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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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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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 emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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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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 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 wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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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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 johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Londonderry Quick Stop
Hazy murky amber brown with a thin wisp of a white head that dissipates instantly. Great berry on the nose but the tart lurking underneath makes you stand at attention. Tart earthy berry flavor with a hint of alcohol and what could be some hop bitterness? Medium body tart lemony puckering mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty beer, the strawberry is well done!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for sending me this one. Shared with d0b over a nice home-cooked meal - Dave is making sure I get enough spinach in my diet while Bryna is out of town. Served in a Bells tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving a few splotches of lace behind. Murky dark-brown body with a few bits of sediment visible.

S - Strawberry, brett funk and tropical fruits, some sweet quad-like malt character, vanilla, and a light peppery note (not sure if it's from the strawberries or the yeast).

T - Tart strawberries, a bit of funk, light sourness, and a fairly strong quad backbone. Brown sugars, molasses, dark fruits and oaky vanilla round things out. Not much overt bourbon flavor, although I think it would have clashed.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-full body, sticky finish. Could use a bit more spritz to it to keep it from getting too syrupy.

D - This beer seems to be somewhat polarizing on here (unlike Ratebeer, where it's extremely popular). I like that it's a wild ale that integrates the base beer well and doesn't feel the need to be overwhelmingly acidic or funky - there are nice notes of both but they're used more as highlights. I'm also a sucker for strawberries. I've had this three times now, and I'm looking forward to the next.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DARK STRONG ALE AGED IN AMERICAN OAK FOR 3 YEARS. FERMENTED WITH A MIX OF BRETTANOMYCES AND PEDIO. FRESH STRAWBERRIES WERE ADDED TO THE BARRELS 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO BOTTLING. On Tap at Monk's Cafe a few times in a fluted shaped glass.

Allagash Avance came to me looking a bit more red pink than the usual four which is a bit more brown. This had a redish dark tan tint to this that looks nice in this dark bar. A lot of bubbles and a frothy white head that took it's time receding. Nice patches of lace on the way down. As soon as it sat in front of me the strawberries whiffed up in my nose. On further expection, even more strawberry, with some vanilla and some light funk. Warming brings out minimal quad scents including plum. The berries stand out. Sipping this im torn between wild ale and dank ass quadruple, (not sure why this is classified as a BSDA but im drawing straws). Out of the many dark ale wild with berries added, Advance comes out the most. Possibly due to the freshness here. Some brett mixed in with the berrries mingling with the vanilla and a nice oak tannin. Plums and other darks towards the back. Feel is smooth and tangy, Advance does not finish to dry. The malt from the base has not dissapeared, this is a bit easy to get down, not super accidic but highly carbed off the tap. Body is at a sturdy medium. I enjoyed the taste so much I got another, not many times I go for a 2nd 10%er when im out drinking. Props to Allagash.

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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 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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

draft at tasty in raleigh.

dark brownish red color with a very slight head. smell of strawberries, tartness. taste is lip puckering sour and tart with a great dryness on the finish. strawberry flavor is slight. hard to believe the ABV. easy drinking. bourbon barrel is slightly apparent.medium bodied and mild carbonation.

overall an impressive sour!

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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 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 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 glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a deep amber-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of lightly tart strawberries with decent amounts of oak. Also present are medium malts and slight funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart strawberry flavors. Slight vanilla flavors join in shortly thereafter from the oak. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of funk and hints of earthy hops. The funk and strawberries carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer as the strawberries didn't integrate with the rest of the flavor profile as I'd hoped. Still, another tasty sour from the boys at Allagash that's worth a shot.

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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 AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled 14 July 2016.
4/4.25/4.25/4/4
A: Muddy brown-yellow with light head.
S: It smells of fruit alright. And funky yeast. Jam and lactic acid. A lovely sweetness lurks amongst the tart funk.
T: Hrmmm. More barnyard than tart, and less fruity-sticky than anticipated. Initially like a really wild saison before the strawberry arrives, then it dries up and offers just a bite of an acidic bite before a long, perplexing finish that can't decide if it wants to be sour, funky, or sweet. I really like the jammy aspects that sneak in around the corners.
M: Engaging and lively; never too sticky. Only lightly carbonated, which I regret somewhat.
O: A lovely beer for sour-funky fruit fans, but at nearly $1.50/oz, not worth the price of admission. I don't big up any bourbon influence at all; I would have guessed wine barrels.

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Photo of bobv
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml. vessel bottled at 9.7% abv, corked, and caged on July 14th, 2016. Moderate pour yields a half inch head that dissipates in a couple minutes. Exhibits no lacing at all. Nose of mostly strawberry jam, with a little molasses, a little oak, and even less bourbon. Taste follows with a nice fruity tartness from the berries. Very nice, full mouthfeel. Yes, another winner from the sour program at Allagash!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a massive four finger head that subsided to two fingers worth slowly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and slight acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, slight funk, and slight acetic acid. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It was not one of the standouts on the day, but was still quite nice. Everything seemed to flow very nicely in this one and kept me coming back for me. The acetic acid in this one on the aroma through me off, but in the flavor it worked really well. A definite must try if you have not!

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