jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cloudy pale gold with big. flotsam, white head / Nose of orchard fruit and funky, barnyard brett / Medium body, lightly tart with zesty carbonation, hoppy but with good malt/fruit, and with great balance and dry, modestly bitter, finish / Flavors of pear, apple, orange, lemon, coriander, chrysanthemum, manure, hay, and wood / Just great.
KornDogg (519) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Union Jackís Inn. Funky aroma. Hazy golden body with thin head. Flavor is filled with yeast and funk, lightly aged sour, lingering Brett. Crisp with a sweet tart aftertaste. Excellent balance
thetmaxx (728) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 bottle. Poured into a snifter. First thing you notice is the huge Champaign head. Aroma has the fruity sourNess from the Brett. Flavor is mildly sour, and has the spice of a Belgium. OMG, this is amazing! Palate is bubbly and slightly chalky, but finishes clean and dry. So complex, I love this!
Serve cold, not so good when it warms above 50f.
Drink4Satan (666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out an opaque pale gold with a sturdy, frothy white head that fades to a sudsy cap. Rich candied apple and caramel, doughy malts impact the senses with a dank barnyard overtone that is unmistakable Brett. Sweet cream and orange meringue could be used to describe the luxurious yeasty character of this epic brew. Floral and herbal hops, bubblegum yeast, mild horse blanket, sweet and spicy tropical citrus and some tin-like, dry notes from lipid oxidation (yeast autolysis) in the finish. The hops in the finish are very earthy (mmmm glacier!). Spritzy, yet rounded carbonation perfectly accompanies this highly attenuated, thin-bodied brewski, thanks to our good friend, brett. Allagash is too good. Itís unreal. If not for the price, which is well worth it, I would have my fridge stocked with this masterful elixir at all times!
flip1286 (6) - - MAY 20, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ar: citrus peel, barnyard, hint of alcohol, hint of fruit, wheat, complex
Ap: hazy, light white head, gold/amber
T: light sweetness, lightly bitter,
P: creamy, full body, long slightly sour and bitter finish, average carbonation
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2011 In short: A fanstatic wild/bretty and refreshing Belgian blonde ale.
How: Bottle 750ml, many times, from very fresh to 2 years of age
The look: Almost Clear blonde body topped by a large off-white head
In long: The nose is nicely bretty with pineapples a lemons. Doughy and fluffy body with flavours of pineapples, bananas, mangos and such. A lot of coriander sensation although I think the beer is not spiced. Some leafy hops that provide a juicy flower petals flavor without much bitterness. Light lemony tartness. Funk level is medium to medium-high. Wheat sensation, like I was drinking a funky witbier. The body is full and beer is nourishing yet it remains very refreshing. Currently classified in ratebeer Sour/Wild category but please not that there is no sourness to be found here, this beer is wild but not sour. Again, if I had to describe its taste in a few words Iíd say it tastes like a full bodied bretty Witbier. Some sour beer lovers might be disappointed by this beer because it is classified in the same category as the sour ales but I was disappointed. I once rented Shaving Ryanís Privates that was wrongly classified in the war movies section. I thought it was great and with a lot of action.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Lonehill. Golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Strong orange and ripe fruit aroma. Bright and lively palate. Crisp and freshing mouth feel. Mild sourness balanced well against the bitterness of the hops. Zesty fruit flavors dominate. Very good.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a white pillowy head. Smells of perfume, light funk, dry malt, spice. Tastes peppery and tarte with a dry, perfumy finish.
puzzl (3231) - 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.
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.