JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can’t remember who shared this at the Carolina Crew - I think Todd - but thanks to whoever brought it, as it was a delight. Deep golden pour with a thick head and some intense retention. Fairly sticky and moderately sweet nose suggests another solid entry from Allagash, but the flavor is on another level. Light tropical fruits lead off, but there’s a lovely brett character that emerges quickly to frame the fruit flavors. It’s very clean and less horsey than a lot of beers currently out there, and that really lends itself well to the kind of refreshing, crisp beer Allagash is going for (the pils malts certainly help with the distinctiveness). Really enjoyed this, please make more.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a two finger sticky white head. The nose is tart and bretty, shows some lemongrass, citrus rind, nice yeasty characters. Flavor is mildly tart with a nice lemon rind character, bretty comes through very nicely. Palate is tart and dry. Tasty
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially had this at the Allagash dinner at Capital Ale House. Sampling and rating from full bottle now. Medium lightly hazy gold, great head. Aroma is brett barnyard notes mixed with pineapple. Honey malts, pineapple and brett notes, floral hop notes, more citrus characteristics, and faint coconut round out a very complex palate. In this instance, the fruity aspect of the brett works nicely with the very hoppy nature of the beer. Good stuff.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Capital Ale House Downtown, Richmond, VA. Pours a clear golden color with a large head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of peach, pear, citrus, spice and pineapple. Taste is bread, caramel, yeast, vegetal notes, peach, citrus and spice. Medium-full bodied.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5oz on tap at Beachwood BBQ. Appears clear gold with a small head. Aroma is a bouquet of sweet flowers and bath soap. A bit much on the nose. Flavor starts similarly sweet, a bit of vanilla blended with sweet flowers and red gummy bears. The finish holds an addition of hop-bitterness, but also sticks firm to the “perfume” theme. An odd beer, hard to deride but also hard to love. I’ll settle for “above-average intrigue.”
malrubius (1515) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BCTC. Pale golden straw with head. Barn hay grass lemon aroma. Lemon peach grass hay with mild funk. Less assertive than expected. One of my most anticipated beers, but a slight letdown.
EastCoaster (122) - USA - AUG 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ahh a very pleasant brew, it was a bit pricey for me at the store but I was able to have a pint of it at the lost bear. A pleasantly complex beer.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aaaaaaahhhh! surprise death cork on this one, undid the cage, turned to change the channel, and boom! slight gusher, bought about 6 months ago..6:19pm august 25th 2009.. . pours a simmering gold with lots of champpagin style bubbles.. very spritzy! .. . i want to sail around the world.. . fantastic amount and orientation of foam .. . lots of playful bretty goodness, light bitterness with small whiffs of tropical fruit, wonderfully light yet assertive.. . this is a very easy and fun beer to drink... what about the terrorists? thats right, terrorists... this would be ridiculous on tap! OK, some free associations from my infancy. A beach ball. A Dog. A Log. A poodle. A Noodle. A doodle. ..
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Barcade. Hazy yellow-gold pour with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is great. Loads of sweet/tart pineapple and a lovely bretty spicy funkiness. Fairly fruity nose with a touch of lactic tartness as well. The pineapple character lingers nicely on the finish along with a touch of minerally character that lends a nice dryness along with the acidity. Warming brings up a bit more soft tart fruitiness and kiss of mint on the back. Awesome stuff.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2371-20090801] Sample. Sweet pineapple apple aroma. Hazy, light orange brown body with a medium-lasting bubbly white head. Nice Belgian yeasts and pineapple fruit flavour. Medium body. Lovely to sample.
(BCTC @ Ommegang; Cooperstown, NY)