ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle in my living room all to my own. :) I have several others...but this one is all me!! HAHAHA! Anyway. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a thin lingering white foam. Aroma of cheese, yogurt, strawberries, and sour...makes your mouth water just smelling it! Super smooth on the palate, like liquid silk. Initial bite is sour, then as it goes down you’ve got a scotch/rum like flavor that hits on the back end. Feels light and fizzy, slightly puckering, but not even close to being really sour...just a taste of it. Another one of my favorites from these guys. Doing some AMAZING stuff now Allagash, I’m loving it. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Draft @ EBF. Ruby pour, with pink head. Funky brett, grape, sour cherry notes. Not huge fan of Victor, ironically, but this was nicely funked out, tart and for 9 plus percent an easily drinkable sour. Leighton (21232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours light red with a medium, pink head. Funky aroma with grapes, brett and other fruits. Fairly sweet flavor, sour, with more light fruits. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes tart with sweet fruit notes. Really good. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Greg providing another Gem to share at the LCBS 10. I have been chasing this monster since it’s creation. A ruby red ale with a small pink head. The aroma was white grapes and barnyard funk. Crisp with good carbonation and flavors like white grapes, tart red fruits, and champagne. Not overly sour, I liked this the best of the Allagash ales... daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Reddish pour. Grape, light cherry, oak aroma. Some hay and horseblanket in the background. Flavor is tart, not crazy sour. Funky, grapes, red wine. Oak shows itself a little. Pretty damn good.
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. Travlr (24658) - 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. phaleslu (10246) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
375 ml bottle via trade with goryskewych- thanks again, George! Pours a semi-cloudy orange-gold with a minimal head. Aroma of oak, lemon, grass, herbs, grapes, dusty funk, and leather. Flavor of apple, grape, spices, herbs, oak, and dry, musty, dusty funk. A little leather, too. Light-medium bodied, with a dry, tart, funky mouthfeel and low, gentle carbonation. Really easy to drink. Excellent sour that is holding up really well. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle from Allagash releasedurhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Appearance: Pours a cloudy pink tinted auburn with a swirly white film for head.
Aroma: Big wine barrel, cork, funky funked out yeast.
Taste: Sour grape, oak barrel, cork, red wine vinegar. Finishes with some sweet grape notes once your mouth gets past the sourness.
Mouthfeel: Tannic, puckering, low carbonation.
Overall: Complex, not super sour, but very sharp and pronounced.
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.