mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Secret Santa! Pours a peach colored orange red with a small white head. Smells slightly sweet, some candy sugar, fruits, and sweet malts are evident in the aroma. The taste has a big flavor, definitely get some of the red grape flavor, sweet malts, and a little sweet candy caramel. seems like a sweet, fun beer to drink. Nice long finish, leaves a fruity feeling on the palate with a sweet aftertaste. Not their best showing for sure, but interesting and fun to drink. I love this brewery.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a hazy, orangish tinged, copper color and is topped by an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is quite fruity smelling, with berry notes being the most prominent; currants, blackberries and raisins all form the most noticeable characteristics of the aroma. Underneath this though is a sort of saw dust, almost nutty (but not really), what seems to be malt derived character. I also get notes of biscuit malt and lightly toasted grain when I really concentrate on the aromatic components. The grape character definitely plays a prominent role in the aroma; even the skin seems to add some tannic, almost cherry-skin aromatic components.
Fairly sweet up front, and it gets even a bit more sweet as the beer passes through my mouth. Fruity notes are accentuated by the sweetness and remind me of currants, blackberries, a touch of concord grape jam, tart / sweet plums, . The grape skins have certainly contributed to the flavor profile; a certain tannic quality, as well as a pithy astringency, plus some chewy cherry skin flavors, as well as kiwi like note. Really this is a bit too sweet and fruit tasting.
This somehow seems to fizz in the end, the grape flavors just don’t add up to a complexity of flavor; what really seems to be the problems is that the grape / berry notes are too dominant, the underlying beer flavors don’t play enough of a role for a beer this clean. Did I mention that this beer is fairly clean, it really could use quite a bit more funk to it; a touch of Brett might make this beer sublime.
ABUSEDGOAT (2390) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden amber with a smallish white head that disappears fairly quickly, some lacing. Aroma is white grapes, yeast, vanilla. Medium bodied, somewhat tart with a dry finish. Interesting idea, but more of an experiment than anything. Enjoyable and luckily fairly cheap at $7/bottle.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a copper color and a fairly sizable head. Aromas are undistinguishable form the Victor ia beer that I sampled sided by side with this one. Both have aromas of yeast, banana and a hint of oak. Flavors differ though: this one is more malty and hoppy and the Belgian yeast is less noticeable. Compared to the Victoria it is not as smooth, grapes are not really noticeable either. An interesting beer but certainly not worth the price.
thornecb (4398) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright amber into a tulip. Extreme red grape funk aromas. Slightly bitter with a dry, sweet finish.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours amber with a thin white head. Smells of grapes, sweet malt, sugar and rosey. Tastes like a cross between a poorly done merlot and a saison. The grapes really get in the way in this one. A major disappointment.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
golden amber with decent head. sweet malt aroma and taste. still get a similar yeast flavor to the victoria just a bit sweeter. minor hop citrus flavor. did not pick up on the grape profile at all. not a bad offering but again I was hoping for something more considering the hefty price of the allagash beers.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Allagash Brewing. 750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy amber color with white head. Aroma of grapes. Taste of red wine and malt with dry after taste.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I prefer Victoria. The nose was sort of like a hoppy beaujolais, really attractive. The appearance was a hazy / cloudy deep amber with a small head and a lot of lacing. Taste is sweet malts, Belgian yeast, red wine, oak. Not sure I could recognize either British or German hops. Alcohol seemed out of balance ... too much alcohol, not enough hops. But I need to share another bottle and think this through more clearly.
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s. The pour here is clear deep coppery, with a 3-finger off-white head and a large amount of clingy lacing. The aroma is floral, with funky yeast notes, malt, berry, and definite red grapey wafts. The taste is somewhat tart, with red grape, cherry, funky yeasty esters, malt, and some floral notes as it warms. Complex palate. This one is unique and enjoyable.