Allagash Merveilleux | 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): 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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
43
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
83
For Trade:
18
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
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

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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The liquid pours out with a rather unusual color blending, goldenstraw with a touch of pink lemonade; the head is modest though it does leave some shards behind

Smell: Acetic sour tones, with tart cherry, green apple, red wine grape and Bourbon

Taste: Cherries dominate the front end, though the lacto and acetic elements build rapidly; underneath the red wine barrel flavors start to emerge, in the middle; after the swallow, Bourbon, vanilla and oak elements add a subtle dimension, though the sour aspect of the beer really dominates through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: This beer heads in a lot of different directions but it manages to pull it off though I think the sourness obscures some of the other complexities; still, I am quite impressed by the range of flavors in this beer

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a small tasting goblet, quick review from notes.

Bright copper color, thin layer of foam that left behind some spotty lace, sharp clarity.

Woody aroma with a bright fruity acidity, more light acidity in the taste. Nutty, woody oak, expressive barrel character. Dry puckering finish and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Medium bodied with a smooth feel, spritzy carbonation that scrubs the palate. Nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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