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Allagash Vrienden - Allagash Brewing Company

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%


Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Vrienden is a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, CO and was brewed in July of 2010. Brewmaster Peter Bouckart worked with us to come up with a recipe to be brewed both at their facility and at ours, with subtle differences in each. Both beers used the same base recipe. The Vrienden- Fort Collins version was brewed with belgian endive and hibiscus flower. The Vrienden- Portland version was brewed with dandelion greens and elderberries. Peter then came to Allagash to assist with the brew itself and, a few weeks later, Jason and Rob went there to help with their brew. The beers were fermented using a blend of New Belgium's Lactobacillus strain and the Allagash Brettanomyces strain.

The resulting beer is mildly tart, fruity and slightly hoppy.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-15-2011)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour/tart fruits, herbs, and some slight floral aromas. Taste is very much the same with a very nice tart finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good and tasty wild ale and I like this Allagash version much better than the New Belgium one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 05:05:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks for the nice growler of this one, great to be able to try this one!

. A light pink in color with a huge head of white that came up over the top to a height of around an inch before dropping back down to earth with little in the way of lacing. Aroma was wonderful though. Nice touches of raspberries, hints of light cherry and a touch of sour apples as well. Really quite nice, and very light and refreshing. Smooth and light flavor here as well. Not especially sour, but people need to realize a wild ale does not need to be sour. Anyway. Cherries and Raspberries dominate here, light touches of grape skin, apples and a smooth, and light sugary note to it as well.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2011 02:09:50 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a thin white head.

S: Not the most assertive nose. Fairly floral with a touch of banana, too. A very light tartness to it, maybe a light pear sourness. Some apple skins and a light malt note to it, maybe a bit of oak.

T: Fairly sweet for a sour beer. Lots if pear and apple, a bit of banana, as well. Light bread flavor with some oak and a touch of lemon and lemon zest. Some other citrus notes, too.

M: Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation.

O: This was a bit better than the New Belgium version, but it still didn't do much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 20:40:51 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Allagash's e-mail: "A collaboration brew with New Belgium Brewing. Brewed with dandelions and elderberries. Fermented with Allagash Brettanomyces and New Belgium's Lactobacillus. Tart, fruity, earthy. 1500 bottles for sale at the brewery only, proceeds to benefit friends of Casco Bay (.org). Limit two (2) bottles per person. $10.00 per bottle."

On tap at the Day Session of Extreme Beer Fest 2011. At least I believe it was on tap based on what I saw, i.e. a lack of bottles. It also looks like quite a few people had Vagabond on tap.

Pour yielded a light copper to amber colored brew with a nice off-white head settling atop it after a good swirl or two. The nose was a bit of a hodge podge at this point. There was definitely a bit of acid plus a nice fruitiness and a bit of Brett funk and earthiness. The elderberries are pretty interesting and I like what they did.

The taste really brought things together a lot better. The combination of the elderberries with the funky Brett was nice, and the light acid provided a nice complement. Taste is slightly tannic, though not at all in a bad way. Feel had good carbonation for the accompanying brew with a really nice funkiness that went well with the flavors from the fruit. Good dry finish.

Overall, this was quite interesting. Not necessarily my favorite wild from Allagash, but it was certainly intriguing enough to get me to hit their table up a few times. Looking forward to hopefully getting to taste how this develops in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 12:02:33 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber/orange in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of elderberries and sourness in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a light to moderate amount of sourness along with some notes of elderberry flavors. The taste improves and becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink compared to others in the style because the sour flavors are only light to moderately strong and do not overpower the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 02:51:00 | More by metter98
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Map Room. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Arrived with two fingers of white foam that slowly settled to a solid cap, leaving splotchy lace. Hazed brownish-red body.

S - Slight lactic sourness, some herbs and spices. Grassy, with some vaguely tea-like notes to it as well.

T - Again, light lactic sourness, and herbal bitterness (I'm guessing from the dandelion greens). Bready malt character, with some peppery Belgian yeast. Alcohol is well-hidden. I didn't get elderberries at all, and the brett only seems to add a vaguely musty, earthy note.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, medium carbonation. Fairly clean finish, which was mildly surprising.

D - I liked this better than the New Belgium version, but this may be my least favorite of the Allagash small batch releases. It took me a fair bit of time to work through my glass, although to be fair it was pretty late in the evening.

Edit: Cracked a bottle 01-05-2011. A lot of the herbal flavors has mellowed out, lactic presence has increased, and the brett has imparted some nice citrus and tropical notes. Probably more of a ~4 beer these days.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 05:50:34 | More by MasterSki
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey, also a bottle thanks to thirdeye11.

