SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle. Over time, Iíve learned to go into these new beers with a reserved sense of anticipation. Read into the hype, and youíre just asking to be let down. Reading about the price tag of this one made me apprehensive, so when I found it for $12, I jumped. To my surprise, the cork didnít pop with a thunder, and it didnít spill all over as other saisons and other Allagash has done. When slightly chilled, this is pretty good. Aroma is mostly horseblanket and musk, but thereís an underlying banana and breadiness that arises as it warms. The flavor and mouthfeel really take off with the temperature. In fact, I regret not letting the bottle get to room temp before indulging. The brett is first and foremost. Splendid. Dry, lip puckering and sweet, all at once. Banana, candi sugar, white grape and even a little cherry are in the flavor. This is 9.5%, you say? Normally the alcohol content comes marching through in the Allagash brews, but this is hidden nicely. Excellent job by Allagash. Iíd like to see them add this to the normal rotation. Now, time to get a few more bottles for storage.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, corked and caged: Cloudy golden orange hue. Small off-whitish head dissipates and leaves a small ring around outside of glass. Great sour funked out nose, bacteria, wood, vinous, plum, currant, golden cherry, sour, thats very nice! Vinous again faintly in palate, wood, sweet, bready, dough, earthen, herbal, not finding the funk as much as in the nose. Pleasantly carbonated, and nice mouthfeel. Finishing cleanly, with dry white wine, alcohol character. Im digging this, its better with warmth I feel. This also has potential I think to be laid down for a bit. I love Rob Todd, cause hes doin it.
fluids (364) - USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Saison? It tastes to me like an oak aged lambic. Almost no head with a light cognac caramel coloring. Sour nose with spice red wine notes. Avalilable at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Hopscotch and WHKinger. Cloudy orange with a huge off-white foamy head. Strong aroma of nice merlot with background of cherry, oak and leather. Fruity tartness up front with a medium dry finish. Stil just a bit much alcohol coming through to be a great beer. I plan on picking another up to cellar for a year or two before trying it again.
zathrus13 (1664) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Rating #500!!! Pours cloudy yellow/orange, with a small, white head. Aromas are slightly sour malt, yeast, wine, and lemon. Slightly sour, with lemon/citrus fruit, yeast, and smaller amounts of wood and wine. Medium body, with nice carbonation. Another very good Allagash release.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2010 Bottle... Clear, amber ale with an orange tint. Large, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is very vineous and tart. Notes of lemon, lye soap, apple and wood. The flavor is also very vineous. Huge notes of red wine... lesser notes of citrus fruit and oak. Tart and a touch boozy. Medium-to full-bodied and dry with lively carbonation. Finishes earthy and medium bitter. Thanks to growler for sharing the bottle!
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 (2/23/08, 750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Given how much as my wife and I loved this beer the first time we tried it, I had to acquire another bottle from that initial batch, which we let sit for far too long (even though part of the delay was due to Kathy getting pregnant and then being a nursing mother). Aroma is medium sweet, the brett is stronger than the wine now, but thereís still some pear/cabernet sauvignon, together with some tropical fruit, funk, light lemon. Taste is mild sweet, oaky white wine, some Brett, berry, tropical fruit. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Medium-full body with some syrup, light acidity. With the disappearance of the red wine characteristics, my appreciation of this beer is sadly diminished. Nevertheless, it still is a lovely beer. (8/4/7/4/15)
(2/4/06, 750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Cloudy golden body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous (grape, plum, some cherry, light tannins), light duskiness. Taste is medium sweet, vinous (merlot), some oak, brettanomyces, dusky, white grape. Very fruity, and the brett imparts a white wine characteristic. Medium body, some effervescence. Truly a fusion of beer and wine -- unique just how much the wine qualities are imparted in this beer, well beyond what a wine cask can provide. (9/3/8/4/17)
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was enough to bring me out of hibernation, for the time being, at least. I enjoy wine, though Iím not a connoisseur, so this beer was wonderful to me. The appearance is innocent looking -- innocuous -- with a quickly dispersing head and a bright, inviting ruby-tan color. Itís kind of the color of tanned leather. The aroma has a lambic quality, with some cherry sourness and hints of the Syrah from the barrels used to age the beer. Very winey. The flavor is bright, but rich. Itís a little like a cross between a sauvingon blanc (bright, crisp, peary) or champagne and a merlot (oaky, rich, serious). There are still beer qualities, though, especially with the yeastiness that you donít find as much in wine. The palate is crisp. The beer dances across the tongue like a bright white wine or champagne. Thereís a little bit of pear and sauvingnon blanc in the palate, as well. Itís nicely balanced and lovely. Mmmmm.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, if you are a brettanomyces fan this is a very excellent beer, I some what and I found it very interesting. Mine is orange and pretty cloudy. It had a moderate white head when it was pour, but that is a distance memory now. Tart fruity aroma, grapes are apparent as is the barn yard leathery flavors found in many Brett beers. Well carbonated, bubbly. Dry finish almost like a dry champange. Save a bottle or two of this one, I think its going to be interesting.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After opening with a nice "thud," aromas of citrus, bananas and beautiful tarte sugar immediately permiated the air. The head, which was a creamy white, is generously fed by the carbonation below generated by the Duvel tupil this one was poured into. The color was a crystal clear amber with no trace of haze to be seen. Smells of citrus, peaches, tarte malt, grapes, and some spices. Tastes lightly sour with some peppery splashes. Somewhat nutty, but lacking the fruity qualities with the exception of some bananas and tarte cherries. Mouthfeel is splashy with some tingliness to it. Finish is lightly sour, but not as much so as I was hoping. The alcohol is well masked in this one, making it yet another excellent limited offering from Allagash.