St. Klippenstein
Allagash Brewing Company

St. KlippensteinSt. Klippenstein
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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #17
Ranked #3,401
4.19 | pDev: 6.92%
Aug 03, 2021
Oct 13, 2015
St. KlippensteinSt. Klippenstein
Notes: At the brewery, we celebrate St. Klippenstein day to commemorate our love of free ham, pot lucks, and strong stouts. In honor, we brewed this Belgian-style strong stout aged in bourbon barrels. Rich cocoa brown in color, the first sip of this beer opens with a complex chocolate and roasted aroma. Notes of vanilla, coconut and oak infuse the palate and lead to a smooth, warm finish.

This full bodied beer is brewed with an array of dark roasted malts: dark chocolate malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, and brown malt. After being hopped with Chinook and Northern Brewer, and fermented with a trappist-style yeast for a month in stainless, the beer spends three months aging in bourbon barrels.
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4.15 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 03, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hopley from Massachusetts

2016 bottle, definitely past its prime - couldn't get any barrel and tasted kinda chalky. Nothing Belgian about it and had lost some carbonation. I still enjoyed it but do hope they release it again so I can try a fresh bottle. Hate to leave a bad review but do think it's important to note on the again process as perhaps this falls off at the 5 year mark. It was cellared properly btw. Cheers!

Apr 18, 2021
4 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

750ml bottled on 12/07/16

Pours pitch black with maroon red brown highlights and a dense creamy tan brown foam head with good retention and lacing. Smells like dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, dark caramel, toasty toffee, molasses, coffee roast, sweet bourbon oak barrel, char, mild smoke, roasted malts, hints of dark fruit like plum, raisin, with earthy herbal floral hop notes. Tastes dark, roasty and chocolatey with lots of lighter malt flavors like toasted bread, dark caramel, toffee, sweet smoke, molasses, dark fruit, stone fruit, plum, raisin, fig, dark berry, spice, coffee roast, dark nutty roasted malts, creamy vanilla, coconut, char, oak barrel, sweet bourbon, hint of leathery tobacco, mild graham cracker, with earthy herbal floral piney hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian-style stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Aug 15, 2020
4.28 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Feb 09, 2020
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2019
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2015 vintage; drank 4/17/16 on draft @ Jerry's Andersonville.

Brown/black appearance.

Big tan head; thick lace.

Milk chocolate, cream, caramel & candle wax notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & cream flavors up front; black coffee notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A bit too sweet, but still a nice treat. I'd have another...

Oct 11, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

Looks the part nice dark body with great tan head and above average lacing.
s hint fruit cake and bourbon mix but light on malt
T is big rasin fruit cake sweetness but I normally love more roast stout this one i had a hard putting down.
M low carb nice lush and creamy
O; not a pastry or coffee stout but still super tasty

Aug 31, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

Poured from 25.4 oz. bottle into Friars Brewhouse Pint glass. Pitch dark with a two finger, rocky head and long legs. Chocolaty, roasty smell; dry, chocolaty taste with vanilla overtones from the barrel and some inherent caramel sweetness from the malt. Full bodied, velvet on the tongue. Sweeter than the standard Belgian stout, less so than an imperial. It tasted like some more was necessary for a better review and more pleasure. Pricey, but worthwhile.

May 21, 2019
4.24 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 04, 2019
4.5 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2019
4.12 by justme from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2018
4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Dec 27, 2018
4.21 by h4ger from Connecticut on Nov 29, 2018
4.5 by Stengelfoot from California on Nov 17, 2018
4.23 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Oct 06, 2018
4 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Oct 06, 2018
4 by krome from Illinois on Sep 04, 2018
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Aug 31, 2018
4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Aug 26, 2018
3.85 by TheWolf from Delaware on Aug 26, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a BA Speiglau glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin off white head.

Aroma is a little roast malt with vanilla from the bourbon.

Taste is astrigent roast malt with bourbon sweetness at the end.

Aug 21, 2018
4.25 by yuno from New York on Aug 02, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Avitra from Switzerland

Smells like grapes. Root beer malty. Lots of vanilla and chocolate but lingering not too pleasant bitterness and even a little berry sourness. Very complex beer, but as is the case sometimes with beers that are too complex but don't hit each note perfectly, this one too, missed some. Good but not great.

Jul 28, 2018
4.37 by Knickfan3 from New York on Jul 28, 2018
3.73 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 06, 2018
4.22 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Apr 30, 2018
3.85 by vfgccp from New York on Apr 21, 2018
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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by NeilSilber1 from California

Excellent deep datk Belgium dark with heavy notes of coffee and dark chocolate. 11% ABV.

Apr 13, 2018
4.5 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania on Apr 07, 2018
3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Mar 16, 2018
3.5 by oline73 from Maryland on Mar 12, 2018
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Mar 12, 2018
4.25 by Reagan1984 from Massachusetts on Mar 03, 2018
4.25 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Small pour at Beercraft. Dark and inviting, sweet, yeasty and boozy. Dark brown, small ring of beige head. Aroma starts out yeasty, booze comes in from the barrels. Taste follows the Belgian pattern, and the barrels add some nice accents all the way around. Nothing amiss here. Damn near perfect.

Feb 01, 2018
4.63 by Walleybeer from New Jersey on Jan 29, 2018
4.68 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jan 18, 2018
4.5 by dbinette from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2018
4.53 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Jan 07, 2018
St. Klippenstein from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 302 ratings