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 EPICAC
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork-caged bottle - Bottled in August, 2006 - poured into wide-mouth glass:

Pours hazy orangeish brown with a thin fizzy head that settles to a lasting patch.

The smell is of vanilla/oak, caramel, yeast, and earthy spiciness.

The taste is of sweet vanilla (hint of cinnamon?) with caramel maltiness. There's an earthy, spicy, yeasty dry balance. It has a warmth from the alcohol, which is present, but not too sharp.

It has a creamy, medium body.

The alcohol shows itself clearly, even after two years of aging, though it's not overwhelming. The wood dominance hangs on well into the aftertaste. Sips well enough for a sipper.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Pencible
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy, dull copper color with light tan head. It smelled like a perfectly balanced blend of wild Belgian yeast, caramel malt, and floral and pine hops. It immediately had a watered-down oaky flavor, along with the semi-sweet/semi-bitter taste of burnt honey, caramel, salt, and lemon hops. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a clean and sweet aftertaste. Overall this was an interesting drink with many good elements, but could have been further refined with a bolder flavor and body.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006.

Pours with a faint head with a rimming along the outside.

Smells scotchy, not like scotch guard, but the drink.

Some carbonation, butterscotchy, warm, alcohol,

Nice mouthfeel. Light and fizzy for a scotch ale, but if you like the brewery, not a bad beer. Kinda like a belgian scotch ale. A belch, if you will

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle - pour slowly for a two-finger creamy head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Raisin/caramel nose. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is raisiny with some caramel, finish is sour raisins. High ABV is hidden. Bottled Aug 2006. Pricey - $16.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage May, 2006, 750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours clear dark chestnut with a cola-like fizzling head of beige. The porous foam fell instantly upon the halt of the pour and revealed a placid, bare surface and zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with caramel-laced malt, roasted barley, and a hint of burnt plastic.
Sweetish and roasty with plenty of malt and some clovey phenolics.

Medium bodied with a tacky, almost chewy mouthfeel. A bit syrupy with lowish carbonation.

Chewy malt, drizzeled caramel, and roasted barley start the palate. Hints of toffee, figs, and smoke follow through.

Finishes with shades of peaty roast, sweet malt, and chipped toffee.

Probably the least complex beer I've had from Allagash. An interesting take on Scotch ale though.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Splendid mahogany with a sensational, creamy, pillow-top head that simply won't quit. Ringed lacing along the glass with each sip.

S - Honey, leather, vanilla.

T/M - Vanilla, green olive, leather, maple syrup. Creamy with a touch of carbonation in support. Very nice!

D - Probably not food friendly but more than pleasant as an after dinner ale. At 10% ABV, caution is in order.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Tria in Philadelphia.

Beautiful ruby color, at least it looked ruby in the low light. Not too much in the taste at first. The aftertaste had bourbon notes it picked up from barrell aging.

10% alcohol? You've got to be kidding. Wouldn't have guessed except I was already told by the menu.

So a nice easy drinking beer. Good for sipping. If you like bourbon, this will go nicely. I think this may go nice with a blue-veined cheese.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle with a date of August 2006. The color was a nice amber. Bottle calls for a slow pour so I started with that and ended up about medium. Even with the increase in pour there was almost no head at all. Several other reviews talked about a 3 finger head so something wrong here. The smell was oaky and sweet with raisin and fruit. The taste was pretty good but a tad too sweet from the alcohol sugars. It's 10% ABV and you can just start to taste the alcohol so pretty well balanced there. Mouthfeel was good with medium carb feel. Overall, it was a pretty good beer but not something that I see having a regular basis. Maybe ever couple years to see how my tastes evolve. I can easily drink the whole thing and like it but just not my style. (4, RB, T, O)

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Photo of Umbra
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a red wine glass at Max's.
Red-hued copper with a tan head. Light retention and nice lacing. Apples, malt and some vanilla on the nose.
Comes off sweet and fruity, but is saved by it's very light mouthfeel. It doesn't appear anywhere near cloying. Wood and alcohol on the finish.
overall: Seemed to have less body and interestingness on tap than in the bottle. However, it was much more drinkable in the long run.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from May 2006.
This beer was clear and a dark burnt orange colour topped by a thin layer of bright white foam composed of small bubbles. The head eventually receded to a collar and produced some spotty lacing. The aroma was quite fruity, some white grape character, with lots of earthy notes - some vanilla, oak, and tobacco. Low bitterness with a fruity flavour, fairly spicy with a bit of alcohol throughout. Bready malt and vinous character balanced tobacco leaf and peppery spice, and there was some vanilla and oak in the background. Though there was plenty of warmth it definitely wasn't hot. Medium to full bodied with carbonation on the high side, the texture was a bit slick. Good stuff, pretty complex but still accessible. The oak didn't come off as overdone or unbalanced next to the base beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Brown/red body with ruby-red highlights. Head is around an inch thick and dissipates slowly. Smells citrusy and peaty. Malty sweet, roasty, hints of citrus in the flavor. Some earthy element to it too. Medium bodied. Not like any other Scotch Ale I've had - cleary "Belgian Insipired" as the brewery says. Not as owerwealmingly malty or heavy as some Scotch ale can be. A nice balance, and a really good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

'06 bottle!!! Holy bro, Joseph!

