Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #175
Ranked #1,710
4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Dec 06, 2021
May 14, 2014
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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3.96 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
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1/5  rDev -76.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by duras from New York

Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of sours. I have been all over Europe including Belgium, France, Germany and I have had many good sours. Often times an American sour is described as having many subtle notes of different types of flavors. This sour beer is no exception. However, in line with the tradition of American sours you cannot taste any of the flavors because the beer is over soured. I am not sure why breweries continue to make these beers and people continue to buy them. This beer is a perfect example of how not to make a sour beer

Nov 17, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Pru from Massachusetts

Orange pour. Tastes like oranges and cherries. The tartness is nice with the sour cherry taste. Carbonation is on the lighter side and allows the tart taste to linger. Not bad

Sep 15, 2021
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 25, 2021
4.42 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Oct 13, 2020
4.55 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Sep 18, 2020
4.19 by BeerBucks from New York on Aug 16, 2020
4.21 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jun 20, 2020
4.18 by Handz from Rhode Island on Apr 15, 2020
3.99 by SierraNevallagash from Maine on Mar 19, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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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4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by mynie from Maryland

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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4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

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
4.29 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Jan 06, 2020
4.4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Jan 05, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Lucular from Maryland

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
4.34 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jan 02, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

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
4.54 by williahd from Maine on Dec 08, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 04, 2019
4.28 by GOBLIN from Ohio on Nov 10, 2019
4.17 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Oct 30, 2019
4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Oct 13, 2019
4.11 by Nunya from Ohio on Oct 10, 2019
4.12 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Oct 04, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by deleted_user_995920

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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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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
4.29 by cd34 from Illinois on Aug 20, 2019
4.29 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 09, 2019
4.34 by brother_rebus from Maine on Aug 02, 2019
4.25 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
4.11 by Griffith from Connecticut on Mar 23, 2019
4.42 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2019
4.06 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Nov 17, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by npolachek from New York

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
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Oct 10, 2018
4.17 by meatyard from Florida on Sep 08, 2018
4.21 by festizio from California on Sep 01, 2018
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