ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a deep copper body with a lush, creamy-looking white head.
Smell: Floral, honey-coated aroma with plenty of yeast, spice, and that ever-present grape character.
Taste: Initially, the flavor is quite sweet with a bready, almost cake-like maltiness and, yes, thereís that ever-present grape character, which comes across more as a tart golden raisin flavor. Hops provide a tiny bit of bitterness and a light citrus note. Wraps-up with a semi-sweet, vinous finish that exhibits a fair amount of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Allgash is one of those breweries well-known for always cooking up interesting twists and turns to implement into their brewing. Some of these ideas pay off in beer drinking gold and others, well, they just remain as cute concepts. For me, this is one of the latter.
daHammer (60) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malt and grape aroma and spices. Slightly cloudy light yellow color. Thin off white head. Low head retention. Sweet malt taste, grape. Slight alcoholic taste. Medium light body
An interesting Belgian Specialty Ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent amber orange with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh red grapes and toasty pale malt. Body starts with some light fruity sweetness and pale malt with a touch of earthy grain and grapes toward an earthy doughy finish. A pretty decent brew, but could use a little more body and sweetness.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Aroma is honey, grapes, and some malt. Flavor is malty, honey, and grapes with a light bitter finish.
SDalkoholic (2223) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very fine amount of carbonation rising to the top with a thick patch of white foam is how I would give a description. I would also add the obvious dirty straw blonde color as note worthy to its physical qualities. Aroma is a nice blend of different scents such as wood, grapes and mild hops detected. This flavor, however, is completely full of luscious sweet yet slightly sour grapes freshly picked off the vine. I have had previous beers where I had noticed grape flavor characteristics but this ale hits it right on the bullís-eye. Its so strong of grape that its hard to find and determine what else is there. I know some light touches of oak wood become apparent and really dry my mouth out, but also there might possibly be some hints of apple and unknown dashes of spice. Maybe itís the yeast playing tricks on my taste buds but none the less interesting. Such a subtle and refined drink itís as though Iím indulging myself into a fine wine. The price was more expensive than Iím used to paying for a 750 ml bottle, but the quality of the contents match its worth. A brilliant and excellent job and cheers to the brew masters behind this wonderful addition to the Allagash catalog.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy reddish golden amber with a fizzy white head. Aroma of grapes, sugar, raisins, yeast, and some interesting coffee-like notes. Bright sugary palate. Tastes of grapes, candy, some spice notes, and a long vanilla and alcohol taste to the finish. A really fantastic beer.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly translucent golden copper with a medium bubbly/creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of grapes, some dark fruits, Belgian spices and yeast, candy sugar, sweet and malty with some light alcohol. Flavor of grapes, hints of vanilla, Belgian yeast and spices, candy sugar, nice palate and carbonation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Provided by argo0. Clear pale body with a large rocky beige head, fading. The aroma is bread, floral, apple and clover. The flavor is apple, pear, grapes, spice and vanilla. Medium body is soft with light carbonation and a drying finish.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The grapeyness really comes through in this beer. Hints of foxiness as well, due to the hybrid grapes used. All in all, an interesting blend.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Props to LooseCannon for bringing this to my last minute tasting, and fresh from the brewery no less! Murky golden brown with an eggshell head. Lots of yeast and grape in the nose, some light spiciness. Lightly sour / astringent. Lacks integration in the flavors - grapes, nutmeg, sweet caramel are all distinct and donít seem to be working together. Age should help.