Hive 56
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #2
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,974
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.33%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
151
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Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Notes: Hive 56 is a dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre for eighteen months. The beer is deep mahogany in color with aromas of strawberries, lemon, and tropical fruit; notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and figs present themselves upon the first sip, followed by a lingering tartness.

We brew this beer with a blend of dark Munich malt, chocolate wheat, midnight wheat, and roasted barley, and hop with Cascade and Northern Brewer. Hive 56 undergoes initial fermentation with our house yeast; we then transfer the beer to a foudre with Brettanomyces bruxellensis and fresh honey from our Allagash beehives. Over the course of the next 18 months, the Brettanomyces transforms the honey, resulting in a beer with bold, roasty flavors, and a hint of tropical fruit.
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Photo of Boto
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque dark brown color. Almost no head or lacing. An interesting nose. Chocolate, berries, honey, some other fruits. The taste is very good. A bit of funkiness, along with dark chocolate, berries, faint coffee. A complex flavor profile. Woth checking this one out!

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Photo of FBarber
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown color. Thin fizzy tan head dissipates mostly but leaves a ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of lemons, honey, tropical citrus, and some tart berries, almost unripe strawberries with a light cocoa aroma. Quite unique and interesting - you kind of get a different snapshot of the aroma each time the glass approaches your mouth.

As expected from the aroma, the taste is also very unique. Initially you get some dark Munich malts, roasted malts, dark bread, notes of chocolate, cocoa that give way about halfway through the palate to a dark honey flavor and then transitions into a tart lemon funk with a slight bitterness on the finish. Its an incredibly complex and varied profile. As the beer warms the tropical funky notes from the Brett start to shine more as the cocoa notes fade.

Feel is medium bodied and somewhat coating. I'm guessing that the honey in this coming through. Sprightly but not overly pronounced carbonation.

Overall a complex and intriguing brew. Not one I'd personally be likely to drink again - but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy light tan head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark brown with light purple notes.
The smell is pretty good. It primarily is ruled by the wild ale notes with a nice cherry tart and various sweet notes that come in the finish. The lemon is fairly light and the strawberries primarily come out in the finish. The chocolate is fairly light and almost unnoticeable.

The taste is pretty good. It has a strong raspberry tart and lemon sour note that comes upfront and lasts through the entire drink. The roasted barely and chocolate come more to provide a decent sweetness alongside a sugary strawberry note.

The feel is good. It has a nice medium body with a good acidic feel from the tartness and a really light tingling from the carbonation. It has a smooth feel with a bit of thickness to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer worth getting and fairly delicious.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cork and cage 375ml bottle - dated June 22nd, 2017 - poured into a tulip at 45f.

Pours a very dark brown with some amber highlights. Not full black like a stout. This is brown and thinner looking. Fizzy light brown 2+ finger headhead dissipates to a thin foamy cap, which slowly dissipates to a collar.

Nose is some dark malts, wild yeast, a bit of a sour note, and an underlying sweetness, probably from the honey. There's also the tiniest fume of alcohol. There's a fruitiness in the nose. Like sour raspberries. A berry fruitiness.

Palate is lightly toasted malt - like a whole grain cracker, and some very identifiable Brett character. Once you're familiar with Brett, it's easy to spot. Musty, overripe stone fruit and dark berries. A see a lot of people say "brett sourness". This bothers me. Brett is not sour. It's funky and fruity. While many sour ales have Brett, it's not actually sour *because* of the brett. This does have a very faint tartness, as most wild ales do, but it's quite restrained. The Brett really adds depth and character. Funky, fruity, layered flavors that open up and evolve right before your very tongue, in waves of different notes. The 9.2% ABV is not detectable at all in flavor. In a blind taste, I'd guess this was probably 6.5%. I'm also getting an undeniable minty characteristic that's quite unique, and plays well with this. I'm not quite getting honey, but there's plenty of huge brett flavors that make up for it. Though I would have loved that honey note. Overall, Brett is the star of the show here.

Mouthfeel is on the lightest side of medium, or the heaviest side of light. It has a fine, fair carbonation. Right in the middle. Very finely fizzy. It's not completely dry. It has a little bit of lingering "wetness" to it.

