Friday, March 26, 2010

Allagash Tripel Reserve

Right now I am typing my 500th post on this blog and you are reading it. Thank you! Thanks also for all the gifts and all of the handwritten congratulatory letters I received. The overwhelming gratification I get from making you all happy gives me complete satisfaction. Except for that one person that unsubscribed today. Too bad, she missed it!

Tonight I'm celebrating with a few beers and a few basketball games. As Michael Scott said about his roast, "I have got to make sure that YouTube comes down to tape this!" So true. I certainly don't want you guys to miss all of the extravagance this festive occasion has in store!
The beer I picked to celebrate with is a wine-sized bottle of Allagash Tripel Reserve brewed by Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine.  I've seen this beer plenty of times at my local Total Wine but never picked it up. That was until it was recommended to me by someone in Portland. Actually, it was Cooking Asshole and he lives in the other Portland, but close enough! Looks like he was a little more responsible drinking a 12 ounce bottle too, but such is life. Mine is from Batch #146. I'm not really sure when that corresponds with, but the bottle says I can age this so I'm sure it's OK. The label also says this is "perfect as an apertif or to toast a special occasion" which is exactly what I'm doing. Toasting myself with 750 mL! Cheers!

Fruity apple and spicy to start with some lemon and yeast for an aroma. A LOT of yeast flavors start things out. There are also plenty of fruity apple and pear flavors along with some sweet honey. You will not miss the black peppery kick that makes sure to introduce itself! A touch of banana is also hanging out over in the corner. A little syrupy feel and consistency. Also noticeable, a warming 9% alcohol which provides a mild burn, and let me tell you that this component keeps on giving, the warming sensation. Medium to upper level carbonation makes all the flavors even more powerful yet provides a smooth and creamy texture. The aroma and flavors are both better as the beer warms up a little bit, so I'd recommend that before even getting started. I like this beer a lot and would suggest you check it out!

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BeerPancakes said...

Congrats on 500! That's a lot of beer...

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey BeerPancakes.

Well, I guess I have you and some other guest reviewers to thank, too. I'm guessing there are at least 500 beer reviews, though, considering some had 14 in one posting!

Talk to you soon and let me know if you want to do another one.