adds well to the overall complexity. Mouthfeel is significantly lighter than a wee heavy.. and carbonation is much more. Again this is a pretty good colliding of the style guidelines.. I like it more and more as it warms... and the viscosity also increases quite a bit as do the bourbon barrel notes.

I really enjoyed this brew... now I just wish I had access to this fantastic brewing company... I've been hearing rumors that Allagash is coming to Boise sometime in the Spring .... now somebody just needs to make it happen.

Thanks again to nflmvp (I think .... I recently lost my trading notebook).

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 08:59:38 | More by JohnGalt1
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m1ked

California

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dlucky for this one.

A- Clear dark caramel with active bubbles streaming.

S- Low sweet maltiness. Almost salty biscuity, with definite caramel.

T- Subtle creamy sweetness, light smokey peatness. Some nuttiness, slight bitter finish, noticeable heat with some sort of spiciness to it.

M- Slightly syrupy, tight carbonation.

D- Yet another very enjoyable offering from Allagash. I could drink a whole bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 07:42:58 | More by m1ked
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Has a white foam that drops to a thin ring but leaves lots of lacing. Has a slightly hazy copper color.

The smell is pleasant and complex. Notes of fruits (apples come to mind), yeasty, sweet malt, wood and alcohol.

Tastes of spices, fruits a bit of oak and the yeast adds some more character.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:07:18 | More by irishkyle21
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

May 2006 bottle, kept in my beer cellar until this past Friday. Poured into two belgian chalices. This beer had a golden tan color, with a fizzy amount of carbonation and a thin head. The oak aging was apparent in the smell. The taste was of raisins and peat, but the oak aspect really stopped at the palate. I have had beers that really tasted oak aged, but this one was faint. It's a good beer but not the best example of oak aging. As for price, I am glad that I got this one for 1/2 off normal price.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 00:00:11 | More by morebeergood
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djwilson

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a corked bottle 1pint 9.4 fluid oz
Bottled December 2006. Aged 1 year in cellar conditions.

Poured a hazy copper with a thin white head slowly disapearing and leaving a light Belgian lace on glass (snifter).

Smell is lighter then I expected from an oaked aged ale slight sherry aroma, and light caramel and citrus undertones.

flavors of caramel, alcohol, and slight bitterness from the hops, finishes with a slight hint of charred oak.

very full and smooth in the mouth.

This beer is a little thinner than I expected from the oaked aged series from ALLAGASH. Complex but not all that interesting to me especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 01:01:40 | More by djwilson
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from May 2006.
This beer was clear and a dark burnt orange colour topped by a thin layer of bright white foam composed of small bubbles. The head eventually receded to a collar and produced some spotty lacing. The aroma was quite fruity, some white grape character, with lots of earthy notes - some vanilla, oak, and tobacco. Low bitterness with a fruity flavour, fairly spicy with a bit of alcohol throughout. Bready malt and vinous character balanced tobacco leaf and peppery spice, and there was some vanilla and oak in the background. Though there was plenty of warmth it definitely wasn't hot. Medium to full bodied with carbonation on the high side, the texture was a bit slick. Good stuff, pretty complex but still accessible. The oak didn't come off as overdone or unbalanced next to the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 23:27:12 | More by DrJay
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 19:30:16 | More by grub
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Grapevine Market about six months ago. Thanks James. This is my first scotch ale.

December 2006 vintage.

Poured part of a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It produced a solid two finger whitish head. It has really great head retention - the head never really dies, it just becomes a thick crown on the surface of the beer. It leaves light lacing behind. It is a transparent ruby burgundy, and has a constant carbonation stream rising to the top. Very nice.

Smell - I can smell the alcohol as the beer warms to room temperature. The alcohol presence doesn't affect it in a negative way, IMO. I can smell vanilla and oak notes. There is a dark fruit scent as well, almost like rum raisin, or figs. There is a tiny citrus scent as well. It also has that Belgian yeast scent contained in pretty much all Allagash brews.

Flavor – The brew has a slightly sweet taste as it first enters the mouth, along the lines of toffee or butterscotch. The middle flavors are the fruits – there is a large dark fruit presence like raisin and fig. There are also flavors of banana, which intermingles with the vanilla very nicely. The end flavors are slightly smoky tied in with a bitter hops. The whiskey flavor comes into play heavily at the end. The alcohol presence makes itself known, but it doesn’t detract from the flavor in any way.

