Allagash Mattina Rossa - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 83
Gots: 90 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bendurgin on 08-25-2011

Mattina Rossa is a beer that was a long time in the making. It was brewed in August of 2008 with a base of 2-Row malt and 440 lbs of local raspberries in the mash. It was then conservatively hopped with Tettanang, German Tradition and Saaz and fermented with our house yeast strain. Shortly after primary fermentation, the beer was racked into eleven red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces "Allagensis". After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of local raspberries in five of the barrels. The beer continued to age for an additional year, at which time the barrels were blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk.
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Photo of siege06nd
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a nice surprise...

A. Pours a deep, lush amber. The head is tight, consistent, and thick at a finger. It subsides to a quarter finger sheen on the top of the brew. Lacing is gorgeous. It coats the sides of the glass and leaves soapy gobs behind. Pretty beer.

S. Delightful bouquet of tart raspberry, lemon chiffon, and dark cherries. Excellent barnyard on the back end with hay, lavender, and funk. World class.

T. Ripe stone fruit, raspberry, cherry, lemon pucker. Nice herbal, grassy funk. Dry acidity from the wine barrels balanced with playful fruitiness. Slightly light in body, could use just a little more structure. Excellent all the same.

M. Pronounced pucker, fruity, and relatively light. Nice funk and barnyard. Does not linger on the palate too aggressively. Very good.

O. I found this very enjoyable and impeccably crafted. For those who enjoy their Wilds on the markedly sour side, this fits the bill. However, it's hardly one note, with great fruit complexity that spans citrus to stone fruits. The finish is biscuity and funky, just absolutely delicious. I am used to Allagash producing excellent sours, but this is one of the best I've seen hit shelves.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a sampling glass at EBF 2012.

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a small white head. Nose is fruity and tart, really nice.

More tart than many of the other Allagash offerings, the fruit comes through really nicely though. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit chewy.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottled poured into snifter

A: beautiful red hue just makes you think of berries if you do not pour the entire bottle it has great clarity.

S: Raspberries, strawberries lots of oak tannens and vinegar

T: bracingly sour with a lot of tart berry that is awash with vinegar you can taste a bit of the oak barrel

M: effervescent and full it makes you feel like you have an entire mouth full with just a sip

O: This is a great beer if you like sours I'm still not crazy about them but I can appreciate that this is a very well done one.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour cherry, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour cherry, funk, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really glad that this one turned up at Brewvival if I am honest. They were pouring these from the bottle, but I have a feeling they went fairly quickly. This was the first brew I made a break for upon opening the gates. A really well done American Wild Ale that had all the right components going on to keep it interesting and also not overpower the palate to make it unpleasant. I suggest you try this as well if you get the opportunity.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 375 mL bottle. At Max's via Allagash reps.

A: The ale pours a brown color, thick and opaque, with a reddish tone to it. The pour, from a freshly opened bottle, generated a small head, white, that quickly whittled down.

S: Tartness, the wild yeast has ramped up the citric aromas, lemony and sharp. Sweet raspberries cut into the sourness, matching the sour cherry flavors of the barrel. Very acidic and acetic.

T: Sweet vinegar, a mild acetic kick, leads off, bringing the sourness to the fore. Lemony citric acid follows, building the pucker factor. While not as sour as many wild ales, it doesn't go light on that front. Sweet raspberries and sour cherries (thank you wood and yeast) provide a diversionary fruit interlude. The sourness returns in the finish, building the pucker and dryness factors. And that finish, boy is it dry.

M: So I was told that undercarbonation was why this wasn't released. That's the world's loss then because this wild ale is very good. Lucky for me, I was with non-sourheads, leaving the glass for me and me alone.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep cherry red, a hint of glow to the body as well and some dark grapefruit orange on the edges. Faint snapping pink head but a solid looking collar while it settles and sticks around.

Fantastic aroma. Deep notes of tart raspberry and cherry notes. Tea like herbality and large funk and spicy quality. Mild sense of floral and potpourri like qualities, pure garden roses. Real wonderfull nose, sharp, slightly peppery but just real bold and unique in floral and fruit. Fantastic.

Palate makes some great appearance, with lighter touches, lighter depth, but manages to still bring the goods. Juiced light body, if slightly wet but enough depth to bring the flavors forward and coat the palate nicely. Large peppery raspberry and dry funk notes in the middle palate, washes light and clean, but aftertaste bursts in tartness and funk pepper heat. Good mild sweet tartness all around as well finishing nicely with excellent mix and balance.

