Pastiche | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Complex Amber Ale

A blend of four beers brewed with malt sourced from Maine, these beers spent time in Vermouth, Rye Whiskey, Bourbon, Gin, Red Wine, Port, Rum, and Brandy barrels for between three and four months before being blended together.

Added by Britt on 12-22-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
55
pDev:
6.28%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
Trade:
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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElGallo
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer that gets perhaps a little lost at times, but being Allagash it finds its way back. The look is nice and appropriate to the style. Amber in color and a nice frothy three fingers of head. Retention bis amazing and lacing is quite nice. Smell is definitely barrel forward...but which barrel. I picked up the booze of the barrels but was confused as to which of the multiple barrels was on the nose. Taste is similar to the nose, but you can discern the various barrels and oak a bit better. There is also a nice malt to this beer. Feel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The booze from the barrel warms, and the finish is coating.

A good beer, but not Allagash's best. I applaud the effort, but this one gets a little too complex for its own good.

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Photo of Keene
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper body with decent head and woody, oaky, boozy aroma with some malty goodness. Smooth, thick, sweet (think toffee and caramel), has a slight dark cherry vibe which is probably from wine barrels (doesn't taste like grape to me), and finishes clean.

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobGWS
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

immense complexity is well integrated with lots of different hints of hard alcohol without being close to boozy. a super interesting and well executed brew... definitely worth trying!

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Photo of wroywel
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCPhD
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of illpass78
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz. on tap (tulip) at North 43 in South Portland, Maine. Paired with the Impossible Burger.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy ruby with a big eggshell head. Head recedes to lace after a couple minutes. Looks great in the glass.

Aroma: Wine, cereal grains, malt, booze. Slight smoke or wood chips.

Taste: Very complex, enjoyable flavor profile. Cherries. Grapes. Wine. Booze a la bourbon or scotch. Cereal grains, toast, malt. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable even with high booze and aggressive flavor.

Overall: Allagash can do no wrong. Very nice, complex, drinkable, boozy red ale.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy Barrels Batman! The different barrels are very noticeable on the nose, oak, rye, cherrywood, general booziness, brandy sweetness, amber malt, biscuit, and light lemon floral notes. The taste however is so light and fleeting on the palate that it makes you work to appreciate them all before they are gone. Would love to have the same barrel treatment to heavier beer.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Allagash Brewing Company "Pastiche"
750 ml borwn glass bottle, corked and caged, "BOTTLED ON 12/07/17 11:51"
$17.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsuaken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So the label reads "Blended Barrel-Aged Ale". I was under the impression that all barrel-aged beers made in any quantity were blended, so I read furtherand discovered that it's made from 4 different beers aged in 8 different kinds of barrels. That's ambitious!

It's poured a very hazy, almost chestnut brown colored body beneath a full head of creamy off-white. The aroma is malty, sharply fruity, mineralish, vinous, a touch oaky, a little like gin, and also a touch like Bourbon. I'm sure if you sit with it and let it warm you'll find even more than that. The flavor follows the aroma, with a wide mix of notes running through it. It clearly shows that there's a very caramelish beer there, and a sour beer as well, and the Bourbon barrel remains as does the spicy and botanical nature of the gin. What other barrels were in there? Vermouth, ah, yes, I get that, there's a raspy herbal note to it... rye, red wine, port, rum, and brandy as well. I'm finding some rum as well, but to be honest, it's just not coming together for me. I assume they've used the name pastiche in connection with it's secondary meaning, a blend or mix, which it certainly is, but in my mind this is a perfect case of "sometimes less is more". It's not very cohesive. What I'm finding is a beer that's got a lot of edges to it that bump together and contrast rather than complement each other. It's complex but the whole isn't the better for it, and in my opinion, it's rather boring. I've got a malty, caramelish ale that's got some interesting notes that don't quite fit in. So now I have to wonder, why was this created? Was it to make something very complex and interesting, or was it just to use up some barrels that weren't working in their original intention. Or to try some new and different barrels? If it was to make something very complex and interesting it just got too muddied. That's a little disappointing, but in the end the beer isn't deplorable. The appearance is good with great head retention and lacing, and I like the way the herbs from the Vermouth stick around in the finish, and the way that the other notes seem to come and go, popping out here and there. It's an OK beer, and for the price not bad, but it could have been so much more.

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 12/7/17, had 3/17/17.

Pours a hazy reddish amber, with a one and a half inch head with very good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of the red wine and vermouth barrels early, light bourbon later. Strawberries, light brown sugar, a little malt, some black pepper when warm. The taste is more expansive for barrel identification- red wine, rum, bourbon, vermouth early, brandy, some gin, light rye whiskey later. Malt- but kinda light to support the barrel brigade, some caramel, oak, a light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a little dry and creamy, a good lighter to medium body, well carbonated.

Interesting and very enjoyable, and kind of like a guessing game, too. Besides it seeming to need a stronger malt presence, I notice my notes don’t really pull in much more than the barrels. Not sure if that’s a good thing. But, it was at a good price point, so it’s definitely worth a purchase for the uniqueness, if nothing else.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pastiche from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 55 ratings