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another good beer from Allagash. I'm not quite sure if it is $16 good, but damn tasty. Pours to a dark amber color, almost brown. A nice tall off-white head with a decent retention. Hardly any lacing, however. Good carbonation rising up from the D etching in my Duvel tulip.

The smell is the weakest link. A bit of a soft soap aroma and some copper. At the same time it smells beautifully crisp and dry, almost like a brett beer. A hint of brown sugar, candi sugar and dark caramel malts. Some english noble hops as well. If it weren't for the soapy and coppery aromas, it would actually smell quite phenomenal.

The taste is better. The soap and copper flavors are more subdued and thus outshined by the malts and hops. A light banana ester as well as a hint of clove and some saddle sweat funk. Very crisp and dry, but the caramelized malt flavors are still a standout. Dark candi sugar in the finish with a hint of lingering hops. A bit of a smoked barrel char flavor with a feint hint of vanilla in the finish as well, rounding everything out.

The body is fairly light for such a strong beer. The alcohol is very well hidden as well. Very crisp and carbonated, and on the dry side as well. Fairly good drinkability, but not when you take the price tag into consideration. Worth a try, in any case.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Poured cloudy brown hue with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Heavy complex caramel malty and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Heavy balanced flavor with a medium sweet bitter finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite.

Another very good Allagash beer

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Photo of Ego
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 glid02
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a cloudy red-orange color with a large off-white head. The head slowly dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of fruits mostly - pears, raisins, and lightly tart apples, with some caramel malt and earthy aromas coming out as well - definitely not the Wee Heavy aroma I was expecting.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The fruit flavors are front and center, with malt flavors that are middle and slightly left. A slight earthy flavor is back and far right, but still contributes.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass, but unlike most other offerings from Allagash I'm not sure I'd be down with drinking the entire bottle.

Overall this is a very interesting beer, but I'd rank a few other Allagash beers ahead of it. Worth a shot, just don't expect a Wee Heavy.

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Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: 3 fingers of fluffy tan head floating on a deep amber body. Reduces to a healthy cap without much lacing.

S: Smells very Belgian, yeasty, estery, a bit of oakiness.

T: Tastes like a 75/25 split between Belgian strong dark ale and Scotch ale. Dark fruits, horseblanket/yeast, apple, caramel, wood.

M: Pretty smooth, not as thick as it should be for the style, kinda flimsy even.

D: Very nice, alcohol is hidden well and it's easy to get through the entire 750.

Interesting interpretation, but not really wee heavy enough.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$20 bomber limited to 690 cases. Oak aged ale.

A: Poured a ruby red color, with a soft white head.

S: On the nose was tart citrus, dried fruit and sweet caramel malt as well some light alcohol notes.

T: a nice oaky woodiness, vanilla and dried caramel. There was some light dried fruit (raisins, prunes), and figs. A very nice complexity with a light smokiness and yeasty character (bananas).

M: smooth with a medium-fullness, creamy while the carbonation was just right.

D: An drink that was very easy going down and easy to enjoy. The abv is nicely hidden behind a sweet malting.

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body of this beer is a dark orange/red heavy amber and it holds a diminishing thumb thick white head that is quite creamy and made up of very small bubbles. Aroma, lightly yeasty, pineapple, bourbon, oak and sweet fruity malt. Very nice aroma with a nice range of distinct smells.

Fore is very oak laded. Has a woody spiciness to it in fact. The bourbon is fainter here, but some of that wood/bourbon mix that, to me, approximates pineapple is present here. Some earthy malt makes it feel a tad dusty, but in more of a barnyard funk way. It’s very soft on the tongue. More fruity notes pop as it warms up more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and small lacing rings. Aroma of sweet malt with some notes of light oak. Taste is dominated by a big sweet malt base with some toffee notes. The bourbon and the alcohol were not discernable. I was expecting more peat malt and less sweetness but I enjoyed this one very much even thought it stray very much from the style guideline.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Allagash Musette from Allagash Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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