Just a little bit more body and this brew goes into some real special territory. Still makes a very memorable and delicious beer.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: murky reddish-peach. Substantial off white head on the pour that mostly recedes. Leave thick swaths of lacing that quickly recede.
smell: Civilized funk. Rich fruit. Restrained tartness, a little earthy quality.
taste: Raspberry. Tart and sour without being over the top. Mostly dry. A sharp almost spicy tartness lingers in the finish with a hint of bitter.
overall: Really something else.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Date Bottled: Feb. 25, 2015

A- Pours a slightly murky ruby red color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Has that Lambic-style fruit funk to it that's almost medicinal but lovely. Very raspberry forward with some cherry and strawberry notes as well.

T- Intense raspberry and funk with a big shot of sour. Raspberry jam aftertaste.

M- Has that stinging sourness rather than the puckering or numbing variety. Also somewhat syrupy yet very dry in the afterfeel with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Great stuff but, to be completely honest, I was looking for a bit more funk and complexity. This is just straight raspberry and big sourness, which is fine, but I like the more barnyard-y sours like Tiarna better.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly light and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a beautiful rose color that clear. The beer looks very nice and the hue gives it a certain beauty and reminds me of a rose.

The beer smell is interesting and a bit more complex than your standard wild ale. The smell has the strong tarty raspberry notes but also has some weaker, more subtle smells as well. One of these notes is a little bit of vanilla and oak that work well with the raspberry. The most difficult notes are the hops and the malts. The malts come in at the end of the beer in a biscuit note while the hops are present but are so earthy that it mixes with the raspberry and gets lost.

The taste is as nuanced as the smell. In addition to the raspberry tart note, the beer has a much stronger hop and malt note. The malt note comes off as biscuity and present through the drink while the hops are more noticeable and complement the raspberry instead of getting lost.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation definitely makes this beer pretty pleasant to drink.

Overall, a pretty good beer and wild ale. I like how the complexity is subtle and not too over the top. Recommend.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken during GABF 2011.

Photo of straightlambic
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate level of diacetyl I just can't get past. But maybe I'm just crazy as not seeing anyone else say anything about it. Other than that, would have been pretty solid (4.35ish).

Photo of Cadebro
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish orange with the slightest white head.

S - Smells of raspberry and biscuit.

T - Sour, tart and raspberry. It reminds me off a very mellow and well aged balsamic vinegar, in a good way. After tasting so many mediocre beers at the Maine Brewers Festival this one stood out and gave my palate a rest.

M - Light bodied and carbonated, finishes dry and leaves the mouth puckered.

O - I feel lucky to have tried this ale. Very unique.

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kimboss for sharing this last night. Full notes taken to phone when out of service area.

A- 375ml bottle poured at the campsite to four glasses with a cloudy pink red body. Foamy white head over two fingers with fairly good retention. Rare spotty lace.

S- Tartness is the theme with lactobacillus and fruits contributing to that. Massive raspberry, lemon juice, a bit of horsey musty funk and oak.

T- As in the aroma I find it to be somewhat focused and straightforward on the berries and bacteria. Funky lemon lactic sours, vinous pale fruits, massive fresh raspberry, slight wet oak, hint of acetic and sour apple.

MF- Very dried down light end body with a slickness before the high sours kick in. Moderately carbonated with a fizzy frothy consistency and cheeks puckering.

Raspberry and lactic acid pungency in both the aroma and flavor. A bit funky but not overly so as the berries shine with sours.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perks of volunteering... got to get a nice pour of this at Beervana Fest before the crowds descended on Allagash table.

Pours with a semi clear amber orange color, creamy head with a bit of lacing.

Nose has some light sour malt, light tart fruit, plenty of raspberry, and I even get a bit of sour blueberry and cherry like aromas, slight hint of sweet malt underneath.

Taste brings right to sour tart fruit, sour mash, dry bready funk, bright tart berry with tons of raspberry and other berry like flavors, bit of sour cherry, flemmy, and a bit acidic. Long tart fruit finish and flemmy.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb, bit of acid tingle, and flemmy sticky finish.

Overall really nice, great fruit flavors and aromas, nice sour and tartness, some bready dry funk, bit acidic but not overly, and quite flemmy which is not my fav part but is typical in the style.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an earthy blood orange color. a two finger or so off white head with good retention and leaving behind a fairly strong lacing. hazy and opaque but the light gives a more vibrant deep citrus color.

Smell: oak, vinegar, acid and a strong jammy fruitiness. I'd say its identifiable as a raspberry. some apparent funk

Taste: opens up with fruit. raspberries are evident but it comes through in a slightly weird way. since i know it was brewed with and then aged on i'd attributed to that but it brings a out a new complexity that is neither better or worse. lemon juice, vinegar, oak, some funk.

Mouthfeel: strong acidity and tartness. some funkiness. not very refreshing. and slightly heartburning.

