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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Draft, at Tria 12/18/08. Pours orange gold, capped with a moderate sized off-white head. Sweet aroma, with wheat, apricot, spice, and yeast. Flavor begins with wheat, sugar, and yeast, which is joined by tropical fruit, earth, honey and mild hops. Finishes with wheat and mild hops. Not bad, but Allagash usually does better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Draft @ BTAH. Hazy golden in color with a nice white head. Yeasty fruity hoppy aroma. Grassy, earthy apricot notes. Malty fruity sweet flavor. Peach and apricot honey notes. Nice crisp hop bitterness. Sweet tasting. Dry finish. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Draught @ BTAH. Pours a hazy gold, white head. Nose stays underneath; some yeast, bit of apricot, a bit grassy. Taste is sweet up front, more apricot, but balanced from the beginning by the yeast and a fresh grassy hoppiness that carries just a hint of barnyard funk with it, coupled with a dry, light malt sweetness. Finish is interesting, bit yeasty and rich, with some sweet fruity esters, and a a lingering grassy bitterness that takes a bit to emerge after every sip. I even got a hint of white grapes later in the glass. Ever changing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sparkling carbonation. Aspects of a nice, crisp blonde and a saison, all with a bit more oomf. Fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Calm, hoppy, meaty aroma. Kind of trashy and sausagey. Not particularly enticing. Soup, rocky, muddy yeast flavor, a hint of safe and savory spices, a little bit of esters, easy drinking but overall very disappointing. With two brewers of the caliber of Struise and Allagash Id expect more, but then again very few collaboration beers turn out any good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Tap at Barcade - I didnt really like this beer at first, but I think that is just because I was expecting something out there and different from Allagash - after I got over that, I thought it was a pretty subtle and enjoyable beer - it is a bit sweet at first - the honey and cane sugar are evident - some bready and grainy notes through the middle, and the wheat is fairly noticeable - I guessed a higher percentage of the malt bill - it gets more dry near the end though, and actually winds up with some crisp hop bitterness, some rustic, flinty character, and saison-ish lean malt character - I would have liked less sweetness at the start, and a little more complexity, but this was a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Tap at Barcade: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white ring of head. The aroma encompasses dry Belgian pale malts- bread crust qualities, citrus notes from both American hops and mild esters, and a light tartness overall. The mouthfeel is crisp and light. Fairly clean in the flavor- not as estery as many Belgian-style ales. Lightly zesty with a lemon touch, a very succinct vanilla touch in the back, and dry biscuity Belgian pale malts are present throughout. Very drinkable and solid, just simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (891) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2008
draft at Tria: pours a slightly cloudy golden color with little head, aroma of malt, clove, banana, taste is the same, reminds me of farmhouse style beers from Dupont but not on the same level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear golden copper with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is malt, bread notes, wheat notes, with vanilla, clove, herb, and banana detectable as well. Taste was roughly the same, with doughy malt up front dissolving into a wonderful symphony that evoked vanilla, clove, coriander, banana, herbs, and Belgian yeast. The finish is exceptional with a barely there hop bite right at the end. Incredibly smooth.

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