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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 66
Photo of Sephiroth
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -2.7%
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 Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +18%
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%
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 +10%
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 +1.5%
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 -0.2%
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 -5.1%
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 kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +9.5%
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 -5.6%
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 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 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 AlexJ
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade. Pale and hazy yellow-gold color with a very thick white head and spotty lacing. Aroma of yeast, lemon and spices. Medium-bodied and I like the amped-up Allagash White interpretation. Floral character with lots of sweet spices, citrus and yeast. The alcohol is always in the background too. The finish is dry and lightly bitter with a bit of toasted malt. Impressive.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of lou91
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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 WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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 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 jdhilt
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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 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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