Golden Brett
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Brett Beer
Ranked #7
Ranked #2,981
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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Notes: Golden Brett is a dark golden colored beer, brewed with Victory, 2-Row and Red Wheat malt. It was lightly hopped with a blend of Northern Brewer and Simcoe hops. The beer started it's primary fermentation in a stainless tank and finished fermentation in a 800 gallon oak foudre. The finished beer has fruity nose and flavors of citrus, apricot and bread crust. The mild tartness of the beer gives way to a long, clean finish.
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bobv from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a more than one inch white head over a golden body with some sticky lacing. Some real nice subdued funk and oak on the nose. Flavors of tartness and funk, with a bit of sweetness on the finish. Great mouthfeel and overall I could drink this for the rest of my life. Cheers to Allagash!

Apr 27, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a light haze. Lasting head, although it is small. NIce blanketing lace on the glass.

There's a sweet and treat smell.

The flavor mimics the smell but with far more complexity. The sourness dominates the flavor but there's a sweetness which cuts the tartness. The body is rich but this is counteracted by the higher carbonation. The finish is sour but not in a lip puckering way.

Sep 09, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Straw, clear, with thin 1 inch head.
Smell: Hay, pepper, and brett funk.
Taste: Lemon, banana, hay, pepper, and brett funk.
Mouthfeel: Thin and delicate.
Overall: A good brett beer from allagash.

Aug 24, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, bottled 2 months ago. Poured at 48 degrees into a snifter.

Hazy golden-orange with a thin ring of white head.

Tangerine, apricot, green apple, and lemon. Wood, white pepper, and pie crust. Dry, oaky, and lightly bitter on the finish. Low to medium tartness. Pithy and citric.

Mouthfeel moves from prickly, to soft, to dry. The dryness brings out a hint of lasting oak, and some herbal, earthy flavors.

Overall, complex and tasty. 8.5+/10

Jul 02, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a tulip. The appearance was basically the same in both. Hazy golden bronzed yellow to burnt color with some stringy lacing running here and there after a slim white foamy head dissipated. The smell started off with a nice sour to sweet level of citrus rind opening up into more lemon. Light pine shows up lightly through a nice woody edge to it. The taste replicates the aroma nicely showcasing the citrus rind blending with a light bitter piney edge. There’s a light sweet to sour citrus aftertaste strolling into a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fairly nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the citrus to leave a subtle dry yet sweet cherished feel along my tongue. Overall, wow, where did this come from? I know Allagash has been known to knock ’em out of the park, but this one, holy crap, exceptionally well done!

Jun 05, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark sparkling gold with a large, off-white foam head settling to a pearly, caviar-like bubble blanket leaving a couple of arms of lace.

Smell is very complex and tantalizing, starting with spicy, earthy yet citrusy barnyard funk. Sweet Tarts come in, with sticky grapefruit, while oaky and darkly acetic notes lurk far in the background of this otherwise bright and sunshiney sour.

This develops a very frothy foam and expands to a meringue-like texture on the front end of the palate. Tangy and tart, it starts with oaky, slightly acetic lemon and grapefruit rind for me, combined with a peppery funk that's really balanced and inviting. A little sourdough bread is far underlying these bright flavors, with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

July 2015 vintage

Apr 06, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Golden Brett is a dark golden colored beer, with a fruity aroma and flavors suggesting citrus, apricot and bread crust. The mild tartness of the beer gives way to a long, clean finish. We brew this beer with Victory, 2-Row and Red Wheat malt. It is fermented exclusively with our house strain of Brettanomyces. The beer started its primary fermentation in a stainless tank and finished fermentation in an 800 gallon oak foudre. It was lightly hopped with a blend of Northern Brewer and Simcoe and then dry hopped with Simcoe just prior to bottling." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 375ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a pastel white color over a very lightly hazy golden body with high clarity, fine sediment and abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Doughy bread malts with overtones of bright, tangy fruit juices, light spicy yeast presence and a light hop nose with a gentle bitterness. Some subtle earth and funk from the Brettanomyces is present although the sourness is perceptibly low. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor closely follows the aroma of the beer, with doughy malts, spicy, lightly phenolic yeast notes, subtle tartness and acidity, stone fruit juice akin to apricot and underripe cherry, and gentle earthiness from a modest Brettanomyces strain. Finishes bready with a spicy and tangy, but drying finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, silky, lightly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly yeasty, spicy and tangy acidic over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Golden Brett comes across a very yeast-and-cultures-driven beer, for better or worse, many of the compounds generated by the yeast profile lead the flavor profile of this beer. Very strong spiciness and fruit notes make a strong lead ahead of the malt profile of this beer, which does not come across as boldly. One of the biggest distractions of this beer is arguably the finish, sharply dry, overcarbonated and starkly crisp. All quips aside, Golden Brett has a wide range of flavors and a nice, subtle but effective Brettanomyces profile. While enjoyable, I consider this one of their less impressive beers in their 375ml. series. 3.75

