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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

151 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2014 06:16:19 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1%

08-18-2012 12:36:29 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

01-13-2012 13:00:04 | More by djrn2
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-15-2011 17:03:21 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-16-2014 08:17:14 | More by zestar
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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 00:35:07 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4%

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.

05-26-2011 19:58:47 | More by MasterSki
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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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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

03-28-2014 02:59:33 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-17-2013 18:46:30 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

04-12-2014 14:36:16 | More by mendvicdog
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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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-22-2013 01:31:15 | More by XmnwildX12
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

03-22-2014 03:28:43 | More by oriolesfan4
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

05-07-2013 19:20:10 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

01-19-2011 22:56:09 | More by corby112
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-25-2014 00:30:22 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

01-19-2011 03:16:48 | More by BARFLYB
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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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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-13-2013 22:13:39 | More by Gonzoillini
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-19-2013 17:07:56 | More by billab914
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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.