henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 - Deep dark golden body with a big white head; Big nose, very nice aromas, lots of brett, lots of oak, lots of warm unfiltered apple juice, lots of orange juice and peel; Big body, elegant with soft carbonation, complex and balanced; Super long finish with tons of aroma and character, warmer notes aroma wise and actually quite a bit of oaky cow. Amazing beer. Thanks jjpm74!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is funky/fruity with some faint wood notes and a healty dose of sugar aromas. Smells nice, but not exactly what I expected. The body is bright orange/gold with a diminishing, but fluffy, white head. The fore is somewhat harsh and biting and assaults the tongue with hot alcohol. This subsides and it actually becomes quite soft and mellow. Oaky notes appear, but are very muted. Itís mostly a dry, fruity, funky affair with some lightly herbal bitterness in the finish and an increasingly funky/sour asspect as it warms.
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 2007 - Great looking cloudy peach and rusty golden orange colored body. Nose of old oranges, but that’s a small part of it – really it is mostly a musty yogurt and brett scent, soft and muddy, lightly acidic on the nose, but muddled would be the best word… it doesn’t really do much, just sits there muddled and the orange and brett smells don’t work together at all. Mildly crisp with a doughy orange and peach flavor, a little lactic, only slightly sour. Again it just doesn’t work, like it’s trying too many things, and it’s stuck between being a sour ale and being a sweet yeast-heavy Belgian golden. Still it certainly tastes good but it’s no godsend, it has it’s problems. The light yogurt and tannic flavors are nice, though.
2006 - a lot of apple, not green apple that you’d associate with acetylhyde, but a crisp red apple smell and flavor throughout the drink. Lots of biscuits and red apple skins, and a prickly and spicy brett character. I’m surprised at how different this is compared to both the 2007 and 2005... those two were more similar to each other, while this one is pretty different with all of the strange apple and candy sugar flavors.
2005 - Soft bretty nose, sweaty and fruity and spicy all at the same time - tart, dried fruit, banana and pineapple, lightly prickly and dry, Full, frothy, a bit of sweet honey as well. Quite good, but not huge development of brett.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very complex beer. It has a nice aroma of grape and light fruit. Tastes more like a Flemish Sour than a traditional Belgian Strong Ale. . . if there is such a thing. Anyway, there is a nice tannin, with a buttery finish (inclusive of the sour apple and crisp fruits).
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours golden with small white head. smells funky grape wineness. taste has small notes of oak but is dominately acidic, tangy, tannin and white grape. i also pick up some sour apple and pear. i appreciate it but it gives me heart burn.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle, courtesy of Degarth. Thanks, bro.
Pours a golden amber, with a small, long lasting, swirly off white head. Very nice lacing on the glass. Very creamy appearance to the head. Aroma of Belgian funk, driet fruits, banana, brett. Continuous C02 release from the bottom of the glass. Fore of the tongue is tart, slightly to medium astringency, some oak notes. Back of the tongue is banana, tartness, yeast, funk. Finish is tart, sour, biting, dry. As the beer breathed and warmed, the finish became a bit sweet as well, with all of the dry notes fading away. Excellent beer.
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 2007 bottling. Poured a clear medium orange with lots of rising carbonation and a short cap of white head. The first impressions on the nose are of the vinous and oak variety.. some spicy, dry yeast and Brett behind... lighter fruits and more deeply-rooted vinous character to round it out... more aging influence than underlying brew, but quite nice!
The flavor picked up plenty of vinous and oaky notes, too.. with a wonderful addition of dried cherries.. sour at times, with some overt alcohol on the back-end.. funky and tasty! Lively on the palate with warming, bubbly vinous esters tingling the gums... dries out as it nears the finish, leaving lenghty wine and funky Brett notes. Truly an enjoyable and unique brew!
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma was lightly tart with a bready and citrusy acidity. The aroma was very complex with a strong estery fruit presence and a notable earthy character. Oak was present as well as a complex vinous nature. The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear deep golden amber with hardly any had at all. The flavor was estery with cherries and strawberries coupled to a light citrusy tartness that was bready and slightly sweet at times on the palate with a candy flavor. The flavor was lightly vinous with an earthy and lightly spicy presence. The finish was dry with lasting impression of fruit and tart into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was just above medium and the carbonation was a bit on the low side. An extremely complex and interesting brew with some notable alcohol warming after consumption. 750 ml corked and bailed bottle. 2005 vintage.
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found this down at Southbay Liquor. 2007 bottle: I knew this was a rare gem to come across so i ponied up the extra loot to grab it now. Creates a murky and opaque glowing orange elixir with minimum amount of heading. The nose is sour and mild and almost smelling like a sun made tea minus the lemon. The drink is very dry and resembling a red wine in flavor. Other notes worth mentioning is that the drink is very tart and sour with green unripe apple and tea.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep golden cloudy body, oily in appearance. Tall frothy off white head, recession reluctant. Lacing is thick and arc shaped. Aroma is sweet and moderately tart, with notes of oranges, brettanomyces, oak, red wine grapes, cherry, light caramel and cumin-based spice and a touch of must and vanilla beans. Truly exciting nose, though more reserved than Iíd like. All reservations are cast aside in a flavor that is similar, but dialed up several notches. Brett is crushing in its sourness, fading quickly to pleasurable levels that donít throw the rest of the quaff into acetic dissarray. Yeast is moderately funky and well blended into the mold, a beer that is clearly Belgian in inspiration, even moreso in a farmhouse-rooted expression. Vibrant but never overwhelming carbonation pushes forth a tart citric acidity that is refreshing and complex. Finishes bold and medium dry. Alcohol is dutifully masked throughout. Palate is light to medium bodied, dry with sweet intervals and biting pepper notes. Very refreshing, a daring example. Another lesson from Allagash, I hope many American brewers experimenting with Belgian styles are taking notes. This is how you do it.