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Allagash Golden Brett | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Golden BrettAllagash Golden Brett
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.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
372
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
77
For Trade:
12
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 372
Photo of AgentMunky
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled on 1 July 2015.
4.5/4.75/5/4.5/4.75
Pours golden (aptly named) with the faintest haze and two fingers of dense, creamy head. Good retention and and noticeable effervescence.
It smells fantastic! Deep stonefruit, beautiful Brett, light funk, hint of citrus peel. Floral and entrancing. I could smell this forever.
Oh my god. It's perfect. Lusciously fruity -- apricot and honey -- with a wonderfully rounded citric acidity to balance the dulcet sweetness. The yeast is spot on, and the grain base is wheaty and lovely.
Mouthfeel is full, verging on sticky. But the carbonation is light and pleasantly prickly.
If it were just a smidgen less sweet, this could well be the best example of the style I've ever tasted. As is, I think it trumps every RR beer (save perhaps the mega-aged Temptation magnum). Point is, Golden Brett is magnificent. Try one.

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Photo of cavedave
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml poured into a wine glass. Looks awesome, light orange with a thin white head.

I'll just say that from the "pop" my kitchen was filled with awesome fruit bouquet and I already knew "I'll buy a couple more of these for sure" which is not something I immediately think, even if I really like something. Really awesome fruit, little bit of oak toast, and tinge of funk. I love champagnes and this has a lot of aromas I'd associate with a non-vintage champagne.

Taste is pretty mild all things considered with how awesome it smells and feels. Not in a bad way, but it's par for where I am now at tasting this one.

Tons of overlap with champagne, especially while chilled. Stone fruit, apple, citrus. Awesome.

Great carbonation, little bit of funk. Again, lot of champagne overlap. A little bit of woody tannin.

I'm immediately thinking of purchasing more of this. Truly awesome.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of eaglesont
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Shelton Brox. sampler at "The Festival."

This beer poured a clear golden color. The nose was slightly tart smelling, a little bit of funk detectable in the background. This is one mild wild ale. It was lightly tart with some definite residual sweetness and a super dry aftertaste. Another excellent of Allagash busting into the world of brett and will yeast.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of rjp217
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color capped by an impressive head; plenty of lacing, too

Smell: Tropical fruit, lemon and funky Brett tones

Taste: A touch of fruit and bread and then the acetic tartness builds, adding funk and grassy tones, in the middle; the finish is dry and funky

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Allagash is a master when it comes to this type of beer and this one is no exception

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Great looking beer. Huge head that sticks around. Intense, crystal clear goldenrod color. A huge Brett presence is pervasive on the nose. Tickling, in fact. Allagash certainly knows how to do it right. Flavor follows suit. Brett is apparent with notes of straw, pineapple, plastic, wood and cobweb funk. Feel is perfect. Sticky, dry and aggressive all at the same time. Like a funky champagne.

Sure, its not sour, but in the Wild Ale style, I've really started to appreciate a well made Brett based beer that's more funky than tart. This certainly delivers on that front and if you want an example of the "other" Wild Ale, this is well worth giving a try.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a full fluffy orange tinted head. Great lacing. Smell is a wonderful mix of pineapple and orchard fruit. Specifically pear. Slight leathery funk, but subdued funkiness.

Taste is just as complex with the same pineapple and pear interplay. The oak becomes more present with some sweeter notes. Wheat come through with a nice bite. Sourness is certainly there, but doesn't overwhelm and complements the fruit flavors from the yeast.

