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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, figs, malts, slight yeast, and a hint of hops. Much of the spices and fruits others mention seem to have mellowed in the 3 years since this was bottled. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a small, smooth, beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits, light tobacco, raisins, figs, hops, light spices, some pepper, yeast, Medium body. Smooth, coating, slightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, malty, caramel and slight tobacco finish lings a while.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
COBeer (18) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Held onto this bottle for eight months, was somewhat let down by everything except how well the alcohol was hidden. Brown fruit notes subtle presence, combined with a nice malt, yet I wonder if that champagne yeast wasn’t getting a little pushy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
750mL from the White Mountain. Pours dark orange with light creamy brown head. Malt aroma as well as flavor. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish, good for the %’age. Better than I expected but still didnt do much for me

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
750mL from the White Mountain. Pours dark orange with light creamy brown head. Malt aroma as well as flavor. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
750ml I’ve been saving. Not sure why I opened it today but it has been calling to me. Pours a deep caramel brown. Thick, you can’t see through this baby. Very inviting with its creamy thick beige head and fresh caramel aroma with hints of apple or pear. Great belgian. A bit sour, bready flavor. Alcohol sneaks up at the end but not overwelming. Nice warmth. Dry bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle shared at the HMoG at the Brick Store. Pours a dark, clear amber with a small tan head that showed very good staying power and left a little bit of lacing. The aroma is very sweet with both light and dark fruits, starting with some ripe apples and apricots but also with some raisins and plums on top of the Belgian yeast and hints of spices The taste brings out some sweet malts with more of the ripe, sweet fruits. The spices come out a little more in the taste than the aroma would suggest and the finish is dry and slightly peppery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less carbonation than I expected which probably detracts slightly from the overall experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Sweet spicy yeast aroma. Cloudy red color with medium tan head. Short sweet beginning with a spicy bitter finish. mild amount of alcohol in the end. Lingering light sour citrus taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2008
<b>750 ml bottle</b> I received in trade some time ago - Pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber color with a small off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is sweet esters, malt, and spice. Medium body. Smooth palate. Wish I had taken better notes. I do remember this beer tasting pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (871) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Poured a slightly hazy deep amber color with a solid head. Aromas of malts, sweet fruit, and a little yeast. Taste is a little less complex... mostly malts, slightly fruity, and a little sweet (maybe caramel). Very rich in the mouth, but slightly alcoholic on the finish. Pretty solid brew for my 50th rating. Half way to my crown!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
750ml bottle. from a trade with 46er3498. Poured a real nice dark orange/brown color, a bit hazy as well, with a white head. Sweet smell, candy sugar, very subtle, very nice. Nice light sweet flavor as well with a little bite in the end. Very good brew, Thanks Tom.


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