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Allagash Vrienden - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

140 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 140
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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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-11-2013 13:41:32 | More by DrunkinYogi
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ubufan2112

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-11-2013 01:34:26 | More by ubufan2112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-06-2013 20:04:38 | More by imperialking
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-18-2013 02:01:46 | More by Atomicskis5
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.2%

04-13-2013 21:55:53 | More by Gonzoillini
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bahnfire

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-11-2013 15:32:16 | More by bahnfire
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-17-2013 05:41:40 | More by spycow
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-09-2013 12:09:08 | More by xnicknj
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mrbojangles31

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12-30-2012 02:04:18 | More by mrbojangles31
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

12-25-2012 15:33:51 | More by Patrickbrusil
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-29-2012 05:51:31 | More by smcnulty1981
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-26-2012 19:18:03 | More by ILiveOffHops
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2%

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.

08-23-2012 21:40:58 | More by rudzud
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Pete27lax

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-08-2012 15:36:08 | More by Pete27lax
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Jason_Quad


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-13-2012 15:03:22 | More by Jason_Quad
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ncworster

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-02-2012 01:53:38 | More by ncworster
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-28-2012 12:07:08 | More by ohtheguilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

06-27-2012 18:44:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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Nuggethops

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-03-2012 17:03:05 | More by Nuggethops
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-28-2012 00:02:00 | More by polishkaz
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-22-2012 05:12:22 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

03-22-2012 05:05:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-21-2012 23:54:26 | More by thepeter
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-09-2012 02:32:51 | More by brez8791
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-05-2012 02:27:00 | More by jsilva
Allagash Vrienden from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.