Avancé | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Avancé is a strong, sour ale with aromas of strawberry preserves and toasted oak. Berries and more oak continue in the flavor, which concludes with a warm, sweet finish. The beer is brewed with multiple sugars including molasses, date sugar, white cane sugar, and dark rock candi. It’s then fermented with three different yeast strains and aged in oak bourbon barrels for a year with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. After transferring the beer to stainless we add one pound per gallon of fresh, locally picked strawberries and age it for another six months.

Added by wedgie9 on 05-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,688
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
308
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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120
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/16/18

Note: 2016 bottle

A: Medium to deep amber with some serious red undertones, copper highlights - hazy, probably could have decanted a bit more carefully - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a few wisps of lacing and leaves some nice lacing

S: Like a handful of strawberries - not overly sweet, like strawberry preserves - fleshy, ripe strawberries - a fistful of sour funk under that - sharp, acidic sour and some musty, lactic, old basement sour - loads of oak and funky oak - the oak aroma is about as, if not more, potent than the bourbon, which comes later - some lactic frutiness, with touches of cherry - cork - not really picking up on any of the sugars in the aroma, as the strawberry and wood dominate

T: Strawberries and oak, to start - rich strawberry flavor - like biting into a fresh strawberry, not a generic "strawberry flavor" - some strawberry tartness, as if it's an under-ripe strawberry - very tart, very sour, very funky overall - sharp acidic sour, but more of a damp, musty lactic sour funk - old, dirty basement, old wet barrel - tons of acidic and lactic oak barrel funk and flavor - bourbon, but it's really overpowered by the strawberry and oak flavors - touches of molasses and sugar late in the flavor profile, but I would not call this sweet overall - the sourness really takes center stage to the point that acid, rather that sugar, lingers in the aftertaste

M: Medium body, carbonation on the low side, finishes with sour

O: Bourbon and strawberries, yet another breakfast of champions

Not many breweries take the effort to brew beer with strawberries. As would surprise nobody, Allagash can pull it off. Frankly, for my current tastes, this is overly sour and funky. But I am not going to reduce points for that. This is a unique experience if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of riderwbd
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Quick review:

Smells of funky strawberries, vanilla, and peppercorns

Taste is of more strawberry, sherbet, horse blanket, tennis ball, rubber.

On draft at toronado SD. Keg kicked after my pour. Good beer; perhaps a bit unbalanced on the unnecessarily sour side. Good strawberry character but perhaps a bit too much pure citric/lactic acid. It gets a 87.5/100.

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Photo of Boto
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewery (bottled July 24, 2016): This one pours a clear, darker amber color. Even though it opened with a "pop", there was no head or lacing. Good nose! Definitely brett. Some oakiness and tart strawberries coming thru. The taste is very good. Lots of tart strawberry flavor. A bit of the oakiness, maybe a hint of vanilla. Some other fruits an a hint of the breadiness. Surprisingly there doesn't seem to be any evidence of the bourbon in the aroma or taste.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of festizio
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jps715
2.29/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of pprichar
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crobinso
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alos31
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really cool stuff. Lots of sour lemon or sour vegetable. I would have liked the strawberry to be more pronounced.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkh012
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

13 oz. bottle, bottled 13 months ago.

Pours deep amber with zero head.

Sour strawberry and bread crust on the nose. Another reviewer said this smells like a dentist's office and I thought that was a random observation, but it kind of makes sense upon smelling it. A little bit of a rubber glove-y note, but not in a bad way. Hard to describe. The predominant notes are typical Allagash yeast-funk, and jammy red fruit.

The taste opens medium-sour, with raspberry and strawberry. Blue cheese and oak mid-palate. Dry on the backend, with lingering, tart berry. Complex.

Overall, there are better Allagash Wild Ales but this is very good. 8+/10

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the brewery
Light fizzy head, little lacing, semi clear rosy orangey color

Nose loaded with strawberries, little sweet malt, slight funky saison like yeast note

Taste tart with loads of strawberry, sour green strawberry, little seed, fair acidity, little bready funk, farmhouse saison bright acidity

Mouth is med to lighter bod, big acidity, nice fluffy carb

Overall pretty nice, great strawberry, acidity, booze level is nice

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Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 308 ratings