Allagash Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.29 | pDev: 7.93%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This beer is a blend of five different beers fermented in a mix of both bourbon and wine barrels. Brettanomyces, pediococcus and lactobacillus were all utilized to create a myriad of flavors in this unique copper colored beer. The aroma is defined by the presence of the Brett resulting in both a crusty bread and fruit character. The tartness works well with the light oak and distinct citrus flavors, which are followed by a gentle maltiness and dry finish.
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/17/13, been sitting on it a while, but should be interesting for sure.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, light lacing, hazy sediment laden but semi clear auburn orange-red color.

Nose like an oude bruin, nice sour malts, tart funk, plenty of lacto sour creamy funk but also Brett souring funk and a little pedio funk perhaps not as sure on that one, quite acidic, with some tart brown fruits like soured fig, and some mild vanilla oak notes.

Taste brings plenty of sour funk again, lacto creamy sticky sourness, lactic acid, plenty of acidity in general, sour malt flavors, perhaps sour mash, and some Brett souring funk, maybe pedio but less likely. A little sticky malt that attempts to get sweet but fails as it was probably attentuated a lot more in the past couple years, as the carbonation is big. Little tart fruit, almost dark cherry and fig like, touch of tingly booze mixes with the acidity for the extra tingle, and a mild toasty buttery oak lingering. Finish sticky flemmy acidic, more tart cherry fig fruits, and some sour funk lingering.

Mouth is med to bit heavier bod, plenty of acidity, little tingly booze, and nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, def an oude bruin like style, nice funk and sourness, nice acidity, malts are OK, barrel notes are lighter but a nice touch, a decent sour but not at the top of the line... esp for some of the incredible ones Allagash makes.

Jan 29, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Merveilleux Ale is brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale aged in oak barrels. Available in 12.7 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a pale biscuity white tone over a copper-amber body with ample lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and droopy. 4

(Smell) Dry, fruity and funky aroma over a malt base of crystallized caramels, bread crusts, syrupy fruits and pale malts. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and red grape must are also evident. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Tangy, clean delivery up front with a dry bread malt, cherry juice and apricot undertones with a sharp, drying finish. Enhanced dryness with minimal distracting tannins comes from oak aging, red wine and subtle vanilla are the most notable contributions. Enjoyable and sharply tart, the remaining flavor keeps very concealed. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual and fully dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mild crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy, tart and dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) There is a great deal of tartness and flavor character in Merveilleux, although the flavor range falls a bit short of my expectations, with only a bit of malt and fruit character coming through, and a lot of tangy souring flavor prevailing. While I love a good sour ale, one that steals the show obscures the subtleties I appreciate in the usual sour ale. 3.75

Allagash Brewing Company's
Merveilleux Ale Aged In Oak Barrels

Dec 28, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle (bottled 17May13) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 25 seconds. Rising bubbles are medium-sized and subtle in quantity. Copper in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and moderate, but stays in the glass.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of earthy yeast, sour yeast, oak, and tobacco that entangle with hints of hay, apple, and pear aromas.
TASTE: Strong sour yeast and eathy yeast flavors along with mild oak eneter initially. Mild tobacco flavors enter immediately after the initial flavors. Subtle hay, apple, and pear flavors finish off this nice symphony of flavors as all previous flavors persist except for both yeast flavors, which fade to mild.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down rough. Finishes with a moderate dryness. Tartness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: Another great brew from Allgash.

Oct 09, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark copper amber color with a generously thick creamy white lacing ring.

S - Funky medium colored fruit with tartness and a touch of sweetness.

T - Tart sourness abounds here with dried cherries and a nice sour sweet puckering finish.

M - Medium body, to heavier medium body with very delicate carbonation and a nice lingering sour tart finish.

O - Nicely done, Allagash.

Sep 21, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy glowing copper with a tight tan head. Nose is meaty and fleshy with a fairly present barrel note. There are some hints of vanilla from the barrel with a decent sour cherry in back. Very Flanders red esq. Taste is similar, a bit less fleshy with oak and vanilla cascading over sour cherry. Brett is strong especially through the finish. Strong carbonation on a light body and fairly dry finish.

May 22, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

4/5  rDev -6.8%

Many, many thanks to Jason for this one!

