Allagash Merveilleux | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash MerveilleuxAllagash Merveilleux
320 Ratings
Allagash MerveilleuxAllagash Merveilleux

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Hazy amber with a thin head
Smell: sour notes with hints of brown sugar and spice
Taste: Slightly sour with a strong presence of oak.
Overall: I think I've finally reached the point where the oak is just too dominant in these beers for me to enjoy them. Maybe after a few batches are behind them and the oak dies down so the beer can shine through I'll be happy again. Right now the cost is enough to make me pass for buying any more bottles.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
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

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