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Allagash Avancé | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash AvancéAllagash Avancé

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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

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Ratings: 300 |  Reviews: 74
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

Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Bottled On: July 14, 2016.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Super bright strawberry puree nose with a bit of complementary Brett funk.

T- Lots of oaky astringent flavors that's soon smoothed out by the sweet strawberry. Moderately sour with a hint of bourbon. The ABV is very well hidden.

M- Decent amount of pucker and a drying finish. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Different than what I expected since there's a lot more of that band-aid-like astringency rather than vanilla-y bourbon character, yet the strawberries do a good job of providing a sweet balance. Recommended.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hootie159
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JKasten988
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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 dvmin98
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 BEER88
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.
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 Ready4aHeady
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As you can see, most of the reviews are very good. Unfortunately, a couple amateurs gave it a low rating and so it shows up at 89. This is great AWA...has the qualities of a very good dark sour, with an awesome kick of strawberries---like serious jam on toast! Well balanced between the sour, bourbon barrel vanilla warmth, and fruit preserves.... well done!

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 300 ratings
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