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Allagash Merveilleux - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 87
Gots: 80 | FT: 21
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 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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

flipdog0, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

CTJman, Nov 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of ipc2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ipc2000, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the series of specialty sours from Allagash.

The color is a nice muddy reddish color with not a lot more than a ring of weak white bubbles, not much lacing in the snifter I have.

The smell is much more subtle than I would have expected, but it has a nice somewhat vinegar tinged sour smell with some dark fruit and oak reminds me very much of a great oud bruin. Nice sweeter edge to the yeast combination they use also, the Brett in it perhaps. Opens up nicely when it comes to room temperature.

The flavor explodes with a combination of farmhouse tart yeast, dark berries and cherry, oak, almost a sweet and tart rhubarb pie like taste to it, some tartness up front. Very, very tasty and supple in feel, a great level of carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the big flavors. Not super tart, but definitely great flavors.

Overall, a success again. Worth the price tag as well.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bmur112, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

jrallen34, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

In_Control_Mike, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jtladner, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

brandoman63, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

shehateme, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

AOShabaz, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

jayhunter357, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

YogiBeer, Nov 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Jsmick, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

socalbrewlvr, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The liquid pours out with a rather unusual color blending, goldenstraw with a touch of pink lemonade; the head is modest though it does leave some shards behind

Smell: Acetic sour tones, with tart cherry, green apple, red wine grape and Bourbon

Taste: Cherries dominate the front end, though the lacto and acetic elements build rapidly; underneath the red wine barrel flavors start to emerge, in the middle; after the swallow, Bourbon, vanilla and oak elements add a subtle dimension, though the sour aspect of the beer really dominates through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: This beer heads in a lot of different directions but it manages to pull it off though I think the sourness obscures some of the other complexities; still, I am quite impressed by the range of flavors in this beer

brentk56, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Nesued
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Nesued, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of kevanb
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottle, dated 5/17/13, poured into an Allagash Coolship tumbler.

The beer pours a thick, murky, caramel color, hues of orange and amber with a nice frothy finger of bone colored head that has great retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of dark cherry, tart apple, light lemon citrus, subtle funk, grapey wine with some soft oak, with some caramel malt character, the bourbon fails to appear on the nose, dominated by sour fruit and wine character, but still delightful. The flavors are more complex, sharp fruit flavors of tart apple, sour cherry, crisp red grape that highlights the wine barrels, oak is chewy and lightly woody with some nice underlying funk but the finish is highlighted by just a subtle kiss of bourbon and toffee that plays very, very well with the fruit. The mouthfeel is crisp, lively, lots of carbonation that is a bit prickly at times, coats the mouth decently well but finishes with a nice creamy touch and a surprising warming sensation from the alcohol.

Verdict: A very well executed wild ale from Allagash, another solid product from their coolship and wild program. The alcohol definitely sneaks up at the end but doesn't detract from the flavors at all. It's ambitious and perhaps overly so as there are a lot of bolder flavors vying for attention, but the soft bourbon finish was very enjoyable.

kevanb, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Dawkins, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a crimson color. Transparent body. Rather modest head of thin bubbly tan fluff. Speckles and dots of lacing.

S-Some tartness is present but there is a nice base beer behind the tartness. Oaky with sour fruit. Some caramel and brownish maltiness. A bit spicy. Definitely Bretty.

T-The sourness is more in control of the overall flavor here. Still, after most of the tartness fades the base beer finishes out the flavor. A soft, sweet base of breadiness and caramel.The sour fruits and wild yeast plays well with the oak, too.

M-Tartness really clings to the lips. Medium bodied. A bit tannic. Softer carbonation. Booze hidden beautifully.

O/D-A tasty brew that is quite pricey. I enjoyed it but wouldn't she'll out another $17 for a 375ml. It's another solid sour from Allagash that punishes the ol' bank account.

VelvetExtract, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Drucifer, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

acurtis, Nov 10, 2013
Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.