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Allagash Mattina RossaAllagash Mattina Rossa

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~4 months from bottling

Appearance- Pours a bright amber / orange color, moderately hazy. Half finger thick, fizzy, white colored head. Not much head lacing, very clean in the glass.

Aroma- Tart fruits, acidic vinegar twang. Lemon rinds, sour apples, tart raspberries. Drying oak, spicy, floral, vinous notes. Earthy funkiness, wet hay, slight barnyard. Sweet jammy fruits and bready malts.

Taste- Tart fruitiness, lemons, raspberries, zesty berries. Barnyard funk, floral spice, earthy minerals, oak, red wine vinegar, vinous qualities. Jammy raspberries, biscuity malts, graham cracker crust.

Feel- Medium bodied, fair amount of tart acidity up front which mellows on the finish. Crisp and effervescent carbonation, slightly spritzy and palate cleansing.

Overall- Lively tartness up front followed by complex layers of flavor. Bright fruits highlight the beer, featured by acidic zesty lemon notes and tart raspberries. Funky yeast qualities follow as well as vinous characterisitcs and twangy notes of vinegar. Beer finishes slightly sweeter, jammy raspberries and soft bready malts. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two fingers of thin, quickly dissipating head, no visible lacing, ruby body, lots of quick down-up carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Unsweetened raspberry puree, vinegar, Greek yogurt, light wood.

Taste: Raspberry, berry forward red wine, rice vinegar, a touch of stomach acid.

Feel: Light bodied, slick mouthfeel, light drying finish.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with minimum head. Smell is very light, slightly acidic and slightly fruity, smells sweet and sour. Taste is delicious, tons of tart raspberries. Some oak from the red wine barrels, but a very well balanced beer. Feel is light and minimally carbonated, easy to drink other than the acidity. Overall it's not as good as a couple other Allagash sours, but worth trying any time you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of rand
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Lady San Diego

Pretty rose color, sudsy head, sticky lacing everywhere. Tart bouquet, unripe berries, red wine vinegar. Flavors are a touch more sweet, but still a little puckering, vinous with raspberry nuances. Clean, quick finish with a touch lingering tart aspects.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tart, funk, oak and complex. Another in a long line of incredible ales from Allagash, Mattina Rossa pours a dark golden hue with a redness reflective of the massive amount of raspberries added to the brew. It's light and inviting on the nose - pomegranite, raspberries and oak. The funk makes itself known after a first sip. Pomegranate, raspberries, green apple, lemon, grape must, oak, funk, red wine tannins come through in an impressive and palate-riveting cascade. Drinks dry and crisp with a pleasant lingering fruit-tartness that brings it all back to the raspberries. Beautiful sipper.

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Photo of Severymusic
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was excellent. The color was roughly that of raspberries, a little muddled from the golden/yellow of actual beer. However color doesn't do much for me.

Smell and taste were excellent. Obviously there's strong raspberry in there. I also got notes of oak and Brett. Not a whole lot from the hops and grains but I think that's expected.

Feel was right where it should be. A little tart, a little dry, nothing was overwhelming.

The price was a little steep ($15 for 375oz bought at the Allagash location in Portland) but it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tart raspberry, oak, lactic, yogurt, white grape, light acidity, hint of earthy funk

Very sour by the end of the bottle for some reason

Still great.

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Photo of FBarber
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rose tinged brown - cloudy and mostly opaque. Fuzzy off-white head dissipates steadily leaving a thick ring of off-white foam around the outside of the beer and spotty foam in the center.

Smell has strong notes of raspberry, tart funk, some grain notes, a bit of oak, vinegary and acidic. Just a phenomenal nose - everything you'd expect from the style.

Taste is tart, with tons of raspberries and notes of vinegar, and funk. Very acidic giving way to a strong grainy finish. Very acidic - with a puckering tartness. Very well done.

Feel is medium carbonation, dry, acidic and puckering. All appropriate for the style.

Overall an excellent beer from Allagash. Even at the pricey tag, its well worth it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1 per oz at a bar in Brooklyn, NY.

