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Allagash Vagabond

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Vagabond is the second offering in our limited 375 ml series. With only 500 bottles made, this beer is from one of the only barrels to move with us into our new brewery three years ago. Aged four years in American oak barrels, it boasts a complex aroma of maple syrup and port, with background notes of marzipan, plum and dill. Flavors of tart, unripened plum and caramel give way to a warming, toasted almond finish. As always...an adventure.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
Bottle 37,5 cl. Courtesy of RCL. Pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Interesting aroma of wood, caramel - and a tart edge. Medium body, lowish carbonation, sweet vanillaish oak, but also a lot of overripe or even rotten fruit. Again this tart edge. Subtle and delicious. 260412

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
Bottled. A dark red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of wood, malt, and berries, as well as a bit of brett. The flavor is sweet with notes of wood, brettanomyces, malt, and caramel, leading to a tart finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours amber in color with a short lived off-white head. Smells just terribly buttery. Lots of diacetyl overall. Butterscotch and maple syrup are also present, maybe some over-ripe fruits. A bit of spicy oak and a light herbal note. The flavor is really no different from the aroma. A bit more oak and herbal character, however. But still a lot of butter, butterscotch, caramel, and maple syrup. Just really odd. Not a fan.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012

Bottle 375ml.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry - plum, oak. Flavour is heavy sweet, light to moderate acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, deap fruity, tart, wood, cherry. Nice balanced and complex. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. IMO mind clearly a sour/wild !! [20120211]

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
375 ml. Bottle pour. Dark amberish color with a decent head. Dark fruits. Very complex. A lot going on. Enjoyed greatly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (5158) - GERMANY - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass a bit darker than Gargamel, a bit bigger head. Starts mild sourish with very interesting caramel notes. Modest dry, fine fruity. Finish less sourish, fine spicy, still with notes of caramel. Very interesting beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
375ml shared by duchessedubourg.
Appearance : Clear amber
Aroma : Sourness with soy sauce. Light vinegar notes.
Taste : Soy sauce with vinegar. Sour with quite a lot of wood. Oak tannins.
Overall : Wow this is one weird beer. Very complex with lots of stuff going on... sadly not stuff I like that much. Don’t really like the vinegar and soy sauce thing. Interesting sourness with interesting wood notes. I can understand why some would like this but I don’t.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2093) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Trade from rgtravers, thanks a million. To celebrate my 30th birthday. Deep clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma is tart berries, oak, plums, caramel, alcohol, port. Wow. Flavor is tart fruit, alcohol, caramel, plums. Medium carbonated. Looks thin in the glas, but surprisingly oily in the mouth. It simply gets better and better. I´d love another bottle. Thanks again Ryan.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!... Clear ruby ale with no head. The aroma is funky and fruity with notes of dark cherries and oak. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is malty and fruity, but also quite tart with no alcohol burn. Finishes caramely, tart and dry. World class brew! Thanks to jtclockwork for this bottle!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
In short: A weird overly sweet and vinegary attempt at a classic Flemish Sour. Disappointing.
How: Bottle 375ml. Consumed when a little over 1 year of age
The look: Mostly clear light-bronze body topped by a small beige head
In long: The unusual nose is part classic Flemish Sour (sour oaky notes and all) and part maple leaf cookies. Taste is a strange mix of toasted malts, vinegar, cherry skin, some caramel, a lot of dry oak, frozen raspberries, lots of residual sugars, some medicinal notes, quite a bit of leather, maple cookies, strawberries. Strong sourness and excessive astringency. There is a lot of flavors that can be listed here but the whole thing just doesn’t work very well. Too much maple cookies that do not fit the rest of the beer. Overall too sweet and too sharp. The beer isn’t bad but I’m complaining because I was expecting a lot more from this beer. This is not the quality level of their Gargamel, not by a long shot. I’ve been hunting for this beer for a while and when I finally got a bottle I found out it really wasn’t that good. And I also found out why the chicken crossed the road and it’s really not that funny.


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