Allagash 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
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
265
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
40
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 265
Reviews by starrdogg:
Photo of starrdogg
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Max's Allagash Event

Beer pours a fairly nondescript reddish brown with a fluffy white head. Smells largely of lacto-sour and oak with a hint of strawberries. The flavor is interesting and not quite what I had expected. It's sweeter than I had anticipated, but also has a good bit of sour in there. There's some oak and strawberries as well. It's fairly full-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a solid beer from Allagash, but not my favorite sour out there. It's perhaps a little too sweet, but I guess that's what happens when you take a big quad and then add strawberries.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As you can see, most of the reviews are very good. Unfortunately, a couple amateurs gave it a low rating and so it shows up at 89. This is great AWA...has the qualities of a very good dark sour, with an awesome kick of strawberries---like serious jam on toast! Well balanced between the sour, bourbon barrel vanilla warmth, and fruit preserves.... well done!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

what a sensational beverage this is. nothing like it out there. a strong wild beer brewed with molasses and aged on strawberries in bourbon barrels. its insanely complex and delicious. i usually dont care much for strawberry in beer, it always seems sweet and artificial, distracting, more juice than beer, but thats not the case here at all. this has a wonderful aroma of the slightly tart little wild strawberries that grow no bigger than a blueberry, and the acidity and wood properties balance out any jammy sweetness that might take over in their absence. i think most of the molasses has been fermented, i suppose there is that raw unrefined sugar thing happening in the middle for a moment, but i suspect its been added more as a booze spike than as a flavor. it sort of marries in with the range of malts here, adding depth and roundness to it. not a dark beer, not a pale beer, its sort of muddy water looking, hazy and heady, maybe a touch of pink from the fruit if i look hard enough. tons of wood, less bourbon than expected, but the fruit and the whiskey together are amazing. vanilla for sure, toffee, shortcake, and then a great mix of lacto acidity with notes of lemon and orange peel, and bretty funk that shows the maturity of this thing. about as layered as they come, and one of the best allagash beers there is. these guys are just incredible, i wish their beer came out to colorado...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a nice slightly hazy red color- looks like a lot of fruit was used in this one. There's basically no head or lacing.

This has probably the most authentic fresh strawberry aroma and flavor that I've ever gotten out of a beer. It just leaps out of the glass- unbelievable. It's a little sweet smelling, but mostly sour, while still remaining juicy. There's some definite oak, caramelized sugar, and light bourbon.

This is probably the best strawberry sour that I've ever had. It's loaded to the gills with tart, macerated strawberry, it dominates, but doesn't overwhelm the other nice flavors. There's definitely a bit of sugary sweetness, which sets the strawberry tartness nicely. There's just a hint of oak and vanillin flavors, along with the slightest hint of mild bourbon sweetness. Using bourbon rather than wine barrels was an interesting choice for sure, and I really like the different dimension it gave to this sour.

This is pretty light bodied, and very drinkable, with a crisp and sparkling level of carbonation.

This is absolutely mind-blowing- possibly the best beer I've had from Allagash other than Resurgam or Cuvee D'Industrial.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.62/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Caramel body; off white head that reduces quickly

Malty mollasses and dark fruit aroma. Strange strawberries and cream aroma. When the beer is agitate a strong plastic/bandaid aroma become really offensive.

Light malty flavor. Little bit of sweetness but the mouthfeel is light as well. Strong pithy bitterness that is consistent with a lot of Allagash wilds. Charred oak and vanilla. Strawberry finish with a lingering funky bitterness. Very unpleasant drying sensation and plastic. This beer should've never been released. It's just a strange mix of flavors and bad off-flavors. It didn't change much at all since the release, which was a sample I poured down the drain, so I don't believe time will fix this beer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~6 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a medium amber, glistening burnt orange color, mildly hazy. Half finger thick, slight off white colored head, fizzy and soapy. Touches of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Sweet strawberry preserves, bright berry notes, underlying creamy vanilla and sweet sugary malts. Spicy and toasty oak, grassy and earthy yeast notes. Slight tartness, lemon and green apple.

Taste- Sweet strawberries, jammy and fruity, underlying tartness, lemon, green apple. Earthy oak, creamy vanilla quality, sugary sweet malts. Funky yeast, wet hay and bright tropical fruits.

Feel- Medium bodied, has a bright tartness but also syrupy and malty, slight creaminess. Moderate carbonation, crisp yet smooth in spots.

Overall- A different kind of sour / wild ale, has all the bright fruit qualities and tart notes but also has an undeniable malt backbone. Strawberries comes through with a very sweet, jammy quality. Barrel adds a lot of oak and vanilla, very little bourbon if any. Lots of earthy and funky yeast qualities on the finish. Very different for the style, and complex.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DARK STRONG ALE AGED IN AMERICAN OAK FOR 3 YEARS. FERMENTED WITH A MIX OF BRETTANOMYCES AND PEDIO. FRESH STRAWBERRIES WERE ADDED TO THE BARRELS 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO BOTTLING. On Tap at Monk's Cafe a few times in a fluted shaped glass.

