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Allagash Vrienden - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 50
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Vrienden is a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, CO and was brewed in July of 2010. Brewmaster Peter Bouckart worked with us to come up with a recipe to be brewed both at their facility and at ours, with subtle differences in each. Both beers used the same base recipe. The Vrienden- Fort Collins version was brewed with belgian endive and hibiscus flower. The Vrienden- Portland version was brewed with dandelion greens and elderberries. Peter then came to Allagash to assist with the brew itself and, a few weeks later, Jason and Rob went there to help with their brew. The beers were fermented using a blend of New Belgium's Lactobacillus strain and the Allagash Brettanomyces strain.

The resulting beer is mildly tart, fruity and slightly hoppy.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-15-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Zbyler, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

thegerm87, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrunkinYogi, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ubufan2112, May 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

imperialking, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Atomicskis5, Apr 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

bahnfire, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

xnicknj, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mrbojangles31, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

smcnulty1981, Aug 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ILiveOffHops, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into an Allagash tulip a clear dark golden copper hue with a nice creamy one finger dense head that left sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Aromas of light barrel and vinegar. That's kinda it.

T - Taste brings out nice barrel, good vinegar and light vanilla. Tart fruit skins, lightly sweet and floral.

M - Mouthfeel is super good for a higher ABV, incredibly drinkable and lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a tasty brew from Allagash super sessionable. The nose is a bit lacking but other that that this is a nice offering.

rudzud, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Pete27lax, Aug 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Jason_Quad, Jul 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

ncworster, Jul 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ohtheguilt, Jun 28, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub for their 15th anniversary week. A delicious beer, wonderful that I got a chance to try some. Pours a dark orange with excellent clarity and some very nice lacing. Smells nicely sour without being overly acetic. Nice background notes of stone fruit. Fairly zingy and delicious flavors of bright citrus and apricot, with the faintest metallic twang. Dry and nicely sour. Not as complex as some, but very balanced and tasty.

Georgiabeer, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Nuggethops, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

polishkaz, Mar 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Mar 22, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour/tart fruits, herbs, and some slight floral aromas. Taste is very much the same with a very nice tart finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good and tasty wild ale and I like this Allagash version much better than the New Belgium one.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy and pretty nice head clinging to the glass. Light in color, Aroma of lemon zest, floural, earth and funk. Tastes similar very light and not too strongly flavored. An easy sour beer that has toned down elements of funk and osur, without much if any barnyard. Very soft and light on the palate. Overall a very nice beer that I am glad to have tried, alcohol was very well hidden and I liked how easy it was to drink and enjoy.

thepeter, Mar 21, 2012
Allagash Vrienden from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.