Thure (152) - DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow/golden colour with a thin white head. Very tart and sour to the nose. White wine-ish character with spice and coconut.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nose is of oak, red wine, brett, apples, with additional earthy, pear, toast, grape and berries in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, with a very tannic and slight acidic and tart aspect. A very tannic, plum like character is added to an otherwise light and refreshing ale by the wine barrels. Very unique ale.
bmsulliv (131) - - AUG 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle that I bought at the brewery then left in Harvard for 2 years before drinking. Strong, a bit too much of an alcohol flavor for me but a great light pink color, awesome Pinot oak aroma, and slight Brett funky sour kick
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jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a hazy golden amber with an short, but rugged off white head.
The aroma is overwhelmed by sour cherry. Nice, but simple.
Excellent mouth feel, thick enough to carry the strong flavors but the nice touch of carbonation. Well balanced.
The funky sour cherry is not over the top but very prominent. A touch of sweetness does a good job to round out. Faint wisps of vanilla, oak and yeast.
This a nearly perfect beer. The best that Allagash has to offer so far. Bravo!
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. Pours a burnt orange color with a white bubbly lacing. Smells funky with a fruity undertone, orange peel and a bit spicy with a touch of alcohol. Taste is a bit fruity with a hint of bubblegum and a good funky slightly sour kick. Finish is dry with a bitter and mild finish. Much better than I had anticipated.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 This is an excellent beer, and yet I was a little disappointed, because I had HUGE expectations based on my love of the other Allagash oak-aged beers and the price -- $19 (compared to $14 for Curieaux). It pours a golden ruddy color with a good head, nice lacing, and a continuous stream of fine bubbles. Big aroma dominated by oak and Belgian-y floral notes. More of the same flavor-wise, with some late fruity notes (cherry? peach?) and maybe a little anise. A pleasantly bracing sharpness hits the back of the palate late. Not as complex as expected, but still very very good. Truly, I do heartily recommend this, but I enjoyed the Curieaux and the Musette more.
RB1 (116) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. bottle (2010) aged in wine barrels with Brettanomyces. Shared by my good buddy, the beerbastard. Thanks Joel. Pour is opaque orange, with a smallish white head that diminishes to a ring. Minimal carbonation. Aroma is wine, wood, and barnyard funk (Brett). Taste is sharp, acidic, sweet and sour, but not overly sour. There is wine, some wood and a bit of bitterness. The 9.5% ABV is well concealed. Finish is crisp, refreshing, sweet./sour and bittter. Nice summer ale.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle from some shop in Atlanta.
pours a burnt amber color with about 1 finger of head. The cork popped hard, so i expected it to foam everywhere and pour with a ton of head, but was surprised.
smells sour mainly, with a bit of cherry underneath. not the best smelling sour I have had, but not too bad.
Taste is bret sour, a bit, but the main flavor I have is merlot... a dark red wine. It also has that dry red wine finish. The more I drink it the more the sour fades and the merlot comes through. I really wish this was more sour. the nose lets you think it is crazy sour, but the taste is disappointing if that was what you were looking for. The more I dig into this, the more I dislike it. If you are a Merlot fan, this is for you. if you dont like red wine, like me, dont buy this.
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the GBBF 2009. I tried this beer early on at the festival as I was worried that it might run out and Iíve always wanted to try it. I think this was my mistake since I found it completely overwhelming. The aroma was sour-smelling with some cranberry and it appeared a bit dingy in colour. The flavour was really overpowering of sweet taffy, cherries and sourness. I thought I detected some cinnamon. It had an okay finish.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2008
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
* did not like would never buy! what a waste of money!!!*
aroma: smells like a sweet tart sour pour, nice n ballanced though, not to the level of the big mouth pucker beers.. i am salivating though. app: burnt orange reminds me of an illuminated pumkin patch. its reflection on the face of the looker is like a glimps of all mystery.. flavor: odd chemical tartness. not a refined classic, lots of peper with a big creamy malt back drop. its all good.... just an odd balance. the more you drink the more it balances.. i would have rather had some of the wine out of whatever poor barrle they wasted with this unbalanced mess. palate: fine OA: nope, nother strike for me and allagash. seems this brewery lacks many years of experiance.