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Allagash Gargamel

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A blend of 3 french oak wine barrels filled with a Belgian style sour red ale. Aged for 18 months with our house brettanomyces strain and local raspberries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
[Backlog ’12 - ’13]. Pours an amber body with lots of lacing. Aroma is raspberries, funky brett and tart fruit. A touch of something artifical (or maybe off, but nothing terrible.) Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice tart character and notes of raspberry jam, tart fruit, funky brett, red wine barrel, oak and light earth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3031) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man! Pour is murky brown-amber with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Tangy, orange peel, caramelly, light toffee, raspberry skins, tannic, oaky, and fresh dark berries in the aroma. Taste is big juicy orange juice, fruit skins, tannic, oaky, light straw, lemon peel, herbal, white grapes, pears, and green apples with a medium sour finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Really cool beer and has definitely held up well. Thanks again Aaron!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pour out of 375 ml bottle, big thanks to Aaron! Hazy reddish pour with white head, aroma brought raspberry, cherry, hints of oak, lemon, earth, slight yeast, touch of red wine, grain. Taste is a mix of grass, grain, biscuit, bread, hints of oak, earth, raspberry, finishing fairly tart slightly dry. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9662) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s house. A little hiss upon opening. Pours a hazy reddish orange appearance with a very thin tan head. Some tannic notes. Red grape. Papery. Slightly acetic. Somewhat spicy. Aroma shows some signs of age. The raspberries have faded significantly. Fair amount of oak and tannic notes. Some leather. A little bready. Flavor is a little murky. I’m sure this was better in the past, but it’s still fun enough to try. I was planning on opening this for rating #10,000 but glad to try it now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3933) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle drunk fresh, provided by the owner of Sunset Grill. Possibly the only nice or generous thing the guy has done in his life.
There was a bunch of buzz going on about Allagash’s spontaneous program, and I thought the bar was going to be getting some of that. So I was actually disappointed that this is what we got instead. Ha, quite ironic, as this stuff was just dynamite.
Small but somewhat retained rose-tinted head tops a deep, ruby-red body. Good clarity and plentiful carbonation.
Beautifully tart in the nose and a wonderful balance of raspberry seed, juice and brett acids. Hints of acetic acid are very well-downplayed, with a light touch of oaky vanilla on the end. Very vibrant raspberry character, yet this is decidedly not a cup of sour fruit juice (like 3F Intens Red and Madame Rose). Enough malt character carries through. No alcohol or fusels noted, which is always impressive once you start getting to these levels.
Tart and juicy in the mouth, it’s not exactly a brett-bomb but it’s pretty close. I like that the raspberries are pretty equally expressive, but neither dominates. Maltiness provides body without sweetness and the carbonation is ample and tight, giving a very lambic-like mouthfeel. Vanilla grows on the finish, with light oak and deeper raspberry flesh notes. No alcohol noted in flavor, barely any warming even. Nicely dry at all points. Would love to drink more of this some day, though looking at some of the recent reviews, perhaps this one was better fresh?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Cloudy amber with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is tart with brown sugar and funk. Taste is tart with cherries and berries, funk and a nice oak finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4137) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma has big tart red fruit, brett, wood and wine. Flavour is big fruits, not as tart as one might expect, but very refreshing and fruity. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4284) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to mar. The smell is sour, fruits, wood, funky, and good. The taste is tart, light fruits, wood, and ok. The look is murky, no head, and golden in color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16890) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
23rd November 2012
THE Fruit Sour tasting. Cloudy amber beer, little cream coloured head. Mild minerally freshness, trace of lactose. Dry and milky red berry fruits. Finishes lightly sour with lactose and seltzer - orange. Mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13040) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at The Fruit Sour Tasting, London - many thanks to Ken for this rare Allagash. Pours cloudy, golden brown with a fine, white cream head. Tangy-bready aroma, some lemon and berries. Medium sweet flavor with sugary malts, bread, fruits, ample tang. Light to medium in body with fine, soft carbonation. Light to medium sweet finish, some bitter minerals, lemon and tangy bread. This beer seems to be well and passed its prime. While still decent, there was really nothing very exciting here (as I would have expected given the beer’s reputation). If you have this beer I would recommend you drink it now.

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