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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé

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BA SCORE
89
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.03%


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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Jonny41

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 20:42:07 | More by Jonny41
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
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
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 03:42:12 | More by cbutova
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 20:15:17 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by a Thorpe recently with all the rest, thanks, Not the best one but it still is good / decent.

Not much strawberry left in this one. It is amber and has a thin white head, small bubbles.

Aroma is mostly oak, mild sour / tart.

Beer is light in body, dry on the finish, a little fruit lingers but it is mostly gone. It is a decent beer but not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 23:36:59 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is light brown with subtle highlights of crimson and pink. The aroma brings a grandiose scent of strawberries soaked in alcohol. Subtle notes of oak. While the beer brings some potent flavor, the swetness of the alcohol and strawberries, a naturally sweet fruit, together is a bit overbearing. Medium bodied with moderately light carbonation. Alcohol presence is bold throughout. Mostly sweet with a touch of tartness. Overall, this was OK.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 17:38:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 14:13:26 | More by starrdogg
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

1.6/5  rDev -59.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 21:06:12 | More by BearsOnAcid
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sk8man121

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +12%
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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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 21:49:30 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a challice. This one pours a mostly foam to start. Way more head than beer so this took away. Eventually we've got a muddy amber brown body with almost two inches of head and lots of soapy lace.

Alsmost smells like strawberries that are simply a bit past their prime. Vanilla and oak come through but this is somehow a strange mixture. Musty strawberries on the pallet with oak. This one is the slightest bit tart and the bourbon comes through a bit on the finish.

the body is medium with coarse carbonation and the finish is a bit dry. Overall this isn't Allagash's finest. Maybe this will suit someone but it just seems off to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:12:46 | More by Bendurgin
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:04:15 | More by Luk13
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 19:19:26 | More by ahalloin
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:58:47 | More by MasterSki
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 16:23:07 | More by trappistlover
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A moment of light beige head and then it fades to a thin cap. The beer is a deep amber color that lies somewhere between ruby and orange.

Aroma isn't very inviting.. There is a nice strawberry component, but this seems to be held down by a medicinal/burnt rubber aroma. Fairly musty as well. Just a touch of lacing.

The medicinal notes in the aroma are clearly present in the flavor. There is a slight note of the bitterness from the molasses. A moment of strawberry and alcohol. Not really wild about what the medicinal flavors are doing here. The more you work through the glass, the more consistent the strawberry flavor.

Light bodied, effervescent carbonation. Light on the tongue.

Not a huge fan and planning my next beer, which is not a great sign about the drinkability here.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 20:06:40 | More by Reagan1984
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 01:52:00 | More by ShogoKawada
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 21:04:53 | More by craytonic
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:48:59 | More by Sean9689
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 23:35:58 | More by AgentZero
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mike, poured into a perfect pint glass... This pours a light watery reddish orange. The head is off white, watery and whispy, but has decent retention and lacing. Weird color but ok... The aroma is shockingly decent for a strawberry beer. Strawberries are dominant on the front and they come off nice and fresh. I also get some oak and lactic sour. Can't tell this is a quad, no notes of that at all... The taste is a total 180, the strawberries are now stale and old, gross finish. I try to get past the berries, pull out some oak, and hint of dark fruits, not sour enough at all.

From the description and being an Allagash beer I was expecting total garbage. It wasn't quite that bad but not a recommend. So essentially it exceeded my expectations but not good.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 16:49:40 | More by jrallen34
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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
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