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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 112
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wedgie9 on 05-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Allagash Avance is a product of patience. Aged with strawberries for three years in bourbon barrels, this strong, sour ale has the aroma of strawberry preserves and toasted oak. The oak and berries continue their presence in flavor, and compliment the sweet, warm finish.
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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by BearsOnAcid:
Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.62/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Caramel body; off white head that reduces quickly

Malty mollasses and dark fruit aroma. Strange strawberries and cream aroma. When the beer is agitate a strong plastic/bandaid aroma become really offensive.

Light malty flavor. Little bit of sweetness but the mouthfeel is light as well. Strong pithy bitterness that is consistent with a lot of Allagash wilds. Charred oak and vanilla. Strawberry finish with a lingering funky bitterness. Very unpleasant drying sensation and plastic. This beer should've never been released. It's just a strange mix of flavors and bad off-flavors. It didn't change much at all since the release, which was a sample I poured down the drain, so I don't believe time will fix this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a deep amber-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of lightly tart strawberries with decent amounts of oak. Also present are medium malts and slight funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart strawberry flavors. Slight vanilla flavors join in shortly thereafter from the oak. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of funk and hints of earthy hops. The funk and strawberries carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer as the strawberries didn't integrate with the rest of the flavor profile as I'd hoped. Still, another tasty sour from the boys at Allagash that's worth a shot.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish brown. More brownish red, I guess. Discrete bubbles in a medium collar.

Smell - Strawberry, vanilla, oak, and some acidity. Acetic mostly in nature.

Taste - Strawberry is nice. Not the freshest, but I get it. Tart strawberries backed by a hefty malt presence. Oak and vanilla in the back, almost like a bourbon barrel would lend. Moderately sour.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy with a tempered sourness from the malt.

Overall - I like how balanced it is, but as a result nothing is standout.

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a massive four finger head that subsided to two fingers worth slowly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and slight acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, slight funk, and slight acetic acid. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It was not one of the standouts on the day, but was still quite nice. Everything seemed to flow very nicely in this one and kept me coming back for me. The acetic acid in this one on the aroma through me off, but in the flavor it worked really well. A definite must try if you have not!

Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(375ml bottle courtesy of chuckycheese and shared at Dak's final four tasting!!). Pours a cloud apricot color with off-white head. Aroma has strawberry and funky notes. Taste is sour with tart strawberries. Medium bodied with a smooth finish. This was really awesome!

Photo of jsanford
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 2011 Brewvival.

Poured a dark, cloudy orange with a thin khaki-colored head.
Strong nose of strawberries, lemon zest, hay, oak and funk. Taste is very similar to the nose, strong lactic tartness and nice sweet strawberries. Medium-thin bodied with medium-low carbonation, not quite as crisp as I'd hoped. Still, very drinkable and delicious, one of the highlights of the day for me.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a long time to die down but left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with some notes of strawberries and sourness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger. The bourbon really stands out in the overall taste but isn’t overpowering; there are also notes of strawberries and sourness along with hints of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: The sourness isn’t that strong but this is definitely a beer that needs to be sipped. The mixture of bourbon and strawberry flavors is interesting, but there’s too much bourbon and not enough balance between the two.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding onto this one for awhile now, just never found a good time to drink it and I figured, hey, it's Halloween weekend.

Pours an amber color, not much head, what head there is of is a tan-ish light brown and fades real fast leaving no lacing on the glass, bottom half of the bottom is very murky and dark and turns more brownish than the first half which is quite see-through.

Smell has a wonderous woody aroma, not really picking up the strawberries, oaky with hints of sour notes.

Taste is surprisingly more sour and tart than I was expecting considering the source beer is Four, wooden with light touches of vanilla, still not picking up strawberries per se but there is a presence of fruit though subtle, the sour pucker is between moderate to high, carbonation is on point, no indication of strength at all and I would not believe this is over 10%, although the bottom half of the bottle does taste a bit stronger.

Really wish there was more of this, it turned out to be much better than I thought it would be.

Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last taster of the event - Port's Barrel Blast

A - Pinkish gold type color - more on the pink side, carbonated white head off the tap

S - Fruity, sour and sweet with light oakiness - didn't pick up a strong smell from the strawberries more of the sour and sweet with a little funk

T - Sweet and crisp with following sourness and hints of oakiness before the funk sets in and sneaks in the fruit sense - for being aged with strawberries it played with my palate and I picked up cherry and grape more than the strawberry. Picked up vanilla and oak but initially wrote it off to all the stouts of the day.

