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Allagash Drunken Promise
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Named "Drunken Promise" in reference to the promise Rob Tod made to Dick Cantwell, which started this beer on the road to existence. Debuted at Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Mashed with pilsner malt, pumpkin puree, and roasted pumpkin seeds. More pumpkin puree is added to the kettle and it is hopped with tettnang and hallertau. Fermented with a blend of our house strain and our house brett strain, along with more pumpkin puree, entirely in an old French-oak wine barrel. Starting gravity 16.6 Plato (1.068).


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8558) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Amber pour, off white head. Flavors if squash, Balsamic, oak, sour, funky and quite good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draught at Armsby Abbey, Summer 2012, as Ghoulschip
Quite carbonated is the glowing orange body (deep, burnished copper-amber) and it sports a small, off-white head that sticks around a covering, leaving bits of lacing. Clarity is good.
Musty basement notes, vegetables (rhubarb, celery) and touches of caramel and vanilla are all pretty well melded together, if you can believe that? It’s got a sweet edge to it, with some very light brett notes that don’t really have the full force of tartness that most "brett beers" have. Strange, indeed, but quite intriguing.
Lightly slick, somewhat sticky palate, has a creamy, tight carbonation that gives this beer a bit more body than it, perhaps, wants, but the light oak tannins, brett acids and nuttiness from the pumpkin seeds all serve to keep it mostly dry on the finish, with some light alcohol warmth that seems well-placed. Reminds me more of something like Saison de Pipaix, than it does something like Allagash Interlude (couldnt really think of a good adjunct, wine-barrel-aged brett Belgian to use as an example). Plenty of basement flavors coming from who knows where. Again, maybe not the most objectively delightful beer, but highly interesting and certainly drinkable. An aged bottle would more than likely be divine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (2251) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle (375 ml). As Ghoulschip. Thanks to Daniel for this one! Beautiful bright and clear golden/orange with a small diminishing white head and little lacing. Aroma is of bourbon (subtle), brown sugar, vanilla, buttery notes, light sweetness, some fruits (pumpkin?), toasted notes and some spices (not overpowering though). Taste is gently tart with bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin, light spices, buttery notes and brown sugar. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Quite complex and amazing balance. Very nice pumpkin beer! In the same league as Elaborative #2. Drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3811) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro. pours hazy bright golden-orange with a very nice white cap, good retention and nice lacing. very fruity toasted and buttery caramel malts, white wine oakiness, bretts and other wild bugs, spicy yeastiness - also some dust, some coconut, toffee, spiced rum, bitter herbs. moderate sweetness and acidity - complex acidic profile - lactic/citric/acetic, soft tannins. lively to average carbonation, light body - oily, drying bretty slightly astringent and herbal-grassy-spicy finish. very good - much enjoyed!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks for the rare opportunity! Pours a strong golden with a white ring that doesn’t leave much lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, fruits and brown sugar. Taste is buttery and sweet caramel mixed with sour fruits. Not too much spices in this one and the bourbon isn’t overpowering. Mouthfeel is juicy, carbonation level medium. Lovely!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2494) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a small white head. Aroma was tart & earthy with brett, vinegar, oak and funk. Flavor was tart and sour with oak, wood, soft pumpkin, funk, earth and had mild acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4553) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
375 ml bottle (consumed Feb. 2012, from notes). Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma is nicely tart, acidic, Brett funk, some citrus, fleshy pumpkin/squash notes and oak. The flavor has some fleshy pumpkin/squash, oak, funk, citrus, some lactose sour character, but this kind of fades at the finish. Interesting, but ultimately falls a bit short.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Big pumpkin sour ale with a terrific flavor and finish. This has flavor, added Bret and the wine barrel aging that makes this a tasty treat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1291) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
2011 Ghoulschip bottle.
Appearance: Hazy tea color, creamy head.
Aroma: Vinegar, fruity, and slightly sour.
Taste: Mildly tart, some vinegar, some oak, pumpkin, and light sweetness on finish.
Palate: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: I like this, it’s tart/sour but lightly, very approachable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (3902) - SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle tnx to Greg. Pours cloudy darker amber with a nice bbeige head leaving some lace. Aroma is funky sour some red berries malty fruity very fresh. Flavor is sour mellow some caramel acidy tart good maltyness finishing with nice tart sour and a bit pungent aftertaste.


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