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Allagash Musette | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash MusetteAllagash Musette

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of a Belgian-inspired Scotch ale, Musette undergoes a caramelization process in the kettle, where the first runnings are condensed and caramelized, imparting a unique and subtle caramel character and amber color to the beer. Following fermentation, a portion of it is aged in oak bourbon barrels for three months. Musette features raisin and ripened banana aromas. Its taste is malty and caramel with a hint of roast, and its warm finish strikes a balance between dry and caramel characters with a hint of smoke.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 05-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dulled light maple brown color with a bit of dark orange cast to it. Dense medium capping of light tanned foam sits firmly for a bit before fading to a light skim. Lacing is impressive in big sticky sheets.

Aroma is a well rounded display of dulled malty tones that enrich the thoughts of thick vanilla, brown sugar, raisin, fig, and a slight nuttyness. Thickly sweet and dulled like that of something being caramelized. But there's a very nice noting to a slight yeasty funk that adds just the right amount of bardyard sourness.

Taste is rich and fulfilling with malt enduced flavors and thickness. A fair blend of vanilla and caramelized candy coated breads texturize the palate into submission. Sweetness is tamed only by slight accents to some smokey, lofty oaken wood notes and slight tang of Belgian soured candy and floral farmhouse funk. Finishes thick and impressive with lots of tone and length. Malts are lovely in this one. Yummyrific!

Feel is velvety thick and lasting. Smooth in tone but substantail in a malty girth that screams thickness, yet yells softness as it bellows them both out during each wonerful taste. It has a great soaking nature to it that engulfs you into the session and the enjoyment is heightened.

A lovely beer by Allagash. Thick, rich, lasting, inviting, and overtaking. Really at this point I'm left speechless as it supercedes words for the most part. Heavenly.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly clouded dark ruby. Flavor is amazingly smooth. Wood character comes through as does a good sweet tone. Who cares about specifics. I give it a 5 on flavor. Feel is perfect balance between liquid and carbonation. I cant believe I am having this on tap. So drinkable, I want to kill the keg. I can only imagine what this is like on bottle and plan on finding out at some point.

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Photo of shoky01
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever tweeted that the Saucer had afew bottles of this stashed. Had the 2008 vintage poured into goblets, shared with new friend over beer stories.

A: heavenly color, cloudy brownish red with little head and light lacing. Nice carbonation for being 3 years old.

S: OMG. Caramel, slight nuttiness, malts.

T: As good if not better than the smell. At 10% the alcohol was just present enough to remind you its a scotch ale. The spice and malts were amazing. Got so much better as it warmed. It was such a shame to finish it.

Mouthfeel, being it was the end of the night my mouth was kinda wrecked so not sure exactly of the real mouthfeel, was pretty cotton mouth by then

Overall I'd have this again and again if I could, sad that its retired, may have to go back for another bottle. It was hard enough deciding on this or Curieux!.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $12.99 a 750ml bottle. The beer was served in a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very rich looking caramel amber coloration. The head is a fluffy biege and light tan coloration. Streams of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The beer smells odd for a scotch ale but I like it. The beer smells very pleasing like a caramel bourbon soaked raisin banana bread.

Taste: This beer is loaded with caramel maltyness. This combines well with the vanilla and oaked bourbon flavors. This beer delivers a hella good bubble gum and banana bread character to the flavor. This beer has a very warming and present alcohol flavor to the beer. This may be a distraction to others but I like the bourbonesque flavors. The beer has a flash of smoke flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied. The beer has a very aggressive and abrasive carbonation that helps to keep the beer on the dry side. The beer has a nice creamy finish. The beer is very drinkable in my opinion. I enjoyed the beer from the begining until the end. At 10% this beer may be too much for others to drink. I enjoyed how strong the beer was.

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Photo of stumac
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A musette is a French bagpipe.

damn! 20 bucks a bottle! Bottled March '08 and drank May '08....still fresh. pours up a deep brown with reddened edges. a glorious cream colored head. aromas of immediate alcohol. wood and dark malts. tastes of oak, earth, roasted malts, alcohol spice, vanilla. medium to low carbo as it breathes. pretty full bodied. Great brew!

I actually had a one bottled August '06 and drank it in August '07. It was SUPER smoothe! Not as apparent alcohol smell and taste. very well blended flavors. My roommates at the time didn't drink beer (and still don't), but they all loved this year old Musette.

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Photo of bashiba
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark copper with a huge thick and pillowy head, super sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell had a big caramel malt odor with a bit of oak and vanilla.

Taste is outstanding! Big slightly sweet malts with great oak, vanilla, smoke, and peat flavors. Very much a superb wee heavy with oak! Has a lightly bitter earthy and smokey finish with a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel is warm and full with a crisp dry finish.

