Allagash Avancé | Allagash Brewing Company

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278 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
37
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of ryanflc
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 SebastianOwl
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with beef tenderloin at Christmas dinner

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Photo of vande
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 AMCimpi
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScientificSquill
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rderedin
2.4/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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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Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oak and strawberry. Makes me feel fine. Allagash on my mind

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 xtonytx
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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