Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #1
Ranked #5,930
4.13 | pDev: 7.02%
Jul 05, 2022
Jan 13, 2017
Notes: Dark Ale fermented with brettanomyces and aged on local fresh raspberries.
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Reviewed by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2018 Vintage

L: Pours almost pitch black. Not much of a head, just a thin collar of bubbles.

S: Vinegar up front with dark fruit and a touch of raspberry

T: Tart raspberry up front. On the back end, it fades to roasted malts and just a hint of roasted cocoa. Oud Bruin-like.

F: Medium bodied with a bit of a dry finish. This one is a sipper.

O: Comparing this beer to cake is a stretch since sourness dominates. An interesting and complex beer.
Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by chippo33 from Vermont

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by emerge077 from Illinois

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2018 vintage. Pours from the bottle near black with a ruby fringe, brief fizzy that dissipates to the faintest ring of carbonation, no lacing. Nose is very fruit forward with deep, rich raspberries, raspberry jam, sweet balsamic vinegar; lots of brett as well, but the fruit is most prominent. Taste plays out much the same, with tart raspberries and slight funkiness overwhelming at the outset. Only on the finish are there significant malt notes, which are subdued a slightly chalky, though this could be due to the age. Mouthfeel is coating and the carbonation effervescent, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Very enjoyable and drinkable.
Jan 23, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: opaque; cola brown in color; virtually no head - a tan skim cap that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: combination of vinegar, dark fruit, and raspberry;

T: raspberry and vinegar - the balance between the two goes back and forth;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: really nice flavor;
May 08, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by wip998001 from Massachusetts

Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
SPlit with rudzud, July 2018 vintage but literally bought this at the brewery a few weeks ago
Pours a darker foamy bubbly head with lower retention, fair lacing, messy lacing and decent legs, very dark black beer

Nose brings big Brett funk, farmhouse funk and tart slight sourness, fair juicy raspberry, little chocolate raspberry, touch of plastic, clash of roast, funk, and plastic

Taste brings tart fruit up front, a little sour raspberry, a little chocolate and some bitter roast, raspberry jam, light tart funky Brett, light funky Brett farmhouse, some acidity, finishes a bit slimy, little bitter, more funk and sour dark malt clash

Mouth is med bod, a little slimy like feel somehow, light acidity, medium-high carb, little astringent

Overall not that good, raspberry flavor is nice but the sour stout is not, and the funk is meh, this just missed quite a bit
Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Split with JLindros. 2018 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice almost dark black hue with a thin wispy off white ran head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, belgian candy sugars, flashes of raspberry, tart. Light funk, really mostly tart with dark sugars.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big fruity red raspberries, bright and tart. The chocolate is light and decent, loads of belgian sugars, finish is chalky and a bit astringent.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, very flemmy, little sharp.

O - Overall this was a rather underwhelming beer. Flemmy, too much roast and sugars. The raspberry flavour is the only redeeming quality of this one.

Serving Type: Bottle
Jan 31, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by WormGod from New York

Jan 06, 2020
Rated: 4.58 by dflo32 from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Nov 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by jakea from Wisconsin

Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jul 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very dark red, almost appearing black, but up to a light it still has ruby edges. This is topped by a foamy tan head settling to a persistently thick and creamy blanket leaving ridges and a couple of curled arms of lacing.

Taste is toasty seeds and malt, but not roasty, with a tart mild raspberry-cherry presence through a frothy soft body that finishes tingly dry. It's a little wild, herbal and woody with some char, but not too much.
Jul 29, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by vande from Illinois

Jul 15, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, Belgian yeast, berries, coffee, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of a tinge of coffee (very fleeting), a fair amount of Belgian-style yeast (present throughout), a lot of dark chocolate (quite rich), cherries, a hint of caramel, and lots of raspberries. This is a complex, subtle, and likable flavor. It doesn't overpower your palate, but it has a nice forcefulness to it. Tasty stuff.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer. Drinkable.
Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by woodchip from North Carolina

May 19, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by bluehende from Delaware

