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Allagash Golden Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 315
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 24
Gots: 77 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013

Golden Brett is a dark golden colored beer, brewed with Victory, 2-Row and Red Wheat malt. It was lightly hopped with a blend of Northern Brewer and Simcoe hops. The beer started it's primary fermentation in a stainless tank and finished fermentation in a 800 gallon oak foudre. The finished beer has fruity nose and flavors of citrus, apricot and bread crust. The mild tartness of the beer gives way to a long, clean finish.
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled on 1 July 2015.
4.5/4.75/5/4.5/4.75
Pours golden (aptly named) with the faintest haze and two fingers of dense, creamy head. Good retention and and noticeable effervescence.
It smells fantastic! Deep stonefruit, beautiful Brett, light funk, hint of citrus peel. Floral and entrancing. I could smell this forever.
Oh my god. It's perfect. Lusciously fruity -- apricot and honey -- with a wonderfully rounded citric acidity to balance the dulcet sweetness. The yeast is spot on, and the grain base is wheaty and lovely.
Mouthfeel is full, verging on sticky. But the carbonation is light and pleasantly prickly.
If it were just a smidgen less sweet, this could well be the best example of the style I've ever tasted. As is, I think it trumps every RR beer (save perhaps the mega-aged Temptation magnum). Point is, Golden Brett is magnificent. Try one.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml poured into a wine glass. Looks awesome, light orange with a thin white head.

I'll just say that from the "pop" my kitchen was filled with awesome fruit bouquet and I already knew "I'll buy a couple more of these for sure" which is not something I immediately think, even if I really like something. Really awesome fruit, little bit of oak toast, and tinge of funk. I love champagnes and this has a lot of aromas I'd associate with a non-vintage champagne.

Taste is pretty mild all things considered with how awesome it smells and feels. Not in a bad way, but it's par for where I am now at tasting this one.

Tons of overlap with champagne, especially while chilled. Stone fruit, apple, citrus. Awesome.

Great carbonation, little bit of funk. Again, lot of champagne overlap. A little bit of woody tannin.

I'm immediately thinking of purchasing more of this. Truly awesome.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This beer poured a clear golden color. The nose was slightly tart smelling, a little bit of funk detectable in the background. This is one mild wild ale. It was lightly tart with some definite residual sweetness and a super dry aftertaste. Another excellent of Allagash busting into the world of brett and will yeast.

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Photo of rjp217
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much going on with this beer. Beautiful golden color, big initial carb. Tones down with some slight hoppiness, big time apricot and tropical flavors. Brett is well balanced but not overly aggressive. Mild oak and minimal acidity. Great beer

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, 6 months from bottle date

Appearance- Pours a golden, deep yellow color, brilliant transparency w/ fast rising carbonation bubbles. Fizzy and pillowy, finger thick, white colored head, lasts and lasts. Moderate head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Bursting with fruity aromas, pineapple, lemon, lime, peaches, apricots, orange zest. Creamy oak notes, grainy, bready pie crust. Funky, slightly sour yeast notes, grassy hay, spice, and clove.

Taste- Bready malts, creamy pie crust, lemon, vanilla and oak. Zesty citrus notes, sweeter pineapple and apricots. Earthy, grassy notes, mild lemon-lime tartness, funky hay.

Feel- Medium feel, creamy and smooth. Carbonation slightly higher and provides a refreshing and palate cleansing quality.

Overall- Well blended flavors and great balance. Fruitiness in the aroma dials back a bit in the taste, and blends seemlessly with bready malts. Malts and mild tartness create a lemon, vanilla type quality, very creamy and dessert like, rounded out by a nice touch of oak. Brett yeast adds wonderfuly nuanced, complex flavors of hay, grass, earthy spice, and clove. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color capped by an impressive head; plenty of lacing, too

Smell: Tropical fruit, lemon and funky Brett tones

Taste: A touch of fruit and bread and then the acetic tartness builds, adding funk and grassy tones, in the middle; the finish is dry and funky

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Allagash is a master when it comes to this type of beer and this one is no exception

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dusty Brett. Slight sour citrus tart quality. So slight. Smell is pineapple, green apple, cara cara orange. Taste follows but dirtier, dustier, funkier. Big prickly carb which is a bit much. Overall incredible beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Great looking beer. Huge head that sticks around. Intense, crystal clear goldenrod color. A huge Brett presence is pervasive on the nose. Tickling, in fact. Allagash certainly knows how to do it right. Flavor follows suit. Brett is apparent with notes of straw, pineapple, plastic, wood and cobweb funk. Feel is perfect. Sticky, dry and aggressive all at the same time. Like a funky champagne.

