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Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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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
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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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John_M

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

I'm a big fan of Allagash beers, so had high expectations for this one. While a good beer, I was expecting something a bit more impressive. Oh well...

The beer pours a cloudy amber orange color, with very nice head retentition and good lacing. The nose is fairly subtle, but what there is smells like sweet fruit and Belgium spice. The beer is quite sweet with good fruit (cherry and melon) on the palate, but seems just a bit one dimensional. The beer has a very nice soft, smooth mouthfeel, and is not the least bit heavy or cloying. The beer finishes very nicely, and although the alcohol is noticeable, the beer is still pretty drinkable.

Nice beer from Allagash.

05-24-2007 21:04:18 | More by John_M
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mynie

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Not a horribly impressive pour. Very dark, hazy ice tea red with no head and no signs of visible carbonation.

Smells a lot nicer than it looks. Very large Belgian yeast, a strong stab of brown sugar malt, and a nice burn of alcohol.

Tastes exactly as it smells. Big yeast up front, moving into a sweet but not too sweet malt and ending with a light astringent burn. Solid, but not really complex. Nothing jumps out.

How long's this aged? Tastes like years, and although it's still a fine beer, it's doesn't really have enough pop to it to make it worth what it costs.

05-09-2007 04:42:28 | More by mynie
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

A - Cloudy sienna with an orange-reddish tint, large head, lots of lacing.

S - Malty, elderberries, caramel, apricot.

T - Slgihtly sweet malt, caramel, grassy hops and apricot. Aftertaste is bitter with a grassy hop presence.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Good, worht a try, why do so many breweries have their better offerings as a special edition?

05-01-2007 03:50:30 | More by mrasskicktastic
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

This bottle is just under a year old (per Allagash website) and the beer pours a slightly cloudy deep amber color, with a thick tan head that retains well for a cellared, high ABV brew. The aroma is impressively malty, with a big apple rind character initially, followed by some dark fruits (fig, plum, currant), yeasty breadiness, spices (corriander, curacao, grains of paradise), a spicy hoppiness and a touch of alcohol. The flavor has a complex fruitiness upfront with notes of apple, pear, plum and fig with some yeasty breadiness, tobacco, corriander, anise, citrusy and resiny hops and an alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is smooth with prickly carbonation and drinkability is excellent. This beer has aged remarkably well and is incredibly complex right now, cheers to Allagash for another fine brew.

04-30-2007 05:14:15 | More by silver0rlead
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with adequate retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with some spices which may include coriander is very interesting. Taste is somewhat dominated by sweet Belgian style malt with light candy notes and subtle spices. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation (I think a bit more lively would have benefited this beer) and no alcohol was discernable. Another great beer from a very fine brewer.

04-17-2007 16:01:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Dark ruby red brown body with a short but persistent tan colored head. Carbonation is noticeable. Head fades with okay lacing.

S: Fruity, raisins or plums and some malt. Not bad, but it doesn't pull me in.

T: Light and balanced. Fruity and malty like the smell, with a touch of alcohol. Belgian yeast flavors in the background.

M: Good carbonation, and pretty filling in the mouth.

D: Light and drinkable. But lingering bitterness, but not the good kind. The high alcohol also doesn't help.

04-11-2007 04:08:11 | More by 51mmz0rz
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a ruddy, red mud with some strong Belgian Bubbling and a little lace after each sip as well. Not too sticky though. The aroma is of caramelized, candied apples and brandy. The flavor defines this apple note to a mildly tart green apple with some notes of licorice and fruit cake. Very smooth and dynamic palate. I think this beer could go well with a lot of foods. I shared this bottle for breakfast with my girlfriend. Great way to start off the day.

03-28-2007 18:58:19 | More by scruffwhor
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance - cloudy, dirty, reddish amber. A light tan makes it to about a finger before falling back. It does maintain a thin cover somehow. Weak lacing but the effort is noted.

Aroma - light grain odor, crackery with light yeast and raisin.

Taste - biscuity malts on top of sweet fig/raisin flavor. Good yeast and bread on the swallow, more sweetness with alcohol warming. A mild but pleasant bitterness at the finish, some cocoa in there at times, too.

Mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation.

Drinkability - it's a good ale, shared with someone is even better...

03-12-2007 18:30:44 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Charming is the word that first came to mind upon tasting my first sip of Allagash's 11th Anniversary Ale.

