Allagash Fedeltá
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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Allagash had the honor of hosting De Struise Brouwers Brewmaster Urbain Coutteau and his co-workers Carlo Grootaert, Phil Driessens and Peter Bruin along with the "Homebrew Chef" Sean Paxton of homebrewchef.com on August 29. The Brewers with our Brewmaster, Jason Perkins collaborated on a Belgium Blonde called Fedeltá which means Fidelity in Italian. De Struise had previously brewed a version of this beer at their farm brewery in Belgium. After collaborating strategically over e-mail, phone and in person on brew day, the five brewers were able to put all their hard work into a great brew. Fedeltá, 8.2% Blonde was brewed using a selection of imported Pilsner Malt, Domestic Pale Malt as well as 15% Wheat Malt. American Cascade and Amarillo Hops were also selected resulting in 35 IBU. Also added in the boil was Cane Sugar and Honey. Fedeltá was fermented with our house Belgian-style strain, producing a subtle ester profile. The result is a smooth beer with subtle flavors of spice, honey, and vanilla as well as citrus hop flower notes. Fedeltá will be available in limited markets, draft only in the fall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Almost a tripel rather than a blond. Hints of bread and yeast, hints of honey and vanilla, with more American than Belgian notes in the hops. Cloudy, gold, small white head. Draft at Tria during Philadelphia Beer Week.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 9, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. Pours a golden cloudy color with a good size white foamy head. Reminded me of the triple, but a bit more sting up front and a hint of the amarillo hops. The finish has a bit of alcohol burn. Not as good as i expected, it’s almost a little too subtlely flavored.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Name: Fidelta
Date: February 06, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Footset Foreplay Friday
Appearance: hazy yellow, fine white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, dry earthy funk, floral hops, light spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice balancing funk, bready, spicy, light bitterness, good complexity
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2009
At Max’s belgian Fest. A bit disappointing, but I did finish it! Big and wet drink, strong vanilla and bread. Sweet from fruit and sugar. Just a bit off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Bountiful spicy, herbal hops expand into citrusy fruitiness within the doughy yeast and portly pale cereals of this buoyant Belgian-style Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy golden.
-Tropical fruitiness pervades the flavor profile as well.
-Mouthfeel and flavor profile are very authentic, which is to be expected of any Allagash brew.
-The spicy hop bitterness is long and matches perfectly with the doughy yeast.
-Although some alcohol is perceived, this remains very drinkable for its strength.
-Bubblegum phenols are found in the nose.

On tap at Ebenezer’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2009
On tap at Max’s Belgian Fest: Pours a bright deep golden with a thin-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of grassy hops and earthy green vegetables with Italian seasonings and a touch of bready Belgian yeast. Starts with good fullness and fine carbonation along with light biscuity sweetness and some grassy vegetal seasonings before a drier crisp finish. An interesting brew, but something just seemed off to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Max’s 72 Hour Belgian Fest - Hazed amber orange, creamy white head (great lacing). Deep peppery oak and soft vanilla funk aromas ride warming swirls of berry bread custard from start to finish. Complex dried vanilla clove and black peppered berry flavors round extremely well with a near perfect hop bitterness. Additional notes of yeasty funk play out at room temp. Medium to full bodied and smooth throughout. This one was best of show during my Friday drinking adventure. Fantastic stuff…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Trippel like nose: spice, banana, pepper, slight toast and orange. Light gold, medium body. Flavor is fruity, notes of pear, honey, sugar, vanilla, slight toast and biscuit and earth. On tap at Allagash night at the Toronado, SF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Not sure who shared this at the SC gathering, but thanks, whoever you are! Slightly cloudy golden pour, with less lively body and head than expected for a beer with intense fermentation like this. The pungent Allagash yeast strain more or less dominates the nose, with mild elements of grass, citrus, and spice. Thin palate, and the multiple ingredients neither stand out nor cohere enough for my taste. Will be interested to try this down the road if possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Hazy gold pour with a thick off white head. Citrus and yeasty aroma. Spicy flavor with notable hints of vanilla, citrus and floral notes. Dry finish

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