M - Tart crisp finish. Mix of flavors playing with you on this one - finished up the day with this and it was the light dry enjoyment to regain life in my palate. Picked up vanilla and some oak, and a mix of fruits though Strawberry wasn't strong I picked up more cherry and grape type flavors with the sour and tartness. Not as sweet as some of the other sours of the day. Medium to high carbonation.

D - Recommended, a few of these throughout the day would have been a nice crisp refresher - had some great sours and this one was nice and crisp and tasty - sour, sweet, funky, with a dry finish. A nice example and well worth a try.

Photo of wedgie9
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at Lush CBC event. Pours cloudy brown with a thin bubbly head. Nose of malt, stewed red fruits, prune, and raisin. Flavors are bitter chocolate, sour, stewed red fruit, and a nice maltiness. The carbonation is low, the body is full, and the finish is long with bitter, sour, and fruity flavors. This beer is very complex.

Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No reviews in about 8 months, might as well put my notes down. Served at Armsby Abbey at an Allagash tap event. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the tap into an Allagash tulip with a dark red slightly hazy body. Just a bit of foam on top but no true head I would say. Ends looking like a wine with a lack of lace. Very old Wild Ale I guess none of this is surprising.

S- Berry forward nose like a jam or preserve in a way. Strawberries, blackberries and some cherry hints come to mind, kind of a medley. Some oak and a sort of Flanders acetic tart hint.

T- Like the nose, the bulk of the taste is made up of strawberry and that general berry medley/cocktail of flavors. Somewhat vinous with an oaked hint but not much from the barrels in general. Some acetic-balsamic acidity as well as a lemon sour hint that reminds me of lambics. Tiniest Bourbon alcohol hint.

MF- Super light bodied and fairly dried out like most Wild Ales. Moderately sour/tart and a complimentary moderate foamy carbonation.

Gets pretty sour after some time and just has a berry preserve sort of feel. Reminds me of some juice cocktails with berry flavors. Minimal barrel influence. Between the strong berry flavor and fairly high ABV something just feels too strong, hard to put a name to it. Just had an edge that wasn't as smooth as great Wilds.

Photo of twelvsies
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small paper-wrapped corked bottle, picked up from the source at Allagash. Pours a nice pinkish amber with a smallish head, soft and inviting looking. Wow, the nose on this is pretty unreal. A complex array of mild strawberry, oaky notes, funky brett, and a nice vanilla sweetness. Taste follows suit with yes some fruit up front, obviously strawberry but other hints as well, but more heavy handed is the, fresh and lively bretty flavors, melding with the oak and barrel notes. Not sure if the barrels once contained bourbon or not, but there is a nice vanilla boozy vibe to this beer. Really well rounded and a lot of complex flavors coming together. You might say harmonious. Mildly tart, this beer retains a nice dry mouthfeel and finish without the pucker, and enough fruit and sweetness to keep a nice quenching balance. Highly drinkable at 10%+. Wow. Would love to see what this tastes like in a year or two. Very unique, really tasty.

Photo of Luk13
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to ChuckyCheese (BA). Poured into two cantillon tulips, one had a nice little finger of foam that lasted until the very last sip and the other’s head faded very quickly, brown pour with a distinct reddish tint. Aroma: At first I get a lot earthy, damp forest floor like aromas but the strawberries are very present and strong. Some molasses is still perceptible in the aroma. Taste is sweet and tart, the strawberry and oak flavors are dominant here. Palate: Medium-light carbonation, a bit of alcohol perceptible on the finish. Very nice beer, it grew on to me.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Allagash coolship tumbler. Nose has a good dose of barrel character and noticeable strawberry. Flavor is too oxidized. Dry and slightly sour. This was an interesting one, but did not quite compare to the Coolship Series, which were much better. Still an interesting beer.

Photo of AgentZero
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to gtn80 for the trade on this one. Shared with the Chicago Crew at our UFC 126 tasting.

A - Red/orange colored beer that looks a little bit light for something that was a quad. Solid head with some moderate lacing, confusing, but not bad looking.

