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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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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in May 2006 per the nifty Allagash label. For $19/bottle, I can see why it's been hanging around, but hey, I'm on vacation, one expensive bottle won't kill me! I wonder if this was distributed in 2006 & has been on the shelf since then, or if it was aged in the bottle for a while. Guess I'll never know. And now that I ponder the matter, who cares?

Pours Mississippi brown muddy with the a sickly sweet aroma.

Taste is pretty wild. The first note is that this feels more like a wine than a beer. It's deep, with layers of flava, & a thickness on the tongue I recall fondly from Sonoma County. The next, as it warms a bit, is the wood, which layers over all of the complexity underneath. There's plenty of fruits there & just a hint of something that isn't quite scotch, but close. No clue what that is.

Splitting this with the wife, but I think, given no place to go tomorrow, I could take down the entire bomber. I don't cotton much to bombers in this high-falutin' price range, but I'm very glad I tried this. Excellent beer!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught, '07 vintage, @ BTAH VSK.

Pours very hazy brown, with a thin, creamy off-white head and solid lacing.

Nose is cocoa nibs and Belgian yeast, bit spicy, just a hint of pear. Lively carbonation up front. Bit yeasty, with an interesting melding of roast, cocoa, and sweet golden fruit - candied pear dipped in coca powder. Finish is fruity, bit of yeast, tiny bit dry.

Mouthfeel is med-light, crisp carbonation. Dry.

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Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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 craytonic
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-red-orange; no big head or lacing like most Allagash brews sadly.

Smell: Spice and buttery oak. Golden fruits - golden raisins, fresh pears, fiji apples, apricot.

Taste: Amazing buttery oak and vanilla come through, like a good chardonnay, not a cheap one that tastes like wood Great oak and a hint of cedar with a tiny plume of smoke. A touch of spices - ground clove and the faint hint of cinnamon. The oak really comes in to play in the second pour. Most wineries can't impart oak this well, and charge a far higher price for worse wine.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, I wish it had more malt and more body, more in that department would have pushed it up into the solid A range. Still silky smooth. It dissolves in the mouth, but the end is too thin.

Drinkability: They may call it a scotch ale, but it is definitely still a belgian. It is a good beer, but the other two in the series (Curieux and Odyssey) easily beat it out. But for many, many brewers, this could easily be their top beer. A touch of heat, but nothing like curieux's bourbon heat. I will age the latter but not the former. Not what I was expecting given the bagpipes - not a hint of peat or scotch.

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Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 sholland119
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a deep, dark amber with a generous white head and some good lacing.

S-Sweet and bready malts, dark fruits (raisins and figs), some oakiness, spices and Belgian yeast. Oh, a bit of candi sugar as well.

T-Very sweet in the front with the candi sugar and raisin flavors taking the lead. Spices come to the fore in the middle along with the yeasty spiciness and oak, following along to the finish. Excellent. No hint of alcohol either.

M-Surprisingly light for the style and ABV. Not light by any means but not at all heavy.

D-A sipper for sure but not tiring at all, as I often find with this style (though I love the style). More than one a bad idea unless you are at home.


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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 corby112
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 tmoneyba
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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 tbeck
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was provided to me by my good beer buddy dnichols, excellent choice for my 100th beer review.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a one-finger brownish white head that collared nicely. Aroma is of malt, brown sugar and very fruity. Taste is brandy-like but smooth. On the sweet side but also remindes me of a Belgium-ale. Mouthfeel is carbonated and thick, although not syrupy. This beer is a little on the sweet side but the taste is outstanding. Highly recommended and an excellent session beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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 nick76
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very fruity with apples and pears being the most prominent. There is also a butterscotch element as well as toasted malt and caramel. The appearance is hazy purple/brown with a two finger head. The flavor is like the aroma with only a trace of oak barrels. The palate is sticky but a little thin with an astringent bitter finish. Overall a really good beer.

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

Fours across the board on this one. Poured up a lovely red bronze colour with a finger and a half sand coloured foamy head. Very attractive. Smell is sweet, toasted grains, some fresh fruit (sliced pears, maybe / perhaps some figs), some earthy hops, and alcohol. A nice mix of aromas in this one. Taste is well balanced with pleasantly sweet malts up front giving way to delightfully bitter hops on the finish. All the while, the mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and "coating". A wonderfully crafted, immensely flavourful offering from Allagash perfect for sipping on chilly evenings. Recommended, for sure

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky 'orange pekoe tea', chunky off white head reduces to just covering beer with some sticky lacing.

