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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:
68
Ratings:
265
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
40
For Trade:
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Photo of OrangeMen
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~6 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a medium amber, glistening burnt orange color, mildly hazy. Half finger thick, slight off white colored head, fizzy and soapy. Touches of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Sweet strawberry preserves, bright berry notes, underlying creamy vanilla and sweet sugary malts. Spicy and toasty oak, grassy and earthy yeast notes. Slight tartness, lemon and green apple.

Taste- Sweet strawberries, jammy and fruity, underlying tartness, lemon, green apple. Earthy oak, creamy vanilla quality, sugary sweet malts. Funky yeast, wet hay and bright tropical fruits.

Feel- Medium bodied, has a bright tartness but also syrupy and malty, slight creaminess. Moderate carbonation, crisp yet smooth in spots.

Overall- A different kind of sour / wild ale, has all the bright fruit qualities and tart notes but also has an undeniable malt backbone. Strawberries comes through with a very sweet, jammy quality. Barrel adds a lot of oak and vanilla, very little bourbon if any. Lots of earthy and funky yeast qualities on the finish. Very different for the style, and complex.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange with off white head that quickly dissipates
S: Sweet strawberry, dark candy sugar, oak, lactic tartness, yogurt
T: Sweet and tart strawberry, oak tannin, light vanilla, lactic, light earthy funk, very balanced, medium sour, sweet Belgian candy sugar, yogurt, complex
M: Medium, light but lively carbonation
O: Amazing representation of strawberry in a sour. No detectable alcohol. Almost perfect mix of funky yeast, sweet fruit, oak and sour.

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Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours orangish brown and completely opaque. Off-white thinnish head dissipates leaving no lacing or residual head. Some spotty foaming is noted on top. Beer appears thinnish, but not unusually so for the style.

Smell has aromas of tart strawberries, vinegar, lacto, sugar, and bourbon.

Taste follows the nose with a nice blend of tart strawberries, lacto, with hints of bourbon and sugar. The beer is rather sweet, but with the tartness it really balances it all out. Grainy taste is left on the finish.

Feel is light and thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Its a well crafted wild ale from Allagash.

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Photo of DBosco
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375 ml. vessel bottled on July 14th, 2016. Cloudy dark orange with a reddish tinge, just a little creamy foam on top. Smells of some sourness, strawberry with a slight hint of bourbon - nice blend of aromas. Taste is moderately sour, oaky, with aged strawberry flavor that is not particularly sweet after all the fermentation and aging, and just a trace of bourbon in the background. Mouthfeel has very little carbonation, puckering from sour and oak, but a smooth drink otherwise. Overall, right now drinking it 6 months after it was bottled, it is a really good sour ale with excellent added tastes - high quality.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
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 chicagobeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 jfitzbrew
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This does not disappoint. Slightly murky light mahogany. Beautiful white head. Nice oak, sweet berry/cherry, and brett in the aroma. Similar follow through with moderate acidity that is balanced by sweet berry molasses finish. Very good.

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Photo of bobv
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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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Photo of ArrogantB
3/5  rDev -25.7%
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 crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a handful of strawberry beers and none of them were very good. But, this is Allagash, so I figured the odds were in my favor. I was right. This is a remarkable brew; exceptionally complex flavors of oak, bourbon, perfectly ripe strawberry, strawberry jam, even a hint of blackberry and dark cherry. Tart puckering, plus nice sweetness. If you like a Manhattan, you'll enjoy this.

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Photo of Mesa512
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: light red color. Held up to light you can barely see through

Smell: It smells like fresh picked strawberries. It actually smells to me like an overriped strawberry.

Taste: There is a hint of oak. There is also the classic "funk" taste. The strawberry flavor stays in your mouth for a while.

Feel: Very little carbonation. Not overly sour where you pucker your lips

Overall. A great sour beer from Allagash.

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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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Photo of gonzo000
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this in the tasting room at the brewery. This is a very well balanced sour with strawberry leading the way. Unlike the M. Rosa, the sour is not overpowering and the back finishes with a slight and welcomed bit of salt. M. Rosa is overpowered by it. Easy to drink with a bit of a pucker.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ptykozoon
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
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 ManapuaMan
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer with a funky, sour, smokey and fruity profile. Wtf? But it works. The establishment was too dark to be able to discern the color, but no matter - this beer is all about the taste. Sour, tart, slightly sweet malt, bitter body and nice lingering creaminess from the bourbon barrels. Starts off sour fruit and finishes with a mellow, smokey vanilla with hints of wood. Wild combo that works well.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
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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Photo of wethorseblanket
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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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 bishopdc0
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks fine but let's be honest we are not here for appearance. The nose is special, sweet jammy and smoky beautiful. The tartness is apparent but the aromas are very well blended. The taste is very unique, a nice fruit flavor more cherry then strawberry, with a tartness. The smoky nose comes in the flavor and compliments cert well. The tart sour follows while the amoke lingers
When I say smoky I mean like you get from cooking fruit not meaty...beautiful

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Photo of Jonny41
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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 cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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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