jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfumy nose, golden brown color. A whiskey-like component that is interesting and enjoyable. The wood, which plays rather nicely with the dry, spicy character of the beer, does detract form the overall complexity of the beer. This goes down fairly easy, which makes it a bit dangerous. So...over all....Nice : )
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample courtesy of Silphium. Pours medium gold with big white head, fades to film. Huge alcohol burn up front, lots of bourbon. Whew! Flavor the same just a huge alcohol and bourbon kick. This burns. Not much going on besides that.
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 July 2005 bottling?, rated May 2006. Hazy pastel golden yellow, small white head fades. Sweet woody malt aroma. Light oaky alcoholic malt flavour is fairly Dry. Average to medium palate. Underwhelming compared to previous samplings, seems a bit less rounded. 7/3/7/3+/16 3.7
Bottle at the brewery Nov 4, 2005. Forgot to record the bottling date. Golden body with a fantastic cream white head. Boozey aroma with oaky vanilla notes that carry over to the flavour. A little more robust than the straight tripel? Full body is creamy on the palate, with pleasantly warming alcohol lingering for some time. Quite nice. Good enough that we went back for more at the Maine Brewers Festival and picked up a few bottles to take home as well. 7/4/8/4/17 - 4
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 By far the best Allagash has yet to offer. Was actually on the tap at Redbones in Somerville, MA 11/3/05. Alcohol was hardly there very smooth and oaky bready cultured Belgian type of yeast and fruity almost peachy to my taste. I have had four bottles in three days with friends(11-26-05) Addendum: Allagash should bring this back!!!!05-09-06
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Dec ’04 bottling, 750mL, #1407, Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Wow, this one’s a real cork popper! Enticing orange-peach-amber hue with a large, frothy white head that fades quickly. Light bread and cookie malt aromas followed by significant hop tones of flowers and tangerines and a light doughy trace of yeast that brings the aroma full circle. Notes of pears, pineapples, buttered pecans, pepper and soft, oaky bourbon. The aroma is soft in presence for a massive 11% beer. Begins with a moderate sweetness (caramel, bread, honey) and a light tingling acidity. Finishes less sweet with more fruitiness (pears, canteloupe), acidity, oakiness and a bit of alcohol. Sour mash is transparent in the aftertaste. Big banana flavor as this beers warms. Medium-full bodied with a creamy texuture and fizzy carbonation. Tasty, but never really manages to be exceptionally exciting. Y’know, I think the idea of barrel aging a tripel is pretty solid. It just should have been Chardonay casks. Een gekregen van Probiere, dank je wel!
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice golden orange color with a thick three fingers of head that quickly receeded to a thin cap. The nose was very malty and vinuous. Not much there resembling bourbon, but there was some oak and yeast. The flavor however, was quite bourbon-esque. It seemed to be more scotch-like than bourbon but the whiskey presence is definatly there. Somewhat malty with no real hop bitterness. The oak and wiskey are most prevalent with a decent amount of alcohol burn in the finish. Good mouthfeel. The drinkablity is so-so. I dont think i could polish off too many of these in a sitting. However it’s a very well done and interesting beer. Well worth going out of you way to try.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden yellow color with a thick and lasting white head. Very intriguing aroma with all the tropical fruit smell that you expect from a tripel with just a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Astoundingly good flavor.Noticeable bourbon with lots of tropical fruity flavor and plenty of spice. The 11% ABV is hardly noticeable until you’re finished with the bottle. The subtle smoked wood flavors really set this one apart.
asheft (2778) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[July 2005 edition]
Hazy yellowy orange with a foamy head that dissipates to a fine, white lace. The aroma, surprisingly, was lemony wheat malty with a buttery Belgianish character and corriander(?) note. Spicy and alcoholic flavour that is nicely rounded out by a maltiness that is not too sweet, as this type of beer often is. The bourbon comes in late in the taste and is not dominating at all. Some anonymous hops in there as well Everything is in very good balance, with no particular flavour dominating and a smooth finish. Medium body and a little warming with moderate carbonation. Excellent.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Bourbon imparted by the casks does not overwhelm. Oh, it’s in the aroma and taste but I found this to be overall an easily drinkable, refreshing beer. Pours golden with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some nice flavors at play like yeast, vanilla, zest, and oak. A lot more subtle in flavor than I was expecting but with a well-disguised alcoholic-kick.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got lucky enough to have two of these.The bourbon was a little overpowering in the nose and the taste but I reaaly enjoyed the mellow flavor.The spices and fruit that you might expect from a Belgian Strong Ale did not show up much but this still was a taste treat.