stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange\brownwith a large beige colored head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, yeast, belgian style spices, and alcohol. The flavor is very smooth, citrus hops, carbonated, fruit, alcohol masked well but present. Great body, Great brew. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - AUG 17, 2006
An ager. Plain and simple. Head retention was nice in my De Rocs chalice, very happy to drink this guy just slightly chilled. Brown sugar, earthy, zesty hops, and some baking spices on the nose. The palate leads into a granny smith apple followed by more spices and a marzipan plateau that seems to flatten out as the alcohol hits. Finishes with a lingering sense of nutmeg, cardommon, and little bits of anise. I think that with age, the flatness in palate and the baked goods will mellow and transform into leather, mission figs, and rich port-like characteristics. Almost a shame to say that I will not have this beer in the near future. But cellaring does have its rewards. ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 16, 2006
A little saddened by this one, but I know the brewer is in a transition at the moment so maybe that’s why this isn’t as standout as the musette was. Pours a deep reddish amber with a little off white head. Aroma is apples, nuts, and spices, pretty much par for the course. The flavor is pretty similar very gentle, perhaps that’s why i’m disappointed. It’s an anniversary beer so I expected a lot, but got normal....which for Allagash is still good, just not what I was hoping for. You can taste a good amount of belgain yeast in this one too. Pretty much textbook and standard, which I guess is a good thing. I was just hoping for more. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours a reddish copper with a tan head. Smells of wildflowers, fruit, and some breaddy hints. Tastes of figs, malt, fruit. Reminds me of a drier version of their dubbel. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2006
2006 bottle. Even though my friend got me 2 bottles of this and I am getting them next week, the thought of a new Allagash being in town that I hadnt drank was more than I could stand. Cork pops off nicely, leaving a fresh smell of apples and fruits. Pours out a dark brown color without much of a head after it settles for a minute. Taste is sweet, rich, and yeasty. Has that yeast that is in all Allagash beers, giving them their unique taste. These guys know what they are doing in more ways than one. They can release beers for 16 dollars and people will buy them just to try them. Brilliant, not to mention their brewing skills are exceptional. This is a fine beer, not quite interlude, way better than victoria. Pretty close to Musette in more ways than one. Actually tastes like a fruiter version. Very nice though, as I have come to expect. Cant wait for the next release. Hopefully it will be a few months, my wallet doesnt like the releases as much as I do.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2006
[bottle, shared with DarkMagus]
Dark fruit and yeast in the aroma; pours a nice red/amber color, with not much of a head or visible carbonation. Flavors are complex- subtle yeast, chewy malts and dried fruits form a base for much of the sweetness. Apple cider and some cherry tartness come through in the end. Finishes a tad bit hoppy, which I really like. A very well balanced beer with plenty of character. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Bottle; tasted at River’s Bend - Thanks Matt! Yeasty and malty aroma. Is a hazy amber/honey color. Moderate carbonation. Flavor is yeasty and sweet with hints of dried fruits lingering, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Maybe candied dates would be a good way to describe it now that I think about it some more. The alcohol and hop bitterness comes out a bit more in the finish. The drier finish reminded me of rye bourbon. There were many competing characteristics in both the aroma and flavor of this beer. I think this one will mellow out a bit and truly improve once it gets some age on it. I think I need to go back and get a bottle for the cellar... cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Thanks to Matt at Riversbend for having this today at his tasting. What a good beer this was. Poured dark amber in color with a whitish head. Tasted of some apple flavor with some candy feel to it. This bottle seemed like it will age gracefully, as it didn’t seem to be sitting as well as it could have, but it was still very much a good beer to drink. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Really nice-looking brew: big, frothy off-white head over a slightly cloudy copper body. Very grape-like, cellared and sour aroma - full and inviting. I’m impressed with the smoothness of this beer. Incredibly drinkable, pleasantly sweet, yet perfectly balanced bitterness. Raisons and pllums, yet herbal, earthy flavor. Very good. notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Cloudy copper/amber pour - unlike beastie’s bottle, my sample had a huge, frothy, nearly cappucino-like head, continually fed by hundreds of little bubbles drifting upwards from the bottom of the glass - bright, complex, fruity aroma, with notes of raisins, apple, apricot, peach - background notes of bread yeast and sweet orange jam - the carbonation is very soft on the palate - quite spicy throughout, tasting like a strong saison with bsa influence - a very strong cider-like quality is also quite dominant - other fruits (pear, apricot, a bit of fig) pair well with the underlying sweetness, but the spices and gentle hop bitterness keep the beer from becoming cloying - another wonderful brew from Allagash, but, as with most of their other recent releases, not really worth the hefty price tag (I paid 16.99).