Mattina Rossa
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #55
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
97
Ranked #544
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.31%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
473
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Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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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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Tmyhre802 from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 24, 2015
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 375 mL bottle. At Max's via Allagash reps.

A: The ale pours a brown color, thick and opaque, with a reddish tone to it. The pour, from a freshly opened bottle, generated a small head, white, that quickly whittled down.

S: Tartness, the wild yeast has ramped up the citric aromas, lemony and sharp. Sweet raspberries cut into the sourness, matching the sour cherry flavors of the barrel. Very acidic and acetic.

T: Sweet vinegar, a mild acetic kick, leads off, bringing the sourness to the fore. Lemony citric acid follows, building the pucker factor. While not as sour as many wild ales, it doesn't go light on that front. Sweet raspberries and sour cherries (thank you wood and yeast) provide a diversionary fruit interlude. The sourness returns in the finish, building the pucker and dryness factors. And that finish, boy is it dry.

M: So I was told that undercarbonation was why this wasn't released. That's the world's loss then because this wild ale is very good. Lucky for me, I was with non-sourheads, leaving the glass for me and me alone.

Feb 18, 2012
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ClavisAurea from New York

3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated Feb 2015 served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark golden with hints of red poking through, small off white head

Nose: well, it's sour. Spicy, fresh raspberries, vanilla, no oak character, slightly funky

Taste: crisp and refreshing, a bit vinegary, strong raspberry flavor, very carbonated almost to a fault. A slight sweetness is very hidden but there, a bit of funk from the mixed culture.

Overall: far more sour than I had expected. Nice sour raspberry flavor and tart complexity. I have a few more bottles that I'll sit on for a while.

Aug 16, 2015
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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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siege06nd from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a nice surprise...

A. Pours a deep, lush amber. The head is tight, consistent, and thick at a finger. It subsides to a quarter finger sheen on the top of the brew. Lacing is gorgeous. It coats the sides of the glass and leaves soapy gobs behind. Pretty beer.

S. Delightful bouquet of tart raspberry, lemon chiffon, and dark cherries. Excellent barnyard on the back end with hay, lavender, and funk. World class.

T. Ripe stone fruit, raspberry, cherry, lemon pucker. Nice herbal, grassy funk. Dry acidity from the wine barrels balanced with playful fruitiness. Slightly light in body, could use just a little more structure. Excellent all the same.

M. Pronounced pucker, fruity, and relatively light. Nice funk and barnyard. Does not linger on the palate too aggressively. Very good.

O. I found this very enjoyable and impeccably crafted. For those who enjoy their Wilds on the markedly sour side, this fits the bill. However, it's hardly one note, with great fruit complexity that spans citrus to stone fruits. The finish is biscuity and funky, just absolutely delicious. I am used to Allagash producing excellent sours, but this is one of the best I've seen hit shelves.

May 16, 2015
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vfgccp from New York

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 26, 2015. Opened May 27, 2015.

A – Deep, blood orange body with a thin off-white head with pink highlights.

S – Stunningly sour nose. You can feel it in your teeth. Soft semi-sweet raspberries, lemon juice, peach nectar and just a touch of caramel.

T – Whoa. Astringently sour with a bright, bold acid that bolts through the profile. Tart raspberries, sharp oak, acidic apple cider vinegar, sour Sweet-Tart candies, and a dry semi-sour Smarties candy powder finish.

M – It’s hard to find the mouthfeel through the acid (which can be a pro or a con depending on which side of the sour fence you’re on), but at its core there’s a medium frame with a smooth backend.

O – Bright and powerful; loaded with bold fruit and oak.

May 28, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jan 03, 2016
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EuphonicHops from Virginia

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 12, 2015
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sep 16, 2017
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 08, 2019
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jakea from Wisconsin

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

Aug 19, 2017
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mmorris15 from Maine

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2017
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nesarebad from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 12, 2015
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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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chippo33 from Vermont

4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 11, 2015
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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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ScottP from New Hampshire

4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 06, 2015
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Argento from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 29, 2016
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 03, 2017
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HermitDan from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 06, 2017
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RKing44 from Massachusetts

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

May 27, 2015
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7irondave from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 19, 2017
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SocalKicks from California

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 26, 2015
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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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Evan from Maryland

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 13, 2015
Mattina Rossa from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 473 ratings