11th Anniversary Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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11th Anniversary Ale11th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To acknowledge this year's anniversary, our 11th, Allagash's brewers decided to use a champagne yeast for both the primary and secondary fermentations. This beer was brewed with both Cascade and Northern Brewer hops and copious amounts of Belgian Aromatic Malt to achieve its vibrant garnet color and unique, malty palate. At a hefty 9% ABV, the alcohol in this brew is balanced by a light sweetness, a full-bodied mouth feel and a gentle, lingering hop character.

Added by geexploitation on 08-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

SAmpling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with minimal beige fluffy head that fades to an edge layer fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is mild but I get some toffee and brown sugar with a little dark fruit with plums and raisins.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation, very smooth texture.
Flavor is some more sweet malt with brown sugar and dark fruit, plums and raisins, just a little bit of booze on each finishing sip. I do get just a hint of oxidation, but not too bad.
The beer is a nice malty brew with no flaws, there is maybe a little bit past its prime but I still enjoy the beverage.
Definitely a malt dominant beer, a winner by Allagash.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of cliff1066
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleWatcher
2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | 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.

Shared by imperialking (he also shared the 10th anny as well)

This is like a reddish brown color-- well, slightly brown, kinda beige. Loose lazy bubbles form a ring. Some spotty lace left, but nothing to really talk about.

The nose has a bunch of spices, perhaps some toffee and even a little biscuity malt flavor. A little sweet hawaiin bread note here as well.
The flavor has everything the nose has, but adds a reallly dry finish.

Not really impressing me.... *at this point the voice note has devolved into a conversation about which batman was the best/

Medium feel... ample carbonation.

OLverall... I'm gonna say I'm glad to have tried it... But it may just be passed its prime.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GradyS1
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 2/18/2011

A-Nice amber/maroon color that has a one finger head that retains itself for a few minutes
S- For having a few years this has a strong fruit characteristic. orange peel and a small amount of lemon citrus. I get sweet apples in the finish, with some roasty malts and Belgian sugars
T-Cherry, dark cherries with Belgian candy, yeast, malty but with a sweet fruit finish.
M- almost sour, in a good way, up front. full bodied with nice medium finish
Overall, a very fruity and enjoyable beer, this one held up with age nicely

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Photo of andrewm190
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super delicious beer here from Allagash. Certainly nothing shy in the taste department, very much bold indeed. Instantly one gets the smell of fruit right on the nose when the drink is poured; the pallet hit is even more obvious. Sweet as she wants to be - walks a thin line over towards the barley wine side of the house. Also a hint of spice; nothing overwhelming but enough to keep you intrigued. Not nearly as aggressive as, at least I, find barely wines tend to be, which is a major plus. A slow drinker this one, and not so heavy that you feel finishing the glass to be anything like a chore. Success.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy, a reddish rust that glow majestically. Not much head at all, but the skim/crown lasts a good while.

I haven't been totally knocked out by a beer aroma like this in a long while. Just mesmerizing. Cherry, dark grape and plum are in there, big and bold, with a superb malt sweetness that's like standing in the middle of a taffy factory. Alcohol adds a robust edge but lacks any kind of forbidding heat. Faint leather-ness. Yeast is also a huge factor here, 100% Belgian in character, a character so strong it takes me back to drinking Belgian ales of various varieties right at the source. Couldn't be more sublime. Even if the taste sucks, it was worth the price.

The fruit/malt sweetness in the nose turns a little tart in the flavor, but it seems to be exactly what they were shooting for. This is a Belgian dark for fans of that kind of thing and Belgian sours, although it never crosses over into uber-sour territory or anything. Lots of cooked apple and apple skin flavor, bright cherry too; leather; toffee; grape/raisin; big caramel; sweet spices, especially in the finish; spicy winter/fruit tea, steeped strong and long; yeast not quite as impressive as the nose, but not complaining; alcohol is extremely well-incorporated, underlining everything above it.

