Braudog (6710) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Caged and corked. Poured with a pleasant appeal, rust-colored and mellowly displayed with just a fizz of a head. With a sweet, aromatic presence, this beer drinks with a simple elegance. Despite its light body, this drinks with a big warming presence, fruity and almost tangy in a Belgian style. I have no idea how to describe this beer ... the grapey aspect doesn’t come across in a wine-like way at all. Instead, it adds body and fullness to the sweet-bodied beer. Delicious. Take this out to the vineyard instead of a bottle of wine, and sup on cheese and grapes. (#3115, 9/30/2007) badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Hazy reddish golden amber with a fizzy white head. Aroma of grapes, sugar, raisins, yeast, and some interesting coffee-like notes. Bright sugary palate. Tastes of grapes, candy, some spice notes, and a long vanilla and alcohol taste to the finish. A really fantastic beer. BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2007
750ml bottle from RSVP in Portland. Hazy amber-red body with a thin film of off-white head. Smells fruity, peppery, and spicey. Tastes fruity, with grapes and raisin flavors playing a prominent role. Spice, roasty malts, and alcohol warming all play big roles too. Fairly full bodied with less carbonation than expected, but enough to make this beer surprisingly refreshing. A pretty darn good beer, with some good wine qualities too. SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
A very fine amount of carbonation rising to the top with a thick patch of white foam is how I would give a description. I would also add the obvious dirty straw blonde color as note worthy to its physical qualities. Aroma is a nice blend of different scents such as wood, grapes and mild hops detected. This flavor, however, is completely full of luscious sweet yet slightly sour grapes freshly picked off the vine. I have had previous beers where I had noticed grape flavor characteristics but this ale hits it right on the bull’s-eye. Its so strong of grape that its hard to find and determine what else is there. I know some light touches of oak wood become apparent and really dry my mouth out, but also there might possibly be some hints of apple and unknown dashes of spice. Maybe it’s the yeast playing tricks on my taste buds but none the less interesting. Such a subtle and refined drink it’s as though I’m indulging myself into a fine wine. The price was more expensive than I’m used to paying for a 750 ml bottle, but the quality of the contents match its worth. A brilliant and excellent job and cheers to the brew masters behind this wonderful addition to the Allagash catalog. egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Poured a hazy orange color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapes, vanilla, citrus, and an earthy yeastiness. Taste of much of the same, more citrus, tart grapes, dry yeastiness, with a bit of alcohol, and a tart, dry, finish.
IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Poured a cloudy dark blonde/light amber with a fizzy/creamy off-white head. Some aroma of white bread, skins of red grapes, perhaps a bit of cinnamon and cloves. Flavor is balanced and refined, and not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. Some light honey flavor mixing with some ginger and nutmeg, mixing with the very dry and earth flavors of the red grapes and the alcohol. Long finish of fresh grapes and alcohol. Body feels a little light. Like wine but better, mixing the dry subtle flavors of the wine with the refined, complex and assertive styles of the belgian ale. Maybe I’m going soft in my old age, but I enjoyed this very much. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Bottle from Allagash Brewing. 750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy amber color with white head. Aroma of grapes. Taste of red wine and malt with dry after taste. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle. Not sure if I traded for this one or if I bought it somewhere. I have had it for several months now. Pours out a light orange color with an off white head on it. Smell is full of grapes, malts, yeast, but mostly the grapes. Taste is smooth and refreshing and leaves you wanting more. This one is way better than Victoria, probably because Victoria tasted more like a white wine than a beer. This shit is really good, and I wish I had some more of it. Rating may be slightly skewed since this is my favorite brewery. Good stuff! Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
Dark gold like topaz or citrine. Semi-clear with a mid-sized blonde head. Barn house aromas. Lemongrass or lemon verbena. Fresh and lovely bouquet is fruity and like chardonnay with some sweet cheese too. Soft but strong effervescence. Alcohol frames the flavors and carries the body forward. Fruit juice-like including mild white grape juice, guava, granny smith apples with punchy finish. Strong, sturdy, complex, underrated, and delicious. nuplastikk (6254) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2008
750ml bottle. Glowing cloudy orange color. Mild and subdued dry, sweet aroma. Sweet yeasty mouthfeel, not unlike a top-notch Belgian Ale. The alcohol and sweetness are very well balanced with the mild tartness of the grapes. The end of the bottle really displays the most red-grape notes, with a real depth of character. An excellent World Class beer, albeit a tad pricey.