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Allagash Little Big Beer | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 39
Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Has this about 2 months ago at Novare Res. 10oz pour into my chalice

A: The beer is a cloudy orange brown (close to pumpkin). Trace amount of bubbly white head

S: Nose consists of apple and some spice. Reminiscent of cider. There is also some funk. No elements that would indicate this was aged in a barrel

T: Similar to the nose, but with notes of citrus. Biggest fruit flavor I can pick out is peach. Barely any oak presence. There is a touch of tartness

M: Medium bodied. This is a fairly dry beer. Slightly tart finish

D: I enjoyed this beer, but wish the barrel aging process had imparted some more flavors. The tartness was light, resulting in great drinkability. Glad to have tried this

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Photo of ferrari29
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served from tap into a Tulip glass

A - Golden straw color body; clear and crisp; poured into my glass with a 1 finger white head; the beer was well carbonated

S - Citrus & flowery scents come up; Allagash house yeast produces a subtle fruity scent of orange and lemon; some light graininess to the beer on the back-end

T - You can taste the citrus and fruity flavors in the beer; but it does have a astringent sour/tart taste to it, especially when it rolls towards the back of the palate; the aftertaste is bitter and dry but smooth from the barrel fermentation

M - Thin and slightly effervescent; it lacks some of the bite and full body I expect from the beer; it has a champagne dry feel to it

D- I could definitely have a few more of these beers; very good collaboration brew; more of this should be made, i understand the reason for making it a limited brew for the November 2010 Belgian Beer Fest, but the folks at Allagash should reconsider, please; the taste of the beer reminds he a bit of Gumballhead

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in my uprising chalice at Novare Res.

The beer is translucent and golden colored. It has a thick white foam head. It appears similar to a strong Belgian pale.

Little Big has that great Allagash Belgian style yeast strain aroma. Also some pepper and sugar notes.

The flavor is semi-dry, with good candi sugar sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden.

The beer feels smooth and full bodied. Average levels of carbonation. There is some coating, but nothing too much.

This is a very drinkable beer. For a Belgian Strong, it goes down very easily. ABV is a bit high, but otherwise, exceptional.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Allagash Little Big Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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