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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

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Ratings:
237
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
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 DBosco
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375 ml. vessel bottled on July 14th, 2016. Cloudy dark orange with a reddish tinge, just a little creamy foam on top. Smells of some sourness, strawberry with a slight hint of bourbon - nice blend of aromas. Taste is moderately sour, oaky, with aged strawberry flavor that is not particularly sweet after all the fermentation and aging, and just a trace of bourbon in the background. Mouthfeel has very little carbonation, puckering from sour and oak, but a smooth drink otherwise. Overall, right now drinking it 6 months after it was bottled, it is a really good sour ale with excellent added tastes - high quality.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.56/5  rDev +14%
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 OrangeMen
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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 crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a handful of strawberry beers and none of them were very good. But, this is Allagash, so I figured the odds were in my favor. I was right. This is a remarkable brew; exceptionally complex flavors of oak, bourbon, perfectly ripe strawberry, strawberry jam, even a hint of blackberry and dark cherry. Tart puckering, plus nice sweetness. If you like a Manhattan, you'll enjoy this.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange with off white head that quickly dissipates
S: Sweet strawberry, dark candy sugar, oak, lactic tartness, yogurt
T: Sweet and tart strawberry, oak tannin, light vanilla, lactic, light earthy funk, very balanced, medium sour, sweet Belgian candy sugar, yogurt, complex
M: Medium, light but lively carbonation
O: Amazing representation of strawberry in a sour. No detectable alcohol. Almost perfect mix of funky yeast, sweet fruit, oak and sour.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding onto this one for awhile now, just never found a good time to drink it and I figured, hey, it's Halloween weekend.

Pours an amber color, not much head, what head there is of is a tan-ish light brown and fades real fast leaving no lacing on the glass, bottom half of the bottom is very murky and dark and turns more brownish than the first half which is quite see-through.

Smell has a wonderous woody aroma, not really picking up the strawberries, oaky with hints of sour notes.

Taste is surprisingly more sour and tart than I was expecting considering the source beer is Four, wooden with light touches of vanilla, still not picking up strawberries per se but there is a presence of fruit though subtle, the sour pucker is between moderate to high, carbonation is on point, no indication of strength at all and I would not believe this is over 10%, although the bottom half of the bottle does taste a bit stronger.

Really wish there was more of this, it turned out to be much better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small paper-wrapped corked bottle, picked up from the source at Allagash. Pours a nice pinkish amber with a smallish head, soft and inviting looking. Wow, the nose on this is pretty unreal. A complex array of mild strawberry, oaky notes, funky brett, and a nice vanilla sweetness. Taste follows suit with yes some fruit up front, obviously strawberry but other hints as well, but more heavy handed is the, fresh and lively bretty flavors, melding with the oak and barrel notes. Not sure if the barrels once contained bourbon or not, but there is a nice vanilla boozy vibe to this beer. Really well rounded and a lot of complex flavors coming together. You might say harmonious. Mildly tart, this beer retains a nice dry mouthfeel and finish without the pucker, and enough fruit and sweetness to keep a nice quenching balance. Highly drinkable at 10%+. Wow. Would love to see what this tastes like in a year or two. Very unique, really tasty.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This does not disappoint. Slightly murky light mahogany. Beautiful white head. Nice oak, sweet berry/cherry, and brett in the aroma. Similar follow through with moderate acidity that is balanced by sweet berry molasses finish. Very good.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much looking forward to this one. Thanks to tai4ji2x for the trade!

12.7 oz bottle poured into goblet. As far as I know, this was bottled about a year ago. My 120th review.

A: Pours a semi-translucent 3-tone crimson/caramel color. Nothing to look at, really.

S: Brettanomyces & honey up front. Strawberries are omnipresent. Vanilla from the barrels. Smells cloyingly sweet.

T: You can taste the base beer (Allagash Four), however it has been augmented dramatically. The barrel comes through big up front with bourbon and vanilla, followed by a beautiful strawberry-laden sweetness in the center. Very recognizable pediococcus presence brings in a tart, champagne-like finish. Compared to how this smells, the taste is off the charts.

M: Like most of Allagash's sour one-offs, effervescent and highly carbonated; dances on the tongue.

O: At first, I wasn't sure what to think of this beer; it comes off very sweet in the nose. One taste, though, and it's clear that Avancé is worthy of a great deal of praise. Walking through the barrel room at Allagash just last week, I noticed a few barrels of Avancé hanging out in the rafters. Let's hope this comes back at some point.

An exemplary beer that truly shows the merits of barrel-aging.

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Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Multiple drafts at FoBAB 2016.
Darker reddish amber, thin layer of lasting foam and spotty lace.

Funky leather and Bretty horsehair mingles nicely with funky overripe strawberries.

Taste is juicy and tart, with lots of dry Brett in the aftertaste, plenty of cheesy horse blanket funk.
Smooth and well carbed, juicy strawberry presence, complex oak and wild elements in spades.
Overall it was very quenching and unique, I went back for this one several times.

Pretty much a dead on faithful clone of Hanssens Oudbeitje, but with carbonation.

Bottle dated July 14, 2016:
Bright reddish amber, perfect clarity, thin layer of foam. Minimal lacing, still surface eventually.

