Cuvée D'Industrial
Allagash Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #72
Ranked #632
4.36 | pDev: 6.65%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Cuvée D'IndustrialCuvée D'Industrial
Notes: Cuvée d’Industrial is comprised of a blend of twenty-four select barrels from our wild beer cellar. Our Brewmaster chose each barrel based on the specific characteristics it would bring to the blend. Barrel types used in this blend include: chestnut, port, rum, aquavit, American oak, Sauternes, and red wine. The resulting beer features aromas as diverse as apple, grape, caramel, and clove. Its flavors of biscuit, slight mocha, and cinnamon all come together with clean acidity—thanks to the mixture of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Saccharomyces that collectively made this beer’s creation possible.
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured the color of liquid gold with little visible carbonation.

Smell - The rum nose gave me the feeling that I should already be passed out of a basement floor.

Taste - The profile was lemony was hints of honeydew melon with a rum backbone. A sour beer with rum makes me think of what sour paint thinner might be like. There was a nice tartness to the profile, but I did not need the rum. The funk would have been enough for me.

Mouthfeel - Little carbonation from the aging makes the beer feel unusually flat. Still, there was viscosity.

Overall - I did not dislike the beer as much as I expected. The rum aging did the beer a disservice.

Mar 14, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly, per the style. This is a gorgeous beer. The funky notes lead the nose, as expected, and there’s also oak and vanilla notes - and an unexpected malt note. On second thought, given the color, it’s not surprising this beer has a more significant malt component.

The taste is all about the funky flavors and the vanilla and oak melding with the malt flavor to yield a wild ale that is balanced with a substantial body and all the requisite funky, fruity flavors.

This beer is perfectly executed, which is not surprising given the brewery and their prowess.

Dec 16, 2019
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This might be the best beer that I have personally had in Allagash's small corked bottle American wild ale series. I've bought no less than a dozen of these various beers, and this one produce the most expensive champagne-like drinking experience.

Had poured into a tall white wine glass in sub-30 degree weather, sitting in a hot tub. Bottle was aged 3 years, stamped 2015.

Dec 09, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

nice fizzy head, murky apricot orange

Nose big funk earthy little cheesy funk, big Brett and saison farmhouse, big buttery oak white wine, little floral and big fruity.

Taste sweet candy malt, big buttery oak, chardonnay barrel, huge buttery, toasted grain, nice funk, herbal cheesy Brett funk, little sour fruity, an almost whisky thing too.

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, great funk, great barrel, nice malt, etc.

Jul 29, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, cork and cage, bottled 5/27/2015, served a little over two years later into a snifter glass. Pours a clear light golden/straw yellow body, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. Smell is rich oak, musty cobweb, a touch of vanillin, a slick-ish grainy sweetness, lemon, white vinous character, more oak. It's fairly heavy on the oak on the palate as well, without going quite so far as to make it like licking a tree. The oak barrels seem to impart more vinous character and a good bit of vanillin than anything else; the mustiness lingers on the palate as well, which is very interesting as well. Very complex. Light lemon zest, slight grainy sweetness, a bit of straw and earth, moderate vinegar that wasn't particularly apparent on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly on the heavier side but not quite full bodied; slightly lower carbonation than most wilds; but with a nice vanillin and oak laden finish. A barrel aged wild ale that is heavy on the barrel but certainly not to the detriment of the overall experience. Very complex wild.

Jun 16, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Teku glass.

Pours a pretty clear amber body with a one finger white head that reduces to nothing leaving no lacing or retention.

Aromas are funky, weird mushroom aroma with sharp citrus and oak, apples. Extremely dry.

Taste is tart apple, oaky vanilla, old hops, lightly bitter with spices. Smooth easy mouthfeel with not much carbonation.

