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Allagash 11th Anniversary AleAllagash 11th 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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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 105
Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour produces an emphemeral tan head--all but vanishing, it leaves a thin ring of foam around the edges. Body is amber, with ruby red highlights and a mahogany core. This beer is quite well carbonated for its high alcohol content, and some yeast particles float aimlessly throughout the chalice.

The aroma presents notes of granny smith apple, oak, vanilla, cranberry, cider, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is full of sour mash, lemon peel, oaken barrels, and a touch of vanilla. A strong, sweet malty backbone is present as well. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and the body is dry, medium-thin on the palate, and leaves behind a sour/bitter finish. This beer is somewhat difficult to put away, but the complexity and flavor make up for what it lacks in drinkability. Overall, its a solid offering from the beer-makers in Maine.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a translucent red-amber color and produced a mild head that laced the glass and slowly settled back to its origin.

Nose is also a non-descript "mild" with a hint of alcohol.

Flavor came on with a burst of effervescence and then fell flat leaving me with the sense that the ingredients dissolved leaving no trace of their initial appearance.

The flavor characteristic is that of hops and malt tinged with alcohol. Flavor was more hops than malt, but not much else.

Hops notes lingered with a long clean linear finish.

Over all I'd say this is a quality ale but nothing to celebrate. At every sip I hoped to find something special to help me remember this ale next time I'm at the store, but with each taste I'm left wondering.

It's not an unpleasant ale, but it seems like it needs more of something special-- to make it fill the moniker of an "anniversary ale".

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Photo of dnichols
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured the 750 ml capped and caged bottle into a chilled challis in celebration of passing my 100th BA review.

A: it poured a murky dirty blond until back lit when the cherry red hue emerged. My bottle poured a modest beige head that receded to a ligtht cover over the liquid and provided a modest lacing deep into the experience.

S: The aroma is yeasty, malty and tangy with strong toasted malts, thick bready yeasts and fruity flavors of tart cherries and green apples.

T: A very creamy semi sweet malt flavor was followed by an earthy and sour taste. The tangy flavor is reminiscent tart apples but the malts have a toffee coated plum flavor.

M: It was medium bodied and left a fuzzy sweet and sour flavorer in my mouth after each swig.

D: This is a filling brew that deserves to be sipped. Its a fine brew from a great brewery, however, other BSDAs better represent the style so I doubt I'll relive this experience.

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Photo of montageman
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Up until recently Allagash wasn't available in Michigan, so when I purchase this from Brawley's in North Carolina - I was very excited. Allagash is now available in MI, but I'm still glad I purchased this when I was visiting NC last year. If nothing else, it is a reminder of the excellent experience of visiting Brawley's.

The cloudy rich amber color is reminiscent of a caramel candy. The off white head quickly disappears leaving a slight bit of lacing. The aroma is dominated by sweetness - date, cherry, and chocolate. The taste is complex - cherry sweetness with a layer of dark chocolate as well. The mouthfeel should have more body - there is a thinness here that should not be. Overall, this is a very good Belgian style ale with some room for improvement. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a modest head (for a Belgian) and leaves scattered lacing

Smell: Dried cherries, figs and apple fruity esters with a touch of cinnamon/clove

Taste: Initially fruit-sweet, with red apple, grape, fig, banana and pear flavors that are joined by a spicy cinnamon/clove aspect, mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeasty spices jump to the fore and there is a earthy/hoppy kick to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body but slightly undercarbonated for a Belgian

Drinkability: Good, not great, in the pantheon of BSDAs; lacks the malty depth of the great ones

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

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost cloudy amber color. Medium bodied and good carbonation. Nose is raisins. Flavor sweet raisins, malt and some alcohol. Slight alcohol aftertaste. Totally different from their 10th anniversary ale. Expensive at $16.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2 from both BlackAngus and nlmartin. Thanks guys!
This one poured a murky burnt orange into the glass with kind of a reddish hue when held to the light. The beige foam was quite impressive after the pour, slowly receding to a thin cap and leaving plenty of sticky, clumpy lacing behind. The aroma was mild, sort of soft feeling, but still with its complexity - maltiness hit up front, followed by notes of grain, apple, pear, and yeasty bread. The flavour was fairly sweet on the first sip, but again complexity appeared after subsequent sips and as it warmed. It was actually quite fruity, mostly plum and pear, with a solid maltiness (caramel and bread crust). Brown sugar filled out the middle, and the finish was of spicy alcohol and yeast. Full bodied with creamy, fine carbonation and just off-dry. Good attenuation level. This beer had a very nice balance with a great fruity character. Very easy drinking for a big beer and definitely recommended. I'm glad I have a second bottle to hold on to for a while!

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Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, ruby tinged amber color. It has a large tan head that settles down fairly quickly. The nose is interesting. The first thing that I notice is a somewhat champagne-like aroma. Then I notice from the description of the beer that they use champagne yeast. That explains that, anyway. I also get some fruits and yeastiness also. Interesting taste. One of the first things that I noticed is a dryness to it. Not like some other beers, but like a dry champagne. There is also a light carbonation on the tongue. A nice mix of caramel and fruit flavors. The fruits are evident, but subtle, with none of them really jumping out to the forefront. This was quite nice.

