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.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,332
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
406
pDev:
8.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of 7irondave
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darksun360
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another outstanding beer from Allagash. Pours golden out of the bottle with a long lasting effervescence. Gorgeous. Green apple, lemon zest and hay on the nose. Taste starts with a really nice base of malt that's like artisan bread crust; green apple, apricot, pear. Mouthfeel is dry and tart; I dont pick up too much barrel character or oakiness.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cavedave
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Uconnelmo
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddiehop
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bilco
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GDawgs34
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of durlta
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
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 BEER88
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaineBeerDinner
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 Inglewood
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Golden Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 406 ratings