Allagash Avancé | Allagash Brewing Company

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274 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:
274
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
38
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of kell50
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 CptBlackBeerd
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GSUEAGLE
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of notchucknorris
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sour review. Strawberry and Brett mesh well. As the glass warms it becomes more and more enjoyable. Allagash is killing it.

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Photo of snakeayes11
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RoninTK3
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of McAndrew
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Dirk_Chappelle
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclipse
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Petegrieco
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdivers
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of luspher
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a dentists' office, but tastes amazing. I love the bite this beer has.

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Allagash Avancé from Allagash Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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