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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 24.62%
Wants: 121
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems there are bad bottles and good bottles. Great authentic strawberry aroma. As it warmed to room temperature, I did get a touch of a smokey / plastic scent but it was obscured at cooler temps. Touch of red wine vinegar and lots of oak.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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Photo of AgentZero
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.


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Photo of Reagan1984
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.