If the truth be known, I didn’t even know that this beer had been brewed back in 2019. That was a period in my life when my finger was OFF the pulse of the beer scene – so it’s not that surprising – BUT the consequence is that when I came across it in a random, Fort Wayne, IN store, I was pretty shocked and pretty delighted! $5.49 for the 11.2 oz bottle.
As someone commented in the Belgian Beer Board Facebook group, “Allagash & Brasserie DuPont, what could possibly go wrong?”. Well, sure, yes, I understand, and that’s good advice, but this is only a 6.1% beer, that’s about three years old, and that I have no idea how it’s been stored, so I am a little wary.
The first worrisome aspect is dispelled immediately as the beer pours with a beautiful, high white head with good lace and very good retention. Check one!
The aroma is also strong. A bready whiff is almost immediately apparent that wafts the two or three fee t from the bottle to my nose. very bready.
Tastes are quite mild, but well formed. There is some bitterness here (maybe lemon citrus), and more bready simplicity, but very little (if any) funk. Who knows what this was like three or even two years ago? The beer finished quite dry and with a final flourish of light metal. Of course there’s a ton of yeast character throughout the beer, and that’s a function of the DuPont yeast no doubt. I’m left with a delicious bready, yeasty, lightly bitter beer that I like a lot, but I just can’t help the hankering for knowing what it was like fresh. One that on one hand “got away” from me, but that I’m glad to have finally secured.
Delicious and highly drinkable at three years old, a shame that I have nothing to compare it to when young and fresh.