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Allagash Golden Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 247
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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 MUTINY
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -3.1%
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 -5.8%
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 +3.4%
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 meson13
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +5.3%
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 bluehende
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -9.6%
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 +0.2%
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 -12.3%

@ 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 -2.2%

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 -3.6%

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 +8.4%

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 cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of Andrew041180
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 alaimoa
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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 tastybeer
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangey, yellowish color that's almost seethru with one finger and lace patches. I pick up the citric hops but I really like picking up small notes of tropical, sweet fruit (mangos, pear, pineapple - it's akin to a light white wine). Taste and mouthfeel is more of the same as it's crisp, sharp, lively, the hops are alive but subdued and balanced and there is a good amount of sweetness to this beer. Not the most complex nor extreme beer of this style but it was an enjoyable beer that I'll have again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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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