Allagash Avancé: A High Ball Stepper video music review

Next up, Allagash Avancé. This is beerbecue’s first video music beer review. The idea has been bouncing around my noodle for awhile. Based on the reception, there may be more.

Avancé is a strong, sour ale aged with strawberries for three years in bourbon barrels. Three damn years, people. Allgash says it “has the aroma of strawberry preserves and toasted oak. The oak and berries continue their presence in flavor, and compliment the sweet, warm finish.”

When I think of strawberries, I think of their sweetness AND tartness. I also think of their distinct strawberry smell: A little caramel and this slight funk you get when you pass by an unwashed container of them on the kitchen counter…kinda like they’re up to no good. This beer captures that essence well. And it’s sour…quite sour. Oh, and at 10.8% ABV, it brings the heat.

Out of the bottle, this little fella kinda needs to breathe a little. Hey, if you spent three years in a bourbon barrel, you’d be a little cranky, too. Ok maybe you wouldn’t. Additionally, use a glass with a little more open mouth than I used. This beer has a potent nose. It doesn’t need to be concentrated with a highly-tapered glass.

Now, without further adieu, Jack White’s High Ball Stepper and Allgash Avancé:

 

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11 thoughts on “Allagash Avancé: A High Ball Stepper video music review

    • I love George Dickel for Manhattans. It’s a little rough around the edges in a way that keeps the rye part of a Manhattan front and center.

      (A little beerbecue production secret: That’s tea in the Dickel bottle. I was going to do a Belushi Animal House chugging out-take, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do it without a high probably of destroying something in the house and/or angering the Haybag.)

      • Good to know that you’re not like those lame ass magicians that don’t reveal their tricks. Nicely done!

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