aracauna (3032) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold with a very large head. In fact, the bottle was a slight foamer. Bubbles stream like crazy from the bottom of the glass. This is very much like a Duvel or other belgian strong blond in that category, although the Brett thatís starting to come through leaves that bit of funk. Nice beer.
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Confluence." The only time I hear this word is when Monday Night Football is in Pittsburgh...Keith Jackson (back in the day) or who ever always waxes poetic along with the Blimp shot..."at the CON-FLU-ENCE of the Allegheny, O-HIII-O and the Mon-ANNNG-a-HEEE-LA rivers..." Well, this Confluence looks like it should be 23 fazules of goodness, so letís see what happens. The Duvel tulip is the lucky winner today...itís been warming for a good half hour prior to opening.
Wow...this is actually pretty light-colored. Lemon-honey straight up...with extremely active carbonation in the center of the glass and it rises like a tornado pretty quickly. Head is about 1/2 finger and for a sour it sticks around at about 1/2 strength pretty well. Not much lacing - just yeast wisps. Second pour provides a full finger of head and then some - some tight lacing in there too. Very solid.
Ooooh, pure austere funk. Horse blanket, dry dry dry citric acid sniff. I could detect a little fruitiness diffused from the glass earlier - not with my face buried in the tulip though. On the rim it has a sort of dry muscat feel to it, but on the deep dive itís funkalicious. Big, perfumy, wild yeast. With warmth the grape must comes out a little more. If this was about 1/2 as funky Iíd think it was more of a funky saison. Thatís what Iím talkiní about. Can ya dig it?
I am astounded by the dryness of this deal. The carbonation contributes to the cause. Itís not a sour for sourís sake...thereís ultra-dry Pilsener-ish malt in here. Maybe even a little Styrian Goldings hoppiness in here...thereís not a whole lot of roastiness - it is wicked light - maybe a little stewy malt thatís lightly toasted? Am digging the primary Belgian yeast strain along with the Brett-ish funk. The yeast makes this deal and itís extremely well-done. OK, maybe thereís not an incredible complexity to it at first but the light grapes show up a little later - it works very well.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
After the cork prematurely ejected, it poured a golden yellow with a pillowy white head.
Nose was bright and slightly citric, but almost completely dominated by brett and horse blanket.
Taste was super dry and pretty much a one note horse blanket
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml 2009 bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a nice opaque golden color, huge carbonation (read: head) and oily. Nose and taste are sour, funky, banana. Smell of pumpkin spice. Taste has some sour cherries, but not sure this one is as balanced as I would have liked. Needed more of something. Maybe some spiciness or additional carbonation for this style.
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ The Trappist. Pours gold. Nose is big brett funk, sweet malt, floral hops, spicy yeast and lemony citrus. Flavor is a sharp brett character, spicy fruitiness and balanced caramel malt.
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dilly Deli.
Poured clear golden color with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate brett, woody and tart citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sour & sweet finish of moderate to long duration.
My expectations where met with a standout change of pace brew.
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Oh. Yes. You love it sweet, you love it crisp and refreshing, and Allagash is getting down to business for you. Iíve been mistaking this beer for a Saison for a while. Stupid me. Comes out cloudy bright lemony yellow with a nice platinum blonde mousse on top. Big sweet green apple nose...almost floral in quality, but unmistakably a citrus scent. Makes you hungry and thirsty and happy all at once. Big fizzy sharp pleasant body, just grabs you right off. I could see this beer washing down pizzas at a football bash, easy, and it hides the 7.4 so well no one would make it through the second quarter. And thatís the great thing about this beer--it can EASILY be a chugger, because this beautiful dry bitter resin/biscuit note comes bombing out of the mid-palate and leaves it with a super-crisp finish. So, after that very tantalizing sweet nose that you might worry could get you into cloying territory, it dries out, hits you with a nice complex swirl of flavors (nuts, tiny bit of banana, some other soft fruit notes, a bit of light brown toast), and then bang, thereís one of the more refreshing finishes youíll find at this abv. Awesome stuff.
jrob21 (2463) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First impression is that this is not worth the $20. It is a good beer and incredibly drinkable but the price tag does not justify the contents here. Distinctly belgian yeast aroma with some toasty malt adn grain. Flavor is nice and dry, grainy malt, and full bodied. Finish is lemony citrus and grassy, hay hops. Pours an opaque bright yellow color with a nice looking big white head. Not getting a ton of brett yeast here but maybe I donít know what Iím talking about. Distinctly belgian yeast but not sour bretty.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from corby112. Let me say flat out: this is absolutely delicious. One of the most unique, well crafted beers Iíve had yet this year. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to homebrew, so I could spend my life trying to nail something like this. Perfect pour, very cloudy, with a huge, rocky, everlasting head. The nose is a mix of very dry, very bretty hay and farmyard notes, and a fruity, spicy hoppiness loaded with pineapple, caraway and saffron. Similar flavorwise, big and juicy and near perfect, delicately complex and just dripping with personality. Like a dry, bretty, hoppy saison, this stuff is just incredible. I need to find some bottles locally for the cellar.
mar (4772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. murky light gold pour with a ring of white froth. nose is bretty with wood and random fruits. very smooth with a slight sour note backed with pineapple and earth.