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Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash 11th Anniversary AleAllagash 11th Anniversary Ale

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89
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

To acknowledge this year's anniversary, our 11th, Allagash's brewers decided to use a champagne yeast for both the primary and secondary fermentations. This beer was brewed with both Cascade and Northern Brewer hops and copious amounts of Belgian Aromatic Malt to achieve its vibrant garnet color and unique, malty palate. At a hefty 9% ABV, the alcohol in this brew is balanced by a light sweetness, a full-bodied mouth feel and a gentle, lingering hop character.

(Beer added by: geexploitation on 08-05-2006)
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Reviews by mcallister:
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fiery amber scarlet colored with a small saphire hinted head that fades into no lacing. Some floaties abound.

Very big on the belgian spicey, yeasty notes. clove and golden raisins, with a bubble gum twist. Fruity and earthy with caramel driven malts. Some stone fruit as well.

Very nice and drinkable with good carbonation that really brings this beer to life. The big belgian spice is nicely integrated in the flavor. Sweet caramel malts with some toffee intricasies. Round and chewy with an earthy gamey finish. Rich clove, raisin, plum, cherries, flowers and a hint of butterscotch. Very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 22:03:19 | More by mcallister
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-16-2014 08:16:22 | More by zestar
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

SAmpling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with minimal beige fluffy head that fades to an edge layer fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is mild but I get some toffee and brown sugar with a little dark fruit with plums and raisins.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation, very smooth texture.
Flavor is some more sweet malt with brown sugar and dark fruit, plums and raisins, just a little bit of booze on each finishing sip. I do get just a hint of oxidation, but not too bad.
The beer is a nice malty brew with no flaws, there is maybe a little bit past its prime but I still enjoy the beverage.
Definitely a malt dominant beer, a winner by Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 05:11:43 | More by sulldaddy
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +19%

07-05-2013 00:25:28 | More by WOLFGANG
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-23-2012 07:41:25 | More by cliff1066
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from voice notes taken at a previous tasting.
Typed up in an attempt to finally consolidate all of my reviews in one place.

Shared by imperialking (he also shared the 10th anny as well)

This is like a reddish brown color-- well, slightly brown, kinda beige. Loose lazy bubbles form a ring. Some spotty lace left, but nothing to really talk about.

The nose has a bunch of spices, perhaps some toffee and even a little biscuity malt flavor. A little sweet hawaiin bread note here as well.
The flavor has everything the nose has, but adds a reallly dry finish.

Not really impressing me.... *at this point the voice note has devolved into a conversation about which batman was the best/

Medium feel... ample carbonation.

OLverall... I'm gonna say I'm glad to have tried it... But it may just be passed its prime.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:06:06 | More by AleWatcher
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-17-2012 17:04:08 | More by ScottyC54
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-19-2012 21:05:26 | More by jongullotti
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-01-2012 02:48:25 | More by jfcaa193
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-17-2012 04:05:37 | More by imperialking
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-20-2011 02:57:43 | More by rab53
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-18-2011 20:44:48 | More by waiting4lunch
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-15-2011 00:34:43 | More by JAHMUR
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GradyS1

California

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 2/18/2011

A-Nice amber/maroon color that has a one finger head that retains itself for a few minutes
S- For having a few years this has a strong fruit characteristic. orange peel and a small amount of lemon citrus. I get sweet apples in the finish, with some roasty malts and Belgian sugars
T-Cherry, dark cherries with Belgian candy, yeast, malty but with a sweet fruit finish.
M- almost sour, in a good way, up front. full bodied with nice medium finish
Overall, a very fruity and enjoyable beer, this one held up with age nicely

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 06:16:19 | More by GradyS1
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andrewm190

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super delicious beer here from Allagash. Certainly nothing shy in the taste department, very much bold indeed. Instantly one gets the smell of fruit right on the nose when the drink is poured; the pallet hit is even more obvious. Sweet as she wants to be - walks a thin line over towards the barley wine side of the house. Also a hint of spice; nothing overwhelming but enough to keep you intrigued. Not nearly as aggressive as, at least I, find barely wines tend to be, which is a major plus. A slow drinker this one, and not so heavy that you feel finishing the glass to be anything like a chore. Success.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 21:44:58 | More by andrewm190
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy, a reddish rust that glow majestically. Not much head at all, but the skim/crown lasts a good while.

I haven't been totally knocked out by a beer aroma like this in a long while. Just mesmerizing. Cherry, dark grape and plum are in there, big and bold, with a superb malt sweetness that's like standing in the middle of a taffy factory. Alcohol adds a robust edge but lacks any kind of forbidding heat. Faint leather-ness. Yeast is also a huge factor here, 100% Belgian in character, a character so strong it takes me back to drinking Belgian ales of various varieties right at the source. Couldn't be more sublime. Even if the taste sucks, it was worth the price.

The fruit/malt sweetness in the nose turns a little tart in the flavor, but it seems to be exactly what they were shooting for. This is a Belgian dark for fans of that kind of thing and Belgian sours, although it never crosses over into uber-sour territory or anything. Lots of cooked apple and apple skin flavor, bright cherry too; leather; toffee; grape/raisin; big caramel; sweet spices, especially in the finish; spicy winter/fruit tea, steeped strong and long; yeast not quite as impressive as the nose, but not complaining; alcohol is extremely well-incorporated, underlining everything above it.

A little bit sticky, with tingly carbonation and a nice medium-to-heavy body.

