Helena
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #471
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,571
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.48%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
30
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  5
Gots
  5
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Flanders red sour ale with pediobacillius and latcobacillius.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, split with rudzud

Light fizzy head goes quickly, a little lacing, mostly clear amber auburn color

Nose a decent funky sour, sour reddish malt, Flanders funk, acidity, little oaky barrel notes, sour bacteria

Taste brings nice sourness, good sour bacteria funk, flemmy acidity, nice oaky barrel, little fruity funk, again nice FLanders funk and acidity, touch bready malt on the background

Mouth is med bod, quite flemmy, decent fluffy carb, quite acidic

Overall very nice, great acidity and funk, nice barrel, very enjoyable

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 111915 Love the caramel covered apple sweetness. Tart pear with a fairly dry finish. Another special brew. Thanks Kevin L.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle. Orange amber body. Smell is intensely acidic. Oak. Green apples. Caramel malt. Tastes pretty sour. Green apple tartness and apple sweetness at the same time. Oak. Medium body. Not that enthused by this.

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Photo of parris
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonld23
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopley
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros. Bottle date 11/19/15.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great a nice crystal clear honey hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of sour malts, tart Flanders notes, cherries, night brett notes, pleasant tartness. Nicely aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with bright cherries and Flanders notes, light caramel. Good funk and really bid tartness, almost vinegar like.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, very flemmy finish.

O - Overall this was a very solid Flanders style beer from Allagash. Excellent funk notes as well.

Serving notes: bottle

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Photo of bluehende
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/30/18 bottle; BOD 9/1/16

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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aisha
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rjp217
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azpittil57
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfish2942
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chiefbender
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chip26
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't run into a wild ale from Allagash that doesn't make me take pause and savor each sip, and Helena is no different. Bottled on Sept 2016, picked up from the brewery in Dec 2016, enjoyed six weeks later after appropriate storage. The aroma of green apple, sour apple, tart fruit and must bursts forth from under the cork. Pours a lively reddish and burnt-orange hue with bubbles streaming up the glass; like a hyperactive Flemish Red. The effervescence hits your lips as you tilt the grass, complementing the aromas in ensuring that your palate is awake. Taste is a beautiful balance of tart, sweet and sour with a lingering mustiness that closes the sip - sour apple, tart berries, fruit-sweetness, oak and a caramel malt. Finishes with a crisp pop and a lingering sourness. Beautiful beer.

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Helena from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 30 ratings