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Allagash Merveilleux - Allagash Brewing Company

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 91
Gots: 81 | 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%

siege06nd, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

hoppymcgee, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

PappyVans, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

enelson, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

zestar, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really nice oaring/red with a nice two-finger white head with good retention and some decent lacing.

Smells is brett, sweet cherries, vanilla, nice sour, and maybe a tad of pineapple,

Taste is nice tart lacto and pedio with brett taking the background. Really a nice tart cherry/citrus taste. Really nicely put together.

Mouthfeel is light to a little medium as one would expect from a beer like this.

Overall one of the nicest sours I have tasted in a long time.

TheBeerDrinker, May 14, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Date bottled: 5/17/13
Served in a tulip

Really interesting appearance. The slightly hazed liquid poured a medium amber color with a slight pink-ish, purple-ish hue. A one-finger tall, off-white, sea foam crown topped the beer. Thick, streaky patches of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was tart, dry and funky with loads of oak and barrel character. Quite fruity. Subtle raspberry and strawberry notes were detectible. There was also a strong hay/barnyard-like presence. A touch of alcohol came through as well.

The flavor profile was quite funky and sour. Super crisp, dry and yeasty with intense woody/oaky notes. Lots of tart lemon and wheat. Slightly fruity with hints of underripe raspberries and strawberries. Red wine vinegar came through on the back end. The finish was really oaky and tannic and contained strong notes of sour and bitter lemon rind.

On the palate, the liquid was frothy and highly effervescent. Crisp and lighter bodied. Spritzy and almost a bit Champagne-like.

Allagash's Merveilleux is an interesting wild ale with an intense barrel character and a lot of acidity. The bottle I reviewed was cellared for over six months and really seemed to transform in that time. I actually preferred this beer fresher when there was more fruity sweetness in the flavor profile.

Damian, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

coriswrasse, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Atomicskis5, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

anteater, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

spycow, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Lare453, Apr 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Axnjxn, Apr 25, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pour a golden-amber pour with small white head that recedes quickly. Aroma leans more toward bourbon with vanilla notes. Some white flowers, honey, light barnyard funk and vinegar. Taste is very woody, some brett and definitly acetic. Alcohol is somewhat present with bourbon sweetness which makes it feel heavy for a sour. Not a bad sour by Allagash but definitly not a style I enjoy much. Decent.

Luk13, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Resuin, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

sfr26, Apr 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

funkyaudio, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 10, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$30 for the bottle at the Allagash event at Rattle n Hum in NYC.
Smell is fresh oak, must, sour, slight brett funk.
Flavors of tart green grapes. Crusty bread. Musty. Less bourbon barrel flavor and more wine like. I was looking for some deeper fruit flavors here but they never came.
A good non-fruit sour although it is lacking complexity.

palma, Apr 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

afsdan, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Saudereth, Apr 07, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 5/17/13, enjoyed at Monk's Cafe

Hazy, deep amber pour retaining a ring of lacing in the glass. There is some bright lemon and grape followed by a deep, sweet malt and a dry okay finish. I taste the wine barrel finish in a similar way to supplication and consecration. Sourness is at a medium level is slightly vinegary adding imparting a slightly peppery flavor. There is a nice earthy funk throughout that balances out the sourness. The slight sweetness from the malt in addition to the acetic quality is reminiscent of a good Flanders ale. The beer is slightly overcarbonated which brightens the fruit flavors in the tongue. Outstanding and well done.

brianmandell, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

kell50, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SadMachine, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

qcbrewer, Apr 06, 2014
Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.