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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
259
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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120
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 259
Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.62/5  rDev -59.8%
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 Reagan1984
2.69/5  rDev -33.3%
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 -31.8%
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 -26.1%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -25.6%
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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
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 -21.3%
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 jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -15.6%
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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -9.4%
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 -8.2%
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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Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No reviews in about 8 months, might as well put my notes down. Served at Armsby Abbey at an Allagash tap event. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the tap into an Allagash tulip with a dark red slightly hazy body. Just a bit of foam on top but no true head I would say. Ends looking like a wine with a lack of lace. Very old Wild Ale I guess none of this is surprising.

S- Berry forward nose like a jam or preserve in a way. Strawberries, blackberries and some cherry hints come to mind, kind of a medley. Some oak and a sort of Flanders acetic tart hint.

T- Like the nose, the bulk of the taste is made up of strawberry and that general berry medley/cocktail of flavors. Somewhat vinous with an oaked hint but not much from the barrels in general. Some acetic-balsamic acidity as well as a lemon sour hint that reminds me of lambics. Tiniest Bourbon alcohol hint.

MF- Super light bodied and fairly dried out like most Wild Ales. Moderately sour/tart and a complimentary moderate foamy carbonation.

Gets pretty sour after some time and just has a berry preserve sort of feel. Reminds me of some juice cocktails with berry flavors. Minimal barrel influence. Between the strong berry flavor and fairly high ABV something just feels too strong, hard to put a name to it. Just had an edge that wasn't as smooth as great Wilds.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour served in a teardrop shaped glass. Round two from Allagash night at Rattle n Hum.

Avance pours a murky not-quite brown (just a hint towards more of a burnt orange). Head and lacing are both 100% nonexistent. I'm normally a bit more lenient with scoring appearance of a draft beer, due to possible bad pours, but there's no way that can take all the blame. Every bartender working there tonight was serving Avance like this. Alcohol immediately jumps out with each whiff. It's a bit overpowering, and has me a little bit concerned. Once I make it past that I can pick up both strawberries and more traditional plum and raisin type dark fruit aromas. The alcohol is much more restrained on my palate than in the nose. It's still present, but works much better with the other flavors as it just provides a warming sensation. Strawberries and other fruits return, along with a nice swirl of toffee that I wasn't expecting. Shame I can't pick up anything from the barrels, a little oak or (even better) vanilla really would have elevated this beer to the next level. As it is though, Avance is damn tasty. Unfortunately, I feel even more secure in not blaming the bar staff for Avance's appearance, as it's almost entirely dull from a carbonation standpoint. It's also a little bit thin for a 10% Belgian Strong Dark/Quad. Avance tastes great, but it has some fundamental flaws that I don't remember Four as having, and that keep it from scoring a bit higher in most categories.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Not to appealing, no head only a penicl lining, an amber off color honey, burnt apple juice looking
S: Winey strawberries, deep oak and wood, funky lacto and brett, honey notes, slight cinnamon notes, sweet but funky, smells very complex
T: Oak funk upfront, super farmhousy, finishes sweet and nice with the strawberries, like strawberry jam not fresh strawberries, very complex beer, very woody
F: Medium carb, fine
O: A beer that pushes the wild ale to its limit, definitely not for everyone, the funkiness from the oak barrels was very overpowering but the sweet and tart strawberry finish was nice. Don't think I would buy again but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a long time to die down but left a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with some notes of strawberries and sourness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger. The bourbon really stands out in the overall taste but isn’t overpowering; there are also notes of strawberries and sourness along with hints of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: The sourness isn’t that strong but this is definitely a beer that needs to be sipped. The mixture of bourbon and strawberry flavors is interesting, but there’s too much bourbon and not enough balance between the two.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/15/2011

On tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Red tinged orange with a mountainous white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Bright and vibrant.

S: Strawberries with a prominent lactic profile. Some oak and candied sugar. Moderately acetic. More vinegar than strawberries.

