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Allagash Lawrence (Larry) | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Golden fermented exclusively in french oak with an Ale yeast, two strains of Brettanomyces and Lactic Acid Bacteria. Aged in oak for 2.5 years.

Added by portia99 on 08-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by portia99:
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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color with a slight haze to it. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising steadily from the bottom of the glass. About a finger of fluffy white head dies to a foamy collar and a thin surface layer that lingers throughout the glass.

S - Brett up front with lots of horseblankets and barnyard character. Quite fruity - especially oranges. A mixture of sugary sweetness, some spices-cloves?, lemon/lime and a light tartness.

T - Citrusy fruit with oranges dominating the fruit flavors. Mice medium tartness with plenty of barnyardy funk, cloves, lemons, grainy/wheaty flavors, lightly phenolic with a bit of sweetness on the fringes and a mild hop bitterness that gives a somewhat earthy character.

M - Light to medium in body with ample carbonation. Quite prickly on the tongue, lingering oranges, barnyard and earthiness left behind well after the swallow.

D - Very good wild ale...Allagash succeeds here again. Alcohol is on the high side at 9.5% but this is really not at all noticeable - very well hidden. Very nice combination of tart, barnyard and citrus. Tried this on the recommendation of the waitress and glad I did.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head that fades. Nose is very light but it's tart and mellow.

Taste is also very mellow, it's got a tart bite but it's not killer. There's a good balance between tart and malty but I feel like it would be better if it leaned one way or the other more.

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Photo of jsilva
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Night of the Funk. Pour yields a hazy golden-yellow brew with some visible carbonation and a good white head. The nose brings forward a good amount of Bretty funk atop a bed of hay along with some night tartness and a light amount of stone fruit. The flavor brings forward a bit more light fruit with perhaps a slight bit of citrus and also some mild earthy funk. Feel is nice with a nice bit of sourness along with good carbonation. Pretty drinkable and a very solid beer all around.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Lawrence, according to the official website is a "Belgian Golden fermented exclusively in french oak with an Ale yeast, two strains of Brettanomyces and Lactic Acid Bacteria. Aged in oak for 2.5 years." Had on tap at Novare Res on 12/15/11.

a: golden with a white head and good lacing.

s: very complex nose. Very estery, definitely some funk, and fruity/flouraly notes as well.

t: sourness is mild, light hops, and I think I also get some honey. I try hard for the oak but can't call it for sure.

m: very crisp, refreshing, good carbonation.

o: quite good overall. I am still new, but becoming a fan of sours. such an investment aging this one for so long, and it certainly pays off.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe listed under Lawrence with a ABV of 7%, but the tap handle said Larry so Im going with this listing.

Larry/Lawrence is a bright golden Belgian style ale with a bright gold look and yellow edges. Just a bit of sparkling bubbles on top not creating a cap. No lacing ability here. Smell is on the barnyard side with hay and brett goodness ozzing out. a slight earthiness to this one and some minimal fruits. The fruit sticks out a bit more when tasting, I get a nice dousing of brett plus pedio lacto, but the brett shines along with pear apple and some minimal earth from a smooth hopping. Belgian in nature. Feel is thin bodied and easy going, drink is nice and I should be eating cheese with this. This reminds me of a mix between temptation/brute in taste with the feel of castleton, just a bit less lively, without the muscat grape of course. What can I say Allagash makes some great sours and Im glad rob sensds some things down to philly once in a while.

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Photo of blisscent
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow color with a two finger creamy, pillowy head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks andsplotches of lacing behind.

Slightly funky aroma with lots of dry Brett along with hints of crisp light fruit, zesty spice and earthy oak. The characteristics of the base beer, which is a Belgian golden ale, are prominent with hints of apple, pear, bread yeast and zesty spice. Hints of pepper and coriander. The barrelaginf and Brett characteristics are blended in nicely with hints of earthy oak and vanilla as well as a dry Brett effervescence.

Tart qnd puckering up front without being acidic at all really. Lots of earthy oak and dry funky Brett. Slight lacto presence adds to the mouthfeel and complexity. Again, the characteristics of the base beer are more prominent than expected. Lots of crisp, light fruit notes, especially apple, pear and banana as well as subtle alcohol sweetness and spicy Pepper and coriander. It's nice to encounter a sour every once in a while that is well balanced. This isnplenty dry and puckering with a lingering tart vinger finish but the other flavors are given room to shine. The high ABV is well masked with no heat at all and the combination of tart puckering and sweet estery flavors make this beer incredibly quaffable. Highly recommended just don't expect a crazy sour blast. This is a well crafted interpretation of the style that is a slight change of pace from the American Wild Ales I've had recently.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy straw color with a nice 2 finger head. The smell is funky and slightly earthy a nice acidic sourness to the nose as well. The taste is funky and sour. There is some notes of sour apple and something else I cannot put my finger on. Good carbonation and overall a very nice sour the abv is nicely hidden and this is a nice beer to sip. It's on tap at the Amesbury alehouse right now

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Allagash Lawrence (Larry) from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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