Leighton (11123) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
jcwattsrugger (11086) - 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
kp (10886) - 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
Koelschtrinker (10720) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
hopdog (8958) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (8466) - 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.
DocLock (7876) - 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.
MartinT (7860) - 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 (7132) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6022) - 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.