Gargamel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Gargamel AleGargamel Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our brewers used a blend of American 2-row barley Malt, Raw and Malted wheat and selected caramel malt to brew this beer. After primary fermentation the beer was inoculated with our house Brettanomyces aged in French Oak wine barrels with a generous amount of local raspberries for over 18 months. Gargamel's aroma is full of un-ripened raspberry, vanilla and citrus notes. This medium bodied beer has hints of biscuit and graham cracker with a clean, fruity and refreshingly tart finish.

Added by mikeale on 05-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with some carbonation in the beer, but no head on top.
S: Prunes, dates, figs, raisins, and the slightest raspberries. Wood and the Allagash yeast smell.
T: Just like the nose without the raspberries, they are no longer in the taste at all.
F: A nice medium mouthfeel.
O: This is a serious tick for the huge Allagash nerd that I am. Probably a shell of it's former self, but what a delight. Very port wine-like. Unreal that my buddy and I were still pulling raspberry in the nose. Seriously amazing drinking experience for sure.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mike
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite of the group but still good. Served side by side with the rest of them. Beer is darkish with a lazy head, low retention, no lacing.

Aroma is oaky, mildly fruity, tart.

Beer is a little "old" tasting, fruit is mostly gone but there is some residual tartness / seed flavors, the funk is decent but not too forward, an interesting beer for sure but I think it is past its prime.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is dark copper with a thin head. The aroma is complex and quite alluring. Dark fruits, toffee, oak, yeast. The taste brings raisins, prunes, toffee, oak, yeast. Nice tartness in the finish. Everything comes together well. A truly delicious beer. Light to medium in body with moderately low carbonation. This is certainly one of the best wild ales from Allagash.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in an Allagash cervoise.

Pours an orange-copper color with a nice, two-finger white head with really nice retention and some spotty lacing on the way down. There's a thin collar throughout.

The nose carries a nice bit of buttery oak with some vanilla in there as well. Behind that comes a bit of caramel and raspberry, plus a good dosage of earth. Smooth oak really dominates, and then is followed up with some nice funk and earthiness. Vanilla is fairly-prominent. The fruit is in the background at this point.

The flavor is incredibly smooth as well. Again, there's a really fantastic oak presence with light toffee and caramel. Light acidity comes through on the background along with some raspberry must and a nice earthiness. Vanilla in the background.

Very smooth and creamy, which heads to the feel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Light sherry-like oxidation comes through toward the finish. Faint acidity through the finish. The feel might be the best part of what is really an all-around fantastic beer, and is one of the best American Wilds that I've had to date.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much head; dirty copper hue. Not the prettiest girl.

Berry tea, funk, lemon in the nose. Caramel/malt.

Vinious flavor. Dirty funk. Light berry taste. Nutty, graham cracker is found, oaky and tannic finish. This actually reminds of really old Fantomes I've had. Ones that you get pumped for and find they are really over the hill and the malt has become oxidized and one dimensional.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Gargamel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 94 ratings