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Allagash Little Big Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Little Big Beer
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Brewed for the 2010 Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest. This beer is the "big beer" of the two beers brewed for the 2010 fest. Brewed with two types of Pilsner, Red Wheat Malt, Victory Malt and Demerra Sugar. Hopsped with Northern Brewer, Mt Hood and Nelson Sauvin. Fermented with a blend of Allagash House yeast and Allagash House Brettanomyces. Aged in a mix of french oak wine barrels and bourbon Barrels for 2 months.

(Beer added by: Duhast500 on 11-08-2010)
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SaintNathaniel

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-15-2011 20:46:16 | More by SaintNathaniel
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 13:43:58 | More by sideshowe
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Pamola

Vermont

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-22-2011 16:26:40 | More by Pamola
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft on the Crazy Field at Charleston Brewvival, where I consumed WELL more than was healthy, and then again! at the Brick Store Pub's 14th Anniversary bash, which was about as brilliant as you can imagine. I love this beer, so here goes, unashamedly:

Two .25 liter pours into an Allagash goblet at the Brick Store. Reviewed from copious notes taken at the bar, God bless it.

A. Little Big is a thick orange gold. Wonderful solid, finger tall head fades to 1cm or so, lace included for no extra charge! A pretty beer, but who is looking for long?

S. Simply amazing. Comparisons with New Belgium's La Terroir will come to mind, which is good, but this does indeed have the edge. Wonderfully pungent, loads of tropical, pineapple and mango esters, tangerine, lactic, wild, tight and explosive. Difficult to fully take in, seems subtle and shifting. I love this nose, and will gladly claim it to be one of the BEST in an American sour to date. Not the sharpest, or most complex even, but simply delightful and running on all cylinders.

T. Again, this is very much a more sour, funky, less hoppy and more carbonated La Terroir - which is high praise. Comparisons will also come to the Allagash / De Proef dual brett collaboration from a few years ago. This has that expressive "house" funk-sour that the best Allagash sours have (Victor Franc) but is really working out well. More yeast notes, some phenolics, 'unfiltered' taste, lemon-orange citrcks, and absolutely no trace of 10.5%... personally I would really question the claimed abv... but it wouldn't stop me from drinking it if you kept putting it in front of me.

M / O. Little Big Beer finishes stupendously, with a long, long, acid-tart bite and just when it should be too much, behold! All turns soft and the sweet notes begin to hum. The one fault I have with this beer is the acidity is a touch too high for my tastes, leaving a minor burning note on the palate, which is a flaw in my opinion. No one is perfect... but this is good. No, it's actually great, and rated accordingly.

Little Big Beer was my favorite beer at Brewvival, and my second favorite of the day at the bar. It is both one of my favorite Allagash beers and in the top 5 commercial beers I've had in 2011. Hawk-eyed readers, if any get this far, may note that I have given this the exact same score as Isabelle Proximus. Yes, it is earned.

Please, seek out Little Big Beer. You will thank me when you do.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 03:28:15 | More by kkipple
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beauweaver

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Just attended the Boston Belgian Beer Fest and this was one of my very favorites. Well, I love Rodenbach and any Flemish Sour Red Ales, so it is sort of a given. Nevertheless, I had been tasting another winner at The Lost Abbey brewery stand and the guy sent me to Allagash to taste this marvelous brew.
Outstanding colour and taste with an amazing finish. This beer is now on my top five favorites with Rodenbach and Anit Ox (from The Lost Abbey brewery).
I have never been too fond of extremely hoppy brews and Flemish Sour Red Ales are on the top of my list.
If you have never had one, try the Little Big Beer. It's not that little, trust me. It's a big wonderful and rather BIG offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 19:43:06 | More by beauweaver
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-15-2011 17:03:33 | More by nmann08
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BBF

A - A nice orange slighly hazy pour with a thin head that left very nice lacing and retention.

S - Lightly sour but with big tropical fruit notes. Excellent mango and pineapple notes. Incredibly inviting.

T - Superb. More of those tropical fruits and light malt. The ABV isnt present at all. First bit was mango but the end was so much pineapple.

M - Excellent mouthfeel for such a big ABV. Super tart and acidic and very drinkable.

O - Loved this beer, one of my favorites at the fest. Would love to have multiple pints of this delicious offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 23:48:26 | More by rudzud
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-19-2012 21:06:29 | More by jongullotti
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-08-2014 22:40:12 | More by afsdan
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a hazy amber-gold color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust funk with mild amounts of tart citrus and pears. Also present are hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by tart citrus flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of funk come into play, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer, and think it could be the cleanest of any of Allagash's sours. An impressive effort that's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 16:03:27 | More by glid02
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/10/11 notes. Had on tap at Belgian Beerfest up in Boston.

a - Pours a hazy golden orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples and fruits, citrus hops, hay and earthy notes, light funk and light brett. Smell is definitely sour with onyl a hint of funk, but very nice.

t - Tastes of citrus, brett, some funk, sour fruits and apples again, light bread. More brett than the nose, and nice sour fruit and funk again. Great taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this beer was fantastic, and one of the highlights of the festival. Probably had 5-6 pours of this one and would love to have it again sometime. Some definite sour fruit and brett here, really great.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 19:34:10 | More by mdfb79
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had over at Novare Res during their Christmas beer geek week, from my limited notes.

