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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
Served in an Allagash cervoise. Pours an orange-copper color with a nice, two-finger white head with really nice retention and some spotty lacing on the way down. There’s a thin collar throughout. The nose carries a nice bit of buttery oak with some vanilla in there as well. Behind that comes a bit of caramel and raspberry, plus a good dosage of earth. Smooth oak really dominates, and then is followed up with some nice funk and earthiness. Vanilla is fairly-prominent. The fruit is in the background at this point. The flavor is incredibly smooth as well. Again, there’s a really fantastic oak presence with light toffee and caramel. Light acidity comes through on the background along with some raspberry must and a nice earthiness. Vanilla in the background. Very smooth and creamy, which heads to the feel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Light sherry-like oxidation comes through toward the finish. Faint acidity through the finish. The feel might be the best part of what is really an all-around fantastic beer, and is one of the best American Wilds that I’ve had to date.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle from a trade over a year ago with Kan. Thanks again. Been saving this for a while for a milestone rating, and since 3000 occurred at a tasting, figured I was due for a bottle of something all by myself. Pours a lightly hazed red tinged brown with a thin white head. Big sour acid right away, acetic and a touch of nuttiness to it. There’s also the softest caramel and cocoa hints as well, and chocolate covered cherries. Medium bodied, spicy carbonation still. Warming alcohol shows up right away, still a vibrant and lively beer. Spicy and warm, more chocolate covered cherries, this time with a hint of almonds and nuts. Light lemony acidity. More acid, very fine carbonation, nutty. Finishes with a long lingering bright acidity, tart old wood, dusty cheesy funk. Not a mind blowing experience, but still quite nice. Long lasting funkiness on the exhale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (5114) - GERMANY - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle looks great. Beer in the glass deep golden, almost brownish. Starts intense sourish, not too much and not too dry. Fine spicy notes and also some fruity hints make the beer very interesting. Finish not as sour as the beginning. Well balanced and very drinkable. An awesome beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Nice fresh raspberries on the nose with some niice brett playomg the backbonme to the rasberry. Fuck yeaj nose. Reddoishj gomlden amber nose color nice foam. Raspberry frersh tart, funky brett. Dry fruirty tart bakanced. Very light belgian notes underneath. Fucking good shit.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2011
thanks suzygreenberg! never thought I would get to drink this. peaches and cream!! bananas and blow. blueberry and mild tartness. so creamy with such a lasting tart character is amazing. delicate yet strong. kudos. killer. thanks suzygreenberg! never thought I would get to drink this. peaches and cream!! bananas and blow. blueberry and mild tartness. so creamy with such a lasting tart character is amazing. delicate yet strong. kudos. killer. thanks suzygreenberg! never thought I would get to drink this. peaches and cream!! bananas and blow. blueberry and mild tartness. so creamy with such a lasting tart character is amazing. delicate yet strong. kudos. killer. thanks suzygreenberg! never thought I would get to drink this. peaches and cream!! bananas and blow. blueberry and mild tartness. so creamy with such a lasting tart character is amazing. delicate yet strong. kudos. killer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2425) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
I think I finally found a sour I love. Orange / hazy pour with big sour fruit aroma. Vanilla, wood, berry taste with a big dry tart finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11309) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
A: The beer pours amber in color with a short lived, small, off-white head. S: Upfront I get a strange smell of maple syrup, perhaps it’s just the vanilla and oak? After that it’s tart fruits, though I wouldn’t have guessed raspberries. Mild strawberry and lemon aromas with some grassy funk. T: The flavor is nicely sour with hints of vinegar, but primarily lactic acidity. Tart berries, grass, lemon zest, and oak. There’s a mild earthiness to the beer along with some green apple skins. M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation. O: Overall a good but not great beer. It was pleasantly tart, and there were some nice flavors to it, but nothing that really grabbed my attention.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
Thank you Peter for sharing this treat. Pours a reddish tan with rosy highlights and a medium off-white head. Funky aroma with raspberry fruit, malt, and soft barnyard characteristics. Malt plays a larger role in the flavor than I was expecting--the alcohol less so, which is surprising at over 9%. Mild tartness, multi-layered wild fermentation notes, soft raspberry, and mild hops spice. Quite a delicate body for a beer with these stats. A very intriguing, unique drinking experience.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours an un-noticeable light clear brown with not head or lacing. The aroma is on the lighter side, the front is mostly sour notes, some light horse blanket. The back side doesn’t have a ton going on a little raspberries a tiny bit of oak. The taste is very light in taste and feel. It starts off lightly sour then finishes with a ton of oak and alcohol, its a very creamy stick feel. Overall, ok nothing special for a wild, a lot better than Vagabond.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Big thanks to Dan for sharing this! Poured a hazy burnt Siena with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sour fruits with a bit of a grain and bread backing. Flavor was sour throughout growing to be somewhat acidic raspberry with a grain backing. Not as much brett as I would have liked.


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