HEAD: Dies between bar and table, lasting maybe twenty seconds. Pale khaki in colour. Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Pale peach colour. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance, but generally appealing for a sour ale.

AROMA: Fresh raspberry jumps out of the glass, promising a soft succulent evocative fruity brew. Mild Lactobacillus bacteria induced sourness. No funkiness at least in terms of conventional bruxellensis farmhouse/gym sock aromatics; I imagine the brettanomyces used was a lambicus derived strain.

I can't say I find any overt oak, but red wine is there when I look for it - jammy Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine barrel accents the frewh macerated raspberry wonderfully, suggesting a beer with a harmony of base and barrel flavour.

Fresh, expressive, and vivid. Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No overt hoppy notes or off-notes (to style).

TASTE & TEXTURE: Bursts with vivid fresh raspberry without ever drifting medicinal or artificial. Lactobacillus bacteria tugs some tartness out of the fruit, and Cabernet Sauvignon red wine barrel flavour amplifies its jamminess.

Not funky or barnyard-redolent, though more cleanly fermenting brettanomyces lambicus may be in play; this sourness isn't nakedly lacto-derived; there's something else in play and I don't suspect pediococcus.

Impeccably balanced, with its mild (~5/10 in terms of intensity) sourness complementing the raspberry incredibly well.

Soft and jammy in texture, with an apt medium body and a refreshing wet mouthfeel. Carbonation is about perfect. Not sharply acidic, but acidity is definitely above average.

Excellent depth of flavour; vivid soft raspberry is at the forefront here. This is how a fruited sour is done.

Harmonious, gestalt, well-built. No troublesome overt hop flavours or off-flavours.

One can nitpick: rich white oak would be nice and would give it more natural cohesion, pedio or acetobacter might lend still more complexity, some may desire more acidity and tartness. But it's a very well executed sour ale, especially considering its country of origin.

OVERALL: Many American breweries are trying to rival the fruited lambics of Belgium, and few do these imitations as well as Allagash. Mattina Rossa is no exception, and the result is a raspberry sour the brewers ought to be proud of. Put in the jammiest most oak-forward Napa Cabernet they could find and brewed with more bacterial intricacy, this could equal most Belgian expressions of the sour ale category. That it even draws comparisons is a testament to its quality, and I could see many of the most discerning drinkers selecting this over fruited sours from Drie Fonteinen or Hanssens in a blind tasting as-is.

Incredible stuff, and up there in terms of Allagash's lineup. A must-try, even at this price.

High B+ (3.96) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of gr0g
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated "Dec. 15, 2016." Pinkish orange in color, kind of like the inside of a grapefruit. Fizzy white head. Lacto sourness hits the nose first, and it's backed up with plenty of Brett funk. A strong note of ripe, jammy fruit rounds off the aroma.

Solidly tart flavor, not mouth-puckering. No vinegar notes to speak of. This young bottle has plenty of fruit character, which is how I like my sours. Despite being plenty carbonated, the bubbles are pillow-soft. An excellent, fruit-forward wild ale.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ignore the hype - some of the best wild ales in the world are coming out of Allagash. Pour at EBF with no line at the Allagash booth. Wonderful fruit flavor and just the perfect amount of sourness, which is typical for Allagash. So well done.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Mattina Rossa has an aroma of fresh raspberry, strawberry preserves and lemon rind and tastes of raspberry and pomegranate. The long finish starts with a tart citrus and ends with a pronounced biscuit flavor and slight bitterness. We brew it with a mash of 2-Row malt and 440 pounds of local raspberries. Shortly after primary fermentation in stainless steel with our house yeast strain, the beer is aged in red wine barrels with a blend of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. After 18 months, fresh local raspberries are added to a portion of the barrels. The beer continues to age on the fruit for an additional 6 months, at which time the barrels are blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in oak barrels with raspberries. Available in 12.7 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Small batch series by Allagash.

