egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 [RBSG 11] Lightly hazy, orange amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, wood, earth, berries, grass, and some citrus. Taste of honey sweetness, vanilla, wood, berries, and a wild, tart finish.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Allagash’s e-mail: "A collaboration brew with New Belgium Brewing. Brewed with dandelions and elderberries. Fermented with Allagash Brettanomyces and New Belgium’s Lactobacillus. Tart, fruity, earthy. 1500 bottles for sale at the brewery only, proceeds to benefit friends of Casco Bay (.org). Limit two (2) bottles per person. $10.00 per bottle."
On tap at the Day Session of Extreme Beer Fest 2011. At least I believe it was on tap based on what I saw, i.e. a lack of bottles. It also looks like quite a few people had Vagabond on tap.
Pour yielded a light copper to amber colored brew with a nice off-white head settling atop it after a good swirl or two. The nose was a bit of a hodge podge at this point. There was definitely a bit of acid plus a nice fruitiness and a bit of Brett funk and earthiness. The elderberries are pretty interesting and I like what they did.
The taste really brought things together a lot better. The combination of the elderberries with the funky Brett was nice, and the light acid provided a nice complement. Taste is slightly tannic, though not at all in a bad way. Feel had good carbonation for the accompanying brew with a really nice funkiness that went well with the flavors from the fruit. Good dry finish.
Overall, this was quite interesting. Not necessarily my favorite wild from Allagash, but it was certainly intriguing enough to get me to hit their table up a few times. Looking forward to hopefully getting to taste how this develops in the future.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-15-2011
jredmond (4891) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at RnH during the Sours Gone Wild Event with Pat, Andrew, Dallas & Bobby. Pours a hazy orange-amber body with nice white lacing. Aroma is yeasty, floral and Belgian spice. Mouthfeel is dry with notes of sweet belgian candy, spice, and slight fruit.
decaturstevo (4626) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazed orange pour with off white head and lace. Sour fruitiness and bread aroma. Sour fruit, bread, abv, and Belgian yeast. A bit thin and watery but very nice.
b3shine (4236) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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!
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Cigar City for Fruit in the Room 2011. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is some sweet malt, some light fruit, some herbal notes, and some vague hints of tartness with a hint of funk (brett?). Flavor is similar with citrus, funk, sweet malt, peach, and vague hints of vinegar and tartness. Light to medium in body with a semi sweet semi sour finish.
nimbleprop (4163) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a transparent, bright orange with zero head. Nose is fruity, a little tart, grapefruit, oranges, herbs, a little apple cider. Flavor is cidery, tart, sweet, lightly sour, a little candy sugar. Full bodied, sweet, sour finish.
radagast83 (4049) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rustico, wish I could have had the New Belgium version next to it, but alas the distro networks aren’t quite there yet for VA. Poured a dark golden color, no real head to note. Aroma was a bit sour berries with some mild floral notes. Flavor was tart berries with a huge floral component. The beer was certainly not as sour as I was expecting, but enjoyable none-the-less.
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.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.