Overall: I can never really knock anything by Allagash, because I love everything I try of theirs (minus White, perhaps). This is good. It's a great wild ale. It has loads of brett character that lends to flavors on flavors on nuances on depth. I love that. I do really wish there was more, or really ANY honey character to it. But I get that it's difficult to brew something with sugar, and have that translate to the palate. The yeast just wants to munch it all up and turn it into alcohol and bubbles. This bottle has a little bit of age though, and maybe a new bottle would be different. Either way, this is still great. If you want an ale with honey, look elsewhere. If you want a wild ale with tons of Brett - look no further than Hive 56.

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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany body; thick, long lasting, creamy head. Wild ale aroma; tart and vinegary; trace hints of cocoa powder. The taste has similarities to the aroma, less tart but with more dark malt quality. Medium body; rather smooth on the palate; some sour tang mixed with a powdery dryness.

An interesting beer, very nice looking for a wild ale. The taste and body mixes a unique blend of dark and wheat malts with a mildly sour undertone. It is not your every-day wild ale. Different and worth a try...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an almost opaque extremely dark chestnut brown (approaching jet black) in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate mahogany + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of dark malts, honey, oak, and tart dark fruits (raspberry + strawberry). There is a light aroma of barnyard funkiness from the brett and some slight sour/vinous aromas in the finish. Hints of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of dark + chocolate malts and moderate flavors of honey with only a subtle hint of sweetness from the honey. That is followed by just shy of moderate flavors of tart dark fruits (raspberry + strawberry) and light flavors of brett barnyard funkiness. Very light flavors of lemon citrus and a light to moderate flavor of oak which lingers through the finish. Lightly sour.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Veyr enjoyable with a lot of complexity to the flavor and aroma- drinks easily with well hidden alcohol. I would gladly have another one these at some point in the future.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Caged & Corked 375ml bottle
Date Bottled shown as June 22, 2017
Poured into a standard flute glass

This beer appears black in-color, opaque, with an off-white in-color head which dissipates in a minute.

The nose is tart/funk/oak, chocolate, and fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, prickly, the prickliness becomes slightly diminished as the beer warms.

Taste leads with a fruit sweetness that briefly slips into a roasty cocoa quality before finishing with a bitter tartness.

Overall this was an interesting beer, I enjoyed the interesting fruit sweetness with the roasty characteristics which was disrupted only by the prickly mouthfeel that didn't seem to go away.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

12.7 oz. Bottle
Caged/Corked
Date Bottled: June 22, 2017
ABV: 9.2%

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice little funkyness, with some dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, raisins, dates, plums, cherries), slight chocolate. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, very nice dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, raisins, dates, plums, cherries), slight chocolate, nice funk. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, a very tasty complex brew. Overall, very nice. Allagash is always a joy to drink.

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Photo of Tony210
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with l thin light tan head composed of micro bubbles. Foams up easily wth a swirl of the glass. I smell raspberries and sour cherries. Tart and sweet, tastes like a sour framboise. ABV well hidden. Plenty of Allagash's signature carbonation here, fairly light bodied. Overall, not my favorite. I am not a huge fan of Brett beers, but I figured I would give it a shot. I won't dump it out, but I won't buy it again.

10/25/17
375ml bottle bought at brewery 9/2017
This bottle has abv at 9.2%
3.5 rating

