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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours out golden/orange with light amber hues from the 500ml bottle shared by WeeHeavySD (thanks, man!): Strong brett aroma, raspberries, thick yogurt, woods, and caramel. Light to moderately puckering, with accompanying notes of sour grapes, some raspberries, cheese rind, and fresh oak. Buttery throughout with caramel whispers. Drinkability: An unforeseen balance for this kind of style, but I savored every bit of the surprise. Pairing: Long Clawson Long Claw Stilton. Rebuy: Yeah. #423 on 23042010 "423 on 4/23", DG .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1318) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
You show me a better beer drinking area in the country and I’ll punch you in the neck. How’s that? So I’m out to dinner with the whiff and Weeheavy Jon shows up at my table with this wrapped bottle. The pour is swamp water hazy with a copper orange haze. Light head and ring. Amazing sharp nose that becomes smooth as the nose adjusts. Grape and tart sour. Cinnamon and cranberry. Taste is sharp black pepper and dry tart WAY in da back. Dry. Finish is like echoes of yeast. Lovely. Understated like Shelly Duvall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle opened by Weeheavsd. Huge thanks Jon! I’ve been sooo eager to try this. Pours amber. Light raspberry aroma. Smallest hint of acetic acid. Some very nice residual sweetness. Very easy to drink. Excellent. Medium sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2010
My 200th sour rating. Via trade wanted this to be 3k, but this’ll do. Beautiful orange gold. Nose is sweet tart, very nice. Taste is sweet tart and very nice, yum. Woth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2010
37.5cl bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded very quickly to a thin ring. The nose is brightly sour with a soft acetic edge. Woody, some brett, cellar funkiness, and some light tart raspberries. The flavor has a nice balance of funk and sourness, thankfully it doesn’t have that harshly acetic sharpness that burns the esophagus. Very bretty and the oak enhances the vinous qualities really well. Not much raspberry flavor, but some of the tartness may be from there. This is really drinkable for a Sour. NIce dry mouthfeel and a long lingering bretty finish. This was surprisingly easy drinking and better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
375ml bottle shared by beejay at the first chitown sour tasting... poured a medium amber brown with a thin soapy head... aroma was mostly earthy with a unique and apparent yeastiness along with an odd pervading sense of some chemical vanilla astringency... flavors bettered itself with emphasis on a sour and earthy cherry with a slightly bitter finish. was expecting a little bit more from this one. will need to try again if given the opportunity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle. Golden orange with pinkish hues and a small ivory-colored head that leaves some lacings. Nice genuine raspberry aromas in the nose coupled with prominent barrel notes, a hint of vanilla and lactic tart notes. Perhaps a gentle spicy tone. The flavor is tart with pleasant raspberry aromas. The raspberries are nicely integrated with the other flavors. Notes of fruit pits, lemon and oak barrels. Some herbs and spices. Ends with a note of alcohol, grassy bitterness, a mild bretty character and some lactic sourness. It’s surprisingly full-bodied, and this is a nice feature that leads the way to a dry finish. All in all, a well made, complex and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2010 Clear copper colour with a small beige head and minimal lazings. Very fruity raspberry aroma with notes of spicy fresh wood, light vanilla and raisins, vinous with some alcohol. Very rustic and nice fruit notes. Flavor is perfumey raspberrys, quite acidic and woody, slighty bretty and vinous with acidic berry notes and some raisins. Ends on a dry and somewhat acidic note with a lovely lingering raspberry sweetness and some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium full with fine bubbled but sharp carbonation. Very nice rustic brew with gorgeous fruit character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1323) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Huge Thanks to Gillard for bringing this rare beer to a tasting. A: Pours a hazy orange hue with a tight white head. S: Aromas of grapes, light apple sweetness and oak. T: Nice light apple, citrus, and dry crackers. Very light berry, and a light wood quality. Nice and tart without being to overthetop. M: On the lighter side of medium, sparkling carbonation. D: Had this one during a very large sour tasting. It was good but no where near the head of the class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Finally getting around to open one of these up. 375ml corkced and caged bottle that was wrapped in tissue paper with a gold seal (sticker). Opens with a loud "pop" and poured into Darkness tulip. A - Pours a reddish-orange copper color with a fingers worth of fizzy white head which disipitates into a very thin white film on top with a thinker white ring around the side of the glass. Some thin lacing is presents when the glass is tiled from side to side, but nothing actually left over from the original pour. S - Medium sour/tart notes, pears, sour apples, slight funk/barynard, oak. I don’t get straight-forward raspberry notes, but I do get sweet fruit notes, which I attribute to the raspberries. T - A nice helping of sour/tart notes paired with the raspberries. It’s much easier to pick out the berry notes on the palate then compared to the nose. A semi-tart finish, that also has a touch of sweetness. M - Light, fizzy champagne-esk carbonation, buttery finish (which some seem not to like, but I kinda dig it). I would rather the finish be dry, to go with the carbonation, but something different is always nice. D - A pretty straight-forward offering from the 1st limited release from Allagash. There are better wilds out there, but I would say this is a good start. Easy to drink and I’ll be consuming the bottle myself.

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