thornecb (6152) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2016
Pours hazy gold into a snifter. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Lemon, brandy and marshmallow funk aromas. Soft with apricot and summer fruit upfront turning to dried fruit and marshmallow in the dry, lasting finish. tmoreau (4743) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2016
Shared 12.7 oz. bottle poured to my snifter displaying a slightly hazed, golden hue, with a fleeting layer of white head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was lightly sweet & spiced, modestly funked, barrel mellowed, and fruit as lemon & pit variety, with a bit of ready alcohol. Light+ bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar notes, tart, citrusy bitterness, moderately boozy, and dry finishing. Balanced and approachably assertive blend of all the notes, but nothing over the top. Marheb (6334) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2016
(Bouteille): Une poire à peine flambée, une barrique à peine insistante et des bactéries en dormance. Un semi-sipper qui se glisse comme un gant. ClarkVV (6961) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bottled 11/15/15, drunk 3/25/16.mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
A completely clear, golden-brass with light carbonation and an off-white head atop that is well-retained.
I’ll be honest, when I drank this blind and after when I read it was brandy barrel aged, I definitely had very different opinions. Prior to reading about it, I found it just a bit sweet, simple and possibly too strong. But I think the brandy barrel explains the sweetness and strength. As for the simplicity, it’s got plenty of fruit, citrus bitterness and vanilla-drenched oak. If you start thinking of it as a brandy-barrel curieux, it begins to sound much more appealing. I don’t love Jim Beam barrels and this candy-like sweetness that the brandy adds, with rich tannin and sweet honey-vanilla is hard to argue with. Especially if you’re a fan of strong Belgians. Has some light tartness to keep it a little lighter and brighter, even. Carbonation is soft, the texture is candy-sweet and overall it’s just a shade sweeter than I’d prefer. I do see why others love it, though.
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2016 Pours a lightly hazy pale golden with a medium white head that keeps replenishing itself and leave nice lacing. Nose is of oak, yellow fruits, white wine and slight spirits. Taste is lightly tart and vinous with a very faint alcohol warmth. A nice, classy barrel-aged sour/wild. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel is juicy x tannic. A little alcohol is felt but what do you expect from a brandy-BA beer? Another really nice barrel aging experiment by Allagash!
slowrunner77 (13205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 21, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2016 Fruity Bretty dry and with a yeasty brett kick. The fruitiness from the barrels is quite unique and the strength of this beer. A lot to take in, but that’s ok - it’s too expensive to drink much anyway :). Feel is a bit prickly (3.5) but that’s all I didn’t love in this beer. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. From Nov. 5, 2015 bottling. Translucent gold with a tall, frothy white head. Aroma is woody and fruity with big yeast and flower notes. Taste is peppery spice, yeast, fruit, flowers, hops, lemon, funky notes and earthiness. Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation. Dry finish as well. Ends with more yeast, sourdough bread, peppery spice, lemon, woody notes, fruit, flowers and soft hops. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Pours mostly clear golden with a big creamy white head. Aroma is excellent bringing sweet and funky well developed Brett so nice in the nose with a tad of brandy sweetness. Flavor starts with juicy Belgian yeast and then a bit tart from the Brett with a fruity berry brandy note rounding the whole flavor out. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAR 16, 2016
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy semi-burnt orange / yellow color with a slim quarter finger’s worth of white head. Light messy lacing.
The smell took in a some subtle champagne yeast with sweet grassy notes and a sweet to bitter lemon rind and pulp.
The taste, pretty much copied the smell and came across closer to wine than beer in the flavor. Dry champagne-like aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation was extremely high like a wine.
Overall, as a Belgian Strong ale, hmmm....yikes, I don’t see it, sorry Allagash, not sure what happened here. Do I need to age this longer? More like wine than beer. Disappointed. Strife21 (338) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Pours golden yellow with intense bubbling carbonation. Head is there but very bubbly then thins out quickly. Smell is sour funk, prune, vinegar, yeast, farmhouse. Taste is smooth, with a funky fruit flavor, notes of honey, bread. Super dry with a hint of brandy. Excellent. Medium body, heavy carb.