Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 90
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a loud pop, body looks clouded mahogany blood orange toned with a nice full sized resilient tan head leaves behind fine bubbled nicely hung strands of lacing. Aroma has full citrus and pine scented hops some warming spice compontents play nicely with the bread soothing even malt sweetness finishes with an herbal funky quality in there. Flavor has more upfront citrus and pine hops with a touch of tree bark esque tone noted, and a spiced up sweet malt profile adds the right amount of doughy bread sweetness to the healthy bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is effervescent with a carbonation that seems to tickle the palate I'm guessing this is due to the champagne yeast incorporated overall a meadium bodied ale that coats the palate quite nicely. Drinkability is very quaffable and on that should be enjoyed in the accompany of friends who also brough fine beers to sample.

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Photo of jwc215
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, poured into an Allagash glass.

Pours hazed ruby brown with a two-finger head that slowly descends to a thin cover, then a lasting patch. Some trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is spicy, bready, with hints of caramel and a touch of peppery alcohol.

The taste is of a spicy fruitcake - spicy, bready, with dark and citrus fruits. Brown sugar and caramel give it a sweetness that is present, but not overwhelming. Peppery alcohol lend spiciness and warmth without interfering in the wonderful, rich taste. Overall - sweet with spice and fruits.

The body is medium with a soft, creamy smoothness. Coating, lingering flavors cover the mouth in a long, dry finish.

A wonderful "sip and savor". This bottle was over two hours of enjoyment. A taste of Belgium in America. A nice anniversary ale that will be missed when it runs out (as it is a limited edition).

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Photo of NEhophead
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9.4 fl oz caged and corked brown bottle.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Cloudy, light russett-brown in color beneath a carbonated layer of white foam. After a minute, the delicate head settles to a thin layer of film leaving a few droplets of spotted lace around the glass.

Sweet, carmelized Belgian sugar over faint hints of fig, plum, raisin, and green apple. The light tartness is pleasant, but too subtle; as are the rest of the aromatics.

Belgian-candied, malt sweetness upfront: brown sugar, maple syrup, and nutmeg. A dried, peppered-spice weaves in and out of the sweet, creamy maltiness giving way to notes of slightly tart fruity esters: apple, orange, and pear. The finish is a bit dry with a pleasant mustiness. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with hints of tartness and warming, dark fruit.

Medium bodied; not quite smooth, yet not quite slick. A perfect amount of carbonation for an Allagash-brewed ale.

This isn't a great beer per se, but it is a treat to share in Allagash's 11th year. The biggest accomplishment of this Belgian-style ale is how well hidden the 9.2% abv is. Tremendous!

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy chestnut brown with a crisp off white head that offers excellent sheets of lacing.

Smell is sweetly malty, with a thick bready musty quality with interesting fruit notes.

Taste is generous caramel malt and brown sugar up front. Then citrus fruit flavor makes an impression. Tropical fruit with a strong tangerine presence that blends into the same bready mustiness as appeared in the nose. Finish has lingering spice, notably nutmeg and ginger, with a strong warming alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is medium to full.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor is interesting and unusual. The spices, and the mustiness is hard to identify but very tasty. recommended for any BSD lover.

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Photo of bashiba
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bright amber red with a thin off white head.

Smell has a musty yeast quality with some light sweet fruit notes.

Taste has a very bready toasted caramel malt backbone with hints of pears and apricots. It finishes with a mild clove and other spices and a light earthy hop.

Mouthfeel is a medium body with a bit of tongue warming, with a crisp dry finish.

An enjoyable complex beer, I would drink often if it weren't for such limited availability and the high price.

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

Served into a large gold rimmed tulip glass from a corked and caged 750ML brown bottle from WVbeergeek split 2 ways with the geek.

Mirky,glowing reddish/orange,many very tightly knit strings of bubbles very lively looking.Off-white head,very creamy with very good retention and spotty strings of lace.

Great moderate,complex nose very fruity,citrusy,a bit grapefruitty,dark fruit aromas mostly of figs,a bit of bananna,carmelly,some clove,slight hints of yeast and alcohol.

Very fruitty taste,dark fruits,very citrusy some subtle cherry flavors,a hint of clove,a sweet sugary carmelly taste throughout. Slight tastes of alcohol and yeast,not overpowering.Leaves a sweet,citrusy taste lingering on the palate. A very complex taste that's very pleasing

Very creamy and smooth,leaving an airy mouthfeel. A sipping beer that could be sipped all night long. A very enjoyable beer.

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

Sampled: 9.4.06

The beer pours a cloudy cider. There is a small head and leaves little lacing as the beer descends.

The nose is fruity with a wine-like tangy sharpness. Caramel malts mixing with these aromas gives the brief impression of a Weizenbock.

The flavor dominated by malted barley flavors, with some fruit, but not nearly as much carried over from the nose. Though, caramel from the aroma definitely comes through. There’s a bitter finish that lingers on the palate after the swallow. It’s quite present in the mouth, but stays chewy without getting thick and syrupy. The alcohol heat is relatively low, but strengthens gradually as the brew warms.

This is clearly another of Allagash’s brews made to sip & savor. Though despite the high alcohol content, it doesn’t hit you too hard. And, in my opinion, it really has a wheat or barley wine style feel to it. And though it might not be one of my favorites from Allagash’s All Star line up, it was still another good beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This big beer is a shiny orange-brown in color and glowing. There’s little head on this powerful BSDA.

Smell – The yeast here is big and typical of Allagash’s interpretation of the style. The malts are lightly toasted, there’s plenty of candied sugars, and the alcohol is unmistakable.

Taste – The fruits explode at the taste. The sweet oranges and spritely tangerine are huge, and the beautiful cherries make a wonderful compliment. There’s also some plums to complete the package. Sure we’ve got malts and yeast, but this is really all about the big fruits.

Mouthfeel – This is a little on the big side of medium-bodied. It’s lightly-carbonated with some big alcohol but without any stinging effect.

Drinkability – This is a special occasion beer. It’s an excellent sipper, in fact one of the better high-octane beers that I’ve had.

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

A: Pours a muddy purplish rust color. Bubbly cream colored head has slight retention, although it is sticky. Nice lacing. Milky head comes back with a vengeance after a hard swirl of the glass
S: Yeasty fruityness is the most abundant aroma. Plums seem to be the fare of the day here. A bit metallic with a spicy characteristic. Interesting aromas to say the least.
T/M: Plump dark fruit with a nice yeastyness that back it up. Cherries and plums. There's a subtle sweetness that's coupled with the fruit. Not overly sweet, but just a good amount. Slight hoppyness to this one. A bit sharp on the palate at first but becomes quite soft as it warms up. Actually very smooth as it becomes warmer. Abv is kept in check and not noticeable.
D: Drinkable as far as belgian strong darks go, but it didn't wow me. For being an 11th anniv. brew and for the price, I would have expected a bit more.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark copper color. Almost no head, but good lacing.

Smell: Fruit (pineapple and citrus), brown sugar and yeast.

Taste: Fruit tinged hoppy bliss. Impressive and delicious, very smooth and savory. An awesome dessert beer, I really like this one, can you tell? The ABV is well hidden, sweet but not cloying. Great job, Allagash.

Drinkability: The bottle goes down sublimely, an easy, delicious drinker.

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Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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