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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé

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90
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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 105
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:
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: 150 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BearsOnAcid:
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

1.6/5  rDev -60.4%

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.

03-02-2012 21:06:12 | More by BearsOnAcid
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-08-2012 18:19:02 | More by heddar33
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-05-2014 21:05:57 | More by bishopdc0
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-17-2013 00:38:45 | More by Janeinma
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

03-11-2011 00:43:25 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-13-2013 02:57:25 | More by acurtis
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2014 06:16:19 | More by Sammy
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-13-2013 22:13:39 | More by Gonzoillini
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.61/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

09-16-2013 02:29:00 | More by Alieniloquium
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

03-01-2011 13:39:38 | More by thagr81us
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

03-24-2014 20:23:18 | More by Kmlund
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-24-2014 21:34:06 | More by ChrisChagnon
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +4%

(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!

04-04-2011 16:23:07 | More by trappistlover
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-03-2014 19:44:31 | More by trevorpost
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

01-11-2012 03:42:29 | More by jsilva
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

09-13-2013 23:18:14 | More by hoppymcgee
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-20-2014 11:36:59 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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jsanford

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

02-27-2011 15:03:49 | More by jsanford
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Mike

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-09-2013 03:54:29 | More by Mike
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CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

03-24-2014 12:15:11 | More by CraftEyeDoc
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-19-2013 04:46:43 | More by Blanco
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -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.

06-07-2011 02:55:40 | More by metter98
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dtomes

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

06-02-2014 19:37:55 | More by dtomes
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

04-12-2014 14:36:16 | More by mendvicdog
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

10-29-2011 21:49:30 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.