wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden with a short lasting tan head. Good lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is quite strong with hints of wine, oak, citrus, banana, cloves, strawberry and cherry. Taste is really nice and quite sweet with the banana, cloves, wine and oak coming out initially. Then the cherry and strawberry come in later. The palate is very creamy and quite sugary. Powerful wine and oak combination on the palate resulting in a good warming effect. This beer is terrific. Too bad it is so damn expensive.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a nice hue of amber with a beautiful small lacing off white head nicely carbonated. Aroma is of fruit mostly cherry and a bit of yeast strawberry. The taste is somewhat tart at first but then goes nicely into notes of strawberries and a nice dry cherry taste with an oaky/brettish finish. Very solid beer and very unique. Would love to try this one again, and probably wonít trade the other bottle I picked up now. Another solid offering from Allagash
Tmoney99 (9631) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber corked bottle. Poured a deep amber with a small rocky off-white head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Heavy tart fruity and cask aroma. Medium body with an oily texture. Good complex tart fruity with a small bitter finish of long duration.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark copper in color, with thin lacing of large bubbles - surprisingly sweet aroma, with hints of strawberry, cherry, caramel, oak, a background yeasty funk - mildly sweet up front, with the fruits from the aroma, some almost biscuity malt, and a hint of chocolate - oak and vinous notes come in afterwards - the brett is there, but itís way in the background (kind of like they blended a tiny bit of lambic into a standard belgian strong ale) - a little thinner than I expected, but quite tasty - however, at nearly 20 bucks a bottle, I probably wonít shell out the money for it again.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly tart and very complex aroma: delicately sweet and filled with fruits, especially strawberries and maybe even melons. This reminds me of a nice champagne served with strawberries in the bottomof the glass. The flavor takes a lot of tartness from the type of yeast, and the wine-like qualities are obvious. A heavy, rich BSA, warming and spicy.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Any first impressions?
-A lumpy veil of creamy head remains over a galvanized, metallic orange.
-A classy, subdued perfume of sweet apricots and oranges approaches the nostrils, dressed in algae and earthy pine combs.
-Sweet orange zestís in perfect harmony with the wooden wilderness, a masterful, orchestral deployment.
-Body is full, and not completely clean, which is lots of fun for such a strong ale; this is a hefty number.
What if you dig deeper?
-White wine fruitiness is perfectly integrated to the well-balanced flavors.
-The aftertaste is mellow, maybe too much so since I would have liked the flavors to be prolonged.
-Caramel sweetness, mild tartness, and alcohol warmth develop with each sip, building complexity.
-The brewerís intricate and passionate mind is easily palpable.
Will this nascent wild ale abundance be a fad?
-If they all can reach the beauty of Ommegeddon, MoíBetta Bretta, Nerdlinger, Interlude, Le Woody, etc., I really donít mind!
Bottles; first, a rather fresh 2005 vintage; then an 18-month-old bottle of the same vintage, and finally a 2007 vintage.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a lightly hazy, orange amber color with a medium sized, quickly diminishing, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, citrus fruits, grapes, lots of oak, and leather, rather vinuous. Taste of citrus, vanilla, more tart grapes, white pepper, earthy yeast, and a dry, sour finish. Really, really nice.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
EBF í06: I had this back to back with Ommegeddon and liked it a lot better. Smoother and more flavorful than a lot of Saisons Iíve had.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 Very complex, very flavorful, very authentic, domestic example of a Belgian strong/saison inspired beer. Pours to a beautiful, hazy, deep golden color, with a rocky white head, and a vibrarant carbonation. The nose on this beer is outstanding, with lots of good sour and vinous notes, paired with aromas of ripe fruit, and oak. The palate is firm and crisp, with good pale and sweet malt, paired with oaky/vinious flavor. The beer finishes tart and refreshing, with more good pale malt and oak, then ends with a tart, sourness that lingers. I really enjoyed this one. The only knock for me is price. I paid $18 a bottle for this one. I can get Saison Dupont, for $6. 3 bottles of Dupont, vrs one bottle of Allagash? I know it took Allagash a lot of time and effort with this one. I know they used brett yeast, and aged this in oak barrels that once held merlot and sirah wine. I know it was costly for them to make this one, But, sorry Allagash, you lose. Iíll take the Dupont at those prices.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Pours amber-gold with a huge white head and a lot of effervescence. Decent lacing. First impressions of the aroma are very tart and vinous, much like Russian Riverís Temptation. The second whiff has more Saison notes--barnyardy, with light banana esters. The third combines the two beautifully; fruity red wine pushing around some funky banana, with a very small hint of sweet toffee and diacetyl lurking in the background. Swirling brings out that Allagash yeast aroma. The wine and beer notes blend just as well in the flavor. It starts slightly funky, with backing pear, banana, and light cloves. The wine comes in near the middle, with light berry, grape, and oak flavors. The finish is dry, with some oak and a tiny hint of alcohol. Oily mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent. Only gets better as it warms.
RERATE 2/23 - Yeah, Iíve already cracked open my second bottle. Iím getting a lot more cherry this time, especially in the aroma. Aroma +1. Thereís a point just before the finish at which the Saison and wine flavors donít mix well. Flavor -1. Still excellent the rest of the way through.