Allagash Avancé | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
282
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
38
For Trade:
3
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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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4/5  rDev -1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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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4.24/5  rDev +5%
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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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 7-14-16), dark pinkish orange under a lively half-inch thick slightly off-white head which fades to the rim and leaves a few spots. Aroma is fresh strawberry jam, oak and some funk. Flavor is tart, tannic, strawberries, oak, aged wood and mild sweetness for balance. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes tart and fruity.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 282 ratings.
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