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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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. Just prior to bottling, when there is no carbonation present in the beer, a fresh dose of sugar and yeast is added. After bottling, the beer is aged in our temperature-controlled cellar, where the yeast ferments the sugar and naturally carbonates the beer. This process, known as méthode champenoise, is the same traditional process we use for all of our bottled beers. The batch of 11th Anniversary Ale was bottled in May of '06 - 950 cases, six bottles in each case and is the only batch that will be available. Its aroma is redolent of red licorice, nutmeg, wild apple, and hard candy. Its taste is malty with date and fig notes with a finish that is crisp, striking a balance between dry and fruity. We suggest serving this rustic brew at cellar temperature. Our 11th Anniversary Ale would make a perfect addition to foods such as roast duck and venison, or with desserts like pumpkin pie and apple cobbler


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8260) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark purple with white head. Nose of dark fruit, caramel malts. Taste of caramel, cherry, plum, dark fruit and pine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Dark amber, thin white head. The profile is reminiscent of St. Vincent’s Dubbel with honey, brown sugar, nut, light bitterness but a very mellow, creamy sweet finish. The body is a bit sticky and sugary, but the complexity gives it a balanced flavor and keeps it drinkable. Surprised how well its held up, nuance all over this one.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
In short: A messy boozy Belgian amber ale. Huge disappointment.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when over 3 year of age (but well cellared, never kept at room temperature).
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Nose has some nail polish and a full basket of mixed fruits. Taste is aggressive and not so good. Higher alcohols, hospital gloves, plywood, fresh fruits, caramel, shoestrings, candi sugar, fresh vegetables, herbs. I could go on, not because it is complex, but because it is a mess. The beer is actually very sweet but it doesn’t feel sweet because of the overwhelming booze. Not too sure what to make of this beer. It never worked for me in smaller servings and that’s why I sat on my bottle for so long. Now that I decide to open the bottle, it is even worst than I remember. Past due-date? It didn’t feel old, it just felt wrong. This was the last year that Allagash had an anniversary beer with a number. Now that the brewery is older they make annual Fluxus beers and don’t say the age of the brewery. Proof that Allagash is a female brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle at the Rosso release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a milky light brown with a thin white head. Caramel, treacle, maple on the nose. Mellow and sweet, a little stewed apricot and caramel and some small oxidization. A touch tart with a long caramel and plum finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s in Norristown. 25.4oz. Split with James. Pours hazy, cloudy chesnut brown with a thick, frothy beige head. Sedimentation throughout, and once the brew settles, heavy accumulation at the bottom of the glass. Full, yet soft and rewarding body. Age definitely helped sweeten and mellow this guy. Aroma is sweet vanilla bean, caramel, apple, toffee, plums, raisins, malt, and toasted barley. Finishes with a slow, gentle warming. Excellent Belgian strong ale. If you see this anywhere, definitely pick it up and you will not be disappointed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
From notes. Amber/dark orange. Off white carbonation. Toast, grains, caramel notes from the malt, airy and lightly fruity and dusty yeast, and a dry, yeasty finish. Medium/full body, higher carbonation. Mellow brew, reminded of a strong biere de garde. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
750, pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Etoh latent fruit, hints of plum y rasins, light citrus, and some mild pepper cinnamon spices. Hitns of vanilla and light sugar, faded hop tones impart a slight earth y paper y tone but well masked amongst the higher abv. A nice ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2009
750mL bottle. Pours light reddish brown, with a modest sized off white head. Aroma of vanilla, orange, dark fruit, spice, caramel, and some oxidation towards the tail end. Flavor begins with caramel, which is joined by fig, brown sugar, dark fruit, yeast and mild earthy hops. Sweet finish; mostly plum. Still pretty good, but may be showing its age

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Clearish brown, some crimson highlights, with a bubbly beige froth. Nose is raisin, caramel, chocolate cake and wood. Medium light with buzzy carb. Taste is raisin, fig and maple but feeling a bit thin. Finishes somewhat bitter and earthy but not bad. I guess this is what was left of the hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to magjayran’s generosity. What a great beer to just give to someone. From the looks of it, seems to have held up well. Pours very hazy copper with decent off-white head and good retention. Sweet aroma filled with fruit and malt: caramel, figs, raisins, apples, tobacco, spice, bread, must ... the more I smell this, the more oxidation I can detect, but it’s not taking too much away from the beer. Oddly crisp finish... drier than expected, but I guess the champagne yeast would probably explain that. Palate almost like bubbly wine. Ha, yeah, now I keep thinking about champagne at the end. Alcohol well hidden. This gets better with each sip. Nice.


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