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Allagash Gargamel

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madvike (3045) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle shared by ogglethorp at Muckfest III...thanks Brian! - Pours clear amber with no head. Nose is caramel sweetness with a little rotting truit, but not much sourness. Taste is real flat and papery with limp bready malt and a touch of tartness on the finish. Real thin and watery in the mouth. Wow...not a good beer, and not at all what I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Saturday Edition. Pours a richer amber orange hue, healthy glow and some frothy offwhite head that dies to a ring, laces small. Touches of haze, dulled glow. Aromas are funky and a touch metallic, some cherries and tons of cheese, soft funky cheese, oak, and bready malts. Touches of raspberries, more cheesy funk and brett, dust and cobwebs. Dryness. Odd. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied with firm tartness, sour twang, a bit metallic, cheesy with some oak, firm bready malts, toast. Touches of red fruit, more cheese and brett with a sharpness to it. Pizza spice like oregano at times, touches of cherry and raspberry, gentle lemon lactic presence. Fairly brett forward and a bit sharp. An odd one. Taste wins me over a bit. Quite odd though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2012
5/20/12 from nick @ rudy’s. Awesome label. Awesomely complex...cheesey,lambicy,cement,a little salty,bs...every time i write a descriptor, another one comes to mind... great,complex,soigne 8.5/4/8.5/4/17+

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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 (7386) - 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 (5336) - 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 (5734) - 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 (2558) - 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 (12361) - 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.


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