Allagash 10th Anniversary Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

very good
66 Ratings
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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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Higravity
2.48/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I hope I got an off bottle, but this is a train wreck. The beer itself is a amber-orange with a pleasent white bibbly head. It smells of sulfury citrus tang. The taste is not much better, dear god I am drinking popcorn butter. Yes this beer is laced heavily with diacetyal. Interestingly enough I settle into the butter while watching "Red Dawn" as the alcohol starts to take effect. I start to retaste and I can pick up the normal citrus and pleasent malts the spices I can't decern, but there is always the diaceytal. Finished the 750mL out of spite for the $14 price tag.

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Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from voice notes taken at a previous tasting.
Typed up in an attempt to finally consolidate all of my reviews in one place.

This is a hazy golden yellowish color with a shimmering white head. It actually doesn't look too bad!

Smells... well... a lot like a wheat beer... I'm impressed at how well this has aged. There is certainly a little booziness here, but not nearly as much as I had expected with this thing being 10% abv.

Thick and creamy feel-- very different, but not bad.

Overall== this is decent-- but it probably should have been drank 6 years ago. I don't know that age has helped it.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
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 waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Goldorak
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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 meathookjones
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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 jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cage-corked 750 ml bottle, served cold as per instructions on the tag:

Pours golden with champagne-like bubbles rushing to the top, creating a thick foamy head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of bready yeast, coriander, clove and a hint of orange peel.

Very spicy taste - coriander, clove, orange peel - Coriander quite hefty, so along with alcohol - this one has quite a bit of black pepper in the taste. Grainy sweet malt is behind the strong spiciness. Very dry finish.

Light bodied and effervescent, it has a lingering spiciness along with heat from the alcohol.

I do recall liking the 11th Anniversary better, but this one isn't bad at all. It's a bit heavy in flavor for a witbier, which is fine. But, it's a bit too spicy/black pepperish for me to say that I would want to see it as a regular offering, which it isn't anyway. Bottom line - I have mixed feelings about it after having a tasting of it when it came out, and after having the whole bottle after a year of aging.

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Photo of Matcpd
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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 clvand0
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one blew up all over kmpitz2 desk, keyboard, floor, etc. Pours a golden color with a very tall head that falls quickly and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus notes with a backing of alcoholic kick. The flavor has the same citrus and alcohol character with some spices flying around. The alcohol is very present in the flavor. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Beervis
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is a majorly hot day (99 degrees at the moment), so I thought I'd crack this puppy and see what she's got!

Pours from the 750ml bottle a VERY carbonated clear golden colour with a thick white head. There is a reminder on the bottle to open carefully, and it's a good thing I heeded the warning.

Smell is great with fruity, bready, yeasty notes and a nice hint of citrus.

Taste is sweetly malty, with a smooth wheatiness. A slight "metallic" taste is present, then some vanilla notes, and warming spicy alcohol. It finishes crisp with a lingering sweet note.

This is a great beer, though much different from the regular Allagash White. I enjoyed it, but it's a little too strong to drink alot of. All in all, another winner from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of cbl2
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/21/2005 $13.99 750 mL 10.00% No best by date.


After chilling for 24 hours, this thing still exploded, spilling all over the place. Thus the beer was hazy yellow, with about 3 inches of frothy foam.


Gum, loads of banana, and a blast of spicy coriander. This is what a wit should smell like!


This is a witte with attitude. Begins with your everyday banana, gumball flavor of a witte, but followed by a smooth sherry-like alcohol sensation that is mildly sweet and nutty. An intriguing look at a classic style, that comes off quite nicely, though does not justify the $14 price tag.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml shared with shadowane and sideshowe.

Pours a bright golden orange color with a half finger white head that quickly fades.  Not much in the way of lacing.

Complex aroma with a good balance of candy sugar, citrus fruit and zesty spice.  Lots of orange and tangerine candy sweetness that's countered by spicy hints of pepper and coriander.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of zesty spice and sweet citrus fruit.  Still pleasantly carbonated with lots of zesty spice up front.  Hints of pepper coriander followed by tangerine, orange and peaches and cream.  There's also a subtle bubblegum presence that falls off toward the finish. Abv excellently masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. This beer has held up surprisingly well.

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Photo of HopGoblin
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden-orange with a fluffy white head. Great head retention due to high level of carbonation. Massive array of bubbles all through the brew. Sweet creamy aroma with hints of orange. Predominate flavor is that of oranges and the spices. The high level of alcohol also comes through on the taste. Mouthfeel is a good, heavier than the regular Wit. But the finish is a bit funky, leaving a strange taste of yeast on the roof of the mouth. As the beer warms, there is a pleasant taste of cherries on the finish. A good beer now, but it needs time. I look forward to see how this beer matures over the next few years.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 rmalinowski4
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of sacfly
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (bottle conditioned, but not labeled as such)
A careful pour yielded a golden straw color with an ever so slight haze. Huge bubbles of carbonation give it the appearance of ginger ale in the glass. Thick white head. Aroma is ginger and slightly clove.

First taste is ginger, light fruit, and a spicy yeast character. Taste is more similar to most triples I have had than witbiers. Little aftertaste. The spiciness leaves and you are left with a light syrup like texture in the mouth.

Happy tenth anniversary! If they drank this, I’m sure it was happy. At 10% it is very easy to drink.

Note: Starts to bubble as soon as you open. Be ready to pour! After the first glass, expect the high carbonation to lift the yeast up into the beer. Not a problem. The yeast tastes great too. Second pour- appearance is now a murky yellow brown. More chewy and thick. Bready character comes out more.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash 10th anniversary is a lovely rusty golden colour with a big poofy head of snow white foam. The aromas are very ramped up wit spices (curacao, orange peel, coriander, white pepper, et al) as well as a zingy lemony touch and some yeast goodness. The taste is very wheaty and yeast, but WAY too sweet for my liking. It' still solid and good though. The spicy/fruity complexities are lost in the sweetness though. Mouthfeel is filling and dryed out yet light enough especially for a bigger (10%abv) brew. Drinkability is good but again it is hurt due to the constant sweetness. This one could have been a champion of the style if they held back on the sweetness and tossed in some more farmy farmhouse funk characteristics...Still as it stand, a nice new brew from Allagash for all you BAs with a sweet tooth...

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: glowing orange body with honey folds and a huge 3 finger slightly off white crown...this one gushed! Some retention and minimal lace.

Smell: candied orange, wheat, coriander, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Wheat and candied orange throughout with some hop bitterness sneaking in at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and chewy with just enough carbonation on the finish.

Drinkability: Not bad considering the strength.

This one held up fairly well considering its a double wit that has 4+ years on it.

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Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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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