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Mattina Rossa | Allagash Brewing Company

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4.36/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mattina Rossa is a beer that was a long time in the making. It was brewed in August of 2008 with a base of 2-Row malt and 440 lbs of local raspberries in the mash. It was then conservatively hopped with Tettanang, German Tradition and Saaz and fermented with our house yeast strain. Shortly after primary fermentation, the beer was racked into eleven red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces "Allagensis". After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of local raspberries in five of the barrels. The beer continued to age for an additional year, at which time the barrels were blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#668
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
468
pDev:
7.34%
 
 
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88
Gots:
110
Trade:
17
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Photo of darktronica
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favourite raspberry beers, Mattina Rossa strikes the perfect balance between brett funk, red wine character from the barrel treatment, and fruited sweetness.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 15, 2016
Consumed Jan 26, 2019

L - peachy rose like fairly clear. White head that quickly dissapates.
S - this is the bomb diggity. Raspberry pie, very jammy. Reminds me a lot of Rodenbach. Acidic in the background. Minimal lemon and minerality.
T - initial taste of light raspberries followed by acidity, minerality, lemon. It is acidic, but not as intense as some have said in my opinion. I had this batch fresh and think somehow the acidity is more mellow now.
F - light carb, easy drinking.
O - good raspberry wild and Allagash wilds are fantastic, but do not think this is in the same class as their coolship beers.

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Photo of LeRose
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a 2016 vintage bottle. It pours with a superb clarity. Golden red in color with no appreciable head.

Smells raspberry, vinegar...hmmm, maybe raspberry balsamic vinegar. Plenty of it on the nose. A bit of funk, a little lemony, red wine. Kind of a jammy sweetness. Interesting.

The taste is bracingly sour early in the glass. Probably won't peel paint, but certainly delivers a slap. Almost the intensity of sour Skittles, I reckon. Sharp, clean sour. The raspberry...at this point not a fresh raspberry flavor, tending toward wine-like with jam sweetness. There is an acetic note that flies by quick. Red wine comes through in the finish and as the beer warms up, it becomes less...I dunno...startling? Either I am adjusting or temperature is doing the Vulcan flavor meld here. Likely both. The funk is pretty restrained and essentially plays a minor role in the flavor.

Minimally carbonated, yet it feels a little tingly. While there is some sticky raspberry jam feel, the finish is acidic and clean. Quite dry.

Liking this quite well, but it took a bit for it to grow on me and for me to understand it. If you don't like raspberry, pass on this one

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4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOD 121516

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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of angrybabboon
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 4/1/18

A: Pink orange with some golden hues - some clarity - pours with a small, white head, fades to virtually nothing but retains a small collar, leaves some small spots of lacing

S: Bright, juicy raspberries and acid - tart, fleshy raspberries, like smelling a bowl full of raspberries - sharp sourness with some acid, some lemon - other fruity notes, like cherry - some funky, lightly musty notes, but they are really overpowered by the bright acidity, which I think works quite well - notes of red wine - some barrel, but with the funk, it's really second stage to the raspberry

T: Imagine biting into a super-tart, sour raspberry, and you've mostly captured the taste of this beer - so, so much raspberry - raspberry flesh and juice - some sour cherry and a spritz of lemon acidity - very sharp sourness - some funky notes, Brett funk, and barrel funk, but the highlight is the acidic aspect - some red wine, dark fruit - complex layers of sharp fruit and funk - some light sweetness at the base, some pale grains - edit: the acidity gets fatiguing, even with a 12 oz pour, almost becomes too much

M: Medium body, low carbonation, sharp and acidic

O: If you don't like raspberries, move along

I had this at a BA fest years ago, and it the people pouring explained that the beer wasn't ready yet. But it was stellar. And this is also stellar. I'd say this is on the same tier as the Allagash coolship beers, but it's so sour that it's almost hard to drink.

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4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alos31
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strawberry sour beer from allagash.

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

Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a nice summer lunch, out on the deck after a day at the beach, consistingof a tuna salad nicoise and grilled vegetables. I reach for a sour ale for refreshment and hoping that it pairs well with the meal. It does!
Mattina Rossa pours an evocative hazy amber and raspberry color. Looks a bit like a Rosé wine. A thin film of bubbles soon disapates but does leave a ring like collar and lacing.
The first whiff packs a fleeting glimpse of funk. However, this brew's acidic qualities almost instantaneously overpower the funk. There is of course the presence of sweet and sour raspberries as the centerpiece. Furthermore, the aroma of sour grapefruit pulp, lemon, sour cherry and wild yeast contribute to the acidity of things. A touch of wheat malt and fresh hay lingers in the background.
Drinking this brew unlocks all types of sensations redolent of diverse culinary and drinking experiences. The most obvious is it's acidic components. Lemon, wild yeast and tart citruses are one part of the equation. The other is that the mouthfeel has an oily, wet, vinous and balsamic vinegar quality whose acidity makes me cough. Now this might sound like an undesirably quality, however, you're talking to a man here that loves to drink leftover salad dressing on its own. Another obvious quality is the raspberries which impart an understated coating of sweetness and balance. There is so much in this brew that render the body medium and even chewy. The finish is quite dry.
I was quite impressed by this brew. It has one of those flavors that I'm still thinking about on the next day. A magnificent brew I can't wait to get ahold of again.

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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Mattina Rossa from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 468 ratings