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Allagash Gargamel

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RATINGS: 115   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 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 thisíll 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 (4687) - 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 doesnít 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 (3340) - 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. Itís 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) - MalmŲ, 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 (1243) - 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 (270) - 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 donít 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. Itís 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 Iíll be consuming the bottle myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
[My 1400 rating and also puts me as having the 400th most ratings on rateBeer... w00t!] Wow the description makes this beer sound absolutely amazing!!! Sample #18 at 1st CST, thanks davinci!!! Pours a glowing brown with a sudsy white froth. Strong brett aroma, sweet caramel, some lacto, yogurt, very woody, cheesy. Light raspberry flavor upfront, sweet, buttered popcorn... yea... tons of caramel popcorn, lightly acidic. Thinner body with fizzy carbonation. Definitely not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Copper pour. White head. Raspberries, brett, lemony tartness on the nose. Flavor is sour and fruity without being overly acidic. I get a bit of raspberries but more sour grapes. Good beer. Very good. Thanks stowehop!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - SEP 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2010 pours copper with thin white head that lasts to the end. aroma is tart and fruity with the brett very present. flavor is bursting with tart fruits and i got a lot of white grape. raspberries didnt play as much a part in this as i was expecting but came across in the finish as just a kiss of sweetness. aftertaste lasts with tons of fresh sour apples and tart grapes. really a fantastic brew from the amount of carbonation to the slight grittyness at the end where all the yeast laid. re-rate drank 3-13-10. hazy red/gold with thick head. aroma is oak, raspberries, barnyard, sweetness. drinks smooth and sweet with juicy raspberries, lots of fresh oak, some barnyard funk and just a light puckering. time has made this astonishing.

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