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Allagash Musette - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 39
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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: BeerBeing on 06-23-2006

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 brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: December 2006

Poured into a tulip a very nice deep reddish/amber color, very nice carbonation, awesome thick/creamy two finger off-white head, which left some very nice thick sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice touch of yeast, some spices, slight figs, raisins, plums, nice oak presence, with some caramel tones. The taste is awesome, malty/yeast, dark fruits, nice touch of oak/caramel tones. Medium body. The alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, thank you Allagash, highly recommended.

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

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged. Bottled May 2006.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish copper brew. Head lasts better than I expected for a barrelled brew, with minimal lacing. Nose is smoky, tart, with some light vanilla notes. Taste is sweet malts, plenty of smokiness running through, a shot of light fruitiness quick like a bunny, and then closes with the wood notes and alcohol warmth. Alcohol flavor and warmth apparent upon swallow. Mouthfeel is interesting, it seems contradictory that a beer this rich in flavor can feel so light and smooth over the tongue. Breadth of interest to the senses may slow me down with this one, but it will also try to get me to revisit.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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).

Photo of DrJay
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown/orange, thicks off white head forms, awesome lace, great retention, it really sticks. Smell is very sweet and malty, lots of toffee, vanilla, some spices, real nice oak character, some pears and apples, little bit of alcohol. Taste is very oaky, bourbon vanilla, some toffee, apples, some alcohol, very nice though, I really enjoyed the oak character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very well attenuated, low to medium carbonation. A very enjoyable beer, definate sipper.

Photo of Derek
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in August 2006.

Appearance: Clear burgandy. Lots of carbonation noted surfacing through the body of the beer. Healthy looking beige head. Moderate amounts of lace left while I drink.

Aroma: Oak, candy, sweet malts, Belgianesque like yeastiness, and a little cherry like fruitiness.

Flavor: Lots of complex subtleties. Sweet candied malts. Belgian yeastiness. Slight oak. Fruity esters abound. Sublte dryness. The slight alcohol that is present is integrated beautifully. This is really a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: This is one of those rare beers that just kind of dissolves in the mouth. (Similar to a lot of the St. Bernardus brews in that respect.) LIght-medium body. Carbonation is perfect. Mouthfeel is perfect.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable. The alcohol is well integrated. This is not a classic Wee Heavy by any means. More of a belgian beer. Let's call it a Belgian inspired Wee Heavy. In any case, it's delicious.

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of glid02
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of ccrida
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).

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 OWSLEY069
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep copper color, with a off white head. In the aroma, oaky almost nutty, small vanilla, hints a dark fruits. In the taste, dark fruits, figs and prunes, small vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. A smooth and big to medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry vanilla aftertaste. Nice oak presence, big flavors, and quite nice.

Photo of tavernjef
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dulled light maple brown color with a bit of dark orange cast to it. Dense medium capping of light tanned foam sits firmly for a bit before fading to a light skim. Lacing is impressive in big sticky sheets.

Aroma is a well rounded display of dulled malty tones that enrich the thoughts of thick vanilla, brown sugar, raisin, fig, and a slight nuttyness. Thickly sweet and dulled like that of something being caramelized. But there's a very nice noting to a slight yeasty funk that adds just the right amount of bardyard sourness.

Taste is rich and fulfilling with malt enduced flavors and thickness. A fair blend of vanilla and caramelized candy coated breads texturize the palate into submission. Sweetness is tamed only by slight accents to some smokey, lofty oaken wood notes and slight tang of Belgian soured candy and floral farmhouse funk. Finishes thick and impressive with lots of tone and length. Malts are lovely in this one. Yummyrific!

Feel is velvety thick and lasting. Smooth in tone but substantail in a malty girth that screams thickness, yet yells softness as it bellows them both out during each wonerful taste. It has a great soaking nature to it that engulfs you into the session and the enjoyment is heightened.

A lovely beer by Allagash. Thick, rich, lasting, inviting, and overtaking. Really at this point I'm left speechless as it supercedes words for the most part. Heavenly.

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A copper, light brown color with a two-finger head in my glass that was tan-colored and stuck aroudn for a while due to good carbonation. I know there is some caramel or sweet malt in here because the last few ounces of pour where a syrupy discharge. Also picked up some dark fruits or something tart along with a little floral hops. My nose seems to be everywhere on this one. Medium-bodied and overall smooth, passes over the tongue and leaves a sweet and at the same time tart, almost sour fruit taste on the front. There is definitely some spices there as there is a peppery bite in the mouth and it has a dry, but not too dry or crisp, backbite. Still maintains a smoothness from the oak. This is a great beer that my pourous review doesn't really do justice. I just couldn't categorize the taste properly. Too bad it hurt my wallet a little.

Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: 3 fingers of fluffy tan head floating on a deep amber body. Reduces to a healthy cap without much lacing.

S: Smells very Belgian, yeasty, estery, a bit of oakiness.

T: Tastes like a 75/25 split between Belgian strong dark ale and Scotch ale. Dark fruits, horseblanket/yeast, apple, caramel, wood.

M: Pretty smooth, not as thick as it should be for the style, kinda flimsy even.

D: Very nice, alcohol is hidden well and it's easy to get through the entire 750.

Interesting interpretation, but not really wee heavy enough.

Photo of maximum12
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!

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.