10th Anniversary Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tenth Anniversary Ale was a beer brewed to celebrate 10 years of brewing artisanal Belgian style ales. A unique interpretation of our flagship Allagash White, Tenth Anniversary is a blend of two different whites; a sweet batch (brewed in February, 2005) and a dry batch (brewed in March, 2005). By blending the two batches, an additional complexity is imparted. Further complexity, most notably expressed by the delicate vanilla notes, was gained by aging some of the beer in new oak barrels.

Added by Todd on 06-21-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful wheat malt scent along a refreshingly fruity yeast aroma. There appears to be some coriander and orange peel. It has an elevated abv., but the aroma hides the warmth well. The taste is good. It has a smooth wheat flavor that goes down easy. The spices add a bit of complexity, but there is no hiding the warmth in the taste. It warms all the way down. This is the new flavor of the week, I guess. Although, this is a tastey beer. I prefer the lower alcohol wits. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fitting brew for their 10th Anv.. It makes a statement about what they've done in the past, but more importantly it opens the door for new possibilites in the future.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange yellow with a big 2" head that leaves sticky lacing along the glass. Head sticks around awhile. Aromas of spicy sweet malts entangled with cotton candy and grape skin aromas. Lots of bright fruit and spice throughout with a vibrant Belgian yeast backbone. Enticing.

First sip brings sweet deep pale malts with light fruit and grape accents. Spicy yeast with coriander and earthy flavors as well. There's a great depth of flavor here. Finishes on the malty side with no alcohol bite either. A tasty concoction.

Smooth with a great malty body. Easy to drink at 10% and quite yummy. This one has held up very well and is still drinking great! Thanks to Dave for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a slightly hazy orange color, with a medium-sized head. It had a sweet, fruity odor, along with some spice. It tasted sweet, citrus, with some nice warming spiciness. Maybe just a touch too sweet. It was a smooth beer, very drinkable. Another good beer from Allagash.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml magnum, no freshness date but this was brewed back in Feb 2005.

A- As soon as I popped the cork the beer started to slowly gush so some sediment did make its way into the glass ... the beer was pretty damn bright in the bottle. Dusty golden hue with a very lively carbonation which holds the three fingered head tall.

S- Apple juice, star fruit and melon like aroma. Definite coriander and faded orange peel. Spicy alcohol and yeast in the back. Very aromatic.

T&M- Thick layer of dry malt character, suggestions of toasted crackers and horse feed grain. Fluffy, almost champagne-like crispness. Bitter orange peel with a soft coriander in the back. Clean warming alcohol only leaves a faded fingerprint of dried apples. Bone dry palate with a very clean finish.

D- Pair this with a hearty meal or share it with friends in celebration ... either way this beer is almost too complex for its own good. It makes you think what beer can be ... that is for sure.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden yellow. Poured with a huge head, but it did last long. Probably due to high alcohol. Speaking of the alcohol it is not very apparent. Compared to other wits it stands out, but compared to other beers of its strength, the alcohol is very well hidden. Sweet, and spicy like most wits, with a soapiness about it. I think the orange peel and wheat are the major players in the flavor. I just got done mowing the lawn, and I think this is quite refreshing. Pleasant CO2. Good job.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bomber,courtesy of mntlover who brought this to our tasting session on 1-18-2006. Cork comes off with a loud pop, followed by lots of gunsmoke, then a massive foamover. Wow! This one is a "gusher". Honey amber body in the tulip glass with a mild haze. Spotty patch lacing is abundant.
Aroma is fruity sweet, with apricots and honeydew melon subduing the nose. Clove and coriander are also prominent, along with a subtle earthy yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and smooth carbonation.
Taste is fruitier than any Allagash I've ever tried. Honeydew melon stands out. Orangepeel adds a nice bittersweet note. Coriander and white pepper add a spicy zing. Hops and yeast are subtle, adding an earthy bitterness.
A solid Belgian style, typical of Allagash quality. Sweeter and fruitier than any other brew that I've tried from this Maine brewery. A 10% witbier? The alcohol is well hidden, for sure, but this is certainly not your standard wit. Very enjoyable, nonetheless.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color w/ a full two fingers of bright white head w/ no effort in the pour...this brew is rearing to be consumed.
Great smells...fresh lemons and oranges w/ some spiced mixed in.
Enjoying this one near room temperature is the way to go for me...a real well balanced brew w/ a nice dose of malt to sweeten it up.
The alcohol is so well hidden in this offering...no problems finishing up this bottle. Does warm you up in the belly and the head quite rapidly.
Mouthfeel is average, but the carbonation is where I like to see it.
Quite an awesome brew from Allagash...will be heading out for another soon enough.
Thanks to beernut7 for this one...

