Evora | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden Ale aged in Brandy Barrels with Brettanomyces.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-14-2014

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Photo of bigschoolrecords
2/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of FlintB
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a light golden orange that's a little hazed. The beer is topped by a dnese finger of white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of light sourness with some intense stone fruits and a touch of oak.
T: Taste is lightly sour up front with some nice stone fruit notes, a little funk and some nice oak. On the swallow there's more funk, some slight stone fruit and some lingering sourness.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly and the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. The flavors are great and it has some really solid complexity. Just like the other sour beers I've grabbed from them this one is very well executed with no faults. It's definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of AD17
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 3/22/18

Note: 2015 bottle

A: Medium to deep gold - clear - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to virtually nothing, retains a small collar, leaves a few spots of lacing

S: Potent brandy and wood pretty much center stage - chewy, damp, vaguely musty barrel - brandy - lots of funk, in general, with some musty Brett and old basement - damp cherry skin - Belgian funk as well, with some notes of clove and banana - some grainy pale malt at the base with some honey sweetness - notes of pear and apple - booze

T: Almost like a mixed drink, but definitely a beer - perhaps less wood than in the aroma, but still some potent, lightly musty barrel - some boozy sweetness - fruit, including sharp apple and some pear - banana esters from the Belgian yeast, as well as some funk and some clove - honey - some Brett funk and musty cherry skin - notes of wine - some woody booze

M: Medium body, low carbonation, sharp

O: I'm not even going to pretend I know what Portuguese brandy tastes like

I've had enough of these Allagash special releases that I have lost track. Evora is interesting but not one of my favorites, probably because I'm under-educated in brandy. If the base of this was a Belgian Pale Ale, it's mostly obliterated by the barrel. Interesting, but not ideal.

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Photo of vande
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy semi-burnt orange / yellow color with a slim quarter finger’s worth of white head. Light messy lacing. The smell took in a some subtle champagne yeast with sweet grassy notes and a sweet to bitter lemon rind and pulp. The taste, pretty much copied the smell and came across closer to wine than beer in the flavor. Dry champagne-like aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation was extremely high like a wine. Overall, as a Belgian Strong ale, hmmm....yikes, I don’t see it, sorry Allagash, not sure what happened here. Do I need to age this longer? More like wine than beer. Disappointed.

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Photo of wroywel
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2ellas
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 375 ml bottle on March 21, 2017. Date Bottled: Nov. 5, 2015.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a frothy one finger head with great retention, nice stream of bubbles, minor lacing.

Aroma of biscuity malt, lemon, light pineapple, wet hay, earth, oak, vanilla, light spices.

Tastes of tart lemon, grass, oak, banana, peach, funky hay, white grape, bread/biscuit, lighter notes of pie spice and vanilla. Lightly sweet, tannic bitterness.

Medium body, smooth, soft carbonation, sweeter rather than dryer.

Overall this a tasty ale that showcases some of its Belgian yeast and some of the funky tart Brett. Both are light and the beer is soft, smooth, and subtle with a touch of barrel.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Evora is a golden hued ale with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and spice. Citrus, oak and earthiness dominate the flavor and give way to hints of bread crust. Malty and robust, this medium bodied beer finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart. We brew this beer with Maris Otter Malt and flaked oats and hop with Sorachi Ace, Hallertau and Northern Brewer. Evora begins fermenting in stainless steel with a classic Belgian yeast strain, then moves over to Portuguese brandy barrels, where it ages with Brettanomyces bruxellensis for over a year." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale aged in brandy barrels, available in 375ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of an off white color over a moderately hazy amber body with abundant carbonation and fine sediment. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and droopy. 4.25

(Smell) Malt profile of biscuit and cracker malts with a grassy blend of hop aromas, lightly toasted oak dryness, gentle lemon zest and white grape juice, apples and peaches as well. Soft earthiness and wet hay impressions from the Brettanomyces infusion, and a slick infusion of honey creates a gentle floral bouquet. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker malts and soft honey with a modest tartness and acidity from the blend of Belgian pale yeast and Brettanomyces. Grape skins, lemon peel and underripe peach are the three most common fruit impressions, while an earthy, musty and softly funky back end is the most direct contribution from the Brettanomyces. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, silky, lightly biscuity, earthy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly acidic and tangy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Another enjoyable beer by Allagash, but one of their lesser memorable beers in this highly innovative series. I didn't get much brightness and vibrancy to compliment the yeast and Brettanomyces character and the overall beer was tilted somewhat in favor of a musty, earthy, softly barnyard direction without much complexity to give it direction otherwise. Again, this was a very solid beer, but a big step off from their outstanding entries in this series. 3.75

Allagash Brewing Company's
Evora Ale: Aged in Brandy Barrels

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jak
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color, decent amount of bubbles, quick fizzy head fades away, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a slight funk to it with a hint of lemon citrus, some woodiness to the nose as well.

Taste is mildly sour, decent yeasty funk to it, light fruity flavors with it, mostly lemon zest, strong carbonation leaves a crisp cleanness.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled November 2015, drank January 2017. A bit of a disappointment - fizzy and bretty and bright, but not much else going on. Struggling to detect any trace of brandy barrel. Drinkable but not one of Allagash's more impressive efforts.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle; decent pop when the cork exits the bottle neck.

poured into Allagash stemmed glass.

Date bottled: Nov 5, 2015

Appearance: Hazy golden bodied beer with bone white head. The head has short lived head retention and the head is composed of small tightly packed bubbles. Head drops down to no cap and thin ring around the outside of the glass. Spotty lacing left on the side of the glass after head is gone.

Smell: Big earthy brett and big brandy notes. Tropical fruit, honey, and grains. Fruity yeast. Lemon flesh.

Taste: Brandy sweetness and lemon tartness that provides a nice sweet and tart start to this beer. White grapes and general fruitiness about the beer. Lightly earthy brett. Honey and bread. Pineapples. Nice deep oak note. Finishes with more brandy and earthy brett lingers on for a while.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Clean, bright beer with a moderately dry finish. Top notch mouthfeel.

Overall: Cant say that I have ever drank a brandy barrel aged Belgian Strong Pale Ale with brett before. So I really have nothing to go by. What I can say is this is a well made beer by Allagash. The brandy barrel actually goes quite well with this Belgian beer style and using the brett in this beer was a really good idea as well by Allagash.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Pours a clear golden hue. Two fingers of head. Nice patchy layer of foam left behind, with some solid lacing.

Smells of clean brett driven funky, lots of yeast driven fragrances, some bread malt, apple, honey like sweetness, and just a kiss of oak and brandy fruitiness.

Taste follows the nose. Mostly a standard Belgian Pale Ale, with some serious brett influence. The Brett yeastiness is clean and crisp with a good deal of funk. Green apples, vanilla oakiness, and some oak.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry, and slightly tart.

Very pleasant and enjoyable beer, however, somewhat expensive for what it is. Probably won't revisit.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fizzy ! Not big on the carbonation but the taste made up for it. Subtle sour taste almost drank like a wine. Nice golden color. Grabbing more of this for sure.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Evora from Allagash Brewing Company
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