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Allagash Gargamel

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle. Very nice aroma with tart raspberries the highlight and toasted oak with strong brett behind. Flavor has moments of all that raspberry goodness and the brett, but is dominated by harsh, splintery-feeling (high acidity? high carbonation?) oak. Iím not saying itís not tasty, but to me it wasnít the beer that it seems to be to everybody else so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 10, 2009
375 bottle, bought release day 5/7/09. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy dark orange/brown color. The head is a thin white foam that recedes to a ring. Thereís a hint of red in the glass too, potentially from the raspberries. Aroma is a funky sour raspberry scent with sweet malt undertones. Flavor is at first a sweet almost dubbel like, which then melds perfectly into a sour tart flavor of both sour yeasts and raspberries. Thereís a hint of the oak flavor in the beer. Mouthfeel is soft as silk. To me this is like a Panil Bariquee meets La Choulette Framboise, which is a heck of an accomplishment. This is the most impressive Allagash brew yet, and absolutely amazing. A sign of things coming from one of the best brewers in the US.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a thick white head. Aroma of raspberries, sweet cherry, candi sugar, sweet tart candies. Slight funkiness and tartness, but just in the background. I just want to keep smelling this...Flavor has a bit more tartness and less fruitiness, some wheaty and cookie malt, and a hint of oak. Very drinkable for a sour. Nicely done. 9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Let me start by saying, the $185 speeding ticket on the way to get this, was well worth it. Poured an orange brown into my Allagash tulip glass. The head was a medium sized, creamy,and slightly off-white in color. The aroma is what really makes this beer. Raspberry and Cherries at first with a hint of alcohol. Also a nice amount of Brett with wood and some light citrus notes. When it first hit my lips there is a wonderful raspberry presence that plays well with that great sourness.Carbonation is lively with a astringent finish. The raspberry really donít take away from the wonderful sourness of this beer. Thank you Allagash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
EBF í09. Holy funky batman! A very pleasant sourness here, and even a little bit of the fruit shows through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Draft, Numerous samples at Night of the Barrels and Extreme Beer Fest 2009. Amber body with a bit of an orange hue, capped with a big beige head. Very enticing aroma, with lots of wild yeast, earth, and some raspberry. Flavor begins with brett, which is joined by a very dry raspberry flavor, with highlights of oak, mold, earth and apple. I also get a hint of cherry fluoride paste that my dentist used to use. Fairly dry, tart finish. This beer was probably my favorite of the fest. Iíll have to schedule a trip to Portland when the bottles are released.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
In short: A funky/brettty acidic raspberry sour ale. As good as it sounds.
How: From the bottles at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009. Multiple samples (many many)
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a medium beige head
In long: What a nose with a blend of brett and raspberries. In mouth this thing just explodes. Raspberry seeds, cherry and oak sourness, cedar woodiness, side-flavour of pineapples, medium brettanomyces presence, a little lemony. Acidity level is medium-high and with the brett adds a nice dryness. For now bottles will only be available at the brewery. Get Some! Allagash really has a winner with the Gargamel. Smurfin good!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Tap at EBF. One of the few standouts at the entire fest. Pours a medium amber with almost a violet highlight, and a pinkish dull beige head and good cobwebby lace. Aroma is tons of brett funk, moderate raspberry cobwebby stale but nice jam- nutty, earthy and light spice with a slight tart hint, with a good tannic almost vinous nose. Flavor is more raspberry jam, moldy funky raspberries, red tannic and slightly astringent wine, earth, funk, dirt, almost a pedio funk-tartness, and a nice acidic mostly sour finish, but not overwhelmingly sour. This is like the raspberry version of innoculator.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Quite a few samples both at EBF NOTB and session 1. Lightly hazy reddish amber in color with a slight pink colored off white head. Aroma of fresh rasberry, lots of brett, some light to moderate funk. Taste was so well balanced with rasberry, mild funk, oak, and some nice brett tartness, and mild red wine and vinegar. The acetic sourness got moderate in the finish, but this was all about balance- just the right amount of fresh rasberry, brett, and acetic acid. This was phenomenal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Draft at EBF, thanks for BrianK and Vferg telling me i had to try this. This went quickly at all sessions from what i remember. Pours a deep amber body with a thin head. Sour apples with vinous dry notes, lightly woody with some brett. This beer is awesome!

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