Sure, its not sour, but in the Wild Ale style, I've really started to appreciate a well made Brett based beer that's more funky than tart. This certainly delivers on that front and if you want an example of the "other" Wild Ale, this is well worth giving a try.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a full fluffy orange tinted head. Great lacing. Smell is a wonderful mix of pineapple and orchard fruit. Specifically pear. Slight leathery funk, but subdued funkiness.

Taste is just as complex with the same pineapple and pear interplay. The oak becomes more present with some sweeter notes. Wheat come through with a nice bite. Sourness is certainly there, but doesn't overwhelm and complements the fruit flavors from the yeast.

Wonderful complex beer. Great American sour.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into glass

Hazy unfiltered golden orange appearance similar to the fruity DIPA's I love. Love the smell and taste of this one! Citrus and lemongrass all the way.
Light and refreshing yet elegant and flavorful.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Mostly clear golden with a horde of rising bubbles. Big foamy white head and thick lacing.
smell: Funky citrus with a touch of something that recalls a fine tangy cheese. Not educated enough there to describe in more detail, but there you have it.
taste: Tropical fruits with the brett funk a little more in the backseat relative to the nose. A nice bloom of fruit in the mostly dry finish.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (July 1 2015) opened with an impressive 'pop', poured into a sommelier glass. Lots of carbonation, generous head fades after 5 minutes. True to name this is a rich golden color, with slight haze. Smell is very intriguingly fruity: apricot, grape, even a bit of strawberry, which is balanced out by oak and the usual brett characteristics: funk and hay. The taste is initially sweet: fruity, grapes, strawberry, oak. As others note, the brett follows to give a funky tartness that ends impressively dry. Its got great balance that is impressively delicate. Light to moderate mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.

I really enjoyed this: Allagash has this down and continues to impress. I've seen more on the shelf and I'm heading out to grab another.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured cold. Cloudy gold with white spotty clouds. Smells of funked barnyard, peaches, dirt. Taste follows the nose with a phenomenal tart citrus and funkiness. The feel might be the best part with spot on rushing small bubble carb. Overall love allagash and I enjoy this one more than midnight Brett.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills an Offero glass with almost clear golden amber (SRM 6-7). Two fingers of foamy white head slowly and graciously condenses, leaving behind patchy lace.

This smells like autumn harvest with sweet brettanomyces, apple cider, and wet leaves. Lots of lime with some lemon and perhaps even Play-Doh can be found with warmth.

This offering is quite tart and acidic. Lime is most prominent, followed by green apple and Asian pear. Eventually one finds faint notes of subtle kiwi. Bitterness is present, but a secondary player. The finish is short with a bitter, tart edge. Warmth brings out earthy tones and white wine.

The medium body and sticky texture compliment abundant prickly carbonation. There is a slight metallic edge.

This beer is very refreshing and soothing and can be enjoyed while relaxing with friends and casual conversation. I enjoyed it on a cool September day as the sky grew dark and a soft rain drifted in.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle sealed with C&C.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on July 1, 2015.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with massive bone white head. The head is light and pillowy made of lots of tiny dense bubbles. Long lived head with great staying power. As the head recedes it leaves behind lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bright, citrusy, light tartness, fruity brett, hint of bready malts, light spicy note.

Taste: Light bitterness, light tartness, and a mellow lingering earthy note. A nice mix of light citrus, pear, and peach. Pretty big oak presence in this beer as well. Yeast is fruity, earthy, light Allagash signature funk, and slightly spicy like white pepper. A nice mineral quality about the beer as well that reminds you of well water. Finishes with granny smith green apples, white grape, and crusty bread.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of a medium bodied beer with low moderate carbonation level. Nice level of dryness from this beer, just slightly over semidry finish. Very drinkable; crisp and clean.

