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Allagash Avancé - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

156 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 110
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sammy, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

metter98, Jun 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

MasterSki, May 26, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mdfb79, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

oriolesfan4, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

imperialking, May 07, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

corby112, Jan 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

duceswild, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

billab914, Oct 19, 2013
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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.