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a pink-hued pastel white over a medium-hazy copper-amber body with light sediment and moderate carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) Tangy, viscous fruit syrups and sugars with a moderate acidity and a high perceived dryness. Raspberry is the most aromatic fruit note forward, with subtler hints of strawberry and cherry. Additional Brettanomyces impact generates peppery and softly funky undertones for a complex wild ale aroma. Some soft grain alcohol is detectable. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Sharp tart acidity up front with bold raspberry flavor minus the syrupy sweetness, soft biscuit and pale malts with light body and a delicate sweetness overall. The collective flavor is light but with a strong sour kick and a bold raspberry and vinegar flavor drive. Finish drags on tangy and acidic, with subtle undertones of oak tannins creeping in on the finish, which is otherwise very clean with a lingering trail of puckering raspberry and vinegar well after the finish. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly syrupy, smooth, softly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is acidic and sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This beer certainly had some ample time to pucker up for one of the most sour ales I've experienced in quite some time. I enjoyed the straightforward raspberry flavor immensely without the expecteed viscosity of syrups or burdened sweetness, for a beer with an overall reserved sweetness and a big focus on the tanginess, the brett and oak qualities, all of which are very forward in this ale. Quite tasty, and certainly a choice beer for lovers of aggressive sours and sours with peppery and vinegar compounds. 4

Allagash Brewing Company's
Mattina Rossa

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super raspberry forward, but too spritzy to be called "jammy." Pretty nice funky nose, a bit of wet sponge aromatics, but just a tiny bit boring, as if fermented with one strain of Brett rather than the whole gamut of Senne valley microflora. From the description on the bottle, this seems to be the case. Delicious raspberry sour beer but I don't intend to revisit.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
1.7/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

375 mL bottle. Red body. Smells intensely acidic. Raspberry. Vinegar. And some chemical aromas like plastic and acetone. Tastes of a pretty pleasant raspberry for one brief moment. Then it turns acetic and vinegary. And then it turns chemical. Really sour. Very difficult to drink. At least the fleeting moment of raspberry is decent.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer several times at fests and am glad to finally have the opportunity to give it a full review (thanks Joe!). 375ml corked and caged bottle served in my 25cl Allagash chalice at 53 degrees. Bottled Feb. 25, 2015. Pours a rust colored hue with a translucent clarity and a rocky/soapy, half-inch, off-white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly disperses towards the edges. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution and adhering to the walls of the glass. This is just a sexy looking beer. Nose expresses a combination of tart raspberries and bandaids as well as a suggestion of lactic acid. Taste consistent with nose - so tart and almost akin to warheads candy or something in a similar vein. There is also a light oaky presences in the background - just the slightest suggestion of toasted wood and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a puckering acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall - one of my favorite, if not my favorite beer from Allagash. Fruitiness is starting to be substituted by vinegar (I prefer more of the raspberry sweetness); however, it's still amazing.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a clear amber out of the corked bottle and the copper raspberry coloring quickly takes effect. Slightly hazy with little head and course frothy bubbles.

S - tart raspberries up front. Dominating. Earthy.

T - puckering warhead sourness! Oaky prickly raspberries. Strawberry jam. Lemon twang. This one has some serious tart kick! Cranberries and pomegranate. Lot of flavors.

F - light to medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. Moderately aggressive.

O - complex and with a lot of depth. This one packs a punch and brings tears to my eyes. Beautiful. :'-)

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Photo of Statik_v87
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I got two bottles of this at the brewery. They were okay, but it was a LOT better when I had it on tap at one of the breweries events. The review here reflects my rating of the pour I had at the Wild Friendship event.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 2/25/15.

A: Pours a clear light orange iced-tea color with a touch of pink. Head is fizzy, white, and short lived.
S: Musty notes of oak mixed with fresh scents of strawberry preserves and juicy raspberry. Very soft funk with an earthy yet tart quality. Mild crisp two row undertones.
T: Follows the nose with a jammy fruit quality that imparts not only raspberry but also strawberry and slight cranberry and pomegranate. The finish has a kiss of zesty lemon that mixes with the clean tart lactic acidity, along with a juicy, fruity, candy-like sweetness. The aftertaste is full of earthy, slightly creamy brett, and I get a drying amount of tannins and lingering peppery spice after the swallow. Slightly buttery oak presence. Clean light base malt back bone really lets the fruit and oak shine.
M: Medium body, clean acidity mixed with creamy earthy funk, bright acid but not overly tart, frothy but soft and fluffy carbonation.
O: Excellent and very well done. Fruit is complex and not just straight forward raspberry jam. Funk is well balanced with the tartness. Candy like at times, but never synthetic or cloying. One of the better fruited sours of recent memory, and one of the better Allagash sours I've had.