Complex, fascinating and totally delicious. A fantastic comfort beer for lovers of beer both big and Belgian. Continues Allagash's streak of greatness...from where I'm sitting and drinking anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 22:03:50 | More by Metalmonk
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chaz410

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a great beer friend in the area.
Smells of sour dark fruit notes. Dates and sour cherries ring out.
Has a great spice upfront of cardomen and possible tumeric. Dark aged fruit notes layer over thick dark caramel and belgian malts. Fruit notes of dates and sour bing cherries. A slight sour finish with a little chocolate and sweet caramel ringing out.
There is a good alcohol singe after the swallow but other than that, an exceptionally easy to drink beer for the age and ABV

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:36:34 | More by chaz410
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light caramel colour, dirty tan head. Not much head retention.

S: Applesauce, bubblegum, dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit (lots), apples, caramel, and alcohol that works its way in with the caramel.

M: Slightly syrupy, medium carbonation.

Much heavier than I was expecting--with the caramel malt character reminding me a lot of a wee heavy, oddly enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 05:07:47 | More by darklordlager
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky red orange pour into my glass with a small ring of eggshell colored bubbles. Aromas of sweet malts with caramel and deep fruits coming through. Brown sugar and plum along with underlying yeast spiciness. Somewhat bready as well with a candy backbone.

First sip brings big, smooth malts upfront with an intertwined mix of caramel and deep fruit flavors. Plum and apple mix in with dates and a mellow earthy breadiness. Spicy yeast kicks in on the way down along with some raisin flavors. The finish brings just a touch of hops and a kiss of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable with a lingering warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. This is a big, malty BSDA. A touch warming and tasty overall. I ended up cellaring this and while it's held up nicely I would have liked to try it fresh as well. If you have any left it's drinking pretty nice right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 00:08:47 | More by orbitalr0x
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Amalak

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 30th birthday one of my friend's brought this bottle over. He had been aging it for 3 years. He's now my new best friend.
A- Extremely cloudy, opaque brown at top and fades into red. Lots of sediment. Great foamy head and lacing.
S- Nutty malt scent with a slight caramel and soapish scent.
T- Beautiful nutty taste. Extremely complex and I am not nearly experienced enough to differentiate the different flavors. Caramel, apple? I don't know.

Absolutely spectacular aged.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 16:34:58 | More by Amalak
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle from City Beverages, Winston-Salem, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours - on the first half - a really robust, bright, lively ruby amber, transparent, and capped by a good two-finger, bubbly, light khaki head of average retention. The second half pours a cloudy, hazy, more dead-looking brown amber, capped by less of a head, and with a persistent foam collar and a thin, wispy dusting of lace. The glass lacing is runny, glittery, a little soapy, sort of what you'd expect from a relatively high-abv% Belgian.

Aroma: First, the bad - it's still a little hot. There's a spicy, peppery alcohol that sort of tingles the nosehairs - it's not overpowering, but it definitely makes its presence known. The remainder is thick, decadent dark and stone fruits - raisins, prunes, grapes, and cherries, mostly - candied up in a thick brown sugar, bready, earthy, slightly yeasty package.

Taste: A bit of a step up from the nose, I think, but not quite enough for a point bump. The alcohol is more in check here, or at least the remainder of the flavors are a little more pungent - raisins and prunes, cherries, pears, brown sugar, molasses, bread crusts, a few stray medicinal phenols, perhaps faint nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, probably this beer's best aspect. The body is thick without being cloying, smooth yet crisp, and nice and even. It doesn't quite reach the pillowy, sublimating perfection of some Belgian brews, but it's a very sold feeling beer.

Drinkability: Solid, and about what I was expecting - a traditional, straightforward Belgian strong dark. Nothing about it really blew me away, but nothing about it was underwhelming, either. The 9.2% is hefty, but really not too high for the style, either. If you see this one, give it a shot if Belgian darks are your thing. I'm not sure it was worth the $16.89 pricetag, though that may have just been the venue I picked it up at. A solid if not amazing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 00:12:44 | More by CrellMoset
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PBoegel

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

I found this beer at a local beer store, while clearly it has not been cellared by proper standards I have to say right up front, I was beyond pleasantly surprised by who his beer stands up.

Appearance is deep amber to light brown, with a nice foamy head light tan in color.

Aromas were dried fruit, cherry pie, baked apples, raisin, rum and wheat/rye vodka.

The taste was tremendously deep, very rich, mineral and chalky notes, vanilla, dry fruit, dark rum.

Extremely drinkable at this point, this beer was bottled in 2006 as I understand it, going to buy the remaining bottles and sit on them.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:57:10 | More by PBoegel
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gford217

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the HMoG at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a small tan head that showed very good staying power and left a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with both light and dark fruits, starting with some ripe apples and apricots but also with some raisins and plums on top of the Belgian yeast and hints of spices

The taste brings out some sweet malts with more of the ripe, sweet fruits. The spices come out a little more in the taste than the aroma would suggest and the finish is dry and slightly peppery.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less carbonation than I expected which probably detracts slightly from the overall experience.

This is a very good beer though not at the top of my list of Allagash beers. I'm glad I got to try this one though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 02:42:44 | More by gford217
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

Poured hazy dark brown with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex malty fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium balanced finish of long duration.

This is a smooth complex standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 23:54:33 | More by tmoneyba
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fruits, spices, citrus, and light yeast. Tastes of fruits, spices, and citrus. Light alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 11/23/06

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 19:06:23 | More by hopdog
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Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.