Overall: the first few beers from allagash I wasn't a big fan of and I thought this one would change my mind, between the high ratings and mouthwatering description. This one falls short for me as well. the fruit flavor is just a bit too strange for me. I'd like a fresher fruit feel and less acid. I like the sours to be somewhat refreshing.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle with that classy and old school paper label.

bottled on date 02/25/2015

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque yet light rosy red bodied beer with pink hue. A bone white colored head with a moderate pour that creates a 3 fingers tall head that is large and billowing. Head quickly dissipates into a thick cap that sticks around for most of the drink. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: No surprise here this is a raspberry bomb in the aromatics department. Juicy and room filling authentic raspberry. It is slightly jammy and slightly acid in the nose. Nice little hint of Allagash house funk and oak barrel.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, except the raspberries aren't quite as huge as nose would suggest. Leaning towards a balanced sour with raspberries and a nice sourness without being a raspberry bomb. Jammy raspberries, cherry lemonade, cranberries, minerals, earthy, and a light funk presence. Maybe some wine barrel tannins and some spiciness as well. This sits at around a 5.5 out of 10 on the sourness scale. Super balanced sour with a superb lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice dryness in the finish as well. Up to pair with all the Coolship brews that I have tried from Allagash. Nice level of sourness, it is mouthwatering no doubt.

Overall: I feel confident with saying that this is on the same tier as the Allagash Coolship sours that I eluded to earlier in my review. Very enjoyable sour by Allagash for sure! As always Allagash is showing some high level proficiency and great finesse with another great sour beer in 375ml format.

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a dark rich red color.

The aroma hits of fresh raspberry juice, and preserves, but not as intense as jam, tart, a touch of oak.

The flavor hits of lemon and green apple tart, lots of raspberry flavor, a touch of the seeds that offer bitterness. A dry finish. A bit of crackery malt. The mouthfeel is medium to medium minus.

Almost like an "Atrial-lite," a truly phenomenal sour from Allagash. World class.

Photo of chIAhawks89
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of sours but this one really was amazing. Perfect raspberry taste.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Gary, been wanting to check this out for a while. Enjoyed from an allagash flute. Color is a brown with some cherry chestnut highlights, head is creamy pink. Spotty lace. Looks authentic Belgian. Nose is a bready raspberry, the oak comes through quite a bit on the nose as well. Taste is a raspberry explosion. On the tart side of the spectrum with subtle plastic on the finish. Fairly dry, but tasty...reminds of fresh raspberry juice. This should get awesome over time...tastes young.

Photo of Cherries
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top beers of all time. Perfect for style. Incredible balance of tartness and sweetness. Red color was beautiful. Symphonic combination of flavors. Wish it could be made again. Keep an eye out for other coolship releases by Allagash such as the Cerise this week.

Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some campfire notes. Thanks to Kim for sharing this. Feb. 2015 bottling.

Light reddish-orange pour with an off-white head. Lots of raspberry dominating for sure, a good mix of tart+sweet, big lacto, brett, oak, vanilla cream, bread, lemon, acidity. Decent sourness and well-carbonated. A pretty solid raspberry sour that brings fruit pie and sour funk, I thought it was a bit on the simplistic side though.

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Silver medal winner at World Beer Cup 2012 in Category 18: American-Style Sour Ale (14 Entries).

A: Light pinkish peach in color with a small pink head. Great color.

S: Big raspberry nose, reminiscent of raspberry lemonade. Hmmm, both the gold and silver in this category have the lemonade thing going on. Interesting. Sugary sweet with oak and lactic notes. Smells great.

T: Tart and sweet simultaneously with an expressive raspberry flavor that brings to mind seeds and flesh. I'm loving the sweet and tart combination. There's a hint of cherry with notes of pink lemonade and leather. The finish is piquant and sweet fruit but ultimately finishes dry with light citric and acetic notes.

M: Light body with low carbonation.

Overall: I remember hearing about this beer a while ago and then heard nothing of its release. I'm not sure what happened with it, but I'm glad I was finally able to try it as I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Bottled on 25-Feb-15
- 375mL bottle poured into Anchorage Teku on 14-Jun-15

One of the best colors I've seen in a sour. Sooo much raspberries in both nose and taste. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy. Too much acetone for my liking; wish it was more dry. Still enjoyed it; just couldn't drink too much of it.

Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Tart raspberry

Taste: Taste follows smell, with a tart raspberry character that builds to a nice tart finish, though there is plenty of balancing fruit

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Really an astounding beer - loved the balance between the fruit and the tart flavors

Photo of abagofit
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous raspberry color with slightly orange hue, little to no head with minimal lacing

S: Subtle raspberry, tartness evident

T: Acidic, a little to much for my liking. Great tartness without being overbearing. Less raspberry flavor than I expected, but still present.

F: Not as refreshing as I hoped, sticky, heartburn inducing

O: Was slightly disappointed with this beer, was expecting a slightly more balanced beer like Nancy.

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Allagash Mattina Rossa from Allagash Brewing Company
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