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Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Only complaint is that it is slightly acidic and water-y/thin in the finish. Otherwise, a stellar beer. With a little more body and toned down acidity, this would be a home run.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the best beers of its kind of all time, and one of the best beers i had over my entire christmas holiday this year, which included some absolutely insane beers. nothing but glowing commentary on this one from me. thanks a million to my brother for having the patience to save it for me. thank goodness he did! not sure i have had a better raspberry beer ever. the blending here is pro, the whole thing is pro. allagash rules. so it has a deep copper almost brown, oud bruin sort of look to it, some just off white airy head, but nothing remarkable there. clearish, but some sediment near the bottom of the bottle. it smells like tannic napa blended red wine, bursting ripe red raspberry, wet musty decaying oak, and some funky yeasts that i want to borrow and grow up for some home brews! raspberry leads the flavor charge, but the oak and wine are not far behind it. neat to use these barrels, it adds such depth and layering to the fruitiness, its unrivaled in its complexity there. but its also in a class of its own in terms of mellowness. sure its plenty sour, but a residual brown sugar sweetness helps round it out, and so does the earthy oak, which seems like its spent plenty of time with the base beer. tart on both ends, well enough carbonated, and never really finishing. my mouth just keeps watering for more. as good as anything these guys make, and really a perfect illustration of a barrel and blending program and what it can do for beer, especially wild beer. overly impressed. perhaps the best beer of the holiday season this year. fully epic.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish color with a small less than one finger head that disappears quickly. Closer look shows a yellow color around the sides of the beers with read sediment floating in the center 'cone'.

The smell is of acid and oak.

The taste is acetic - sharp sour right in the middle of the roof of the mouth. The oak is mellow in the middle, but the acetic hit returns with a salty finish. I cannot determine how much I like it, but I keep going back to it. I decided to let it warm a bit, but that pronounced the salty back end too much.

The feel is odd and at different times refreshing and over the top, especially when the sour raspberry its, and the salty on the back of the mouth.

Rarely give a higher overall rating that individual pieces, but somehow the whole is better than the distinct parts in this case.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden and slightly pink in color. Smell has lots of sour raspberry hints of vinegar. Taste is very sour with very crisp and herbal raspberry flavors through the acidity. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this gonna be a crazy raspberry situation? Let's find out. 375 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Awesome pop from the bottle. I expected redder; it looks like slightly pink champagne. Zillions of bubbles are everywhere. Head is a slightly pink-ish off-white. Lovely.

N - I get plenty of raspberry before my nose gets near the glass. Yeah, overpowering sweet raspberry with some tartness. Too sweet? Maybe.

T - No. The sweetness balances out the extreme tartness perfectly. Man, is this perfect. Yeah, it's a zany amount of raspberry, but it's much more tart on the palate than on the nose. I don't think this is what folks mean when they say it's a well-balanced beer, but that's what it is.

M - Somewhat lifeless on the mouth. Lots of bubbles, but otherwise fairly dead. It really sticks around on my tongue though, so I'll give it extra points for that.

O - A really interesting beer from Allagash; not like their usual sours. This is special. I hope they make it again, or try the same brewing method with a different fruit. Yummmm.

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Photo of devilfluff
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It really is like drinking sour raspberries. There is some effect from the barrel that comes through, but they are more in the background. It's an excellent beer, but suffers a little for me due to my dislike of raspberry.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Effervescent carbonation apparent upon pouring. Head quickly dissipating. It is an amber red maroon, yet translucent. Lack of head leads to an overall lack of aroma, though you can get faint hints of farmy funk. Started mostly tart but the jamminess comes out as it warms. Getting mostly raspberries, not so much the strawberries. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good fruited sour. I wish the aroma of the fruit came out more and wish it had a little thicker mouthfeel.

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