Has a small, fizzy head with a ruby-red color, containing oak-brown hints.

Aromas yield leathery, musty malts with wooden oak notes, rounded up by tart, very funky acidity. Also lemon rind qualities get revealed among a gentle sour barnyard character.

Begins with earthy, almost buttery malts, building the foundation of this brew, accompanied by a tartness with a gentle barrel infusion to it, revealing a pleasing warmth on the tongue without any signs of somehow distracting booziness. Complexity is added by a crisp citrus note, which stays in contrast to the leathery, oaken flavors of the beer, inviting a sprizzy component to the palate, while barrel aspects remain noteable. The carbonation turns out to be pleasantly low, giving the complex character enough space on the palate to unfold. A hint of berries shines through the wooden malts, confirmed by vinegary lactic acid. Finishes with toasted malts, while a lot of depth is contributed from the barrels, accompanied by a tongue drying sourness. This sourness stays on the palate for a long while, drying off the throat and the back of my teeth.

Oct 08, 2014
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml C&C bottle into an Alagash Coolship tumbler.

Appearance is a lighter amber/brown with half finger of bubbly white head that leaves no real lacing. Aroma is light bourbon, vanilla, plum, cherry, red wine grapes, light booze. Taste is stone fruits as mentioned, tons of oak whether it be bourbon or red wine barrel, lemon, apple cider vinegar. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and pretty sour, but with a light hint of the 9.5% ABV.

Overall this is another winner from Allagash, Reminds me a lot of FV-13 which I greatly miss.

Oct 08, 2014
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle pouredi nto a tulip. 5-17-13 bottled date.

(A)- Pours an orange-like red amber hued color; almost like clay tinted mud, but did produce a light layer of white froth.

(S)- An intense cherry and strawberry-like oaky acidity to this up front. Ever so slight dry funk to it, but otherwise a very inviting oaky fruited sourness.

(T)- What I like about it is how oak forward this is ; similar to a flanders in that sense. Subdued darker berry fruits but with that great funky yet sour oak barrel throughout.

(M)- A great carbonation level balances well with what is going on in the glass. Its sour, but balances well with the dry funk, oak, and subtle fruit levels.

(O)- A tasty sour, that I wish were easier to track down around my parts here in the Midwest. Big oak flavors that mesh well with the acidic sourness and fruit.

Jul 17, 2014
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TheBeerDrinker from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really nice oaring/red with a nice two-finger white head with good retention and some decent lacing.

Smells is brett, sweet cherries, vanilla, nice sour, and maybe a tad of pineapple,

Taste is nice tart lacto and pedio with brett taking the background. Really a nice tart cherry/citrus taste. Really nicely put together.

Mouthfeel is light to a little medium as one would expect from a beer like this.

Overall one of the nicest sours I have tasted in a long time.

May 14, 2014
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Date bottled: 5/17/13
Served in a tulip

Really interesting appearance. The slightly hazed liquid poured a medium amber color with a slight pink-ish, purple-ish hue. A one-finger tall, off-white, sea foam crown topped the beer. Thick, streaky patches of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was tart, dry and funky with loads of oak and barrel character. Quite fruity. Subtle raspberry and strawberry notes were detectible. There was also a strong hay/barnyard-like presence. A touch of alcohol came through as well.

The flavor profile was quite funky and sour. Super crisp, dry and yeasty with intense woody/oaky notes. Lots of tart lemon and wheat. Slightly fruity with hints of underripe raspberries and strawberries. Red wine vinegar came through on the back end. The finish was really oaky and tannic and contained strong notes of sour and bitter lemon rind.

On the palate, the liquid was frothy and highly effervescent. Crisp and lighter bodied. Spritzy and almost a bit Champagne-like.

Allagash's Merveilleux is an interesting wild ale with an intense barrel character and a lot of acidity. The bottle I reviewed was cellared for over six months and really seemed to transform in that time. I actually preferred this beer fresher when there was more fruity sweetness in the flavor profile.

