Allagash Avancé | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé
BA SCORE
90.6%
Liked This Beer
4.11 w/ 288 ratings
Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé
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
Ranking:
#2,418
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
288
Liked:
261
Avg:
4.11/5
pDev:
10.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
39
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of ajdemma
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkh012
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

13 oz. bottle, bottled 13 months ago.

Pours deep amber with zero head.

Sour strawberry and bread crust on the nose. Another reviewer said this smells like a dentist's office and I thought that was a random observation, but it kind of makes sense upon smelling it. A little bit of a rubber glove-y note, but not in a bad way. Hard to describe. The predominant notes are typical Allagash yeast-funk, and jammy red fruit.

The taste opens medium-sour, with raspberry and strawberry. Blue cheese and oak mid-palette. Dry on the backend, with lingering, tart berry. Complex.

Overall, there are better Allagash Wild Ales but this is very good. 8+/10

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the brewery
Light fizzy head, little lacing, semi clear rosy orangey color

Nose loaded with strawberries, little sweet malt, slight funky saison like yeast note

Taste tart with loads of strawberry, sour green strawberry, little seed, fair acidity, little bready funk, farmhouse saison bright acidity

Mouth is med to lighter bod, big acidity, nice fluffy carb

Overall pretty nice, great strawberry, acidity, booze level is nice

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Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A - Poured into a snifter a nice clear ruby hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light lacIng.

S - Aromas of nice strawberry jam, good perfumey notes with a little bit of oak and bourbon.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice jammy red berries, good bright strawberries, nice bourbon notes and oak, good light tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden nicely with light crispness.

O - Overall this was a very solid strawberry beer with nice tartness. Very very nicely done.

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JW_WNC
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/14/16

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Photo of zotzot
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of novamat
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicirus
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from Roguer. 375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/14/2016. Pours slightly hazy pinkish golden/orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy strawberries, lightly tart lemon, green apple, raspberry, cherry, red grape, brown sugar, and toasted oak; with light hay, leather, musty funk, bourbon, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of strawberries, malt/sugars, oak barrel, and light-moderate fruity/funky yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tart/sour raspberry, strawberry, lemon, green apple, red grape, brown sugar, and toasted oak; with light hay, leather, musty funk, bourbon, vanilla, pepper, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour raspberry, strawberry, lemon, green apple, red grape, brown sugar, toasted oak, red wine vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberries, malt/sugars, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/sourness balance. Lightly puckering, but not astringent after the finish. Moderate dryness from acidity/oak tannins, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately acidic/tannic/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly warming alcohol for 9.7%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberries, malt/sugars, and oak barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV; and despite the increasingly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Interesting contrast between aromas and flavors. Nose was very sweet and juicy on fruit notes, with much less funk/sourness; but the taste was much more in line with what I expected for a sour ale on flavor complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSiegs
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky, muddy reddish brown in color. Little off white foam that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is funk, molasses, and strawberries. Jam-like and with mild notes of oak. The taste starts with tart funkiness, which is then blended beautifully with strawberries, slight molasses sweetness, acidity, and a touch of bourbon character. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and an extremely dry finish. A very complex beer with waves of different flavors. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chippo33
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CTbrew32
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Dark red, turbid, and pours a once inch head.

aroma- Vinegar with a little bit of strawberries.

taste- Upfront there's a good amount of sourness, but not overwhelming. This transitions to more of a tart strawberry taste, eventually finishing with a very mild amount of sourness. There's a little bit of vanilla and oak flavor mixed in as well, but the fruit and barrel flavors are pretty well blended.

feel- Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry, but with a little sweetness as well.

overall- Haven't had too many sours but this is very solid and balanced. There's a decent amount of tartness at first, but this fades relatively quickly letting the strawberry and barrel flavors to takeover.

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Photo of dogleg_left
4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle.

Date bottled: July 14, 2016

poured into Allagash stemmed glass.

Appearance: Opaque orangish crimson red bodied beer. 2 full fingers of off white head that quickly drops to a thin cap.

Smell: Strawberry preserves. Signature Allagash house funk. Lots of dry oak barrel.

Taste: Moderate almost high and assertive sourness; 6.5 out of 10. This has a lot of strawberry flavor and is probably one of the best tasting strawberry wild ales that I have tasted. The strawberries tastes like real strawberries and does not taste watered down like most other strawberry wild ales tend to be. Acetic sourness. Lemons and green apples. Malt profiles reminds me of a weaker version of a Flanders Reds' malt profile, but one with a strong fruit (strawberry) presence. Hint of oak and funk, but this beer is more about the high acidity and fruit presence. Finish has more strawberries, earthy oak, raw acidity, and a hint of bourbon sweetness. This is a seriously fantastic fruited sour beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. Better than a semi-dry finish. This wild ale is a sipper because of big flavors, high acidity, and big dry character after each sip.

Overall: This is one of the best strawberry wild ales that I have drank. Very under appreciated beer. There is no surprise that Allagash was the brewer to make this masterpiece. This beer will continue to age really nicely; there is just a ton of strawberries in this beer. The bourbon barrel adds a nice finesse touch to the beer, but you really don't get a good appreciation for the bourbon barrel aging until the beer gets to room temperature.

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 288 ratings
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