Allagash Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #123
Ranked #1,003
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: This beer is a sour red ale fermented with Maine cherries and Brettanomyces in stainless for almost a year. The cherries were a blend of Balaton and Montmorrency and added at a rate of 2lbs per gallon. Copper in color, Nancy has an aroma of cherries, bread crust and a touch of cinnamon. The flavor is a medley of tart cherry, citrus and pie spice. We think you'll dig it!
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7oz corked and caged bottle with a packaging date of April 18, 2019. Opened 2-28-20.
Nice pop upon uncorking, 1/4" white head goes for a short ride before settling in as a ring and islands. Peach flesh colored ale, opaque with visible carbonation streaming up and maintaining a fine bead on the ring of foam.
Instant funky brett in the nostrils followed quickly by a tart cherry aroma. Classic aromas of mild horse blanket and a touch of the medicine cabinet.
Whoa, TART...sour explosion on the palate! Cherries, tart and sour cherries. Underlying spiciness, like a spice rack type - the slightest hint of cinnamon. Perfume-y and floral. Lemon, cranberry suggestions...tart/bitter skins.
Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Clean finish - the tartness somehow lingers without coating the tongue...clean is the best description but definitely not quick.
Outstanding. There's so much going on here between smells, tastes, and feels -- complex and a great experience.

Feb 29, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light reddish yellow color, big foamy head that fades quickly. Has a nice cherry /funky /sour aroma. Very nice semi sweet cherry flavor, like a sweet tart, has a gentle tartness to it accompanied by a light funkiness. Has a crisp acidity to it with a sustained tart sour finish. Overall a very enjoyable Brett with a gentle sourness, perfect for the sour novice. Would drink again.

500 ml bottle - thanks Adam!
4.25 rating

Feb 28, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought off the shelf in Baltimore. It costs a dollar an ounce, but, heck I deserve to pay way too much money for the hobby that's slowly killing me.

The pour is splendid: a bright, filtered orange that looks like fire or sunshine or some other nice thing you associate with autumnal colors.

The aroma is tart, organic cherries with pleasantly smooth brett. Breadier and less sharp than most fruited wild ales, which allows for a much deeper and more pleasant complexity to shine through.

Tastes, wonderfully, like it smells. Sweetness up front, a wonderful and variegated mix of bread and fruit. The middle is a bit sharper but never too sharp, with tart brett mingling excellently with lightly sour cherries. The finish has a mild heft with a bit of spice, leaving you wanting another sip.

Feb 19, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/18/19

Wow, this pours a really beautiful burnt orange with pink highlights, a finger of thin white head with streaming carbonation that just never stops, lacing throughout & beautiful presentation. Audible fizzy carbonation when I move my glass

The aroma is not as fruit forward as I would've expected. It's subtle cherry, maybe strawberry tartness, but the funk leads the way here. A real nice wet hay thing with notes of leather and, most surprisingly, wood, considering this was not barrel aged

The front end of the sip is heavy on the cherries, tart and bright with a clean brett sour that imparts citrus notes, namely lime. Cherry/berry mid palate with a mild spice likely from the yeast, but the finish comes back to that funk. Ooooo, that funk. Absolutley complements the cherries, and the leather-like quality is elevated

Highly highly highly carbonated brew here, drinks as light as can be but without compromising flavor. Coats the mouth for a bit after the swallow but is downright refreshing

Well I'll be damned, this is one of the best beers I've ever tasted. I saw it on the shelf and bought it on an impulse without having known much, but I certainly plan to come back to this one for special occasions. Truly one for the ages!

Feb 04, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle. Nice "pop" from the cork but thankfully no gushing. Pours a cloudy yellow with a large, billowy off-white head that eventually fades completely. There is a lot of barnyard funk in the aroma and flavor. It is very sour with less cherry than I expected - my wife thought it tasted more like peach. Very dry and a ton of flavor for the 5.7% abv. Reminds me of a funkier, less fruity New Glarus wild fermentation sour. Overall it's delicious but I wish it had a little more cherry flavor.

Jan 03, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2019. To be honest, a bit disappointing, given expectations from other Allagash fruited wilds. Considerably lighter in appearance than expected from the label text, this batch pours a light orange with quite modest head. I'm expecting a burst of cherries that never quite appears, subsumed instead by apricot, orange, and wheat. I don't spring for Allagash and their pricey, spontaneously wild ales very often, because they've been hit or miss for my particular palate. This one is unfortunately more of a miss. The score reflects that it is still head and shoulders above virtually any kettle sour or other cheaper wild ale options, but it doesn't stack up against my favorites.

