kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: February 06, 2009
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
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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…
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Sunset Grill, December 2008. Honey-colored golden body has a gentle haze to it and a medium white head is produced. Very little of the hops mentioned in the nose. You’d think you’d be able to get a good whiff of cascade and/or amarillo, but it’s very minimal. Maybe a bit of tangerine and green grass mixed in to the yeastiness, from the amarillo. Light pepper and more soft fruits round out the finish. Light bodied, probably in part due to the honey and sugar added, with pils malt honey-vanilla and the typical Allagash house yeast mustiness. A little chewy/doughy on the end with some sweet sponge cake-like notes. No flaws or anything, certainly, and not every beer has to be something crazy, but you wonder what was the inspiration or goal for this one? None of the delectable hops of the best European saisons, nor nearly enough maltiness of the best Belgian Strong Goldens, nor enough malt/yeast snappiness for a Belgian blonde.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pale blonde/straw colour. Aroma is lightly sweet with a floral Belgian malt base. Lots of sweet bubble gum esters, a light citrusy fruitiness and a touch of tropical character as well. Soft and balanced brew with a very lean, stripped down body. A bit of white pepper and spice over a soft apricoty body. Lightly zesty with a soft orange citrus as well. It’s very good, but I don’t think it is all that distinctive.