Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Just Sports. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and spices. The flavor is citrusy, sweet, fruit, and lots of spices. Good beer.
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of straw malt and flowery hops. Pours a cloudy orange. Initial flavor is a nice light sweetness with a good hop balance, giving way to a mellow-sweet citrusy flavor (toned down navel orange). Lively carbonation with a watery texture makes it a great, thirst-quenching summer beverage.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber/copper/gold. Small white head. Nose of must, light fruits, spicy herbs, and subtle grainy malt. Flavor adds a generous amount of toastiness followed by some nice funk. Great summer brew. Medium palate balances softness and carbonation very well. Solid brew, wouldn’t expect anything less from Allagash.
bubbleflubber (1709) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating for Allagash Speciale Reserve Batch No. 10. Definitive orange hue to the glass. Absolutely huge citrus aromas, with hints of both mango and honey. Has a decently large head and healthy lacing. Citrus flavors clash delightfully with sweet malt, caramel and honey. It has a dry-hopped backend with a medium-bitter finish. This brew is very well-balanced, not heavy, and clean to the palate. It pairs quite well with both thai food and seafood. Nice offering for this batch of Allagash. Extremely drinkable!
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating for Allagash Speciale Reserve Batch no. 6 (05.04.06) One pint, 9.4 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 5% ABV. Clear orange with medium off-white head. Soft carbonation. Characteristic Belgium ale spicy fruity aroma. Full bodied Belgium-style ale that starts dry with light malt sweetness. Caramel and biscuit flavors from toasted malt. Finished dry with light malt fade. No characteristic Belgium ale funkiness and sourness. Rich and smooth in the mouth. A delicious and eminently drinkable ale.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating for Allagash Speciale Batch #10
Pours a cloudy, copper/amber with a large initial head that fades to a slim film. An explosion of rich aromas is frought with complexity... fruit & candy, pear, cherry, thick caramel and acetic sourness. Light, sugary mouthfeel with yeasty and malty flavors that come across like an Old Ale.
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stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Draft at Just Sports. Pours amber\gold with an average sized white head. Aroma of citrus, belgian style spices, and yeast. Flavor is smooth, sweet, fruit, loads of citrus, spices, and some tart acidic notes. Good body, good brew.
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle
Aroma: Lightly hoppy with estery apple and banana underneath
Appearance: Hazy honey in color. Weak head of off white bubbles that did not sustain well except for around the very outer edge of the glass which did not last long either.
Flavor: Roasted malt was present but thin
Palate: Finished somewhat bitter and malty with a hint of hops and citrus at the end
Overall: Not my favorite beer but certainly not the worst either. You could do a lot worse than enjoying a session with this brew. While it was not impressive it was not poor either.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an effervescent golden with a large fizzy white head. Aroma is strong, vinous, and sweet. Taste is light and very dry with some fruitiness, some grass, and some floral essences. Nice fizzy body. Clean and refreshing, though one-dimensional. I agree with the marketing here... it’s truly a "summer" Belgian. Overall though, I’d say the White is better crafted.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice session beer for summertime but it seems like the weakling child of the Allagash family as there are some nice spicy and fruity flavors which are watered down to make it more of a pleasable beer. I once had a case of this for a June baby shower and it was a hit. Bottle at the Banshee @ Scranton, PA.