Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you Peter for sharing this treat. Pours a reddish tan with rosy highlights and a medium off-white head. Funky aroma with raspberry fruit, malt, and soft barnyard characteristics. Malt plays a larger role in the flavor than I was expecting--the alcohol less so, which is surprising at over 9%. Mild tartness, multi-layered wild fermentation notes, soft raspberry, and mild hops spice. Quite a delicate body for a beer with these stats. A very intriguing, unique drinking experience.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours an un-noticeable light clear brown with not head or lacing.
The aroma is on the lighter side, the front is mostly sour notes, some light horse blanket. The back side doesn’t have a ton going on a little raspberries a tiny bit of oak.
The taste is very light in taste and feel. It starts off lightly sour then finishes with a ton of oak and alcohol, its a very creamy stick feel.
Overall, ok nothing special for a wild, a lot better than Vagabond.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Dan for sharing this! Poured a hazy burnt Siena with a near white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sour fruits with a bit of a grain and bread backing. Flavor was sour throughout growing to be somewhat acidic raspberry with a grain backing. Not as much brett as I would have liked.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours caramel brown. Nose of plum skin, grape and maple. Taste of plum skin, tart fruit, fermented grape and light maple.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark ruby red color wth golden amber/orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spiots of lacing left behind.
Slightly tart, vinous aroma with hints of earthy bretty funk and sweet dark fruit notes. Although this an American wild ale it has some similarities in aroma to a Belgie with some band aid barnyard funk. Earthy oak notes with hints of vanilla that accompany the grape, dark cherry, raising and fig notes. The nose of this beer is incredibly complex! Slight diaceytl butter notes.
Tart, puckering medium body that has a great balance of sour and sweet flavor. Thar tartness isn’t overwhelming or acidic however and there is a good bit of dryness from the earthy oak notes. The barrel aging also gives off a very faint vanilla flavor as well as hints of dark fruit, especially dark cherry, grape, raisin, date and fig. The ABV is well masked but the harsh oak flavor and strange combination of flavors hurts the drinkability a bit. It kind of reminds me of a more tart, overly oaky Flanders red. Pretty good but probably not worth the ransom you have to five up for it.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Bottled opened up with a good pop. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed reddish brown color with a slight collared head. Carbonation starts off strong with bubbles on the glass but this only lasts shortly as it dies off. The brett is fairly present in the nose giving a floral aroma. Other notes include cherry (which I figure are actually the raspberry) and vanilla. Minimal oak notes. The taste is a lot stronger profile than I thought it would be. Starts off with a sweet/ tart fruit flavor that then turns to a brett floral flavor with a good amount of vanilla undertones. Lots of wine notes as well very similiar to chardonnay. The raspberry flavor is semi-lost in everything else. As this beer warms, the alcohol becomes a lot more prevalent.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Kevin for sharing this!
A- Body is a minimally translucent dirty golden hue with a dynamic cloudiness. Pours with a one finger foamy white head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.
N- Nose is soft and balanced. Notes of oak, vanilla, a slight tartness, a hint of vinegar, and some lemon.
T-Taste is very gueze-like. Soft oak, vanilla, vinegar, and a light tartness. The finish is slightly more tart than the initial flavor with lemon and acidic sourness coming through a bit more. Finish is dry and slightly salty.
P-Medium to high tingly carbonation. Body is medium weight, smooth, and dry.
O- This is a very good sour. Its not as complex as the vagabond and is pretty typical for a gueze. ABV is very well hidden here as well. Great overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-21-2010 00:55:26
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle from a great trader. Tasted alongside Vagabond and Victor Francenstein.
This one pours very similar to the Vagabond with a tea-like murky amber and very little head with no lacing to speak of.
The aroma is a mix of slightly tart raspberries, oak and sweet dark fruits. It’s got hints of the Brett funk but they’re subtle and the sugary sweetness of the fruits and the dry oak are the more dominant aromas.
The taste is more tart than the aroma and definitely more sour than the Vagaond. Tart fruits up front with raspberries evident. Sugary malts linger in the background with the oak and brett taking over in the finish. A little funky but not overly so.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and dry and vinous.
This is a similar beer to Vagabond to me but probably a notch better as the tartness of the raspberries and funk from the brett are more evident.
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Diego was out of control and broke out another Allagash small batch ale at the LCBS 10. Nicely carbonated the pour was amber in color. The nose was tart fruits. The flavors were ripe tart fruits, citrus, and brett...
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange color with amber highlights, nose is strong of red fruits, quite tart on the nostrils, taste is just what I hoped, fruity, funky, tart, and tannic. The barrel character is just right and is the perfect balance to the tart and fruit flavors. The funk is kind of the glue that holds the flavor profile together playing well with the fruity sourness and the earthy tannins. Tasted next to a bottle of vagabond and this one really impressed.