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Allagash Mattina Rossa | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Mattina RossaAllagash Mattina Rossa
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bendurgin on 08-25-2011

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 375
Photo of Alieniloquium
1.7/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

375 mL bottle. Red body. Smells intensely acidic. Raspberry. Vinegar. And some chemical aromas like plastic and acetone. Tastes of a pretty pleasant raspberry for one brief moment. Then it turns acetic and vinegary. And then it turns chemical. Really sour. Very difficult to drink. At least the fleeting moment of raspberry is decent.

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Photo of Damian
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Date Bottled: Feb. 25, 2015
Served in a tulip

Very nice appearance. The hazy, garnet colored body was topped by a frothy, two-finger tall, off white crown with a pink-ish hue. The head quickly faded to a thin film that lasted throughout the session. Shards of lacing trickled down the glass.

Raspberries dominated in the nose. Fresh, tart raspberries. Slightly sweet. A bit jam-y and almost candy-like. Dry, somewhat powdery yeast notes were apparent as well. Touch of lemon pithiness. Very straightforward yet so good.

The flavor profile was uber tart and acidic. Quite astringent. Raspberries led things off here but were quickly overshadowed by the overwhelming notes of freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon rind. There was an intense white vinegar quality as well. Hint of powdery yeastiness. The beer finished with a dry, slightly oaky quality and even more acidity. Subtle fruity, candy-like notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was crisp and sprightly with an intense, large bubbled effervescence. Light and frothy on the palate.

I usually have an appreciation for most intensely sour and funky wild ales, but this one was far too much for me to handle. Although the raspberries lent a pleasant and refreshing quality to this wild ale, the base beer was so intensely acidic that after every swallow, I felt like the lining of my stomach was slowly being eaten away. If you have a bottle of this, I would suggest drinking it now, as this can only turn more potent in the months and years to come.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. I believe this was brewed in 2008 and then never released due to problems (?). Given to my buddy by some Allagash reps. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: This is a really clear pinkish color. It's very pretty actually. Low carbonation. I think this was one of the knocks on this beer and why it wasn't released. I only got a thin ring of bright white head around the edges of the glass.

S: You get funky barnyard like smells and tart raspberries. There is a touch of biscuity malt in there too, strangely.

T: Lots of tartness on the tip of the tongue. It's not mouth puckering though. Rather pleasant. In the mid palate I did pull some of the fruit. You taste some of those nice raspberry hints. Really dry finish. Similar to a white white or more aptly a rose'.

M: Light to medium bodied, due to some of that maltiness that I smelled and tasted.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery in Portland and brought home in my luggage to Virginia. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

A wild ale, a sour beer, but not pleasing to taste or palate. For others this beer may be a favorite but for me it was just a bit too much. The initial jolt of the first taste bit my tongue off. After that I was just numb. Not a drain pour by any means. This is a blended beer and to me the brewers missed the mark. Maybe a bit more fruit or sweetness to counter the biting sourness. 3.5

A - Beautiful beer. Clear dark rose wine like look or light garnet. White rocky head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. 4.5

S - Lactic with some raspberry in the background. 3.75

T - Lactic sour, raspberry, low sweetness. 3.25

MF - Light bodied, semi-dry, a bit acidic on the palate. 3.75

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish color with a small less than one finger head that disappears quickly. Closer look shows a yellow color around the sides of the beers with read sediment floating in the center 'cone'.

The smell is of acid and oak.

The taste is acetic - sharp sour right in the middle of the roof of the mouth. The oak is mellow in the middle, but the acetic hit returns with a salty finish. I cannot determine how much I like it, but I keep going back to it. I decided to let it warm a bit, but that pronounced the salty back end too much.

The feel is odd and at different times refreshing and over the top, especially when the sour raspberry its, and the salty on the back of the mouth.

Rarely give a higher overall rating that individual pieces, but somehow the whole is better than the distinct parts in this case.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Effervescent carbonation apparent upon pouring. Head quickly dissipating. It is an amber red maroon, yet translucent. Lack of head leads to an overall lack of aroma, though you can get faint hints of farmy funk. Started mostly tart but the jamminess comes out as it warms. Getting mostly raspberries, not so much the strawberries. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good fruited sour. I wish the aroma of the fruit came out more and wish it had a little thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of straightlambic
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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).

