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Allagash Vrienden - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

140 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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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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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

Light copper pour; off white fluffy head with sticky lacing

Slight mettalic and vegetal nose. Saison esters, lemony. A little dirty.

Light berry and saison flavor. Light tartness and lemony. A little bit of a leafy broccoli flavor probably from the dandelion greens. This was much better than the New Belgium version. Decent but not great.

03-02-2012 20:21:13 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Had this on 2011-12-03 in Paoli, PA at TJ's (from tasting notes)

A - Mostly-clear amber with no head.

S - Candied orange, tea leaves and mint. Smells very nice.

T - Lots of wild yeast, funk, elderberry citrus, leafy, straw, dry.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Mildly syrupy.

O - Nice but there are other sours I like a lot more.

Notes: Made with dandelion leaves and elderberries.

03-02-2012 13:57:39 | More by Tucquan
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-12-2012 03:32:33 | More by rab53
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-09-2012 05:21:41 | More by hoppymcgee
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beef13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-27-2012 15:08:13 | More by beef13
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-18-2012 16:39:13 | More by DSlim71
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

a: hazy, translucent, and golden. some head, disappeared quickly and loudly.

s: tropical fruits are present, bright spice notes as well.

t: I'm getting a decent amount of sweetness out of this one and I'm assuming it's from the elderberries. bitterness is not pronounced but it is definitely present. tart but not overly sour.

m: the finish can become dry and as I drink it I can taste some alcohol lingering but I don't mind.

o: a very enjoyable wild ale from Allagash. wish this was in a larger format.

01-16-2012 04:24:38 | More by jlenik
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-14-2012 00:42:45 | More by mbs11
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-13-2012 22:41:02 | More by djrn2
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

This bottle has been in my cellar since the day it was released at the Allagash Brewery. I'm serving it in an Allagash flute at a chilly temperature.

The beer has a very light copper color; it's nearly tan. There is a great number of tiny bubbles rising within the beer. A rather large white foam head rests on top. It has settled some—leaving behind a few rings of foamy lace—but it still over a finger in thickness.

Vrienden has a grassy farmhouse funk aroma. I believe some of the grassiness comes from the hops, but I imagine that at least a portion is from the dandelion greens added to the brew. The funkiness is mild, but prevalent enough to let you know that you are in for a beer that lives on the wild side.

This beer comes across as very tart. Lots of grass and floral flavors are tasted first. Powdered sugar sweetness comes in next, but it is quickly overshadowed but the tart flavors. The tartness has a slight citrus quality to it (like a lemon), but there isn't any of the grapefruit flavors you find in some hoppy beers. It provides a welcome fruitiness to the beer without making it taste like a fruit beer.

This beer has a fuller body and plenty of carbonation—the bottle opened with a resounding POP. A touch of stickiness is left on the lips; the coating left within my mouth is also sticky. It is a thin coat and is holds onto some of the tart flavors. Some puckering is felt by the beer; but as a drink more of it, the physical reaction grows less strong with each sip.

This is another impressive wild ale from Allagash. I'm a little sad that I only have one bottle of this left, but I bet there are still a few kegs of Vrienden sitting in the brewery. I would certainly order a glass if I saw it offered.

01-01-2012 02:13:03 | More by ToasterChef
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jt0818

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-26-2011 23:42:36 | More by jt0818
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MaineMike

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-18-2011 00:30:24 | More by MaineMike
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

375ml brown bottle, no freshness date needed as this one will probably be good to drink for a while.

LOOK: Bright orange hue, pasty lacing ... looks inviting.

SMELL: Grassy, vegtal, tart, marmalade, musty cellar, herbal, woody, mint, esters, lemon zest

TASTE: Smooth, dry, tart, lemon pith, vegtal, medicinal, dried grass, chalky yeast, musty, funk, faint barn yard, sweet onion, sour berries, dry finish

Really out there, smacks the palate with tartness. If not for the dry character it would not be so drinkable. A sipper still, glad I did not subject myself to getting this in growler form as that was not the brewers intent. I'm thinking this one will start to peak in about a year but I'm satisfied with opening it now.

12-16-2011 04:52:24 | More by Jason
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

A - Poured aggressively, super clear copper decent half finger of off white head, dissipates pretty quickly, little to no lacing. Looks like a light 9.3%

S - Smells kind of bready and sweet with caramel up front, not at all what I was expecting. Tart fruity/funkiness and acidity come into play. Brett, apricot and lemon.

T - Some mild fruity tartness, caramel and slight hint of earthy hops as it sits on my pallet. Once swallowed the tart fruity qualities and Brett take over. Little dry at the finish, really digging the aftertaste

M - Pretty light bodied, kind of lacking in carbonation but fits the body appropriately.

O - Drinkable & refreshing wild ale. Alcohol undetectable, pretty tasty for sure, a nice tolerable amount of funk (not a huge wild ale guy). If I was going to drink a funk brew I'd definitely come back to this.

12-16-2011 01:00:57 | More by MacQ32
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THECPJ

Delaware

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-14-2011 17:20:43 | More by THECPJ
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daryk77

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-05-2011 22:40:32 | More by daryk77
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stevefinny

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-04-2011 03:30:54 | More by stevefinny
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a clear orange red color with a small white head along with some thin lacing. Nose is fairly tame and mellow, wish I could say more.

Taste is very well balanced. Not too sour but it is tart and fruity. With rich carbonation and a crisp finish that's got an odd vegital flavor.

11-30-2011 23:32:56 | More by kingcrowing
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-27-2011 22:00:09 | More by Diomede
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-24-2011 14:45:35 | More by deapokid
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Pamola

Vermont

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-22-2011 16:22:36 | More by Pamola
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-21-2011 01:22:56 | More by HopStoopid120
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-20-2011 01:29:21 | More by PEIhop
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-19-2011 03:23:40 | More by DoctorB2B
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-18-2011 12:47:16 | More by nathanjohnson
Allagash Vrienden from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.