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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 Cherries
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top beers of all time. Perfect for style. Incredible balance of tartness and sweetness. Red color was beautiful. Symphonic combination of flavors. Wish it could be made again. Keep an eye out for other coolship releases by Allagash such as the Cerise this week.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful deep, raspberry-red with a delicate spritzy head that really lets the aromatics shine. Mostly notes of raspberry, but also cherry and plum in a vinous sort of sense on both the nose and the palate, with lots of wonderfully funky and earthy flavours. A bit of darkly-toasted biscuit at the end extends the palate of the entire beer, leading through a wonderful array sharply acidic and fruity flavours to a more tam yet sweet and earthy balance.

The funk is strong with this one; a seriously kick-ass wild ale and a must-try for any lover of fruit-aged sours.

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Photo of Statik_v87
4.79/5  rDev +13%
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 reebtaerG
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle in Lost Abbey Teku. Pours an orange red color with a 2 finger white head. Great lacing. Awesome aromas of raspberry funk. Taste the same as aroma but better. Mouthfeel is crisp and has great carbonation. One of the best I've had from allagash I had I get two more bottle to cellar.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a dark rich red color.

The aroma hits of fresh raspberry juice, and preserves, but not as intense as jam, tart, a touch of oak.

The flavor hits of lemon and green apple tart, lots of raspberry flavor, a touch of the seeds that offer bitterness. A dry finish. A bit of crackery malt. The mouthfeel is medium to medium minus.

Almost like an "Atrial-lite," a truly phenomenal sour from Allagash. World class.

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Photo of HettyBraj
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Slightly cloudy reddish pink with a one finger white head that moderately dissipates leaves a slight lacing along the sides of the glass

S - excellent tones of raspberries and strawberries with a slight lemon zest and very subtle funk

T - Amazingly forward tasty raspberries as expected with a masterfully matched tartness to it with added acidity from the red wine barrels. Slightly funky finish from the brett with a pleasant tart characteristic. They did an excellent job in blending the barrels to attune it to the ideal flavor I was looking for.

M - a little bit of effervescence that leaves a subtle, enjoyable sting to the tongue. About a medium thickness that displays an excellent silkiness that may be from the wine barrel aging. Excellent!

O - looking for a great raspberry beer? Skip over the blushing monk from founders if you aren't looking for something sweet. This is an excellent brew that constructs the characteristics of raspberries to perfectly match the fruit itself that is added to it. The wine barrel aging is an added bonus that contributes to both the mouth feel and allows the true flavor of the raspberries to thrive in an excitingly delicious way. Great job allagash!

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Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Tart raspberry

Taste: Taste follows smell, with a tart raspberry character that builds to a nice tart finish, though there is plenty of balancing fruit

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Really an astounding beer - loved the balance between the fruit and the tart flavors

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Photo of siege06nd
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: murky reddish-peach. Substantial off white head on the pour that mostly recedes. Leave thick swaths of lacing that quickly recede.
smell: Civilized funk. Rich fruit. Restrained tartness, a little earthy quality.
taste: Raspberry. Tart and sour without being over the top. Mostly dry. A sharp almost spicy tartness lingers in the finish with a hint of bitter.
overall: Really something else.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Cadebro
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish orange with the slightest white head.

S - Smells of raspberry and biscuit.

T - Sour, tart and raspberry. It reminds me off a very mellow and well aged balsamic vinegar, in a good way. After tasting so many mediocre beers at the Maine Brewers Festival this one stood out and gave my palate a rest.

M - Light bodied and carbonated, finishes dry and leaves the mouth puckered.

O - I feel lucky to have tried this ale. Very unique.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep cherry red, a hint of glow to the body as well and some dark grapefruit orange on the edges. Faint snapping pink head but a solid looking collar while it settles and sticks around.

Fantastic aroma. Deep notes of tart raspberry and cherry notes. Tea like herbality and large funk and spicy quality. Mild sense of floral and potpourri like qualities, pure garden roses. Real wonderfull nose, sharp, slightly peppery but just real bold and unique in floral and fruit. Fantastic.

Palate makes some great appearance, with lighter touches, lighter depth, but manages to still bring the goods. Juiced light body, if slightly wet but enough depth to bring the flavors forward and coat the palate nicely. Large peppery raspberry and dry funk notes in the middle palate, washes light and clean, but aftertaste bursts in tartness and funk pepper heat. Good mild sweet tartness all around as well finishing nicely with excellent mix and balance.

