Bruin Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by NeroFiddled on 03-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by WesWes:
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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a translucent brown color with a nice lacey head. The aroma was mild with the traditional Belgian style spiceiness to it. It seemed to have a liquorice aroma and a bit of ginger root. The flavor was weak. There again was that spicy taste, but it seemed to be watered down. It reminded me of root beer with an alcoholic twist. Not that impressed. The body was low. Not a bad drinking beer, but not one to remember. I'm not much of a fan of the Allagash beers. I prefer a more pronounced Belgian flavor. Their beers, at least the few I've tried, are all weak tasting. The Belgians used spices and lots of them. These guys lack some of that old time spicey flare.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle; corked and caged. Enjoyed a just below cellar temperature. It pours a cloudy orange/light-brown body topped by a rocky off-white head that displays exceptional retention (bouyed by a lively effervescent carbonation) and maintains a firm 1/4" of creamy head throughout the glass. The lacing is quite solid and leaves some lasting sheets amongst spotty patches. The nose offers a phenolic (plastic, smoke, bubblegum, tart fruit) yeastiness above thin, sweet malt. The body is light but it feels quite creamy in the mouth due to its fine and effervescent natural carbonation. The flavor is sublime with a mild, candyish/caramel malt that's adorned by swirling yeasty notes which are fruity (plum, raisin, date, apple), bubblegum-like, and softly spicy. It finishes dry with an ever-so-subtle sweet note and some residual yeasty phenolics that become almost smoky at times. It's all about the yeast, baby! Although it could use some tweaking (and maybe a boost in malt), this is clearly another winner from one of the U.S.'s finest Belgian-style breweries. It's delicate and refreshing; and pairs well with light cheeses and apples. A perfect bottle to enjoy at "Shakespeare in the Park" on a warm summer's night!

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at RFD's in DC.

Appearance: Dark brown. Bartender poured with no head, couldn't judge retention.

Smell: Nutty sweet.

Taste:Nicely malty with well defined nutty tastes.

Mouthfeel:Tried directly after a weak Magic Hat Hocus Pocus. Unlike that other beer, the bruin allows you to have a great overall mouth feel.

Drinkability:Not bad having a couple

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Photo of UnionMade
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Allagash tasting in Eli Cannon's on Sept. 4, 2003.
The beer is a hazy chestnut brown, with a thin almond head, dissipating to a wash of mist. A bit of clingy lace sticks to the glass.
Aroma is sweet, very belgian, with a perceptable chocolatey aroma. Estery, with some belgian candi sugar, hints of cherry, apple, plum, and a floral perfuminess. Sweet and malty.
The flavor is malty, with a very pleasant bittersweet chocolate malt flavor. Lively carbonation. Plenty of esters come through with the candi sugar in the middle, with hints of apple, cherry, raisin and fig. After the sweetness, a quick dry wheat flavor comes through, coupled with a light sourness, changing to a slightly peppery finish. A bit thin in the middle, with thick malts up front, and a solid robust finish.
Very flavorful, my favorite beer of the tasting.

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised to see this at the CTriver Brewers Fest. They had a tap handle of "Double", but when I talked to the Allagash rep he told me that it was one of the last kegs of the Olde Bruin. There was a semi-sweet aroma to it. The beer poured a copper color, without a lot of head. The initial taste was a bit sweet, but turned sour in the aftertaste. It had a bit of a fruity flavor to it. Not much in the wa of hops in the taste or aroma. This was a very good beer!

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was brown- perhaps a light brown, maybe a shade of umber.
Wimpy head that began it's display with enthusiasm but quickly ebbed and returned to its beer. Little or no lacing.

Hints of earth and yeast flavors at the start coupled with a sour hue. Some caramel like sweetness thrown in for good measure.

I tasted this Bruin Ale after a goodly round of Porters and Stouts, so I will readily admit my flavor calibration may have been thrown by the other beer styles..

I couldn't help but wonder if there was something holding this beer's flavor caged thus preventing it from reaching full potential.

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Bruin Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 6 ratings