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated Feb 2015 served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark golden with hints of red poking through, small off white head

Nose: well, it's sour. Spicy, fresh raspberries, vanilla, no oak character, slightly funky

Taste: crisp and refreshing, a bit vinegary, strong raspberry flavor, very carbonated almost to a fault. A slight sweetness is very hidden but there, a bit of funk from the mixed culture.

Overall: far more sour than I had expected. Nice sour raspberry flavor and tart complexity. I have a few more bottles that I'll sit on for a while.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the EBF. Grabbed a sample of this nearing the end of the night session. A random girl told me that I needed to go try it, so I made my way of the the table for some. The beer poured out as a nice light brown color with some orange hues to it. There wasn't much head on top. The smell of the beer was funkier than the two other brews I tried from Allagash that night. Very sour smelling beer for sure. The taste of the beer was also very tart and sour. The mouthfeel was average I though, moderate carbonation and slightly on the light side. Overall I was impressed enough with this beer that I called a friend of mine up to come grab a sample to try for himself of the beer. Needless to say he was impressed also.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Am I really the only one that took notes on this one at the AHA last night? Such a unique opprotunity to try a beer I can't believe that. Anyhow a little info for some folks. At the AHA Rob Todd said they had some bottles of this that carbonated nicely saying it was something like one out of ten that ended up being a non flat beer. So instead of selling the bottles he shared them with the people who went to this event. Score!

Poured from a bottle into my Allagash chalice. This one pours a muddy dark reddish brown with a fizzy white head that settles down quickly and leaves a little bit of lace.

The aroam is pretty much what one would expect. A strong pressence of raspberries comes through with a sweet beginning and a slightly tart finish. The flavor is much like the aroma. It has a big raspberry flavor starting sweet and finishing slightly tart. The flavor is a bit yeasty, giving it a little bit of a doughy character.

The body is very light and the carbonation is a little bit soft. The finish is dry and a little bit tanic.

Great to have the chance to try this. It really is just another well done Allagash sour. It's too bad most of the bottles didn't work out for them.

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Photo of abagofit
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of the 2015 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a hazy reddish brown body, one finger pinkish head that dropped quickly, no lacing. Smells of raspberry, oak, very minimal rubber, peppercorn, funk. A fair bit of raspberries though it's no Framboos. Flavour is raspberry-forward, oak, nice moderate 5/10 acidity, not too complicated. Mild funk. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink with a mild oaky finish. Overall, a tasty AWA that brings a fair bit of raspberries although not that much else in terms of complexity and finish.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date bottled: 2/25/15.

Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with raspberry, raspberry juice, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry vinaigrette, red wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid but very sour raspberry characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a purplish, pink body with fizzy head that sticks around awhile thanks to great carbonation. Aroma is a mix of both tart (sour) and sweet raspberries with minor barnyard funk. To say that the main flavor is raspberry would be an understatement but this beer is more than just razzies. It balances notes of woodiness (which help smooth beer) along with sweet and sour aspects and touches of funkiness. A dry, crisp finish, sometimes tart and biting and at other times real smooth with sweetness on back of tongue. A slow sipper that is really enjoyable and has a complexity rarely found for this style.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super raspberry forward, but too spritzy to be called "jammy." Pretty nice funky nose, a bit of wet sponge aromatics, but just a tiny bit boring, as if fermented with one strain of Brett rather than the whole gamut of Senne valley microflora. From the description on the bottle, this seems to be the case. Delicious raspberry sour beer but I don't intend to revisit.

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Photo of devilfluff
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It really is like drinking sour raspberries. There is some effect from the barrel that comes through, but they are more in the background. It's an excellent beer, but suffers a little for me due to my dislike of raspberry.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Tim for sharing this at his place on a beerventure through Maine with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a great strawberry hue with a thin halo.

S - Aromas very acidic, vinegar, raspberry seeds.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, raspberry seeds, oak, the acid isn't quite as potent on the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp .

O - Overall this beer was quite sour and tart, nice raspberry notes.

Serving Type: Bottle

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