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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2010
Clear amber with a tiny white head. Sour aroma with sour berries, toasted malt, lacto and brett. Sour flavour with sour berries, lacto, toasted malt, brett and woody hints. Finished sour and dry. Refined and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle thanks to mar. Notes of butterscotch, oak, vanilla, pineapple, and peaches. Sour sweet almost pillowy mouthfeel. YUM.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2010 Drank next to Vagabond. Golden-tan body, lighter than Vag with a thin cream head. More funky than Vag, vinous with oak and lemon, light nut and vinegar. Flavor is more strongly acidic, lemon and brown sugar with more nut and vinegar. The lemon is definitely more pronounced in the flavor, forcing a contrast that does not help the beer. Dryer and slightly thinner than Vagabond, this still has the soft body that partially allows elements to coexist despite the imbalance in the flavor. With decent warmth, there’s a bit a blue cheese here, oddly enough. A bit simple and overly acidic in the flavor, the more sour profile compares poorly to lambics and to the sweeter grape and cherry in Vagabond, particularly given their similarly soft bodies and light malt sweetness.

Drank next to a bunch of raspberry beers. shimmering copper, frothy white head that laces everywhere. Really rich raspberry, seeds and all. Faint Brett that only slightly turns sweet vanilla and fruit into a lactic yogurt. Flavor is a bit metallic, overly sweet and syrupy, short finish, very lightly bitter like VicFranc but not nearly as problematic. Moderate but delicate body, lightly fizzy. Fantatic nose, flavor is off, from green raspberries to a milky oversweetness. Less enjoyable with warmth, shows too much incoherence and some off notes. 957416

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - 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 (6070) - 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 (2875) - 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 (6405) - Plymouth, 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 (5248) - 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 (12717) - 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.

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