Golden Brett
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Brett Beer
Ranked #7
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,996
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
410
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  25
Gots
  75
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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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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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meson13 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Sep 23, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Oct 04, 2015
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AppaZappa from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Sep 03, 2015
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jebrew from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 2015
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Andrew041180 from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is a beautiful beer - poured slowly into my Tree House Brewing tulip. The color is dark golden orange. There is a massive amount of carbonation that produces a consistent head of tiny white bubbles. Head retention is excellent, and splotches of white lace cling to the glass.

S - Mostly a citric acid type smell. Also seems a bit floral. Low key aroma, but penetrating.

T - Follows the nose and description. It's a vaguely citric flavor, but difficult to pinpoint a single, or even variety of fruits. I don't taste the funkiness that others describe. Instead I get a mildly acidic tartness. Not a huge pucker factor, although this element grows a little as the beer warms.

M - On the light side in terms of body, with huge carbonation presence. The tingle from the carbonations works great in conjunction with the acidic nature of this beer. The finish is clean and mildly dry. While the finish is clean, it is lasting.

O - This was a treat, both in that it was an excellent beer and that the price was significantly higher than I've ever paid. Probably the most expensive beer I've ever purchased given the 375 mL bottle. I'm happy with this birthday present to myself, and continue to love Allagash beers.

Jun 03, 2014
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Todd from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Mar 08, 2013
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Zman632

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Mar 16, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mar 08, 2013
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alaimoa from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured cold. Cloudy gold with white spotty clouds. Smells of funked barnyard, peaches, dirt. Taste follows the nose with a phenomenal tart citrus and funkiness. The feel might be the best part with spot on rushing small bubble carb. Overall love allagash and I enjoy this one more than midnight Brett.

May 26, 2014
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 03, 2015
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Hopheadhiker from New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 13, 2016
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Boto from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear darker golden color. There was a very small white head on it. The nose is good. Somewhat fruity but definitely sour. Some oak notes also. The taste is very good. Just a bit tart. Citrus, some breadiness, A dry finish. This is really nice.

Dec 06, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear golden bronze with a white head. Orange, lemon, apricot, oak, straw, and of course brett in the nose. Taste adds layers of fresh baked bread, peach, pineapple grass, and flowers, rustic and fruity all at once, impressive. Juicy and medium bodied, rustic botanicals shape too with brett and oak backing. A wonderful display of brett and oak influences

Jan 18, 2016
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Sammy from Canada

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2017
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jtladner from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Aug 17, 2014
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tastybeer from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Apr 03, 2014
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Lucoli from New York

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

Nov 10, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -12.1%

@ Sam's Bottle Shop

Clearish yellow with minimal head. Stong Bretty aroma: floral, leathery, and musky with a dry peppery citrus quality. Tastes strongly of Brett as well, though lighter on the florals and with more fruit juice. Apricot, pineapple, and grape. Sits heavier on the palate than expected, but otherwise slick, dry, and tart. Solid, but not that impressive. I'll try it again sometime...

Sep 07, 2014
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apasternak from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Aug 17, 2014
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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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basickness from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dec 19, 2014
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jun 06, 2013
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GraduatedCashew from California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Sep 05, 2013
Golden Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 410 ratings