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Allagash 10th Anniversary Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash 10th Anniversary AleAllagash 10th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: 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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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of yelterdow
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hoegaarden glass at just over fridge temperature... this one's been in the refrigerator for six months, waiting for the opportunity.

Appearance- Bam! Explodes out of the bottle with a fervor... there is beer all over my counter now. It just keeps on flowing... and this one's been resting peacefully since July. After the big intro, we have a hazy, dense, pureed apricot-looking brew... the 2" crown settles nicely to a comfortable mat. Lacing is big and sticky the whole way down. Fantastic looking witbier.

Smell- A hugely concentrated dose of peach, nectarine, and apricot. Reminiscent of fruit salad in heavy syrup, with a nice coriander spicy edge to the beer. Sweeter and stronger as it warms. Beautiful.

Taste- Luscious fruitiness, with apricot and peaches leading the way.. the coriander notes linger right down to the sweet finish, with the alcohol warming the stomach ever so slightly. Great balance, drinks like a fruit dessert might. Perfect bittering at the back and sides of the tongue, as it drys and whets the appetite. Hard to believe this one weighs in at a mighty 10%.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy yet thick and viscous. Where the hell do they hide the alcohol? I have chosen to swirl in all sediment, and I suggest you do the same. It will intensify and showcase the massive fruitiness while imparting a yeasty bittering that will balance the overall show. What a great beer.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Truly excellent beer for this hot day. I followed the directions on the bottle's neck and made sure I chilled it for 12+ hours. Opened wihout a hitch. Pours a vibrant gold in color with foamy head. Bunches of carbonation. Nose is full of spice and some ornagey-lemony zest. The flavor is truly great: Spices such as coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper; malts and hops are finely balanced and complemented by all the other flavors; and fruitiness comes out such as lemon and oranges. Served cold the alcohol is completely hidden, but as it warms up, the alcohol is more noticeable. Mouthfeel improves as the beer warms up and stretches out to a nice medium body with a bite to the finish. Very drinkable beer and I struggled to fmake myself share this bottle. Glad I have another.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head over the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head lasts very nicely, with a constant swirl of small bubbles constantly rejuvenating, and lacing is delicate yet plentiful. Aroma is spicy malts, enticingly so. Taste is sweet maltiness upfront, perhaps a bit too much but just barely across the line, and then the spicing kicks in and tickles and tantalizes the tongue, and closes dry, with the slightest of warming. Mouthfeel is fluffy and silky at once, just shimmies over the gums seductively, and drinkability is superb. Not sure where this 10%abv is hiding, but its definitely a neat trick. Highly recommended.

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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 jdhilt
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Explodes out of the bottle, pours with a three-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is orange peel. Complex flavor, on the sweet side some citrus but not bitter, the high ABV is not noticable, one of the best wits I have had - expensive $12.99 for a 750ml bottle from Downeast beverage Portland, Me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Riotously carbonated orange blossom honey. I must have been stunned by the loud craaack! on cork removal because I just did manage to get the open bottle over the chalice in time to catch the quickly rising foam. The eggshell-colored cap is massive and airy, but it isn't as creamy or as sticky as I prefer. As a result, there's very little lace. It's odd to see a two finger head on the beer that's still in the bottle.

I don't know whether or not the high ABV is responsible for what I'm smelling, but 10th Anniversary Ale's aroma is more BSPA to me than witbier. Maybe it's the fact that orange peel isn't as evident as it could be. That isn't to say that I don't love it. It's bursting golden fruity (apricots, peaches, apples) and is clove and coriander spicy. Complex and inviting. In fact, it's inviting me to take a sip right now.

This is delicious beer, just as I knew it would be. As to whether or not it's as outstanding as Allagash White, I'll reserve judgement until I've downed the majority of the bottle. Early signs point to... yes. Like the nose, the flavor is more in line with the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style than the stated style. On second thought, it strikes me as a combination of the two.

The website states that this 10th Anniversary beer is a mixture of two versions of the standard White; a sweeter version and a drier version. The brewers' object was to add complexity and I'd have to say that they've succeeded admirably. The beer is neither sweet nor dry. Actually, that's not quite right. It's both sweet and dry at different points along the flavor arc.