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised that it is a derivative of the witbier. A most mellow of 10 beers, possibly relecting cellaring for a couple of years. Tasty ale, not complex but certainly easy drinking. Oaking gave it vanilla, its also slightly biased sweet. Pineapple, spices with corriander and clove and white pepper. Superior. Soft but above average mouthfeel. Suitable carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I'd heard stories of rocketing corks and gushing bottles, there were no problems at all with my bottle. The cork came out with a standard pop, and the beer remained in the neck of the bottle for several moments before it was poured. In fact, even the head that was produced was a little restrained for this type of beer. Still, it produced a majestic dollop of soft, slightly off-white froth atop a hazy golden and orange body once coaxed slightly; and it left some very nice splatters and drips of lace throughout the entire goblet.

The nose offered a wonderful note of coriander amidst dried fruits and slightly sweet, candyish (bubblegum phenolic) malts. Some pepper, a transient note of delicate citrus, and some mild grassy character give it depth of character.

The mouthfeel was appropriately zesty and prickly on the tongue, followed by a more airy feel as the CO2 was released.

The flavor was initially sweet with wheatish malt and a fruitiness that was just slightly tart (dried apricots, tangerines, apple, pear). It rounded nicely with a rub of candyish/bubblemgum phenolics as a formidable pepperiness stepped in to take control and sweep the palate dry. The alcohol is well-cloaked, although it's slightly noticeable in the finish (which should be expected to a certain extent in any beer of 10%).

It's big and brash, reminiscent of the first large drop of a rollercoaster. Unfortunately, there aren't too many good, quick twists and turns after that... it's more about the assault of the big plunge. However, I think just a short bit of aging might help with that.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was like pouring honey into my glass- the colour, anyway! A gorgeous one in the glass.

Up to the nose, it released a nive fruity smell including pineapple, peach, and mango.

Taste was tangier than expected- yet spicy and a bit grainy, with hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Alcohol presence definitely noted.

Body was smooth, and just a bit viscous.

Be well

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Witbier pours a bit darker then your normal, more gold than yellow. A nicely formed white head sat on top of the beer until the bottom of the glass. Aroma is fruity, not so much as the citrus zing of your normal witbier but more of a candy fruit, like white grapes and apples. I found a mixture of spice and the fruit in the flavor. A grainy feel was noted. Dry finish and a touch of alcohol was present in the end. Nice for #10.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden and almost opaque, crowned with a thin ring and a little bubbly island in the center.

Smell: Freshly backed cheezy bread, sprinkled with spices with a low-key alcohol finish.

Taste: A little maderized with notes of caramel, sweet and yeasty mouthfeel, that mixed with the alcohol piquant to give a pleasant, tingly feeling in my gullet. For some reason, the booze just exploded when I tasted it along with a piece of bread.

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Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into the Chimay goblet. The ale is slightly cooler than room temperature.

Appearance: The cork popped with a decent noise, followed by an overflow from the bottle onto the countertop. The ale, when settled, is a clear, dehydrated-urine color (very yellowy). It is slightly hazy with no visible particles. It poured with decent head and left no lace.

Smell: The smell of orange wafts from the goblet. It mixes with other spices (coriander, pepper) to give a pleasing aroma. There is no appreciable hop or malt aroma.

Taste: Lemon zest and orange dominate the taste, which is light and airy. The carbonation cleanses the tongue, allowing the taste to re-appear fresh with the next sip.

Mouthfeel: The light sweetness and carbonation conspire to make a very pleasant beer. It sits well on the palate and makes the drinker want another sip.

Drinkability: Very high, even with the 10% abv. As this was a one-off production, grab one if you can find it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (courtesy of Secret Santa): Bottle was stored in my fridge and I pulled it out 45minutes before drinking. It opened with large pop and started to gush and I then poured quickly in my glass. Poured a hazy golden color ale with a huge foamy white head with perfect retention. Carbonation is just crazy, which is not necessarily a bad thing, and body is pretty much average. Aroma of wheat with some pepper, coriander and maybe a bit of cinnamon. Taste is also quite heavy on wheat with a nice spice mix. I couldn’t really detect any alcohol, which is great. Overall, this may lack a bit of complexity but great take on the style (Strong Belgian pale ale/Witbier).

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by PintofAle. Thanks Mark
Pours the color of a well made, clear Bellini, orange, peach and white. Big puffy cloud of white head leaves scad of lace of the goblet.
Aroma of grains of paradise, orange rind lemon drops and hint of coriander
Flavors read like a citrus rainbow, even got a hint of lime in this one. Definite orange and lemon with a hint of caramel and some pale malt and wheat.
Mouthfeel was so lush in felt like it was creating humidity in my mouth. Just absolutely exquisite feel with the effervescence perfect for style and it just played so well of the citrus flavors.
Drinkability was as high as I can imagine a brew to be. Just stunning concoction by the folks in Maine. Find this beer, truly memorable.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with BeerBeing - thanks! This was a one off beer that was a mixture of 2 different batches with one sweeter and one drier. They were blended, aged in oak and then bottled in May 2005. Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottled that opened with a loud pop. It was a hazy golden color. The aroma was a bit muted but it is 2 years old so not unexpected. It was heavy on oaky vanilla smell with a hint of the 10% ABV. There wasn't much spiciness left in the aroma. The flavor was pretty good but again was lacking the spicy bite of most wits. Not bad but tasted more than a BSPA than a Wit. Overall, a good beer that makes me wish I'd had it in its prime (3.5, RB-OTR, T, O)

