User37895 (3042) - - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 Re-rate, Dec 2009, bottle from SL: Are you kidding me? I loved this thing and after having it, exclaimed, that’s a darned fine one, best Ally has done (gee, said that in my original review - at least I’m consistent!), up there with some RR brews, although not quite as over the top (which in my mind isn’t a bad thing!). Wow, dark fruits, cherries, some slightly sweet notes in there, dry, oaky, tannins, vinous/red wine, brett funk, slight tartness. Just a great "bruin" type flavor with that Orval-brett type thing supporing the base beer. Fantastic even if pricey! Original rating: By far, this is the best Allagash brew I’ve had to date. Poured an amber color with a small modest head that didn’t lace impressively. Appearance was the most plain part of the beer. The aroma was excellent, cherries, grapes, and apples with a touch of funk as it warmed. The flavor was way complex, cherries, vanilla, some hints of wine, and oak. The funk was almost absent initially (50F) outside of some musty presence. As it warmed, a very light and subtle barnhouse funk came out, but it certainly wasn’t the feature. Mouthfeel was intially thick and syruppy, but this thing thinned and became a delight after a few minutes (55F?). The carbonation was moderately done. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
750 ml bottle 2006 vintage. Hazy amber and orange color with a off white head. Red wine notes with a dry after taste, a very good beer!!!!! illidurit (2354) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
2007 bottle poured into the trusty Duvel tulip. A nice goldenrod body fills the glass, topped by a slightly fizzy white head of one finger. Due to the champagne-like carbonation of this beer, the head dissipates quickly to a thin halo and doesn’t leave much lacing.
My nose catches a big shot of vinous champagne aroma. White grapes, brett, funky apple.
A round sourness is the result of the brettanomyces here. Spicy, lemony, a bit oaky, citrus zest. Very complex and very delicious.
The champagney carbonation really works nicely here. The body is light but not flimsy. Very crisp and clean finish.
Drinking a 750 of this beer is no problem. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavor is just succulent.
Incredible beer, hats off to Allagash. This is their Temptation. Ambassador (14) - Nørrebro Bryghus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2009
Man is this the shit! A crisp triple base - slightly on the dry side, with subtle brettanomyces and woody elements coming through. Balance is truly out of this world! Fizzy and refreshing, but highly complex and absolutely wonderful! cheekybaby (12) - - FEB 3, 2012
Everything a sour should be... This beer is so smooth on my tongue, refreshing my taste buds. I wish Allagash shipped to Maryland. A roadtrip may be in order!
BrewtopiaofPJ (37) - Miller Place, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Love the sour nose and the brett. Very complex beer and glad I saved a bottle for my cellar. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2006
After opening with a nice "thud," aromas of citrus, bananas and beautiful tarte sugar immediately permiated the air. The head, which was a creamy white, is generously fed by the carbonation below generated by the Duvel tupil this one was poured into. The color was a crystal clear amber with no trace of haze to be seen. Smells of citrus, peaches, tarte malt, grapes, and some spices. Tastes lightly sour with some peppery splashes. Somewhat nutty, but lacking the fruity qualities with the exception of some bananas and tarte cherries. Mouthfeel is splashy with some tingliness to it. Finish is lightly sour, but not as much so as I was hoping. The alcohol is well masked in this one, making it yet another excellent limited offering from Allagash. rayg1 (594) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 This wonderful brew was shared with ross. It pours a cloudy orange with a nice lasting white head. Smell is oak and tart fruits. The aroma is very pleasing actually. Taste is mellow funk with some spicy notes comming in before the fruitiness of pears come in. I liked this stuff alot and will buy again if I can find it. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 Thick beautiful golden amber with creamy white head. Good buttery palate. Very sweet candy aroma. Taste relatively straight forward - candy, caramel, and lingering wine tastes with a somewhat dry finish. A very good beer. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2007
2007 bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma of light citrus, pepper and grassy dry hops. The next wave is a more mature vanilla, yeast, stonefruit, perhaps some cidery notes too, wickedly complex. Brilliant fluffy (yes I know its 9%) medium-bodied mouthful. Big jammy fruitiness in the flavour, not overwhelming, and well complemented by some bretty notes and a light-to-moderate tartness, a perfect balance of fresh herbal hops come though too. Finish is almost crisp, alcohol is not there at all. This blew me away, an outstanding beer.