Overall: You can look at this beer as a saison that is on the more acidic side or a wild ale that is extremely mellow. Either way this is a fantastic use of brett. Allagash continues to impress. Can this brewery make a bad beer in the 375ml format beers? It is becoming fairly doubtful to me at this point.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/27/13 notes. Have had this one several times at different BA fests over the years, always liked it. Had on tap at Beer Authority in NYC, 14 oz pour served in a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat murky, bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sugar and fruity pebbles, brett, earthy notes, oranges, citrus, floral hops, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Awesome nose; tons of fruit and brett. I love it.

t - Tastes of toprical fruits, fruity malts, pineapples, sugar, brett, oranges, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral and earthy notes, and some toasted notes. Taste has more brett and orange than the nose and less tropical fruits. Very good, though I like the nose a bit better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I like this one a lot; it is sweet and fruity, but there is a lot of brett and tropical notes to it too that are great. Love this one, hoping they continue to make more of it.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

Appearance: Cloudy golden rod, huge rocky head.

Appearance/Flavor: Huge tropical, and berry/stone fruit brett character.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, and effervescent.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a huge white fluffy head, fades at a wicked slow pace and leaves tons of lacing on the glass, and by tons of lacing I mean lacing so thick that it's thicker than the head of some beer.

Smell has a nice sour tart whiff, very citrusy and lemony on the nose with only a slight funk.

Taste starts out first with a lemon citrus bite, the sourness is medium without being too harsh, lightly funky, the citrus is the star, medium-high carbonation keeps things light and refreshing, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Budlum
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is awesome with a golden straw body showing loads of carbonation and topped with 3 inches of foamy white head. The nose is straight funky sour with tart fruits and some grassy smells. The flavor do not disappoint presenting pears, apples, yeasty funk, buttered bread, and loads of coriander. Mouthfeel is stunningly dry yet remains pleasant to drink thanks to more than adequate body for a wild ale. These small format beers from Allagash are always excellent aside from the price.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Local Option. Got the last pour, as the keg blew about two-thirds through my glass. Served in a tulip.

A - As expected, there was giant foam. Excellent retention, thick cap, and tons of splotchy lace top a transparent golden body.

S - Aroma is terrific: a mixture of tropical fruit, with pineapple and guava, sweat and musky funk, and a sweet tart tanginess to it. Really delicious, complex, and balanced.

T - The taste unfortunately doesn't match the aroma; more yeasty and doughy, with a vague plastic note to it. There's some peach and grape skin flavor, with a bit of sour lemon in the finish. Not as funky, and with an oddly medicinal brett flavor that I don't totally love.

M - The fill resulted in lower carbonation, but I'm guessing earlier pours had a touch more spritz to them. Medium body, soft texture, and no obvious alcohol.

D - The aroma was killer, but the taste had some flavors I didn't totally enjoy. Still, on the whole this was a pretty tasty beer; it's a shame I didn't get a full pour. Hopefully Allagash makes this again, as it's a very nice brett beer.

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Photo of meson13
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- opaque orange with a sudsy head.
S- granny smiths, pears, lemon, some light breadyness.
T- all the aspects of the nose are present in the flavor, plus some banana, green grapes, hay and light vanilla. horse blanket and musty basement specially as it warms. light grain. all of this accompanied by a pleasent tartness
F- light with heavy carb.
O- could drink this all day, in like a meadow, at a picknick full of good cheese, with a hot chick. anyways, not the most exciting beer but it wasnt sposed to be. good shit

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Photo of bluehende
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly sour and a great fruit nose and taste. Very good beer and would be good for an introduction to sours. The color is absolutely beautiful also.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden, mostly clear beer. Head is bright white, nicely large at first, fading into a dense 1/4" ring with stringy lace all around. Aroma is softly sweet with a bit of lemon meringue, gummy bears, and fruity tartness. A little bark woodiness, berries, and bubble gum. Flavors are dry, musky, fruity, woody, and tart. Miscellaneous fruit and citrus rind. Great texture and fun to drink.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a rich golden color with a nice white head. mild tart aroma on the nose. taste is a very mild tartness with a good apple sweetness to it. not very sour. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall. this is a pretty good beer. I had it directly after the midnight brett, and the midnight was the clear winner. not to diminish this one though, as its also very quality..

UPDATE 2014 batch is much better... more sour...bumping up rating accordingly.

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Photo of cvm4
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 1, 2015

L - Pours a clear golden body with hints of amber. The eggshell head is two fingers and has great retention.

S - Big funky brett aroma on the nose that gives way to an awesome burst of citrus then an oak background.

T - Oak and funk in the beginning that transitions into citrus and lemon peel then has a citrus tart and somewhat bitter finish.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O - A lovely beer that is complex and simple at the same time.

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Allagash Golden Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.