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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:
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Reviews:
159
Ratings:
189
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown/orange, thicks off white head forms, awesome lace, great retention, it really sticks. Smell is very sweet and malty, lots of toffee, vanilla, some spices, real nice oak character, some pears and apples, little bit of alcohol. Taste is very oaky, bourbon vanilla, some toffee, apples, some alcohol, very nice though, I really enjoyed the oak character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very well attenuated, low to medium carbonation. A very enjoyable beer, definate sipper.

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Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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 4thoseabout2bock
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a bottle from Sam's Marcey St in Chicago late September for approx 14.99

Pours copper/bronze/mahogany with a light lacy white foam that dissapated quickly.

Clear and bright (not cloudy) with a reddish hue.

Smells sweet and maybe the faintest hint of oak.

This is nice abbey/dubbelish beer.
Fruity caramelly sweetness, a wisp of oak, definite vanilla.

A nice belgian style brown. (I wouldn't call it a scotch ale, sets up too much expectation -- call it a belgian brown aged in oak bourbon casks and it is delightful)

And VERY drinkable.
Just looked down and the glass is darn near empty!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in Portland ME. Pouring into a pint glass at room temp the beer exhibits a very clear copper to mahogany color with a frothy yet soft off white head of 3 cm that recedes slowly to .5 cm and holds. The aroma is malty with brown sugar, some oak, and bourbon notes as expected. First sip reveals an average body with very fine carbonation that is very tingly.
Flavor is sweet through and through with brown sugar, some drak fruit (plums) red grapes, borubon and a bit of oak and vanilla. I get just a hint of hot booze on the finish that makes the beer a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a tasy beer and I hope to score more next time it comes around.

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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 TheBungyo
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I did pour quite gently as the bottle suggested but at the same time, the head was not what I'd like. Body is a nice ruby brown but the head struggles to even fight its way atop. Nose is snappy bubblegum, an almost woody mahogany smell, followed by brown sugar and caramel. Finish is like licking a slab of cardboard ... but pleasant. I know of no other way to describe it. Taste is at once caramel, brown sugar, rum, vanilla, with the finish being dry. Mouth was at first perhaps overly carbonated but later very very smooth.
In all, this is a damn fine and tasty brew. The real question is:
should you pay nearly $20 for it? Nope. This tastes great but there are so MANY other great beers out there begging to be bought for a fraction of the price. I would honestly rather have my four Ommegangs to this one Allagash. Save your money and smile.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
Bottled May 2006

A- This beer has a warm brown crystal clear body with a sea of tiny bubbles racing toward the surface. There is a thick rocky tan foam that holds for a good bit.

S- The light toasted sweet malt note have strong notes of oak and some green wood qualities. There is a soft sherry alcohol smell in the finish.

T- This beer has a caramel sweet malt flavor with some alcohol taste that is mellow but definitely present. There are some strong notes of oak, and green wood in the finish of the taste also.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel probably from the strong carbonation and a light alcohol heat in the finish which cuts down the sweetness nicely.

D- This beer is complex but still pretty chaotic. With some more age it should really mellow and when all the flavors blend it should be amazing.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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 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 unklesyd
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with my wife, who took more than I after proclaiming that she loved it and yelling at me for only buying one bottle.

Pours a dark ruby at the beginning of the bottle, muddled clayish red-brown at the end. Short, dense head that maintains as a ring and skin.

Earthy Belgian nose and bitterness. Very characteristic of a BSDA. Very warming phenolics without the overbearing mouthfeel or aromatics. Nice touch.

Mouthfeel is what sets this apart as a Scotch-style Belgian. More chewy and dense than a standard BSDA, but with a drying aftertaste. Interesting.

Overall, nice brew, but glad that I only had half the bottle, and only bought the one.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits a few weeks ago. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel Tulips.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish-red with a fluffy, thick, beige head that thins to a persistent, half-inch layer, leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel malty aroma is predominant, with notes of dark fruits, especially dates. There are also notes of yeast and alcohol.

Taste: There's a malty and fruity sweetness upfront, followed by a woody flavor and a peppery alcoholic spice. The finish has a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, creamy and medium to full-bodied.

Drinkability: Flavorful, with well hidden alcohol.

Overall: This is the first Wee Heavy that I've assigned a ranking to. The malty flavors are nice and are balanced well by the woodiness and bitterness. If I could find another bottle I would buy it for cellaring, perhaps next year's release.

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Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brownish copper color with sparce bubbles slowly rising to a beige/tan small head that falls fast. Not much lace left behind, still nice relaxing to observe.

Aroma is nice sugary malt with good spices and dark fruits coming thru. Some light bourbon barrel aroma (some light alcohol hints) with cherries, almost sherry like. Some even softer vanilla and oak hints. Nice smelling beer.

