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Allagash Golden Brett | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,189
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
404
pDev:
8.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Jadjunk
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.82/5.00

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy-yet-vibrant gold/copper/orange with 1 1/4" thick white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Retention is quite good, lacing is just-above-average. This brew has a very enticing look to it.

S: Brilliant! There's a dichotomy going on here. I initially detect strong citrus rind & slightly sweeter tropical fruit notes, but they are almost immediately supplanted by a big brett quality. Although, both seem to linger & blend on the nose with each whiff. There's a stunning, sharp candied fruit note on the tail end - again punctuated by the brett. I love that the funky barnyard mustiness is not dominant, but complimentary to the other factors. Despite the brett, the nose has an overall pleasant sweetness.

T: Comes on with an almost-sharp tang that quickly reveals more of a musty quality. As this leads gradually into the mid palate, I'm detecting more well-defined fruit notes - most notably overripe apple. The oak finally shows itself near the finish which is characterized by a cedar-chip & brett duet. Although the depth of flavor seems to bottom out at a certain point, what is there is elegantly balanced & developed.

M: High-ish carb married to a dense but delicate body. It provides an ideal backbone for the type of flavors being offered here.

O: This is truly one of the most well-thought-out & executed Allagash brews to have ever passed my lips.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (July 1 2015) opened with an impressive 'pop', poured into a sommelier glass. Lots of carbonation, generous head fades after 5 minutes. True to name this is a rich golden color, with slight haze. Smell is very intriguingly fruity: apricot, grape, even a bit of strawberry, which is balanced out by oak and the usual brett characteristics: funk and hay. The taste is initially sweet: fruity, grapes, strawberry, oak. As others note, the brett follows to give a funky tartness that ends impressively dry. Its got great balance that is impressively delicate. Light to moderate mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.

I really enjoyed this: Allagash has this down and continues to impress. I've seen more on the shelf and I'm heading out to grab another.

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Photo of meson13
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- opaque orange with a sudsy head.
S- granny smiths, pears, lemon, some light breadyness.
T- all the aspects of the nose are present in the flavor, plus some banana, green grapes, hay and light vanilla. horse blanket and musty basement specially as it warms. light grain. all of this accompanied by a pleasent tartness
F- light with heavy carb.
O- could drink this all day, in like a meadow, at a picknick full of good cheese, with a hot chick. anyways, not the most exciting beer but it wasnt sposed to be. good shit

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden, mostly clear beer. Head is bright white, nicely large at first, fading into a dense 1/4" ring with stringy lace all around. Aroma is softly sweet with a bit of lemon meringue, gummy bears, and fruity tartness. A little bark woodiness, berries, and bubble gum. Flavors are dry, musky, fruity, woody, and tart. Miscellaneous fruit and citrus rind. Great texture and fun to drink.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 404 ratings
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