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Allagash Golden Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Golden BrettAllagash Golden Brett

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 274
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 25.36%
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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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 274
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 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 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 Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL bottled July 1, 2015 at 42 degrees into a snifter
$ 13.99/12.7 oz bottle ($ 1.10/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Aroma - following a nice opening “Pop”, citrusy with some sweet fruit, fades
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy/frothy, diminishing to a one cm ring and depressed creamy center – effervescence keeps the head in a near steady state
Lacing fair – some dragging thick arcs of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium orange/gold, cloudy, effervescent
Flavor begins with peach or apricot followed by a hint of yeast; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, fizzy

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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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 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 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 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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I haven't done a full, proper review in a while - guess what I feel like doing again?! 375ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a (wait for it) golden color - call me crazy, but I expected this to be pitch black. The head is towering at three fingers high, with a white color, fluffy texture, and lots of lacing left behind. On the other hand, head retention is pretty poor. Still, it looks quite tantalizing.

Smell: This is more of a saison with brett than a traditional wild ale. Speaking of brett, guess what pops really well? I love how nuanced it is: not only do I get notes of funk, earth, and mild phenol; various fruity qualities (like peach, apple, white grape, apricot, tangerine, and orange) all show up in harmonious balance. Additional black pepper and grass nuances it even further. There's a very, very subtle hint of sourness as well. Wonderful aroma, plain and simple. Oh yeah, almost forgot - HORSE BLANKET LOLOLOLOLOL

Taste: Was I blindsided by a fruit truck? There's so much fresh, fruit-laden goodness to open this up, I can't help but think so. The back end isn't quite as jaw-dropping, but it still provides a nice combination of bread, black pepper, and grass. Sourness is nearly non-existent. Typical of Allagash, it strikes a great medium of nuance, balance, and complexity (albeit not quite as well as something like Century Ale did).

Mouthfeel: A little more syrupy than I prefer from the style - this could use a bit more age for the brett to clean things up better. Still, it feels creamy, soft, and easygoing. Carbonation is vibrant and mouth-filling, helping its drinkability.

Overall: As far as I'm concerned, Allagash can do no wrong when they stuff a sour ale/brett-laden saison into an expensive 375. The fact that this is my least favorite beer of all their wild ales is a testament to their mastery. While I have a few quibbles (like with the semi-flabby feel), it's certainly worth anyone's time. This will become phenomenal with a year of age on it. Right now? Great, not quite jaw-dropping.

4.02/5: More great work from Allagash...but not their best work

[Addendum with dregs poured in]

The dregs give it a breadier finish and a slightly bulkier feel. To me, the dregs also seems to make the oak barrel pop a bit better. Leave 'em in the bottle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy solid golden color with a huge rocky frothy white head that persists forever. Holy Fruitiness batman, huge apricot peach aromas as soon as I popped the cork and lingering at every sip. The earthy funky aromas are there and every now and then I catch a whiff of earthy spicy hops. Big funky earthy flavor with a touch of pineapple. Kind of a sulfur mineral tannic flavor comes next and is a tad off putting. Lingering tart and tropical fruitiness finishes this one off nicely. Intense aroma, good flavor, I could imbibe these.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is golden amber, transparent, with a moderate amount of tight white head with a small amount of retention and some lacing left behind. Nose is heavily bretted, light notes of oak, hints of sulfur, apricot and white grapes. Taste is far sweeter, loads of white grapes, a bit sugary, faint oak, light bitterness through the finish. Really delicate feel, lighter carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of Boto
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear darker golden color. There was a very small white head on it. The nose is good. Somewhat fruity but definitely sour. Some oak notes also. The taste is very good. Just a bit tart. Citrus, some breadiness, A dry finish. This is really nice.

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Photo of wedge
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%

@ Sam's Bottle Shop

Clearish yellow with minimal head. Stong Bretty aroma: floral, leathery, and musky with a dry peppery citrus quality. Tastes strongly of Brett as well, though lighter on the florals and with more fruit juice. Apricot, pineapple, and grape. Sits heavier on the palate than expected, but otherwise slick, dry, and tart. Solid, but not that impressive. I'll try it again sometime...

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%

Reviewed from notes. 375ml corked and caged bottle shared by Dan - thanks. Bottled 3/13/14.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin 1/4" white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Lemony and oaky with a mild tartness, fruity, soft funk.

T: Tannic oak, lemony and citrus fruits, more funk, tart.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Dry, lingering tannic and fruity finish.

O: Very good, but expecting much more funk. Perhaps in time...

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.3%

On draft, pours a mostly clear dark gold yellow, active carbonation and bubbles with a just a tad of thin white head.

The nose is sweet fruit, lemongrass, good citrus notes, a little toast and cracker, and rustic funk. The flavor is even better, much more funk than the nose lets you believe. A little cheese, wood chips, grass. The finish is really clean and crisp, leaving lots of funk around.

I really like this.

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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 cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy orange-yellow (or yellow-orange), with small bubbled carbonation that quickly gravitates to edges.

S: get some if the brett, but overall the smell is pseudo-Sprite like. As it warms a bit, the lemon scent strengthens.

T: the overall underlying/base taste is woody (oak?) in nature, upon which other flavors come and go. The initial tastes are again Sprite-reminiscent. I get some kiwi/unripe strawberry next in a transition towards where the wood tastes start to dominate.

M: good carbonation throughout, and a lengthy semi-dry feel that work for me.

O: I was hoping for a bit more bite from this beer. As with most Allagash, the beer is solidly made, but it doesn't make it to the wow stage for me.

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