ClarkVV (5540) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Publick House, 3/14/14
Somewhat hazy deep straw yellow beer has no head but moderate carbonation rising in it.
Musty, slightly pungent esters in the nose produce notes of unripe apricots, unripe white grapes and some other various acidic notes with just a brush of herbal hoppiness that at this point seems just lightly peppery and hard to differentiate from the yeast character. With warming, some more clear tropical fruit notes emerage lightly (pineapple and a touch of banana).
Rather full and juicy in the mouth, with large bubbles of loose, rather fizzy carbonation producing the impression of a somewhat larger body than it really has. It’s certainly not sweet and is well-attenuated, with plenty of wheat and oat stucture/texture. Acidity is fairly high, but not your typical malo-lactic, rather a more citric-acetic (spoiled fruit and unripened fruit mix). The chewy, dry wheat and oats do help mitigate this and in the end, it’s a drinkable Belgian pale ale with some very interesting character. Quite unique if not exactly jaw-droppingly delicious.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample draft from Raleigh Rare beer fest: One of the better beers i thought there. Very high on the list of enjoyable.
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at rrbf. Pours golden with a succinct small foamy white head. Allagash is always a pretty pour. Nose is light biscuit malt, herbal hops, some light lemongrass, and tropical fruits. Flavor is similar, very clean and easy drinking mouthfeel, light esters in the finish. Well done, bros.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at NotF in Boston. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft herbal notes on the nose. Some musk and a bit more sweetness than the first one had. Otherwise, fairly similar. Spicy yeast and musk into the finish.