S - Some lactic sour notes, strawberries, and some barrel oak/vanilla. This doesn't smell bad, particularly since strawberry beers seem hard (impossible?) to get right. Victor Francenstein got my hopes up, and although the nose on this one is not as good as that, it's somewhat promising and interesting.

T - Unfortunately the taste is a let down. Strawberries are present, but they don't taste good. Somehow they taste old or slightly moldy, doesn't taste like a quad, tastes like mashed up strawberries in a belgian beer that got a little mushy and were then thrown into a barrel. I don't really care for this at all.

M - Medium bodied with some strong carbonation, I'm not sure if it works for this beer, but I'm not sure what would.

T - The taste makes this a hard beer to drink, it is just somehow unpleasant, although I will concede that the alcohol is nicely hidden. Not a fan, wouldn't drink again.

Photo of ahalloin
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured at the Lupulin Renuless at RFD June 2. I love it when brewers for these events actually bring hard to acquire beer as opposed to stuff I could buy off the shelf in my area or nearby. Kudos to Rob Tod for bringing two little beauties.

Pours a dark reddish raspberry color with a slightly off white head. Almost brilliant clairy but with some slight haze. Great looking beer.

The aroma is big and pungent with loads of jammy notes. At first I was thinking it was raspberries but then Rob talked about the beer and said it was strawberries were used. Berry sweetness mingles with medium sour notes. The signature of the oak barrel is prevalent as well.

The taste is exactly what you'd expect from the description and smell. Strong berry components coupled with strong lactic sour and barnyard funk notes. The strawberry flavor seems a bit articial though.

The mouthfeel is quite nice with medium high carbonation and a drying finish that refreshes. The 10.8% ABV is well masked.

Overall this is a very neat beer to get to try. I haven't had too many beers that incorporate strawberries so successfully. My one gripe would be the artificial nature of the strawberry flavor.

Photo of Jonny41
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at at Three Crow Restaurants one year anniversary party in Rockland Me.
Great coloring very good looking beer, smell was fantastic, with a bright big aroma,
Taste very sharp flavors strawberry pulls though the sour with a slight pucker.
Great rare treat one of many by Allagash that night

Photo of ToasterChef
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Avance is Allagash's Four aged with strawberries in oak casks. A special keg hand delivered to the Lion's Pride was tapped for their Halloween party. It was kept on for a couple days thereafter; I was lucky enough to get the last pour before they pulled it off, to be stored until a later date.

The beer is opaque, with red and copper coloring. At the bottom of my tulip glass, where the most light can penetrate, it appears nearly orange. A light brown foamy head sits on top, with plenty of carbonation rising up towards it. As I drink, good foamy lacework is left behind.

There is a great funky strawberry nose with some oak notes.

The flavor has impressive pale malts that are crispy and effervescent. The strawberry fruit flavors are a bit creamy--it must be the molasses that was also added. A nice puckering accompanies the finish. The strawberry flavors linger on. This is one tasty beverage.

The body is of medium character, but has high carbonation. It finishes dry with a slight puckering. My tongue is tickled by the sourness and carbonation. Holding the beer in my mouth ans swishing it about intensifies the creaminess.

Avance is never too sour, nor is there too much fruit. I would definitely drink this one again--label approvals suggest that it will be bottled and I want some! It isn't as amazing as Allagash coelship beers, but since this one will be slightly more attainable than those beers, I can't complain.

Photo of HopHead84
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/15/2011

On tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Red tinged orange with a mountainous white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Bright and vibrant.

S: Strawberries with a prominent lactic profile. Some oak and candied sugar. Moderately acetic. More vinegar than strawberries.

T: Strawberry is more pronounced here and is complimented by restrained vinegar. Moderately lactic, with some oak and tannins. Candied sugar sweetness. Bready malt.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice lactic strawberry quad.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DARK STRONG ALE AGED IN AMERICAN OAK FOR 3 YEARS. FERMENTED WITH A MIX OF BRETTANOMYCES AND PEDIO. FRESH STRAWBERRIES WERE ADDED TO THE BARRELS 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO BOTTLING. On Tap at Monk's Cafe a few times in a fluted shaped glass.

