ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Bottle from Chinabeergeek, dated 5/7/13, drunk 5/5/17.bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Bright amber-cherry colored body shows good clarity and a beige head atop that slowly recedes to cover.
The nose is an easygoing mix of acetic acid and soft Brett-like cherry pie notes. Malts add a gentle sweetness in the form of vanilla and honey but the big fruity esters from the various bacteria and yeasts keeps it bright and lively as light oak is noted on the end with just a touch of alcohol. Everything has come together very nicely here and there are no rough edges. Even the acetic acid takes on a deep, funky, fruity character with no vinegar notes at all.
Soft and malty with oak adding additional structure to the texture while low but very tight carbonation helps concentrate and then disperse the acids and sugars to great success. Mild cherry pie-like character from the Brett with low breadiness and a touch of citrus keeps things bright while acetic acid is, just as in the nose, relaxed and only adds a robust fruitiness with little/no vinegar character. Light alcohol warmth on the end adds to the picture by contributing more dryness and rich layers of honey and vanilla from the base malts continually comfort the palate. Fantastically well-aged and harmonious beer that was a delight to drink every drop of. Quite marvelous indeed!
(375ml, bottled 5/17/13) Pours a clear golden body with a spare white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, citrus, light herbs, and stone fruit. Flavor of citrus, vanilla, brett, oak, and light vinegar. zvikar (6444) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Hazy orange, beige head, aroma of glue, vinegar, toffee, wood, vanilla, oak, flavor of glue, strawberry, wood, toffe, sourish, fun, vinegar, vinous, medium bodied. bytemesis (9215) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle vintage 2013, rotting in the box since kindly given to me by JBPortland. Pours crystal clear rich deep orange, medium creamy beige head, dissipates fairly slowly, good lacing. Aroma is funky, oak tannins, buttery wood. Flavor is dry, medium funk, Brett, oak, hint of vanilla. Medium body, soft carbonation. I have no idea what this was like fresh, but three years at 46° have turned it into a damn fine beer. phaleslu (10665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
375 ml bottle shared by Homer321 - thanks again, Sean! Opened this one on the last-ever Hyatt lobby fart share of RBWG 2016. Pours a cloudy tea orange with a small off-white head that settles into a ring. Notes of grapes, vanilla, oak, caramel and bready malts, herbs and florals, and lemon. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, funky mouthfeel. Good stuff. Really like these Allagash sours.
GenDV138 (7699) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2016
375 ml caged & corked bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Popped for Allagash’s #DrinkItNow Day. Bottled 5/17/2013. Clear copper/amber with a finger or so of off-white head. Aromas of cherries, vinegar, dark fruit, funk, musty oak, red wine, a hint of whiskey. Tastes of cherries, vinegar, funk, light tartness, red wine. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Nicely masked alcohol. Aged fairly well at just under 3 years. Homer321 (5190) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle at RBWG 2016. Thanks Homer321! Nose us very cheesy and super fucken barny and woody. Hazy deep copper color. Taste is moderately tart with a gin like nite, spruce and citrus. Taste is nice while aroma is intense. VsXsV (4544) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle at hotel lobby fart share @RBWG 2016. Hazy amber liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of lemon, light vinegar, wood, apple skin, light caramel and earth. Taste is very light sweet and medium sour with notes of lemons, apples and wood. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice. JulienHuxley (5950) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle shared. Lightly hazy gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is fruity, cherry, light acetic, super oaky, rich oak, light bourbon. Taste is tart, potent acidity, acetic notes. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation. Good. joet (2662) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Nice golden clear tan edge, aromas of alcohols, bits of acetone, caramel, apples. Wonderful except for the acetones