Just a little bit more body and this brew goes into some real special territory. Still makes a very memorable and delicious beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Hopheadhiker
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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 mrn1ceguy
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose is out of this world, but taste, while good, comes up slightly lacking. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are disappointing. Possibly one of the best up front (better then Atrial) but slowly falls back to just "good". Nonetheless, very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly light and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a beautiful rose color that clear. The beer looks very nice and the hue gives it a certain beauty and reminds me of a rose.

The beer smell is interesting and a bit more complex than your standard wild ale. The smell has the strong tarty raspberry notes but also has some weaker, more subtle smells as well. One of these notes is a little bit of vanilla and oak that work well with the raspberry. The most difficult notes are the hops and the malts. The malts come in at the end of the beer in a biscuit note while the hops are present but are so earthy that it mixes with the raspberry and gets lost.

The taste is as nuanced as the smell. In addition to the raspberry tart note, the beer has a much stronger hop and malt note. The malt note comes off as biscuity and present through the drink while the hops are more noticeable and complement the raspberry instead of getting lost.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation definitely makes this beer pretty pleasant to drink.

Overall, a pretty good beer and wild ale. I like how the complexity is subtle and not too over the top. Recommend.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with filtrates settling at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of raspberries with a barnyard funk characteristic of its style.

Very tart, good carbonation, faint hint of fruit, definite wet hay funk, dry to the finish.

Feb. 2015 bottle.

It's ready to drink now but the beer seemed a little thin. Will revisit every 6 months.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Silver medal winner at World Beer Cup 2012 in Category 18: American-Style Sour Ale (14 Entries).

A: Light pinkish peach in color with a small pink head. Great color.

S: Big raspberry nose, reminiscent of raspberry lemonade. Hmmm, both the gold and silver in this category have the lemonade thing going on. Interesting. Sugary sweet with oak and lactic notes. Smells great.

T: Tart and sweet simultaneously with an expressive raspberry flavor that brings to mind seeds and flesh. I'm loving the sweet and tart combination. There's a hint of cherry with notes of pink lemonade and leather. The finish is piquant and sweet fruit but ultimately finishes dry with light citric and acetic notes.

M: Light body with low carbonation.

Overall: I remember hearing about this beer a while ago and then heard nothing of its release. I'm not sure what happened with it, but I'm glad I was finally able to try it as I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, dated 2/25/15, poured into a flute

A- A bright clear red with a two finger pink head.

S- Sour, raspberries, hint of cherries and strawberries, vinegar, oak, nice barnyard funk.

T- Very sour, some vinegar, raspberries and cherries, touch of oak, hints of lacto in the finish, barnyard funk.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nicely done sour, funk kind of reminds me of Cantillon, rest reminds me of Rodenbach. Definitely will pick again.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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 CraftFan5
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle with that classy and old school paper label.

bottled on date 02/25/2015

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque yet light rosy red bodied beer with pink hue. A bone white colored head with a moderate pour that creates a 3 fingers tall head that is large and billowing. Head quickly dissipates into a thick cap that sticks around for most of the drink. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: No surprise here this is a raspberry bomb in the aromatics department. Juicy and room filling authentic raspberry. It is slightly jammy and slightly acid in the nose. Nice little hint of Allagash house funk and oak barrel.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, except the raspberries aren't quite as huge as nose would suggest. Leaning towards a balanced sour with raspberries and a nice sourness without being a raspberry bomb. Jammy raspberries, cherry lemonade, cranberries, minerals, earthy, and a light funk presence. Maybe some wine barrel tannins and some spiciness as well. This sits at around a 5.5 out of 10 on the sourness scale. Super balanced sour with a superb lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice dryness in the finish as well. Up to pair with all the Coolship brews that I have tried from Allagash. Nice level of sourness, it is mouthwatering no doubt.

Overall: I feel confident with saying that this is on the same tier as the Allagash Coolship sours that I eluded to earlier in my review. Very enjoyable sour by Allagash for sure! As always Allagash is showing some high level proficiency and great finesse with another great sour beer in 375ml format.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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 agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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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