This is one of those kaleidoscopic beers that change in fascinating ways from the start of each mouthful to the finish, and also from the first few cooler sips to the last few less cool ones (I'm guessing). I'm finding it hard to get my taste buds around the stunning amount of complexity and am drinking the beer pretty quickly to try to sort it all out. If I don't slow down, I won't be able to finish this review with any sort of coherence at all.

When I read that *some* of the beer was aged in new oak barrels I was skeptical that there would be much of any flavor transfer. And, in fact, I don't appreciate much oakiness at all. I certainly don't appreciate the 'delicate vanilla notes' that the brewery suggests are present. Now if charred oak barrels had been used... different story altogether.

The flavor profile is rife with orchard fruit macerated in eau de vie and sprinkled with warm, exotic spices. I don't appreciate orange peel per se, but there is a citrusiness that most BSPAs don't possess. Sorry to keep flipping back and forth between styles, but that's what I'm tasting. Alcohol adds power and seriousness. This is not a beer for the dilettante, but for those who are capable of appreciating it for the masterpiece that it is.

The body/mouthfeel is everything I look for in this style. It's similar to the best Belgians in that it's paradoxically full and light at the same time. The only way to achieve this combination of mouthfilling volume, silky smoothness, light stickiness and airy drinkability is with a great deal of carbonation that is well-buried enough to avoid fizziness. Mission accomplished.

Allagash 10th Anniversary Ale is remarkable beer. I don't really care if it's a witbier-like BSPA or a BSPA-like witbier when it tastes this good. Any brewery that is capable of creating such jaw-droppingly amazing beer as Allagash White, Allagash Tripel Reserve, Allagash Grand Cru, and now, Allagash 10th Anniversary Ale, gets my vote as the single best Belgian-style brewery in America. And one of the best breweries period.

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4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The information sheet that came with the case I bought and the Allagash rep I've communicated with said to really chill this beer down to avoid a gusher. Well I did and no gush.
Aroma was amazing. I could smell this from two feet away. It smelled very much like a saison; grass, hay, grapefruit. There was almost no head with no lacing. The body was a bit hazy and orange. Initial flavor was moderately sweet as was the finish. Taste lasted a long time. The texture was dry with soft carbonation. Since it was so cold it was really lively on the tongue. Once again Allagash has really brewed a winner. To me this did not taste like a witbier, but more like a Belgian strong pale ale. At 10% I expected to taste the alcohol, but I didn't. I sure felt it later, though. At 10%, I think I'll let the others age for a while.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wo baby!
750ml bottle very lively with gushing effervescence.
Thick white head atop persistant fine bubbles coming out of solution. Light gold, with a slight haze, terrific lacing.
Light honey and zesty spice in the nose. Not timid in it's aromatics.
Very 'tripelish" with warming alcohol and bold Belgian character.
Hints of vanilla, sezchuan peppercorns, citrus, lemon zest.
Creamy and tingly on the pallet, light bodied and warming.
Slightly sweet and spicing well balanced. Husky malts are barely noticable behind the aggresive effervescense that lead to a peppery dryness.
Leaning towords a big triple rather than a double white.
Wheat character is subdued as well as cloudiness in the body.
Oak aging is not apparent but may have helped dry it out.
Finishes warm with honey and light bitterness.
A bit young now, but a year or two down the road I can see this one being very complex and perhaps one of Allagashs' best.

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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 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 kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We have a gushger. My keyboard is now inundated with this beer. Luckily I didn't let too much go before finding a glass. This one pours a healthy orange color with a finger of head after all thing settle down. A little darker than I expect. Nose is a nice combination of spicey coriander, sweet orange and a puff of alcohol. Flavor is much the same. Alcohol is a bit more of a kick than in the nose, but the orange and spiceyness are still dominant as well. There is a light soapyness, I imagine from the wheat. Feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation with a very healthy warming in the stomach as I drink it. I find it highly drinkable. Its not something I am taking large drinks of, but its not keeping me from taking sips often. I would have this again.

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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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Photo of OldSock
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – Big bottle, caged and corked, chilled all the way down to refrigerator temp as the neck hanger suggested. When poured the beer is cloudy and hazy with a yellow, honey like color. Sitting on top is sizeable white head that refuses to go away leaving beautiful lacing as I drink.