Allagash Brewing Company's
Golden Brett Ale Aged in Oak Barrels

Mar 13, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another outstanding beer from Allagash. Pours golden out of the bottle with a long lasting effervescence. Gorgeous. Green apple, lemon zest and hay on the nose. Taste starts with a really nice base of malt that's like artisan bread crust; green apple, apricot, pear. Mouthfeel is dry and tart; I dont pick up too much barrel character or oakiness.

Dec 19, 2016
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cavedave from New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to LeRose for this gem of a wild ale. 2015 edition

Gorgeous cloudy gold with billowy topper of pure white that retreats ever so slowly to a thick cap that leaves wallpaper lace upon the glass. Stunning.

Full strength bouquet that starts with lemon limey brett and light bready notes that join forces with peppery/earthy brett, rotting fruit funk brett, and delicious citrus and stone fruit aromas that set the nasal receptors into high alert. Alluring to an insane degree.

Oh my, just an incredibly delicious taste, crazily complex. All of the aromas are translated into a balanced and blended bright and clean blast of flavors. Some sips the funk rises and some sips are joys of peach/apricot goodness. Some sips are more earthy, some sips finish with herbal bitter and floral notes. Every sip is a joy.

Drinks very easy though it is med./full body for style, with spritzy carb. that highlights and doesn't detract, and a superior clean deep and delicious finish.

What can be said about a beer that is this much of a delight to drink? How about go grab some if you see it. Absolute highest recommendation.

Oct 24, 2016
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in tulip glass from 375ml and has an excellent orange, shimmering golden appearance. Smell is big on dried fruit: apricot, peach, grapefruit. Bursting with citrus. Taste is similar with a leathery horse blanket influence from the Brett that is supported by immense dried apricots, juicy white peach, melon and a slight presence of hops on the finish. White oak comes through in background and complements the flavor medley. Beautifully done.

Aug 21, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated july 1 2015into the modified tulip glass.
A - A lofty cap of white froth sits atop this golden straw colored offering. Some haze gives the active
carbonation some place to hide. Laced glass is stratocumulus in style.
S - Sour apple skin, candied apricot, lightly toasted oak barrel, hints of lemon reduction in white wine, Very fruit forward on the nose. Carbonation keeps those aromatics well above the glass rim.
T - Pineapple, spread across fresh baguette, that Brett funk is present not overbearing. an Alpine cheese rine wraps around the whole group of flavors adding some complexity.
M - Medium in body, starts with sweet malt base, then the Brett train rolls into the station. That drves the remaining experience, Funky and sweet and tart all at the same time. Swirling across the palate in wide swaths. The coating seems spotty, with the exit clean and dry.
O - What a delight this is! From A-Z with the offering, Apricots to Zip and everything in between. A masterful display of the use of Brett, and barrel aging, I will be seeking this out again.

Jul 24, 2016
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this while on a beercation to VT - NH and ME. Easily the best brew I had while at Allagash. Little Brett was decent but this brew was superb. Poured a nice golden color and just so full of flavor. The first taste I enjoyed but then it seemed to get better with each sip. Really nice flavor and long legs. Excellent brew.

Jun 10, 2016
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 375 ml bottle that is just short of a year old. Pours with a big, fluffy white head that fell right quick to a thin layer of tight foam. It is definitely golden, very slightly cloudy, but clear a few degrees warmer.