Super drinkable 10% Wee heavy. Only wish it was cheaper and more readily available it would become a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of malcontent
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber body crowned by a champagne-like, bubbly head.

Apple skins, oak, smoke, fallen leaves and distant alcohol comprise a delectable nose.

Rich malt but never overbearing in its sweetness. Charcoal and vanilla themes are complimented by a long, woody finish. Strong cider flavors prevail throughout.

Shockingly smooth given the ABV. This is only enhanced by the lively, leading carbonation and a wonderfully tannic finish. Sophisticated like no Scotch Ale I've ever had.

Yes, it's strong, but it goes down effortlessly. Allagash sometimes gets my expectations up higher than they're able to meet. This beer, however, surpasses anything I could have imagined from the style. An absolutely exceptional ale.

It should be noted that I received this as a gift and therefore haven't been influenced by the price (as it seems others have). Who knows, if I were to have shilled out close to $20 for the bottle I, too, may not be so in love with it.

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Tria in Philadelphia PA.

Allagash continues to impress me. Another great beer from a brewery that has yet to disappoint.

Appearance: Serve an attractive dark red burgundy color with an ivory head and ring after ring of decorative impressive lacing lining the walls of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel syrup, malt, sugars, oak, smoky, vanilla and more caramel malt, load the nose with a rich aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This is a beautifully balanced, well blended sweet beer with barley, maple, caramel malt, oak flavors. Barrel oak vanilla notes bittersweet chocolate, grape and some spices are wrapped in a super silky smooth body; and a light warming dryness on the cheeks. Brilliant!

Drinkability: I love this sweet easy beer. It is big and built for sipping but I could sip it all day. =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of dnichols
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2006, this 750ml, corked and caged Scottish ale pours a dense foggy orangey and copper hue with slight off-white head. It has a sweet smell with the gentle aroma of caramel apples tempered with a hint of oak smoke and roasted nuts. It provides a smooth, creamy texture that rolls across the tongue and lingers with a pleasant aftertaste. The rich caramel and roasted nut flavor remains firm to the end. It is an exceedingly drinkable brew that delights the senses.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep copper color, with a off white head. In the aroma, oaky almost nutty, small vanilla, hints a dark fruits. In the taste, dark fruits, figs and prunes, small vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. A smooth and big to medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry vanilla aftertaste. Nice oak presence, big flavors, and quite nice.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in a trade with gregc. Big frothy head that sits for a good while, dark red, almost brown color beer. A little murky but bottled was passed around quite a bit unfortunately before opening. Very malty... not as sweet as most Scottish Ales I have had. A little oak but not overbearing, some vanilla in the aroma and taste.
Pretty rich but well balanced, like I said not overly sweet. A little bit of belgian charecter with some raisins. A pretty complex beer. Medium body. I wish we could get Allagash beers in Arizona again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in August 2006.

Appearance: Clear burgandy. Lots of carbonation noted surfacing through the body of the beer. Healthy looking beige head. Moderate amounts of lace left while I drink.

Aroma: Oak, candy, sweet malts, Belgianesque like yeastiness, and a little cherry like fruitiness.

Flavor: Lots of complex subtleties. Sweet candied malts. Belgian yeastiness. Slight oak. Fruity esters abound. Sublte dryness. The slight alcohol that is present is integrated beautifully. This is really a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: This is one of those rare beers that just kind of dissolves in the mouth. (Similar to a lot of the St. Bernardus brews in that respect.) LIght-medium body. Carbonation is perfect. Mouthfeel is perfect.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable. The alcohol is well integrated. This is not a classic Wee Heavy by any means. More of a belgian beer. Let's call it a Belgian inspired Wee Heavy. In any case, it's delicious.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large Belgian bottle, caged and corked, "bottled August 2006" Pours cloudy, dull dark brown, typical tan head showing fine retention and leaving nice, fine and also blotchy lacing. Nose is musty,malty and sweet. Notes of more malt, light raisins and a hint of wood and rum. Fine, fine stuff, very smooht and enjoyable mouthfeel. Go get some! Thanks to my beer bud, Daver, for bringing this fine brew over..

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. The cork released easily. Bottled August 2006. I had no idea what this beer was until just now, and I found the drawing on the label curious (or is that curioux?), but now I see it's a bag pipe. Great name. Great label. Great beer.

Poured into a wide goblet, it's a very hazy deep chestnut with a ruby cast. A short head of creamy ivory froth rests atop, slowly settling into a wide collar with islands, peninsulas, and a single isthmus of lace across the surface. Creamy walls of lace rise from the surface along the glass, and as you sip and disturb the beer, it's roused to form a solid, silky veil across the surface. Very fine bubbles rise from below, helping to maintain the creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Very nice appearance.

In the nose it's lightly smokey and oak-like... not just woody, but woody and oak-like. Maltiness lies still beneath, not in any hurry to truly reveal itself, and a bit of yeasty fruitiness (chalky tangerine) seems to be up to the same game.

