Allagash Musette | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash MusetteAllagash Musette
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
159
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Thunder
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-4-09
Bottled in March 2008

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, with a plaeasnt off white head that leaves behind huge lacing.

Smell is slightly earthy, very sweet, with tons of nutty, peaty aromas. Very thick, and very different.

Taste is extremely sweet and buttery, and I have a hard time getting past it. Maybe it's too old, but the vegetable butteriness is just a damn shame.

Mouthfeel is decent, maybe a little too thin, but the carboantion is nice.

Drinkability is actually pretty good, the alcohol is almost imperceptible.

Overall, I sat on this beer for over a year, and I don't think it's any better for it.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost an amber corn color with a few sporadic bubbles working their way to the surface. Head is a good inch tall consisting of medium sized sandy colored bubbles.

S: Boysenberry, allspice and coins with a woody touch.

T: Begins with blue, black and raspberries around the front of the tongue. Some buttery aspects come next with hints of peach, caramel and kiwi. From there a very minor peat flavors come forth with a surprising amount of bitterness accompanying it. Some butterscotch, candy apple and more red berries are some of the last flavors. Finishes really oakey…but it creeps up on you. A lot of woodiness with a fair amount of vanilla as it warms.

M: Full and syrupy. Good carbonation with just a pinch of sting.

D: Didn’t think anything much of this beer until it really warmed up. The flavors melded well after a while.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to try this beer, especially after having some other barrel aged items recently. My overall feeling was disappointment after slowly savoring this product over an hour and a half.

I am not saying it's a bad beer, it's not. And for style, it actually is fairly close to the mark. But I really didn't get as much Oak Barrel flavor/sense as I had hoped. And what I did get seemed out of harmony with the rest of the flavors. Just seemed out of sync.

Anyway, the bottle said to pour slowly into a wide mouth glass. I did so and this produced no head whatsoever.. Later, I did pour more aggressively and did produce a bot of creamy tan head. The beer was a deep mahogany color that was translucent, but so dark you could look into it vs. through it. There were individual strands of carbonation haphazardly making their way to the top of the brew. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma was not as strong or pleasant as I had hoped. Especially after their recommend slow pour. Later I was getting some sweetness, fruit and a bit of yeast. The fruits were dark and later sensed in the flavor as well.

The taste was really cloyingly sweet without a great deal of balance. There were lots of interesting flavors and a great deal going on, again, just didn't seem to work together.

The fruits were intense and dark. Cherry, Fig, Date, plum all present. Then there was an oak & hop sense that came later. In the middle there was a strong sense of the yeast.
Strong sense of the alcohol, even when it warmed up.

Mouth feel was a bit sticky. This is a sipper and one to be savored.

Again, it was better than decent, not quite good.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to 3 fingers of light tan head that has decent staying power. Very deep brown is exemplatory of a scocth style. Nose is a extremely invigorating spicey eye opener. Very fruity hints enter play also. Sweet malt is the first thing you notice on the tongue after enitial sip. Smooth spicey zap on the taste buds is accompinied by mineral notes, and hints of vanilla. Alchol is noticeable but not harsh. I really think this beer would have been better after a year or so in the cellar. Mouthfeel is realatively thick. Easy to enjoy.

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Photo of grub
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with johnnnniee. thanks!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. august 2006 vintage. 419 cases bottled. sampled dec 31/07.

pours deep red-brown with a small fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bourbon and vanilla. bit of peat. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. big bread and biscuit malts. lots of caramel. bit of toffee. vanilla and bourbon. medium bitterness level. bit of mineral character. hint of peaty smoke.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. a little more than medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance, with a good balance between the barrel and the base scotch ale.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The half-inch, creamy-almond head is going nowhere as it guards the top of a clear, auburn brew with lively carbonation in my thistle glass.

The aroma is rather earthy with some highlights of fruit and spice.

The flavors are similar to the aromas, albeit slightly musty. The barrel-aged qualities are less apparent than with other offerings from Allagash.

A heavy body with warming alcohol.

Musette is definitely worth a try. However, with so many other outstanding offers from Allagash, this one suffers from comparison.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear deep ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. This is a impressive looking beer. The smell is a strong "bisquity" aroma with toasted almond,vanilla, bourban, and malt. The taste is crisp with malt,smoked oak,vanilla, and bourban, although the bourban flavor isn't too strong. The many flavors don't quite mix right making this beer alittle off flavored. The m/f is light and not balanced well. This is a damn good beer,but it's not as good as I hoped. Stick to the Alagash Curieux for the burban oak flavored beer.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very murky brown with a nice tan head that retains impressively for a beer this strong. The aroma has big caramel and molasses character upfront, along with some dark fruits (fig, date, plum, cherry), belgian yeast, and some slight oak and vanilla notes. The flavor is initially sweet with caramel and molasses notes, as well as dark fruits (cherry, fig, plum), belgian yeast, oak, toasted bread and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is descent at best. An intersting beer, by no means a traditional scotch ale...a bit cloying for my taste and quite expensive but solid.

