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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: 23.15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 76 | FT: 10
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 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 HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and very fluffy foam head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear and bright gold that exists on the border of medium and pale. The hue is such that it doesn't fall immediately into either category. Anyway, it looks nice and definitely resembles the name very well.

The smell is very good. The smell has a nice and evenly balanced aroma but is a bit complex. The smell has a light tart note that runs through the other notes; its presence can be detected but doesn't overwhelm the other notes. The other notes consist of the bitter Brett notes and an earthy citrus hop bitterness that sometimes mix well with each other that it's sometimes difficult to separate them. The malt notes also gives it a bready note that gives it a bit more earthiness to it. There is also a slight apricot note but it largely gets lost underneath anything.

The taste is also very good and has the same notes as the smell. The main difference is that the Brett tart note is a bit stronger and the taste is a bit more tarty. The taste also has a more fruity (apricot) note that is stronger and noticeable. The hop note is largely masked but with a light citrus note coming out every once in a while. Also, there is a slight wooden oak note that comes out in the aftertaste.

The feel is wonderful. It has a medium body that is on the lighter end of the spectrum. The carbonation is nice and biting , which complements the smooth and lightly dry finish.

Overall, this is a very good beer and exactly what one should expect from Allagash. It's a very balanced beer but has a nice complex gathering of different notes. This is definitely a beer worth having.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottle of the 2015 release. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a darker golden-straw yellow body, hazy with a two finger white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of pineapple and leather, straw, slight grainy malt, lemon. It's very Bretty, yet a bit tropical smelling as well. Flavour brings out more of the grainy malt and leather, plenty of pineapple and lemon balances things out. The Allagash house yeast is prevalent here, with a flavour like no other. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, smooth, good carbonation, with the mineral house yeast finishing things off. Very solid AWA that I would never turn down. If you like Allagash beer, you will like this one.

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Photo of Simont
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz bottle into large tulip. At $16.99 in NYC it was ridiculously spendy, but I splurged as it's a highly rated brett beer by a solid major brewery. And I'm majorly disapointed. Golden color true to name, massive 3+ in. off white head that disappeared completely in 5-6 minutes. Slight haze. Musty hay, tangerine/ apricot, and a slight acetic acid on the nose. Flavor unfortunately amplifies the acetic/ vinegar character, which detracts from the more enjoyable fruity/ funky brett flavors. A nice light sourness. Substantial oak permeates the beer, and I also get slight papery/ cardboard notes in background. Mouthfeel is very full and almost syrupy, but I think it's the heavy oak tannins that contribute to this fullness more than underattenuation, or an excess of long chain dextrins or proteins (wheat). Whatever it is the beer feels slick and prickly on the palate, and the intriguing malt and brett flavors are somewhat lost to heavy wood and lighter paper & acetic acid off-flavors.

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Photo of Myotus
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +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 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 Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +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 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 MUTINY
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -4.1%
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 -6.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +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 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 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 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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Allagash Golden Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
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