Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2017 ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Original release bottle, drunk a couple times in the past six months, most recently on 11/24/07
So at about 20ish months in the bottle, this one still shows a mountainous size of well-retained off-white head that laces as well as any Belgian-brewed Belgian ale. No surprise there. Leaving the sediment behind, the beer is a dark, but muted copper color in the middle, with lighter gold hues on the edges. Clarity is high, carbonation plentiful.
Aroma is full of grape fermentation notes (sharp esters and phenols, with nectarine notes and some higher alcohols, to briefly sum up what I associate with the grapes). The malt is surprisingly rather full in the nose, with rich, rich honey dough notes (definitely some sticky caramel as well). As far as that goes, it balances the sharp fruit esters and alcohols very nicely. With warming, vanilla and even light citrus notes (esters) emerge to add some complexity, though I don’t know that the vanilla works well with the fruit notes and breadiness. Still, the aroma is full, strong and not flawed, as well as distinctly Belgian. The alcohol is the most problematic, but I don’t see this as any more alcoholic than any other Belgian ale fermented (non-spontaneously) with fruits.
In the flavor is a luxurious amount of honey, caramel, peach and nectarine, with the tell-tale vanilla on the finish. I like the interplay of the more dry fruit notes with the honey and caramel, but probably it’s even a bit syrupy/sugary at this point. There is a touch "breadiness" or premature oxidation that dulls some of the malt intensity (not necessarily a bad thing) and with the alcohol on the finish, it’s quite dry and balanced by the end. Phenolic spiciness is easily noted throughout, with an almost herbal-like bitterness on the finish. Texture, as with most Allagash beers, and especially with this amount of malt softness, is extremely supple with engaging carbonation.
As with most of these Allagash one-offs, patience once again proves to be rewarding.
Bottle pulled from cellar and shared with a wine snob. 2012 vintage ? Pours a ripe golden color with three plus finger of white foam. Lots of apple, pear and white flower on the nose with a assertive belgian golden sweetneess. Palate follows but is a bit more muddy than the nose. Lots of sweet belgian candi sugar notes meld into soft fruit nuances. Slight grapey must lingers in the palate with a hint of butterscotch and vanilla. A bit weird, maybe a bit passed its prime but honestly I remember drinking this and Victor a few times fresh with similar results. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle. It pours a light golden color with a tall, rocky white head. The aroma has some grapes, baked apple, pear and light spice. The flavor has more grapes, apples and pear with a little baking spice. Relatively light bodied for the ABV, but sweet on the palate. Well hidden alcohol. Well put together. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2016
On tap at SLL tasting and 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark golden color with just a faint haze. The aroma is muted but smells vaguely of yeast and lees. The flavor has a lot of grape to it, subtle floral elements and a Belgian yeast funk. Alcohol is kept at bay for the most part, and this is a refreshing option. Full bodied, well carbonated feel with a slight dryness. radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Draft at the 40 Lines of Allagash event at City Tap House DC, thanks to DCLawyer. Poured a golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was light spice, mild grape sweetness. Smooth and rounded. jflopsu (1614) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2016
A gold pour with white head. A very strong wine (chardonnay) aroma. A sweet fruit taste like wine - heavy with grapes. A dry grain aftertaste, but sweet. Really tasted liked a white wine.
hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
July 22, 2015. On tap at Great Lost Bear. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malty, some grape, honey, almond, orange and spice notes. Taste is medium sweet with orange, honey, gran and almond, light bitter with a grassy and spicy notes, quite smooth finish with a touch of warming alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Pours a nice Medium golden yellow color. Minimal fizzy white head, lasted maybe a minute or two. Aromas of light spices, a touch of brown sugar. BrettTaylor (776) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2016
2013 bottle for #drinkitnow. Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a clear gold with thick, pillowy white head. Tons of lacing left on glass. Triple like aroma with definite overtones of white grape fruitiness. Poured second serving into a white wine glass. Aroma is much more fruity in there. Taste is more like a Belgian strong ale, with definite bitterness (resiny maybe) with some underlying mustiness. wchesser (2073) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Was told this was a couple of years old. Cloudy brownish yellow. Nose is tripel-esque, with some apple oxidation, and white grape must. Taste follows. Definitely past it’s prime. dayth (23) - - JAN 24, 2016
Trippel-like strong ale. No discernable grape flavor, just heavy school burn. 750 ML bottle