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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé

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BA SCORE
90
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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 106
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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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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chet4

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

03-23-2014 23:54:19 | More by chet4
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

09-13-2013 22:30:29 | More by Jslay013
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%

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.

02-08-2011 23:35:58 | More by AgentZero
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

03-19-2011 20:06:40 | More by Reagan1984
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-15-2011 18:29:59 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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AshlixTee

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-15-2013 22:26:03 | More by AshlixTee
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

10-20-2011 04:12:46 | More by Bendurgin
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -20%

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.

02-06-2011 16:49:40 | More by jrallen34
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-28-2014 00:43:22 | More by dubdrop
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

11-15-2011 22:44:39 | More by whartontallboy
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-31-2014 22:38:53 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

11-12-2012 17:38:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

08-13-2013 03:42:12 | More by cbutova
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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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2014 16:10:20 | More by liamt07
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-23-2014 13:43:48 | More by Dave_Treat
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-08-2014 18:47:36 | More by DC_Brah
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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.