RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mediocre beer to begin with, then aged a couple weeks in Jim beam barrels...this should be great. Yeah, it tastes like pears, Southern Comfort, and caramel Bullseyes! Iím just going to leave it at that!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
February 2006 bottling. Clear golden body with no head and sparse bubbles. Sweet, treacly nose full of caramel, coconut, sweet apples, honey, whole grains, fresh dough and luckily, a conspicuous absense of bourbon. The spicy yeast, fruity esters and lively carbonation are all gone, which takes away a lot from this. The body is thick and full with little carbonation that leaves a bit of a sweet film in the mouth. More sweetness in the flavor, with a bit more woody, barrel-aged character of vanilla, coconut and oak to go with the honey, sweet apples and caramel. Itís a real bummer the way this seems almost complete void of all "tripel" characteristics. I know the bourbon-barrel thing is all the rage, but itís disappointing to find a world-class beer stripped of what makes it good, turned damn-near cloyingly sweet and labeled special. I tend to love Allagash beers, but definitely not this one.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well-hazed golden with a fluffy white head that hangs around for a short while. Fruit cocktail and apple aroma with a ton of alcohol stimulates memories of underage drinking at weddings and proms... and nubile young ladies intoxicated on fruity, boozy drinks. Flavor slaps down the fun several notches with an overpowering essence of Southern Comfort... a whisky/liqueur that brings to mind puking my guts out on the quad followed by gorilla-sized hangovers. I found Allagash Tripel to be purely mediocre, but sticking it in a barrel creates a truly atrocious concoction.
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presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tipsy had been restraining himself from drinking this since Christmas. Head is gone before you put the bottle down. Bourbon and pepper aroma. Bourbon like flavour with some residual maple or vanilla flavour. Oily body. Liqueur-like but restrained alcohol. Weird and unique. Tastes like the Tripel flavour is reduced to allow the bourbon to come through.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) June 2006 Version. Sampled at the Brewery. Iíve had a bottle of the 2005 version of this beer in my cupboard (cellar) for months and finally got to try the new version at Allagash. The smell is sweet and alcoholic, which matches its rich complex potent taste. The color is pale, almost like a chardonay. The bourbon is noticeable with the taste.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(October 2005)vanilla nose with pepper. Pours a cloudy orange-yellow, thin head. Complex flavour with bourbon, hops, sweetness. Dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Interesting.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. The aroma was sweet fruits, with a hint of oak. The flavor was very interesting. The Tripel flavor came through very strongly, but a nice bourbon/oak finish was very apparent. It was a very pleasant combination.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of yeast, spice, apricot and booze. Hazy yellow, pours the tiniest of heads. Tastes of alcohol and malt, harsh, ordinary. Thanks jerc.
CamdenD (1077) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On draught -- poured a flat ginger ale. Aroma was somewhat appealing, somewhat alcoholic and fruity. The taste and palate was bland and flat. Noted no oak aging.
eaglefan538 (2860) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 Poured golden yellow with some haze, especially towards the end of the bottle. The head was thin, lacing weak, pretty boring overall appearance. Aroma was of apples and lots of oak. The flavor was oak, and if this is merely the tripel barrel aged, the oak aging did wonders for this beer. A great combination of apples, bananas, some yeast, and lots of oak with a touch of bitterness in the end (yet not hoppy like tripels). Mouthfeel was normal, moderate to heavy overall. Iím not normally sympathetic to Allagash and often find barrel aging to be hit or miss (ie. Iím not into the trendiness of barrell aging any old beer), but this was a fine production and the flavors of the barrel aging combining with the base Belgian ale were a great combo, imo. Good job, Ally (minus appearance)! Re-rate, Dec. 2009: Not much different to really say, other than the fact that this wasnít THAT great. A decent brew with an annoying bourbon influence, as Iím getting less and less thrilled with BBA beers!