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Allagash Golden Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 274
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 25.12%
Wants: 22
Gots: 67 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

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 +15.1%
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.
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 +12.4%
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 +10%
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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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 Jovial_Libations
4.39/5  rDev +5%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.7%
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 Andrew041180
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is a beautiful beer - poured slowly into my Tree House Brewing tulip. The color is dark golden orange. There is a massive amount of carbonation that produces a consistent head of tiny white bubbles. Head retention is excellent, and splotches of white lace cling to the glass.

S - Mostly a citric acid type smell. Also seems a bit floral. Low key aroma, but penetrating.

T - Follows the nose and description. It's a vaguely citric flavor, but difficult to pinpoint a single, or even variety of fruits. I don't taste the funkiness that others describe. Instead I get a mildly acidic tartness. Not a huge pucker factor, although this element grows a little as the beer warms.

M - On the light side in terms of body, with huge carbonation presence. The tingle from the carbonations works great in conjunction with the acidic nature of this beer. The finish is clean and mildly dry. While the finish is clean, it is lasting.

O - This was a treat, both in that it was an excellent beer and that the price was significantly higher than I've ever paid. Probably the most expensive beer I've ever purchased given the 375 mL bottle. I'm happy with this birthday present to myself, and continue to love Allagash beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

as far as i know this is only available on tap at the source, but its only id like to see proliferate, its fantastic and unique. pouring a surprisingly clear sunshine color with a limited but lacey white head, this beer smells like generous brett. funky and tart, piquant might describe it best, a little acidic, lemons and limes, great great nose. the malt is nonexistent in the flavor, and all i can taste are bittering hops and crazy yeast. its a Belgian gone wild, the brett has really expanded the flavors, with new fruits like pears and green apples being picked up, as well as a farmy hay or straw grassy vibe. complex and drinkable, this has a very well hidden alcohol strength. the coolest part is that the beer is free at allagash. they could charge whatever they want for this and i would still buy it, and they just give it away. just brilliant stuff!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden amber, slightly hazy, with a two inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells incredibly distinctively Brett-y. Chalky citrus, barnyard, sweaty funk, and hay.

This is essentially a vehicle for what Brett can do for a beer, the yeast completely and utterly dominates. It's sweaty, dirty, and funky, but in the best way. I get a nice chalky, citrusy, sweet tart like flavor, and a bit of hay and grass, that might be from hops, or just might be also from the yeast. It's not sour, really at all, but it's got a nice juicy tartness that I quite enjoy.

This is medium bodied, with a tart and crisp mouthfeel, fairly juicy. It's very drinkable, despite the interesting and out-there flavors from the Brett.

I think I like Midnight Brett a little better, but this is still quite tasty.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, tropical fruit, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great tropical fruit and Brett presence that comes through equally well in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Myotus
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle (bottled 01Jul15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with two and half fingers worth of thick, white foam that maintains its height, but becomes less dense after 2 and a half minutes. There is a plethora of both small and medium-sized bubbles that are Rising to support the massive foam head. Light gold in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is both very thick and thick in various areas and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Strong aromas of apricots are backed my mild aromas of sour yeast, hay, tobacco, oak, earthy yeast, grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges along with hints of banana.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild flavors of banana and apricot. Mild hay, oak, and sour yeast flavors along with subtle tobacco flavors immediately follow. The last flavors to enter are of mild grapefruit, tangerine, and earthy yeast as all previous flavors persist, except for banana which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is high. Goes down rough. Finsihes with a mild dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sour funk from the Brett are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops and oak.
T: The taste starts off with some flavors of citrusy hops and quickly transitions to a sour funk from the Brett and notes of oak from the aging in the foudre.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of wheat malt really lightens up this body and gives it a champagne-like mouthfeel that is light and bubbly. It's a bright wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MUTINY
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy-yet-vibrant gold/copper/orange with 1 1/4" thick white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Retention is quite good, lacing is just-above-average. This brew has a very enticing look to it.

S: Brilliant! There's a dichotomy going on here. I initially detect strong citrus rind & slightly sweeter tropical fruit notes, but they are almost immediately supplanted by a big brett quality. Although, both seem to linger & blend on the nose with each whiff. There's a stunning, sharp candied fruit note on the tail end - again punctuated by the brett. I love that the funky barnyard mustiness is not dominant, but complimentary to the other factors. Despite the brett, the nose has an overall pleasant sweetness.

T: Comes on with an almost-sharp tang that quickly reveals more of a musty quality. As this leads gradually into the mid palate, I'm detecting more well-defined fruit notes - most notably overripe apple. The oak finally shows itself near the finish which is characterized by a cedar-chip & brett duet. Although the depth of flavor seems to bottom out at a certain point, what is there is elegantly balanced & developed.

M: High-ish carb married to a dense but delicate body. It provides an ideal backbone for the type of flavors being offered here.

O: This is truly one of the most well-thought-out & executed Allagash brews to have ever passed my lips.

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Allagash Golden Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
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