5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Caramel hued straw, initial pours yielded a nice foamy off-white head but now I get nothing, literally... nothing.   It almost appears still.   Oaken aroma, slight tart fruit, moreso unsweetened berries.   Quite tart on the tongue, oak, lots of oak.   Its like a flemish sour but without any of the fruitiness.   Fairly dry, but not as complex as I expected.   Dry, tart, but what else is there?   Body and mouthfeel are quite nice, especially if this was a Gueuze.   Finishes with only a hit of tart berries, otherwise remaining dry and rather uncomplex.   Enjoyable, but way overpriced for what it delivers.   Allagash Tripel is still the best.   I think I will have their Grand Cru next!
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber-foxy orange; dirty-ornge head, receding. Apricot champagne nose, very obvious alcohol, winey, some wood and white candi sugar. Dry, woody, caramel and fruity - but as to which fruit?? Retronasal, Iíd say peach. Medium bodied, alcohol burn, warming and medium - dry. Strange beer, fine, accomplished, but - well itís adventure; it wanders a bit around.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazy deep golden with thin tan head...smell is sour, apple, vinegar, brett, muffins...taste is sour and funky, but I really donít get the flavor...I was the only one at the table who thought the nose was the most interesting and delicious part of this beer...
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours hazy copper with a two finger thick creamy off-white head, aroma of belgian spices, citrus, fermented fruit, and slight alcohol presence. Flavor is fruity, smooth, moderately carbonated, fermentation, slight wood flavor, mild bitter hops on the bottom of your tongue and a slight fiery burn on the way down your chest.Good body, great brew. Allagash like Unibroue has mastered the art of great belgian style brews.
GonZoBeeR (2821) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the EBF...
Appearance:Light hazy orange,light head...
Flavor:acid,citric,citrus.Tatse lie a mixe of a geuze and a tripel...
Nuffield (3636) - 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 didnít 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. Iím 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.