Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: This beer poured a nice golden-ruby reddish color with a huge fluffy off white cloud of head.
Smell: The smell was dominated by a musty funkiness(in a good way) with nice hints of fruit and yeast.
Taste: Despite the strong funkiness of the beer I was still able to detect a vinous quality which I assume was from the Merlot and Sirah barrels. The wine added hints of white grapes while the yeast used added a nice sourness to it. Nice hints of cloves and pepper were also detected.
Mouthfeel: Nice crisp and tart finish with a medium body.
Overall: This beer is incredible. I only wish we could get this in New Orleans.
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!
robinvboyer (2765) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle at the beer bistro.
†Fresh sweet citrus, barnyard light funk, marachino cherries, preserved lemon, funky yeast.†
Light sour funky. Great carb, great mouthfeel lingering sourness. Sour citrus finish. This is an absolute work of art. Outstanding!
hatchy (32) - USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy, pinkish, fizzy with a small white head. sweet, fruity aroma. very complex taste, a bit tart with some cherry overtones, a bit sweet and citrusy, a wide variety of fruit tastes. some really great stuff. i canít wait to age some.
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.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Pours amber-gold with a huge white head and a lot of effervescence. Decent lacing. First impressions of the aroma are very tart and vinous, much like Russian Riverís Temptation. The second whiff has more Saison notes--barnyardy, with light banana esters. The third combines the two beautifully; fruity red wine pushing around some funky banana, with a very small hint of sweet toffee and diacetyl lurking in the background. Swirling brings out that Allagash yeast aroma. The wine and beer notes blend just as well in the flavor. It starts slightly funky, with backing pear, banana, and light cloves. The wine comes in near the middle, with light berry, grape, and oak flavors. The finish is dry, with some oak and a tiny hint of alcohol. Oily mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent. Only gets better as it warms.
RERATE 2/23 - Yeah, Iíve already cracked open my second bottle. Iím getting a lot more cherry this time, especially in the aroma. Aroma +1. Thereís a point just before the finish at which the Saison and wine flavors donít mix well. Flavor -1. Still excellent the rest of the way through.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a lightly hazy, orange amber color with a medium sized, quickly diminishing, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, citrus fruits, grapes, lots of oak, and leather, rather vinuous. Taste of citrus, vanilla, more tart grapes, white pepper, earthy yeast, and a dry, sour finish. Really, really nice.
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.
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.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crisp, Dry and Glorious. The lack of tartness makes this a unique creation. The wood gives it texture and the brett some lively aroma. Every sip is perfectly in balance. The volume of ingredients doesnít overwhelm, but the refinement in the process makes this a jewel. Thank you BeerYum!