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Allagash Vrienden - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

139 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 51
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-18-2011 01:47:57 | More by codynevels
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

11-15-2011 18:39:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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patm1986

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 05:57:46 | More by patm1986
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shufon

New York

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 03:48:41 | More by shufon
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 01:43:02 | More by ithinkimasofa
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 00:42:07 | More by JAHMUR
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-14-2011 13:43:30 | More by sideshowe
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-14-2011 11:10:33 | More by TurdFurgison
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

11-14-2011 07:12:13 | More by Jspriest
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DearthVader

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jpmclaug for this growler.

Poured to my Allagash goblet (naturally)

Pours a very pretty glowing blood orange with a thick, creamy pure white head that seems to last forever. The legs left behind on this one are extremely detailed and the best I've seen for the style.

Smell is somewhat weak with sight apricot and a bit of funk on the nose.

Taste is somewhat muffled as well. Belgian yeasts with earthy tones. This are backed by some unripe apricot, and green apple skin.

Mouthfeel is fairly light which makes this very drinkable.

Overall it was slightly above par for me. It was definitely better than the New Belgium version, but still nothing to write home about. Not much tartness to this one even though it's considered a "sour".

Serving type: growler

09-21-2011 07:26:43 | More by DearthVader
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scottfrie

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for hooking it up (and for the glass)!

A: Pours a lightly hazy glowing golden amber with a fluffy light tan head that faded into a thick film leaving a great network of thin lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of lemon, peaches, brett, and a bit of dry hay and earthy saison-esque notes.
T: Follows the nose but I also get notes of tart berries (elderberries?), green apples, oak, and floral notes. The finish is lightly bitter and tart, and the aftertaste is dry and has a tartness akin to fruit skins. There is a good fruity sweetness to the brew throughout.
M: Dry mouthfeel, medium body, and normal soft carbonation.
O: Really solid beer that isn’t too mouth-puckering. Very refreshing actually, with a good fruity, bretty, floral flavor. Thanks again Michael!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:27:33 | More by scottfrie
Allagash Vrienden from Allagash Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.