ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Original release bottle, drunk a couple times in the past six months, most recently on 11/24/07
So at about 20ish months in the bottle, this one still shows a mountainous size of well-retained off-white head that laces as well as any Belgian-brewed Belgian ale. No surprise there. Leaving the sediment behind, the beer is a dark, but muted copper color in the middle, with lighter gold hues on the edges. Clarity is high, carbonation plentiful.
Aroma is full of grape fermentation notes (sharp esters and phenols, with nectarine notes and some higher alcohols, to briefly sum up what I associate with the grapes). The malt is surprisingly rather full in the nose, with rich, rich honey dough notes (definitely some sticky caramel as well). As far as that goes, it balances the sharp fruit esters and alcohols very nicely. With warming, vanilla and even light citrus notes (esters) emerge to add some complexity, though I donít know that the vanilla works well with the fruit notes and breadiness. Still, the aroma is full, strong and not flawed, as well as distinctly Belgian. The alcohol is the most problematic, but I donít see this as any more alcoholic than any other Belgian ale fermented (non-spontaneously) with fruits.
In the flavor is a luxurious amount of honey, caramel, peach and nectarine, with the tell-tale vanilla on the finish. I like the interplay of the more dry fruit notes with the honey and caramel, but probably itís even a bit syrupy/sugary at this point. There is a touch "breadiness" or premature oxidation that dulls some of the malt intensity (not necessarily a bad thing) and with the alcohol on the finish, itís quite dry and balanced by the end. Phenolic spiciness is easily noted throughout, with an almost herbal-like bitterness on the finish. Texture, as with most Allagash beers, and especially with this amount of malt softness, is extremely supple with engaging carbonation.
As with most of these Allagash one-offs, patience once again proves to be rewarding.
hackobock (2986) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
July 22, 2015. On tap at Great Lost Bear.
Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malty, some grape, honey, almond, orange and spice notes. Taste is medium sweet with orange, honey, gran and almond, light bitter with a grassy and spicy notes, quite smooth finish with a touch of warming alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
oldrtybastrd (4343) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice Medium golden yellow color. Minimal fizzy white head, lasted maybe a minute or two. Aromas of light spices, a touch of brown sugar.
BrettTaylor (725) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle for #drinkitnow. Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a clear gold with thick, pillowy white head. Tons of lacing left on glass. Triple like aroma with definite overtones of white grape fruitiness. Poured second serving into a white wine glass. Aroma is much more fruity in there. Taste is more like a Belgian strong ale, with definite bitterness (resiny maybe) with some underlying mustiness.
wchesser (1778) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was told this was a couple of years old. Cloudy brownish yellow. Nose is tripel-esque, with some apple oxidation, and white grape must. Taste follows. Definitely past itís prime.
dayth (23) - - JAN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trippel-like strong ale. No discernable grape flavor, just heavy school burn. 750 ML bottle
kingaugusta (176) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Instead of the usual review, I am rating this beer based on what it is trying to accomplish and not how much I liked it. I am not into wine and this is definitely leaning hard toward Champagne, but I can appreciate the quality that was put into it. Carry on.
nimbleprop (6868) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ironhorse pours a dark gold with some creamy, white head. Nose of candy, white grape and melon, some stone fruit too. Flavor follows, under ripe canteloupe, white grape, candy, some yeast, light grist. Full bodied, creamy finish.
chinchill (3794) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden body with effervescent carbonation.
Lightly tart with what seems like just the right amount of white grape flavor and aroma to go with the light malt base.
Note to self: I want revisit this beer.
GenDV138 (5083) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, stone fruit, herbs and spice. Tastes of citrus, stone fruit, herbs, spice, light wine. Medium body with a dry finish.
MattyKakes (117) - Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice fruity citrus Belgian hop scent. Blonde unfiltered pour. Nice head. Banana pineapple orange coriander hop flavor. Very good! Cheers!