ClarkVV (3863) - 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.
ThirstyBird (1196) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating from ’09. On tap at Julians served in a tulip Appears pale light gold with a big fluffy/lumpy head that stays. nice lacing. Smell is tart citrus fruit, some spice & yeast. The taste is light citrus fruit up front. Hops quickly follow. A little yeast too. Delicious. Nice lingering aftertaste...bready. Super smooth. Light/Medium body. Fine carbonation. Great. This one is a wonderful beer. So pleasant and balanced.
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ GLB Portland ME. This is a beefy blonde with lots of hop spice and citrus notes.
Koelschtrinker (9998) - 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
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderately clear pour, pale body with a small white head. The aroma is herbal hops, flowers, and some light cookie dough. The taste is slightly sweet, moderately bitter, some fresh herbs, some floral notes, lots of cotton candy, slightly vinous. Medium/full body is rough with a lasting, sticky, vegetal bitterness.
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Old BA rate - tap)
Light orange/yellow gold. Poured with a thinner white head that held pretty well. Citruisy, spicey, get some cloves and malt sweetness. Spices show up first, but fairly light; lemon sherbet; and pretty sweet. Lighter, slightly sticky, and spritzy carbonation. Nicely drinkable, and pleasant. Alcohol warmth provides a soothing character to the brew. Overall, pretty aligned with what I would expect for the style, and a nicely done brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden pour with a medium white head. Aroma of fruity esters, bubble-gum and some funk. Good flavor of bubble-gum, fruits and hops. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Allagash and De Struise are great brewers, this is very enjoyable.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear gold colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine, honey, citrus, and floral hops. Flavour is the same as the aroma but rather weak. Also, there is a yeasty flavour present in addition to the pine, citrus, honey and hops. Average, at best.
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a hazy golden with a medium creamy white head that laced. Aroma of banana, clove, wheat, citrus, honey and floral hop notes. Flavor of honey, floral and citrus hops and Belgian yeast.
Leighton (9850) - 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.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at blind tiger. Poured a cloudy golden amber with a thin head. Light nose with some Belgian yeast. Nice spicy and extremely drinkable. Honey and hop notes lead the front. Delicious sweet and malty finish with no hint of the 8.2 abv. Dangerously sessionable.