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
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
37
For Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of dogleg_left
4.86/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.86/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sendbeer
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of junaman
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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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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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DBosco
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
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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4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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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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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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