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Allagash Little Big Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Little Big Beer
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: Duhast500 on 11-08-2010

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.
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3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy super light yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some sour/tart grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is of grain, spices, and some fruity flavors. There is an earthy/herbal bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's slightly watery and not very wild in the flavor department.

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey DC

Appearance: Golden yellow with a hint of orange, decent white head

Smell: Wheat, bread, lemon citrust, tea

Taste: Similar, wheat, light farmhouse bread, lemon, not very intense. Not really sour at all

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body, didn't feel like 10.5%

Overall: Not really sour or funky, not very impressive.

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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.

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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Allagash Little Big Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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