Mattina Rossa
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #61
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
97
Ranked #537
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.31%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
472
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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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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darktronica from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Mar 11, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jan 27, 2019
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Dec 27, 2018
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Apr 02, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jul 03, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

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
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OrangeMen from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Apr 23, 2017
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Spinaltapped from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Apr 18, 2017
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Apr 04, 2017
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rand from California

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Mar 19, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Mar 17, 2017
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Severymusic from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Mar 14, 2017
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Mar 14, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mar 11, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Mar 02, 2017
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gr0g from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Mar 02, 2017
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Feb 11, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
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
3.86/5.00

Sep 09, 2016
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PDXAmbassador from Florida

4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

May 07, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

1.7/5  rDev -61.2%
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.

Apr 05, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Apr 03, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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. :'-)

Feb 27, 2016
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Statik_v87 from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Jan 20, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jan 18, 2016
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 472 ratings