Allagash Mattina Rossa

Posted: January 2, 2016 in Allagash Brewing Company, American Wild Ale, Reviews

I picked up this beer awhile back at Pennington Buy Rite. Since Allagash gives such a detailed description, let’s jump right into it.


ABV: 6.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mattina Rossa is a beer that was a long time in the making. It was brewed in August of 2008 with a base of 2-Row malt and 440 lbs of local raspberries in the mash. It was then conservatively hopped with Tettnang, German Tradition and Saaz and fermented with our house yeast strain. Shortly after primary fermentation, the beer was racked into eleven red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces ‘Allagensis’. After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of raspberries in five of the barrels. The beer continued to age for an additional year, at which time the barrels were blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk. Mattina Rossa has an aroma or fresh raspberry, strawberry preserves and lemon rind. Raspberry is also discernible in the flavor, along with mild quince and pomegranate. The long finish starts with a tart citrus and ends with a pronounced biscuit flavor and a slight bitterness.”

Random: They had nothing rare to bring home when I went to the brewery. I was pretty disappointed.

This beer poured with a slightly off white head that was finger thick. It took awhile to dissipate, but left no lacing. The body was a hazy, dark red with high carbonation. The nose had a lot of tart raspberries along with vanilla from the oak. The taste started with a vinegar-like tartness that quickly went into fresh raspberry juice. There were light vanilla and oak notes as well. There wasn’t a huge amount of funk, but defined tartness, which was intense, but not overwhelming. I also picked up some pomegranate notes. The body was on the thinner side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tartness and raspberry juice. Picking this beer up will lighten your wallet by $18.99 ($1.47 per ounce), which is quite expensive. But, I still found it to be a really interesting and well-done beer that I would have again, although it isn’t for the faint of heart or someone just getting into sours.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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