StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pectin hazed, bright and dulled gold in color with some sulfite-like bubbles and doily beady lace. Aroma revels in freshly cracked baguettes, coriander, cardamom and muskrit. Squeezable play toys, strawberry shortcake and freshly peeled bandaids remind us of the sometimes all-too-familiar Allagash house character. Carbonation crests with a honey glazed green grape lightness. Leavened hallah bread joins chartreuse grape seed. Coriander scratch imposes a semi-distressing over-arching theme, contributing a decrepit peach fuzz force when paired with the grapes. Cinnamon glaze meets mildew-sodden applewood along with a trace of chewy sorghum. Medium-bodied, boding with mild candied apples and corresponding caramel glaze, ultimately winding down with muskrit and sandalwood. Thanks for sharing, BBB63!
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is Belgiany, yeast, bananas, wheat. Very delicate and balanced. The beer pours to a hazy glowing plasticy piney color. Nice white head. The flavor is sweet wheat, bananas, yeast. Nice balance. The palate is smooth and nicely textured. Light grapes.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Porterhouse and shared with my buds in Wisconsin: Hazy deep golden hue with a small ring of foam and some lace. The aroma has notes of white grape, oak wood, biscuity malt, wheat, and a touch of sugar. The taste is sweet malt and apricot over a bitter hop profile with little buttery Chardonnay grape to be found. A bit to short of the palate for something that is 9% as well. The feel does work IMO as it is lively, sharp, and refreshing. In the end, I did like this but did want more depth.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house
Allagash seems to do well with their line of beers and this was no exception.
Though it was not earth shattering, it was certainly well crafted. Thanks to
whomever brought this to the tasting.
Aroma / Appearance - Grapes, wheat, peaches and a general vinous aroma
permeated the air of the glass. It was a unique aroma and very inviting.
The body itself was the color of honey and transparent. The clear lacing
clung to the sides of the glass before creeping down back into the beer.
Flavor / Palate - Grapes, peaches, Honeycomb cereal and a medley of
berry tastes highlighted this enjoyable beer. The dry finish is preceded by
a sugary sweet sensation which fills the mouth. All the right things have
been done to make this a good beer.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
straw color touch of haze, light visable carbonation, big bubbled soapy head. Musty band-aid aroma some belgian yeasty notes. Palate is highly carbonated, decent coating, lightly creamy. Belgian yeast aroma, bread dough, candied sugars. Overly sweet band-aids suck.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear slightly hazy color with off white color. Aroma is slightly funky and lemon. The barrel is hanging out too next to the lemon ando ther such Belgian flavors. The grapes aren’t there yet. The flavor is a little more grape infused, along with the allagash b/a flavor.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazed golden amber with a thin off white head...smell is sweet alcohol, smokey wood, somewhat like a mediocre chardonnay...citric sweetness, with some chewy malty yeast flavors...just very citric sweet...I can tell there is a lot of sweetness and less dryness from the grapes, but if I drank this blind I probably wouldn’t say that...chewy sticky finish...
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle on 8/5/06 purchased at the Brewery. The scent of grapes comes through on initial inspection. I don’t mean the hints of grapes, but actually a grapey smell. The beer pours a light straw color with a small foamy head. The taste is a wine/beer hybrid, on the beer side, with a very grape centric taste. Yum
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden coloured with a thin creamy white head. A sweet malt aroma mixes in with some white port notes. A smooth light malt in mouth, with light alcohol, veering on xeres, and coriander notes. Alcohol becomes predominant as beer warms up. Very nice. Thanks Capflu for sharing this.
beastiefan2k (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared for many weeks, fridged for 40 minutes. Poured into a Leffe glass. Color is cloudy yellow with orangish aspects. Aroma is very present - belgian ale all the way, would never guess its this strong. Some sweetness in the background, which I attribute to the grapes. Taste lacks the sweetness but has the effervescent belgian flavor.