St. Klippenstein
Allagash Brewing Company

St. KlippensteinSt. Klippenstein
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #14
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,343
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.92%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
299
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  84
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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Reviews by Daktyls:
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 19, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: As dark as brown gets before it becomes black. Tight, light brown head stands at three fingers and doesn't budge an inch. Plenty of clumpy and sticky lacing.

S: Base aromas of roast and char. Black coffee. Bitter dark chocolate. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Fruity notes of plum and grape. Toasty bread and yeast. Black licorice and peppercorns. Barrel scents of wood and toasted coconut. Bourbon top notes too. Very good.

T: Bitter and roasty malt flavors open. French roast coffee. Burnt crust. Bitter dark chocolate. Acrid. Chocolate sauce. Dusty yeast. spice notes of licorice root and black pepper. Plum, black currant, and Concord grape, briefly. Hops bring their own brand of green and oily bitterness, and then back down. The barrel subtly integrates itself at first, but the woody char and bourbon flavors build until they finally come to the forefront and run into the finish. Alcohol is stiff but not hot. Trailing char and smoke.

M: Rich and thick in body, though it is well attenuated. A gentle weight is felt. The body is decadent, silky, creamy, and easy. Ample carbonation whisks it away. Soothing alcohol warmth.

O: Bold roasty flavors are the driving force, but the bourbon barrel and the Trappist yeast take on strong supporting roles. It strikes a great balance. Excellent stuff, and I'd wager that it'll age beautifully.

Feb 15, 2016
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AppaZappa from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip; appearance is a nice rich dark brown with ample head that lingers impressively with a bit of lacing. Smell is chocolate malt, sugar, roast, slight alcohol, belgian yeast, and touch of oak. Taste follows suit: mostly chocolate, roast, belgian yeast, lactose sweetness, and slight vanilla and oak flavors. I get practically no bourbon barrel here, but rather a muted oak presence that falls fairly low on the flavor profile. Mouth is smooth, light, creamy, and fairly thin.

This is a nice offering that nails the belgian stout component. But its the barrel aspect that leaves me hanging. Allagash has my respect in that category, but its not really shining through here. And since I'm a barrel homer that was drawn to it for that, I'm a bit let down. So just depends on what you're after.

Feb 23, 2016
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 17, 2016
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 20, 2016
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DinoBlueShoes from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 18, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 0.25L draft
Glass: Clear snifter
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.50
Purchased: May 7, 2017
Consumed: May 7, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Went back and forth as I was smell and tasting this one and decided to review it as an imperial stout as opposed to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I still stand by that. Picked it over a J.W. Lees barleywine. Surprised I had never tried it. It had been a long time since I had a beer from Allagash (actually only since Feb., a big boozy beer, but those were the only two check-ins on Untappd (so since at least 2012)). A quick look on Untappd and apparently I’d only reviewed two beers from Allagash - White on Aug. 31, 2011 (4.05) and Victor Ale on Oct. 15, 2011 (4.20). Really shocking actually. I’ll have to change that. Anyway, onto the review.

Poured a black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy khaki head when I got it. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom. Excellent uneven lacing. Outstanding retention. Awesome. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled dark milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, roasted barley, coconut flakes, oak, cocoa, chocolate syrup, toasted toffee, hints of char wood, black licorice and woody anise. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose, maybe not quite as good. Got earthy oak first, feeling that booze. Also smooth bourbon, bitter dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted barley, coconut, vanilla, molasses, earthy tobacco, black licorice and anise. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Really dug this. Very complex. (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

May 25, 2017
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 07, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown draft pour with massive beige head, great retention, and significant lacing. Bourbon and wood on the nose along with roast malt. Flavor is glorious, bringing together elements of Belgian and USA influence. Drink and enjoy!

Mar 28, 2017
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2017
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Absolut from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

purchased from quality liquor store online.

description says something about free ham and potlucks. let's just say they fact I wrote that tells you how the 11% sneaks up and bites you in the buttocks.

pours a dark black, white head with sticky lacing.

first smell and taste was smoke. after warming, malt, bourbon, molasses, cocoa and dark fruits come through.

really a great beer, must let it warm up. tremendous.

Aug 11, 2016
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gr0g from New Jersey

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

Mar 04, 2017
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cuvtcuv from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aug 22, 2017
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 09, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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NHSTEVE from New Hampshire

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

Mar 12, 2016
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csustar001 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apr 22, 2016
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NickyDee21 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 22, 2016
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rderedin from Maine

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Mar 11, 2016
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jwat from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 28, 2016
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jakea from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 22, 2016
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin white head. Roasty aroma with borbon notes. Taste is the same, borbon and roasty. Feel is good, especially for a non-RIS. Overall very nice.

Feb 04, 2017
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chippo33 from Vermont

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

Apr 09, 2017
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redfox405 from California

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

Dec 14, 2017
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 27, 2018
St. Klippenstein from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 299 ratings