Allagash Ganache

Today’s beer is another Allagash selection. I noticed that they’re participating in Flagship February, which is where breweries focus on their flagships. Allagash White is a beer I cut my teeth on, and one of my first reviews, and I love the fact that they’re going to can it now.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The liquid equivalent of biting into a raspberry-filled dark chocolate cake. Aromas suggesting mixed berry and roasty cocoa meld with flavor notes of tart raspberry, cherry, and subtle coffee. Even without the addition of chocolate, Ganache gains its cocoa notes from a robust grain bill featuring Special B, caramel malt, raw wheat, oats, our 2-row base malt, Midnight wheat, and black malt. This dark burgundy-colored beer is fermented in stainless with both our house yeast and Brettanomyces claussenii before aging on fresh, local raspberries. No utensils necessary.”

Random: This beer is available in bottles and on draft.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated almost instantly. The body was dark brown and cloudy, with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with crushed raspberries and milk chocolate, along with a touch of funk and tartness. The taste was tart with raspberries and then quickly transitioned into chocolate and yeast. Lightly roasted coffee came through next. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was moderate thickness with medium carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tart raspberries and chocolate. I liked this beer a lot. It made for a good dessert beer. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Allagash Pictavia

I hate being sick. I’m not good at it and I hate that Val has to take care of me. But, at least I get to update the blog. This is a beer that I was very excited to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.3%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pictavia (the former name of Scotland) has sweet honey and caramel notes balanced by oak and a light tart bitterness. It’s brewed with Special B, Munich, pale, and Caramel malt in addition to roasted barley and our two row blend. It’s then hopped exclusively with Northern Brewer. After fermenting on an abbey-style yeast, we age it in scotch barrels—that first held port, before scotch—for around four months.”

Random: The brewery suggests that this beer is consumed within a year.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a murky brown color that was cloudy with very little carbonation visible. The nose of the beer started off with some caramel and toffee and booze. There was some scotch and vanilla as well. The taste had some hot booze to it. It had vanilla and toffee as well. Tobacco and scotch barrel came through next. The body was on the medium thickness side and had light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with scotch and smoke. I thought this beer was pretty good, but it could use a year to calm the booze.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Allagash Two Lights

This beer was released in June of 2018 and I didn’t get to try it over the Summer. I saw it in the mix a six section of the beer store and picked up one to try.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Lights is an ode to two of the more refreshing drinks of summer: cold beer and sparkling wine. While brewing this beer, we add sauvignon blanc must—the freshly pressed juice of the grapes. Then we ferment it with both lager and champagne yeast to create a tart, crisp, and dry profile. The finished beer’s aromas of pear, grape, and light hops pair with a flavor profile that’s a mix of tropical fruit and the snappy spritz of a freshly picked grape. We suggest sipping Two Lights by a water source too large to see across.”

Random: Allagash has a really good brewery tour.

The beer poured with a three finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose started with some yeast and then quickly transitioned into white grapes. It also had a green apple note as well. The taste was sweet at first with some malt and then the yeast came through next. Cantaloupe and white grapes came through next. It had a slight, grassy bitterness at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with white grapes. A bottle of this was $3.25, which came to $.27 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer and I think it would pair well with a white, flaky fish.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Allagash Uncommon Crow

Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up on a whim, mostly because I love Allagash beers.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer was inspired by the common American crow’s love for blackberries. Uncommon Crow’s aromas of dark chocolate and cherries bloom into big blackberry flavor and a slightly tart finish. We brew this beer with 2-row barley, Midnight wheat, raw wheat, and rye malt, before adding a blend of Perle, Glacier, and Simcoe hops. The beer is fermented exclusively with our house strain of local Brettanomyces yeast. After six months in a stainless tank we add local blackberries. Like its namesake, Uncommon Crow carries a dusky hue. Over the following five months, Uncommon Crow continues to ferment and develops its luscious, uncommon flavors.”

Random: This beer is available in bottles and on draft.

