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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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MERVEILLEUX, french for marvelous, is the second release of this limited series. This beer is a blend of five different beers fermented in a mix of both bourbon and wine barrels. Brettanomyces, pediococcus and lactobacillus were all utilized to create a myriad of flavors in this unique copper colored beer. The aroma is defined by the presense of the Brett resulting in both a crusty bread and fruit character. The tartness works well with the light oak and distinct citrus flavors, which are followed by a gentle maltiness and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1052) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
At the apartment with Taylor on a lazy Saturday night. 5/13 written on the cap of the 375ml bottle. Pours pumpkin orange with light lacing. Tart barrel, sour cherries, chalky, earthy, heavy minus acidity, tasty old fruits, red wine, tanic. I like this beer, it is a very nice high quality sour that is just a little heavy on the acidity. Great old flavor though, I would love to introduce someone to sours with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Caramel, tart and sour tones, bourbon and oak aromas. Definitely different, bourbon and oak with sweet caramel but sour tones; wine and sour brune tones as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4529) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
This beer is superior. Definitely marvelous. Pours gold with good head and lacing. Citrus and apricot, with grapefruit bretta. Sour finish with light mouth puckering sense. Great balance. Bottle pour at Churchkeys fifth anniversary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
38cl, new exclusive American blended brew Anno 2013, with Brettanomyces, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex sour brew, woody/sour and slightly fruity/vinous, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleigator (309) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2014
Many, many thanks to Jason for this one! Has a small, fizzy head with a ruby-red color, containing oak-brown hints. Aromas yield leathery, musty malts with wooden oak notes, rounded up by tart, very funky acidity. Also lemon rind qualities get revealed among a gentle sour barnyard character. Begins with earthy, almost buttery malts, building the foundation of this brew, accompanied by a tartness with a gentle barrel infusion to it, revealing a pleasing warmth on the tongue without any signs of somehow distracting booziness. Complexity is added by a crisp citrus note, which stays in contrast to the leathery, oaken flavors of the beer, inviting a sprizzy component to the palate, while barrel aspects remain noteable. The carbonation turns out to be pleasantly low, giving the complex character enough space on the palate to unfold. A hint of berries shines through the wooden malts, confirmed by vinegary lactic acid. Finishes with toasted malts, while a lot of depth is contributed from the barrels, accompanied by a tongue drying sourness. This sourness stays on the palate for a long while, drying off the throat and the back of my teeth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3315) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
12.7 ounce bottle poured into an Allagash Chalice. Bottle date 5/17/13. Thanks lukaduke for sending this my way! Pours a clear copper to amber color with a velvety head of beige foam. Good retention. The aroma has big funky, fruity sourness, with notes of ripe melons and cherry pie filling. The taste is softly acidic with a lingering dryness toward the finish and notes of vanilla and coconut hanging out in the finish as well. Medium carbonation. Perfect body. The alcohol is hidden well in this beer. Awesome stuff. Glad I could enjoy this as my 3,000th rate. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3970) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a hazy copper orange with small white head that lasts. The aroma is strong oak, funk, brett. Thin mouthfeel with nice brett, cherry skin, oak, sour finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle pours clear reddish with white head. Carb fades quickly. Aroma is oak, tart fruts. Taste is medium tart with an oak barrel dry finish. nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1568) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to my_knew_craft (BA, don’t know your handle here yet!), thanks a lot! Pours a hazy light copper with a thin but tenacious white head that leaves really nice lacing. Nose is of oak, vinegar, fruits, more oak, more oak, red fruits (strawberries, even), red wine vinegar... Insanely complex! Quite reminescent of Jolly Pumpkin’s La Roja, too. Taste is tart/acidic but not over the top, dry. Flavors are of berries, oak and light vinegar. Some light caramel on the finish maybe but I might be imagining things. Mouthfeel is vinous down to the tannins and the acidity is really refreshing. Body is medium, carbonation too. Overall a marvelous (pun intended) beer that I am glad to have been given the opportunity to sample!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Shared a couple bottles over the last few months. This was a nice surprise from Allagash. I always expect great products from them, but so far, their sours have been good, but not great. This was a nice flemish sour like concoction that is similar in body and flavor to RR Consecration and BFM Bon Chien probably cuz of the higher abv. Doesn’t taste like almost a 10% beer at all, though.

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