The flavor initially offers a strong note of vanilla with the wood, but with subsequent sips that disappears into the lush, smokey and deeply caramelish - scorched sugar maltiness. Yeasty fruitiness does make an appearance, but it's still restrained. It displays apple, pear, apricot, subtle cherry, and some mild dark skinned fruits. Alcohol hits the palate midway with a splash of spiciness, and leads into dry and oaky finish. Even cedar-like? The combination of fruit and burnt sugar and wood is quite remarkable. It's rich and flavorful but far from overwhelming... more like 'refreshing'... and it's perfect for cold weather! It finishes dry with a wash of sm-oak-iness, and lays on the palate with a touch of smoked meat character.

A really nice, very interesting Scottish style Ale. Solidly flavored with lots of complexity. A beautiful sipper.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a solid dark amber that fades to straw near the edges of my glass. The head was even, creamy and off-white.

Smells of an awesome blend of green sappy oak, a dab of honey and a cool woody barley that’s slightly sour.

Tastes of a nice gooey barley and brown sugar over-laid with an electric oak, easy woody hop and alcohol that sweetens in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a creamy carbonation.

This one’s really well rounded. It was nice to have a barrel aged beer that wasn’t overly-dominated by the oak.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a St Bernardus chalice, pours (what I'll call) a russet orange, a half inch of creamy head sticking around for a little bit, settling to a thin film. The lacing falls in sheets down the glass, not sticking but for a few instances, the head reforming upon a gentle swirl.

The aroma is light, even shy, kind of a tricky buoy, but delightfully woody, lots of oak, earthy, the fruits vague and .... dank? And then there is the yeastiness that takes on a BSDA quality, very odd, very unique, very nice.

The taste is a wonderful kind of vague that I love, where the individual qualities are second to the overall cohesive whole. And its like a Scotch-Belgian hybrid, very interesting, the oak and malts giving it its highland feel, while yeasty spices impart that unmistakable Belgian impression.

The mouth is about medium (read: not thin), which leaves me yearning for a bit more heft. But the carbonation is just right, it warms the tongue real nice, but above all its a deliciously smooth ride. Overall, its a very interesting beer, another wonderful Allagash beer, most delicious.

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Photo of JMBSH
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours red-caramel brown with a pillowy beige head. Sticky with plenty of lacing.

Aroma is very sweet with caramel malt and candied sugar. Light fruit, with underlying yeasty spices.

Taste is toasted malt and a peaty smokiness. Fruit and strong alcohol notes add a brandylike quality. Finish is dry and woody, with earthy hops and mild spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

An unusual and very tasty brew. Complex flavor profile, and dangerously easy to drink. Who knew that the malty smoky aspect of a scoth ale would match well with belgian sweetness and spices. Good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sholland119
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a deep, dark amber with a generous white head and some good lacing.

S-Sweet and bready malts, dark fruits (raisins and figs), some oakiness, spices and Belgian yeast. Oh, a bit of candi sugar as well.

T-Very sweet in the front with the candi sugar and raisin flavors taking the lead. Spices come to the fore in the middle along with the yeasty spiciness and oak, following along to the finish. Excellent. No hint of alcohol either.

M-Surprisingly light for the style and ABV. Not light by any means but not at all heavy.

D-A sipper for sure but not tiring at all, as I often find with this style (though I love the style). More than one a bad idea unless you are at home.


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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750 mL, bottled as one of 419 in August 2006. "Ale Aged in Oak Barrels."

Hazy amber in color with an off-white, two finger head. Aroma of Belgian-ish yeast and smooth sugars like maple syrup and caramel. Taste is very smooth, with some hoppy bite and smooth, sugary malts. Very easy to sip, and finishes clean despite the sweetness.

Very, very good.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, bottle May 2006

A: Pours a rusty brown under a medium sized white head. Excellent lace and retention.

S: A lot of sweet fruit, some sweet grapes, malty, toffee, hint of oak, even a little bit of Belgian tropical fruit character. Very nice smell.

T: Oak really comes out here and it is damn near perfect. Very oaked up front, with a bit of sweetness, finishing in a slight bitterness, bit of toffee, booze and alcohol warmth. Excellent taste.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a bit too prickly, alcohol is there but done nicely. It's a sipper and one bottle is probably enough, but this is still a fine beer. Very good example of what oak and oak alone can bring to a beer.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden brown. nice light head, good lace.

S - rich malty with undertones of ripe fruit, oak and vanilla

T - Rich nicely balance malts with a very pleasing oak / vanilla undertone. Definitely an alcohol presence, but not detracting.

M / D - This is a nice medium bodied brew which drinks way too easy for something so strong. One was enough to know I want to come back for more and leave me eagerly anticipating the bottled version of this brew!

available at the great lost bear on cask!

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