Mattina Rossa
Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #81
Ranked #805
4.36 | pDev: 7.34%
Sep 27, 2020
Aug 25, 2011
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Notes: 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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by tide from California

Smells like raspberry jam, fresh boiled sweet corn, maple syrup, cream brûlée and fresh oak. Wow, what a nice fruity and sweet smell! It’s dark beige to brown color. There’s coarse foam for seconds, and then it only shows submerged bubbles on surface of glass. It’s medium body, a bit sticky like juice. The beer is very tart, like a lemon’s acidity. This is a very flavorful sour ale, which is the type I like (say Russian River brewing’s supplication). I can sense strong tart raspberry, pomegranate juice, lightly funky balsamic glaze, a touch of salt, caramel candy, dried apricot, tart Cherry pie, wild jujube juice aromas. This recalls the practice of preserving tart fresh fruit with sugar, making jam for the rest of a year. This sour ale definitely shows that, I get the maple syrup like thick and even lightly caramelized sugar diffused into raspberries. And the almost as strong as vinegar acidity unleash a vivid naughty fresh fruits’s youthful soul. It’s a very nice sour ale, worth this long wait. It’s interesting that the beer actually tastes like wild (tart) jujube juice which used to be popular in the city I grow up. The beer shows some residual sugar, which balance the tart when it gets warmer. But I do like the sharper tartness when it’s colder, because if you give it some time to flow around in mouth you also pick up those complex fruits aromas. We can also think it’s wine like, a tart wine if it is a wine, it does have the fruitiness, jammy, bloody but not very smoky or tobacco like. So it’s probably a Merlot in that sense. The weather is so comfortable right now, no smoky air around, so I really enjoy this well deserved master piece. Sep 26 is Zwanze day, I never get a chance to enjoy it in person. But have a nice sour (although this is not natural yeast but an ale, but close enough) and time to taste it are so nice. The aftertaste is actually a bit peppery, like some mushrooms which you may eat, but those earthy peppery seems common in our nature’s wild yeast (fungi technically are not yeast). Oh, now I want to have a Rodenbach Grand Cru! This is definitely more fruity, but it also shares the wine spirit like a Flanders’ red.

Sep 27, 2020
4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Feb 29, 2020
4.71 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 08, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 2/26/16; drank 6/24/15 @ California Split.

Orange rust appearance.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Tart raspberry jam notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bitingly tart strawberry flavor up front; soda carbonation on the finish. Nice fruit notes but a bit punishing on the tartness scale

May 13, 2019
4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on May 01, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

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.

Mar 11, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jheimbigner from Washington

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.

Jan 27, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

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 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

Dec 27, 2018
4.54 by jvillefan from California on Sep 03, 2018
4.38 by Bubbawilly88 from California on Aug 20, 2018
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

BOD 121516

Aug 12, 2018
4.48 by RichD from Rhode Island on Jun 30, 2018
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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
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 02, 2018
4.21 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Mar 20, 2018
4.49 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Feb 24, 2018
4.42 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Feb 24, 2018
4.23 by Jerk_Store from Canada (QC) on Jan 26, 2018
4.55 by alos31 from Massachusetts on Oct 02, 2017
4.96 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Sep 16, 2017
4.36 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Sep 15, 2017
Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEER88 from Washington

Strawberry sour beer from allagash.

Sep 05, 2017
4.25 by jakea from Wisconsin on Aug 19, 2017
4.5 by unclekeith from Alaska on Aug 04, 2017
4.31 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Jul 19, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Gajo74 from New York

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.

Jul 03, 2017
4.31 by jhavs from New York on Jun 30, 2017
4.25 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2017
4.18 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jun 19, 2017
4.1 by HermitDan from New Jersey on Jun 06, 2017
4.13 by rawfish from California on Jun 06, 2017
4.37 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 28, 2017
4.6 by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island on May 28, 2017
4.77 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on May 16, 2017
4.52 by bubseymour from Maryland on May 16, 2017
4.24 by REVZEB from Illinois on May 13, 2017
4.5 by Hendry from Vermont on May 11, 2017
4.73 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on May 09, 2017
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phil-Fresh from California


A: Lots of bright raspberries upfront, with a moderate sourness and very faint malts.

A: Reddish-pink color with an orange hue, hazy, with a moderate uniform what head that has decent retention, before forming a film across the glass.

T: Jammy raspberries, faint malts. light lemony flavor with a clean moderate sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Lots of layered raspberry aromas and flavosr that is well complimented by the clean sourness. Easy to drink and quite refreshing.

May 07, 2017
4.09 by wroywel from Massachusetts on Apr 27, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by OrangeMen from New York

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.

Apr 23, 2017
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