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:
288
Reviews:
74
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
39
For Trade:
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.62/5  rDev -60%
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 rderedin
2.4/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of chet4
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of Jslay013
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.69/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A moment of light beige head and then it fades to a thin cap. The beer is a deep amber color that lies somewhere between ruby and orange.

Aroma isn't very inviting.. There is a nice strawberry component, but this seems to be held down by a medicinal/burnt rubber aroma. Fairly musty as well. Just a touch of lacing.

The medicinal notes in the aroma are clearly present in the flavor. There is a slight note of the bitterness from the molasses. A moment of strawberry and alcohol. Not really wild about what the medicinal flavors are doing here. The more you work through the glass, the more consistent the strawberry flavor.

Light bodied, effervescent carbonation. Light on the tongue.

Not a huge fan and planning my next beer, which is not a great sign about the drinkability here.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to gtn80 for the trade on this one. Shared with the Chicago Crew at our UFC 126 tasting.

A - Red/orange colored beer that looks a little bit light for something that was a quad. Solid head with some moderate lacing, confusing, but not bad looking.

S - Some lactic sour notes, strawberries, and some barrel oak/vanilla. This doesn't smell bad, particularly since strawberry beers seem hard (impossible?) to get right. Victor Francenstein got my hopes up, and although the nose on this one is not as good as that, it's somewhat promising and interesting.

T - Unfortunately the taste is a let down. Strawberries are present, but they don't taste good. Somehow they taste old or slightly moldy, doesn't taste like a quad, tastes like mashed up strawberries in a belgian beer that got a little mushy and were then thrown into a barrel. I don't really care for this at all.

M - Medium bodied with some strong carbonation, I'm not sure if it works for this beer, but I'm not sure what would.

T - The taste makes this a hard beer to drink, it is just somehow unpleasant, although I will concede that the alcohol is nicely hidden. Not a fan, wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is the first Allagash beer I've had that hasn't been very good to exceptional. Boozy, muddled but weirdly thin, overly sweet, and the sourness only accentuates its flaws. I can't tell if the strawberries taste real or fake, because it's so sickly sweet, but it's not good either way. More barrel, more body, and less berry might turn this one around.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, to start out it smells like it will be sour. Initial flavor is puckering sourness. Color is light amber. As it warms it smells like bandaids, plastic, brown sugar. Flavor is sour, plastic, old starwberries, strange. Boozy, sugary, odd.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a challice. This one pours a mostly foam to start. Way more head than beer so this took away. Eventually we've got a muddy amber brown body with almost two inches of head and lots of soapy lace.

Alsmost smells like strawberries that are simply a bit past their prime. Vanilla and oak come through but this is somehow a strange mixture. Musty strawberries on the pallet with oak. This one is the slightest bit tart and the bourbon comes through a bit on the finish.

the body is medium with coarse carbonation and the finish is a bit dry. Overall this isn't Allagash's finest. Maybe this will suit someone but it just seems off to me.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dirty amber. Cap, weak lacing.

Oak, brett, funk, lemon.

Sweet and malty, sharp fruit pang, vanilla. Odd undertone.

Thick smooth mouthfeel. Low carb.

Not the best sour Ive had, could use some tweaking, has an odd lacto (I assume) presence that is off putting.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jacob17
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mike, poured into a perfect pint glass... This pours a light watery reddish orange. The head is off white, watery and whispy, but has decent retention and lacing. Weird color but ok... The aroma is shockingly decent for a strawberry beer. Strawberries are dominant on the front and they come off nice and fresh. I also get some oak and lactic sour. Can't tell this is a quad, no notes of that at all... The taste is a total 180, the strawberries are now stale and old, gross finish. I try to get past the berries, pull out some oak, and hint of dark fruits, not sour enough at all.

From the description and being an Allagash beer I was expecting total garbage. It wasn't quite that bad but not a recommend. So essentially it exceeded my expectations but not good.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Mike!

A - Pours a rusty reddish/brown color, off-white head, spotty lacing, and some bubbles remain here and there on top with a fimly thin cap.

S - Lots of oak, strawberries, sugary sweetness, slightly sour.

T - Oak, strawberries, some dark fruit notes from the base beer, slightly sour but not enough to make this one all that enjoyable. Needs a bit more funk, as the strawberries and oak just dont cut it.

M - Light, good carbonation (possibly a tad too much), semi dry finish.

D - Meh. My least favorite of the limited Allagash releases so far. Not terrible, by any means, but not uber-enjoyable.

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Photo of dubdrop
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is light brown with subtle highlights of crimson and pink. The aroma brings a grandiose scent of strawberries soaked in alcohol. Subtle notes of oak. While the beer brings some potent flavor, the swetness of the alcohol and strawberries, a naturally sweet fruit, together is a bit overbearing. Medium bodied with moderately light carbonation. Alcohol presence is bold throughout. Mostly sweet with a touch of tartness. Overall, this was OK.

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Photo of tclipse
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Allagash coolship tumbler. Nose has a good dose of barrel character and noticeable strawberry. Flavor is too oxidized. Dry and slightly sour. This was an interesting one, but did not quite compare to the Coolship Series, which were much better. Still an interesting beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by a Thorpe recently with all the rest, thanks, Not the best one but it still is good / decent.

Not much strawberry left in this one. It is amber and has a thin white head, small bubbles.

Aroma is mostly oak, mild sour / tart.

Beer is light in body, dry on the finish, a little fruit lingers but it is mostly gone. It is a decent beer but not a repeat for me.

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 288 ratings.
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