The cork released from the bottle quite easily, and it poured a short head of frothy yellowed-tan foam that settled shortly into a thin lid of creamy ivory. Tiny spots and average-sized splashes of lace were left behind on the glass as it receeded to an average collar and whispy surface covering.

A combination of lightly sugary malt and red and dark fruits combined in the nose (apples, red berries, plum, soft orange/lemon/grapefruit), along with a touch of mild piney hops, an edge of alcohol, and some spiciness (anise? nutmeg?) that lent it a sublimely woody/vinous note.

In the mouth it was quite supple and smooth, with a medium-full body and a delicate, gently-effervescent and airy carbonation.

The flavor was very much as the aroma indicated it would be, but fuller. It was initially gently sweet (candyish, but not overtly sugary) and fruity, and then subtly vinous, with notes of caramel, raisin, and light spice (cardamom, nutmeg, and delicate anise). It's smooth, rounded and supple with a mild, sublime bitterness. The alcohol was present, but kept itself well hidden until at least halfway through the glass. It finished soft and smooth with some residual dull spice and a suggestion of very soft piney/grapefruity hops.

Overall, I found it quite accessible, and yet still very interesting. Quite drinkable!

03-08-2007 03:48:19 | More by NeroFiddled
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

I wrestled with this beer quite a bit. The quality of which is not in question. The balance was very smooth and rich, it almost seemed effortless, almost bland. The flavors came together very well, almost to suggest simplicity. I know this is not the case. There is a lot going on: from very bold sweet malts and sugars, to earthy spicy hops and yeast, to bready tart textures, the beer is quite wonderful. Full and rich to the mouth, nearly too sweet. Alcoholic warmth and sweetness with a dry finish. Though the beer exhibits no stand-out characteristics as compared to its brethern brews, it is a beer of great quality.

03-05-2007 19:53:01 | More by BEERchitect
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle opens with a loud pop, body looks clouded mahogany blood orange toned with a nice full sized resilient tan head leaves behind fine bubbled nicely hung strands of lacing. Aroma has full citrus and pine scented hops some warming spice compontents play nicely with the bread soothing even malt sweetness finishes with an herbal funky quality in there. Flavor has more upfront citrus and pine hops with a touch of tree bark esque tone noted, and a spiced up sweet malt profile adds the right amount of doughy bread sweetness to the healthy bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is effervescent with a carbonation that seems to tickle the palate I'm guessing this is due to the champagne yeast incorporated overall a meadium bodied ale that coats the palate quite nicely. Drinkability is very quaffable and on that should be enjoyed in the accompany of friends who also brough fine beers to sample.

02-21-2007 23:41:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

750 ml corked bottle, poured into an Allagash glass.

Pours hazed ruby brown with a two-finger head that slowly descends to a thin cover, then a lasting patch. Some trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is spicy, bready, with hints of caramel and a touch of peppery alcohol.

The taste is of a spicy fruitcake - spicy, bready, with dark and citrus fruits. Brown sugar and caramel give it a sweetness that is present, but not overwhelming. Peppery alcohol lend spiciness and warmth without interfering in the wonderful, rich taste. Overall - sweet with spice and fruits.

The body is medium with a soft, creamy smoothness. Coating, lingering flavors cover the mouth in a long, dry finish.

A wonderful "sip and savor". This bottle was over two hours of enjoyment. A taste of Belgium in America. A nice anniversary ale that will be missed when it runs out (as it is a limited edition).

02-14-2007 23:36:34 | More by jwc215
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

1pt 9.4 fl oz caged and corked brown bottle.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Cloudy, light russett-brown in color beneath a carbonated layer of white foam. After a minute, the delicate head settles to a thin layer of film leaving a few droplets of spotted lace around the glass.

Sweet, carmelized Belgian sugar over faint hints of fig, plum, raisin, and green apple. The light tartness is pleasant, but too subtle; as are the rest of the aromatics.

Belgian-candied, malt sweetness upfront: brown sugar, maple syrup, and nutmeg. A dried, peppered-spice weaves in and out of the sweet, creamy maltiness giving way to notes of slightly tart fruity esters: apple, orange, and pear. The finish is a bit dry with a pleasant mustiness. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with hints of tartness and warming, dark fruit.

Medium bodied; not quite smooth, yet not quite slick. A perfect amount of carbonation for an Allagash-brewed ale.

