SDalkoholic (2201) - 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 (4590) - 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.
GonZoBeeR (2966) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearanc:clourdy onrange,good lancing head..
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange pour, medium-sized and creamy off-white head. I have a feeling that a tulip glass, versus the snifter Iím currently using, would have generated a typical Allagash head, tall and rocky. As it stands I have to go on whatís in front of me, which isnít the least bit interesting. The aroma is at first teemng with nondescript grapes, waxy and filler-style, no real identifiable characteristics or memorable nuances(good or bad). An interesting combination of wine and ale yeasts seem blended well and both showcase individual fun and funky traits and cedar wood notes; the wine yeast is sweet and dusty, with touches of mold and dried fruits(plums, specifically) - the ale yeast is spicy, peppery, fruity. Minor appleskin and herbal notes. Grapes are an interesting backdrop but do nothing to enhance this aromatic experience. With each nosing, the light funkiness and mold/mildew traits strengthen their resolve and lengthen in duration. The grapes utilized in this may have not been properly scrutinized prior to crushing, leading to an addition of mildew to the final product. Alcohol is quite well concealed. The flavor adds much more cedar to the fray but otherwise is a realization of the skeleton aforementioned. Alcohol is immediately evident. Grapes are more intense and fuller in flavor than aroma. Bitterness is low-mild and strung randomly about the taste. Sweetness is medium-high and has lots of grape traits. Acidity is high and is happy to mingle with light funk notes and an ever-changing blend of farmhouse hints. Grapeskins are just as much a part of the grape profile as the juice and tannic character derived from that juice. Blackberry notes round out the flavor. The finish is full of grapes, mildly spicy yeast, pepper and berry, medium in duration and mildly acidic. The palate is softly and somewhat lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel is soft and medium to medium-full bodied, grape-juicy. This is a very interesting concept with a mildly interesting outcome.
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 (3810) - 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 donít 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 donít 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.