The aroma opens with citrus and a faint hint of something sweeter. Then the phenols weave their way into the picture, along with a very mild breadlike smell. It is not a strong aroma, and it takes a while to sink in and evolve.

The taste opens with a surprising sharp tang the moves rather quickly into citrus lemon/lime, tangerine for sure, and apricot following along that leaves some bitterness. As the taste washes through, more layers of fruit - wine-like grape, sour(ish) apple, the earthy notes from the brett, plus a tiny bit of peppery spice. It is a little abrupt...the flavor falls off quickly and while quite dry, it is a little sticky. Ample carbonation, yet it feels a bit smooth and rich.

Overall, felling this is a fine, refined, subtle beer. Lots going on, but you have to be patient and let things develop. Deceptively simple, this one, and I'm glad I have a little stockpile.

Jun 06, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into chalice

Clear golden yellow , some carbonation , thin white layer of foam , good lacings

Good yeasty aroma , almost wine like aroma

Tart , sour almost wine like taste

Slight lingering aftertaste

Good beer

May 27, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4/11/2016 - 600th beer review

07/2015 bottling served cold in a teku glass

Appearance: perfect light and hazy golden with a very large and billowing head of white foam. As always, fantastic and classy bottle presentation

Nose: Brett funk, apricots, peaches, tangerines and citrus, lightly sour, oak and white wine, grapefruit

Taste: crisp, tart, only slightly sour, prickly carbonation, apricots, peaches, a bit funky, light to thin body, some oak comes through but I just get the tannins from the barrels and the wine. It has a bit of a white grape juice character that is nice. Better pithy finish

Overall: very nice beer. I'd drink more of this if I found it. Great job on another beer Allagash, keep it up.

Apr 12, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip nice crystal golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of huge funk factor, almost cheesy gym sock funk. Light fruit skins, vinuos grape notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, the start is great super funky brett, nice apple and grape skin. Then it quickly turns into a rotten apple. Incredibly awful on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer, started off nice but the finish was awful. Really really unfortunate.

Serving Type: bottle

Apr 08, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to rudzud

Big creamy foamy head, light lacing, fades fairly quickly, hazy lemon yellow color.

Nose nice funk, barnyard funk, little gym sock, musty funk, a touch of malt, little lemony like funk, fair earthy cheesy, little vinous grape skin, some toasted oak.

Taste is a little sad, starts nice with more barnyard funk, cheesy earthy gym sock funk, but then turns into a weird finish like a rotten fermented apple and creamy thing, a little toasted oak, weird vegetal thing. Finish is that weird apple rotting thing, little sour lemon and tasked oak, more and more bandaid as it goes.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb, little flemmy slimy.

Overall started good but ended bad.

Apr 08, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/16/16

A: Medium to dark gold - mostly clear with some haze - high level of carbonation, pours with a large, dense, fluffy cap, gradually fades to a solid, medium cap, leaves spots of splotches of lacing

S: Brett, in moderation - dry yet pungent Brett, with its musty, funky, and tart aromas, with a touch of dry cherry skin - nice fruitiness beyond the Brett funk, with some apples and stone fruit - light sweetness overall - touches of citrus - pale malts and some wheat, biscuits and bread, and cereal - some oak as well

T: Yeasty and tart with some depth - an array of Brett flavors, yeasty funk, tartness, musty basement, and cherry skins - citrus, stone fruits, and tart green apple - white wine - oak, but not too much - yeasty spice, very peppery - medium level of sweetness, tempered by the Brett dryness - pale malts, touch of wheat - bread and biscuits - tastes a bit more boozy than 7%, which is odd

M: Medium body, very smooth, bright and fluffy carbonation, dry finish

O: Golden indeed

This is a lovely use of Brett. It's yeasty and funky without going over the top, and the oak aging is similarly well-balanced. The light fruit flavors are interesting as well. There is a reason why I keep buying these little $13 bottles from Allagash.

Mar 17, 2016
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dee4maine from Maine

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

prefect introduction to restrained brett paired with wonderful balance of fruity, mildly citrusy flavors, almost like a sparkling white wine. the subtleness of this beer is awesome!

