Allagash Mattina Rossa | Allagash Brewing Company

68 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 424
Photo of Alieniloquium
1.7/5  rDev -59.9%
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.

 344 characters

Photo of Damian
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Date Bottled: Feb. 25, 2015
Served in a tulip

Very nice appearance. The hazy, garnet colored body was topped by a frothy, two-finger tall, off white crown with a pink-ish hue. The head quickly faded to a thin film that lasted throughout the session. Shards of lacing trickled down the glass.

Raspberries dominated in the nose. Fresh, tart raspberries. Slightly sweet. A bit jam-y and almost candy-like. Dry, somewhat powdery yeast notes were apparent as well. Touch of lemon pithiness. Very straightforward yet so good.

The flavor profile was uber tart and acidic. Quite astringent. Raspberries led things off here but were quickly overshadowed by the overwhelming notes of freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon rind. There was an intense white vinegar quality as well. Hint of powdery yeastiness. The beer finished with a dry, slightly oaky quality and even more acidity. Subtle fruity, candy-like notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was crisp and sprightly with an intense, large bubbled effervescence. Light and frothy on the palate.

I usually have an appreciation for most intensely sour and funky wild ales, but this one was far too much for me to handle. Although the raspberries lent a pleasant and refreshing quality to this wild ale, the base beer was so intensely acidic that after every swallow, I felt like the lining of my stomach was slowly being eaten away. If you have a bottle of this, I would suggest drinking it now, as this can only turn more potent in the months and years to come.

 1,604 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. I believe this was brewed in 2008 and then never released due to problems (?). Given to my buddy by some Allagash reps. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: This is a really clear pinkish color. It's very pretty actually. Low carbonation. I think this was one of the knocks on this beer and why it wasn't released. I only got a thin ring of bright white head around the edges of the glass.

S: You get funky barnyard like smells and tart raspberries. There is a touch of biscuity malt in there too, strangely.

T: Lots of tartness on the tip of the tongue. It's not mouth puckering though. Rather pleasant. In the mid palate I did pull some of the fruit. You taste some of those nice raspberry hints. Really dry finish. Similar to a white white or more aptly a rose'.

M: Light to medium bodied, due to some of that maltiness that I smelled and tasted.

 866 characters

Photo of Sludgeman
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery in Portland and brought home in my luggage to Virginia. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

A wild ale, a sour beer, but not pleasing to taste or palate. For others this beer may be a favorite but for me it was just a bit too much. The initial jolt of the first taste bit my tongue off. After that I was just numb. Not a drain pour by any means. This is a blended beer and to me the brewers missed the mark. Maybe a bit more fruit or sweetness to counter the biting sourness. 3.5

A - Beautiful beer. Clear dark rose wine like look or light garnet. White rocky head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. 4.5

S - Lactic with some raspberry in the background. 3.75

T - Lactic sour, raspberry, low sweetness. 3.25

MF - Light bodied, semi-dry, a bit acidic on the palate. 3.75

 797 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an earthy blood orange color. a two finger or so off white head with good retention and leaving behind a fairly strong lacing. hazy and opaque but the light gives a more vibrant deep citrus color.

Smell: oak, vinegar, acid and a strong jammy fruitiness. I'd say its identifiable as a raspberry. some apparent funk

Taste: opens up with fruit. raspberries are evident but it comes through in a slightly weird way. since i know it was brewed with and then aged on i'd attributed to that but it brings a out a new complexity that is neither better or worse. lemon juice, vinegar, oak, some funk.

Mouthfeel: strong acidity and tartness. some funkiness. not very refreshing. and slightly heartburning.

Overall: the first few beers from allagash I wasn't a big fan of and I thought this one would change my mind, between the high ratings and mouthwatering description. This one falls short for me as well. the fruit flavor is just a bit too strange for me. I'd like a fresher fruit feel and less acid. I like the sours to be somewhat refreshing.

 1,062 characters

Photo of gonzo000
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish color with a small less than one finger head that disappears quickly. Closer look shows a yellow color around the sides of the beers with read sediment floating in the center 'cone'.

The smell is of acid and oak.

The taste is acetic - sharp sour right in the middle of the roof of the mouth. The oak is mellow in the middle, but the acetic hit returns with a salty finish. I cannot determine how much I like it, but I keep going back to it. I decided to let it warm a bit, but that pronounced the salty back end too much.

The feel is odd and at different times refreshing and over the top, especially when the sour raspberry its, and the salty on the back of the mouth.

Rarely give a higher overall rating that individual pieces, but somehow the whole is better than the distinct parts in this case.

 837 characters

Photo of Sheppard
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Effervescent carbonation apparent upon pouring. Head quickly dissipating. It is an amber red maroon, yet translucent. Lack of head leads to an overall lack of aroma, though you can get faint hints of farmy funk. Started mostly tart but the jamminess comes out as it warms. Getting mostly raspberries, not so much the strawberries. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good fruited sour. I wish the aroma of the fruit came out more and wish it had a little thicker mouthfeel.

 522 characters

Photo of straightlambic
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate level of diacetyl I just can't get past. But maybe I'm just crazy as not seeing anyone else say anything about it. Other than that, would have been pretty solid (4.35ish).

 180 characters

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.86/5  rDev -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.

