Allagash 10th Anniversary Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash 10th Anniversary AleAllagash 10th Anniversary Ale
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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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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of HopGoblin
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden orange with a white head which fell quickly to the edges of the surface and then tried to lace the glass with limited success.

The aroma was lightly earthy with of all things a slight coconut fruity character. The earthiness was that generally found in a beer that had been laid down for some time and later acquired some barnyard aromatics. Some light candy sweetness was notable with some light spice character.

The flavor was light with a tangerine citrus flavor that was interesting and well achieved. The flavor was sweet and coupled well with the citrus flavor and bittering. The flavor also contained and interesting meld of spices with light coriander, some pepper and some other spices that were too low and melded to acertain.

The finish was light with a nice dry citrus and spice that lasted pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was well done. The beer had a very interesting and complex flavor, but the aroma was lacking and not overly interesting. The beer contained a slight alcohol warming after consumption but otherwise the ABV level never came into play.

Was warned to chill very cold and be careful when opening. I disregarded that advice and found no detriment in chilling to 45 and serving. The bottled opened normally without any issue and a normal carbonation level.

750 ml bottle purchased at OUAV in Richmond, Va for $15.

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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 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 Beervis
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Higravity
2.48/5  rDev -39.8%
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 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 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 weeare138
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 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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