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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.

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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.

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Photo of Raziel313
2.69/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of meechelle
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.24/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice start but the Allagash aftertaste always seems to be off putting at the finish.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spinaltapped
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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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

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Photo of mlhyatt
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rm3
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good fruit presence. Definitely on the acetic end of things.

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Photo of brians52
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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.

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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).

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

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.

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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

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