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Allagash Merveilleux - Allagash Brewing Company

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 91
Gots: 83 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer is a blend of five different beers fermented in a mix of both bourbon and wine barrels. Brettanomyces, pediococcus and lactobacillus were all utilized to create a myriad of flavors in this unique copper colored beer. The aroma is defined by the presence of the Brett resulting in both a crusty bread and fruit character. The tartness works well with the light oak and distinct citrus flavors, which are followed by a gentle maltiness and dry finish.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-14-2013)
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3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Hazy amber with a thin head
Smell: sour notes with hints of brown sugar and spice
Taste: Slightly sour with a strong presence of oak.
Overall: I think I've finally reached the point where the oak is just too dominant in these beers for me to enjoy them. Maybe after a few batches are behind them and the oak dies down so the beer can shine through I'll be happy again. Right now the cost is enough to make me pass for buying any more bottles.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pour a golden-amber pour with small white head that recedes quickly. Aroma leans more toward bourbon with vanilla notes. Some white flowers, honey, light barnyard funk and vinegar. Taste is very woody, some brett and definitly acetic. Alcohol is somewhat present with bourbon sweetness which makes it feel heavy for a sour. Not a bad sour by Allagash but definitly not a style I enjoy much. Decent.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle, this beer is a medium amber-brown color with a nice light coating of foam that stays forever. The carbonation is medium.

The nose is just a touch of brett funk and then I am hit with a medium dose of bourbon, on the tail end there is also a bit of alcoholic heat.

The beer is pretty sweet up front, almost fruity with the sweetness (maybe apricot?) and then I am hit by a pretty big wallop of brett funk, some mild bitterness (not hoppy, I think it is from the yeast) and then a bit of alcoholic heat on the aftertaste. On the aftertaste I get some more of that bourbon that was coming through in the nose (at 8% I guess thats not terribly surprising that I am getting some heat).

This beer is decent overrall. It tastes like it did some time in bourbon barrels (or was mixed with a beer that did) and the abv is a bit high for my personal tastes. Still, this is a very complex beer that is a lot of fun to dig into. Not my favorite of their limited release series, but a very solid beer.

**After reading the description, this beer is a mix of beers, some of which did age in bourbon barrels. I wonder if the sweetness of the bourbon held the lacto and pedio in check to keep this beer so sweet, it really is not nearly as sour or funky as many of their other "wild beers."

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3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$30 for the bottle at the Allagash event at Rattle n Hum in NYC.
Smell is fresh oak, must, sour, slight brett funk.
Flavors of tart green grapes. Crusty bread. Musty. Less bourbon barrel flavor and more wine like. I was looking for some deeper fruit flavors here but they never came.
A good non-fruit sour although it is lacking complexity.

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Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.