Gargamel Ale
Allagash Brewing Company

Gargamel AleGargamel Ale
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From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 11.27%
Ratings:
94
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 01, 2016
Added:
May 08, 2009
Wants:
  470
Gots:
  19
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Gargamel AleGargamel Ale
Notes: 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.
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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
by AMCimpi from New York

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.

Dec 01, 2016
 
4.58 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Aug 20, 2015
 
4.33 by Mike from New Hampshire on Jun 06, 2015
 
3.75 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Oct 29, 2014
 
4.28 by wethorseblanket from California on Oct 24, 2014
 
4.25 by zestar from California on May 16, 2014
 
3.75 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Apr 13, 2014
 
4.25 by daryk77 from District of Columbia on Mar 20, 2014
 
3.5 by thebigredone from Wisconsin on Mar 16, 2014
 
4 by GRG1313 from California on Mar 08, 2014
 
3 by kscaldef from Oregon on Nov 05, 2013
 
3.5 by CityofBals from Illinois on Sep 12, 2013
 
4.25 by DarthKostrizer from California on May 10, 2013
 
4.5 by spycow from Illinois on May 01, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by drabmuh from Maryland

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.

Dec 05, 2012
 
4.25 by acurtis from New Jersey on Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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.

Nov 15, 2012
 
4.5 by t0rin0 from California on Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Thorpe429 from Illinois

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.

Apr 03, 2012
 
4.5 by mikereaser from Pennsylvania on Mar 31, 2012
 
4 by CelticAleMan from California on Mar 11, 2012
 
3.75 by jsilva from Massachusetts on Mar 05, 2012
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by BearsOnAcid from Washington

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.

Mar 02, 2012
 
4 by cpinto6 from Georgia on Feb 12, 2012
 
4.5 by drumrboy22 from Colorado on Feb 04, 2012
 
3.5 by boatshoes from Massachusetts on Jan 29, 2012
 
3.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Jan 26, 2012
Photo of hippityhops85
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by hippityhops85 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Russian River '-Tion' glass. Pours a murky orange/brown with little to no head. Oil-slick bubbles present on the meniscus.

Nose has a really delicate sour cherry aroma, some pronounced "funk", oak really nice but really subtle for what I was expecting.

The taste is amazing. This must be hitting it's prime right now. Really delicate sour cherry flavors mingle with the funkiness and a velvety-smooth lactic acid note really cleans it all up. Really subtle I didn't expect this at all. Wow wow wow.

The mouth feel is excellent for the style. Good carbonation but not aggressive by any means.

I'd kill for another bottle of this. It's almost quaff-able. ABV is not present even for the beer being 9.2% abv.

An outstanding accomplishment by Rob Todd and the rest at Allagash.

Jan 15, 2012
 
4.5 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jason from Massachusetts

375ml green corked and caged bottle, no freshness date but it is not needed. Nice pop of the cork.

LOOK: Stunningly clear amber as my decanting profession is up to 513 (grand master). Thin lacing but more than I expected.

SMELL: Tartness, strawberries, taffy, chalk, rhubarb jam, musty, dried grass, faint bubble gum

TASTE: Tart, dry, crisp, cellar, goaty, funk, grassy, yeast, medicinal, herbal, mineral, sour berries, mint, alcohol, broth, spice

Complexities reach heights rarely seen, epic proportions of flavors unfold with each sip taken. Perhaps this bottle is about to reach its prime and that timeline could be pretty board though I am glad i popped this one open now. Only a handful of brewers really have a handle or should I say they know how to tame the beast ... Allagash is one of those breweries.

Dec 16, 2011
 
4 by jophish17 from Georgia on Dec 11, 2011
 
5 by Pamola from Vermont on Nov 22, 2011
 
5 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut on Nov 21, 2011
 
3.75 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Nov 15, 2011
 
4.75 by imperialking from Illinois on Nov 15, 2011
 
4.75 by JAHMUR from Connecticut on Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by mlazzaro from Massachusetts

375ml corked and wired bottle. Pours a rusty rose color with white head. Really clear, and well carbonated. CO2 really pushes out the aromatics. Smells very nice. Sour brett. character, but distinctly citrus fruit in aroma. I'm noticing some oak as well. Initial flavors of raspberries, really dark in flavor. Unique caramel malt character in the middle of the sip. Followed by pleasant satisfying sourness. Notible earthiness to the flavor as well. Not a scorching Ph.- really approachable sour beer I would say. I was really surprised to read 9.2% on the bottle, not what I would have guessed, quite smooth and balanced. Glad to have tried it.

Aug 27, 2011
Photo of brokensail
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by brokensail from California

Bottle shared (but not brewed) by Jeff. Thanks again!

A: The beer pours amber in color with a short lived, small, off-white head.

S: Upfront I get a strange smell of maple syrup, perhaps it's just the vanilla and oak? After that it's tart fruits, though I wouldn't have guessed raspberries. Mild strawberry and lemon aromas with some grassy funk.

T: The flavor is nicely sour with hints of vinegar, but primarily lactic acidity. Tart berries, grass, lemon zest, and oak. There's a mild earthiness to the beer along with some green apple skins.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Overall a good but not great beer. It was pleasantly tart, and there were some nice flavors to it, but nothing that really grabbed my attention.

Apr 27, 2011
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4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a slightly reddish tinge; the modest cap leaves quite a sheet of lacing behind

Smell: Raspberry and caramel tones provide the base, with tart lime and oak elements wafting through

Taste: Sweet stone fruit, up front, with the raspberries and caramel adding some depth that builds, along with the growing limey tartness, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oak and lactic sour flavors blend to dominate the finish, though the sweet fruit from the front end persists underneath; it also tastes as though there are some apple spice cake flavors adding another layer of complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with gentle carbonation
that contrasts with the puckering tartness

Overall: This is a really fine sour that I am glad I had the chance to try

Mar 18, 2011
Photo of grub
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by grub from Canada (ON)

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Maltzilla contributed this one. thanks diego!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours lightly hazy orangey brown. a small white head forms, dropping fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. malt and cider vinegar. lemon. whole wheat bread and cracker. vanilla. horse blanket and leather. hint of dark fruit. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. much like the aroma but with more earthy character and leather. bit of tobacco. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body with a dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. restrained sourness. less depth than some, but good.

Feb 04, 2011
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 94 ratings