Mouthfeel – It is medium bodied. It has a very effervescent mouthfeel, but goes down creamy and smooth. It isn’t sticky or oily – it barely coats the mouth.

Drinkability – This is a pretty drinkable beer. It is very tasty, and it goes down pretty smoothly. I would never be able to tell that this was 10% ABV unless I read the label. I would definitely drink it again… if I wasn’t paying for it.

This beer was just way too expensive for what it is. $17 is just not worth it. It would be worth it for $8 or $9, maybe – but $17 is pretty ridiculous. If you have a heap of cash to spare, give it a shot. Otherwise, save your money, there are much better and cheaper beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 06:53:14 | More by MiguelMandingo
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Murchmac

California

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 05:31:00 | More by Murchmac
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shroompod

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head , some lacing. Hazy brown.

Smell is very fruity , dark cherries, grapes, and some citrus,

This beer has a nice fruity taste that is tamed by a slight alcoholic warmth. Small hop profile.

Mouthfeel is thick and sweet.

Drinkability suffers slightly because of the sweetness and ABV, but I like this beer,

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 01:57:10 | More by shroompod
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours a slightly hazy brown with little head. The smell is slightly sour and slightly sweet, and a bit yeasty. The taste has nicely balanced flavore of sweet malt and nicely subtle oak as well astypical Belgian yeast flavors of banana, spice, and coriander. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a bit of spritz. Nice, and a bit different for a wee heavy- more like a wee heavy and tripel hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 19:55:33 | More by Georgiabeer
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and small lacing rings. Aroma of sweet malt with some notes of light oak. Taste is dominated by a big sweet malt base with some toffee notes. The bourbon and the alcohol were not discernable. I was expecting more peat malt and less sweetness but I enjoyed this one very much even thought it stray very much from the style guideline.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 18:32:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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ojiikun

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

August 2006 bottling poured into a nice, wee tulip. Typical 750mL cork, cage, and brown glass. Body is a very dark red and nearly clear save a bit of chill haze. Head is burnt-creme white and took a bit of coaxing to produce. Fell fast to spotty clumps and not much in the way of lace.

Smell is sweet and malty, clearly with newage belgian yeast. Oaking is surprisingly subtle, first-used burnt oak, I'd guess. Some grassy notes. Mild booze and chalky chocolate.

Taste is meaty as can be at first, then the oak really pours out. Less smokey than on the nose and not at all bitter. Yeast continues to make an upfront statement. More grassy and herbal notes - fresh parsley. Not much fruit save some mild berry character. Malting is really quite hard to place. More cocoa and burnt milk. Finishes a bit more tart.

Insanely clean mouthfeel for a 10% beer. Carbonation is strong and no coating can be felt. This along with a brilliant flavour makes this all too easy a drink.

The first of the Allagash oaks that I've tried, this beer is unexpectedly delicate. Serve warm, stay away from rich food pairings, and enjoy slowly. It might drink like water, but it hits like a brick.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 05:26:59 | More by ojiikun
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malcontent

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber body crowned by a champagne-like, bubbly head.

Apple skins, oak, smoke, fallen leaves and distant alcohol comprise a delectable nose.

Rich malt but never overbearing in its sweetness. Charcoal and vanilla themes are complimented by a long, woody finish. Strong cider flavors prevail throughout.

Shockingly smooth given the ABV. This is only enhanced by the lively, leading carbonation and a wonderfully tannic finish. Sophisticated like no Scotch Ale I've ever had.

Yes, it's strong, but it goes down effortlessly. Allagash sometimes gets my expectations up higher than they're able to meet. This beer, however, surpasses anything I could have imagined from the style. An absolutely exceptional ale.

It should be noted that I received this as a gift and therefore haven't been influenced by the price (as it seems others have). Who knows, if I were to have shilled out close to $20 for the bottle I, too, may not be so in love with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 14:18:09 | More by malcontent
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fartingdog

California

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a slight head that dissipates soon. Aroma is a bit of funk, sweet (vanilla?), faint oak. Taste is yeasty, spicy, earthy and slightly tart. Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation, medium body- certainly not what I'd expect from a scotch ale, it's too thin. Leaves a residual 'twang' in the mouth.

It's good, but not great. It's not a 'Scotch' style and certainly not a wee heavy, it's a decent Belgian strong, but either way it's just not worth $17 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 01:09:50 | More by fartingdog
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 05:26:36 | More by mrasskicktastic
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GClarkage

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/09/07- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2007 release, while poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep amber in color pour. 3/4 inch tight and lighty creamy head. Leaves nice lace tracks behind.

