vtafro (2163) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Capones. Golden pour. Aroma was very nice, flavor was great however light enough to be able to drink this all day but abv would get you drunk. Nice beer.
Arayaga2 (1707) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow orange with a bit of white head. Aroma is a bit faint, but sweet with wheaty spice notes. Taste is the same with peachy and citrus with phenolics accentuating dryness into the finish.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capones, today, psyched to see an Allagash beer that I haven’t had before, especially on tap. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet, light. Taste is wow wow wow, supre tasty, light citrus, excellent vinous dry character.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9 oz draft courtesy of the TB Hop Juice release (Warrenville, IL). Pours a nice hazy bright orangish gold. Small white head that laces some. Aromas are sweet, belgian yeast, honey sweetness with a touch of vanilla. Initial is light, flavorful. Good belgian yeast, nothing overpowering. Honey, vanilla, a touch of lemon rind, some cereal malt character. Backend mellow, moves to a sturdy dryness in the finish. Very well balanced, subtle yet flavorful. Dances on the palate with belgian yeast, honey, and lemon. I think vanilla is almost a byproduct, just showing up from the smoothness. Light spice, very nice. Cheers!
Narnad (1373) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A guest beer at For the Love of the Hops! 2009 festival at Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, IL. Golden color with a modest white head. Aroma overall is pretty light with some lemon/orange notes, light alcohol and a pils graininess. Flavor has an overall strong alcohol flavor, a touch of lemon, pils malt is there and a nice clove and yeasty flavors are hidden away in there as well. Good beer overall.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Rattle ’n Hum. Poured a slightly hazy light orange color. The head was white and left some lace behind. Attractive nose of clove, ginger, flower blossom, and vanilla. Medium bodied and semi sweet. The flavors followed the aromas somewhat. Yeasty bread dough, honey, subdued clove, and ginger came together nicely. Good stuff.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Capone’s. Pours turbid deep canary with off-white fluffy head. Nose is spicy florals, yeast, citrus, funk, and hops. Tastes citric, hoppy, with rock sugary malt, funk, florals, and yeast spice. Nice complxity and balance in this, although thetipping for balance in a beer that throws this much at you is definitely subject to debate. Well done, as with all Rob Tod’d beers.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @Capones–pours a retaining white head and cloudy straw yellow color. Aroma is musty, fruit-pear/banana, sweet light malt. Taste is musty, fruit-pear/banana, sweet light malt, some herbal, spice. 2.9 OK, at cellar temperature-creamy. 3.5
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rattle N Hum. Pours a golden body with a white head. Hint of pear and banana spicy yeast, chewy Belgian cane sugars and apple. Almost a hint of pineapple in the nose. A nice note of honey as well.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A honeyed and fruity Belgian blonde ale with not-so-pleasant floral/perfume notes. Good overall.
How: Tap at Ebenezer’s (Maine)
The look: Partly cloudy dark blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Strong nose of Belgium yeast with grass and perfume notes, like scented bubblegum. The neutral sweet malt backbone tastes like generic soft/chewy white bread with a lot of honey. Strong floral hops notes that tend towards perfume. Fruity flavours of tangerine, pineapples and other light dessert fruits. Standard nice Belgian carbonation and mouthfeel. Many good things going on here but to me there’s too much honey and perfumy notes to make this anything more than “just” a good beer. Still, I’m glad I had the chance to taste this limited release beer which, just like staplers and paper clips, will never be bottled.