Dec 09, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi translucent dark golden with a very fast receding head;(like Champagne) Smell is reminiscent of cherries,bread crust, mild apple. Taste is very tart and cherry like, mild funk,lime. Feels tart and semi bitter, with a complete cherry after taste. (Jolly Rancher sour cherry). Overall It feels like a much bigger beer ABV wise than it is. Super amounts of carbonation and finishes dry-

Sep 26, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Around a medium body with about the same for carbonation
Aroma is sour,sweet cherries,sour yogurt,funk
Taste is similar, cherries aren't overpowering but are there in a sour sweet,tart way.

Sep 13, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/18/14; drank 1/24/15 @ the Palace.

Cloudy orange/pink appearance.

Minimal off-white head; minimal lace.

Sweet peach nose, with sour undertones.

Medium mouthfeel with a carbonation bite.

Delicious sweet peach flavor up front; a nearly puckering tart finish.

A nice balance of extremes; very nice!

May 27, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really solid wild ale. Tastes of cherries and well balanced and very drinkable. This was one of my favorites that were offered at the brewery and would highly recommend.

Oct 22, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear orange/copper with big fluffy, pillowy white head. High carbonation.
Smell: Tart, Cherries, jam, and white grapes.
Taste: Taste follows the nose with tart cherries, jam, and white grapes.
Mouthfeel: Medium with nice complexity.
Overall: Another good cherry sour from Allagash.

Nov 13, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep orange that is just slightly red topped by a dense finger of off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of funk, sourness, and cherries. Great nose.
T: Taste is cherries and sourness up front with some funk. The beer has a really nice juicy cherry flavor throughout on this one. Swallow is more juicy cherry and sourness with some lingering funk. This one tastes a lot like drinking cherry pie filling.
M: This beer has a mouthfeel on the lighter side of medium with good carbonation for the style and a drying finish from the acidity,
O: Overall this one isn't super complex on the funk side of things but the cherry flavor is real and delicious. The cherries are really the star of the show on this beer and it is a fantastic beer with great flavors. Seek this one out if you like fruited sour beers.

Mar 27, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very nice look. The head is white and bubbly but it quickly dissipates and does not leave much of a lasting visual impact. The beer itself, on the other hand, is a good visual treat. It is a clear copper that has a lot of red on it, it's a good look for a wild ale.

The smell and taste are both fantastic. While the taste is a bit more tart and sour than the smell, it still retains the same notes in roughly the same strength as the smell. The strongest note without a doubt is the brett and it sometimes overwhelms the other notes. However, as the beer warms up and with the correct glass used, you get a beautiful mixture of cherry tart and light sweetness with a nice cinnamon note that gives it a good spice note that enhances the cherry. The malt also provides a nice bread note. Essentially, the beer has a well done cherry pie note to it.

The body has a good feel. It's a light bodied beer that is a little bit on the heavier side and has a nice carbonation to it. It has a fairly dry finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and wild ale from the brewery. It's definitely a good desert beer worth getting and just as good standing alone. Go for it.

Jan 16, 2017
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Nugganooch from California

3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdfb79 for this one!
From the 350ml bottle to my Angel City Brewing glass
Notes taken from 08/29/15

A golden amber with a faint haze emitting through the body. I loose forming of ivory white bubble retains over top for a few short-lived moments. Minor stick or streaks of lace noted.
The cherry is dominant in the nose with some tarter cranberry like elements. Light dusty lemon peel, oak and Brett, Bread crust, and a touch of earthy spices.
Not piquantly sour by any means. Very subtle and delicate approach. Tart cherry up front with some complementing dark berry/fruit flavors and a golden malt base of graham cracker crust. Sprinkle in a bit of citrus and spice with more oaky tannins and light lemony Brett. Not incredibly complex. Wonder if this one needs a lot more age. Good but short of being great or anything worth writing home about. Glad to have tried one.

Dec 31, 2016
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pinkish-Amber color with a fizzy head dying quickly leaving no collar or lacing. The nose is both rich in funky Brett and tart cherries along with apple and pepper. The taste is again featuring funky Brett and tart cherries, Epsom salts, balsamic vinegar, white pepper, Granny Smith apples, light vinous notes and light toasted malt. The finish is long and semi-dry with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. The palate is light and lively with bubbly carbonation yat a round mouthfeel making it extremely drinkable. This is a excellent example of balance in flavors and blending.

