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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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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 cbl2
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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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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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Crosling
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Curacao heavy aroma, with hints of apricot, coriander and strawberries. Cloudy tangerine color, with ample foam. Luxurious spicing on the palate, not overspiced, but perfect. Heavy bitter orange peel, with an array of light fruit flavors and hints of butter toffee and caramel. Definately shows its Belgianess with an authentic yeast character. Superb beer.

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

No bottle on the face of this earth can gush out on me! This one made a pathetic attempt, but I skillfully guided it into my Westmalle goblet. Body is slightly hazy light orange. Aroma of lemon, spices, and wheat.

Taste is quite good. The oak aging is apparent. Lemon spice cake, with a good dose of wheat and hops to balance. Some complexities are there that I cannot describe. Mouthfeel is extremely heavy and thick for a witbier. Dangerously drinkable, as I've nearly finished half the bottle during this review. I am very impressed by this, as my few experiences with Allagash were not impressive.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled February 2006
Pours a hazy, orangish-gold color, which is topped by a frothy, pale, tan colored head that is held up by an explosive carbonation. The bottle foamed up immediately and I lost a bit to the counter. The aroma smells characteristically like a wit; a mix of orange, citrus-like coriander, plus some earthy spice notes as well. As I delve deeper I get a strong note that reminds me of cinnamon, which really is quite strong if you spend some time intently smelling the aromatics.

The taste is much sweeter and thicker than I was expecting, which upon reflection makes sense given the strength of this beer. It finishes quite dry though, with an astringent spiciness and a yeasty bite, which definitely preps you for another sip of this brew. After my palate adjusts to the beer it does not seem nearly as sweet nor heavy as at the first sip. The spices found in the aroma are not nearly as evident in the taste; there are soft notes of citrus, some earthy coriander notes (especially towards the end), and perhaps a hint of that spicy cinnamon note. In the taste though the cinnamon note takes on more of the spicy flavor as opposed to the sweet flavor that is associated with cinnamon (makes me wonder if there is any cinnamon, perhaps it is just fermentation by-products). There are some definite yeasty, almost bread-like notes here as well. Plus there is also lots of fermentation derived spicy notes here.

As much as I like Wit beers, I am starting to get the impression that they really just don't double very well. The flavors really work best when kept in the lower alcohol, refreshing type that is a regular Wit. Having said that this beer is quite enjoyable, an tasty to boot.

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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 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 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 doubleipa
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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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 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 clvand0
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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 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 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 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 sacfly
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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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Allagash 10th Anniversary Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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