Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A murky orange color. Strong malt vinegar, ginger, and spice aroma. The flavor is full of vinegar notes with a strong spiced apple presence. This bend itself toward the lambic side. Good shit, er beer.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lemon, white pepper, anise, and good light fruits, pear. apple in the flavor. an interesting brew and mighty tastey.
Suttree (6071) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy copper, with a huge white head. Aroma of gingerbread and lemon. Very distinct notes of red wine and an earthy bitter finish. Maybe some sour funk, too, at the end. Sampled at Noogfest2
ABUSEDGOAT (2583) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle picked up at Julios, from the stash in the back. $16 before the discount though. Poured a cloudy golden body with a huge frothy head. Aroma had quite a bit of everything. Spices and the bret yeast were most obvious, along with some pepper. Oaky notes are here, but not obvious or anything like Curieux. Finally there were minor notes of caramel and sugar. Whoa, quite a bit of complexity here. The flavors didnít come together as well as I hoped but it was a lot better than their other oak beers Iíve had so far. If this aged it would probably be phenominal.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 2005 Bottle - Golden straw color. Nice use of Brett in the nose balances with light strawberry, pear and apple fruitiness. Nice level of vanillan oak as well in the nose. Classic, creamy mouthfeel. The body is light, tart, sweet and really drinkable. More fruitiness blends with sublte oak and sherry notes in the body. Yum, yum this is another great one from Allagash.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. Nice aroma, a little bit fruity and yeasty. The color was a clear gold/yellow. The flavor was somewhat complex, there was apple and some sugars there. It was very much like a dry cider from Brittany. The mouthfeel was very light with a pleasant bitterness at the finish. This beer was very easy to drink.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transparent and magnifying orangish-brass in color with a sudsy & clinging white wrung around the edges and only a spackle & sheaf on top. Aroma is just about as good as it gets. Souring chardonnay with an oaken underlay, lemon peel, sweet mandarin, sour apricots, and nutmeg & anise on lavender. Complexity is key here. Smooth oak appetencies line the mouth by means of flavor. Lemon rinds give an acidic sweetness while mushy bananas (easy on the sugar) help to round it out. Vanilla and cloves help with the smoothing, yet, lest to say, the chardonnay & pinot grape-like flavors pull the ale in a significantly souring manner. Orange and cotton blossoms impart a pillowy floralness with substance. Pepper, lilacs, coriander, lemon chiffon and winey oak keep adding nuances. Effervescence is at its zenith, invoking enjoyable titillations when parried with the margarine-like coating of the mouth. Complexity and perplexity intertwine. Styrian hop bite comes in on the backend, pursued by pepper, clover, oak and orange blossoms for the grand finale. Big thanks to tpkenned for landing me a bottle!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 split with and provided by gputty. My GOD, I love this beer! Clear burnt orange pour, dense light beige head. Dense veil of white lace. Sweet, fruity nose - white grape, honeysuckle, sweet and sour brett. Wine notes are there, but blunted. The brett is soft in the mouth, a sweet funky muted tart flavor. Oak notes are there, as are berries and a mild tannic quality. Fantastic integration!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 750. Pours a deep amber orange with wispy off-white head. Nose is Brett, with light fruit undertones and a floral bouquet, like walking through a flower garden. Flavor starts sour and ends dry. In the foreground is more Brett, with wine in the background and light fruits underneath. Palate is wonderfully carbonated to let all the flavors dance together. Excellent.
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottling, Sampled May 2006
As I pour this beer I get an intense, bright, fruity aromatic note that most reminds me of strawberries. The beer appearance is an orangish, red-gold color, fairly hazy and topped by a frothy tan colored head. The up front fruitiness, while still in the nose, is drowned out by the austere, funky Brett notes in the main nose of this beer. Notes of berries intermingle with notes of earth and damp wood, as well as a note of sour acidity that is almost, though not quite, reminiscent of lemons. The intense fruitiness is really the striking thing, at least to me, about the aroma the typical funky Brett notes are of course here, but that intense, sweet berry fruit character is quite a pleasant balance to the funkiness.
The taste is initially pretty darn tart. I was not expecting this level of sour, though it is quite mild for most intentionally soured beers, but not necessarily ones that advertise the use of Brettanomyces. Again that berry note is here in the taste, it starts up in the middle of a quaff and lingers on through to the finish. Notes of green grapes and tart apples join the fresh berry notes to round out the fruit flavors that I find in the flavors. I wonder if the berry notes are from the aging in the wine barrels, but it seems so vibrant that I am just not convinced that it is from the wine barrel aging. The beer is fairly light, especially when one considers the alcohol content, and is easily quaffed, yet tends to linger and lightly stick to the palate. Of course there is a solid Brett character here as well, though it is not as prominent in the flavor as it was in the nose. Notes of musty cobwebs linger on almost ephemerally in the mouth as sharp almost urea-like notes cut through, but can not quite vanquish them entirely.
What an enjoyable brew this is. The balance of this beer is enlightening; fresh vibrant fruit notes intermingle with the funky wild yeast notes and provide an entirety to this tipple that the individual components could not hope to achieve.