Thank You Allan - Maine Beer Company
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +26.2%
This is an unprecidented and clandestine single keg release of Maine Beer Company's first barrel aged beer called Thanks Allen. It is named after their brewing mentor Allen, the much-appreciated gentleman who turned the two brothers on to home brewing. This is a barrel aged farmhouse sour ale had on tap at novare res 12/31/11.
A: golden yellow and opaque with minmal clarity as expected from an unfiltered ale. Minimal white head, minimal lacing.
S: Nose is mildly sour with funk, some green apple in the background and perhaps some cherry. A bit of hay and wheat is there as well.
T: Sourness is less than what is present in the nose. A bit of apple, sour cherry, and wheat. Finishes with a subtle bitterness at the aftertaste.
M: very smooth, very reasonable carbonation especially considering the barrel conditioning. Refreshing overall. Not any alcohol heat.
O: Wow! This is a fantastic ale. MBC never fails to impress me. I highly recommend this beer and everything it represents (1% sales to the environment and treating employees well). Thank you Maine Beer Company, and THANK YOU Allen!
01-01-2012 02:10:11 | More by beerbiatchMD
4.43/5 rDev +23.4%
This is bottle #9, it has been in my cellar since the release two weeks ago. As I tried to open the bottle, the twist tab on the cage broke—something that has never happened to me before. I was able to remove the rest of the cage with a butter knife and then pop the cork. I'm pouring it into a Maine Beer Company glass.
The beer is golden and clear, with highlights of orange. Lots of carbonation was clinging to the walls of the glass initially, but it dissipated. There is still plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom. The head was a finger thick layer of pure white bubbles. It has settled to a lacy skim.
The nose has a distinct funk to it. It is more lambic-like than something one would find in a farmhouse ale. There are also aspects of white wine, giving it the overall aroma of white grapes. A slight sweetness, reminding me of powered sugar, lingers in the back.
The flavor has a great mixture of hoppy bitterness and wild yeast sourness. At first it is a slightly sweet pale ale flavor, but wild yeast's flavors quickly make themselves known. Like the nose, traits of white grapes abound. Fruity hops are mostly tasted in the finish. The beer doesn't taste as hopped as Lunch, Peeper or MO, but if my memory is correct, it is hoppier than Mean Old Tom. Mild bitterness and a slight musty flavor linger on after swallowing.
This beer provides plenty of tingling sensations. Well after I've swallowed, my tongue still feels the ghosts of the carbonation bubbles. I'm sure the sensations are heightened by the sourness of the beer. The body is of medium strength...perhaps slightly fuller than I expected. Carbonation is at above average levels. A slight feeling of a coat is on my lips, but not real physical coat remains inside my mouth.
I like this beer. It's an interesting wild ale with plenty of hops and not too much sourness. I'm glad I opened the bottle while the hops were still fresh and strong, but I imagine the other flavors would still be quite enjoyable with some time on them. This beer has probably sold out and its unlikely many people will get to try it, but hopefully MBC keeps this barrel-aging program up. I know that I would risk another drive out to the industrial park in a snowstorm for their next special release.
03-16-2012 00:23:29 | More by ToasterChef
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
Thanks to drentropy for sharing.
Almost no head, opaque champagne color.
Nose nice brett funk, light Belgian yeast, golden Belgian malts, hint if oak and tart fruit, light floral hops. Very floral and effervescent, with nothing overpowering too much, very nice.
Taste of loaded with bready malts, light funky Brett, light fruity citrus-y hops, hint of bitterness, light tart fruit hard to describe the type of fruit, maybe green apple and apricot, light pale malts. Finish of light tart fruit, little watery, hint malts.
Mouth its lighter bodied, decent carb.
Overall pretty good, nice bready malts, nice fruity flavors, a bit thin and not worth that much money.
03-07-2012 14:42:26 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +11.4%
500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Shared with friends.
A: Gorgeous bottle, unlike any I've seen before. Clear gold body under a fine, persistent head of off-white froth. Good lace. All right.
S: Pure Brett funkiness: earthy, minty, grassy, and spicy. I'm a fan.
T: Follows the nose, with the addition of some stone fruit and faint tartness. Very dry finish with heavy, earthy minerality. Tasty.
M: Lively light-to-medium body. Nice.
O: A very enjoyable Brett beer, but I could have gone for more barrel presence and some actual sourness. Definitely not worth the $25 price tag, but a fun beer to try regardless.
09-09-2012 14:32:24 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev +11.4%
had at beer tuesday sel de la terre 1/24/2012 out of a bottle into a wine glass
A - opaque dirty(not in a bad way) earthy yellow/orange (mostly yellow). little in the way of lacing or head (though it was poured by staff to ensure everyone got a similar pour so that may be why the head was minimal.
S - funky notes upfront sour apple, earthiness, and oak. some spice in the back.
T - again funky notes dominate here with sour apple earth and oak. lemon zest hops and spice cuts in the back to reveal some farmhouse ale qualities.
M - light bodied with medium carbonation. goes down smooth with a good dry finish. some astringency present but not overwhelming.
O - its a good beer but i wish the funky qualities were a little more pronounced. very good beer for someone wanting a gateway into the world of sour beers.