Dec 10, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a 12oz snifter glass. Generously shared by DB, enjoyed on 8.21.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright copper color, hues of pink and red, pretty hazy but some clarity from above. A fizzy white head appears briefly but recedes quickly yielding little lace. The aroma is great, huge cherry nose, bright and tart, almost juicy as well, lots of funk, pie spice, a bit bready, really big cherry forward nose, top notch. The flavors are nice, tons of cherry, pie spice, tart wheat pie crust, of bit of yogurt with stronger acidity. The mouthfeel is nice, lighter body, highly carbonated, very lively with a crisp, tart finish.

Verdict: A really nice cherry wild ale from Allagash. Distinctly American but certainly up there with some of the foreign kriek beers. Depth, character, funkiness, nicely balanced and tons of pie flavor. Excellent beer.

Sep 24, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage

A: Amber, transparent, white head dissipates quickly
S: Tart cherry, earthy funk, sweet malt, lactic, lemon, light breadiness
T: Lactic tartness, balanced sour, cherry, grain, lemon, sweet cherry,
M: Bright carbonation
O: Better than I remember from last year. Very balanced and good but not amazing

Sep 23, 2016
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pinkish-blonde colour, ring of white head and little to no lace. Smell has massive cherry, acidity and a light spicy element to the fruit, jammy, quite funky but overall really nice and juicy. Taste starts out with a cherry and cinnamon-spice, sour and tart, some sourdough bread with a sweet cherry finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium bodied and dry. Absolutely incredible, a very nice cherry sour, would gladly revisit.

Sep 21, 2016
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leuk0 from Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome little beer. Smells of tart cherries, taste to match, sufficiently carbonated, a really good sour beer that is flying under the radar.

Sep 04, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage served at cellar temps in a teku

Appearance: like always, great bottle presentation with all Allagash limited bottles. The beer poured out a very nice red-orange with a pale white head of tiny bubbles. Very spritzy.

Nose: tart cherries, tons of funk, something unpleasant, a bit of dirty diaper in there, barnyard tartness

Taste: wheat, cracker malts, salteens, light acidity, tart cherries, funky, none of the off flavors in the nose.

Overall: Brett is a funky beast. There was a faint whiff of dirty diaper in the nose but the flavor was fairly clean. Nothing spectacular but it was nice after all.

Aug 30, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of green apple, cherries, hay, cinnamon and must burts forth from the bottle. Golden brown/apricot pour with a light, bubbly head that rests atop the beer for a while. Beautiful to look at. Taste presents a clean balance of tart, spice and brett-funk. Cheek-twinging (not puckering) tartness is driven by the green apple/cherry flavors followed by a smooth mustiness. A little cinnamon on top provides even more complexity. Finishes dry. Outstanding beer.

Aug 24, 2016
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great brew! refreshing, tart, extremely drinkable. only off putting thing about was a slight herbal taste which subsided rather quickly by a powerful cherry flavor. worth trying and worth having again.

Aug 19, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely and refreshing brew for a hot summer evening. I enjoyed it as an aperitif of sorts while grilling meats for guests.
Pours a reddish/ amber color with a nice foam head. The aroma is not as funky as I thought it would be, more like sour cherries. Similarly the taste is of sour cherries and lemony. Yet, the sour qualities are not overpowering. This is highly drinkable, light and bone dry. Delicious! Perhaps my favorite "sour" yet!

Jul 28, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish orange. White head. Musty cherry aroma. Sour cherries up front, followed by some chewy cereal grain. I wish this had more of that sour beer/sour cherry character and less of that grain. I'm left with that grain note on my tongue, hindering my personal enjoyment of this beer. I like Nancy, not love.

Jul 25, 2016
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TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into tulip glasses:

Appearance: this is a downright gorgeous looking brew. Looks like ruby red grapefruit juice, with a perfectly white, thick head on top. Body is pink, with some darker ruby color as well. Hazy and slightly turbid. Daaaaaaaaaaaamnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

Aroma: the only area that was non-great in this beer. Cherry's a tough one to extract tons of smell out of. Anyway, this beers got some light tartness, not puckering by any means, and some ripe cherry flesh as well, though again, it's subtle.

Taste: super complex and delicious. Starts with the unripe, more tart cherry flavor, and is followed by the deep, sweet flavor of ripe and slightly over ripe cherry.....finishes with a dry, semi-bitter but still sweet flavor. All in all, this is a great representation of a cherry wild, and it is delicious.

Feel: full-bodied, but still crisp and refreshing. Finishes much less dry than some sours, but leaves plenty of flavor on the palate.

Overall: a crazy good sour from Allagash, which is nothing new. If you can get any of their fruited sours, it is worth it.

Jul 21, 2016
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 728 ratings