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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 UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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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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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Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev -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 brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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 emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

Bright orange body with a quarter inch of white head. Lovely aroma. Brett, funk, fruity lactic awesomeness. Earthy, funky, sour. Moderately acetic. Lingering stone fruit. Tasty.

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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 smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 dar482
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
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 rudzud
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Tim for sharing this at his place on a beerventure through Maine with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a great strawberry hue with a thin halo.

S - Aromas very acidic, vinegar, raspberry seeds.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, raspberry seeds, oak, the acid isn't quite as potent on the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp .

O - Overall this beer was quite sour and tart, nice raspberry notes.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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 mrn1ceguy
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Date Bottled: Feb. 25, 2015

A- Pours a slightly murky ruby red color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Has that Lambic-style fruit funk to it that's almost medicinal but lovely. Very raspberry forward with some cherry and strawberry notes as well.

T- Intense raspberry and funk with a big shot of sour. Raspberry jam aftertaste.

M- Has that stinging sourness rather than the puckering or numbing variety. Also somewhat syrupy yet very dry in the afterfeel with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Great stuff but, to be completely honest, I was looking for a bit more funk and complexity. This is just straight raspberry and big sourness, which is fine, but I like the more barnyard-y sours like Tiarna better.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer several times at fests and am glad to finally have the opportunity to give it a full review (thanks Joe!). 375ml corked and caged bottle served in my 25cl Allagash chalice at 53 degrees. Bottled Feb. 25, 2015. Pours a rust colored hue with a translucent clarity and a rocky/soapy, half-inch, off-white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly disperses towards the edges. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution and adhering to the walls of the glass. This is just a sexy looking beer. Nose expresses a combination of tart raspberries and bandaids as well as a suggestion of lactic acid. Taste consistent with nose - so tart and almost akin to warheads candy or something in a similar vein. There is also a light oaky presences in the background - just the slightest suggestion of toasted wood and vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a puckering acidity that stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall - one of my favorite, if not my favorite beer from Allagash. Fruitiness is starting to be substituted by vinegar (I prefer more of the raspberry sweetness); however, it's still amazing.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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

Thanks Gary, been wanting to check this out for a while. Enjoyed from an allagash flute. Color is a brown with some cherry chestnut highlights, head is creamy pink. Spotty lace. Looks authentic Belgian. Nose is a bready raspberry, the oak comes through quite a bit on the nose as well. Taste is a raspberry explosion. On the tart side of the spectrum with subtle plastic on the finish. Fairly dry, but tasty...reminds of fresh raspberry juice. This should get awesome over time...tastes young.

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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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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