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Allagash Merveilleux - Allagash Brewing Company

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278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 89
Gots: 81 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ms11781, Oct 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BibsBrewing, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Drinkery
Pours a slightly hazy red amber color with a smallish tightly bubbled off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of raspberry and sour cherry with hints of balsamic and a bready funky almost plastic aroma rounding it out. The flavor is all over the place. Tart lemony cherry up front with a hint of brown sugary malts and a light vanilla oak. Bready funky bretty flavors roll in next before being washed away with a solid hit of alcohol Lactic and carbonic acid. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart almost puckering mouthfeel. Interesting beer, certainly something I could get behind more often if it weren't so difficult to acquire.

johnnnniee, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jacewg, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ElGallo, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Kirk_Grant
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.

Kirk_Grant, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of RichD
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle with a date of 5/17/13 poured into a stemmed Allagash glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a finger or 2 of an off-white head. This is so cloudy, there is no way to even see a finger behind this.

S: The aroma lets me know that this will be a little sour. There's a funky, tart brett and other wild yeasts that are immediately picked up. I pick up some cherries and oak. What perhaps is the biggest surprise is the presence of the aforementioned by Allagash bready scent. Definitely something different for a wild ale. I really like it though.

T: Upon sipping this, the first thing that hits my pallet is the tartness of the yeasts and the cherries. Some oak comes through as well. The breadiness comes through for a strong finish. This is a really great tasting beer. With some wild ales the tartness is the main attraction. With this beer Allagash definitely took a malt forward approach and it is a great choice.

M: There is a medium mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation and this hides the 9.6% ABV very well. I actually had to look up the percentage.

Overall: Allagash continues to impress me with their spontaneous fermentation program. The fact that this isn't a pucker your face sour I think that those just getting into the sour taste can really like this one. If you're a sour lover then you may be impress by the spectrum of flavors here. Me, being fairly new into sour beers, but have had my own fair share am very satisfied with this beer. 12 bucks is a little pricy, but I'm pretty sure if I see this again I'll pick it up.

RichD, Oct 07, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle generously shared by Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe). Pours the color of unpasteurized cider with a semi-hazy clarity and no head. Nose is slight vinous and also reveals buttery oak notes. Taste consistent with nose - grapes, toasted oak and a slightly caustic element, but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation, a light acidity and a semi-dry finish. Overall, it's drinking fairly well fresh; however, I think some medicinal qualities might begin to develop (for better or worse) over time.

Jwale73, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BColton1, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Evan, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Rollzroyce21, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

emottram, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

bcm75, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Anonymous1, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

PalatePilot, Oct 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

irv2424, Oct 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

jongullotti, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours an amber tinted copper color with a merveilleaux finger of dense, tan head. Retention is 5/5, 15 minutes later there is still a nice dense half finger of head covering the entire surface, head reaches the edge of the glass to form a thick ring crawling up all sides of the glass.

S - Tons of great funky tart sour aromas, rich oaky aromas, light chardonnay, yuzu type citrus notes and minimal bready character.

T - Oh wow!! Initially lots of funk/yuzu mixes with dry chardonnay type flavors (chardonnay is very minimal to the other flavors, but very much there). After the sourness begins to subside the fairly sour yuzu flavors linger and run into a wall of light vanilla/oaky boozyness.

M - Totally ideal. Lighter bodied, well carbonated but still leaves a fairly thick feeling on your tongue. Easily my favorite allagash!!

O - Just absolutely phenomenal.

MacQ32, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

wdarcy77, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

jaasen64, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

PEIhop, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Mike
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Mike, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is copper hued with a thin beige head. The aroma is quite nice, offering various barrel characteristics, cherries, funk, oak, wild yeast. Complex and delicious. Cherries and oak barrels with alcohol content well hidden. Perhaps a touch of bourbon as well? Surprisingly smooth on the palate. Tart and sour character is stronger up front, finishing gently. A great beer.

Huhzubendah, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ubufan2112, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Archemedies, Aug 26, 2013
Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.