Monmouth Red
Allagash Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #369
Ranked #3,748
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Monmouth RedMonmouth Red
Notes: Sour Red in Apple Brandy Barrels
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 103 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Wrigfen from South Carolina

2.72/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it was just the style of beer, because Allagash is a great brewery, but I am sorry , not good and I am being kind. No lacing no head, no big deal, because the taste was just not right. I am sorry. Never again on this one.
I had it on draught in a tulip glass.

Dec 23, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is really cool beer, and apparently unlike other reviewers here, i found it rather complex. the apple brandy barrel treatment really makes this pretty unique, its a strong influence on the aroma and the flavor, and really sweetens this up, a bizarre combination with some of the vinegar sour notes here, but it really does work. super new to me though, challenging at first, but then delightful. some funk here too on top of a very robust and sturdy malt base that sports caramel, toffee, and honey notes. lots of wood as well as the fruity red apple brandy, cognac notes, vanilla, pie, autumn essence. more acidic sourness than funk in the flavor, but both are there. more malt character than i am used to seeing in these wild ale types, it really makes it rich and warming. the barrel leads the flavor charge for me, with all the fruit and the grain coming together beautifully, and while it is quite puckery, its not over the top and it doesnt breakdown the richness previously established. very nature brew. allagash has built a wonderful portfolio of wild beers, unique and complex as they get, and this is another great beer in that range. heavy apple brandy here, a sort of stylistic fusion, enormously delicious.

Dec 13, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Smells of woody brandy barrel, fresh malt, mellow cherry skins, wine-like tannins, sweet bread, and a bit of acetone all infused with musty basement. Tart berry and woody funk flavors upfront...cherry, plum, apple, and earthy vinous fruit. Hay, toffee, oak, and dust mix with the fruity acidity. Sour, frothy feel - not too heavy at all. Pretty tasty, though a small pour is good enough for me.

Oct 02, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light funk, just a trace of cherries that finishes with a noticeable apple brandy aroma.

A: Hazy red color with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

T: Tart cherries upfront that give way to an apple brandy character, almost cider like finish.

M: light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: The apple brandy barrel provides a unique take on a sour red, but not overly complex.

Oct 11, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer hits of tart cherries up front, fresh fruity ones. Bright acidic flavors, a theme of crushed red fruits with cranberry and strawberry. Brandy liqueur barrels come though along with funk and a oak drying on the finish.

A wonderful complex fruited sour.

Sep 29, 2015
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Subvette from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose was nice and tart. Taste had acetic acid and mild tartness. Mouthfeel was thin and low carbonation The finish was a complete surprise to me. Instead of a tart acidic finish, it transferred into a robust cider like finish. I was very impressed.

Aug 02, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this the day after the Allagash event at the Armsby Abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a murky reddish gold hue a thin head that fades to leave a light blanket.

S - Aromas of very light funk and barely there cherry. Really not much else. No brandy whatsoever.

T - Taste is super acidic, almost acetone like. Light cherry notes, tart apple skins, faint brandy barrels. Flemmy finish.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp, flemmy, boozy finish.

O - Overall this beer had an almost medicinal cherry note going on. That, combined with the boozy and flemmy finish...once was enough for me with this one.

Serving type: on tap

Jun 22, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark-ish red, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

This one smells a lot like apple brandy, with a little bit of dark fruits, and vanilla.

This isn't all that sour, for a sour red, but it's still very tasty. Sweet apple and cherry dominate the conversation here. There's some honey, as well, along with some tartness and funkiness that's not at all overpowering. The apple brandy character lends some sweetness to this that's pretty nice.

This is light bodied, with a fairly juicy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. Nothing outstanding or disappointing here, just standard.

This was definitely an interesting beer, but I was hoping for a bit more complexity or tartness here to jazz things up.

Apr 20, 2015
Monmouth Red from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 103 ratings