Big frothy 1 finger head with sticky lacing all around, over a hazy ruby reddish golden orange color.

Nose brings funk, some wild Brett funk with light horse hair and earthy funk, some light tart lacto like funk as well, very light sour fruit, light bready malts.

Taste brings tart fruit to start, light sour lacto, some earthy wild Brett dunno, light barnyard, light bready malts, some darker reddish earthy malts as well, semi sweet, fruit include sour grapes, light apricot, funk isn't too crazy as it seems cut with fruit juice as well. Finish dries a bit but could use more, light sticky flemmy tart fruit and wild funk.

Mouth is med bodied decent carb.

Overall a great funky wild, great Brett nose, tart fruits, juicy, the finish could have been a bit drier but I very that will come with bottle aging.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 03:21:52 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Poured orange-brown with very little head; some carbonation visible. Floral aroma with some citrus notes. Taste was surprisingly sour up front, but not overbearing. Grassiness mixed with citrus followed leaving a nice crispness in the mouth. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable. I probably wouldn't have more than a glass at any given sitting, but I would definitely not mind having that one glass if it was available.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 03:25:12 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Great Lost bear in maine a week or two ago and now a growler pour from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours hazed/clouded auburn amber, minor medium tan head, quick to depart, leaves just a faint film, thin collar and no lace. On the low side of the carbonation scale.

Nose faintly of sweet and ripe tropical fruits, not much else.

On the tongue is where the interest rises, tart, fruity, herbal, moderatly sour. More ripe fruits, cherry for sure coming through as well as plums. Super dry finish, with more tart and sour goodness. Complex, interesting and flavorful offering. Glad I had the chance to give this one a couple of tries.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2011 00:16:13 | More by Billolick
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml brown bottle, no freshness date needed as this one will probably be good to drink for a while.

LOOK: Bright orange hue, pasty lacing ... looks inviting.

SMELL: Grassy, vegtal, tart, marmalade, musty cellar, herbal, woody, mint, esters, lemon zest

TASTE: Smooth, dry, tart, lemon pith, vegtal, medicinal, dried grass, chalky yeast, musty, funk, faint barn yard, sweet onion, sour berries, dry finish

Really out there, smacks the palate with tartness. If not for the dry character it would not be so drinkable. A sipper still, glad I did not subject myself to getting this in growler form as that was not the brewers intent. I'm thinking this one will start to peak in about a year but I'm satisfied with opening it now.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 04:52:24 | More by Jason
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml shared by foretfu at a recent tasting. Thanks again man! Sampled next to the New Belgium Lips of Faith version.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color that is opaque with tangerine hues and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lasting.

EArthy, slightly funky aroma that is very floral aroma with of bready yeast and citrus fruit notes, especially tangerine and orange peel.

Tart puckering mouthfeel with earthy funk and dry Brett efervescence.  Slight creamy presence with citrus fruit.  Floral not hoppy with sweeter fruit and a  dry finish with lingering sourness.   The better of the two versions.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 05:39:58 | More by corby112
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight. I assume we'll start seeing more reviews of this, as it's all over town (Baltimore) right now.

The beer pours an ice tea amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty sour and funky in this one, and I'm not picking up a whole lot of the elderberry in it. However, there is something of an underlying sweet berry aroma that helps to balance the sour funk a bit (thankfully). The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, though I get a lot more of a flowery, elderberry and juniper berry flavor. Also, while the sour funk is definitely there, there's enough sweetness to counter it, aiding this beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sweet and sour, fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, and frankly I was a bit shocked to see the 9.3% abv. I would have guess 6% or 7% at the most.

Nice beer. It won't supplant interlude any time soon on my list of Allagash favorites, but it's still pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 21:46:31 | More by johnmichaelsen
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon’s Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with moderate amounts of funk. Also present are slight amounts of floral hops, light herbs, and citrus rind.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus rind flavors. Midway through the sip a surprisingly robust hit of funk comes into play before being tempered by earthy hops. The hops fade out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall I enjoyed this version better than NB’s as the flavors were cleaner and more robust. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 02:25:23 | More by glid02
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass at Pizza Paradiso.

A real nice orange/brown cloudy body, giving to hints of brown caramel color. Head is an off foamy white that looks great.

Bouquet is a hop floral sensation and salt. Hint of sour cherry baked brown bread, and some yeast sensations.

Sour saison like quality upon tasting, some tartness, but an interesting nice carbonation and bitter orange juice finish. It does feel a little, how could I say, one dimensional though?