May 12, 2014
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Luk13 from Canada (QC)

3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pour a golden-amber pour with small white head that recedes quickly. Aroma leans more toward bourbon with vanilla notes. Some white flowers, honey, light barnyard funk and vinegar. Taste is very woody, some brett and definitly acetic. Alcohol is somewhat present with bourbon sweetness which makes it feel heavy for a sour. Not a bad sour by Allagash but definitly not a style I enjoy much. Decent.

Apr 21, 2014
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palma from New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$30 for the bottle at the Allagash event at Rattle n Hum in NYC.
Smell is fresh oak, must, sour, slight brett funk.
Flavors of tart green grapes. Crusty bread. Musty. Less bourbon barrel flavor and more wine like. I was looking for some deeper fruit flavors here but they never came.
A good non-fruit sour although it is lacking complexity.

Apr 09, 2014
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brianmandell from California

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 5/17/13, enjoyed at Monk's Cafe

Hazy, deep amber pour retaining a ring of lacing in the glass. There is some bright lemon and grape followed by a deep, sweet malt and a dry okay finish. I taste the wine barrel finish in a similar way to supplication and consecration. Sourness is at a medium level is slightly vinegary adding imparting a slightly peppery flavor. There is a nice earthy funk throughout that balances out the sourness. The slight sweetness from the malt in addition to the acetic quality is reminiscent of a good Flanders ale. The beer is slightly overcarbonated which brightens the fruit flavors in the tongue. Outstanding and well done.

Apr 06, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 5/17/13
Consumed @ Monks Cafe

A- pours a hazy dark copper color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- lots of oaky vanilla up front meshes with tart white grape aroma, with notes of peach, grannysmith apple, and lemon. Yeasty funk gives out notes of hay, basement must and woodsy aroma

T- puckering tartness up front with flavors of white grape, sour apple, peach and wild dark grape. The yeast provide an earthy tone with some musty notes. Oaky barrel gives a subtle vanilla flavor and finishes dry with more linger of wild dark grape. Oak continues to linger on the palate

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and silky , bone dry finish

O- really liked this, there was a common component with their Broken Elevator that gave it a wild grape sourness that I loved. The only thing that kept the flavor from being perfect, is that is falls off pretty quick, leaving only a bit of oak on the palate. Overall very well done

Mar 31, 2014
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Greywulfken from New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: amber copper body, vaguely translucent; tan foam a few fingers high retained as a foamy collar with arms of lace trailed behind

S: suggests wine barrels and musty basement funk; orchard and vine fruits aromas percolate through...

T: wine-like and woodsy barrel notes, brett and fungal funk bring tartness and chew, bread and biscuit grains underscore tart orchard and vine fruits; complex and tart

M: medium-weight, tart, puckering close, drying along the way; wood vapors at the roof

O: super-nice ale, elegant and rich with complex character bringing sweet and tart, funk and spice; crisp and clever, sure to deliver. Pricey little bottle worth a buy.

Mar 23, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at ChurchKey in DC. From notes.

A - Poured copperish with one finger of thick white head. Awesome lace wall and half finger of retention.

S - Grape, dusty, earthy.

T - Acidic, grape, tart, lemon candy, a bit of sweetness with a good tart note. Vinegar and much sweeter with yeast added. Similarities to gueuze.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, acidic and tart finish approaching sour that stings the cheeks a bit.

O/D - Nearly a Belgian take on a sour. Nice to sip with the sweetness to work and mingle with the sourness. ABV is nowhere to be found. Excellent.

Mar 18, 2014
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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 375ml bottle dates 5/17/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Amber with a reddish tint, good clarity and a moderate beige head. The head lingers nicely and clings to the glass well.

S - Oak, funk and cherries. Balanced and complex.

T - Tart with aspects of malt, fruit and oak. Dry and a little rough.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation. Smooth.

O - A very flavorful beer but I'm not sure it all comes together as well as it should.

Mar 06, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Poured in nearly pitch black conditions, but it's an amber body. Clear. Almost no head.

Smell - Bourbon and wine barrels smell great. Bretty. Some acidity. Cherry and caramel malt.

Taste - Very similar to the smell. More caramel. Cherry fruits. Musty brett. Vanilla and oak. Not all that sour, but it's kinda acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe medium heavy. Minimal sourness. Well carbonated.

Overall - Complex barrel character. Reminiscent of a Cascade.