This isn't a great beer per se, but it is a treat to share in Allagash's 11th year. The biggest accomplishment of this Belgian-style ale is how well hidden the 9.2% abv is. Tremendous!

02-04-2007 16:05:59 | More by NEhophead
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours very cloudy chestnut brown with a crisp off white head that offers excellent sheets of lacing.

Smell is sweetly malty, with a thick bready musty quality with interesting fruit notes.

Taste is generous caramel malt and brown sugar up front. Then citrus fruit flavor makes an impression. Tropical fruit with a strong tangerine presence that blends into the same bready mustiness as appeared in the nose. Finish has lingering spice, notably nutmeg and ginger, with a strong warming alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is medium to full.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor is interesting and unusual. The spices, and the mustiness is hard to identify but very tasty. recommended for any BSD lover.

01-29-2007 02:10:55 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured a hazy bright amber red with a thin off white head.

Smell has a musty yeast quality with some light sweet fruit notes.

Taste has a very bready toasted caramel malt backbone with hints of pears and apricots. It finishes with a mild clove and other spices and a light earthy hop.

Mouthfeel is a medium body with a bit of tongue warming, with a crisp dry finish.

An enjoyable complex beer, I would drink often if it weren't for such limited availability and the high price.

01-29-2007 02:05:09 | More by bashiba
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Served into a large gold rimmed tulip glass from a corked and caged 750ML brown bottle from WVbeergeek split 2 ways with the geek.

Mirky,glowing reddish/orange,many very tightly knit strings of bubbles very lively looking.Off-white head,very creamy with very good retention and spotty strings of lace.

Great moderate,complex nose very fruity,citrusy,a bit grapefruitty,dark fruit aromas mostly of figs,a bit of bananna,carmelly,some clove,slight hints of yeast and alcohol.

Very fruitty taste,dark fruits,very citrusy some subtle cherry flavors,a hint of clove,a sweet sugary carmelly taste throughout. Slight tastes of alcohol and yeast,not overpowering.Leaves a sweet,citrusy taste lingering on the palate. A very complex taste that's very pleasing

Very creamy and smooth,leaving an airy mouthfeel. A sipping beer that could be sipped all night long. A very enjoyable beer.

01-25-2007 04:15:36 | More by jcdiflorio
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GolgiIPAratus

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Sampled: 9.4.06

The beer pours a cloudy cider. There is a small head and leaves little lacing as the beer descends.

The nose is fruity with a wine-like tangy sharpness. Caramel malts mixing with these aromas gives the brief impression of a Weizenbock.

The flavor dominated by malted barley flavors, with some fruit, but not nearly as much carried over from the nose. Though, caramel from the aroma definitely comes through. There’s a bitter finish that lingers on the palate after the swallow. It’s quite present in the mouth, but stays chewy without getting thick and syrupy. The alcohol heat is relatively low, but strengthens gradually as the brew warms.

This is clearly another of Allagash’s brews made to sip & savor. Though despite the high alcohol content, it doesn’t hit you too hard. And, in my opinion, it really has a wheat or barley wine style feel to it. And though it might not be one of my favorites from Allagash’s All Star line up, it was still another good beer.

01-19-2007 20:08:56 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance – This big beer is a shiny orange-brown in color and glowing. There’s little head on this powerful BSDA.

Smell – The yeast here is big and typical of Allagash’s interpretation of the style. The malts are lightly toasted, there’s plenty of candied sugars, and the alcohol is unmistakable.

Taste – The fruits explode at the taste. The sweet oranges and spritely tangerine are huge, and the beautiful cherries make a wonderful compliment. There’s also some plums to complete the package. Sure we’ve got malts and yeast, but this is really all about the big fruits.

Mouthfeel – This is a little on the big side of medium-bodied. It’s lightly-carbonated with some big alcohol but without any stinging effect.

Drinkability – This is a special occasion beer. It’s an excellent sipper, in fact one of the better high-octane beers that I’ve had.

01-14-2007 21:05:21 | More by RoyalT
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Pours a muddy purplish rust color. Bubbly cream colored head has slight retention, although it is sticky. Nice lacing. Milky head comes back with a vengeance after a hard swirl of the glass
S: Yeasty fruityness is the most abundant aroma. Plums seem to be the fare of the day here. A bit metallic with a spicy characteristic. Interesting aromas to say the least.
T/M: Plump dark fruit with a nice yeastyness that back it up. Cherries and plums. There's a subtle sweetness that's coupled with the fruit. Not overly sweet, but just a good amount. Slight hoppyness to this one. A bit sharp on the palate at first but becomes quite soft as it warms up. Actually very smooth as it becomes warmer. Abv is kept in check and not noticeable.
D: Drinkable as far as belgian strong darks go, but it didn't wow me. For being an 11th anniv. brew and for the price, I would have expected a bit more.

