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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Get a Belgian Brewmaster and a master of Belgian brewing together and theres sure to be spontaneous imagination that leads to micro-organisms mingling in fermentation.

Allagash and New Belgium are pleased to offer you our collabeeration brewed with the slightly fruity hibiscus flower, the aromatic Brettanomyces, and the flavor-boosting Lactobacillus.

We recommend pairing it with creamy, soft cheeses and charming Vrienden- that’s ‘friends’ in Flemish.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11909) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
At Paradiso Dupont, side by side with the Allagash version, in the company of the brewers, founders and staff from both breweries - what a way to enjoy a beer! Clear deep golden color. Aroma of citrus and strawberry (!). Taste is smooth, softly sour orange and grapefruit, oily mouthfeel. The lacto outweighs the brett in this one. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Draft. Minimal off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, flower, cranberry, some cherry, light lactic. Taste is moderately sweet, lactic, cranberry, some cherry, light lemon, wood, flower. Medium-full body, some stickiness, low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11217) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2011
Clear golden with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, yeasty and light sour. Flavor is medium sweet and light sour. Dry and light sour finish. 271211

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11132) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Unclear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, brett, fruit and a little caramel. Flavour is malt, tart, fruit, little citrus, brett, little dry and a little caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bomber from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours clear orange copper with a large foamy beige head. Light fruit and floral aromas with just a touch of barnyard. Flavor is quite floral, and there is the barest hint of sour - but definitely some light barnyard. Pretty dry. Certainly an interest product. Arguably one of the better recent Lips brews.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at the Funky 7 - Brooklyn, NYC. Decent stuff overall. Fairly hazy gold. Good sour bite, moderate funk, some fruity notes. Bit of sweetness. Punchy.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10955) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
A: The pour is a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. S: The nose is really cidery. Lots of apples, some white grapes, flowers, and some metal. There are perhaps some sour cherry notes as the beer warms up. T: Gah, intensely metallic with apples, light cherries, and some definite cough syrup (which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up). Maybe some banana flavors in there too, and a mild malty sweetness. M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: What a let down. I’ve enjoyed most of the New Belgium beers I’ve had, but this was not something I cared for at all. I’m glad I just got a small pour rather than splurging on a bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: Vrienden
Date: December 24, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy dark gold, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, light mustyness
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, nice fruityness, light balancing spicy phenols

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

Name: LoF Vrienden
Date: December 28, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark copper, fine off white head, lots of sticky lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, floral and herbal, fruity
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, nice herbal character, light spicyness, fruity esters

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10846) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
bottle at papsoe tasting. trade with forgetfu cloudy orange, smooth small white head. friuty aroma, dusty, wheaty. flavor is slightly sourish, mild fruity, drinkable, faint nailpolish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle. Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer.


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