Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apple cider, sour aroma. Dimensions of Curieux, triple, funkified by a barrel to impart citric notes. Amber, hazy, ring of head. Fruity and lambic-suggestions. Nice one, very interesting.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jjpm74. Now, I was really looking forward to this one. I knew that it would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. Nose-apple cider vinegar, citric zest. Tawny brown body with a lasting thick film of bubbles. Moderate sweet, very light soap, light brett, very complex. Sudsy. The flavors are layered like an onion-you peel one back and get it figured out, and there is another one right under it to decipher. Excellent.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just as stunning as expected to look at, it jumps out of the bottle a pale gold, creating waves of white foam that sticks around the glass edges. The brett tickles the nose with its dryish pineapple, limey, exotic musty flavors, while the wine barrels offer a different floral to look at. I’m at first surprised by the syrah and merlot declared origins as the grape character certainly seem paler, tarter, not overly tannic and juicy enough. Gentle mineral character remind of salt briefly, but the fruits offer flavours to match, notably in the shape of sweet berries, banana, apple. Crunchy in its yeastiness, like an elaborated pie crunch slowly heads toward sourdough territory as the tartness grows, remaining centered on the vinous fruitiness and oaky elegance. Soft rounded body drinks easily, light-medium in size with delicate if very active carbonation. Despite the juicy profile being pretty sweet initially, it dries out a fair bit toward the finish. Restrained, peaceful. This is delicious and a revelation to one who thought their barrel experiments never approached the originals, I may not enjoy it as much as their triple, but few other brewers would have this as my second favourite of their lineup. As playing with wild yeasts is quickly becoming the next fad of the industry, it is excessively pleasant to see experts like Rob Tod making some of the first steps and defining benchmarks examples after which others should inspire their desired quality.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MMM. tried this at the brewery. very unique and interesting. has a complex flavor, its kinda light colored, with a medium head. Taste is slightly yeasty, with hints of cherry and tart rhubarb, with a hint of grapes and wiskey. very interesting, a nice beer to sip on after dinner.
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 (2356) - 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 won’t trade the other bottle I picked up now. Another solid offering from Allagash
Tmoney99 (9956) - 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 (4581) - 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 it’s 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 won’t 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 (7482) - 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 zest’s 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 brewer’s 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, Mo’Betta Bretta, Nerdlinger, Interlude, Le Woody, etc., I really don’t mind!
Bottles; first, a rather fresh 2005 vintage; then an 18-month-old bottle of the same vintage, and finally a 2007 vintage.