Monday, March 16, 2009

Allagash White

Here's a beer that's been getting a reputation for being great. I mean, in my tiny inner circles, I've noticed that many people have put this beer and this brewery as a favorite. So I decided to take them up on their challenge, which they never actually made to me, but whatever.

Allagash White brewed by Allagash Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine is an Belgian-style wheat beer. The bottle says it's brewed with spices and bottled with yeast.

The aroma has a very pleasant lemon and citrus scent. The flavors are really unique--when first taking a sip, you really taste the yeast and a bready type flavors. That taste then almost disappears to make you think "what is this boring beer?" But a split second later, a new taste really develops on your palate in a really complex way. Those additional spicy cinnamon and pepper flavors give each sip a very nice finish. The beer is, however, a little flat and lacking carbonation, which is one negative for me.

Overall, a nice beer. I'd recommend you give it a try to see what you think. I'll probably opt for a different Allagash next time, though, to see everything they have to offer.

Reminder. Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, which I think is basically a stupid holiday. But my colleagues are on their way to Chicago, where I'm hoping for a couple of new beers to come back--I'm thinking the weekend might bring a Fat Tire or 1554 from New Belgium Brewery or something from Goose Island Brewery or a combination of those. It'll be a surprise.

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