Overall I was hoping I could say more about this but I just can't I don't feel much off of this. It's alright but I am not gravitated toward it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 00:27:18 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub for their 15th anniversary week. A delicious beer, wonderful that I got a chance to try some. Pours a dark orange with excellent clarity and some very nice lacing. Smells nicely sour without being overly acetic. Nice background notes of stone fruit. Fairly zingy and delicious flavors of bright citrus and apricot, with the faintest metallic twang. Dry and nicely sour. Not as complex as some, but very balanced and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 18:44:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a hazy red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, fruit, and very slight funk. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The mouthfeel on this one was a little too thin for my liking on this style. It had a pretty good aroma going on, but the flavor seemed a little muted. No sign of alcohol anywhere... Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 13:27:14 | More by thagr81us
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Hazy, warm orange-brown body with a finger of fine, creamy tan foam. Ok retention and some attractive lace. Nice-looking beer.

S: Sour, floral, and fruity, with a mixture of lactic and acetic acidity nicely offset by apple, lemon, grapefruit, and grassy notes. I can’t pick out dandelion specifically, but there’s a solidly aromatic floral presence on top of the primary sourness. I’d like a bit more aggression and crispness from the acidity, but this is excellent.

T: Follows the nose, with a deliriously complex array of sour, fruity, and floral flavors all dancing across my tongue. Lactic and fruity at first, with some white wine vinegar and dry floral flavors following it up. Sticky, pear-heavy finish. A bit of alcohol creeps in, but nothing beyond what I’d expect for a 9.3% beer. Very, very tasty.

M: Svelte, mouth-filling medium body with moderate, lively carbonation. Substantial and enjoyable.

O: This was yet another great sour from Allagash, although it suffers from the same slight lacto-heavy dullness that has kept Interlude from fully blowing me away lately. All the flavors work well together, and the complexity is truly impressive, but at heart there’s just a heaviness that keeps the tartness from taking flight like tartness can (and does in the best of sours – viz. Cantillon). Given that this is included in the Prime 16 happy hour, I’ll definitely be having another, minor quibbles aside. Well done, Allagash.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 13:54:03 | More by woosterbill
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper red beer with a white head that dissipated to a partial ring and left some sparse splotches on the side.

S - Sweet fruit that is lightly reminicent or raspberries, assuming this is the elderberry aroma. Somewhat tart with an outdoorsy smell from the dandilion greens. Smells good, but sweet.

T - Very sweet and syrup sugary. The tartness from the nose is lost. Finish is dandilion greens down the back of the throat. Really not a huge fan of this, it is candy sweet with nothing to balance it out. Alcohol is very well hidden though.

M - Not enough carbonation gives this one a mouthfeel that is once again, too syrupy. It is light bodied so the lack of carb just makes it seem flat.

O - Don't like this, too sweet, too flat, too boring. At 9% can be a killer though, ABV is undetectable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 23:05:51 | More by AgentZero
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into an Allagash tulip a clear dark golden copper hue with a nice creamy one finger dense head that left sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Aromas of light barrel and vinegar. That's kinda it.

T - Taste brings out nice barrel, good vinegar and light vanilla. Tart fruit skins, lightly sweet and floral.

M - Mouthfeel is super good for a higher ABV, incredibly drinkable and lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a tasty brew from Allagash super sessionable. The nose is a bit lacking but other that that this is a nice offering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 21:40:58 | More by rudzud
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Hulmeville Inn, poured into a big ass goblet.

Vrienden came to me looking bright golden orange and some tangerine shades thrown in as well. A bit cloudy but not dirty. Just some loose bubbles floating on top. While not pretty, it's not dead looking.

Smell is quite pungent and on the wild side. The lacto basically pours out with a nice brett backing. Floral is quite the word and with some warming, dandelions and whatever they used bites. Not quite Cuvee De Flures(SH) flower ridden, but a nice bouquet. Fruity with slight citrus, maybe some mango.

Taste kinda falls off for me. The flower is the main taste for me and dominates the beer. Some sharp brett/lacto action, than a long flower/floral taste, going into a fruity finish. Orange, pineapple slices. the yeast comes out more and more and kinda gets in the way as well, im not a huge fan of alot of allagash strains.

Feel is nice and alive, while not looking great on appearance, the feel is a wave of lacto sour opening and although all the other flavor does not jive with me, they do not go down so bad. Im not gagging on it is what im saying.

Overall, A nice 'sour' from Allagash And New Belgium. Would like to see what this does in a bottle but I don't think I'll get a shot at that. Easy enough to drink, if this was at 5%, I would be all over it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 04:17:11 | More by BARFLYB
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Rose Alley, New Bedford

Appearance: low carbonation, minimal head, reddish brown in color, clear

Smell: sour cherries and funck

Taste: sour mix—the first sip is rather puckering, cherries, berries, and oak all combine in here.