S - Some wood, caramel malt, something earthy.

T - Nice malt center, some wood and booze. Nice sweet note on finish, but by no means cloying.

M - Creamy balanced, good coverage and lots of carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep copper color, with a off white head. In the aroma, oaky almost nutty, small vanilla, hints a dark fruits. In the taste, dark fruits, figs and prunes, small vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. A smooth and big to medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry vanilla aftertaste. Nice oak presence, big flavors, and quite nice.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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 clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A copper, light brown color with a two-finger head in my glass that was tan-colored and stuck aroudn for a while due to good carbonation. I know there is some caramel or sweet malt in here because the last few ounces of pour where a syrupy discharge. Also picked up some dark fruits or something tart along with a little floral hops. My nose seems to be everywhere on this one. Medium-bodied and overall smooth, passes over the tongue and leaves a sweet and at the same time tart, almost sour fruit taste on the front. There is definitely some spices there as there is a peppery bite in the mouth and it has a dry, but not too dry or crisp, backbite. Still maintains a smoothness from the oak. This is a great beer that my pourous review doesn't really do justice. I just couldn't categorize the taste properly. Too bad it hurt my wallet a little.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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 DIM
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear coppery amber color with golden edges. It poured with a big, slow forming, long lasting, creamy, and sticky light tan head. The color of this was on the lighter side for the style.

s: It may be my imagination because this is from Allagash, but I think I smell a Belgian yeast strain. Sweet peaty aromas are here of course, but I smell some prickly, mildly sour cherries as well. Candied sugar and a little alcohol blanketing everything round this one out. Very nice nose overall!

t: Starts off with peaty malts along with some Belgianesque tart cherry flavors. The finish is dry, floral, and a bit spicy. The oak lends faint tobacco and vanilla flavors. At times I found a very minor metallic taste at the very end. The alcohol is very well masked here.

m: This one may be a little thin in the body, but the carbonation is lush and long lasting.

d: This is oak aging done right. The oaking takes a definite back seat to a very nice Scotch Ale. I think I liked this more than the score would indicate, that metallic flavor lowered the score a bit.

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Photo of lpayette
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

March 2008 bottling, picked up at the brewery in June.

Appearance- no surprises here really. nice typical wee heavy color (deep burgandy/mohagony). Lots of lacing, big head, very nice.

Smell- very rich and complicated. I love the malt backbone.

Taste- Again very complicated with a concentration on moderately ripe and dark fruits such as raisins and apples combined with some alcohol notes. Excellent job with the malt, perfectly balanced for the style.

Mouthfeel- Ample or better carbonation provides some tingle on the tip of the tongue making this almost velvety when combined with the exceptional smoothness.

Drinkability/other notes- Just another outstanding example of a style from allagash. They prove once again to me that their beers are worth a premium price. I'd gladly buy this over a $15 wine ANY day. No, this doesn't fit the style perfectly. The yeast (belgian and scottish ale I'd venture) makes this way better and more complex than most in this style. A great example of an American brewery venturing out on a limb at bit and succeeding beautifully as always.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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 bigbelcher
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recieved in a trade with gregc. Big frothy head that sits for a good while, dark red, almost brown color beer. A little murky but bottled was passed around quite a bit unfortunately before opening. Very malty... not as sweet as most Scottish Ales I have had. A little oak but not overbearing, some vanilla in the aroma and taste.
Pretty rich but well balanced, like I said not overly sweet. A little bit of belgian charecter with some raisins. A pretty complex beer. Medium body. I wish we could get Allagash beers in Arizona again.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a caramel copper color with a huge fluffy off white head that last throughout.

Smell is oak and bourbon.

Taste is sweet caramel and a hint of vanilla. Some oaky notes make themselves known eventually. Not an inkling of alcohol in the taste.

Overall, very tasty brew. Creamy and delicious.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Winter
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Bottling. 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Pours a hazy medium amber with a tan head. Malty nose with caramel, brown sugar and an oak, and vanilla. Medium in body and well carbonated. The bourbon barrel aging adds a remarkable uniqueness to the flavor of this scotch ale. Huge maltiness upfront... flavors of oak, vanilla and golden raisins round out the palate. Caramel and a spicy licorice are also noticeable. The 10% alcohol can be is more apparent as the beer warms.

Musette exhibits the type of craftsmanship in brewing that transcends beer. It show what a great beer truly can be.

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