Vagabond Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Vagabond AleVagabond Ale

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
With only 500 bottles made, this beer is from one of the only barrels to move with us into our new brewery three years ago. Aged four years in American oak barrels, it boasts a complex aroma of maple syrup and port, with background notes of marzipan, plum and dill. Flavors of tart, unripened plum and caramel give way to a warming, toasted almond finish.

Added by mikey711 on 10-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the color of unpasteurized apple cider; caramel-colored and murky. No head, just a thin, tight white band around the perimeter of the glass. Nose reveals notes of bourbon, wood, citrus and vanilla - nice complexity without being muddled or an affront to the senses. Taste consists of citrus upfront, followed by some acidity with woody and bourbon notes in the middle, and more citrus at the back. Mouthfeel was medium-light with a gentle effervescence and an astringency that stimulates the salivary glands initially, followed by a light bitterness and tart quality that finishes dry and almost clean. I'm relatively uninitiated to this style, but I have to say that I found Vagabond quite enjoyable and approachable. Nice complexity, with a well-hidden abv and a flavor profile that doesn't punch you in the face and then pick your pocket. Definitely an exceptional one-off from Allagash.

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4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow I can't believe I get to add Vagabond to the BeerAdvocate community. First, lots of thanks to the good people of Allagash for handling what could have been a difficult situation. Also, Thanks to the Lion's Pride for the after party, which I unforunately had to leave much earlier than I would have liked.

A: It was murky brown, looking almost like muddy water. The head was very minimal but left pretty rings of snow white lace. Carbonation can be seen rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

S: It hits first with an initial funky and bretty aroma followed by some earth wood notes. As it warms sweet maple syrup becomes more prominent as do a bit of grapes. Plenty of fruitiness that is both tart, sweet and dry.

T: Tart plums and berries are the initial flavor before a wave of sweet maple syrup, caramel and wood and maybe even a hint of licorice finish it off. Very complex and extremely balance between sweet and sour.

M: Slightly butter in it's full bodied flavor. It has a tinge of acidity, but very little vinous quality. A slight dry finish with a bit of detectable alcohol can be felt as well.

D: This is definitely one of the most enjoyable sours that I have ever had. The complexity and changing flavors with the added warms showcase all of the time and effort that went into this beer. Great beer all around

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Vagabond Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 102 ratings