Smell – Spicy coriander and earthy yeast, powerful smell especially considering that this beer is so cold.

Taste – Definitely the most flavorful white beer that I have had. Even cold it has a wide variety of flavors, coriander, bread, and citrus, really delicious. The 10% alcohol is completely hidden. I would drink wits a lot more often if they all had this much flavor.

Mouthfeel – The one let down in this beer is the weak, sharp over-carbonated mouthfeel. For such a big beer I was expecting more.

Drinkability and Notes – Despite the alcohol it’s very drinkable, I was glad that I split the bottle with someone because the flavor did get a little tiring after awhile. Certainly one of the best wits out there, up with the Southampton Double White in my book. It’s not cheap, or easy to find but worth it if you can get your hands on some.

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

Pours into my Allagash chalice, this beer is a golden straw color with a slight chill haze. It's wearing a sizable bone white head that stays put for a while before settling into a thin veil.

Aroma is golden malts, honey, sweet fruity nectar, citrus, spicey yeast and earthy hops. Smells like a cross between a witte and a tripel.

Flavor is immediately fruity, highlighting honey-drenched apricot, citrus, pinapple, and mango. It has a sweet middle with a well rounded finish that has coriander, white pepper, and baking spice with a mildly spicey hop finish. It could use a bit more tartness to offset the fruity sweetness. Alcohol well concealed. Definately a super Witte.

Body is medium, with fluffy carbonation and a soft, slightly syruppy texture. Good drinkability, pairs well with the marinated portobello mushroom and spinnach salad we had before dinner.

Thanks to mdavis31481 for the trade.

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

An excellently-chosen wedding gift from chaduvel et al. Heeding the neck-hanging label, I stored in the refrigerator for 12 hours and opened cold. It still managed to erupt a bit, but I only lost perhaps an ounce. With the gushing under control, the 10th Anniversary pours a gorgeously hazy pale peach to medium gold. Foamy, tight-bubbled, off-white head that sticks to the glass religiously. Nose is very fruity: bananas, pineapple (especially pineapple), grape juice, some spice, and a little yeast for good measure. Inviting. Taste starts out with tangy-sweet fruits (pineapple again), fruit cocktail juice as well. I get a little straw/funk and some pepper mid-palate. Intense carbonation lifts the first wave of flavor off the tongue to reveal a stickier, candy sweet base and a vegetal, slightly spicy bitterness. Finish is dry with echoes of overripe fruit. Medium bodied with crazy lively carbonation. Gets a little stickier in the end. Let this one warm up a little after opening. Happy 10th Allagash!

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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 orsulacp
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a huge explosion when opening this beer, my wife is still yelling at me to clean the carpet, watch out. It eventually poured a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head that clinged to the glass. The smell starts with the spices; cloves, some pepper, then a yeasty background. The taste was fruity, like pinapple at first, then spicy with some pepper, and the end was a yeasty-sweet blend. It had a very dry finish.

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Photo of jhu1995
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a muted gold color with tons of head. The bottle literally erupted upon opening. Some spotty lacing. Smell was very sweet, with banana and pineapple aromas emanating from the brew. Some floral essences also coming through. Taste was sweet, but well-balanced with the banana and pineapple flavors. Some light hoppiness/spiciness to it, but very mild and refreshing. This brew really sticks to your tongue and has plenty of body to it. For a 10% ABV beer, this was very scarily drinkable. Could be lots of trouble if a few of these are laying around. An excellent beer.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this baby as a surprise gift from my gf. Drank the entire bottle, woo!

Pours a nice hazy honey color with a rich, foamy head that has good retention. Actually, be careful opening the bottle the first time, the damn thing popped open like champagne and bubbled out everywhere. Effervescence is wonderful, just like champagne as well. As my girlfriend said, this is truly the 'champagne of beers', not that miller high life crap. Nose is pretty solid with fruity notes as well as very noticeable spice, bready yeasty malts as well. Taste is a bit more complex than the nose. Rich bready, sour yeasts and surrounding fruits (bananas, peaches) along with cloves, coriander, and white pepper. Sour, spicy, and slightly fruity. Alcohol is noticeable, but for 10%, that's a pretty good coverup. Mouthfeel is complex but not terribly overwhelming. Very nice.

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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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