Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 114
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wedgie9 on 05-12-2010

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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks!

Poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

A- Big tan creamy head, dense, tiny bubbles. Ruddy brown/ruby beer. Great lacing, thick like frosting.

S- A bit medicinal, band-aid. very faint though. Nice strawberry jam.

T- Lots of sticky icky berry jam. Slight funk, tart in the finish. Berry sweetness is spectacular... I'm a sucker for strawberries and this beer delivers. The funky undertones provide a nice contrast.

M- Wow. No sign of ABV. Great fruit flavors, nice tartness to compliment the sweetness. Finish is fantastic... Wish I had more!

D- Very high. Had no idea what to expect, this one was off my radar. I am very surprised at this beer. Fantastic. Not overly sour or tart or funky... it's just tasty! (716 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,459 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at tasty in raleigh.

dark brownish red color with a very slight head. smell of strawberries, tartness. taste is lip puckering sour and tart with a great dryness on the finish. strawberry flavor is slight. hard to believe the ABV. easy drinking. bourbon barrel is slightly apparent.medium bodied and mild carbonation.

overall an impressive sour! (352 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (762 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (267 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for sending me this one. Shared with d0b over a nice home-cooked meal - Dave is making sure I get enough spinach in my diet while Bryna is out of town. Served in a Bells tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving a few splotches of lace behind. Murky dark-brown body with a few bits of sediment visible.

S - Strawberry, brett funk and tropical fruits, some sweet quad-like malt character, vanilla, and a light peppery note (not sure if it's from the strawberries or the yeast).

T - Tart strawberries, a bit of funk, light sourness, and a fairly strong quad backbone. Brown sugars, molasses, dark fruits and oaky vanilla round things out. Not much overt bourbon flavor, although I think it would have clashed.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-full body, sticky finish. Could use a bit more spritz to it to keep it from getting too syrupy.

D - This beer seems to be somewhat polarizing on here (unlike Ratebeer, where it's extremely popular). I like that it's a wild ale that integrates the base beer well and doesn't feel the need to be overwhelmingly acidic or funky - there are nice notes of both but they're used more as highlights. I'm also a sucker for strawberries. I've had this three times now, and I'm looking forward to the next. (1,302 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of gtn80
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap yesterday at Novare. Missed out on bottles so glad to see this available. 10oz pour into my chalice

A: Translucent cherry/raspberry color. Much larger head then I expected (about 2 fingers worth). Impressive sticky lacing along the upper half of the glass

S: Blast of strawberries and raspberries. Reminded me of jam. The real stuff, not Smuckers. There maybe was a hint of honey. Whiff of yeast and some tartness after the fruit

T: Certainly not as much fruit as the nose, but definitely a good profile of it. Raspberries and strawberries again. There is a subtle amount of tartness, just enough that you know it's there. The oak again imparts some wood flavor. I went back and forth whether there was bandaid in the finish

M: Medium boided. Crisp and full of flavor. Dry, almost champagne-like finish

D: Well, this was a damn fine beer. Wouldn't quite put it up with there with the other limited Allagash releases but it's no slouch either. And for 10.8%, it drinks crazy easy (990 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cask Republic into a wine glass.

A: Clear deep red body with three fingers of creamy tan head. Great retention and plenty of lace. Lovely, if a bit too foamy (the bartenders were not enjoying pouring this beer).

S: Intense aroma of fruit (strawberries, cherries, and grapes), tannic oak, and light malt. No real traces of a traditional quad, but a lovely, lightly sour aroma.

T: Highly vinous, slightly tart flavors of oak, strawberry, and vanilla. Delicious and complex, if a bit too dry and astringent. Again, no traces of BSDA flavors, but I'm not complaining.

M: The carbonation has been somewhat drained, but it's still smooth and pleasant.

D: Solid for a sour, average for a BSDA, great for the ABV.

Notes: Awesome beer, and awesome to see it on tap - well done, Cask Republic! It's crazy to see how strongly the barrel aging changes the beer; I love FOUR, and can't find any trace of it here. Instead, there's a delicious, complex sour.

Cheers! (968 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this one will be much better in a few months

Appearance: Rusty reddish pour, off-white head

Aroma: Incredibly fresh strawberries followed by oak and lactic sourness. A bit of horseblanket/mushroom cheese funk in the back that will hopefully develop.

Taste: Very fresh strawberries followed by oak, vanilla, and lactic acid sourness. I think it needs a bit of time to develop. There is some funk to it but it is young and seems to still be developing, tannins don't seem quite melded yet.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, slightly creamy

Drinkability: THis is good but needs some time (584 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice. Slightly dark reddish orange color with nice clarity. Good creamy tan head on this one that lasts quite a bit.

This smells immediately of strawberry. Closer examination indicates a strawberry and cream or strawberry shortcake kind of aroma.

Well this starts out mildly sweet and finishes with a soft sour berry flavor (like a fresh brightly colored strawberry). There is a slightly alcoholic sting in the middle. The strawberry flavor is again dominant in the taste as it was in the aroma. Great balance in the taste.

The mouthfeel is relatively light and sparkling for such a strong beer. Even though there is a slight sting that I mentioned in the taste, the overall drinkability is high for the strength. This is not only a unique beer, but an enjoyable one. (797 characters)

Photo of Jonny41
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Max's Allagash Event

Beer pours a fairly nondescript reddish brown with a fluffy white head. Smells largely of lacto-sour and oak with a hint of strawberries. The flavor is interesting and not quite what I had expected. It's sweeter than I had anticipated, but also has a good bit of sour in there. There's some oak and strawberries as well. It's fairly full-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a solid beer from Allagash, but not my favorite sour out there. It's perhaps a little too sweet, but I guess that's what happens when you take a big quad and then add strawberries. (599 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (589 characters)

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
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