Allagash Fedeltá - Allagash Brewing Company

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86
very good

26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Allagash had the honor of hosting De Struise Brouwers Brewmaster Urbain Coutteau and his co-workers Carlo Grootaert, Phil Driessens and Peter Bruin; along with the "Homebrew Chef" Sean Paxton of homebrewchef.com on August 29. Our Brewers collaborated on a Belgium Blonde called Fedeltá which means Fidelity in Italian. De Struise had previously brewed a version of this beer at their farm brewery in Belgium. After collaborating strategically over e-mail, phone and in person on brew day, the five brewers were able to put all their hard work into a great brew.

Fedeltá, 8.2% Blonde was brewed using a selection of imported Pilsner Malt, Domestic Pale Malt as well as 15% Wheat Malt. American Cascade and Amarillo Hops were also selected resulting in 35 IBU. Also added in the boil was Cane Sugar and Honey. Fedeltá was fermented with our house Belgian-style strain, producing a subtle ester profile. The result is a smooth beer with subtle flavors of spice, honey, and vanilla as well as citrus hop flower notes. Fedeltá was available in limited markets.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 11-20-2008)
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler that a buddy brought back from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Rare beer in Charleston? At last!

A. Fizzy cloudy gold, smallish white head, lively carbonation. Looks like a paler version of Allagash's own tripel.

S. Interesting... Tripel-lite with more wheat. Spicy, wheaty, clove-y, crisp-y, lots of other y's... a flash of hop bitterness and reserved Belgian yeast hits my nose. Not as big or bold as a Tripel or Belgian Golden, but still tasty.

T. Very very drinkable beer here... crisp and dry with green apple, spice, clear Belgian yeast esters and more than a little grain flavor. Again reminiscent of the Tripel but toned down with much less yeast character. Coolly sweet and the hops shine through to add some noticeable bitterness. Nothing amazing, but just a solid brew.

M. Clean, sharp, thin, well carbonated. Very nice.

D. Pretty darn good... I don't know if this is worth seeking out due to the rarity of it, but if I had a keg I'm pretty sure I could kill it in short order. The ABV is not very evident and the whole brew is well done. Recommended if you can get it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet, the beer was a hazy golden color with a thick white head that rretained pretty well and left some decent lacing. It had a spicy citrus aroma, maybe a little floral. Lemon/orange flavor, cloves, and a bit of pine. This was a crisp, tangy beer. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the Blind Tiger in NYC, as part of their Allagash event this past week. Poured hazed golden amber, under a near white head and leaving nice stringy lacing. I got some honey and flowers in the nose. On the tongue, more honey, ginger, light gin and spiced up melon. Fruity with a citric bite. Starkly dry late with resiny and dusty hops falling in. Wow. Strikingly flavorful and zesty. Love the style in general and this one hit the note. Well worth seeking out if its available anywhere near your location.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash- Fedelta

A-Bright yellow orange with a good foamy white head. Moderate ring lacing.
S- Sweet lemon orange citrus tanginess, light touch of toasted malts and spice.
T- Light sweet/ tangy orange/ lemon citrus with powdery aspirin and a slight clove and wheat spiciness.
M- Aspiriny dry chalk body with tangy fruit hops and a spicy alc. finish.

Overall- Decent, nothing spectacular. A good nightcapper but I probably won't try again.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Max's during 72 Hours of Belgium.

A: The ale is a hazy golden color, dulled by the sediment but still rather brilliant.

S: The nose is spicy and peppery. Clove and wheat tartness are tempered by a very dry yeast strain.

T: The ale has a firm malt base, bready with a punch of wheat tartness. Pepper, orange peel and cloves, along with a faint strain of bretty funk, create a taste that is very dry, pleasing but dry. Hops add a faint bitterness that is very crisp. Green apples add to the tart dryness.

M: The mouthfeel is aggressive, very forward with its array of tastes. Not Allagash's best offering but a unique one nonetheless.

