Allagash Merveilleux - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev +0.9%
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
11-14-2013 03:31:03 | More by brentk56
4.09/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
11-13-2013 02:20:09 | More by kevanb
4.06/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-12-2013 00:03:06 | More by VelvetExtract
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifters
A- A clear copper color with a small off-white head.
S- Citrus, sour, some Chardonnay, some oak, mild funkiness, nice fruitiness.
T- Fruity, citrus, sour, mild funk, some Chardonnay, some bourbon that add a touch of heat, nice amount of oak, well balanced.
M- Smooth, dry, nice carbonation.
O- Another well done sour from Allagash. Can't wait to pick up another bottle, worth the price tag.
11-08-2013 01:03:37 | More by larryi86
Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.