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Photo of lou91
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looked and almost smelled like good champagne – golden, effervescent and yeasty with an alcohol nose. The taste is so unique and complex that the best way to describe it is that it is a “grown up” beer. Nothing clear and easy but, like a great novel , it develops and has subtlety that challenges you with every sip. Crisp, clean, dry but without the sweetness of a triple. It has the orange peel and coriander of a wit mixed with the alcohol umph of a fantome saison. It took me two hours to finish it and I enjoyed every minute. A great beer from a great brewery. Got it in DC at Chevy Chase.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, even though I was expecting it, this started gushing as soon as the cork was popped and I lost some on the counter. Pours an attractive golden honey color, with a finger of white head, and some moderate lacing. Smell is a spicy wheat malt, with a slight alcoholic note. Some apple and pear fruitiness comes through a little as it warms. Taste is more of the same, a clean wheat malt upfront, slightly on the sweet side, some slight spiciness, coriander and some others, slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium/thin and light and fairly effervescent, good for the style. Thisn't isn't my favorite witbier, but for the punch it packs it is very nice tastings, and this is a respectable beer from Allagash.

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Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light gold with steady streams of carbonation and a 1 finger white head.
Smell is of lush orange peel, crisp wheat, and a hint of coriander.
Taste is of lots of orange peel, wheat, with a bit of spice on the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability is ok. That 10% is definitley there and it creeps but I wouldn't let that take too much away from this good brew.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy peach color smaller white head falls to a ring, spotty lace left behind. Head might be smaller due to bottle erupting on opening.

Aroma is nice and fruity peach, melon, apricot with some nice spices corriander dominating.

Taste is fruity malt nice orange flavors with bananna hints. Nice mellow fruity start with a zesty finish that brings on the spice. Corriander, cloves mix with earthy yeasts flavors and light alcohol hints.

Mouthfeel is medium but still light and crisp with plenty of pep.

Drinkability is good a nice witbier hard to believe its 10% some alcohol noted but barley and seems to blend in well.

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Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall a very good Witbier if that is you style. For a big beer like this, I had been excepting it to be South Hampton Double Wit and it wasn’t. Still a very good beer.

Appearance: This beer was a gusher from the movement our friend popped the cork, the beer pour as head and settled into a cloudy light lemon color with tons of carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is a sweet malt juicy fruity citrus orange, cloves, coriander, yeast wheat aroma. It's both a mouthful to say a smell.

Taste: I like the citrus and spice both ginger and lemon clove, the malt wheat character seemed more thin than I was hoping but did display a hint of breadiness; and the alcohol did show through a bit. Over all, worth a taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and very fluffy yet move across the palate with silky ease.

Drinkability: It didn't quite do it for me but I am not typically a big Whit fan. I did like much more than most. It was easy drinking but the 10.% ABV and the spiciness did not make it terribly refreshing, a standard I usually expect in a Whit.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Matcpd
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appeares similar to a tripel, a hazy yellowish golden color; cloudy; nicehead retention (remained for the entire session); no yeast sediment in the glass.

Slightly sweet; definite hints of wheat; belgian candi sugar.

Sweet malty flavors; slightly saisonish, showing some spicy attributes; a thick wheat taste is distinct.

Very carbonated; sweet; dry; wheaty; slight alcohol taste; thick consistancy; Very Dry.

Drinkable, but not in large quantities - and not like a standard wheat beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Cloudy yellow orange with a tall off white frothy head. Drops to a small bubbly cap quickly leaving a bit of streaky lace. Some orange peel and other spices mixed with a nice backing of fruit. Some yeasty doughy scents and a bit of earthiness. The alcohol starts to stand out way to much as this warmed up. Spicy fruits kick of the flavor with a bit of coriander, pepper and some apples. Again the alcohol seems to be peaking though a bit too much. Plenty of sweetness here and a bit of butter. Luckily the sweetness doesn’t get overbearing and the butter note is minimal. Ends on a fruit note dusted with spice. Pretty creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a nice thickness. Not bad but I feel the alcohol was a bit too evident in all aspects.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle recently copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $13.99... I was surprised to see this one on the shelves still...
Overall, I would basically describe this in the most simplest of terms as a "super Witbier" - big on taste, flavor, and alcohol, and very fruity and tasty like a sweet Tripel...
A gradual pour resulted in a hazy, golden, light-amber colored-hue, with intesne carbonation visible along with a giant, five-fingered head that exhibited tremendous staying power...
Classic, rich Witbier aroma of coriander, spices, lemons, citrus and such...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a burst of citrus, oranges, nectarines, tangerines, cloves, and coriander with mixed spices...
Superb, creamy, thick, filling mouthfeel with an ultra-easy level of drinkability for a 10% ABV - the alcohol really struggles to make itself noticed on this one...
Great stuff from Allagash - I actually enjoyed this one slightly more than their 11th Anniversary one...

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10th Anniversary Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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