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Allagash Golden BrettAllagash Golden Brett

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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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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 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 SABERG
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 LeRose
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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 WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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 rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -16%
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 -15.5%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 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 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 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 HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 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 cvm4
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled July 1, 2015

L - Pours a clear golden body with hints of amber. The eggshell head is two fingers and has great retention.

S - Big funky brett aroma on the nose that gives way to an awesome burst of citrus then an oak background.

T - Oak and funk in the beginning that transitions into citrus and lemon peel then has a citrus tart and somewhat bitter finish.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O - A lovely beer that is complex and simple at the same time.

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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 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 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 Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Simont
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
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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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 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.
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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