Smell- Notes of light caramel, oak barrell and mixed dark fruits. Really subdued though.

Taste- I'm not seeing Wee Heavy here at all. Not malty enough. There is a caramel malt base, but it doesn't scream out like it does in other heavy's. Muted dates, prunes and plums with a light sugary flavor. A bit of oak, but nothing too intense.

Mouthfeel- A bit over carbonated, mild hop-oak aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sadly another Allagash $$$ brew that doesn't cut it IMO. $17 for this? A decent run of the mill oaked beer, but the flavors really don't jump out at you. One more overpriced on to go...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 23:48:44 | More by GClarkage
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Flyer

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thing of beauty. I like anything barrel-aged, but this is the first ale I've had that seems like it was designed just to be aged in oak. It pours the color of a cherry tea, with a thick head and lots of good lacing. The aroma and initial flavor is heavy on the oak, but then some notes of bitter cherry, orange peel, and plum enter the mix. Not overly complex, but it does have a faint ale funk throughout, and a nice, crisp, vaguely hoppy finish. This struck me as great for wine-type occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 01:17:15 | More by Flyer
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merlin48

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 19:06:34 | More by merlin48
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ccrida

Oregon

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

Bottled December 2006, poured into my Scotch Silly tulip, Musette is a clear amber a large, rocky off-white head that settles down pretty quickly, but leaves huge hunks of foamy lace.

The smell is earthy pine, sweet malt, spice, smoke and vanilla. Almost like a smoked bier de garde. Strong, complex, and very appealing, I just can't get enough. My favorite aspect of this beer, just phenomenal.

The taste is not a bright as the aroma, and is generally more reserved then I was expecting. Fairly malty, but neither sweet nor thick, and tempered by a peppery spiciness, fading to some vanilla notes before a clean, dry finish, reviling the clean tasting alcohol, hinting at bourbon. Again, I'm reminded of a bier de garde, certainly moreso then a wee heavy...since a musette is actually a french bag pipe, maybe I'm on to something! Regardless of style, it's a great tasting beer, although I could have used a bit more umph.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy, can this really be 10% ABV?

This is a dangerously drinkable beer, very smooth and easy drinking for such a heavy hitter. I did however notice that the booze started to build on the tongue after a while, as did a bit of an ash tray like smoke (which was evident in the nose, but not the taste).

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 06:38:57 | More by ccrida
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Zorro

California

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

Sampled through the efforts of mikesgroove and Battlecruiser BIF.

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a slight yellowish orange tinge. Nice head with a tan to off-white color to it.

The smell is malty and complex with vanilla, smoke and oak aromas. One weird aroma here best I can identify it is banana and coconut. Not unlike the tropical fruit scent in many Quadruple style ales. There is also a faint Bourbon scent here.

The taste begins sweet and boozy with a strong Bourbon flavor it, mostly vanilla and a coconut rum taste. This is quite a tasty beer and it is has a great deal more flavor levels than your average beer of this style and frankly I like it.

The mouthfeel is thick.

Quite the drinkable beer one you get past the initial boozy flavor. Then again this isn't nearly as booze laced as your average RIS. Highly recommended and an especially good beer for Christmas time, this and spice cookies would make an excellent match.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 06:34:03 | More by Zorro
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a St Bernardus chalice, pours (what I'll call) a russet orange, a half inch of creamy head sticking around for a little bit, settling to a thin film. The lacing falls in sheets down the glass, not sticking but for a few instances, the head reforming upon a gentle swirl.

The aroma is light, even shy, kind of a tricky buoy, but delightfully woody, lots of oak, earthy, the fruits vague and .... dank? And then there is the yeastiness that takes on a BSDA quality, very odd, very unique, very nice.

The taste is a wonderful kind of vague that I love, where the individual qualities are second to the overall cohesive whole. And its like a Scotch-Belgian hybrid, very interesting, the oak and malts giving it its highland feel, while yeasty spices impart that unmistakable Belgian impression.

The mouth is about medium (read: not thin), which leaves me yearning for a bit more heft. But the carbonation is just right, it warms the tongue real nice, but above all its a deliciously smooth ride. Overall, its a very interesting beer, another wonderful Allagash beer, most delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 22:36:26 | More by objectivemonkey
Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.