Mar 07, 2016
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eaglesont from District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big Beautiful Balanced Brett

poured into a tall pilsner glass, created a tall thick head. No false advertising on the color. Golden haze and bubbly.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a long sweet finish. Apricot jumps out first, some green apple with a nice malt character backing it up. The brett is definitely apparent but just the perfect amount. 7.7 but not getting any huge boozy notes which is great.

Alagash makes some fantastic limited releases, this is probably one of my favorites.

Feb 26, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the medley of Belgian golden ale and wild yeast, the flavors trend earthy, peppery and dry suggesting that the farmhouse tendencies are alive and well at the Allagash brewery.

Golden Brett's lively effervescence sets off a full and aromatic bouquet, filled with citrus, white wine, earthy woods and must. Underneath its perfumy cloud, its billowing arid froth crowns an ale that's bright straw despite its translucent haze. Its taste is dryly of fresh baking bread, lightly yeasty and with a soft sweetness of powdered sugar.

The middle palate blooms as the full taste of citrus is elevated with the boisterous effervescence giving a bright taste of dried orange, lemon, lime, green apple and white grape. Tropical influence of apricot and passionfruit weave into the fray ahead of the earthen finish of white pepper, cork, and vinously tart cider. Finishing with a grassy hop bite, the tethers of citrus peel close the session in a uniquely Americanized way.

Both creamy and dry, the beer's medium-light palate trends soft, powdery and bouncing off the palate with the acidic feel of carbonic bite. Its fruity and spicy blend accessorizes the sourness ideally while a quick aftertaste of balsa and burlap lift effortlessly.

Feb 20, 2016
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ChrisKayler from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dusty Brett. Slight sour citrus tart quality. So slight. Smell is pineapple, green apple, cara cara orange. Taste follows but dirtier, dustier, funkier. Big prickly carb which is a bit much. Overall incredible beer.

Feb 03, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and very fluffy foam head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear and bright gold that exists on the border of medium and pale. The hue is such that it doesn't fall immediately into either category. Anyway, it looks nice and definitely resembles the name very well.

The smell is very good. The smell has a nice and evenly balanced aroma but is a bit complex. The smell has a light tart note that runs through the other notes; its presence can be detected but doesn't overwhelm the other notes. The other notes consist of the bitter Brett notes and an earthy citrus hop bitterness that sometimes mix well with each other that it's sometimes difficult to separate them. The malt notes also gives it a bready note that gives it a bit more earthiness to it. There is also a slight apricot note but it largely gets lost underneath anything.

The taste is also very good and has the same notes as the smell. The main difference is that the Brett tart note is a bit stronger and the taste is a bit more tarty. The taste also has a more fruity (apricot) note that is stronger and noticeable. The hop note is largely masked but with a light citrus note coming out every once in a while. Also, there is a slight wooden oak note that comes out in the aftertaste.

The feel is wonderful. It has a medium body that is on the lighter end of the spectrum. The carbonation is nice and biting , which complements the smooth and lightly dry finish.

Overall, this is a very good beer and exactly what one should expect from Allagash. It's a very balanced beer but has a nice complex gathering of different notes. This is definitely a beer worth having.

Jan 24, 2016
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills an Offero glass with almost clear golden amber (SRM 6-7). Two fingers of foamy white head slowly and graciously condenses, leaving behind patchy lace.

This smells like autumn harvest with sweet brettanomyces, apple cider, and wet leaves. Lots of lime with some lemon and perhaps even Play-Doh can be found with warmth.

This offering is quite tart and acidic. Lime is most prominent, followed by green apple and Asian pear. Eventually one finds faint notes of subtle kiwi. Bitterness is present, but a secondary player. The finish is short with a bitter, tart edge. Warmth brings out earthy tones and white wine.

The medium body and sticky texture compliment abundant prickly carbonation. There is a slight metallic edge.

This beer is very refreshing and soothing and can be enjoyed while relaxing with friends and casual conversation. I enjoyed it on a cool September day as the sky grew dark and a soft rain drifted in.

Jan 17, 2016
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much going on with this beer. Beautiful golden color, big initial carb. Tones down with some slight hoppiness, big time apricot and tropical flavors. Brett is well balanced but not overly aggressive. Mild oak and minimal acidity. Great beer

Jan 17, 2016
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