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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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2012) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6136) - 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Draught at EBF on 2/10/07
Easily the most unique, wacky beer Iíve had in a long time.
Like some of the brett saisons Iíve been seeing a lot of recently, this one shows a freshly polished brass-golden body with light peachy tints and a huge, frothy white head that is slow to recede and is plastered to the sides. Medium-high clarity, but a strong chill haze and moderate carbonation running through it.
Hmmm, how to describe the aroma and flavor??? Funky, for sure. Lightly oily, moderately acidic. Definitely a hint of light cherries, but surprisingly reserved in that category. Lots of resemblance to Russian Riverís barrel-aged beers. Though not much brett, and not much lactic hardness. Definitely not acetic. I told everyone that I thought it was pediococcus. Itís got that oily, sort of indescribably strange, vaguely fruity, sort of nutty and sour thing going on. Wow that makes almost no sense. But thatís about as much as I can say about it. Definitely bacterial, very tart and dry, very lambic-like, though without the intense sourness. Light hints of vanilla and bits of oily woodiness. Very strong aroma gets in your nose and sticks to it for a while. No alcohol noted at all.
Very tart and dry, but immediately some sticky/chewiness is noted in the texture, giving it a strong, supportive body right away. Not sure if itís just a lot of neutral wood tannin or maybe just a highly dextrinous wort (that seems unlikely), but it helps gobble up some of the acidity and leaves a very nice balance. Though itís still moderately sour and very dry, with a strong mustiness and very funky esters/phenols. Oily oak notes and bare wood character meet the cherry notes on the finish, with a fair dose of acidity, but the bacterial influence carries on as well and leaves me at a total loss for what I just drank. Not any real isolated, singular yeast flavor that you can find, the malt is highly attenuated (though mostly pale, lightly biscuity and softly wheat-like as well), the carbonation fluffy and engaging and the cherries very tastefully done. No alcohol perceived and no diacetyl either. Awesomely awesome and I actually sat my glass down and pondered what I just had drunk, after finishing it (and then got about 3 more samples). When allagash Trippel is a component (and wild yeast is involved), itís hard to produce a bad beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Update from Blind Tiger. Has aged better since a couple months ago at EBF. SOmehow in a short period of time, this has gotten better. Either that, or my palate was more fresh when I had it last night. Awesome stuff. Even more sour than I remember. EBF. This stuff was intense. Almost every kind of bug going on in this one. Pours a muddled hazy deep yellow/almost orange with a thin lasting white head- kinda looked like a gueze. Aroma is tart and sour with some citric and lacitc acids, cherry must and skin, tons of funk and farmhouse crap coming through. Lots of funk and farmhouse in the flavor with a lively malt rpofile- turned funky of course, with some cherry pie, astringent cherry pit, light toasted almonds, lemon peel tartness and a nice refreshing tart finish. Damn smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3259) - 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 didnít take notes so i canít 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 theyíll bottle this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (13318) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Tap at Blind Tiger: Nice hazy golden pour with a fluffy and dense white head. Extremely complex aroma. Sour and fruity. I picked up on apples & cinnamon, grapes (white wine suggestions), cherries and brett. The flavor offers amazing depth as well. Great sour fruity notes all over. Tart black cherries, green grapes, brett. The oak solidifies the flavor with a slightly bourbon-like boozeyness The sweet notes from the oak even the tartness out perfectly. Has a surprisingly clean finish. An outstanding and quaffable Ale with vast complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, 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!!

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