Allagash Mattina Rossa

Since 1995, Allagash Brewing Company has been producing some of the country’s greatest interpretations of the Belgian classics. Inspired by traditional Belgian Abbey recipes and brewing techniques, founder Rob Tod set out to fill a niche that the American beer industry clearly lacked at the time. His first brew, White Ale, is arguably the most distinguished Belgian Wit this side of the Atlantic and remains the brewery’s flagship ale to this day. Rob soon began experimenting with other Belgian recipes until he perfected his version of the Dubbel and Tripel using his own proprietary Belgian yeast strain.

 

 

Allagash is also known for their fantastic limited edition beers and this week we are releasing a beer that was a long time in the making. Mattina Rossa was first brewed in 2008 with 440 lbs of raspberries in the mash. Then, it was humbly hopped with Tettanang, German Tradition, and Saaz and fermented with Allagash’s house yeast strain. After primary fermentation, “the beer was racked into 11 red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces “Allagensis”. After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of local 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.”

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Mattina Rossa has an intoxicating aroma of raspberry, strawberry preserves, and lemon rind. It starts with a tart citrus and ends with a slight bitterness and biscuit flavor to balance it out. Tart and delicious all the way around. This is a limited edition brew that we won’t see again soon, so pick up a bottle and try it out, you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

In addition to this new and exciting aged raspberry beer, we are also releasing the ever popular Victor Ale and Victoria Ale.

“Victoria Ale was inspired by a visit to Victoria Mansion, in Portland, Maine and the visual references to Bacchus, the god of wine. The brewer’s decided to fuse the worlds of beer and wine. Over two hundred pounds of Chardonnay (Vidal Blanc in 2010) grapes were brought in, crushed on site and added directly to the mash. Victoria Ale’s aroma is fruity spice, and the taste presents subtle notes of green banana, black pepper, and freshly crushed mint. With a focus on the subtle, wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew boasts a pale copper color, Belgian yeast influence, and a medium body with a long candied fruit finish with hints of honeydew melon, and, of course, white wine grapes.”

“The Victor Ale was inspired by its feminine-named predecessor, the Victoria Ale. With chardonnay grapes to make the Victoria Ale unique, our brewers decided to use red grapes for the Victor. Over one hundred pounds of cabernet franc grapes were crushed on site and added directly to the mash. In addition to a generous portion of Pilsner malt, Victor is hopped with Fuggles and Hallertau and fermented with a wine yeast strain. With a focus on the subtle wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew maintains a copper color, wine yeast influence and a medium body with a tart and spicy finish.”

Allagash not only brews amazing beers, but also gives back to their community. Money generated by the brewing of Victoria Ale goed to the National Historic Landmark, Victoria Mansion, in Portland, Maine and Allagash Victor Ale is brewed to benefit the St. Lawrence Arts Center, perched at the crest of Munjoy Hill in the Portland’s East End.

Allagash brews in-stock now:


 

 

White
Brewed with wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, White is vibrant and refreshing with tons of citrus and spice on both the nose and palate. 5% abv
94 POINTS Ratebeer
92 POINTS Beer Advocate
Available year round in 4-packs, 1/2 and 1/6 kegs


Dubbel
Deep red in color with a rich malt and fruity character. Notes of chocolate and nuts on the palate. Fantastic with a variety of cuisines, in particular barbeque and roasted lamb. 7% abv
94 POINTS Ratebeer
Available year round in 4-packs and 750ml bottles

 

 


Tripel
This version of the Belgian classic boasts layers up on layers of flavors with a long, warming finish. Notes of tropical fruit on the nose with hints of banana and honey on the palate. One of the most food-friendly styles on the market. Delicious with your Thanksgiving Turkey, rich gooey Camembert or sinfully sweet fruit-based desserts. 9% abv
99 POINTS Ratebeer
92 POINTS Beer Advocate
Available year round in 4-packs, 750ml bottles, 1/2 kegs and 1/6 kegs

 


Curieux
If you love the Tripel, the Curieux should be next on your list of beers to try. Allagash ages the Tripel in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels for eight weeks and then blends in fresh Tripel, producing an incredibly complex ale with notes of vanilla and coconut. 11% abv
99 POINTS Ratebeer
Available year round in 750ml bottles, 1/2 kegs and 1/6 kegs

 

 

Saison
Allagash Saison is an interpretation of a classic Belgian farmhouse style. It’s golden hued, brewed with a 2-Row blend, malted rye, oats and dark Belgian candi sugar. It’s hopped with Tettnang, Bravo and Cascade hops. Fermented with a traditional saison yeast strain, it exhibits notes of spice and tropical fruit in the aroma. Citrus and a peppery spice dominate the flavor and make way for a pleasant malt character. Saison is full bodied with a remarkably dry finish. 6.1% ABV. 97 POINTS Ratebeer. Available in 4 packs and 1/2 kegs

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