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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6511) - 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 (7917) - 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 (9411) - 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.


   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 (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
You show me a better beer drinking area in the country and Iíll punch you in the neck. Howís that? So Iím 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 (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle opened by Weeheavsd. Huge thanks Jon! Iíve 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 (3380) - Portland, 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 (5912) - 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 (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. 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.

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