D: A decent ale. Nothing jumped out as spectacular but overall all the flavors came together nicely.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barleys last night, I was thrilled to see this handle on the wall. I had wanted to try this and thought I had missed my chance. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The nice hazy golden yellow pour was about what I would have expected. Rich white head reaches up to a about an inch before it barely settles down. Nice full look to it. Really nice aroma here. Lots of grain up front then a shot of cloves, light peaches and pears and a quick hit of citrus. Totally unexpected and really very, very well done. Rich notes of grain and almost a chewy, earthy quality to the taste. Very bright here with lemon zest and orange peel highlights to it. Very nicely carbonated as well now as it was a smooth, easy sipping belgian pale that hid its alcohol very, very well.

Overall not what I expected, but very well done and something I would be thrilled to try again. Glad this one crossed my path.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try it, I seem to have always missed my chance when it was at the GLB and Novare. As luck would have it, the Lion's Pride had it on their opening tap list.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, large amount of head with a good deal of patchy lacing along the glass.

Smell is rather odd, a mix of banana and clove along with an assertive hop presence and a citrus wheat aroma as well.

Taste is unsure what it wants to be with the flavors all colliding, on one end is the Belgian presence with banana and clove, on the other a hopped up Blonde ale, neither really win in the end so I have to call it a "disappointing" draw.

Glad I finally had this Allagash offering, but it's certainly not one of their better beers, good beer, just not up to my standards from them.

Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi transparent hazy light gold with a small white cap that fades into a mild collar. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, woody flavors, earty, grass notes.
Taste is of the aromas with more yeast, and bitter wood notes coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, floral, herbal, with a semi dry finish.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another find on the Sunset Grill tap list that I probably passed over about 8 times in the same visit before noticing. I appreciate that their list is so packed in with nothing standing out so friggin' dorks like me have to scour it over and over before finding some obscure treasure such as this, and I do mean that in the nicest way. Otherwise the keg would be kicked in about 2 days and I'd never stand a chance of enjoying this stuff. Into a tulip it goes...

Tight, single-finger head with solid staying power. Colored like natural honey with moderate carbonation.

Mix of subtle Belgian yeast, bolied grains and wonderful electricity. Honey sweetness combines with pine of oily hops. Almost a Germanic/Saaz-ish feel with a little warmth. Spice notes from yeast strain and their esters are pretty mellow here.

Solid hoppiness stands out - a fair amount of oil with electricity and the spice profile (coriander, orange zest, etc.) is actually a little lighter than expected at first but brings good closing speed. Definitely more "IPA" than "Belgian" so far, but decent mesh of both pedigree.

Definitely light-bodied on palate but spiciness starts to bite with good hop acidity in tow. Finishes a bit on the tight side.

It's a solid, ultra-hop forward Belgian IPA that's well-crafted as we've come to expect from the 'gash. Not a crazy, over-abundant effort to cross the edges of earth for but definitely...smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, finally got to tour the new brewery (1.5 years after it opened) and noticed they had kegs of fedelta in the cold room waiting on delivery. Checked with the tour guide and confirmed they sent a keg to the great lost bear. You can probably guess it, next stop was the great lost bear! grabbed a stool at the bar and ordered a glass.

A - hazy yellowish tan color with a nice billowy white head.
S - allagash's house yeast, honey, candi sugar and a hint of citric hops
T - subtle spice and citric hops blend into a nicely balanced honey, candi sugar and mellow belgian yeasts.
M - medium full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth but served way too cold at the bar.
D - served in a goblet and incredibly approachable.

Although I would've preferred to have a bottle or two and serve it around 55 degrees, this taste was worth the stop and will have to suffice for now.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during my most recent visit to Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME.

Pours a slightly hazy but bright gold with a creamy one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a sticky ring. Decent lacing.

Smell is mostly clove, yeast and orange peel.

Taste is much like the nose, with clove and yeast hitting the palate up front, before some mellow citrus flavors and a hint of grape and apple. Finishes dry with a slight hop bitterness.

Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Extremely crisp and refreshing.

A very drinkable, extremely enjoyable brew.

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of floral hops, spices, some grains, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, floralness, honey sweetness, and lighlty earthy.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/14/09

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the Charleston Beer Exchange as they're tapping hard to find beers each Tuesday this month.

A - Poured from a growler into a tulip glass. Pours clear and orange-blond with an extremely thin, fleeting white head.

