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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoke and Beards is a collaboration beer brewed with Menno from Brouwerij de Molen (Netherlands). It is a smoked Tripel ale brewed with a blend of 2-row and smoked malts then lightly hopped with Northern Brewer, Hallertau and Saaz.

Smoke and Beards is hazy and light golden in appearance with an aroma of light smoke and spice. The flavor is smokey with hints of dried fruit. The dry finish and medium body make Smoke and Beards very drinkable.
Brouwerij De Molen was founded in 2004 by Menno Oliver in the town of Bodegraven, in the Netherlands. The brewery, whose name means "The Mill", is located inside a historic windmill building known as "De Arkduif" that was built in 1697. De Molen has created a broad range of beers of widely-varying styles, including American, Belgian, English and German influenced creations. Menno also has a habit of naming beers with paired words like "Donder & Bliksem" ("Thunder and Lightning"). Once meeting a few of the Allagash brewers, he knew he wanted one of the words for this beer to be beards.*

*No beards were harmed in the making of this beer.

Added by Jason on 08-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 56
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Hadon tap at blind tiger- pours a hazy bright golden yellow, with minimal head, retention and lacing.

Smell is mild- pale malt, yeast, some candy sugar and a hint if smoke.

Taste is very nice but unexciting considering the name if this brew. Lots of traditional tripel flavors; banana, yeast, pilsner malt, candi sugar. If there's any hint if smoke, it lingers throughout and never punches through.

Mouthfeel is nice medium body and light carbonation. I like allagash- but this is not up to snuff imop.

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Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with straw like edges and a pillowy, two finger white head that slowly settled into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slight spicy aroma with bready yeast, citrus and pale fruit.  Not much smoke but has some subtle funky yeast.  Hints of pepper and coriander with a strong  bread and citrus zest character.  Smells like a slightly funky tripel with only faint smoke after it warns.

Medium bodied and slightly more tart than expected.  Again, not very smokey with just a very faint presence after it warms considerably.  Peppery with clove and coriander flavor followed by bread and funky yeast notes.  Lots of citrus sweetness with grapefruit and lemon juice toward the finish.  Also, there's a touch of sweet boozy toward the back end.  Only slightly different than the regular tripel but not as good or complex.  The smoke presence is way to faint for my preference and the slightly funky flavor is a bit odd here.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This guy was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It glowed a hazy, golden honey wheat coloring through the walls of the generic tulip it arrived in. it held a one finger head of creamy white bubbles, showing nice retention. Tight patterned lacing was left dripping. There was big haze to the beer, with no sediment, and average carbonation. The aroma showed pale malts, nuttiness, sour notes of lemon and orange flesh and rind, and leathery booze with cooling winter spice of bubblegum esters. Clovey phenols came on the back, with a surprisingly light smokiness. Our first impression was that there was huge smoke and peat sitting alongside significantly citric and souring malts. As we sipped, big smoke and meatiness of a winter ham hit the palate. These flavors mixed with apple and orange flesh sweetness, and walnut smoothness. The middle peaked with clove and more of that succulent ham quality, with more bittering phenols, orange peel sweetness, and the biggest smoky punch of the entire tasting. The finish was of big Band-Aid phenols and bittering medicinals, coconut and walnut sweetness to cut, and a final smoothness of caramel sugars and vanilla booze. The aftertaste breathed of smoke and char, winter spice, piney hops, and hollow echoes of fusel ethanol. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with massively big bubbles bouncing around the mouth. The palate was slightly dried, and a bit puckered, but otherwise happy. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank on the easier side.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the big smokiness of flavoring. It really hit the palate hard, waking you up much like too much wasabi. Through the flavoring comes a big variety of maltiness, and the Allagash Tripel base does become apparent. The smoke plays off this nicely, but by the end of the glass it becomes a bit much, and you might be hoping there was someone by your side to split the burden with you.

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Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap during Baltimore beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is a layer of off white head that leaves a decent ring around the pour.

Smell: I would say this one is light and yeasty. Belgian yeast spice is there with some malt sweetness and a touch of funk/tartness. Not too much smoke here.

Taste: Belgian yeast spice is the main flavor. I am getting some smoke here, but not very much. The overall flavor is light with just a small amount of malt sweetness. I'd say this one is a bit boring, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with strong tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked more smoke in this one. It wasn't a bad beer, but I had hoped it would be more interesting.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Grille, always seem to have the semi-obscure Allagash brews lately. Had this on-tap there last week, reviewed from notes.

Pours into the Allagash tulip orange with a finger or so of white head. Eventually reduces to a patchy cap with spots of lace left.

Smell/taste - Smoky pale Belgian, woah. Smoky and hammy malts blend with citrus, apple, straw, yeasty and bready tones. An odd combo of flavors for sure but pretty good and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is decent, a bit high on the carbonation, drinks quite easy for the alcohol content. (listed as 9.2%).

Kind of a novelty beer, this is sure to get some mixed reactions, but unique and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of BennyBeer04
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fans of rauchbier should definitely give this a try.. lighter style of rauchbier than you'll see from the Schlenkerla Märzen or Doppel.. more in the line of High & Mighty Fumata Bianca, but without the wheat character. Good fruit and subtle citrus up front with a great blast of smokiness on the finish. To lover of the style, or anyone who is doing a barbecue.. give this beer a try! Stays refreshing while still smokey.

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Allagash / De Molen Smoke And Beards from Allagash Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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