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 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18714) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Tap at Capones, today, psyched to see an Allagash beer that I haven’t had before, especially on tap. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet, light. Taste is wow wow wow, supre tasty, light citrus, excellent vinous dry character.

   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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2009
Draft at Rattle ’n Hum. Poured a slightly hazy light orange color. The head was white and left some lace behind. Attractive nose of clove, ginger, flower blossom, and vanilla. Medium bodied and semi sweet. The flavors followed the aromas somewhat. Yeasty bread dough, honey, subdued clove, and ginger came together nicely. Good 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 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
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Tap- 12 oz goblet at Blind Tiger. Pours a mostly clear low carbonation- thin head fades, light coppery gold color. Aroma is nicely bready with lots of doughy light pale malts, and some doughy cream wheat- spices and yeast character are light- phenolic- light vanilla and clove, mixed with a light American citrus and tropical fruit hop character as it warms. Good flavor of more malty bready doughy character with a light citrus flavor, some light herbs and spices form the yeast, low to moderate phenolics, some more vanilla, clove, and light on the hops, until the finish where there is a nice hop bitterness and finishes very clean especially for Allagash. Overall- a nice drinking beer, but nothing crazy or over the top- which is kind of what I expected from this beer.

   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.

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