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Allagash Musette | Allagash Brewing Company

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189 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
189
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
7
Trade:
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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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4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: 2006 vintage. This one pours a fairly clear, ruby tinged amber color. There was a bit of a tan head on it, but it didn't linger long, nor leave any lacing. The aroma is nice. There is a fair amount of the oak in the initial nose. Lots of other aromas in there: fruits, bread, caramel, faint spice, maybe some peat. The taste is quite good. It is quite complex and starts a touch sweet, but there is a bit of caramel, fruits and smokiness on top. There is a bit of oakiness there also, as well as a slight bitterness to the finish. Almost a bit of a port wine characteristic to it also. Very Nice!

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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from the March 2008 bottling. Poured into a tulip glass, and shared.

Pours a murky brown with highlights of burgundy. There is an espresso cream-colored head that is fed by ample carbonation and streams of bubbles. The head is retained very well, and great lacing.

Aromas are of oak, scotch, cherry, and some peat-smoked malts. The aromas are not muddled at all, and the cherry is really nicely balanced with the somewhat understated peat-smoked malt aromas. There is also a touch of toffee. Once in the mouth, the scotch and peat-smoked malts come through more. It is not overpowering--which I find to the fatal flaw in a scotch ale--which is great. These give way to previously unseen vanilla and raisin flavors, coupled with the cherry and oaky tannins that have been seen from the aroma.

Musette is smooth and creamy with a medium body and surprisingly light carbonation. Complex and not muddled despite the myriad of flavors, this beer is thoroughly enjoyable, and I look forward to finding it again.

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4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whidbey Beer Works: http://www.whidbeybeerworks.com/ a neat little beer store.
Poured into tulip. Poured a reddish mahogany with a nice tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of malt and peat, with a trace of smoke in the background. The flavors were very well melded, everything went very well together. Malt, peat, smoke and a hint of spicieness.

The body was nicely full and well-rounded without being heavy. Drinkability was very good, and this isn't one of my more favorite styles. Overall, a very good beer that's worth seeking out.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage shared by Derek.

Pours a moderate mahogany with a filmy off-white head that stuck around for the course and left a few lace spots behind. Typical wee heavy nose, with brown bread, caramel, peat, wood, spice and alcohol. Well-rounded and pleasing. Earthy, sweet bread flavour, with notes of scotch, alcohol and spice. Alcohol seems like its died a bit down the years, and this is nicely mellowed. Medium body and carbonation.

I'll never be a great lover of this style, but by jove, this one is nice and mellow. Alcohol is well-hidden and the flavours are well-integrated.

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Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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