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Allagash Golden Brett | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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

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358
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
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Photo of Simont
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz bottle into large tulip. At $16.99 in NYC it was ridiculously spendy, but I splurged as it's a highly rated brett beer by a solid major brewery. And I'm majorly disapointed. Golden color true to name, massive 3+ in. off white head that disappeared completely in 5-6 minutes. Slight haze. Musty hay, tangerine/ apricot, and a slight acetic acid on the nose. Flavor unfortunately amplifies the acetic/ vinegar character, which detracts from the more enjoyable fruity/ funky brett flavors. A nice light sourness. Substantial oak permeates the beer, and I also get slight papery/ cardboard notes in background. Mouthfeel is very full and almost syrupy, but I think it's the heavy oak tannins that contribute to this fullness more than underattenuation, or an excess of long chain dextrins or proteins (wheat). Whatever it is the beer feels slick and prickly on the palate, and the intriguing malt and brett flavors are somewhat lost to heavy wood and lighter paper & acetic acid off-flavors.

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Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%

@ 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...

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is golden amber, transparent, with a moderate amount of tight white head with a small amount of retention and some lacing left behind. Nose is heavily bretted, light notes of oak, hints of sulfur, apricot and white grapes. Taste is far sweeter, loads of white grapes, a bit sugary, faint oak, light bitterness through the finish. Really delicate feel, lighter carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon's Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Well-hazed, dark golden, honey-hued body with an inch of hefty albeit not quite dense, white foam.

Smell: By and large, GB smells like brett-infused apple juice. sure, a little bready maltiness and a slight perceived "sweetish" hint, yeah, apples and funk.

Taste: Lightly bready malts, lightly sweet. Modest phenolic mentholyptus hint. As with the nose, there's a clear-cut cider quality here, like a rustic farmhouse cider. Sweaty, musty, with a faint hint of butyric acid. Soft, smooth, near dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fairly good, quite cidery. Hell, I've had ciders that tasted further from apples than this did!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy orange-yellow (or yellow-orange), with small bubbled carbonation that quickly gravitates to edges.

S: get some if the brett, but overall the smell is pseudo-Sprite like. As it warms a bit, the lemon scent strengthens.

T: the overall underlying/base taste is woody (oak?) in nature, upon which other flavors come and go. The initial tastes are again Sprite-reminiscent. I get some kiwi/unripe strawberry next in a transition towards where the wood tastes start to dominate.

M: good carbonation throughout, and a lengthy semi-dry feel that work for me.

O: I was hoping for a bit more bite from this beer. As with most Allagash, the beer is solidly made, but it doesn't make it to the wow stage for me.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy solid golden color with a huge rocky frothy white head that persists forever. Holy Fruitiness batman, huge apricot peach aromas as soon as I popped the cork and lingering at every sip. The earthy funky aromas are there and every now and then I catch a whiff of earthy spicy hops. Big funky earthy flavor with a touch of pineapple. Kind of a sulfur mineral tannic flavor comes next and is a tad off putting. Lingering tart and tropical fruitiness finishes this one off nicely. Intense aroma, good flavor, I could imbibe these.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.3%

On draft, pours a mostly clear dark gold yellow, active carbonation and bubbles with a just a tad of thin white head.

The nose is sweet fruit, lemongrass, good citrus notes, a little toast and cracker, and rustic funk. The flavor is even better, much more funk than the nose lets you believe. A little cheese, wood chips, grass. The finish is really clean and crisp, leaving lots of funk around.

I really like this.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangey, yellowish color that's almost seethru with one finger and lace patches. I pick up the citric hops but I really like picking up small notes of tropical, sweet fruit (mangos, pear, pineapple - it's akin to a light white wine). Taste and mouthfeel is more of the same as it's crisp, sharp, lively, the hops are alive but subdued and balanced and there is a good amount of sweetness to this beer. Not the most complex nor extreme beer of this style but it was an enjoyable beer that I'll have again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL bottled July 1, 2015 at 42 degrees into a snifter
$ 13.99/12.7 oz bottle ($ 1.10/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Aroma - following a nice opening “Pop”, citrusy with some sweet fruit, fades
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy/frothy, diminishing to a one cm ring and depressed creamy center – effervescence keeps the head in a near steady state
Lacing fair – some dragging thick arcs of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium orange/gold, cloudy, effervescent
Flavor begins with peach or apricot followed by a hint of yeast; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, fizzy

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I haven't done a full, proper review in a while - guess what I feel like doing again?! 375ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a (wait for it) golden color - call me crazy, but I expected this to be pitch black. The head is towering at three fingers high, with a white color, fluffy texture, and lots of lacing left behind. On the other hand, head retention is pretty poor. Still, it looks quite tantalizing.