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a freshly poured cola soda. Black, sleek, and sexy in a chalice glass. Predominantly on the noise is a berry tartness, I definitely pick up a bit of a darker variety of honey, chocolate covered strawberries, raspberry. The taste itself, despite a strong fruity presence, is not overly sweet. Chocolate comes through a bit stronger here, which rounds out the berry tart flavor. Quite balanced, strong flavors but nothing is out of check. Drinks a bit heavy, certainly more of a sipper but its not overbearing like some of the stronger stouts out there. This has a drinkability to it. But what limits you is yourself because you don't wanna slam this, you wanna savor it and delve into it a bit.
I like this beer alot, it has a bit of mystique to it, its complex but approachable, certainly not my baby's first brett but also not crazy funky or sour either. There's depth to this beer for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i absolutely loved this one! its been ageing awhile now, and its drinking incredibly well. what i like about it first and foremost is that despite being reddish brown in color and being sour, its decidedly not an oud bruin or a flanders red as a base beer. its almost like a darker german dunkel or something, almost roasty in the grain complexion, still with some dry cocoa notes commonly found in brown ale. its a real neat base, wheaty and interesting, and i think its dry earthy nature lends itself well to the oak and the honey. i think a lot of the honey here must have been fermented out by now, i get its essence more than its flavor, the impurities like pollen and wax more than the golden sweet nectar itself. the wood is strong, and casts a red wine note here, coupled with the bacterial acidity, its got quite the pucker, but the wheat malt and the roast there neutralize that a little bit. i also get hints of birch, leather, and raisin in this, its great. a mature wild yeast profile here for sure, some nice oaky funk along with the acidity, and lots of flavor from both. really complex stuff, and not like anything else out there, which in a world of increasingly samey sour beers, is a much welcomed change of pace! i super dug this and am thankful to have had it shared with me so generously!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark brown-ish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like sweet and delicious honey, slight chocolate, breadiness, cherries, blackberries, and raisins, with a hint of red wine.

I'm not a huge fan of dark sours, but this one does it for me. Like most Allagash, it's well balanced and complex, with great dark fruit character, and a super well integrated Brett component. It's not vinegary, like most dark sours tend to be for me. The honey adds a really nice sweetness that plays off the acidity really well.

This is medium bodied, crisp, and clearly cleanly fermented, with a good level of carbonation. The tartness lingers for a bit.

This is quite good. Allagash continues to be one of my favorite breweries- they are criminally underrated.

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Photo of cavedave
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More big thanks to LeRose for another delicious Allagash treat

Very deep black color with red cast and a righteous finger of dark beige foam that becomes a ring and thin skim pretty quickly.

Tart wine grapes and sweet raspberries, some sharper tart notes too. Earthy brett is a lighter presence, as well as even lighter floral perfume.

Wow, very full taste, immediately shows complexity and depth, but this is best described as a medley of flavors that show themselves as this baby warms and opens up. Along the way earthy brett notes that at times are a touch rotten fruit funky and tart notes show strongly, and are there at the end of the sip to help citrus hops dry things. Not that it is sweet, it is highly attenuated, but the fruity notes give it an implied sweetness. I get raspberry, chocolate, cherry, grapes, raisins, dates, and lemony tart. Complex and delicious.

Super light feel but it is so full of flavor, and has such a great linger that the gentle mouthfeel just gives it perfect presentation.

Amazing beer, light, yet substantial, and crammed full of flavors. Sure to please, recommendeed highly.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, deep plum ruby red colors when held to light. Finger thick, light tan colored head, creamy and fluffy. Lots of spotty head lacing clings to glass.

Aroma- Tart berry fruits, zesty strawberries and raspberries, lemon zest, fresh pineapple. Earthy funky barnyard, wet hay and grass, toasty oak and spice.

Taste- Tart fruits, strawberries, black cherries, blueberries. Lemon zest, pineapple, candied tropical fruits. Earthy funk, bitter minerality, wet hay, slight acidic vinegar. Roasted malt notes, dark fruits, caramel, and cocoa.

Feel- Medium bodied, mild tartness accompanied by a good deal of sweetness. Moderate carbonation, spritzy at times w/ some effervescence.

Overall- Tart fruits up front followed by the brett yeast which really imparts some funky and earthy flavors. On the finish is a unique roasted malt note followed by a dark malt sweetness. A wonderful and different type beer, combines elements of sour, funk, and dark malts in a beautiful way.

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Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours midnight brown with a huge Belgian head; great retention and webby lacing action

Smell: A funk festival for the nose, with woody, balsamic vinegar tones buttressed by hints of strawberry, fig and black licorice

Taste: Very roasty, at the outset, but the beer immediately detours into a leathery funk arena; undertones of chocolate, fig and black licorice arrive but by mid-palate, the balsamic vinegar element dominates; woody finish, with underlying acetic sourness

Moutfeel: Medium to full body with an underlying buoyancy that few domestic Belgians achieve

Overall: There is a lot going on in this beer and with each sip I discovered new elements; really interesting

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Photo of hgw605
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black. Slightly tan white head that is huge and sits there. Incredible rocky appearance.
S: Hugely tropical for such a dark beer. Roasted character. Light sweet character. Slight brett funk but mostly tropical brett character.
T: Roasted malts. Little citrus tropical character. Dry initially, then honey hits, then finishes relatively dry again with some floral honey notes. Brett comes through a bit.
F: Great. Nice and lively carbonation for such a dark beer.
O: Fantastic.