T: Strawberry is more pronounced here and is complimented by restrained vinegar. Moderately lactic, with some oak and tannins. Candied sugar sweetness. Bready malt.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice lactic strawberry quad.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 14, 2016. 375ml caged and corked bottled served in a Speigelau tulip. Pours a color somewhat akin to apple cider with a slightly hazy clarity and no head; just a thin frothy band around the edges. Nose is predominantly strawberry preserves with perhaps a hint of ethanol. Tart strawberries predominate, but once you get past the initial pucker and acidity some toasted oak notes come out as well as a kiss of spirits; however, I don't get any of the anticipated bourbon character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a bright acidity. Overall - decent. Perhaps needs a little more time in the bottle, but it's a bit one dimensional as is.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a goblet.

Look - pours a reddish brown color. Light just barely makes it all the way through.

Smell - Oak, funk, sour strawberries. Also get an out of place smell quite clearly... Smells like plastic, not sure if it's the line or the beer.

Taste - Definitely lots of strawberries! But it's not a fresh strawberry taste, tastes closer to an overripe, slightly mushy strawberry. Oak, not much bourbon, lightly acidic. As I drink the sour mellows and a slight smokiness comes out, presumably from the barrel.

Feel - Medium body, very light carbonation. Tart, but not puckering.

Overall - Has nice individual flavors, but something just doesn't quite mesh when everything is combined. The sour profile could use some tweaking IMO and the body would benefit from some more bubbles. Despite the somewhat negative focus, I enjoyed reviewing this one. Fun beer

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Photo of starrdogg
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last taster of the event - Port's Barrel Blast

A - Pinkish gold type color - more on the pink side, carbonated white head off the tap

S - Fruity, sour and sweet with light oakiness - didn't pick up a strong smell from the strawberries more of the sour and sweet with a little funk

T - Sweet and crisp with following sourness and hints of oakiness before the funk sets in and sneaks in the fruit sense - for being aged with strawberries it played with my palate and I picked up cherry and grape more than the strawberry. Picked up vanilla and oak but initially wrote it off to all the stouts of the day.

M - Tart crisp finish. Mix of flavors playing with you on this one - finished up the day with this and it was the light dry enjoyment to regain life in my palate. Picked up vanilla and some oak, and a mix of fruits though Strawberry wasn't strong I picked up more cherry and grape type flavors with the sour and tartness. Not as sweet as some of the other sours of the day. Medium to high carbonation.

D - Recommended, a few of these throughout the day would have been a nice crisp refresher - had some great sours and this one was nice and crisp and tasty - sour, sweet, funky, with a dry finish. A nice example and well worth a try.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty ruby amber color. White head.

First sip is odd but it grows on me. Lots of bourbon. Strawberries and molasses blend together nicely. Sour and acidic. Cherries. Oaky.

Medium bodied. Ends with a bit of funk.

Fun beer to try! Enjoyable!

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Photo of Jonny41
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at at Three Crow Restaurants one year anniversary party in Rockland Me.
Great coloring very good looking beer, smell was fantastic, with a bright big aroma,
Taste very sharp flavors strawberry pulls though the sour with a slight pucker.
Great rare treat one of many by Allagash that night

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a dark golden ruby color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source. Two finger creamy, pillowy off white head with excellen retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glas with soapy lacing.

Slightly funky aroma with lots of vinous character, earthy oak and dark fruit. Smells slightly vinegary with vinous dark fruit, especially tart cherries, grape, strawberry and plum. The barrel aging adds a nice earthy oak and vanilla. Slight bug presence but this is all about the barrel and vinous dark fruit.

Slightly tart and puckering but not too harsh or acidic. Dry with again a lot of vinous dark fruit, funky bugs and earthy oak. Slight lactic creaminess adds depth and complexity and there is a really nice balance of sweet fruit, puckering vinegar sourness, oak and vanilla. Each sip picks up more flavor. Plenty of sweet fruit notes, especially cherry, strawberry and grape. Lots of dry Brett and a mouthwatering tart finish that leaves me salivating for more. Recommended.

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