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 OldSock
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -4.4%
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 aquatonex
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +11.9%
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 +7.8%
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 +6.3%
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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