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Allagash Merveilleux | Allagash Brewing Company

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Tan light and creamy two to three finger tall head off the pour, with a nice settling creamy puck that stays at about half a finger tall. Body color is a bursting tangerine orange, quite dark if almost a bit red, with some hard to see through opaque body that has some rising carbonation,.

The bouquet is quite citrus fruity, with tinges of sour and mild acid. Light sour apricots and orange a small hint of brown sugar caramel but very light. Good amount of buttered chardonnay like sensing oak notes on this also, with some mild pepper.

Palate is a nice fruit punch orange and apricot juicy quality at first but then comes with a real hot swallow of brett and funk. Very peppery finish that makes you want to blow smoke rings. Light tight prickly carbonation just a little bit on first sips. Light toasty brown sugar comes out with some time as well. Real nicely balanced between all the flavors here.

Overall, it's a great beer but I am not as drawn to it as much as the FV-13.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a mildly hazy orange color with plenty of carbonation. The head is a one finger off-white shade. It also has really excellent retention for nearly 10% sour, but its soft texture means it doesn't leave much (if any) lacing behind.

S: As expected, it's quite tart-smelling. What makes the lactic tartness work so well is that it's backed by an expressive fruity backbone. Lemons, cherries, and oranges make up the primary fruit notes. There's an ever-so-slight bourbon note as well, but I really have to concentrate in order to pick that up. It brings the sourness along with a delicate, contemplative depth, and that's pretty much exactly what I ask for from a sour. After a long while, some funkiness comes out to play.

T: It opens with a pleasing lemon-esque tartness. Its sour qualities are mellowed by its bready, oaky, yet subtly fruited finish. This one really brings forth a bourbon-forward nature, which balances the wild yeast quite well. It finishes with a decent amount of brett funk, as well. Make no mistake, the depth is there, but it's not as forward as I'd like it to be. That's it's only real flaw: the complexity requires a bit too much work to discover. The complexity becomes more defined near the bottom of the glass.

M: Unbelievably drinkable for nearly 10%. Seriously, wow. There's a slight boozy tingle on the finish, but it almost doesn't matter given how quickly it fades on the aftertaste. No wait, those are the oak tannins. So this isn't boozy at all. It's well carbonated and light (though very creamy) on the tongue, which helps it go down so well.

O: This isn't the most sour wild ale in the world...though neither was Le Terroir, and that was freaking fantastic. This isn't quite as incredible, but it's razor-sharp blend of tartness and bourbon qualities still make it a winner. Would I pay ~$15 (!) for this small bottle again? No, probably not. Still, it's good enough where I'd reckon it's still a must try at least once.

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Allagash Merveilleux from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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