Aroma has all the same horsey Brett funk and light floral and sweet strawberry fruitiness.

Taste is moderately tart with full juicy strawberry flavors, some light vanilla and oak in the background with lingering traces of restrained horsey Brett funk. Crisp and tart with a dry tannic finish. A little less cheesy funk than the draft, and seemingly a little cleaner.

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Photo of Mesa512
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: light red color. Held up to light you can barely see through

Smell: It smells like fresh picked strawberries. It actually smells to me like an overriped strawberry.

Taste: There is a hint of oak. There is also the classic "funk" taste. The strawberry flavor stays in your mouth for a while.

Feel: Very little carbonation. Not overly sour where you pucker your lips

Overall. A great sour beer from Allagash.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks!

Poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

A- Big tan creamy head, dense, tiny bubbles. Ruddy brown/ruby beer. Great lacing, thick like frosting.

S- A bit medicinal, band-aid. very faint though. Nice strawberry jam.

T- Lots of sticky icky berry jam. Slight funk, tart in the finish. Berry sweetness is spectacular... I'm a sucker for strawberries and this beer delivers. The funky undertones provide a nice contrast.

M- Wow. No sign of ABV. Great fruit flavors, nice tartness to compliment the sweetness. Finish is fantastic... Wish I had more!

D- Very high. Had no idea what to expect, this one was off my radar. I am very surprised at this beer. Fantastic. Not overly sour or tart or funky... it's just tasty!

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Avance is Allagash's Four aged with strawberries in oak casks. A special keg hand delivered to the Lion's Pride was tapped for their Halloween party. It was kept on for a couple days thereafter; I was lucky enough to get the last pour before they pulled it off, to be stored until a later date.

The beer is opaque, with red and copper coloring. At the bottom of my tulip glass, where the most light can penetrate, it appears nearly orange. A light brown foamy head sits on top, with plenty of carbonation rising up towards it. As I drink, good foamy lacework is left behind.

There is a great funky strawberry nose with some oak notes.

The flavor has impressive pale malts that are crispy and effervescent. The strawberry fruit flavors are a bit creamy--it must be the molasses that was also added. A nice puckering accompanies the finish. The strawberry flavors linger on. This is one tasty beverage.

The body is of medium character, but has high carbonation. It finishes dry with a slight puckering. My tongue is tickled by the sourness and carbonation. Holding the beer in my mouth ans swishing it about intensifies the creaminess.

Avance is never too sour, nor is there too much fruit. I would definitely drink this one again--label approvals suggest that it will be bottled and I want some! It isn't as amazing as Allagash coelship beers, but since this one will be slightly more attainable than those beers, I can't complain.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at tasty in raleigh.

dark brownish red color with a very slight head. smell of strawberries, tartness. taste is lip puckering sour and tart with a great dryness on the finish. strawberry flavor is slight. hard to believe the ABV. easy drinking. bourbon barrel is slightly apparent.medium bodied and mild carbonation.

overall an impressive sour!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 wedgie9
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at Lush CBC event. Pours cloudy brown with a thin bubbly head. Nose of malt, stewed red fruits, prune, and raisin. Flavors are bitter chocolate, sour, stewed red fruit, and a nice maltiness. The carbonation is low, the body is full, and the finish is long with bitter, sour, and fruity flavors. This beer is very complex.

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Photo of bobv
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml. vessel bottled at 9.7% abv, corked, and caged on July 14th, 2016. Moderate pour yields a half inch head that dissipates in a couple minutes. Exhibits no lacing at all. Nose of mostly strawberry jam, with a little molasses, a little oak, and even less bourbon. Taste follows with a nice fruity tartness from the berries. Very nice, full mouthfeel. Yes, another winner from the sour program at Allagash!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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 BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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 gonzo000
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this in the tasting room at the brewery. This is a very well balanced sour with strawberry leading the way. Unlike the M. Rosa, the sour is not overpowering and the back finishes with a slight and welcomed bit of salt. M. Rosa is overpowered by it. Easy to drink with a bit of a pucker.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems there are bad bottles and good bottles. Great authentic strawberry aroma. As it warmed to room temperature, I did get a touch of a smokey / plastic scent but it was obscured at cooler temps. Touch of red wine vinegar and lots of oak.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 ahalloin
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured at the Lupulin Renuless at RFD June 2. I love it when brewers for these events actually bring hard to acquire beer as opposed to stuff I could buy off the shelf in my area or nearby. Kudos to Rob Tod for bringing two little beauties.

Pours a dark reddish raspberry color with a slightly off white head. Almost brilliant clairy but with some slight haze. Great looking beer.

The aroma is big and pungent with loads of jammy notes. At first I was thinking it was raspberries but then Rob talked about the beer and said it was strawberries were used. Berry sweetness mingles with medium sour notes. The signature of the oak barrel is prevalent as well.

The taste is exactly what you'd expect from the description and smell. Strong berry components coupled with strong lactic sour and barnyard funk notes. The strawberry flavor seems a bit articial though.

The mouthfeel is quite nice with medium high carbonation and a drying finish that refreshes. The 10.8% ABV is well masked.

Overall this is a very neat beer to get to try. I haven't had too many beers that incorporate strawberries so successfully. My one gripe would be the artificial nature of the strawberry flavor.

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
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