May 03, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 02, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by gobuccos from Ohio

Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by hermit990 from Illinois

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by saraamartin99 from Massachusetts

Mar 30, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Mar 15, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a wonderful looking dark brown close to black color capped by a small off white foamy head softly dissipating to leave some concave lace sliding with the sips.
The aroma had an absolutely fantastic blend of sweet and tart red raspberries entering in on some dark chocolate nibs. Subtle milk chocolate on the back end.
The flavor was majestic as it combined all of those prior mentioned aromas together to the sweet to the tart and adding a touch of roast then sour and an even slighter note of bitter. Mild aftertaste of cocoa powder and red raspberry.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. Finish seemed to touch down on the dark chocolate /almost cocoa powder-like sort of quality with the sweetness of the red raspberries, somewhat dry.
Overall, wow, what an absolutely amazing sour ale brewed to be a luscious dessert beer. I would love to have this again.
Mar 08, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This has more of a desert wine feel than anything, with vinous like booze, oaked raspberry and faint chocolate malts, sweet, boozy, and slightly tart. Even the look is like dark red wine with brown tinges. Wood tannins and brett are more present in smell than taste, but raspberry rules both. Nice light dessert ale
Feb 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown body with a nice light tan head. Mild aroma, slightly sour with berries with a hint of chocolate. Not very sour & even less sweetness, mild funk, the rest of the flavor follows it aroma with a touch of alcohol on finish. Good carbonation & feel. I’d prefer a little more berry & sweetness but still excellent.
Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (b. 7-26-19) to tulip glass.

Too sour for me, but interesting. Brett and raspberry work well together, but overwhelm this beer. Maybe a thick full bodied sweetwe imperial stout like BCBS or Great Lakes Blackout Stout.
Feb 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This dark tap pour has a fine, thin effervescent cap and a fruity, tart aroma. The flavor is berry-rich and somewhat sweet with a sour stout back. The finish is velvety. This is sweeter than my preference and oak might help, but I expect that many would really like this.
Jan 22, 2019
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. Aroma is basically tart raspberry. Deliciously sweet and tart at same time, I'm a sucker for razzies, the raspberries come in puckering and tart (almost like vinegar) and you get that taste in the finish. But there is great sweetness as well and great balance. It's easy to drink but go slow.
Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 07, 2019
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from the Epsom Circle Mart
Dark brown with a veracious off white head. Lemony tart with bits of raspberry jam on the nose. Light bits of cocoa and caramel. Lactic with just a hint of earthy funk. Pretty tasty beer but its a stretch calling this cake like, there is very little sweetness.
Dec 31, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Solid black color. Medium light body with about medium carbonation.
Aroma is raspberries, cherry, lactose/yogurt, some really high end quality milk chocolate that shows up in the background.
Taste is cherry,raspberry, mildly tart and some funk. Like the aroma the milk chocolate shows up in the background.
It's a great beer for dessert but because it isn't too sweet it is good anytime
Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 4.76 by weareallfalafel from Virginia

Dec 23, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with fine foam around the edge.

Smell is tart with raspberries and cherries hiding a subtle, sweet chocolate note.

Taste is rich and quite tart upfront, wtih plenty of berrries. Behind the fruitiness comes a nice. slightly sweet chocolate vibe along with some coffee. The two then blend together into a real dessert of a beer.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very complex and interesting beer with a lot of levels.
Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by crobinso from Colorado

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a fairly dark brown/black, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sour raspberry and tart dark fruit, chocolate, leathery brett, red wine, and berries.

Like most wild ales from Allagash, the Brett funkiness is expressed in a complex but subtle way. There's slight leather and lemon, with a big chocolatey character from the malt. The raspberries add a touch of sweetness, but mostly acidity. It does feel like a chocolate-covered raspberry, a bit.

This is light bodied and slightly creamy, with a great level of drinkability.

This is a very fun beer- I'd wish for a bit more chocolate flavor from the malt (or actual chocolate added). Despite that wish, I enjoyed this a lot.
Nov 26, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 85 ratings