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Allagash Merveilleux - Allagash Brewing Company

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 87
Gots: 83 | FT: 22
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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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-29-2014 23:12:20 | More by beergorrilla
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-29-2014 22:55:26 | More by Zaphog
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pixieskid

Germany

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-24-2014 22:05:11 | More by pixieskid
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-24-2014 00:43:53 | More by Wolfpack2005
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Hokies

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-23-2014 20:34:08 | More by Hokies
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Greywulfken

New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: amber copper body, vaguely translucent; tan foam a few fingers high retained as a foamy collar with arms of lace trailed behind

S: suggests wine barrels and musty basement funk; orchard and vine fruits aromas percolate through...

T: wine-like and woodsy barrel notes, brett and fungal funk bring tartness and chew, bread and biscuit grains underscore tart orchard and vine fruits; complex and tart

M: medium-weight, tart, puckering close, drying along the way; wood vapors at the roof

O: super-nice ale, elegant and rich with complex character bringing sweet and tart, funk and spice; crisp and clever, sure to deliver. Pricey little bottle worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 13:54:26 | More by Greywulfken
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MarioM

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-20-2014 15:06:46 | More by MarioM
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-20-2014 03:28:07 | More by mikeburd1128
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at ChurchKey in DC. From notes.

A - Poured copperish with one finger of thick white head. Awesome lace wall and half finger of retention.

S - Grape, dusty, earthy.

T - Acidic, grape, tart, lemon candy, a bit of sweetness with a good tart note. Vinegar and much sweeter with yeast added. Similarities to gueuze.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, acidic and tart finish approaching sour that stings the cheeks a bit.

O/D - Nearly a Belgian take on a sour. Nice to sip with the sweetness to work and mingle with the sourness. ABV is nowhere to be found. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:57:45 | More by tbeckett
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Sonofalime

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-16-2014 23:52:31 | More by Sonofalime
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-15-2014 23:00:14 | More by Gobzilla
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-12-2014 21:38:16 | More by hopswap1
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WTKeene

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-08-2014 06:05:35 | More by WTKeene
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 375ml bottle dates 5/17/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Amber with a reddish tint, good clarity and a moderate beige head. The head lingers nicely and clings to the glass well.

S - Oak, funk and cherries. Balanced and complex.

T - Tart with aspects of malt, fruit and oak. Dry and a little rough.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation. Smooth.

O - A very flavorful beer but I'm not sure it all comes together as well as it should.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 19:46:55 | More by GJ40
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-06-2014 03:31:11 | More by IndyDad
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sunnytropic

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-28-2014 02:21:59 | More by sunnytropic
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-28-2014 02:17:33 | More by tom10101
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Poured in nearly pitch black conditions, but it's an amber body. Clear. Almost no head.

Smell - Bourbon and wine barrels smell great. Bretty. Some acidity. Cherry and caramel malt.

Taste - Very similar to the smell. More caramel. Cherry fruits. Musty brett. Vanilla and oak. Not all that sour, but it's kinda acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe medium heavy. Minimal sourness. Well carbonated.

Overall - Complex barrel character. Reminiscent of a Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2014 01:25:07 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Soto

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-22-2014 01:12:12 | More by Soto
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-12-2014 13:20:16 | More by Sammy
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

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."

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 23:13:35 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

02-09-2014 00:44:25 | More by salthemonster
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/17/13

Pours a orange amber color with a good sized white head, fades at a decent rate, pretty hazy but without large sediment in the glass that can sometimes happen with Allagash.

Smell has a large woody aroma right off the bat, touch of lactic sourness hits the nose, only the slightest hint of light fruit.

Taste starts with a strong mix of sourness and oak, it is not the most sour I've had because the wood presence imparted quite a bit of complexity to even it out, fairly vinegary, most of the fruit presence has been pushed aside for straight tartness, strength is well hidden, carbonation is medium-high, semi-dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:09:15 | More by deltatauhobbit
Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.