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Allagash Gargamel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Gargamel AleAllagash Gargamel Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

89 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 482
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our brewers used a blend of American 2-row barley Malt, Raw and Malted wheat and selected caramel malt to brew this beer. After primary fermentation the beer was inoculated with our house Brettanomyces aged in French Oak wine barrels with a generous amount of local raspberries for over 18 months. Gargamel's aroma is full of un-ripened raspberry, vanilla and citrus notes. This medium bodied beer has hints of biscuit and graham cracker with a clean, fruity and refreshingly tart finish.

(Beer added by: mikeale on 05-08-2009)
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A generous person would take a bottle to a tasting. An extremely generous person would take two. A crazy person would take two, and bring food. Thank you, Tracy

Clear reddish brown with an off white head with excellent retention and lace. On the nose, this is a riot of raspberries, beautifully expressed with some some oak and vinous character. Mildly tannic too. On the palate, this medium bodied beer opens with raspberries, with sweetness and fruity tartness. Not really funky by any stretch of the imagination, but it doesn't need to be. Oak appears on the finish with some tannic character and a fruity tartness. The alcohol isn't noticeable, and this beer is incredibly drinkable.

Easily the best Allagash beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 13:06:19 | More by DefenCorps
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California

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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite of the group but still good. Served side by side with the rest of them. Beer is darkish with a lazy head, low retention, no lacing.

Aroma is oaky, mildly fruity, tart.

Beer is a little "old" tasting, fruit is mostly gone but there is some residual tartness / seed flavors, the funk is decent but not too forward, an interesting beer for sure but I think it is past its prime.

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12-05-2012 22:24:21 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is dark copper with a thin head. The aroma is complex and quite alluring. Dark fruits, toffee, oak, yeast. The taste brings raisins, prunes, toffee, oak, yeast. Nice tartness in the finish. Everything comes together well. A truly delicious beer. Light to medium in body with moderately low carbonation. This is certainly one of the best wild ales from Allagash.

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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in an Allagash cervoise.

Pours an orange-copper color with a nice, two-finger white head with really nice retention and some spotty lacing on the way down. There's a thin collar throughout.

The nose carries a nice bit of buttery oak with some vanilla in there as well. Behind that comes a bit of caramel and raspberry, plus a good dosage of earth. Smooth oak really dominates, and then is followed up with some nice funk and earthiness. Vanilla is fairly-prominent. The fruit is in the background at this point.

The flavor is incredibly smooth as well. Again, there's a really fantastic oak presence with light toffee and caramel. Light acidity comes through on the background along with some raspberry must and a nice earthiness. Vanilla in the background.

Very smooth and creamy, which heads to the feel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Light sherry-like oxidation comes through toward the finish. Faint acidity through the finish. The feel might be the best part of what is really an all-around fantastic beer, and is one of the best American Wilds that I've had to date.

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04-03-2012 02:39:43 | More by Thorpe429
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BearsOnAcid

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3.58/5  rDev -16%
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Not much head; dirty copper hue. Not the prettiest girl.

Berry tea, funk, lemon in the nose. Caramel/malt.

Vinious flavor. Dirty funk. Light berry taste. Nutty, graham cracker is found, oaky and tannic finish. This actually reminds of really old Fantomes I've had. Ones that you get pumped for and find they are really over the hill and the malt has become oxidized and one dimensional.

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Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Russian River '-Tion' glass. Pours a murky orange/brown with little to no head. Oil-slick bubbles present on the meniscus.

Nose has a really delicate sour cherry aroma, some pronounced "funk", oak really nice but really subtle for what I was expecting.

The taste is amazing. This must be hitting it's prime right now. Really delicate sour cherry flavors mingle with the funkiness and a velvety-smooth lactic acid note really cleans it all up. Really subtle I didn't expect this at all. Wow wow wow.

The mouth feel is excellent for the style. Good carbonation but not aggressive by any means.

I'd kill for another bottle of this. It's almost quaff-able. ABV is not present even for the beer being 9.2% abv.

An outstanding accomplishment by Rob Todd and the rest at Allagash.

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Allagash Gargamel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.