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Allagash Golden Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Golden BrettAllagash Golden Brett

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BA SCORE
92
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 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 StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon's Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Well-hazed, dark golden, honey-hued body with an inch of hefty albeit not quite dense, white foam.

Smell: By and large, GB smells like brett-infused apple juice. sure, a little bready maltiness and a slight perceived "sweetish" hint, yeah, apples and funk.

Taste: Lightly bready malts, lightly sweet. Modest phenolic mentholyptus hint. As with the nose, there's a clear-cut cider quality here, like a rustic farmhouse cider. Sweaty, musty, with a faint hint of butyric acid. Soft, smooth, near dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fairly good, quite cidery. Hell, I've had ciders that tasted further from apples than this did!

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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 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 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 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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 cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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 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 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 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 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 wedge
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%

@ 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 Boto
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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 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 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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Allagash Golden Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.