Taste is sweet malt, brownsugars/molasses, dried fruits, burbon barrels that add some vanilla and alcohol notes that warm. Finish is bourbon oak flavors hints of vanilla with light spice and some corriander present. More a Belgain Dark then a Wee Heavy, but guess the bag pipes on the bottle got the Scotch ale going but other then the sweet molasses notes don't see much Scothish influence here.

Mouthfeel is nice lightly zesty without being fizzy. Body is nice but only medium but that seems to suit the beer well.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable beer, one of the better Allagash beers I have had as far as enjoyablity goes and would purchase again for special occassion.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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 blackie
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a low, light khaki head that soon recedes to just a ring around the glass. The beer is a deep orange amber in color.

smell: Aromas of sweet toasted malts, dried dark tree fruits, and raw sugars greet me first...not to say that the aroma is very sweet, it is not. Then come hints of orange pulp, oak, and a mild to moderate ethanol note. The hop aroma is of a papery, aged variety. Pretty subtle yet pleasantly complex.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, and the body somewhere between light and medium. A little more body would be nice, as it seems a little overly fizzy to me.

taste: Sweet, tempered flavors of dried figs and dates with a healthy dose of Belgian yeast character upfront. Just a hint of woodiness and an even more subtle hint of bourbon. In the finish is a touch of ethanol in the back of the throat and a light flavor and bitterness of aged noble hops.

drinkability: easy enough

Bottle split with dirtylou during my stay in Madison...May 2006 bottling. I'll rate this beer with both a scotch and belgian strong in mind.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml split with Blackie, bought at Riley's, $13.99

appearance: poured into a snifter...glowing dark garnet body, light beige head with pretty much no retention, lacing around the rim...pretty clear body and a nice looking pour

smell: strong vinous aroma, brown sugar, fig, dates, a bit boozy, sweet malt, yeasty, a touch peppery, raisins, pruins, nice woody nature, vanilla...nice ale

taste: First of all, this is not a scotch ale and should be reclassified because that is an extremely misleading classification. What it is is a nice Belgian Strong Ale. flavour is dominated by malt sweetness, strong belgian yeast presence, vinous alcohol bite, big dark fruit flavours - plum, raisin, prune, red apple...biscuity, oak woodyness, vanilla, toffee

mouthfeel: spicy pepper feel is a tad distracting, moderate carbonation, medium body

drinkability: about average, good opener

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beautiful looking bottle from Allagash declaring 690 cases bottled, May 2006, 10% ABV.

Pours with an umber copper hazy hue, topped with a huge pillowy khaki cap coating leaving drippy lace in the glass.

Sweet molasses scents with tootsie roll sugar. Flakey oat grain, delicate suggestion of rum and wooden overtones. Delicious on the nose with a whisper of cocoa.

First swigs: Initial butter pecan ice cream. Soft cocoa chocolate blends with a backing of pistachio. Vanilla extract and rum torte cake sweetness carries this through to a dry powdery finish with hints of smoky wood. Latent hints of cinamon, and apple pie crust. Complexities abound.

Feel is a touch frothy on the palate yet robust. Firm crispness finds a robust interpretation that takes the style to a new level. Unmistakable creaminess. Kudos!

Last swigs: Complex dark buttery toasty sweet!

Beer is good. Happy barrel beering.

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Photo of Ego
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found for $12.99 (yeah, they mismarked it)

eyes...
well carbonated, one finger of clingy/semi chunky head, lacing is decent, deep brown with some amber highlights, pretty good looking

nose...
strong sweet aromas, the yeast plays almost perfectly off the sweetness, the alcohol is in the nose but not astringent in any way, underneath is a mat of dryness, it almost has a grape/wine odor component, very nice.

taste etc...
nice and almost creamy in the mouth, good body, the alcohol warms but does not affect the flavor in the mouth, the is a touch of bitterness left in the back caverns of your tongue, everything you smell is identical to the taste, it is a touch sweet but not overly so, it finishes dry and almost peaty? dare I say? This is pretty easy drinking for the ABV as it is a touch lighter than alot of scotch ales. (and also not as "too sweet" as some scotch ales)

verdict?
$20 a bottle? I think that is a bit much. Granted I paid less and for that money I would buy it in a second.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am of the opinion that Allagash can do no wrong, and this beer does nothing to dissuade me. I had a 750ml bottle, purchased at Tully's, that stated it was bottled May of 2006. It was a medium brown color, with a thin white, sticky head. It had a sweet, oaken aroma, with some maltiness. It tasted fruity, some vanilla, and fairly big malt that lingered a long time. Good mouthfeel, and very drinkable, as long as you remember to sip and not guzzle.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Skidz
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -8.7%
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 -16.1%
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 +20.3%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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