 558 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev -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

 2,916 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the EBF. Grabbed a sample of this nearing the end of the night session. A random girl told me that I needed to go try it, so I made my way of the the table for some. The beer poured out as a nice light brown color with some orange hues to it. There wasn't much head on top. The smell of the beer was funkier than the two other brews I tried from Allagash that night. Very sour smelling beer for sure. The taste of the beer was also very tart and sour. The mouthfeel was average I though, moderate carbonation and slightly on the light side. Overall I was impressed enough with this beer that I called a friend of mine up to come grab a sample to try for himself of the beer. Needless to say he was impressed also.

 723 characters

Photo of kingcrowing
3.9/5  rDev -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.

 297 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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

 2,920 characters

Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some campfire notes. Thanks to Kim for sharing this. Feb. 2015 bottling.

Light reddish-orange pour with an off-white head. Lots of raspberry dominating for sure, a good mix of tart+sweet, big lacto, brett, oak, vanilla cream, bread, lemon, acidity. Decent sourness and well-carbonated. A pretty solid raspberry sour that brings fruit pie and sour funk, I thought it was a bit on the simplistic side though.

 407 characters

Photo of Bendurgin
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Am I really the only one that took notes on this one at the AHA last night? Such a unique opprotunity to try a beer I can't believe that. Anyhow a little info for some folks. At the AHA Rob Todd said they had some bottles of this that carbonated nicely saying it was something like one out of ten that ended up being a non flat beer. So instead of selling the bottles he shared them with the people who went to this event. Score!

Poured from a bottle into my Allagash chalice. This one pours a muddy dark reddish brown with a fizzy white head that settles down quickly and leaves a little bit of lace.

The aroam is pretty much what one would expect. A strong pressence of raspberries comes through with a sweet beginning and a slightly tart finish. The flavor is much like the aroma. It has a big raspberry flavor starting sweet and finishing slightly tart. The flavor is a bit yeasty, giving it a little bit of a doughy character.

The body is very light and the carbonation is a little bit soft. The finish is dry and a little bit tanic.

Great to have the chance to try this. It really is just another well done Allagash sour. It's too bad most of the bottles didn't work out for them.

 1,199 characters

Photo of abagofit
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous raspberry color with slightly orange hue, little to no head with minimal lacing

S: Subtle raspberry, tartness evident

T: Acidic, a little to much for my liking. Great tartness without being overbearing. Less raspberry flavor than I expected, but still present.

F: Not as refreshing as I hoped, sticky, heartburn inducing

O: Was slightly disappointed with this beer, was expecting a slightly more balanced beer like Nancy.

 437 characters

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Bottled on 25-Feb-15
- 375mL bottle poured into Anchorage Teku on 14-Jun-15

One of the best colors I've seen in a sour. Sooo much raspberries in both nose and taste. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy. Too much acetone for my liking; wish it was more dry. Still enjoyed it; just couldn't drink too much of it.

 309 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of the 2015 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a hazy reddish brown body, one finger pinkish head that dropped quickly, no lacing. Smells of raspberry, oak, very minimal rubber, peppercorn, funk. A fair bit of raspberries though it's no Framboos. Flavour is raspberry-forward, oak, nice moderate 5/10 acidity, not too complicated. Mild funk. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink with a mild oaky finish. Overall, a tasty AWA that brings a fair bit of raspberries although not that much else in terms of complexity and finish.

 577 characters

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour cherry, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour cherry, funk, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really glad that this one turned up at Brewvival if I am honest. They were pouring these from the bottle, but I have a feeling they went fairly quickly. This was the first brew I made a break for upon opening the gates. A really well done American Wild Ale that had all the right components going on to keep it interesting and also not overpower the palate to make it unpleasant. I suggest you try this as well if you get the opportunity.

 898 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date bottled: 2/25/15.

Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with raspberry, raspberry juice, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry, raspberry juice, raspberry vinaigrette, red wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid but very sour raspberry characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

 595 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a purplish, pink body with fizzy head that sticks around awhile thanks to great carbonation. Aroma is a mix of both tart (sour) and sweet raspberries with minor barnyard funk. To say that the main flavor is raspberry would be an understatement but this beer is more than just razzies. It balances notes of woodiness (which help smooth beer) along with sweet and sour aspects and touches of funkiness. A dry, crisp finish, sometimes tart and biting and at other times real smooth with sweetness on back of tongue. A slow sipper that is really enjoyable and has a complexity rarely found for this style.

 613 characters

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

 366 characters

Photo of devilfluff
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It really is like drinking sour raspberries. There is some effect from the barrel that comes through, but they are more in the background. It's an excellent beer, but suffers a little for me due to my dislike of raspberry.

 224 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 1,070 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kimboss for sharing this last night. Full notes taken to phone when out of service area.

A- 375ml bottle poured at the campsite to four glasses with a cloudy pink red body. Foamy white head over two fingers with fairly good retention. Rare spotty lace.

S- Tartness is the theme with lactobacillus and fruits contributing to that. Massive raspberry, lemon juice, a bit of horsey musty funk and oak.

T- As in the aroma I find it to be somewhat focused and straightforward on the berries and bacteria. Funky lemon lactic sours, vinous pale fruits, massive fresh raspberry, slight wet oak, hint of acetic and sour apple.

MF- Very dried down light end body with a slickness before the high sours kick in. Moderately carbonated with a fizzy frothy consistency and cheeks puckering.

Raspberry and lactic acid pungency in both the aroma and flavor. A bit funky but not overly so as the berries shine with sours.

 915 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Allagash Mattina Rossa from Allagash Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 424 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.