ineedbeer (888) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 375 ml bottle.
Aroma is moderately acidic with a nice Brett character. Lots of tropical fruit and cherry pie with a strong barnyard funk and a nice herbal character. Light malt notes and hints of elderberries.
Pours a murky, dull, golden orange with a faint white head that recedes quickly to the edges. No lacing and small legs.
Flavor is very acidic with a nice citrus character of lemon and grapefruit. Nice barnyard character with a lot of earthiness with some light herbal notes. Light oak notes with faint elderberry notes.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice beer with a nice yeast and bacteria character that approaches gueuze notes. Nice light elderberry character. I had this from the tap when it first came out and this has improved tremendously. Such a nice American sour.
Sarlacc83 (948) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle brought by Todd. Thanks!
A: Cloudy copper, thin whispy white head. Lacing.
N: Cherry, grapefruit, lemon, straw, earth, spruce, oak, grape, elderberry, dandelions.
T: Sour, touch of bitterness and sweetness.
M: Filling medium mouthfeel. No alcohol. Well carbed.
O: The adjuncts used in this beer make this one quite the sensation. Everything works harmoniously. Reminds me of a Fantome, in a way.
douglas88 (6324) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Todd. Pours a somewhat cloudy copper color with a small white head. A deep fruity and sawdust nose. Clear berries, oak, tannins, a bit of floral notes, some sourness but almost more funk, vanilla, apricot, sour cherry. Quite smooth and well done. Pretty damn good.
neepsntatties (1241) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample from Jables. Colour...hazy dark gold with no head. Nose..,funky, fruity, sweet and semi acetic. Palate...dry, tart, tannic and spritely with grapey flavours throughout and an acetic lead that permeates. Dried orchard fruits come through the finish and makes for a delightful ending.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Draught at the Armsby Abbey, Summer 2012
Very light pale-gold body is mostly clear, with lazy bubbles making their way upwards, sporting a white head that is lightly foamy and moderately well-retained with plentiful lacing.
Very tart nose has some slight herbal notes, touches of mustiness (cobwebs, cellar) and very light maltiness (honey, vanilla, white bread). Even a touch of green apple and black pepper, and certainly no sign of the 9.3 abv.
Tart, seemingly lactic, though that wouldnt make much sense, with bits of band-aid, some floral hop notes and juicy berryskin notes. It’s all forcefully tart and boisterous, with no malt sweetness to get in the way and a spiciness on the finish that shows touches of alcohol, but still quite reserved for its high abv. A bit sharp in texture, with some peppery carbonation and a touch of wateriness, were my only complaints. Otherwise, a fantastic beer, with the typical Allagash restraint shown in using adjuncts.
b3shine (5829) - Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle to taster. Looks good; a hazy orange with white lacing. Smells good too; tart, wild, and fruity. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Good beer!
swoopjones (6211) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. really need to get Allagash back to WNY. another great sour. murky orangish pour. floral, wet hay, oak, tartness, earthy. a whole bunch of great complex flavors.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Commercial Taphouse on 04/23/2011. Hazy orange body with a small frothy off white head. Tart funky fruit and caramel aroma. Tart and funky cherry and fruit flavor with light caramel and dry malt. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/31/2011: Allagash Collabeeration Vrienden (Ale brewed with Hibiscus and Endive)... Aroma: Definitely get the hibiscus in the nose with a touch of vanilla herbiness. Appearance: Murky red-orange color with a foamy beige head. Flavor: The hibiscus definitely lends it unique flavor; there are also undertones of mild soft cheese like Brie (I got that from the label, but there is something there that I couldn’t place and that description definitely fits the bill!); creamy, slightly tart and dry, plenty of alcohol vents out. Palate: Medium-light. Overall: Pretty good; different.
1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. 8.5% by Vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #78 for this beer.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with friends courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man!! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Orange peel, somewhat funky, citrusy, lemon peel, oaky, lightly spicy, herbs, earthy, and urine in the aroma. Taste is somewhat earthy, lemon peel, biscuit, citrusy, straw, urine, oaky, caramel, and herbs with a lightly sour finish. Light body with soft carbonation. Another nice sour from Allagash.