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Photo of LeRose
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours very dark like a stout, opaque with a rich, dense head that hangs...and hangs. Held to the light, it has a beautiful deep red tint.

On the nose, not much until the head starts to fall and she warms up a bit. The brett character asserts itself, but there is malt and underlying sweetness. Maybe a hint of what smells like balsamic vinegar, with a sweet/tart combination. No honey aroma that I can find.

The taste...it is pretty assertive. Quite a hefty brett, then tartness and sweetness strike. It does indeed have a vinegar character to it, but in a good way. There is sweetness and maybe the slightest hint of honey that is almost candy-like, that builds and leaves a little sticky sensation on the lips. Some fig like flavors, and certainly oaky, a mild roasted note.

My eyes deceiived me. I expected this beer to be a heavyweight in terms of the body, and it is far from that. Quite thin. It doesn't look too carbonated, but there is a nice zing from the bubbles and acidity, oaky phenolic sting, pretty dry on the end yet the sweetness carries.

Overall....hmmm...I like it, but what is it? Never had anything like it and maybe it is just safe to call it a wild ale? Not sure I can categorize it as anything else, nor do I really care. One will go into my involuntary aging program...I can see this becoming a lot more interesting with some age.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

To be honest, I am not sure how this beer isn't rated higher. This is incredible. Beautiful reddish black with a half inch head of reddish white head. Incredible tropical notes to the nose with a little honey coming through. Tropical funky brett throughout the aroma and flavor. Sour, but not in a puckering way. Lemon, pineapple goodness. Only complaint is after a while the sweetness of the honey starts coming through more. Some people probably love this. Personally I like the honey notes without the sweetness the way the beer drinks initially. Honestly incredible beer though.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

02/2016 bottling date served cold in a teku.

Appearance: like always, classy Allagash bottling. Poured out a thin dark brown liquid with a mocha and creamy head. Nice lacing and tight bubbles.

Nose: roasty and tropical, chocolate and Brett funk. Slightly tart but not lacto.

Taste: follows the nose. Like a very light funky Belgian Stout. Tropical, smoke, oak, char, Brett funk. Very nice. Crushable.

Overall: I really liked this one. Don't get the honey but there is a sweetness in there.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours totally opaque withi a two finger head. The beer is dark, an extremely dark amber color (think guiness). The nose the most disagreeable part of this beer. The brett funk and honey combine to make an odor that is cloying and overly sweet. Its not unpleasant, its just not a nice smell. The taste is much better, smoother and with none of the overwhelming sweetness of the nose. It is a little bit bitter, slightly sweet on the finish, and has lots of none-chocloatly or coffee malt notes (its gotta be the honey). Very interesting.

Overrall a nice beer. Not one of their best but its interesting.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PACKAGING: Brown glass bottle. 12.7 fl oz/375ml. White label; classy minimalist design. Unbranded silver hood-and-wire cage over a cork. Bottled February 24th, 2016. Cost was $13.49 USD at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Per the label: 7.70% ABV. "Dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre for eighteen months" with Brettanomyces bruxellensis.

Served chilled into stemware and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a dark sour ale per the label. I have high hopes for this given the brewery behind it.

APPEARANCE: Has a general look not dissimilar to cola, with a dark brown-black opaque body and a khaki colour head. Head disappears within a minute; retention is poor. No lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, unfortunately.

Appears to have aptly low carbonation.

It's not much to look at in terms of dark sours, but there are no egregious flaws.

AROMA: Clean brettanomyces funkiness is present, as is some bacterial tartness (though I don't find any overt lactobacillus). Tart raspberry, subtle oak wood, red wine grape, gooey dark malt sugars/dark fruits (possibly fig as indicated on the label), wheat, chocolate malt sweetness, a hint of dark bread, something herbal from the licorice/anise/fennel family, and treacle syrup.

Honey? Sorry, not finding it. I guess its sweetness is just inseparable from that of the malt sweetness.

