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Allagash Gargamel

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Courtesy Morgan from the Great Orlando Beer Festival. Thanks for sharing a healthy pour of this rarity. A hazy, dark, burnt-orange amber colored body is crowned with a thin, foamy layer of beige tinted foam. Splotchy, broken arches of lacing mark the glass. The aroma shows dry, pale and caramel malts in the background, with notes of dry, bready yeast, while potent, vanilla laden oak and parching brettanomyces tartness take top billing. Hints of residual sweetness from the dry berries and red grapes comes through, lending a distinctly vinous character. Flavors follow suit, very dry and oaky, brett-driven, and tart, with mild berry and cherry notes. The influence of the wine barrels is up front and apparent, grape-like tannins lending dry, zesty fruit flavors. There’s a hint of Flemish sour within, but the American oak character is prominent. Substantially bodied, dry, and effervescent on the tongue, the palate is near perfect for the style. It drinks considerably easier then the 9.2% ABV would suggest. Great stuff. I’d love to get my hands on some more.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2009
(bottle, thanks Dalzale!) Pours light gold with a medium light tan head. This surprisingly smells like a faro, with a bit of raspberry, but there are stronger scents of apple cider, cinnamon, oak, and tartness. The taste is fairly sour with some raspberry seeds, lightly tannic, and a bit of tomato sauce as well. Everything is fine in this beer until the finish, which displays a large amount of butter that is really unexpected. The mouthfeel is medium. Thanks for sharing Greg!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
[Bottle] shared by Dalzale. Pours cloudy gold with a medium beige head. Aroma is tart raspberry, a touch buttery, and sharply lactic. Flavor is acidic and has a lasting raspberry flavor, followed by a somewhat buttery and short finish. Not a whole lot of funk to speak of. Good stuff, thanks Greg!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogp04 (19) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Great beer.....nice oak character present in the aroma and flavor. Raspberries are there, but not necessarily as much as I anticipated. Nice finish. Perfect mouthfeel with "prickly carbonation," yet a surprisingly creamy smooth finish. Nice, yet odd, grainy malt flavor in the finish. Yellowish/Amberish/Orangish color, with minimal off-white head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2436) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Foxy mahogany. Thin but creamy and retentive white head. Sharp alcohol and oak on the nose, with expressive notes of lactobacillus, peach, vanilla, red wine, and coconut. Muted iron and straw scents along with a pleasant waft of mustiness. Snug carbonation. Initial alcoholic and tannic tingle is offset by a vibrant peach splash and a bouncy straw-tinged malt base. Malt becomes borderline grainy and astringent as it progressively takes on more toastiness. Much more lactic than bretty as the brett merely yields a flash of plasticlike phenols. Fruity esters impart plenty of succulence while a savory blend of lactobacillus and coconut add to the tropical nuance. Poorly extracted malt is nauseatingly husky, and though the oak exhibits some relative restraint, it also manages to exacerbate the graininess. Fierce bite of peppery alcohol creeps in as well. Finishes fairly empty with a simplistic mixture of oak, red wine, coconut and mild vanilla. Does have a fairly pleasant tropical medley going on in the aroma, albeit a fairly simple one. Llittle in the way of depth or character, however, and the malt character is grainy and unclean. Pretty straightforward.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Bottle from Vikinghammer (thanks!) Ginger ale colored pour, medium carbonation and a wonderful funky sour aroma. Flavor was just as good as the aroma; sour raspberries, cherries, funky yeast and finished smooth and mellow. Although this one was very good, I wouldn’t trade away anything ultra rare to get it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle generously shared by MrBunn... Thanks Joel for stealing my Smurf thoughts.. Pours a murky orange...fizzy head..Aromas are tart cherries, white grapes and some apple. Best part to me about it is it doesnt have the Apple cider vinegar funk that many sours seem to have. Good blend of fruit flavors. Taste is about the same with a hint of raspberries showing through.Maybe its because I read the Description...maybe not. Very good overall....even if there is some mashed up Smurfs in the bottom of the barrel. They suffered for a worthy cause.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle with thanks to Mike. Pours a darkisj amber with a little bit of a fizzy head that dies quickly. Aromas of sour fruit: cherries, grapes & apples. Flavor makes me want to sqash Smurfs or carry out some other sinister plan. A nice mix of tart flavors with enough malt to keep things balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy peach color with an off white head that diminished to a small ring, light lacing. Nose was slightly tart with raspberries and citrus fruits, light buttered popcorn and Brett as well. Flavor also held some tart raspberries and citrus peel. Finishes with a nice lemony acidity and quite dry. I like how the berries are noticeable but not over powering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Flamboyant carbonation for style, lively. Sour raspberries have morphed into strawberries on the nose with a dose of sour funk. The mid-palate is rather short and un-evolved, perhaps with time it will flesh out. Cashews, toffee, and praline blanket the palate as this beer finishes. A warm biscuit dough lingers as the end of this beer seems to be the main event. French oak is firm and serves to bring eveything together. Dry and clean.


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