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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 113
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: wedgie9 on 05-12-2010)
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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BearsOnAcid:
Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.6/5  rDev -60.6%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Mar 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

bishopdc0, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Janeinma, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

glid02, Mar 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Sammy, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

thagr81us, Mar 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kmlund, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ChrisChagnon, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of trappistlover
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

trappistlover, Apr 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

trevorpost, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jsilva, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

hoppymcgee, Sep 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of jsanford
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

jsanford, Feb 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mike, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CraftEyeDoc, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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.

metter98, Jun 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dtomes, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Oct 29, 2011
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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.