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Allagash Merveilleux - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 91
Gots: 82 | FT: 19
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

fehrminator, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

SkiBum22, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

dcguitar, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/17/13.

A: Pours a deep and cloudy red. Tall frothy white head with a pinkish tinge to it. Great head retention as it slowly fades away. Pretty substantial fluffy lacing too.

S: Lightly tart cherries. Lots of oak and leather. Indistinct hint of red wine. Swear I even get some sweet caramel.

T: Tart, sour cherries up front. Melds into a mild drying fruity red wine. Caramel backbone with quite a bit of leather. A bit of old bread in the finish. Very oaky, spicy and drying on the back end.

M: Nice medium body that you wouldn't expect from almost 10%. No real alcohol bite. Chunks of floaties swimming around detracts a bit.

O: A big, sharp sour. Very bold flavors with a surprisingly high ABV. Layers of flavors, hard to discern them all sometimes (or maybe I don't have the palate yet). Loads of oaky/leather tannins that's for sure. Flavors surprisingly meld together quite nicely despite their sharpness. Overall, a wonderfully constructed sour I'd say. One of the best I've had, though I think I preferred FV13.

Dope, Oct 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Thomas_Picton, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

rEBELlION, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BrainTree, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

yourefragile, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Rochefort10nh, Oct 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jhillwastaken, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

KevinGordon, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

drewone, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Wowcoolman, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

RedneckBeerz, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ms11781, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of BibsBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BibsBrewing, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jacewg, Oct 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ElGallo, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Kirk_Grant
3.39/5  rDev -21%
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 +6.8%
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 08, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BColton1, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Evan, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Rollzroyce21, Oct 05, 2013
Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.