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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
A very rare 1BBL (wood barrel) batch of Allagash Tripel / Summer with 18 pounds of cherries, and aged for 2 years in oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Cloudy amber bosy with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, cherry, medium sourness, oack, some Brett, light mint. Taste is medium sweet, cherry, oak, some Brett/sourness. Smooth medium-full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Inoculator
Date: 02/10/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer

cloudy yellow, frothy white head, tart oaky aroma with a light fruity character, creamy body, huge tart flavor, light oak, lemony tartness, light spicy character,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Tap at Spuyen Duyvil. Hazy pink tinted amber brew with lots of suspended yeast. Soft tartness, with lemon, soft sweet earthiness and loads of vanilla. A bit of cherry/berryish sweet fruitness. The normal sweetness of this beer is really tempered by the aging and the soft tartness. The barrel really comes through with soft vineous notes, vanilla/tapioca. Wheaty and spicy with the normal yeast phenols making themselves apparent on the back. As it warms a honeyish character really starts to assert itself. Great balance with the sweet/tart character really playing off of the yeasty spice. Nice to see something this good and sad to know that I wonít see it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9107) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8528) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Draft. Amber beer with a whitish head. Malty, light brett aroma with some citrus and cherries. Tart aroma with light malt flavor and apple, light citrus, and cherries. Medium body. LIngering tart/apple/malt. Nicely balanced and well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7539) - 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. Thereís 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 itís a back end that doesnít 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 Iíd bother to drink it if they made it all the time, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7285) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Multiple samples, GABF 2007. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of lemon zest and sour apple. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, yeasty. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty disappointing...I expected something very rustic and sour along the lines of something from Vinnieís workshop, but there just wasnít much to it. I kept going back for more, thinking I was missing something, but alas, I couldnít find much to inspire.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
Draught at EBF 07. Very cloudy yellow body with a long-lasting off-white head. Aroma was wild, very wild, in a blind test I would have guessed some kind of lambic-fruit. Taste was a cross between a lemony tripel and a fruity lambic. The added cherries didnít overtake the beer but the barrel character really showed-up. Wild active yeast, very oaky, all kinds of tropical fruits, rather strong sourness and lemony tartness. Lively carbonation. The Allagash Tripel basis was barely recognizable. Somehow that barrel aging with cherries totally mutated the yeast character. Wicked wicked beer. Bostonís EBF was probably the wrong venue for that kind of beer with its crowd mainly looking for over-the-top IIPAs and Super Imperial Barley Wines. My mother and my school principal were right, getting inoculated is good for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 [Draft @ Maxís] 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2007
EBF 2007 - another interesting offering from Allagash at this event - clear golden pour, with just a slight red tint (though that may be in my head, considering the cherries) - light yeasty aroma, with lots of vanilla and wett oak, with the cherries far in the background - 2 years in oak is a long time - perhaps too long, because I picked up a lot of wood in this, almost overpowering the more delicate, tripel qualities - however, I think the cherries save it - much like the avance, the time in the barrel has lowered the sweetness of the beer, and the fruit, rather than putting more sweetness back in the beer, has added a tart, wine-like quality (Iím getting a lot more white wine in this one than in the avance) - finishes dry and, of course, woody - a solid brew.

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