As it comes to temperature, I detect a blip of vanilla (probably from the oak foudre), more cola notes, and prune.

Aromatic intensity is subdued. I hoped for more sourness; this is pretty timid for a sour ale, coming in at maybe a 2/10 in terms of sourness intensity. It's really more tart than anything else, and those after overt bacterial sourness and high acidity may find this wanting.

No hop aromatics.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Immediately rough around the edges, with a build that lacks a clear direction and doesn't have a dialed in balance. Has a gooey sweet core comprised of chocolate malt, wheat, treacly syrup, prune, and caramelized dark fruit. Honey isn't recognizable as a flavour and I'd challenge anyone who contends otherwise to identify it in a blind tasting.

Barely sour at all, clocking in at maybe 1-2/10 so long as we're not conflating brettanomyces funkiness or tartness with true sourness. No bacterial notes at all here, unfortunately. Brettanomyces is all bruxellensis; no lambicus here.

Oak character is as reticent as you'd expect in a beer aged in a foudre instead of a barrel (come on, Allagash, let's commit to 100% barrel aging), but it does lend the build some background cohesion. No toastiness, vanilla, coconut, or rich virgin French oak character here, but there is a detectable oaky wood tone.

I find no overt hop flavours - certainly no tropical fruit flavour as suggested on the label. If they were trying to showcase hops, they failed - but then I don't know why you would in a sour ale per se.

Acidity is merely above average. Mouthfeel is gooey, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and near perfectly carbonated. There's no ideal harmony of texture and taste here, and there are missed opportunities for the texture to accentuate specific notes from the flavour profile. I'd like to see increased acidity, more softness, and less of a syrupy feel. If the acidity could complement the addition of bacterial sourness, that'd make this far better.

OVERALL: Marketed disingenously as a sour, Hive 56 is a "sour ale with honey" that lacks both sourness and expressive honey. The premise - a dark sour ale with honey - isn't a particularly great one, but I'd hoped that the execution would blow me away because Allagash has proven before that they're on the cutting edge of American wild ale production. A fairer treatment of this beer would describe it as a "wild ale with brettanomyces" at best, but really it's just a slightly tart mess of a vaguely Belgian-inspired dark ale.

I'm keen to judge this on its own terms, but it's unclear what the brewers were really going for with this one. In any case, it isn't a success.

I adore Allagash as much as the next guy, but this is likely to disappoint honest discerning drinkers familiar with Allagash's (actual) sours.

Low C+ (3.06) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lively dark brown and amber coloration. Foam dissipates fast due to the aging process.
Aroma of dark berries, dark malt, slightly honey sweet, very funky wild yeast, fruity and tangy edge.
The flavor is very complex, the process in which this brew was created also seems complex. Rich dark malt, slight hint of honey and an array of earthy tones, dark and sweet fruits and a slight bitter funk underneath.
The feel is also very zippy for a brew layed down for 18 months. Mellows a bit but is still dry, zippy and lush.
A very unique sour!

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Photo of larryi86
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Deep brown, almost black, with red highlights and a two finger mocha head.

S- Sour dark fruits, touch of honey, hints of funk, slight chocolate quality.

T- Sour darker fruits, cherries, raspberries, some chocolate, hints of a lighter/citrusy tartness, some hints of honey, some earthy funk, very tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A really good sour, worth picking up. Sour flavors are like a Flanders and some of the malts are almost Porter like. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer might look like a draught Guinness when viewed from afar (it's jet black in color and has a quarter finger dense and creamy tan head), but upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light some traces of brownish hues are visible near the edge of the glass. The head has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of oak are present in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: This beer tastes completely different than what you might expect from the look as there are flavors of strawberries and lemons and notes of oak and hints of honey. Only faint hints of malts are perceptible. The oaky flavors linger into the finish, along with some of the lemons. As the beer warms up, a little sourness becomes noticeable.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is truly unique and has a lot of interesting flavors going on. I also liked how it is a wild ale but has an appearance that resembling a stout.

Serving type: bottle

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with light brown head
S: Tart, earthy Brett, light roast, malt sweetness, honey
T: Tart, light roast, chocolate, raspberry, honey, earthy
M: Medium light
O: Way better than midnight brett

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Hive 56 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 151 ratings