Interestingly enjoyable

Apr 20, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
375ml bottle poured into a wine glass

A- pours clear golden color with a thin creamy white head that has great retention

S- smells of tart lemon, fresh grass, earthy and spicy oak, acidic notes, vanilla, stone fruit, floral notes

T- tart and acidic up front with notes of peach, apricot, lemon peel. Earthy and peppery oak adds some woody and vanilla flavors. The finish gives more juicy stone fruit with an emphasis on peach and apricot, lingers dry and acidic

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and dry finish

O- great stone fruit throughout, high drinkability

Apr 08, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Cuvee d'Industrial is comprised of a blend of select barrels from our wild beer cellar. The barrels chosen for this blend were selected based on the specific unique characteristics that each brought to the blend. The various components varied in age from 1-5 years and were aged in a mix of American and French oak barrels. The resulting beer is light golden in color and displays a broad complexity of flavors. Aromas of tropical fruit, vanilla, and anise lead into malty oak flavors and a clean tart finish." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale aged in oak barrels. Available in 375ml. bottles and on limited draft.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a pearl white tone over a mildly hazy honey amber body with fine sediment and lively, moderate carbonation. Retention is average and there is no visible lacing. 3.5

(Smell) Blend of tart, lightly acidic, earthy and spicy notes with aromatic oak tannins. Gentle fermented fruit sugar character, softly doughy yeast presence, moderate clove spice, some light, earthy funk and hay notes. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) More tangy and acidic up front over the nose. Bright spring fruit characters alongside a smooth, clean malt base, with a blend of spicy, peppery and light phenol yeast qualities, some vinous white grape flavors, a nip of lemon and a soft oak-tannin driven drying finish. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, slick, softly chewy, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy, acidic, drying and spicy over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) I enjoyed this beer but was not overly impressed by the degree of flavors, which I had anticipated would be more widespread based on the variety of barrels and ages of barrels used in the production, as this beer leaned heavily on white wine characters. Ultimately, it is a nice, closely balanced wild sour with an enjoyable yeast and barrel-aging presence, even if the latter is largely driven by vinous toasted oak and little spirit action, it's still an enjoyable beer, but I have had better and more complex wild ale beers, even within Allagash's series of small batch releases. 4

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Cuvee d'Industrial

Mar 14, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with an inch of foam capping the clear amber liquid; splashy lacing abounds but the retention is limited

Smell: Cheesy funk and leathery with oaky, vinous tones

Taste: Funky from the outset, with lemon and tropical fruit tones developing; rather acetic, through the middle; rather vinous and oaky, after the swallow with a funky, cheesy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I respect what Allagash has created here but as the Brett has come to dominate the flavor profile, I cannot say that I an enthusiast

Mar 10, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 9/6/15 @ Sheffields.

Cloudy yellow appearance.

Minimal white head; no lace.

Tart white grape & strawberry notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

White grape & strawberry flavors up front; a mildly tart soda water bite on the finish. A fruity, dry, refreshing brew. I'd have another.

Feb 20, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date Bottled: May 27, 2015

Lightly hazed yellow-gold with a small, patchy white head of wispy bubbles. Aroma is a smooth blend of spicy oak, mild vanilla, hay, flowers, and a bit of yellow cake. Bold, tart, funky flavor has a heightened tropical fruit sweetness. Spicy wood, pineapple, lemon meringue, white grape, vanilla, and pear with some cheesy funk. Slick, crisp, medium-light body with a lingering sour acidity. Tasty stuff...

Jan 30, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the release.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a one finger white head that faded to leave a creamy blanket and some nice lacing.

S - Aromas of light oak and vanilla, very light lemon citrus. Almost a creamy wheat aroma. Subtle funk with some lighter mineral notes as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice bright lemons and citrus. There is some really solid almost cheesy funk going on with more mineral quality. The tart acidity is not overly aggressive

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, almost fluffy and creamy yet still nicely acidic and crisp.

O - Overall this beer is really starting to come into its own. The nose is still a little subdued but the flavours are starting to shine. It's drinking wonderfully now, can't wait to see what it becomes.

Serving Type: Bottle

Dec 03, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear gold with almost no head.
S: It smelled like tart apple cider vinegar and sour white grapes, with some funky oak and unripe apricot and minerals.
T: It tasted like dry white grapes and tart apple cider vinegar, with some funky oak and unripe apricot and pear and minerals. It had a clean, sour, and dry aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice sour with bright and complex scent and taste, akin to champagne. Not the most extreme or delicious, but still very enjoyable. The body wasn't bubbly enough, but it was otherwise fine. The finish was smooth and relatively mellow, so it was easy to drink. Could age nicely, but doesn't need it. A fine brew, especially on a hot day.