01-25-2012 13:50:16 | More by celticfutblclub
3.86/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a fluffy, bright white head the settles into a frothy slick. Nose expresses a faint lemony character, a hint of medicinal phenols and a suggestion of spice and funk. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a light tartness, a little earthiness and a trace of Brett. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with a lively carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very approachable sour, but not much character for an American Wild.
06-11-2013 00:39:52 | More by Jwale73
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Shared by Thorpe, Thanks! I love Maine brewing company but this wild saison is a little bit of a let down.
Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, nice retention, looks good.
The aroma is a saison yeast strain and Brett c, big Brett c aroma in here. Just about it, a little oaky fruitiness but that is from the Brett.
Beer is light in body a little dry on the finish, an OK beer but a little one dimensional to me. Brett bomb through and through. I don't think I'd have this again but there are so few bottles I doubt the occasion will ever come up.
04-09-2012 19:47:30 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a small white head. The aroma offers brett, oranges and assorted citrus. Brett heavy and a bit out of balance. The aftertaste offers a lingering tangy brett character. Fairly light, and pretty easy to drink. This was ok.
04-09-2012 01:37:11 | More by Huhzubendah
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Thank you to LostTraveler for the bottle
Pours clear gold with a 1.5 finger head with pretty good lacing and retention.
Strongest aromas are a Belgian yeast strain with brett and some phenols.
Starts off with a yeasty bready flavor. Some brett along with spicy Belgian yeast. Barely any oak detectable. Not sour at all. Brett stands out more once the beer warms a bit.
Fairly light with medium carbonation levels and a good creaminess.
Bland and slightly mediocre. The oak is barely present. Really two notes. Spicy Belgian Yeast and a bit of brett which was overpowering the warmer it got. Classified as a saison would score slightly higher, but nothing very "wild" about this one.
04-15-2012 20:06:16 | More by jmarsh123
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Drinkin' for the gorillas.
Bottle 105 of approximately 250, handwritten on the back label.
Had the same issue as ToasterChef when trying to take off the cage, thing broke apart when I was twisting it off, very odd, first time for everything. Beer has been in my fridge since the release date.
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head, not much lacing on the glass, no floaties in the bottle on the first pour even though it's bottle conditioned.
Smell is surprisingly hoppy, even though it's been awhile since its release, also considering this is a "wild ale", picking up some sweet malt with a really subtle hint of oak, the sourness is very light on the nose and is really only found if looking for it, not much of a funk.
Taste is really mild for what is supposed to be a sour farmhouse aged in oak, definitely good for breaking in a beginner but not for one looking for extreme flavors, drinks more like a pale ale aged in barrels with a minute funk presence, sourness is very low practically nil, finishes clean and dry with a good carbonation level, its actually a bit refreshing.
An interesting, if somewhat misleading, beer. Worth the price? Definitely not, but most of it is considered donation. Worth a try? Yes, if you can.
05-16-2012 21:22:37 | More by deltatauhobbit
District of Columbia
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Bottle shared by Thorpe.
Pours a hazy light yellow with a large bubbly white head. Intensely bretty nose with mild saison yeast. Very earthy flavor and dry, bready finish. Tons of brett throughout, not very enjoyable. Medium light body with soft carbonation. An average saison at best.
04-19-2012 22:23:19 | More by yourefragile
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Big thanks to Joppa for getting a bottle of this out my way. Served in a Maine Beer Co. wine glass.
Pours a clear light golden color with a nice white head and a few spots of lacing. The nose has some citrus and heavy Brett. Strong phenolics and a bit of earthiness. The flavor is similar Brett-heavy; a little too much so, in fact. Light-medium body with a slightly-off dryness and fairly heavy phenols. Perhaps a bit more time would have served this one well.
04-10-2012 00:54:26 | More by Thorpe429
2.78/5 rDev -22.6%
Reviewing the Thank You Allan from Maine Beer Company.
Not bottle date, but a Google search indicates this beer was released March 1, 2012 and there are only 250 bottles. Served in a Russian River footed glass and enjoyed on 05/10/12.
Appearance: Pours a translucent apple juice color with a finger of fizzy white head that quickly and totally settles. No pop to the cork, which was disappointing after the shotgun rocket that was the cork to the Oude Gueze I had last weekend. No lacing or retention. There is no sediment in my glass, despite the bottle's warning about yeasty sediment in the bottle. 3.5/5
Smell: Sour apple, white grape, pear syrup and candied lemon. There is a hint of sweet rice vinegar and a little grapefruit too. No hops. Decent sour aroma without any funkiness. 3.75/5
Taste: What the eff? This is not a wild ale. There's a crisp bitter citrus sourness upfront, but that quickly subsides into a medley of bland lager flavors. There is a tin-y aftertaste with a residual stale apple juice linger. Cornmeal, bready malt, grain and apple cores. Bleh! This is not undrinkable, but why drink this? 2/5
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Has a thin "lager juice" mouthfeel. Dry finish. A bit acidic. 3/5
Overall: I don't care what Maine Beer Company says; this is not a wild ale. This beer tastes like an American adjunct lager with a stale apple twist.
Recommendation: Avoid this beer. I truly appreciate the generous gesture from my friend in sending me this limited brew, but this beer is not good.
Cost: $25 for a 500 ml bottle.
05-11-2012 18:05:17 | More by jegross2
Thank You Allan from Maine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.