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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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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with an orange tint, has a large beige head that goes away quickly leaving a good lacing.

smell is of malt, caramel, and some hay.

taste is creamy, grain, some caramel, some malt, barley, and some spice in the back, becomes thicker as it warms.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/09/07- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2007 release, while poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep amber in color pour. 3/4 inch tight and lighty creamy head. Leaves nice lace tracks behind.

Smell- Notes of light caramel, oak barrell and mixed dark fruits. Really subdued though.

Taste- I'm not seeing Wee Heavy here at all. Not malty enough. There is a caramel malt base, but it doesn't scream out like it does in other heavy's. Muted dates, prunes and plums with a light sugary flavor. A bit of oak, but nothing too intense.

Mouthfeel- A bit over carbonated, mild hop-oak aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sadly another Allagash $$$ brew that doesn't cut it IMO. $17 for this? A decent run of the mill oaked beer, but the flavors really don't jump out at you. One more overpriced on to go...

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Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a well carbonated unever off white head. The nose has some alcohol and yeast, a little bit of malty sweetness, but not much character otherwise. The taste is mostly an off sweetness, malt, mollasses, maple syrup, almost slightly woody. There's alcohol there, but not enough to be distracting. Has a creamy mouthfeel, and finishes fairly dry with some lingering mollasses.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle marked as having been bottled in 12/06. Leaves a foamy two finger head that has excellent retention, and leaves very good lacing. Body is a hazy light garnet. Looks like a Belgian dark ale, not a wee heavy.

Smell - horse blanket, sour apples, apricots, plums, and a hint of cloves. This smells like a Belgian dark ale, not a wee heavy.

Taste - same as the smell, and yes, it tastes like a Belgian dark ale, not a wee heavy. There is also a hint of oak and vanilla in the middle. The abv is mostly well hidden, but shows up more on the finish, and contributes a spicy and medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, and very, very fizzy.

Drinkability - this is good ale, but not great. High abv limits sessionability. This also seems to more of a Belgian strong dark ale, or a Dubbel, but certainly not a wee heavy.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up inC onnecticut a few eeks ago before I saw it on the shevles in either Maine or Massachusetts. Odd but bought it anyways and am only getting around to it now.

Pours a dark, murky brown but still just a bit clear. Light definitely glistens through it all. Thick and foamy head but not nearly as carbonated in appearance as the head made me think. Nose is fairly subtle--mostly malty sweetness and bits of candy.

Flavor is all sorts of caramel and toffee candies. Very sweet but lack any sort of bitterness to provide any balance. The heat from the alcohol provides some balance as it is a bit biting. Some slight tannins from the wood give the beer a nice smoothness. Picking up some slight hints of dark cherries too. Medum body with a bit of alcohol burn. Interesting enough. It was wood aged, but I wonder how this would be if served from a cask engine? I really like that thought.

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Photo of fartingdog
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a slight head that dissipates soon. Aroma is a bit of funk, sweet (vanilla?), faint oak. Taste is yeasty, spicy, earthy and slightly tart. Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation, medium body- certainly not what I'd expect from a scotch ale, it's too thin. Leaves a residual 'twang' in the mouth.

It's good, but not great. It's not a 'Scotch' style and certainly not a wee heavy, it's a decent Belgian strong, but either way it's just not worth $17 a bottle.

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Photo of phisig137
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle, dated May 2006, pours a hazy amber brown, with red highligts. Minimal head leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma is almost non-existant. Slight amounts of malty grain and caramel sweetness, but little else. Quite surprising for such a big beer.

The flavor is a different from anything else I've ever tasted. It is nowhere close to a scotch ale, and is very dry. The flavor shows a good amount of grain and malt, to the point of almost being harsh. This is rounded out nicely by the bourbon barrels that predominate here. Heavy loads of vanilla, wet wood, and bourbon show up, and balance out the beer.

Mouthfeel is oddly thin, but drinkability is decent.

If you liked Curieux, you'll like this one. the liqour flavor is a bit more muted, but the flavor of the bourbon does pop out. A nice beer in general, but not quite as good as the other barrel series.

If I spend $15 on a bottle of beer in the near future, this will not be on my list. I think it's one to try, but I won't be buying it again...

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Photo of mcallister
2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Nothing really makes this beer stand out looks wise. A melted caramel brownish color with a small white head that does carry good retention. Not much imagination otherwise.

Sweet black cherry, with a toffeed malt hint and hints of oak. Sweet fig, raisin, brown sugar, and berries also come forth as this beer mingles in the glass awhile. A tad of alcohol also is present. The problem is that all of the aromas are very subdued.

Hmmm. Well I'm thoroughly dissapointed in this beer. I've been sitting on this for awhile now looking forward too the day of it's demise. Not sure if it's a bad bottle or just old but not at all what I expected. Lacking any complexity and not nearly the amount of oak to integrate I was imagining. Well live and die by the bottle:).

Again lots of dried berries, hints of toffee, milk chocolate, cherry, and a lackluster attempt at oak aging. An obvious belgian yeast was used in this and I think Allagash may have been better off using a traditional yeast with this one.

Thin and watery.

As for drinkability; considering it's price I will never try this beer again. Now I have all of these other Allagash "big beers" in my cellar that I've been looking forward too. Hopefully the others will turn out better.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At Manderes' Allagash tasting

A - Light brown, slightly unfiltered with a nice mocha head, which dissipates slow.

S - Whiskey, nectar, and slight alcohol.

T - Whiskey, alc feel, acidic, and smokey. :(

M - Slightly tart, yet slightly bitter.

D - Not great. Couldn't finish.

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