St. Klippenstein | Allagash Brewing Company

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St. KlippensteinSt. Klippenstein
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St. KlippensteinSt. Klippenstein

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-13-2015

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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by tedho21:
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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

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Photo of AppaZappa
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a chalice a deep walnut brown with a thinner beige head atop,s broken ring of lace is left behind.Caramel toffee really sticks out in the nose with a bit of yeasty/phenol spice underneath.The palate has a bitter chocolate element to go along with scorched butterscotch and caramel notes,the bourbon barrel comes in late along with a bit of toasted oak.There is phenolic presence but it never plays to big of a role,this is a rich beer,and a sipper no doubt.A worthy #5,000 for me.

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Photo of khoff5
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

The beer menu at York River Landing called this a RIS. I think it's more like a Belgian strong dark ale.
It was a black beer with a small tan head and a bit of lace.
Aroma of dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste of raisin, plum, and chocolate. A bit on the boozy side.
Very smooth and easy to drink. Be careful at 11% ABV.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerswag
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz pured to tulip- not cellared.
Look is black body dark khahi head. Lacing is not as apparent as I thought it wouod be. The smell of cocoa, and vanilla quickly migrating to a slight smell of bourbon and fruity esthers.
Taste is oaky vanilla and rich fig, raisin, and getting more bourbon spice rather than oak or smoke ob the finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy rich and paltable as it warms. The bourbon is giving a slight burn to the throat yet very balanced.
Pair with: light foods with rich flavor- beef stroganoff, short rib pasta, smoked salmon.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coffee, pepper, toffee, and a light kiss of wood. Spicy, tasty, and unique. One that I am glad to have tried, but I prefer other Allagash offerings more.

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

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

Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into snifter

A: seems a light black if that makes sense it doesn't seem inky but more just barely black. Head is a. slightly off white tan with very tiny bubbles almost looks like a nitro pour head is about an inch.

S: chocolate, bourbon, licorice, some slight oak, and vanilla

T: light chocolate, yeasty, a little light banana, clove, lots of sweet bourbon

M: lots of prickly carbonation and otherwise thin

O: This is pretty much what I have come to expect from Belgian stouts its big yeasty doughy almost banana body with hints of chocolate and a horrible amount of carbonation. If you like Belgian stouts you will probably love this if you don't the beer is something you want to skip.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dangerously drinkable is. Above average mouthfeel. Roasted chocolate. Dark. Great execution.

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Photo of MattGaskin
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Solid beer, wish there was a more prevalent bourbon flavor. Overall, very smooth to drink, hides the gal or of alcohol very well.

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Photo of Knickfan3
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz draft pour into a snifter has an opaque dark brown body and floats a thin cream colored head. Lacing and almost legs.
Aroma is booze, oak, dark stone fruit, and roast malts.
Flavor matches with coconut, vanilla, and caramel, under the chocolate and booze with no hint of heat = trouble.
Mouthfeel is creamy and leans heavy with an oily finish.
Overall, very nice to see that Allagash is more than a one trick pony. I don't see much in Illinois and I am not a fan of the White.

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Photo of wroywel
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super super dark brownish black with foamy light tan head. Aroma has some chocolate and the taste has big bits of bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts and bourbon. Very bold and a big hop bite in the middle. Good balance !

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Photo of zonker17
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!

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

On tap at Blackback Pub. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated nicely. Wispy lacing clung and then slid into the beer. The smell takes on gentle roasty chocolate, light coffee, light caramel, dark fruits, a little bit of earthiness, and combines nicely. The taste copies the smell nicely. Light Belgian sugar sweetness slides into the earthy part. Light woodiness. Semi-dry earthy to woody and cocoa aftertaste. Gentle semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. More of a sipper. Low carbonation. Overall, really nice imperial stout, Allagash style. I’d have this again.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black color with a small creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- plenty of roasted malt up front with an emphasis on smoked meat. Also aromas of dark chocolate, woody oak, bourbon barrel and some spicy Belgian yeast

T- roasted up front with some smoky elements, giving a flavor of smoked meat. Mid-palate gives lots of dark chocolate and oak, along with plenty of bourbon. The finish gives some candied Belgian yeast favors, and lingers of coffee and bourbon

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- robust throughout with plenty of roast and barrel, the yeast adds a nice sweeter earthy element

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

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St. Klippenstein from Allagash Brewing Company
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