Smell: This is more of a saison with brett than a traditional wild ale. Speaking of brett, guess what pops really well? I love how nuanced it is: not only do I get notes of funk, earth, and mild phenol; various fruity qualities (like peach, apple, white grape, apricot, tangerine, and orange) all show up in harmonious balance. Additional black pepper and grass nuances it even further. There's a very, very subtle hint of sourness as well. Wonderful aroma, plain and simple. Oh yeah, almost forgot - HORSE BLANKET LOLOLOLOLOL

Taste: Was I blindsided by a fruit truck? There's so much fresh, fruit-laden goodness to open this up, I can't help but think so. The back end isn't quite as jaw-dropping, but it still provides a nice combination of bread, black pepper, and grass. Sourness is nearly non-existent. Typical of Allagash, it strikes a great medium of nuance, balance, and complexity (albeit not quite as well as something like Century Ale did).

Mouthfeel: A little more syrupy than I prefer from the style - this could use a bit more age for the brett to clean things up better. Still, it feels creamy, soft, and easygoing. Carbonation is vibrant and mouth-filling, helping its drinkability.

Overall: As far as I'm concerned, Allagash can do no wrong when they stuff a sour ale/brett-laden saison into an expensive 375. The fact that this is my least favorite beer of all their wild ales is a testament to their mastery. While I have a few quibbles (like with the semi-flabby feel), it's certainly worth anyone's time. This will become phenomenal with a year of age on it. Right now? Great, not quite jaw-dropping.

4.02/5: More great work from Allagash...but not their best work

[Addendum with dregs poured in]

The dregs give it a breadier finish and a slightly bulkier feel. To me, the dregs also seems to make the oak barrel pop a bit better. Leave 'em in the bottle.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%

Reviewed from notes. 375ml corked and caged bottle shared by Dan - thanks. Bottled 3/13/14.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin 1/4" white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Lemony and oaky with a mild tartness, fruity, soft funk.

T: Tannic oak, lemony and citrus fruits, more funk, tart.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Dry, lingering tannic and fruity finish.

O: Very good, but expecting much more funk. Perhaps in time...

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Photo of Noyt
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap at The Festival In Portland . Clear, pale gold pour with white head. Great earthy bretty aroma, pineapple notes, great funk and light cereal notes. Taste is earthy with a satisfying fruity finish. Great dry palate with smooth carbonation. Great sour.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of LeRose
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml C&C bottle of the 2015 release. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a darker golden-straw yellow body, hazy with a two finger white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of pineapple and leather, straw, slight grainy malt, lemon. It's very Bretty, yet a bit tropical smelling as well. Flavour brings out more of the grainy malt and leather, plenty of pineapple and lemon balances things out. The Allagash house yeast is prevalent here, with a flavour like no other. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, smooth, good carbonation, with the mineral house yeast finishing things off. Very solid AWA that I would never turn down. If you like Allagash beer, you will like this one.

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Photo of HattedClassic
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
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.

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Photo of Boto
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sour funk from the Brett are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops and oak.
T: The taste starts off with some flavors of citrusy hops and quickly transitions to a sour funk from the Brett and notes of oak from the aging in the foudre.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of wheat malt really lightens up this body and gives it a champagne-like mouthfeel that is light and bubbly. It's a bright wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, tropical fruit, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great tropical fruit and Brett presence that comes through equally well in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Myotus
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle (bottled 01Jul15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with two and half fingers worth of thick, white foam that maintains its height, but becomes less dense after 2 and a half minutes. There is a plethora of both small and medium-sized bubbles that are Rising to support the massive foam head. Light gold in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is both very thick and thick in various areas and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Strong aromas of apricots are backed my mild aromas of sour yeast, hay, tobacco, oak, earthy yeast, grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges along with hints of banana.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild flavors of banana and apricot. Mild hay, oak, and sour yeast flavors along with subtle tobacco flavors immediately follow. The last flavors to enter are of mild grapefruit, tangerine, and earthy yeast as all previous flavors persist, except for banana which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is high. Goes down rough. Finsihes with a mild dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden amber, slightly hazy, with a two inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells incredibly distinctively Brett-y. Chalky citrus, barnyard, sweaty funk, and hay.

This is essentially a vehicle for what Brett can do for a beer, the yeast completely and utterly dominates. It's sweaty, dirty, and funky, but in the best way. I get a nice chalky, citrusy, sweet tart like flavor, and a bit of hay and grass, that might be from hops, or just might be also from the yeast. It's not sour, really at all, but it's got a nice juicy tartness that I quite enjoy.

This is medium bodied, with a tart and crisp mouthfeel, fairly juicy. It's very drinkable, despite the interesting and out-there flavors from the Brett.

I think I like Midnight Brett a little better, but this is still quite tasty.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Allagash Golden Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
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