Feb 27, 2014
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Bowdoinbeerboy from Maine

3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle, this beer is a medium amber-brown color with a nice light coating of foam that stays forever. The carbonation is medium.

The nose is just a touch of brett funk and then I am hit with a medium dose of bourbon, on the tail end there is also a bit of alcoholic heat.

The beer is pretty sweet up front, almost fruity with the sweetness (maybe apricot?) and then I am hit by a pretty big wallop of brett funk, some mild bitterness (not hoppy, I think it is from the yeast) and then a bit of alcoholic heat on the aftertaste. On the aftertaste I get some more of that bourbon that was coming through in the nose (at 8% I guess thats not terribly surprising that I am getting some heat).

This beer is decent overrall. It tastes like it did some time in bourbon barrels (or was mixed with a beer that did) and the abv is a bit high for my personal tastes. Still, this is a very complex beer that is a lot of fun to dig into. Not my favorite of their limited release series, but a very solid beer.

**After reading the description, this beer is a mix of beers, some of which did age in bourbon barrels. I wonder if the sweetness of the bourbon held the lacto and pedio in check to keep this beer so sweet, it really is not nearly as sour or funky as many of their other "wild beers."

Feb 10, 2014
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/17/13

Pours a orange amber color with a good sized white head, fades at a decent rate, pretty hazy but without large sediment in the glass that can sometimes happen with Allagash.

Smell has a large woody aroma right off the bat, touch of lactic sourness hits the nose, only the slightest hint of light fruit.

Taste starts with a strong mix of sourness and oak, it is not the most sour I've had because the wood presence imparted quite a bit of complexity to even it out, fairly vinegary, most of the fruit presence has been pushed aside for straight tartness, strength is well hidden, carbonation is medium-high, semi-dry finish.

Feb 06, 2014
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/17/13

A: Beautiful shade of brown. White foamy head.

S: Mellow notes of funk, yeast, wood. Nose could be stronger. But it's been in the bottle a while.

T: Mind-blowing flavors. Real complex. Barrel, bourbon, vanilla, some fruit, a bit of booze.

M: Proper carbonation, tartness, funk, and body. Great finish. So delicious.

O: Superb American Wild! Seriously so delicious.

Jan 25, 2014
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased form the brewery. Very lucky to have been in town when this went on sale.

Beer is caramel in colour, with a small off-white head.

Smell is very good. Oak, balsamic vinegar, light fruits. Slightly funky. Very nice.

The taste is excellent. Oak, balsamic vinegar, light fruits. Mildly sour. A great balance. Complex and very tasty.

Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation level. A bit sticky.

Overall, just excellent. A wonderful beer. Just wish they had allowed me to buy more.

Jan 25, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Tim for picking me up a few bottles of this beer. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - So, for starters this one was a LOUD pop. Poured with a very nice one finger off white head atop a clear burnt honey hue with loads of effervesce. Lots of sticky lacing and a thick blanket. For nearly 10% this is just awesome.

S - Aromas of big sour acetic tones, cherries, apples, wood, bourbon, faint vanilla, light funk. Definitely getting lacto and brett

T- Taste is loads of cherries, lacto, tart cherry, light vinous notes. Not too harsh on the sour. Loads of bourbon on the finish, oak, vanilla, wood, then rounding out with more lingering tart sour notes like a great sour candy.

M - Mouthfeel is really, really nice for the style. Brightly carbonated, tart, sour, lightly flemmy. All while masking the almost 10% ABV.

O - Overall, this was a delicious sour from Allagash. Well played and well worth the price. Wish I had more in the cellar.

Jan 18, 2014
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straight sour cherry nose. Copper kettle in color. Tart, crisp grapefruit, bread and notes from the bourbon and wine barrels make this a complex hybrid. Finish rounds off to Brett funk and pencil eraser. This is a really good sour that can hold its own with most.

Jan 13, 2014
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy brownish yellow in color and also has some amber hues. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left lots of thick wispy laces of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of wine.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that there are also notes of bourbon and this along with the red wine, oak and sourness are perfectly balanced.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly both tart and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really great balance of flavors in the taste and has interesting complexities.

Note: Bottled 5/17/13

Jan 01, 2014
Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 321 ratings