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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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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 189
Photo of Skidz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out copper-gold and sits deep, ruby-brown in the glass with a large, frothy off-white head. Fades to a good skim on the surface with some nice lacings around the glass.

Dusty aromas of toasted malts and spiced fruits. Apples, pears, raisins and dates. Mild alcoholic notes beneath add to the spicy appearance.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, light caramel tones with hints of toffee. Deep, fruity esters pile up, lending hints of dates, raisins and mushy apples. A constant flow of grassy spiciness lingers throughout. Finish is mildly bitter with some heat off of the alcohol.

Gentle in the mouth with a light-moderate carbonation and a medium-full body.

Curiously flavorful. I don't hate it, but then again, I don't hate much. Sip after sip after sip, I found myself enjoying this more and more and more. It grows on you.

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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 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 tavernjef
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber brown with an effervescent off-white head which rose tall and fell rapidly but tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and caramel with a light Belgian yeast spice character and an earthy note. There was a phenolice, a slight one, probably due to alcohol in the aroma. Some dark fruits, raisins and prunes were notable.

The flavor was dark caramel and a strong malt backbone coupled with a Belgian yeast spice presence. The flavor contained dark fruits, once again, raisins and prunes. The flavor became biscuity and lightly toasty the more the beer warmed. The spice also increased as the beer warmed and was peppery with perhaps a bit of cinnamon.

The finish was dry with lasting peppery spice and caramel impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation seemed moderate. The alcohol warming after consumption was fairly high. A drinkable beer with some complexity, but no real oak presence stood out. Seems like a Belgian Strong Dark more than a Scottish to me.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an exceedingly deep, dark, mulled cider color, with a surprisingly white head with great staying power. Constantly streaming bubbles rise from the bottom of the beer. The aroma is big in toasted oak-derived vanilla and spiced fruits, a la spiced apple cider, only if the cider was made from prunes instead of apples. On the palate, exceedingly smooth with vanillin and crystalized dark sugar up front and a touch of wine-like fruitiness at the mid-palate. The finish is very sweet.

Quite an enjoyable beer. I don't see how this is anything like a scotch ale, but whatever. It's smooth, tasty, all the flavors mesh well, and the oak has been used judiciously to create a pleasing toasted vanilla flavor instead of an overwhelming one.

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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 ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a bottle of this on my 31st birthday at UJ's on the Manatawny. Tom, the owner, was gracious enough to give my wife and I this bottle complementary for my birthday. What a great guy and what a great bar. Can't say enough about UJ's but on to this beer.

We poured the 750 ml bottle partially into 2 goblets. The beer poured a medium amber color with a think off white head that didn't last very long. The bottle states that it is an "ale aged in oak barrels" and you get some of that in the aroma. The nose is a bit earthy with some definite caramel tones. The taste is a bit fruity, some raisins and banama but also good notes of a toasted caramel character and a bit of hops. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer on par with the Victoria that I believe came before this treat.

Thanks again to Tom at UJ's for this fine brew!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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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