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

Fiery amber scarlet colored with a small saphire hinted head that fades into no lacing. Some floaties abound.

Very big on the belgian spicey, yeasty notes. clove and golden raisins, with a bubble gum twist. Fruity and earthy with caramel driven malts. Some stone fruit as well.

Very nice and drinkable with good carbonation that really brings this beer to life. The big belgian spice is nicely integrated in the flavor. Sweet caramel malts with some toffee intricasies. Round and chewy with an earthy gamey finish. Rich clove, raisin, plum, cherries, flowers and a hint of butterscotch. Very drinkable as well.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm dense amber body that glows when held to the light. There is a sea of micro bubbles gliding to the surface supporting a creamy wavy head of light tan. The head last and last.

S- The soft floral smell of perfume and sweet lightly toasted malt comes through with a hint of fresh rain. There is a soft note that is green but not noticeably hops.

T- The taste of soft sweet caramel malt has a buttery quality to it and a note of light toasted malt. The finish is a pine wood note and then bitter hop flavor. The finish has a slight fusel alcohol note that hangs on with hops bitterness and malt sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat in the finish. As the beer warms there is more of a watery texture that comes through.

D- This beer is smooth and has a nice sweetness to it with some note of hops and alcohol. I would classify this as a nice little anniversary beer but it might be interesting to age.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin light tan head on a clear ruby body with dark orange hues.
S- Sweet burnt caramel malts fill the nose along with touches of alcohol, clove, maybe some nutmeg, cherries, light plums, few earthy tones, and some sugars.
T- Sweet burnt sugars mixed with a lightly burnt caramel flavor. Hops tingle the tongue along with some hints of alcohol and leave the tip of tongue dry with a light bitterness. The alcohol also gently warms the back of throat. Sugars really come through quite a bit. Hints of some cherries, and blend of spices like clove and nutmeg.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- I think this is a very nice brew. There are a few others I prefer from Allagash but this doesn't let me down. Really good beer and would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Duster72
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with some haziness. Aroma is mild sweet fruits, spices, sugar, and alcohol. Taste is dominated by Belgian yeast with definite dark fruit tones. Fruit mix is pleasant but does not knock my socks off. Mouthfeel is on the light side which compliments the brew nicely. I was able to down two challices, but my wife didn't care much for it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-orangey brown into a Moinette chalice. Some foam, not alot due to the higher ABV most likely.

Raisin and vague spice in the aroma, mineral water, whiff of alcohol as it warms.

Caramel malt, and yeast gives a fairly full mouthfeel. Elements of overripe melon, bitter orange peel, mild nutmeg or clove spicing. The fruit and spice isn't overdone, but it definitely has that "overripe" quality, which isn't completely positive in my opinion. Good, but similar to other BSDA's from Allagash.

Mouthfeel seems to have low to medium carbonation. I was thirsty and drank the bottle easily, but with a 9.2% ABV, you will definitely feel it.

If you are a fan of the style, it's recommended.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nase for this beer

A: Attractive brew, the color of rust. This a cloudy brew, but not to imply its unkept, just can’t see chit through it. Almost no head, only a thin ring of off white foam around the glass.

S: Guava, passion fruit, cantaloupe, clover honey, plums, coriander and brown sugar. This is going to be a sweet beer.

T: The familiar taste of coriander hits the tip of the tongue from the get go. A caramel cream comes next, almost dulce de leche but not as intense. Bits of peach, mango and strawberry cheesecake add the fruity component that was found in the smell. After the swallow a smooth bitterness rumbles across the palate. Finishes mildly metallic with aspect of candy corn and fresh ground nutmeg.

M: Medium body with a fluffy carbonation.

D: Good beer with nice drinkability. Overall the flavor bores me a bit. A bit like the Grand Cru without the pizzazz.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicious beer, par for the course from Allagash. Pours quite reddish, with some sediment and a good head that fades to a ring. Decent lacing, but nothing spectacular. The smell is slightly winey, and with good fruit.Maybe dried cherries and some orange rind. The taste is very well balanced, with a deep cherry fruitiness carrying through to the finish. There is also rounded malt flavors, some slight banana, a touch of sour and some dark fruit and vanilla on the finish. Beautiful mouthfeel- great body and nice creaminess. Very nice offering.Not my absolute favorite from them, but very good.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

I'm a big fan of Allagash beers, so had high expectations for this one. While a good beer, I was expecting something a bit more impressive. Oh well...

The beer pours a cloudy amber orange color, with very nice head retentition and good lacing. The nose is fairly subtle, but what there is smells like sweet fruit and Belgium spice. The beer is quite sweet with good fruit (cherry and melon) on the palate, but seems just a bit one dimensional. The beer has a very nice soft, smooth mouthfeel, and is not the least bit heavy or cloying. The beer finishes very nicely, and although the alcohol is noticeable, the beer is still pretty drinkable.

