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Allagash Mattina RossaAllagash Mattina Rossa

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Bendurgin on 08-25-2011

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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a sampling glass at EBF 2012.

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a small white head. Nose is fruity and tart, really nice.

More tart than many of the other Allagash offerings, the fruit comes through really nicely though. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit chewy.

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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 akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.24/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottled poured into snifter

A: beautiful red hue just makes you think of berries if you do not pour the entire bottle it has great clarity.

S: Raspberries, strawberries lots of oak tannens and vinegar

T: bracingly sour with a lot of tart berry that is awash with vinegar you can taste a bit of the oak barrel

M: effervescent and full it makes you feel like you have an entire mouth full with just a sip

O: This is a great beer if you like sours I'm still not crazy about them but I can appreciate that this is a very well done one.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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