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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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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one at this installment of our quite frequent tasting. A-pours a hazy caramel color with a tight off white head. S-the oak and vanilla come through right up front. a touch of wild yeast and balsamic, notes of lemon with a touch of cherry. T-slightly tart lemon up front, notes of earthy grain. the oak is strong in the middle, a touch of vanilla. a light balsamic vinegar comes in towards the back fading into a sweet, slightly tart cherry with a good amount of sourness and acidity. M-relatively smooth with a touch of graininess on the palate. good medium to full body with a nice crisp finish and good amount of carbonation. D-this is a very nice sour. a good amount of acidity and tartness to it, with a nice balance of sweetness. the oak aging was done very well and the french oak barrels have a real presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(375ml bottle thanks to mar) opaque deep yellow with a ring of bubbles around the edges. Nose of sour raspberries, wet barrel and brown sugar. Taste of fresh raspberry juice, quite tart, lots of barrel. It’s all very well balanced. Nice woody finish with a little salt coming through as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(500ml bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a murky amber. Aroma is very tart. Flavor is very tart along with some berries and brett, light oak. Mouth feel is light body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, VERY tasty stuff!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of musty raspberry, oak, and light tartness. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a minimal head. The flavor starts with quick dose of sweet raspberries. In the finish the raspberry turns more tart (lightly tart) with hints of lemon and oak. Light-medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
#2500 thanks to jamie2dope. deep amber pour with a cream head. nose is raspberries, wood, bugs, and dried fruit skins. very nice on the palate, flavor is raspberries, tart dried frutis, bugs, wood, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
huge thanks goes out to mar for landing a bottle of this for the tasting. poured amber with no head. aroma was just plain awesomeness that roundhouse kicks you like chuck norris with carmel, cherry, and tart melon. flavor was right on with the nose, but wait, my nose got kick off from the chuck norris roundhouse kick like aroma. body was light and nice. nice beer to commemorate a milestone with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2010
(500ml bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a golden orange body with a small white head. Aroma of vinegar, earth, berries, subtle vinous, horseblanket, and cobwebs. Flavor of grass, funky, earth, and raspberries with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2010
bottle, thanks to mar, pours hazy golden, with aroma of sour cherry, dusty funk, flavor is sour, cherry, chalky. dry, woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7873) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle thanks mar. Pours with a small white head and a hazy golden body. Aroma of wet horse, brown sugar, plums and cherry wood. Taste is sour, tart, raspberries, cherry, acid, and brown sugar. Dry and acidic mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This magnificent Sour Ale presents a seamless arrangement of balsamic vinegar, gooseberries and raspberries, morphing into a complex wilderness which thrives on the tongue long after the sip has disappeared.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil of foam tops the twilight amber.
-Carbonation is very low, helping the sourness to come to the forefront of the flavor profile.
-That aroma is spellbinding for the Sour Ale lover.
-All flavors are balanced and levelled. This is yet another highly accomplished product from Allagash.


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