Allagash Little Big Beer | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for the 2010 Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest. This beer is the "big beer" of the two beers brewed for the 2010 fest. Brewed with two types of Pilsner, Red Wheat Malt, Victory Malt and Demerra Sugar. Hopsped with Northern Brewer, Mt Hood and Nelson Sauvin. Fermented with a blend of Allagash House yeast and Allagash House Brettanomyces. Aged in a mix of french oak wine barrels and bourbon Barrels for 2 months.

Added by Duhast500 on 11-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy super light yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some sour/tart grape-like fruity aromas. Taste is of grain, spices, and some fruity flavors. There is an earthy/herbal bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's slightly watery and not very wild in the flavor department.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Night of the Funk. Beer pours a somewhat murky orangish-copper color with a thin white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of bread crust along with some citrus fruits and a bit of green apple. Taste is nice with a blend of citrus and some light breadiness. Nothing too complex, but pretty good for what it is. Light spice in the background. Feel consists of some very effervescent carbonation on a light to medium body. Drinkability was pretty decent, but it wasn't quite what I hoped for.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/10/11 notes. Had on tap at Belgian Beerfest up in Boston.

a - Pours a hazy golden orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples and fruits, citrus hops, hay and earthy notes, light funk and light brett. Smell is definitely sour with onyl a hint of funk, but very nice.

t - Tastes of citrus, brett, some funk, sour fruits and apples again, light bread. More brett than the nose, and nice sour fruit and funk again. Great taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this beer was fantastic, and one of the highlights of the festival. Probably had 5-6 pours of this one and would love to have it again sometime. Some definite sour fruit and brett here, really great.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice surprise at the Brick Store Pub's 14th anniversary bash. Had on-tap. I had heard it was a sour, and it definitely delivered. Poured a murky golden amber with a thin head that settles to a ring. Smells quite sour and acetic with dusky notes of preserved lemons and some apricot. Quite savory in the nose, not sweet at all. The taste is awesome. Quite sour with citrus and apricot flavors, a hint of tropical fruit, a touch of barnyard notes, some oak, and red grapefruit. Very tart in the mouth, but smooth without being slippery. Quite a nice package overall, and it sounds like it has evolved quite a bit for the better since the early reviews, becoming more sour and complex.

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BBF

A - A nice orange slighly hazy pour with a thin head that left very nice lacing and retention.

S - Lightly sour but with big tropical fruit notes. Excellent mango and pineapple notes. Incredibly inviting.

T - Superb. More of those tropical fruits and light malt. The ABV isnt present at all. First bit was mango but the end was so much pineapple.

M - Excellent mouthfeel for such a big ABV. Super tart and acidic and very drinkable.

O - Loved this beer, one of my favorites at the fest. Would love to have multiple pints of this delicious offering.

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium. This was the last beer I reviewed, before we ended up being rather debaucherous with bottles of Schaerbeekse Kriek, 3F Oude Gueuze and 1882 to go with the about 4 glasses of the Jendrain-Jandranouille IV that I drank.

Amber with thin head. The nose has sweet wine, vinegar, bread, yeast, citrus and honey. The palate opens with tropical fruit, honey, citrus, bread dough. Mild sourness, lemony and vinegar, with some lactic character too. Drying but sweet on the finish, there's some booze. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this is good. Mild tropical fruit character is present on the finish,this is good stuff, better than Confluence IMO.

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a hazy amber-gold color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust funk with mild amounts of tart citrus and pears. Also present are hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by tart citrus flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of funk come into play, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer, and think it could be the cleanest of any of Allagash's sours. An impressive effort that's worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subside very slowly to a half finger worth. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, acetic acid, sour, slight funk, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, slight acetic acid, funk, and citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I want to thank kkipple for letting me taste this one which sent me running to Allagash to try it a few times myself. The flavor on this one was very nice and was not overly intrusive to the palate. The aroma was alright and a little mild in intensity. This one is definitely worth seeking out if you can!

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jsanford
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Poured a nice orange-amber with a huge creamy white head. Smells very nice and Gueuze-like, which was surprising considering I had no idea what kind of beer this was. Aromas and flavors of hay, funk, lemon juice and green apple. Surprisingly creamy with good, crisp carbonation. Nicely drinkable, a very pleasant surprise.

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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had over at Novare Res during their Christmas beer geek week, from my limited notes.

8oz pour.

Pours a golden orange color with a good sized white fluffy head, fades at a very slow rate, some patchy lacing.

Smell is easily the best thing, has a great tart/sour aroma with hints of light fruit without being overwhelming.

Taste isn't as sour or tart as the aroma leads to believe but is still present, perfect amount of funk with good carbonation, slight wood presence that adds some complexity, the strength is well hidden so this is dangerously drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Night of the Funk, November 5, 2010.

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color was a hazy orange with a thin wisp of foamy white head and some slight lacing on the glass.

The smell is a bit of vanilla and some good funky flavor with some oak flavor.

The taste is a little sweet and a bit funky. This is a little young so the sour character in this beer is just starting to mix itself into the the malty flavor. The vanilla is nice and the woody flavor is there to complete the flavor profile.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth with a medium body and a nice funky feel to it. Complex but light this beer goes down quickly and has a nice aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of craytonic
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey DC

Appearance: Golden yellow with a hint of orange, decent white head

Smell: Wheat, bread, lemon citrust, tea

Taste: Similar, wheat, light farmhouse bread, lemon, not very intense. Not really sour at all

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body, didn't feel like 10.5%

Overall: Not really sour or funky, not very impressive.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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Allagash Little Big Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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