Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A messy boozy Belgian amber ale. Huge disappointment.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when over 3 year of age (but well cellared, never kept at room temperature).
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Nose has some nail polish and a full basket of mixed fruits. Taste is aggressive and not so good. Higher alcohols, hospital gloves, plywood, fresh fruits, caramel, shoestrings, candi sugar, fresh vegetables, herbs. I could go on, not because it is complex, but because it is a mess. The beer is actually very sweet but it doesn’t feel sweet because of the overwhelming booze. Not too sure what to make of this beer. It never worked for me in smaller servings and that’s why I sat on my bottle for so long. Now that I decide to open the bottle, it is even worst than I remember. Past due-date? It didn’t feel old, it just felt wrong. This was the last year that Allagash had an anniversary beer with a number. Now that the brewery is older they make annual Fluxus beers and don’t say the age of the brewery. Proof that Allagash is a female brewery.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Rosso release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a milky light brown with a thin white head. Caramel, treacle, maple on the nose. Mellow and sweet, a little stewed apricot and caramel and some small oxidization. A touch tart with a long caramel and plum finish.
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s in Norristown. 25.4oz. Split with James. Pours hazy, cloudy chesnut brown with a thick, frothy beige head. Sedimentation throughout, and once the brew settles, heavy accumulation at the bottom of the glass. Full, yet soft and rewarding body. Age definitely helped sweeten and mellow this guy. Aroma is sweet vanilla bean, caramel, apple, toffee, plums, raisins, malt, and toasted barley. Finishes with a slow, gentle warming. Excellent Belgian strong ale. If you see this anywhere, definitely pick it up and you will not be disappointed.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Amber/dark orange. Off white carbonation. Toast, grains, caramel notes from the malt, airy and lightly fruity and dusty yeast, and a dry, yeasty finish. Medium/full body, higher carbonation. Mellow brew, reminded of a strong biere de garde. Excellent.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Etoh latent fruit, hints of plum y rasins, light citrus, and some mild pepper cinnamon spices. Hitns of vanilla and light sugar, faded hop tones impart a slight earth y paper y tone but well masked amongst the higher abv. A nice ale.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Pours light reddish brown, with a modest sized off white head. Aroma of vanilla, orange, dark fruit, spice, caramel, and some oxidation towards the tail end. Flavor begins with caramel, which is joined by fig, brown sugar, dark fruit, yeast and mild earthy hops. Sweet finish; mostly plum. Still pretty good, but may be showing its age
TheEpeeist (3189) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clearish brown, some crimson highlights, with a bubbly beige froth. Nose is raisin, caramel, chocolate cake and wood. Medium light with buzzy carb. Taste is raisin, fig and maple but feeling a bit thin. Finishes somewhat bitter and earthy but not bad. I guess this is what was left of the hops.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to magjayran’s generosity. What a great beer to just give to someone. From the looks of it, seems to have held up well. Pours very hazy copper with decent off-white head and good retention. Sweet aroma filled with fruit and malt: caramel, figs, raisins, apples, tobacco, spice, bread, must ... the more I smell this, the more oxidation I can detect, but it’s not taking too much away from the beer. Oddly crisp finish... drier than expected, but I guess the champagne yeast would probably explain that. Palate almost like bubbly wine. Ha, yeah, now I keep thinking about champagne at the end. Alcohol well hidden. This gets better with each sip. Nice.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, figs, malts, slight yeast, and a hint of hops. Much of the spices and fruits others mention seem to have mellowed in the 3 years since this was bottled. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a small, smooth, beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits, light tobacco, raisins, figs, hops, light spices, some pepper, yeast,
Medium body. Smooth, coating, slightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, malty, caramel and slight tobacco finish lings a while.
COBeer (18) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Held onto this bottle for eight months, was somewhat let down by everything except how well the alcohol was hidden. Brown fruit notes subtle presence, combined with a nice malt, yet I wonder if that champagne yeast wasn’t getting a little pushy.