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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2009
One of my favorites from Allagash. Had it on tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a nice, hazy gold with a medium head. Nose of sweet malts and some wild yeast. Flavor was very sweet, with strong notes of honey and yeast. Smooth on the finish with a pleasant warming sensation from the ABV. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (17704) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 3, 2011
Hopfiger, etwas hefiger Antrunk mit säuerlicher, nicht ganz passender Hintergrundnote. Schnell ist der hopfige Part verschwunden und weicht einem hellmalzigen und getreidigem Grundton, der eine typisch belgische Würzigkeit aufweist, etwas kräuterartig, hier aber wenig ausgeprägt. Im Abgang noch etwas milder, dennoch angenehm, wäre das starke CO2 nicht. Hier noch wenig hopfig. 8/9/8/8/9/9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2009
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11596) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
On tap at Capones. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of floral hops, yeasty, spices, some grains, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, floralness, honey sweetness, and lighlty earthy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - 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 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
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!

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