ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Sweet tart nose with lots of acetic acid/vinegar, some caramel and a touch of cherry. Moderately sweet, moderately tart, lots of acetic acid, some cherry, light dark fruit and some caramel. Travlr (25496) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of MrChopin, thanks! Bright pinkish red, hazy. Aroma of sour raspberries. Taste is bitter, sour, fruity all at once. Nice complexity and character. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle kindly shared by TURDFERGUSON. Nice one, Sam! Pours reddish brown with big, bubbly head that sticks around for the ride. Nose of dark cherry, oak, and a bit of funkiness. Tannic notes from the grapes. Does not taste like it’s nearly 10%. Nice acetic notes and dry finish. Great. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Got a chance to try this twice, both times courtesy of my man Turd - thanks, Sam! It’s been a long while since I tried Victor, and the addition of extra grapes and more funk almost entirely obscures the beer’s distant roots in the tripel (at least if the commercial descriptions of Victor were to be believed). Reddish pour with crisp bubbles and nice retention. Nose is soft cherry skins, wood, a very modest funk. The cab comes through far more in the flavor, no excess heat despite the ABV, and it’s like a modified Supplication in some sense. Delish. emacgee (4697) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Thanks turdfeguson for sharing. Pours a pinkish orange with a wisp of white head. Nose is tart and vinous with a nice earthy funk and hints of fruit skins. Flavor is acetic and tart with a vinous character and nice fruit character. Crisp tart palate.
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Opens with a nice big pop of the cork. Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter glass an opaque apricot orange color with a decent sized white collared head. The aroma is more sour/tart fruit notes with grape, vanilla and oak. As it warms this has vanilla and caramel taste as well. Smell is very wine-esque as well. Light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. The carbonation is actually a little much and gets in the way of some of the flavors. The taste starts off with sweet/tart fruit and transitions to a long drawn out wine like dryness with touches of brett florals and medicinal. The alcohol is noticeable in the end and reminds me of wine. Overall, I like this beer but again with some of the other Allagash limited beers, this isn’t really mind blowing or life changing at all. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2010 The color of raw tuna. Skinny nose of white grape, light sweetness in berry, and a hint of salty brett with plastic undertones. The sweetness is a real problem in the flavor, sugary grape skin, the dusty newspaper of a good lambic, and tea. A bit of an odd finish, elmers glue and a vegetal bitterness, grape-leaves like, accompanied by more berry skins and a bit of sugar. Thin but thankfully not hot. A bit of a mess, both the lack of coherence and the flaws that shoot in and out. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle, picked up at the brewery while in Portland in August 2010. Right place, right time. Pours reddish brown with a small bubbled white head. Good retention. Notes of oak, cherry skins, red wine barrels, bugs. For 9.7%, its pretty smooth. This does kind of fall outside the alcohol range for most sour ales, but damn if this isn’t pretty durn good. Much better than when I sampled it back in August. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Huge thanks to Brad for sharing this one, tasted alongside Gargamel and Vagabond.
Pours a clear reddish amber with a small whitish head that recedes quickly to a thin collar and leaves little lacing.
The aroma is very bright, lots of lemony tartness and lactic up front but then the grapes take over and are certainly the most prominent feature of the nose. The brett is present but not overdone.
The taste is also excellent with the grapes shining through from the beginning with a musty funk from the brett and some lactic acid and lemons thrown in for good measure. Finish is dry and vinous - oaky.
The mouthfeel is light bodied, extremely crisp and well carbonated.
This was the clear winner against Vagabond and Gargamel. Granted, it’s a different type of beer, but it was the tastiest for me. Great American wild and one of Allagash’s best. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2010
357ml bottle, thanks ? Murky amber body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, funk, wood/cherry, some orange, light lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, funk, cherry, some wood, orange/lemon. Low carbonation, medium-full body.