Allagash Avance came to me looking a bit more red pink than the usual four which is a bit more brown. This had a redish dark tan tint to this that looks nice in this dark bar. A lot of bubbles and a frothy white head that took it's time receding. Nice patches of lace on the way down. As soon as it sat in front of me the strawberries whiffed up in my nose. On further expection, even more strawberry, with some vanilla and some light funk. Warming brings out minimal quad scents including plum. The berries stand out. Sipping this im torn between wild ale and dank ass quadruple, (not sure why this is classified as a BSDA but im drawing straws). Out of the many dark ale wild with berries added, Advance comes out the most. Possibly due to the freshness here. Some brett mixed in with the berrries mingling with the vanilla and a nice oak tannin. Plums and other darks towards the back. Feel is smooth and tangy, Advance does not finish to dry. The malt from the base has not dissapeared, this is a bit easy to get down, not super accidic but highly carbed off the tap. Body is at a sturdy medium. I enjoyed the taste so much I got another, not many times I go for a 2nd 10%er when im out drinking. Props to Allagash.

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If strawberry jam and beer had a baby, this would be the outcome! Pours a hazy medium brown with a distinctive reddish tint. Small head dissipates quickly. I wound up savoring the sweet, sour, strawberry jam aroma for a while before I started to drink this. It smells fantastic but it tastes even better. Strong sweet strawberry presence, mildly sour, and balanced nicely with a little hop bitterness. High carbonation and great mouthfeel. At the end I wound up smelling the empty bottle and pondering my life's choices, specifically why the hell I only bought one bottle of this.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for sending me this one. Shared with d0b over a nice home-cooked meal - Dave is making sure I get enough spinach in my diet while Bryna is out of town. Served in a Bells tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving a few splotches of lace behind. Murky dark-brown body with a few bits of sediment visible.

S - Strawberry, brett funk and tropical fruits, some sweet quad-like malt character, vanilla, and a light peppery note (not sure if it's from the strawberries or the yeast).

T - Tart strawberries, a bit of funk, light sourness, and a fairly strong quad backbone. Brown sugars, molasses, dark fruits and oaky vanilla round things out. Not much overt bourbon flavor, although I think it would have clashed.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-full body, sticky finish. Could use a bit more spritz to it to keep it from getting too syrupy.

D - This beer seems to be somewhat polarizing on here (unlike Ratebeer, where it's extremely popular). I like that it's a wild ale that integrates the base beer well and doesn't feel the need to be overwhelmingly acidic or funky - there are nice notes of both but they're used more as highlights. I'm also a sucker for strawberries. I've had this three times now, and I'm looking forward to the next.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heddar33
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks fine but let's be honest we are not here for appearance. The nose is special, sweet jammy and smoky beautiful. The tartness is apparent but the aromas are very well blended. The taste is very unique, a nice fruit flavor more cherry then strawberry, with a tartness. The smoky nose comes in the flavor and compliments cert well. The tart sour follows while the amoke lingers
When I say smoky I mean like you get from cooking fruit not meaty...beautiful

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Photo of JakerLou
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a deep amber-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of lightly tart strawberries with decent amounts of oak. Also present are medium malts and slight funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart strawberry flavors. Slight vanilla flavors join in shortly thereafter from the oak. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of funk and hints of earthy hops. The funk and strawberries carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer as the strawberries didn't integrate with the rest of the flavor profile as I'd hoped. Still, another tasty sour from the boys at Allagash that's worth a shot.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tclipse
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish brown. More brownish red, I guess. Discrete bubbles in a medium collar.

Smell - Strawberry, vanilla, oak, and some acidity. Acetic mostly in nature.

Taste - Strawberry is nice. Not the freshest, but I get it. Tart strawberries backed by a hefty malt presence. Oak and vanilla in the back, almost like a bourbon barrel would lend. Moderately sour.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy with a tempered sourness from the malt.

Overall - I like how balanced it is, but as a result nothing is standout.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a massive four finger head that subsided to two fingers worth slowly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and slight acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, slight funk, and slight acetic acid. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It was not one of the standouts on the day, but was still quite nice. Everything seemed to flow very nicely in this one and kept me coming back for me. The acetic acid in this one on the aroma through me off, but in the flavor it worked really well. A definite must try if you have not!

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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(375ml bottle courtesy of chuckycheese and shared at Dak's final four tasting!!). Pours a cloud apricot color with off-white head. Aroma has strawberry and funky notes. Taste is sour with tart strawberries. Medium bodied with a smooth finish. This was really awesome!

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Photo of trevorpost
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.04 out of 5 based on 265 ratings.
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