S - Smell is sugary/honey sweet, grapey, little hop tinge in the aroma. I let it sit for a while and spices and the aforementioned hoppiness get bolder.

T - Citrus bite, sort of part grapefruit and part lemon, balanced with sweetness, hops are nicely leveled here.

M - Medium/thin bodied, slightly oily, medium carbonation.

Notes - Very drinkable, and with this one I prefer to let it sit in the glass and get a little bit above fridge temp.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: yeast, grass, and some milder citrus tones are easy to detect.

Taste: nice malt base with big spicy yeast flavors, pepper, green grapes, citrus, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish, and the finish is also a bit drying. Aftertaste is long as the yeast and spices linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: great flavored beer that is a slow sipping ale. Worth seeking this one out.

Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and some very good lacing.

S: The aroma was very fruity, with hints of hops and a mild malt quality.

T: More than anything, the fruit came out in this one. It was citrusy, hoppy and slightly malty. There may have been a little apple in there as well. A solid flavor.

M: Had a lively amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a well made, drinkable beer. It's very zesty and easy to like.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap

Fedelta has a bright golden color with some tangerine thrown in. A loose but fairly stable white head stayed for a bit leaving little lace, barely none. Smell is of belgian yeast, banana some slight citrus qualities and malt sweetness. Some hay as well. Taste takes a nosedive as it's just not hitting me. I think im just not fond of this particular yeast strain. Taste is some rotting banana with not so pleasant yeast with some floral and citrus in the finish. Feel is below medium with low carb which aint all that bad. I drank this quick to be done with it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold with a white head. Flavor is smooth. Mild Belgian yeast strain bite with minor spices and an overall earthiness. Interesting mature fruit tones. Carbonation has a bit of a bite. Liquid is sticky thick. Nice to drink.

Photo of MA08
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Light orange/yellow gold. Poured with a thinner white head that held pretty well.

S - Citruisy, spicey, get some cloves and malt sweetness

T - Spices show up first, but fairly light; lemon sherbet; and pretty sweet

M - Lighter, slightly sticky, and spritzy carbonation

D - Nicely drinkable, and pleasant. Alcohol warmth provides a soothing character to the brew

Overall, pretty aligned with what I would expect for the style, and a nicely done brew. Definitely recommended.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Allagash night at American Flatbread in Burlington. The color of the beer was a cloudy, raw-honey/amber hue and the head was beige. The retention was good and the lacing off the collar nice. The aroma was slightly musty malt, citrus hops and wheat. Compared to the rather subtle aroma the flavors were huge! I tasted oak, vanilla, grapefruit, orange peel, spices, sugarcane sugar and pale malt. It was like a cognac in complexity with a pleasant sweetness that helped make it highly enjoyable. The finish was crisp and hoppy. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation light and the body medium.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ BTAH.

Pours a hazy gold, white head.

Nose stays underneath; some yeast, bit of apricot, a bit grassy.

Taste is sweet up front, more apricot, but balanced from the beginning by the yeast and a fresh grassy hoppiness that carries just a hint of barnyard funk with it, coupled with a dry, light malt sweetness. Finish is interesting, bit yeasty and rich, with some sweet fruity esters, and a a lingering grassy bitterness that takes a bit to emerge after every sip. I even got a hint of white grapes later in the glass. Ever changing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sparkling carbonation. Aspects of a nice, crisp blonde and a saison, all with a bit more oomf. Fantastic. I have a soft spot for crisp, grassy, hoppy Belgians, so this one hit home for me.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Julians served in a tulip
A - Pale light gold with a big fluffy/lumpy head that stays. nice lacing.
S - Tart citrus fruit, some spice & yeast.
T - Light citrus fruit up front. Hops quickly follow. A little yeast too. Delicious. Nice lingering aftertaste...bready.
M/F - Super smooth. Light/Medium body. Fine carbonation. Great.
D - This one is a wonderful beer. So pleasant and balanced.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's. Pours a cloudy gold with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, some clove and spices. Flavor is very wheaty with tons of spices and yeast. Definitely more of a witbier (similar to Fluxus too I think). Pretty chill and easy to drink.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Allagash Fedeltá from Allagash Brewing Company
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