8oz pour.

Pours a golden orange color with a good sized white fluffy head, fades at a very slow rate, some patchy lacing.

Smell is easily the best thing, has a great tart/sour aroma with hints of light fruit without being overwhelming.

Taste isn't as sour or tart as the aroma leads to believe but is still present, perfect amount of funk with good carbonation, slight wood presence that adds some complexity, the strength is well hidden so this is dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 01:47:16 | More by deltatauhobbit
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served from tap into a Tulip glass

A - Golden straw color body; clear and crisp; poured into my glass with a 1 finger white head; the beer was well carbonated

S - Citrus & flowery scents come up; Allagash house yeast produces a subtle fruity scent of orange and lemon; some light graininess to the beer on the back-end

T - You can taste the citrus and fruity flavors in the beer; but it does have a astringent sour/tart taste to it, especially when it rolls towards the back of the palate; the aftertaste is bitter and dry but smooth from the barrel fermentation

M - Thin and slightly effervescent; it lacks some of the bite and full body I expect from the beer; it has a champagne dry feel to it

D- I could definitely have a few more of these beers; very good collaboration brew; more of this should be made, i understand the reason for making it a limited brew for the November 2010 Belgian Beer Fest, but the folks at Allagash should reconsider, please; the taste of the beer reminds he a bit of Gumballhead

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 18:11:15 | More by ferrari29
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subside very slowly to a half finger worth. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, acetic acid, sour, slight funk, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, slight acetic acid, funk, and citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I want to thank kkipple for letting me taste this one which sent me running to Allagash to try it a few times myself. The flavor on this one was very nice and was not overly intrusive to the palate. The aroma was alright and a little mild in intensity. This one is definitely worth seeking out if you can!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 13:32:14 | More by thagr81us
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice surprise at the Brick Store Pub's 14th anniversary bash. Had on-tap. I had heard it was a sour, and it definitely delivered. Poured a murky golden amber with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells quite sour and acetic with dusky notes of preserved lemons and some apricot. Quite savory in the nose, not sweet at all. The taste is awesome. Quite sour with citrus and apricot flavors, a hint of tropical fruit, a touch of barnyard notes, some oak, and red grapefruit. Very tart in the mouth, but smooth without being slippery. Quite a nice package overall, and it sounds like it has evolved quite a bit for the better since the early reviews, becoming more sour and complex.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 19:39:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Night of the Funk, November 5, 2010.

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color was a hazy orange with a thin wisp of foamy white head and some slight lacing on the glass.

The smell is a bit of vanilla and some good funky flavor with some oak flavor.

The taste is a little sweet and a bit funky. This is a little young so the sour character in this beer is just starting to mix itself into the the malty flavor. The vanilla is nice and the woody flavor is there to complete the flavor profile.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth with a medium body and a nice funky feel to it. Complex but light this beer goes down quickly and has a nice aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 15:37:08 | More by Duhast500
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-30-2012 03:59:40 | More by polishkaz
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-20-2011 05:13:48 | More by xnicknj
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jsanford

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Poured a nice orange-amber with a huge creamy white head. Smells very nice and Gueuze-like, which was surprising considering I had no idea what kind of beer this was. Aromas and flavors of hay, funk, lemon juice and green apple. Surprisingly creamy with good, crisp carbonation. Nicely drinkable, a very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 23:27:51 | More by jsanford
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in my uprising chalice at Novare Res.

The beer is translucent and golden colored. It has a thick white foam head. It appears similar to a strong Belgian pale.

Little Big has that great Allagash Belgian style yeast strain aroma. Also some pepper and sugar notes.

The flavor is semi-dry, with good candi sugar sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden.

The beer feels smooth and full bodied. Average levels of carbonation. There is some coating, but nothing too much.

This is a very drinkable beer. For a Belgian Strong, it goes down very easily. ABV is a bit high, but otherwise, exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 15:00:32 | More by ToasterChef
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Brez07

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Has this about 2 months ago at Novare Res. 10oz pour into my chalice

A: The beer is a cloudy orange brown (close to pumpkin). Trace amount of bubbly white head

S: Nose consists of apple and some spice. Reminiscent of cider. There is also some funk. No elements that would indicate this was aged in a barrel

T: Similar to the nose, but with notes of citrus. Biggest fruit flavor I can pick out is peach. Barely any oak presence. There is a touch of tartness

M: Medium bodied. This is a fairly dry beer. Slightly tart finish

D: I enjoyed this beer, but wish the barrel aging process had imparted some more flavors. The tartness was light, resulting in great drinkability. Glad to have tried this

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 22:28:45 | More by Brez07
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Casey10

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Lion's pride as part of their Belgian Beer Fest. As I missed this in MA last year was excited to try and it did not dissapoint.

Nice hazy yellow color some funk nice bit of bite and really almost undecteable abv at 10.5. This was one nice beer and too bad it is sort of a one off. This wouldbe nice for Allagash to perhaps continue using this recipe to continue make this.

Amazing little beer well worth the name and worth trying as well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 02:13:11 | More by Casey10
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -5%

02-19-2012 19:01:08 | More by mdaschaf
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MaineMike

Maine

4/5  rDev -5%

12-18-2011 00:25:14 | More by MaineMike
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clord717

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%

03-03-2012 23:37:52 | More by clord717
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Allagash Little Big Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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