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Review: Allagash Astrid

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Bottled in 375ml cork-stoppered wine bottles, Allagash’s Astrid is a farmhouse saison with a kick. Brewed with pilsner, raw wheat, and biscuit malt, it ferments in stainless for a year with saison yeast and Brettanomyces and is then aged in Aquavit barrels for eight months.

Decidedly sour but not overbearing, the beer has a big, tart apple note running through it, with light caraway notes, driven likely by the Aquavit barrels, bringing up the rear. As the beer warms, its wood-driven notes become more prominent, driving out some of the brew’s inherent (and needed) sweetness and impacting its balance.

9.6% abv.

B / $17 (375ml) / allagash.com

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