Wonderful complex beer. Great American sour.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into glass

Hazy unfiltered golden orange appearance similar to the fruity DIPA's I love. Love the smell and taste of this one! Citrus and lemongrass all the way.
Light and refreshing yet elegant and flavorful.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Mostly clear golden with a horde of rising bubbles. Big foamy white head and thick lacing.
smell: Funky citrus with a touch of something that recalls a fine tangy cheese. Not educated enough there to describe in more detail, but there you have it.
taste: Tropical fruits with the brett funk a little more in the backseat relative to the nose. A nice bloom of fruit in the mostly dry finish.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
6 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours a golden, deep yellow color, brilliant transparency w/ fast rising carbonation bubbles. Fizzy and pillowy, finger thick, white colored head, lasts and lasts. Moderate head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Bursting with fruity aromas, pineapple, lemon, lime, peaches, apricots, orange zest. Creamy oak notes, grainy, bready pie crust. Funky, slightly sour yeast notes, grassy hay, spice, and clove.

Taste- Bready malts, creamy pie crust, lemon, vanilla and oak. Zesty citrus notes, sweeter pineapple and apricots. Earthy, grassy notes, mild lemon-lime tartness, funky hay.

Feel- Medium feel, creamy and smooth. Carbonation slightly higher and provides a refreshing and palate cleansing quality.

Overall- Well blended flavors and great balance. Fruitiness in the aroma dials back a bit in the taste, and blends seemlessly with bready malts. Malts and mild tartness create a lemon, vanilla type quality, very creamy and dessert like, rounded out by a nice touch of oak. Brett yeast adds wonderfuly nuanced, complex flavors of hay, grass, earthy spice, and clove. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle sealed with C&C.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on July 1, 2015.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with massive bone white head. The head is light and pillowy made of lots of tiny dense bubbles. Long lived head with great staying power. As the head recedes it leaves behind lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bright, citrusy, light tartness, fruity brett, hint of bready malts, light spicy note.

Taste: Light bitterness, light tartness, and a mellow lingering earthy note. A nice mix of light citrus, pear, and peach. Pretty big oak presence in this beer as well. Yeast is fruity, earthy, light Allagash signature funk, and slightly spicy like white pepper. A nice mineral quality about the beer as well that reminds you of well water. Finishes with granny smith green apples, white grape, and crusty bread.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of a medium bodied beer with low moderate carbonation level. Nice level of dryness from this beer, just slightly over semidry finish. Very drinkable; crisp and clean.

Overall: You can look at this beer as a saison that is on the more acidic side or a wild ale that is extremely mellow. Either way this is a fantastic use of brett. Allagash continues to impress. Can this brewery make a bad beer in the 375ml format beers? It is becoming fairly doubtful to me at this point.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/27/13 notes. Have had this one several times at different BA fests over the years, always liked it. Had on tap at Beer Authority in NYC, 14 oz pour served in a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat murky, bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sugar and fruity pebbles, brett, earthy notes, oranges, citrus, floral hops, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Awesome nose; tons of fruit and brett. I love it.

t - Tastes of toprical fruits, fruity malts, pineapples, sugar, brett, oranges, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral and earthy notes, and some toasted notes. Taste has more brett and orange than the nose and less tropical fruits. Very good, though I like the nose a bit better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I like this one a lot; it is sweet and fruity, but there is a lot of brett and tropical notes to it too that are great. Love this one, hoping they continue to make more of it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

Appearance: Cloudy golden rod, huge rocky head.

Appearance/Flavor: Huge tropical, and berry/stone fruit brett character.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, and effervescent.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a huge white fluffy head, fades at a wicked slow pace and leaves tons of lacing on the glass, and by tons of lacing I mean lacing so thick that it's thicker than the head of some beer.

Smell has a nice sour tart whiff, very citrusy and lemony on the nose with only a slight funk.

Taste starts out first with a lemon citrus bite, the sourness is medium without being too harsh, lightly funky, the citrus is the star, medium-high carbonation keeps things light and refreshing, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Budlum
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is awesome with a golden straw body showing loads of carbonation and topped with 3 inches of foamy white head. The nose is straight funky sour with tart fruits and some grassy smells. The flavor do not disappoint presenting pears, apples, yeasty funk, buttered bread, and loads of coriander. Mouthfeel is stunningly dry yet remains pleasant to drink thanks to more than adequate body for a wild ale. These small format beers from Allagash are always excellent aside from the price.

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