Nice beer from Allagash.

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Photo of mynie
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a horribly impressive pour. Very dark, hazy ice tea red with no head and no signs of visible carbonation.

Smells a lot nicer than it looks. Very large Belgian yeast, a strong stab of brown sugar malt, and a nice burn of alcohol.

Tastes exactly as it smells. Big yeast up front, moving into a sweet but not too sweet malt and ending with a light astringent burn. Solid, but not really complex. Nothing jumps out.

How long's this aged? Tastes like years, and although it's still a fine beer, it's doesn't really have enough pop to it to make it worth what it costs.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy sienna with an orange-reddish tint, large head, lots of lacing.

S - Malty, elderberries, caramel, apricot.

T - Slgihtly sweet malt, caramel, grassy hops and apricot. Aftertaste is bitter with a grassy hop presence.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Good, worht a try, why do so many breweries have their better offerings as a special edition?

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is just under a year old (per Allagash website) and the beer pours a slightly cloudy deep amber color, with a thick tan head that retains well for a cellared, high ABV brew. The aroma is impressively malty, with a big apple rind character initially, followed by some dark fruits (fig, plum, currant), yeasty breadiness, spices (corriander, curacao, grains of paradise), a spicy hoppiness and a touch of alcohol. The flavor has a complex fruitiness upfront with notes of apple, pear, plum and fig with some yeasty breadiness, tobacco, corriander, anise, citrusy and resiny hops and an alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is smooth with prickly carbonation and drinkability is excellent. This beer has aged remarkably well and is incredibly complex right now, cheers to Allagash for another fine brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with adequate retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with some spices which may include coriander is very interesting. Taste is somewhat dominated by sweet Belgian style malt with light candy notes and subtle spices. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation (I think a bit more lively would have benefited this beer) and no alcohol was discernable. Another great beer from a very fine brewer.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Dark ruby red brown body with a short but persistent tan colored head. Carbonation is noticeable. Head fades with okay lacing.

S: Fruity, raisins or plums and some malt. Not bad, but it doesn't pull me in.

T: Light and balanced. Fruity and malty like the smell, with a touch of alcohol. Belgian yeast flavors in the background.

M: Good carbonation, and pretty filling in the mouth.

D: Light and drinkable. But lingering bitterness, but not the good kind. The high alcohol also doesn't help.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy, red mud with some strong Belgian Bubbling and a little lace after each sip as well. Not too sticky though. The aroma is of caramelized, candied apples and brandy. The flavor defines this apple note to a mildly tart green apple with some notes of licorice and fruit cake. Very smooth and dynamic palate. I think this beer could go well with a lot of foods. I shared this bottle for breakfast with my girlfriend. Great way to start off the day.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy, dirty, reddish amber. A light tan makes it to about a finger before falling back. It does maintain a thin cover somehow. Weak lacing but the effort is noted.

Aroma - light grain odor, crackery with light yeast and raisin.

Taste - biscuity malts on top of sweet fig/raisin flavor. Good yeast and bread on the swallow, more sweetness with alcohol warming. A mild but pleasant bitterness at the finish, some cocoa in there at times, too.

Mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation.

Drinkability - it's a good ale, shared with someone is even better...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charming is the word that first came to mind upon tasting my first sip of Allagash's 11th Anniversary Ale.

The cork released from the bottle quite easily, and it poured a short head of frothy yellowed-tan foam that settled shortly into a thin lid of creamy ivory. Tiny spots and average-sized splashes of lace were left behind on the glass as it receeded to an average collar and whispy surface covering.

A combination of lightly sugary malt and red and dark fruits combined in the nose (apples, red berries, plum, soft orange/lemon/grapefruit), along with a touch of mild piney hops, an edge of alcohol, and some spiciness (anise? nutmeg?) that lent it a sublimely woody/vinous note.

In the mouth it was quite supple and smooth, with a medium-full body and a delicate, gently-effervescent and airy carbonation.

The flavor was very much as the aroma indicated it would be, but fuller. It was initially gently sweet (candyish, but not overtly sugary) and fruity, and then subtly vinous, with notes of caramel, raisin, and light spice (cardamom, nutmeg, and delicate anise). It's smooth, rounded and supple with a mild, sublime bitterness. The alcohol was present, but kept itself well hidden until at least halfway through the glass. It finished soft and smooth with some residual dull spice and a suggestion of very soft piney/grapefruity hops.

Overall, I found it quite accessible, and yet still very interesting. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wrestled with this beer quite a bit. The quality of which is not in question. The balance was very smooth and rich, it almost seemed effortless, almost bland. The flavors came together very well, almost to suggest simplicity. I know this is not the case. There is a lot going on: from very bold sweet malts and sugars, to earthy spicy hops and yeast, to bready tart textures, the beer is quite wonderful. Full and rich to the mouth, nearly too sweet. Alcoholic warmth and sweetness with a dry finish. Though the beer exhibits no stand-out characteristics as compared to its brethern brews, it is a beer of great quality.

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