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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#458
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
457
pDev:
7.34%
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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish orange with a persistent skim of foam that never fades, pretty impressive. Nice clarity as well.

Aromas of tart raspberries, oak, yogurty lactic notes.

Tart raspberry, light Brett, dry oak. Acetic acid presence that seems to blend in nicely. Clean and zippy feel, dry finish. Lots of raspberry presence. Tart and tannic with a bracing acidity. Overall this is nice, it delivers the raspberry sourness with some funky wild yeast in the periphery. Dig it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DrBier
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perks of volunteering... got to get a nice pour of this at Beervana Fest before the crowds descended on Allagash table.

Pours with a semi clear amber orange color, creamy head with a bit of lacing.

Nose has some light sour malt, light tart fruit, plenty of raspberry, and I even get a bit of sour blueberry and cherry like aromas, slight hint of sweet malt underneath.

Taste brings right to sour tart fruit, sour mash, dry bready funk, bright tart berry with tons of raspberry and other berry like flavors, bit of sour cherry, flemmy, and a bit acidic. Long tart fruit finish and flemmy.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb, bit of acid tingle, and flemmy sticky finish.

Overall really nice, great fruit flavors and aromas, nice sour and tartness, some bready dry funk, bit acidic but not overly, and quite flemmy which is not my fav part but is typical in the style.

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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.

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Allagash Mattina Rossa from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 457 ratings
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