Allagash Avance came to me looking a bit more red pink than the usual four which is a bit more brown. This had a redish dark tan tint to this that looks nice in this dark bar. A lot of bubbles and a frothy white head that took it's time receding. Nice patches of lace on the way down. As soon as it sat in front of me the strawberries whiffed up in my nose. On further expection, even more strawberry, with some vanilla and some light funk. Warming brings out minimal quad scents including plum. The berries stand out. Sipping this im torn between wild ale and dank ass quadruple, (not sure why this is classified as a BSDA but im drawing straws). Out of the many dark ale wild with berries added, Advance comes out the most. Possibly due to the freshness here. Some brett mixed in with the berrries mingling with the vanilla and a nice oak tannin. Plums and other darks towards the back. Feel is smooth and tangy, Advance does not finish to dry. The malt from the base has not dissapeared, this is a bit easy to get down, not super accidic but highly carbed off the tap. Body is at a sturdy medium. I enjoyed the taste so much I got another, not many times I go for a 2nd 10%er when im out drinking. Props to Allagash.

Photo of JGam115
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque pink hue, laced white foam. Strawberry preserved and funk, brass and barnyard. Slightly tart, dry finish of fruit and metallic.

Photo of sk8man121
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much looking forward to this one. Thanks to tai4ji2x for the trade!

12.7 oz bottle poured into goblet. As far as I know, this was bottled about a year ago. My 120th review.

A: Pours a semi-translucent 3-tone crimson/caramel color. Nothing to look at, really.

S: Brettanomyces & honey up front. Strawberries are omnipresent. Vanilla from the barrels. Smells cloyingly sweet.

T: You can taste the base beer (Allagash Four), however it has been augmented dramatically. The barrel comes through big up front with bourbon and vanilla, followed by a beautiful strawberry-laden sweetness in the center. Very recognizable pediococcus presence brings in a tart, champagne-like finish. Compared to how this smells, the taste is off the charts.

M: Like most of Allagash's sour one-offs, effervescent and highly carbonated; dances on the tongue.

O: At first, I wasn't sure what to think of this beer; it comes off very sweet in the nose. One taste, though, and it's clear that Avancé is worthy of a great deal of praise. Walking through the barrel room at Allagash just last week, I noticed a few barrels of Avancé hanging out in the rafters. Let's hope this comes back at some point.

An exemplary beer that truly shows the merits of barrel-aging.

Photo of Sean9689
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Mike!

A - Pours a rusty reddish/brown color, off-white head, spotty lacing, and some bubbles remain here and there on top with a fimly thin cap.

S - Lots of oak, strawberries, sugary sweetness, slightly sour.

T - Oak, strawberries, some dark fruit notes from the base beer, slightly sour but not enough to make this one all that enjoyable. Needs a bit more funk, as the strawberries and oak just dont cut it.

M - Light, good carbonation (possibly a tad too much), semi dry finish.

D - Meh. My least favorite of the limited Allagash releases so far. Not terrible, by any means, but not uber-enjoyable.

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a dark golden ruby color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source. Two finger creamy, pillowy off white head with excellen retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glas with soapy lacing.

Slightly funky aroma with lots of vinous character, earthy oak and dark fruit. Smells slightly vinegary with vinous dark fruit, especially tart cherries, grape, strawberry and plum. The barrel aging adds a nice earthy oak and vanilla. Slight bug presence but this is all about the barrel and vinous dark fruit.

Slightly tart and puckering but not too harsh or acidic. Dry with again a lot of vinous dark fruit, funky bugs and earthy oak. Slight lactic creaminess adds depth and complexity and there is a really nice balance of sweet fruit, puckering vinegar sourness, oak and vanilla. Each sip picks up more flavor. Plenty of sweet fruit notes, especially cherry, strawberry and grape. Lots of dry Brett and a mouthwatering tart finish that leaves me salivating for more. Recommended.

Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Novare Res in an Allagash tulip glass.

Appearance is a light red, pink highlights. Small head, tiny bubbles.

Aroma is great, definitely some brett, maybe a bit of strawberries, bit of malt, but more of the brett/funk.

Taste is brett/funk/sour up front, but gives way to to a sweet/strawberry finish with a bit of oak/vanilla.

Mouthfeel is very full, very carbonated.

Drinkability is great for such a high abv sour. A good "starter" sour in that the funk/brett isn't overwhelming, but rather balanced by the sweetness in the base beer (four) and the strawberries.

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.