Mouthfeel: sour and puckering with some bitterness to the end. low carbonation, light body

Overall: A sipper in every sense of the word. My first sip was about as sour as I have had in a beer—certainly the most sour beer from the States I have had. Glad I got to try this as the flavors no meld well for me. Worth a try if you like sour beers. However, this is most likely a one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 17:23:46 | More by tigg924
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber, there is very little off white head and it goes away completely.

Smell: Sour fruit and vinegar. There is also some sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Sweet malt with some tart fruit and vinegar notes. The tart flavors don't dominate, but there is a nice amount. The finish is bitter from the greens that are used, really like the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild tingly carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. The most interesting part was definitely the bitterness from the greens in the finish. Nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 00:06:54 | More by oline73
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cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

31. Cosmicevan with damico (vrienden – tick it together) – looks exactly like vlad which damico was holding at the time.

D: Amber dark orange
C: Murky…
D: Murky, but not too murky (4 solid).
C: Bubbly but no head, swirling brings it alive…
D: Not to lacy at all
C: But covers the surface? No?
D: Yeah, covers the surface
C: Fruity, almost sour…but like a tinge of sweet tart…but sweet citric, maybe?
D: Yeah, but not bitter…not bitter, like very soft notes of the sweet fruit, very soft notes and not too funky either. (4, yeah it’s good)
C: Again, much like the nose leads you to believe…
D: I’m getting mellon on the nose now.
C: Yeah, after taking a sip mellon is definitely there and much like the nose it tastes like the nose, subtle sweet tart, but like fruity citric mellony.
D: That’s exactly what I’m getting, subtle sweet tart, not overbearing at all and then the citric mellon, which isn’t bitter, it doesn’t (inaudible noises)…at all.
C: I think I’m getting work emails now? (laughs) Sorry…
D: That’s perfect!
C: Mouth…like a good bittery…
D: Lighter
C: Medium bodied.
D: Medium bodied and easy to take down.
C: Take another sip…
D: Thank you very much
C: Mouth, I might even want to say 4.5 cause it’s that smooth…
D: It’s that close because I could drink it probably like a huge glass…
C&D: All night all day long
C: Overall, even though I feel like I have a 4.5 on flavor I would say 4.5 overall…
D: Can we give the mouthfeel the full monty of 5 out of 5?
C: I’m in…5 out of 5 on mouthfeel. I’m going to transcribe this word for word (laughs)
D: So flavor out of 10, I’m thinking 8 to 9
C: Which is a solid 4.5 or 5.
(agreement)
C: Overall an easy 4.5
D: 18ish
C: I’m not a ratebeer guy
D: I know you are a BA.
C: 18ish on RB, I would give it a solid 4.5, possibly even a 5 overall. I mean this is a…
D: Overall give it the top? It is ridiculously good.
C: This is a trade-worthy beer.
D: I can’t believe how smooth it is. Especially the body and the bite is not there at all. There is no…
C: Ok, well we are at 2 and a half minutes now so we are gonna cut it, (laughs) but you get the idea. Read the transcription, grades to follow…cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:08:23 | More by cosmicevan
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illidurit

California

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a hazy tangerine flesh color with a sticky light-tan head that leaves fine Belgian lacing. Served a bit too cold and so the aroma is somewhat subdued. Upon a bit of warming the nose gets some almost tripel-like qualities, with apple flesh and mild phenolics. I have no idea what elderberries smell or taste like but I have to assume some of the fruity sweetness is the result of it. Flavor is part tripel and part wild saison. Tart but not even close to sour. Plenty of hay, apple and pear, with a dry phenolic finish. Not very much berry on the palate, maybe just a hint of it midpalate. Tiny bit of vegetal influence from the dandelion, with a slight astringency. Underneath it all is a basic pale malt note. Not really what you'd expect from a 'wild ale' but this is a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 04:49:29 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for hooking it up (and for the glass)!

A: Pours a lightly hazy glowing golden amber with a fluffy light tan head that faded into a thick film leaving a great network of thin lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of lemon, peaches, brett, and a bit of dry hay and earthy saison-esque notes.
T: Follows the nose but I also get notes of tart berries (elderberries?), green apples, oak, and floral notes. The finish is lightly bitter and tart, and the aftertaste is dry and has a tartness akin to fruit skins. There is a good fruity sweetness to the brew throughout.
M: Dry mouthfeel, medium body, and normal soft carbonation.
O: Really solid beer that isn’t too mouth-puckering. Very refreshing actually, with a good fruity, bretty, floral flavor. Thanks again Michael!

Serving type: bottle

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