Brewer-Allagash Brewing Company
Style- American Wild Ale
Description- Allagash’s Merveilleux pours a hazy dark copper with a thin beige head that doesn’t linger to long. The aroma immediately sends the alert that this is going to be a tart and funky beer with the Brettanomyces jumping out of the glass and attacking the nostrils hard. The aroma has a lot of pleasing fruit characteristics with cherries and grapes, along with hints of oak, and a background note of crusty bread. Upon the first sip your taste buds are attacked with a sharp tartness from the yeasts before a bit of cherry cuts through along with oak characteristics, following this the bready characteristics make an appearance before a sharp, crisp, and dry finish. The flavors are very complex within this beer and make every sip a wild and enjoyable ride. The medium mouth feel and high carbonation hide the 9.6% ABV very well with no alcohol heat coming through at all. Merveilleux is everything you could want and more from a beer in this style category.
Food pairing – Merveilleux is truly a wonderful beer to enjoy on its own, so I recommend that you pick up more than one bottle to try it alone and a second to have with some fabulous food pairings. The tartness within Merveilleux make a great match with venison steaks covered in a sour cherry sauce, or if you are even more daring try switching out the venison for wild boar instead. Merveilleux is also a wonderful match for crab in any form; the sweetness from the crab will melt into the tartness of the beer and create a wonderfully complex flavor experience. This beer could also make a great appearance during your next brunch when paired with a succulent goat cheese omelet.
The Final Word – Merveilleux is an absolutely marvelous beer, which works out because Merveilleux is French for marvelous. Allagash is truly a world class brewery that consistently produces amazing beers and this is truly one of their best. It is also an amazing process to create this beer. Merveilleux is actually a blend of 5 different beers fermented in a mix of both bourbon and wine barrels. The thought and care that went into creating this beer shines through. If you are a fan of beers such as Rodenbach, Supplication by Russian River, or Duchesse De Bourgogne, do yourself a favor and hunt this beer down, it is absolutely amazing, the only negative thing that can be said is that is a limited release.
Where can I get it? - It is only available in 375 ML bottles for limited fall release. However, it is currently available at: Jcs Fireside- Trevose, PA; The Greeks- Newtown, NJ; Country Liquor Store- Hope, NJ; and The Local Table and Tap-Kauneonga Lake, NY