Allagash James Bean | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
James Bean is a bourbon barrel aged, Belgian-style strong ale that is infused with cold press coffee, post fermentation. Coffee, vanilla and bourbon dominate the aroma. Flavors of caramel, coffee, bourbon, and oak present themselves throughout this full-bodied beer. The coffee used in James Bean is Speckled Ax, roasted right here in Maine. The beans used are Ethiopia Amaro Gayo and are known for their lush blackberry and blueberry fruit flavors.

Grains: Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend
Hops: Tettnang and Hallertau
Spices/Other: White Cane Sugar, Cold-Brewed Coffee
Yeast: House
Original Gravity: 1.074, 18 degrees Plato

Added by jlindros on 07-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
531
Reviews:
68
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
69
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 531 |  Reviews: 68
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Reservoir, Waterbury, VT, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a bar pour’s kind of slim little head, quickly dissipates and leaves barely any lacing. The smell started off with boozy bourbon sweetness running into the normal qualities of a Tripel or in this case Curieux and then as it warms, the coffee comes out nice and sweet. The differences of the sweet coffee (cold pressing) to the tripel qualities of iced apples and sweet breadiness really come together well and make it a really nice aroma. The taste was moderately sweet through the Curieux qualities. Bourbon sits back a bit more in the flavor and gives off a slight sweet blend in the aftertaste. Semi-sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice semi-smooth feel to it. I think that cold pressed coffee was a great idea as it really felt great all around. Overall, well, there ya go, Allagash taking an already stellar beer to the next level. Of course, I’d have this again.

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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micropale
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avas
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrendanHurley
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark golden appearance that appears to have a couple shades darker than most pale ales, probably because of the infusion of coffee beans
Smell: Rich smell of coffee, vanilla, and alcohol esters. Great combination of complexity, coffee scent is a huge kick. Very strong scent for a pale ale appeal.
Taste: First flavored with vanilla notes followed by the taste of coffee and a combination of a boozy flavor. Very full flavor that would expected and consistent with other porters, yet lighter body of a blonde ale.
Feel: Medium body feel that is uniquely easy to drink for a coffee infused beer with such a high ABV.
Overall: Awesome take and approach on a powerful blonde. Very unique to have a belgian blonde with such strong vanilla and coffee notes.

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber gold with a thin thumb's worth of head. Some nice lacing appears as well. Smell is coffee, mild bourbon and caramel. The taste brings a near perfect coffee strength to the forefront with a nice blend of vanilla, bourbon, caramel and the lovely flavors of a Belgian. Feel has medium-low carbonation and a nice smooth body.

Such a nice beer, I think what is nice is the mellowness of the bourbon. It is not overpowering and it works so well with the other elements.

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4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottled on 05/19/16

Pours golden amber orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh coffee beans, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, malty bready grains, honey, dark berries, apricot, banana, peppery clove spice, apple, pear, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, fresh coffee beans, malty bready grains, honey, dark berries, apricot, banana, peppery clove spice, apple, pear, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale with coffee.

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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Snifter. Decanted properly. Bottled on March 2nd 2017.

L: Even decanted this pours a cloudy kiwi skin brown. Nice fingers width off-white head. Retains decently.

S: Coffee, rich caramel, some bourbon but not overpowering, brown sugar, vanilla.

T: This is nice. Following the nose, with some added nut complexities, maybe pecan or walnut. I do not taste any hidden fruit notes from the coffee, maybe they would present themselves after some aging. Bourbon is subtle (Thankfully, this IS in fact a BEER, not Bourbon!) Would definitely recommend this.

F: Full body, Belgian carbonation, semi-dry.

O: This doesn't match up with a Duvel however this is a very good beer.

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4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

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