Sep 15, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 cork and cage into a stemmed vase, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw gold coloring with a swell of carbonation bubbling feeding a bubbly, white head. Aromas of sour and funky notes forward, with herbal notes of dill, oak spice and wood, and subtle citrus sweetness. Flavors are tart and sour forward, rich with lemon and white grape, followed immediately by grassy and floral notes. Wood spice and yeast funk reign in the sweet and tart blend. Smooth, effervesced, crisp body, with a fruity, slightly dank sour, and woody aftertaste. The finish is crisp and slightly cloying, with an herbal and funky linger. Great beer.

Jul 31, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle.

Date bottled: May 27, 2015

poured into Jester King wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque golden orange body. Almost two full fingers of thick and creamy bone white head composed of many tiny bubbles. Unbelievable staying power of head on this wild ale as the head remains for the entire drink leaving a thick cap on top the beer for nearly the entire drinking session. How does Allagash craft such visually stunning beers?

Smell: Bright and acidic. Deep dry earthy oak barrel notes. Lots of potent Allagash signature funk. Lemons, green apple, lemon rind, and orange rind.

Taste: Fairly mellow sourness; though the nose has an intense acidic aroma about it. I would say the acidity is a 3.75 out of 10. So much oak character in this wild ale blend imparting musty oak, earthy oak, assertive vanilla and coconut making this beer taste rich and complex. Allagash signature funk is also present and tastes more potent and mature than most Allagash wild ales. Citrus acidity composed of meyer lemons, orange peel, and lemon zest. White grapes and red apple skins. This beer has a bright taste about it around midpalate. In the finish, the oak just lingers on with a light vanilla sweetness for contrast. This beer just oozes complexity from the initial sip to the pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation. Super creamy carbonation and mouthfeel with just an ever so light crisp and slightly dry finish. Very drinkable sour beer.

Overall: Allagash Cuvée D'Industrial is very funky, very oaky, very complex, very unique, and a very memorable beer. Other impressive attributes that struck me while drinking this beer include the fact that the mouthfeel is nearly perfect showing impressive blending skills of the Allagash crew. Also the fact that the character of this beer is extremely mature, well developed, and quite complex which was most likely done by using ample amounts of the older 4 and 5 year barrels that the label mentions that were used in blending this beer.

Jul 14, 2016
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lbloom from New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark blond, slightly cloudy. Almost no head, but what was there was white and soapy.

S:Tropical fruits and citrus. Lots of lemon. You can pick up a slight sourness. Some notes of funk and yeast, but mostly a pretty clean fruity smell.

T: Initial taste is grainy and mild. For the first half a second, it feels like you are drinking a nice pilsner. After that, the primary flavors start to kick in. First comes a wave of subtle lemon. Tart, but not overpoweringly so. Tastes very clean. Some soft white grape, followed by winey barrel notes. Finish is lemon and funk.

M: Beautiful for this type of beer. Crisp and clean carbonation that pairs nicely with the sourness of the beer. Fizzes heavily in the mouth, leaving a gentle burn from the bubbles. Medium body. Avoids the syrupyness that some sours can have.

O: A wonderful sour. Very mild, subdued, and soothing. Just enough sourness to do battle with the funk. I like how the tartness of the beer has a decidedly lemon tone, and stays away from other fruity notes. This is well executed, well balanced, and interesting. The mouthfeel is particularly superb. A good beer to use to introduce people to sours. I would probably buy this again, although I'm not sure I am likely to encounter another bottle in the near future.

Jul 02, 2016
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend of sour blond ales in a 375ml bottle. Part of blend appears to have been oak aged as this sour blonde ale really popped with vanilla, tannins and oak. Tannins came over very strongly on both nose and taste. Not too sour so the complement of the barrel was able to contribute well. Good sour with an extra dimension.

Jun 27, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a golden yellow color, bright and transparent. Half finger thick, white colored head, soapy and fizzy., hangs around.

