Respect Your Elderberries
Allagash Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
4.42 | pDev: 8.14%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Respect Your Elderberries is a barrel aged, sour beer aged with Maine Elderberries. It is deep purple in color with a fluffy pink head (looks like a cartoon beer). The aroma is wine like with oak and elderberries being most prevalent. The flavor is tart, with lots of Elderberry flavor and some soft spice notes.
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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at POPE (Pub On Passyunk East) for Philly Beer Week 2012.

Elderberries came to me looking pretty lifeless of the tap, I only saw some minimal bubbles spread out towards the perimeter. No stick at all. Either way the color was a ruby red although it may have been brighter as I was in a dark ass bar. Smell is of elderberry scent not to extreme, but enough to let you know it's the head honcho. Some acetone in the scent, faint nail polish remover. Malts are towards the side sporting mild caramel, mild bugs. While a wild ale, this is not to all extreme. A tarted up version of Nor'easter with better barrel profile. Some wine like taste rolls with the elderberries and some mild funk chasing that, spice in the aftertaste, perhaps the yeast. Feel is at about medium with low carbonation, perhaps this keg did not travel well. Either way one glass was plenty for me andI can see this going great with some dank ass cheeses and meat. Glad to see this around my area.

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Photo of claspada
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Allagash event @ The Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ.

Pours a slightly hazy dark magenta color with a thin, white, small head of bubbles, low retention, minimal lacing and moderate carbonation. There are definitely pieces of fruit pectin from what I must assume are elderberries (never had or seen an elderberry); the elderberry pieces look like smaller pomegranate seeds. First draft fruit beer I have ever had that actually had fruit in it; surprised it didn't clog the draft line.

Aromas begin with a ton of blackberry and dark raspberry preserves. Then as you re-examine you get some slight oak and an emerging musty Bretty yeast. Lots of blackberry and black raspberry though. As it warms you get a lot more of the funk and barnyard.

The flavors begin with dark berries, dry oak, light tartness and light vinegar. Not overly sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the elderberry fruit flavors without too much sweetness. Brett funk and oak barrel flavors emerge as it continues to warm.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to medium carbonation. It is really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic but also equally tart and sweet. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation. I would prefer a bit more tartness and a little less sweetness.

Overall this was incredible and definitely one of the best made Wild/Sour Ale I have ever had from an American brewer. So far Allagash and Cascade totally dominate any other American brewer in making Sour/Wild ales. Quite fruit forward and equally funky with not much sourness yet. Really complex and extremely glad I was able to sample this, worth seeking out on draft if you ever find a place pouring it.

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Photo of aorloski
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on tap at EBF, i am choosing to review my favorite beers of that day, this was probably my favorite.

a - Bright pink, frothy light red head.

s - Sour dark fruits, elderberries, raspberries, brett, funk, earthyness and belgian yeast

t - tart raspberries, dark sour plums, overripe dark fruits, barnyard funk, big brett and vinegar. honestly i can't describe how amazing this tasted.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Crisp.

o - I drank a ton of insane beers at this fest and it blows my mind that a sour is the one i thought was the best out of all the fantastic whales and rare beers here. This one is so good.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/04/12 notes. Had at the day session of EBF up in Boston, MA. Probably had about 4 pours of this, and this was probably my favorite beer of the festival.

a - Pours a bright pink-purple color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Really awesome looking sour.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits (assuming elderberries), tart raspberries, brett, funk, earthy notes, and fruity malts. Awesome sour fruits in the nose.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, again, assuming elderberries, tart raspberries and assorted berries, funk, brett, fruity malts, oak, earthy malts and barnyard funk. Really amazing taste. Ton of sour fruits and funk, more funk then the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Man, Allagash really brings it at these fests, especially in the sour department. Overall I thought this beer was amazing, and was probably my favorite beer of the fest, besting Morning Wood from Funky Buddha. Just a ton of sour and tart dark fruits, brett, and barnyard funk, and super easy to drink. Would love to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass at EBF 2012.

Pours an amazing bright red color with a small white head. Nose is fruity and sweet, a bit of a tartness that's really appealing.

Taste is very tart and sour but well balanced by the elderberries - not a fruit I'm super familiar with but I really like it. Mouthfeel is a bit light but sharp and a tad dry on the finish, really nice.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the EBF night session. The beer poured out as a beautiful looking reddish purple pink color with a thin bubbly head on top. The smell of the beer has the typical sour aroma that Allagsh does rather well. The taste of the beer was very tart, The elderberry sets the bar fairly high on this brew. The mouthfeel of the beer is similar to a carbonated wine. Overall I thought the beer had a clever name, which is why I wanted to try it in the first place. Secondly the color was very nice looking. I enjoyed it.

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Respect Your Elderberries from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 21 ratings