This beer poured with a one finger, light tan head. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with crushed blackberries and blueberries along with lots of funk. The taste also had a lot of blackberry and blueberry along with some white vinegar and funk. There were some notes of green apple as well. The booze was apparent on this beer, but overall the body was on the medium thickness side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart. I picked this bottle up for $12.99, which was definitely expensive at $1.01 per ounce. I’m glad that I got to try this one, but it’s not worth the price tag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Allagash Astrid

Today’s selection is another beer from Allagash, one of the most solid breweries in the Northeast. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Astrid is a bright golden color with assertive aromas of spice, bread crust, apple, and fennel seed. Citrus, oak, and anise give way to warm vanilla notes followed by a slightly tart finish. We brew this saison with Pilsner, raw wheat, and Biscuit malt, and ferment it in stainless steel for a year with a blend of traditional saison yeast and Brettanomyces. After fermentation is complete, we transfer the beer to Scandinavian Aquavit barrels, where it ages for an additional eight months. Skål!”

Random: I’ve never had Aquavit, nor do I really feel a need to try it.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright orange color with no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was very unique. It almost had a gin-like quality, which I assume is due to the Aquavit barrels, mint, oak and some licorice as well. The taste was also complex. It started with the same gin-like quality with mint and oak. It quickly went into fresh-cut grass and some bright citrus and apple slices. I didn’t pick up a huge amount of vanilla, but there was some at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side and the alcohol was almost undetectable. It had a lot of effervescent carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grass and vanilla. I picked this up for $13.99, which came to $1.14 per ounce, which definitely wasn’t cheap, but worth it for a unique beer like this. If you can grab one, I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Allagash Hoppy Table Beer

Tonight’s beer is a relatively new beer from Allagash that I was excited to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While Hoppy Table Beer was inspired by the Belgian tradition of low-ABV, easily drinkable beers, it still occupies a hop-forward spot all its own. Brewed with our 2-row malt blend, Maris Otter malt, and oats, the beer is then spiced with a subtle addition of coriander. We ferment it with our house yeast for classic Belgian citrus aromas. Hoppy Table Beer is hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Comet, and Azacca hops, then dry hopped with more Comet and Azacca. A mildly hoppy aroma full of grapefruit springs from this straw-colored, light-bodied ale. Flavors of pine and stone fruit balance the beer’s clean, slightly bitter finish.”

Random: Angel, our older cat, keeps trying to walk on the computer as I blog.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and yellow in color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some funk to it and a light vinegar sourness. It had a touch of Sour Patch Kid with lemon juice. The taste started with fresh grass clippings and a touch of piney hops. It quickly transitioned into a sour, vinegar note, which was not as strong as the nose. It had a yeasty and earthy note as well. The body was thicker than I expected with high carbonation. It had a quick and yeasty finish. The bottle set me back $2.75, which came to $.23 an ounce, which was on the more expensive side for a session beer, but still a solid choice.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Allagash Farm To Face

I really want to go back to Maine. Every time I have an Allagash beer, I miss going to Slab, which is the best pizza place in all of Maine. While I dream of Slab, let’s see how this beer was.

farmtoface

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Drinking this medium-bodied beer is like biting into a juicy, yet tart, peach. Farm to Face is brewed as a pale ale and then fermented for ten months in stainless tanks with house yeast. After primary fermentation, we add Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and a whole lot of peaches. In fact, for every gallon of beer we add three pounds of peaches from our friends at Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire. Aromas of green apple and graham cracker accompany a lingering peachy finish.”

Random: I still haven’t tried the drone I got for Christmas.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange with lots of carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk and yeast along with peaches. There was also lightly toasted oak with white wine grapes. The taste had marked tartness with peach and white grapes. It didn’t have as much yeast as the nose, but there was a lot of white vinegar. It also had a lot of fresh apricots. The body was on the lighter side with intense carbonation, but it didn’t go overboard. The finish was lengthy with tartness and peach. A bottle of this was ridiculously expensive at $18.99, which came to $1.12 per ounce. Despite the shocking pricetag, I thought this beer was wonderful. This wasn’t an everyday beer, but I’m so glad that I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0