Aroma- Tart fruits, lemon, apple, tropical fruit notes, sticky sweetness. Sweet breadiness, vanilla. Funky yeast, drying oak, grass, dried hay, good amount of spice, almost peppery. Vinous qualities, white grape.

Taste- Mix of tart acidity and sweet fruitiness, breadiness. Tropical fruit notes, sweet bread, bright tart lemon. Oak barrel, vanilla, spice. Funky yeast, musty, grassy. Dry vinous notes.

Feel- Tart and crisp, yet smooth and creamy as well, clean finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Deep and complex flavors, incredibly enjoyable. Oak barrels are very forward and impart lots of flavors and aroma. Tartness is there but balanced out well, an awesome blend of sour, funk, fruitiness, and oak barrel.

May 30, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured a deep golden yellow. Aroma is very tart and sour in the initial sniff. Fruity and oaky. Smells like another very legit wild beer from Allagash. The flavor was very nice as well. Very pronounced tartness. Bright and dry. Woody. Apple cider vinegar. Lemons. Earth. Light bodied in my opinion. A win in my book.

Apr 30, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This blew my expectations away! Super hard to track down but soooo glad now that I did! light tart and so refreshing and well balanced! Need to find more of this quickly before the supply dries up!

Apr 29, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw gold with a loose, quarter inch bright white head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose expresses citrus, peach and toasted oak. Taste reveals light tropical stone fruit and a hint of lactic acid. Mouthfeel is light in body with an effervescent carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall - what an awesome beer! Light, bright and complex. I hope to revisit this one again.

Apr 24, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/29/16

Note: Full review #1100

A: Medium gold at its core with some straw around the edges - pours very clear - medium size, dense white head, fades to a nearly solid wispy cap, maintains a creamy, medium sized collar, leaves streaks of lacing

S: Sharp, potent tart and barrel - straight-up sour, with some sharp, bright acidity and some damp, musty, lactic funk - some intense tartness, touch of lemon - ripe oak barrel with some white wine aromas - a light spiciness, and some vanilla, from the barrels - additional funk from Allagash's yeast - minor hint of phenols - fruity esters, mostly apple - some pear, banana, and berry as well - some pale grains and wheat at the base

T: Abrasive, in a good way - sour, with some sharp, acidic sourness and some wet, funky, damp lactic sour - the barrel flavor is markedly complex, with some chewy oak, old barrel, woody tannins, vanilla, and white wine - tart - lemons - barrel funk and sour funk with some straw and barn - Allagash wild yeast, with some clove, pepper, banana, and phenols - super-tart green apples, pears, white grapes, cherries - light touch of citrus - some pale grains at the base

M: Medium body, smooth yet sharp, medium carbonation, finishes with lingering sour

O: Can also be used as a solvent

While this may not be as epic as some of the creations spawned from Allagash's coolship, this is very impressive and very memorable. The intensity of the sour/funk/barrel makes this a solid sipper, despite the somewhat low ABV. I wish I had purchased more of these back when it was on the shelves, as this is only going to get better with time.

Mar 30, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has been sitting upright for a good deal of time, so no surprise it pours a crystal clear light pale body, good level of white foam that creates a nice resinous layer. Aroma has notes of sweet yellow peach and ripe apricot, rich and luscious - definitely unique. Aroma transfers over to the palate - with an extremely enjoyable added sweet flavor...hard to describe. Almost a mixture of brown sugar with the fruity essence. Nice mild bitterness, smooth feel throughout. A killer beer.

Mar 13, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle had at Monk's Café. Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Nearly clear golden straw color. Fluffy white head with slightly below average retention and no lacing.

4.0 S: Acetic forward with straw and woody funk. Huge blackberry then assorted mixed berry, apple, orange, and passion fruit.

4.5 T: Supple mild tannic astringency. Woody funk and vanilla. Again supremely intense berry flavors with mild cherry and tropical notes.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Active, light, and spritzy carbonation. Really a pleasure here.

4.5 D: The wonderful berry flavors in this make it a great beer for sure.

Mar 10, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow color. White head.

Brett up front. Lots of tropical fruits. Pineapple. Grape musk. Light lemon acidity. Not tart or overly acidic, however.

Light bodied. Clean.

Feb 13, 2016
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