3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Careful first pour yields a clear pale brown/strawberry colored body with a small off-white head. Interesting lacto and dried strawberry nose - some acetic red apple skins and some semi-sweet peppery brown sugar. Body is surprisingly light, puffy, airy, and soft. Acidity is moderately peppery and spritzy - cola like even. Flavor is soft lactic apple skins and tart strawberries and bing cherries. Overall nicely soft and delicate body with a surprisingly high alcohol content. Quite good, reminds me of authentic Belgian framboise.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml. bottle. Pours a stunning brown-red-amber with a medium white head. Aromas of sour cherries, niagra grapes, sweaty socks, and a hint of oak. The flavor is truly fascinating: it starts out with sour cherries, grapes, and a touch of funk then transforms into yeasty, bready flavors that are rich and refreshing. Gargamel is a very clean, smooth, and refreshing creation that was very carefully constructed and is unlike anything I have tried before. This a an extraordinarily special beer.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing brambly raspberry aroma. Not a super sour flavor; well balanced and drinkable with a rich yeastyness on the finish. Reminds me of a vanilla creme and raspberry dessert with a sour edge.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I lucked into getting to try a few half full large Allagash Chaliceís of this wonderful elixir. One even poured by Rob Tod and shared with a few other brewers who came to the release once the initial crowd thinned out. The glass had this awesome reddish brownish body brew covered with a short lasting head
The aroma was a wonderful Fresh raspberries and Brett inspired goodness. The Oak ageing came into play as she warmed. It is hard to believe that this brew was a mistake.
The flavors from the sourness and the funk, mixed well with the fresh raspberries. It is an incredibly well balanced sour and quite enjoyable. I saw a couple come in to the brewery not even knowing about the release. try it and really enjoy the brew, that just proved to me how well balanced the flavors are. It was crisp and light in your mouth adding another positive factor to the experience.
The three glasses I had went down with out a problem, grant it was spread out for a few hours. To me the drinkability for this sour is off the charts
I will say, yes I am from Maine and I am glad to see some attention being given this American Wild Ale from the west coat. So in that way I suppose I am biased, but give it a try and see if you agree
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very nice aroma with tart raspberries the highlight and toasted oak with strong brett behind. Flavor has moments of all that raspberry goodness and the brett, but is dominated by harsh, splintery-feeling (high acidity? high carbonation?) oak. Iím not saying itís not tasty, but to me it wasnít the beer that it seems to be to everybody else so far.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 bottle, bought release day 5/7/09.
This beer pours a somewhat cloudy dark orange/brown color. The head is a thin white foam that recedes to a ring. Thereís a hint of red in the glass too, potentially from the raspberries. Aroma is a funky sour raspberry scent with sweet malt undertones. Flavor is at first a sweet almost dubbel like, which then melds perfectly into a sour tart flavor of both sour yeasts and raspberries. Thereís a hint of the oak flavor in the beer. Mouthfeel is soft as silk. To me this is like a Panil Bariquee meets La Choulette Framboise, which is a heck of an accomplishment. This is the most impressive Allagash brew yet, and absolutely amazing. A sign of things coming from one of the best brewers in the US.
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a thick white head. Aroma of raspberries, sweet cherry, candi sugar, sweet tart candies. Slight funkiness and tartness, but just in the background. I just want to keep smelling this...Flavor has a bit more tartness and less fruitiness, some wheaty and cookie malt, and a hint of oak. Very drinkable for a sour. Nicely done.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Let me start by saying, the $185 speeding ticket on the way to get this, was well worth it. Poured an orange brown into my Allagash tulip glass. The head was a medium sized, creamy,and slightly off-white in color. The aroma is what really makes this beer. Raspberry and Cherries at first with a hint of alcohol. Also a nice amount of Brett with wood and some light citrus notes. When it first hit my lips there is a wonderful raspberry presence that plays well with that great sourness.Carbonation is lively with a astringent finish. The raspberry really donít take away from the wonderful sourness of this beer. Thank you Allagash.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBF í09. Holy funky batman! A very pleasant sourness here, and even a little bit of the fruit shows through.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, Numerous samples at Night of the Barrels and Extreme Beer Fest 2009. Amber body with a bit of an orange hue, capped with a big beige head. Very enticing aroma, with lots of wild yeast, earth, and some raspberry. Flavor begins with brett, which is joined by a very dry raspberry flavor, with highlights of oak, mold, earth and apple. I also get a hint of cherry fluoride paste that my dentist used to use. Fairly dry, tart finish. This beer was probably my favorite of the fest. Iíll have to schedule a trip to Portland when the bottles are released.