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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A very rare 1BBL (wood barrel) batch of Allagash Tripel / Summer with 18 pounds of cherries, and aged for 2 years in oak.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Tap, Max’s American Craft Beer Fest. Pours a cloudy golden color; white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Tart, sour cherries and lemony citrus in the aroma; dense and vaguely reminiscent of a Flemish sour. Lively, almost fizzy carbonation. Dense, warm alcoholic mouthfeel: chewy cherries and tart lemons; yeast and bread following, especially near the finish. Lengthy, chewy, warm alcohol and tart fruit finish. 8.4.8.4.16=4

Rerated at Max’s, after my allergies cleared up a bit. Dense, tart cherries and citrus in the aroma; hint of vanilla. Still slightly overcarbonated, but that’s really the only central drawback for me: great density of cherries, toasty vanilla; hints of butter and butterscotch.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Draft at Max’s, multiple glasses, and different ends of the week... too much really. My goal was to drink the entire 5 gallon keg, since they only made 30 gallons of it... I failed, but I think I did drink about 1/2 gallon, which is like almost 2% of the batch. Anyways, the thing is a beaut... soft golden murky appearance, looks similar to Interlude but more cloudy, same color though. White film head, a bit of lacing but not a huge amount. The brett, aged fruit and bourbon scents are amazing. Very thick and syrupy on the tongue, sharp and spicy brett flavors in full on Russian River mode in this beer... two years in the barrel and you can tell, you can taste it... it was reminding me a little bit of RR Depuration, but very boozy, and also a little bit of La Folie, at least a couple of bottles of that where there’s some apple and white grape flavors. Inoculator is an amazingly good Belgian beer, very boozy, and that’s something I usually don’t like but for a few beers out there I can dig it, but that’s because the brett is the centerpiece in this beer, not the alcohol. Sour wood, huge dose of brett, and then some old decaying oranges in the nose. The finish is peppery and lightly dry, lingering flavors of grapes, oranges, wood and bourbon. The one thing I don’t get in this beer is cherries - absolutely no cherry presence at all, which I was a little worried about... but hey, it doesn’t matter the way this thing tastes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 [Draft @ Max’s] Poured a hazy, orange color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, sour cherries, some toffee, and some toasty dough. Taste of more sour cherries, with earthy, yeast, some toffee, and a sour finish. Soft mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1559) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2007
On tap at Über in Seattle. Funny, I was just talking about this the other day, and then out of no where it shows up on tap at Über! Pours a fairly light golden yellow color that is somewhat cloudy. A dense, thick, and large white head sits atop with excellent retention. The aroma spills notes of yeast, sour cherries, a bit of sour funk, and whiffs of vanilla. The flavor starts out with a very yeasty start to it, then mixing into a sour cherry body while melding in tastes of oaky vanilla and a very small and somewhat refreshing hop note. There is a very lemony aspect that I imagine is the triple shining through a bit still. Quite malty, but where it is, its funky. Quite complex, you can definitely tell this has been sitting in wood for a while. Surprisingly to me it seems fairly light bodied (which for this is great). Not much of a finish either...which seems odd, all the lovely flavors fade rather quickly. Overall I was impressed, but not blown away like I thought I would be. Definitely glad I got to try this half lambicy/half soury strange brew though!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Tap @ Ubertavern in Seattle: Pours a golden bronze color, vaguely murky with a nice full white head and plenty of lacing. The nose is very spicy and herbal, some citrusy and tart notes along with the full yeasty notes. The flavor is very balanced with a nice tart citrusy yeast note, lots of fruit (cherry) notes and an oaky dry finish. Nice fuckin BSA with a very nice mouthfeel. Sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Draft at Uber. Cloudy burnished copper body, plenty of tightly bubbled head atop. Big dry sour cherry nose, a little bit of lightly sour funk shining through there as well. There’s plenty of body up front and a nice bold attack; you get lightly sour cherries, barrel-stave-alicious french oak, white wine, and an antique whisper of caramel malt echoing through the years. Not much hop character around the back end, and it’s a back end that doesn’t have much of anything else, either...the body hollows out, the finish vanishes in a puff or cherry blossom, and the mid palate evaporates along with it. This is a tasty and almost refreshing beer, and a successful experiment. Not sure how often I’d bother to drink it if they made it all the time, though.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2007
allright, now I get to put in my $0.02 and do a "make it", because this is a killer brew! on tap at the blind tiger re-opening, the first beer I had. cloudy and hazy amber gold color, tall pillowy off-white head. aroma is sour like a lambic, funky & yeasty, with sour cherry too. very satisfying brett aroma, can smell from afar. flavor is lightly sweet malt like a fair tripel, then light berry, then dry white wine. more dryish white wine finish. fahreakin awesome!!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2007
On tap at blind tiger. Wow! Fantastic brew. Super yeasty aroma with tart cherries and other fruits. Good complexity though I didn’t take notes so i can’t remember specifics. Purely a delight for the nose. Flavor is bready, sourdough cherry with gorgeous oak. I wish I could sit down with this one in my living room. I pray they’ll bottle this.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2007
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Hazy amber in color with a large off white head. Aroma is very complex, funky and sour, with alot of brett, fruit, got apples, and plums/cherries. Taste is awesome, alot of brett, tart fruit, light horseblanket funk, oak, and light malts. Clean and tart finish. This blew me away.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger. Hazy golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Sour fruity aroma. Grapes, brett and cherry notes. Sour cherry and very funky barnyard flavor. Cherries and apples . Lots of cherries come through in the flavor of this beer. Tart and sweet. Clean finish. Wow. Complex beer. Very good.


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