A little bit sticky, with tingly carbonation and a nice medium-to-heavy body.

Complex, fascinating and totally delicious. A fantastic comfort beer for lovers of beer both big and Belgian. Continues Allagash's streak of greatness...from where I'm sitting and drinking anyway.

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4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a great beer friend in the area.
Smells of sour dark fruit notes. Dates and sour cherries ring out.
Has a great spice upfront of cardomen and possible tumeric. Dark aged fruit notes layer over thick dark caramel and belgian malts. Fruit notes of dates and sour bing cherries. A slight sour finish with a little chocolate and sweet caramel ringing out.
There is a good alcohol singe after the swallow but other than that, an exceptionally easy to drink beer for the age and ABV

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Photo of darklordlager
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light caramel colour, dirty tan head. Not much head retention.

S: Applesauce, bubblegum, dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit (lots), apples, caramel, and alcohol that works its way in with the caramel.

M: Slightly syrupy, medium carbonation.

Much heavier than I was expecting--with the caramel malt character reminding me a lot of a wee heavy, oddly enough.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky red orange pour into my glass with a small ring of eggshell colored bubbles. Aromas of sweet malts with caramel and deep fruits coming through. Brown sugar and plum along with underlying yeast spiciness. Somewhat bready as well with a candy backbone.

First sip brings big, smooth malts upfront with an intertwined mix of caramel and deep fruit flavors. Plum and apple mix in with dates and a mellow earthy breadiness. Spicy yeast kicks in on the way down along with some raisin flavors. The finish brings just a touch of hops and a kiss of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable with a lingering warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. This is a big, malty BSDA. A touch warming and tasty overall. I ended up cellaring this and while it's held up nicely I would have liked to try it fresh as well. If you have any left it's drinking pretty nice right now.

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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 30th birthday one of my friend's brought this bottle over. He had been aging it for 3 years. He's now my new best friend.
A- Extremely cloudy, opaque brown at top and fades into red. Lots of sediment. Great foamy head and lacing.
S- Nutty malt scent with a slight caramel and soapish scent.
T- Beautiful nutty taste. Extremely complex and I am not nearly experienced enough to differentiate the different flavors. Caramel, apple? I don't know.

Absolutely spectacular aged.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle from City Beverages, Winston-Salem, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours - on the first half - a really robust, bright, lively ruby amber, transparent, and capped by a good two-finger, bubbly, light khaki head of average retention. The second half pours a cloudy, hazy, more dead-looking brown amber, capped by less of a head, and with a persistent foam collar and a thin, wispy dusting of lace. The glass lacing is runny, glittery, a little soapy, sort of what you'd expect from a relatively high-abv% Belgian.

Aroma: First, the bad - it's still a little hot. There's a spicy, peppery alcohol that sort of tingles the nosehairs - it's not overpowering, but it definitely makes its presence known. The remainder is thick, decadent dark and stone fruits - raisins, prunes, grapes, and cherries, mostly - candied up in a thick brown sugar, bready, earthy, slightly yeasty package.

Taste: A bit of a step up from the nose, I think, but not quite enough for a point bump. The alcohol is more in check here, or at least the remainder of the flavors are a little more pungent - raisins and prunes, cherries, pears, brown sugar, molasses, bread crusts, a few stray medicinal phenols, perhaps faint nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, probably this beer's best aspect. The body is thick without being cloying, smooth yet crisp, and nice and even. It doesn't quite reach the pillowy, sublimating perfection of some Belgian brews, but it's a very sold feeling beer.

Drinkability: Solid, and about what I was expecting - a traditional, straightforward Belgian strong dark. Nothing about it really blew me away, but nothing about it was underwhelming, either. The 9.2% is hefty, but really not too high for the style, either. If you see this one, give it a shot if Belgian darks are your thing. I'm not sure it was worth the $16.89 pricetag, though that may have just been the venue I picked it up at. A solid if not amazing brew.

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11th Anniversary Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 105 ratings