Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by sk8man121:
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2011 01:41:02 | More by sk8man121
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3.61/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2013 02:29:00 | More by Alieniloquium
Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.