01-13-2007 03:39:11 | More by bjohnson
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +23.6%

Appearance: Dark copper color. Almost no head, but good lacing.

Smell: Fruit (pineapple and citrus), brown sugar and yeast.

Taste: Fruit tinged hoppy bliss. Impressive and delicious, very smooth and savory. An awesome dessert beer, I really like this one, can you tell? The ABV is well hidden, sweet but not cloying. Great job, Allagash.

Drinkability: The bottle goes down sublimely, an easy, delicious drinker.

01-05-2007 04:08:38 | More by TastyTaste
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blackie

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

appearance: Pours a one finger khaki colored head that recedes just a little, with good retention of what remains. Numerous strings of bubbles rise from the bottom, feeding the head. The beer is a deep amber-brown in color. Nice lacing.

smell: Pale malts, tropical fruits (grapefruit...), some toasted grain, white grapes, and a Belgian yeast and hop character. Just a touch of ethanol.

mouthfeel: Decent level of smooth, delicate carbonation. The body is medium.

taste: Pale Belgian malts with some toasted barley just behind. Not very deep, weakening even more after the swallow. Some yeastiness, light fruits, and papery hops. Light bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: pretty easy, but not that great

split with dirtylou before heading out on NYE

01-01-2007 04:13:35 | More by blackie
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dirtylou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

750ml bottle split with the prince of darkness, $9.99 at rileys

appearance: poured into wine glass...bright garnet body, frothy beige head with strong lacing

smell: sparkling grape juice, tart and sugary, belgian-esque, honey, apricot/peach, lots of sweetness

taste: rather vinous flavour...sparkling grape juice, sweet sugars, apricot/peach/light citrus...mildly boozy, honey and caramel sweetness, very mild hopping...interesting - me likes

mouthfeel: vinous, medium body, light bitter booze aftertaste

drinkability: good

01-01-2007 03:39:20 | More by dirtylou
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance: Pours out a clouded amber body with a fluffy, off-white head.

Smell: Partly tart nose, with light notes of toasted caramel, sugar cookies, apples, and apricots. Heck, there's even some bananas in there!

Taste: A light toffee sweetness comes through in moderation, reshaped by the flavors of cinnamon spiced apples, molasses, spearmint, and fresh ground pepper. All with a distinct vinosity! Only in the finish do the hops, providing a moderate bitterness, fully emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that is bolstered by a delightfully lively, almost spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Subtle, elegant, but interesting - a fairly nice Belgian Strong Ale.

12-24-2006 22:13:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -21.1%

This beer pours a red color with a little head. The smell must be teased out with a few swirls but it reminds me of freshness... mostly of the malty kind and it definitely leaves something to be desired. The taste is good, but much like other ales that I have tasted. I just don’t taste the complexities that I was expecting out of such a beer especially from this company. Don't get me wrong, this is something to be sought out, but for an anniversary ale I was expecting much more of a robust flavor and this beer does not have it A beer that I would still seek out for its flavor, but not the best ale that I've ever had.

12-09-2006 00:58:01 | More by Toddv29424
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

The style here is hard to place a finger on. It may actually be a Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut as originally suspected because it is not very dark for a BSDA but it does have a few of those flavors and not quite the carbonation of a Brut. Regardless, it is extremely tasty and easy drinking and everything about it is pleasant other than the nearly $20 price tag.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a red brown, and orange hues working simultaneously. A fluffy whit head fades to a cap then a color and leaves behind noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Belgian. It does smell, like sweet Belgian biscuity malts and sugars with a citrusy orange attribute and a hint of lemon and honey.

Taste: It has a very sweet sugary flavor with orange peel and vanilla yeast attribute playing into a bit of tart cherry licorice, dark fruits, fig, and a sprinkling of hops and dryness in the back end. Overall, dominantly sweet but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: This would be where it falls short of BdC. It is full bodied but not quite the bubbly of more than a BSDA.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty celebratory classy beer that I could drink all night at a black tie party if not for the cost =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

12-04-2006 01:05:47 | More by Phatz
Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.