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Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fairly clear brown amber. Nice white suds here with lacing all over the glass.
Smell is roasted caramel.Smokey vines and strong yeast/malts.
Taste is a bit of a letdown. Should have tasted lots of Oak but didn't.
Mouthfeel is OK at best. Not a lot going on here either. Needs to be more dry in the mouth.
Drinkability is low because of the problems with the flavors , not the 10% abv.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a dark plum color with a slight red tint. Aroma is dominated by scotch but also has hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Very strong scotch presence with tastes of dark fruit, vanilla and butterscotch.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2006

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a bit of orangish hues when held up to the light. Aroma is sweet fruity malts with a bit of spice and smoked oak. Taste starts out malty but quickly turns a bit spicey. There is also a large presence from the belgian yeast in the taste as well. Overall, this is a pretty good brew but I cannot help but be dissapointed in it from the steep price tag.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Clark for suppling this bottle!

Appearance: Caramel brown, with quite an enjoyable bubbly head.

Smell: Interesting tapestry of oak, yeasty spices, and prunes. The bourbon comes through nicely, much better than the Curieux I had a year or two ago IMHO.

Taste: The boozy presence takes center stage, which tries to hide the body lost by the barrel aging process and does a relatively good job of it, giving it more girth than width, if that makes any sense. Like a girl stuffing her bra with kleenex to drag attention away from the zit on her forehead. Maybe the "magician making you look to the left while he stuffs the rabbit in the hat on the right" analogy would fit it better, but it just wouldn't be as funny. Anywhoo, the belgian yeast strain sort of takes this beer on a tangent a little too far from the style, but that's not a bad thing at all. The bready, almost peppery yeast flavors give it a richness the weakend malt wouldn't have been able to give on it's own. I'm glad I've secured a bottle of this, it's going to be a very interesting cellaring experiment.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in August '06

Pours out the color of dates with an off-white frothed milk head that maintains well throughout the glass. Smell is extremely faint for me, but I pick up some toasted malts, caramel, and some Belgian yeast character. Flavor is of roasty malts, fruity esters, spicy phenols, and bittering hops in the finish. Where is the wood in this. Ends rather dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, but is seriously lacking in body. Kind of washes off the palate easily. A good drinker, overall. Reminds me of a toastier/roastier dubbel.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml coked and caged brown bottle with a bottle date of August 2006. pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a 2 finger head, decent longevity and decent lace. Deep rich malt aromas but with a fair amount of fruityness mixed in - mainlt tart apples and cherrries. Upon tasting is a big rich malt mixed with some fruityness. Alcohol has a definate presence. Hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste - although it is faint. This one is still a bit young and harsh. I think it will be amazing in another year or so. I will have to look for another bottle.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep brown with a two-finger whipped egg white head that lasts forever. Smells of caramel malt; sweet and dry. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel malt, slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with aggressive carbonation on the tongue. Not bad, but not the best example of the style either.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle (2008 vintage/ 650 cases bottled)
Poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: The body looks like a maple leaf, with a dark mahogany center enhanced by a rosy hue where the light escapes gracefully. There is a half inch foamy off white head.

S: Sweet apples, then a maple scent with a hint of sourness.

T: Lots of malt, and very well carbonated up front all the way until the end of the last sip. There is a transition of sweetness from ripe Macintosh apples to a smooth caramel in the back of the palate.

M: Medium/light body and very well carbonated with a warming feeling in the chest from its 10% ABV.

D: Overall not our favorite beer from ALLAGASH but still a worthy beer to try.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of krkearney
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at Capone's (Norristown, PA) during the Allagash promo 6/19/07. Hazy, orange color, with an off-white head. Sweet aroma; caramel, vanilla, and some oak. Complex flavor with notes of caramel, raisin, vanilla, and oak. Long oak and caramel finish. Tasty.

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Photo of Torchiest
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a belgian goblet.

Poured a nice moderate brown, with a decent head that receded to a thin beige layer after a minute or so.

Solid belgian ale aroma. Sweetness and fruitiness noticeable immediately, with a subtle spiciness that took longer to be detectable. Very on target for the style.

Round woodiness, I think, would be how I describe my initial impression. I've only had one other oak-aged beer, and it was an imperial stout. Such a hugely different style makes the oak characteristics stand out quite clearly. Dark fruit and the usual belgian flavors are there, with a very sweet leading edge, but the oak aging has a profound effect on things. It seems to wrap everything in a cloak of blunted creaminess. It's very difficult to describe.

Good body, not overwhelming, good carbonation, finishes relatively cleanly.

I'm not sure if I can call this extremely drinkable. I'm drinking it pretty quickly, but that's mainly because I'm trying to figure it out. Curiousity and confusion drive my consumption more than anything else right now. Pretty good as a change of pace, but I'm in no hurry to find it again. I like plenty of other belgian style ales better.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

May 2006 bottle, kept in my beer cellar until this past Friday. Poured into two belgian chalices. This beer had a golden tan color, with a fizzy amount of carbonation and a thin head. The oak aging was apparent in the smell. The taste was of raisins and peat, but the oak aspect really stopped at the palate. I have had beers that really tasted oak aged, but this one was faint. It's a good beer but not the best example of oak aging. As for price, I am glad that I got this one for 1/2 off normal price.

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Photo of djwilson
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a corked bottle 1pint 9.4 fluid oz
Bottled December 2006. Aged 1 year in cellar conditions.

Poured a hazy copper with a thin white head slowly disapearing and leaving a light Belgian lace on glass (snifter).

Smell is lighter then I expected from an oaked aged ale slight sherry aroma, and light caramel and citrus undertones.

flavors of caramel, alcohol, and slight bitterness from the hops, finishes with a slight hint of charred oak.

very full and smooth in the mouth.

This beer is a little thinner than I expected from the oaked aged series from ALLAGASH. Complex but not all that interesting to me especially for the price.

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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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