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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - AUG 17, 2006
An ager. Plain and simple. Head retention was nice in my De Rocs chalice, very happy to drink this guy just slightly chilled. Brown sugar, earthy, zesty hops, and some baking spices on the nose. The palate leads into a granny smith apple followed by more spices and a marzipan plateau that seems to flatten out as the alcohol hits. Finishes with a lingering sense of nutmeg, cardommon, and little bits of anise. I think that with age, the flatness in palate and the baked goods will mellow and transform into leather, mission figs, and rich port-like characteristics. Almost a shame to say that I will not have this beer in the near future. But cellaring does have its rewards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Tap @ Publick House, Brookline, MA. Pours a deep, orange-red with a slightly lacy off-white head. Aroma is dough, with slight malt, nutmeg, and apple characteristics. Taste is very doughy, but I detected some red licorice, apple, malt, and nutmeg as well. The champagne yeast adds an incredible effervescence and liveliness to the beer that makes you always want to come back for more. I absolutely love this beer, a unique offering with a great flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Cloudy copper/amber pour - unlike beastie’s bottle, my sample had a huge, frothy, nearly cappucino-like head, continually fed by hundreds of little bubbles drifting upwards from the bottom of the glass - bright, complex, fruity aroma, with notes of raisins, apple, apricot, peach - background notes of bread yeast and sweet orange jam - the carbonation is very soft on the palate - quite spicy throughout, tasting like a strong saison with bsa influence - a very strong cider-like quality is also quite dominant - other fruits (pear, apricot, a bit of fig) pair well with the underlying sweetness, but the spices and gentle hop bitterness keep the beer from becoming cloying - another wonderful brew from Allagash, but, as with most of their other recent releases, not really worth the hefty price tag (I paid 16.99).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Really nice-looking brew: big, frothy off-white head over a slightly cloudy copper body. Very grape-like, cellared and sour aroma - full and inviting. I’m impressed with the smoothness of this beer. Incredibly drinkable, pleasantly sweet, yet perfectly balanced bitterness. Raisons and pllums, yet herbal, earthy flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 29, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours to a slightly hazy, deep caramel color, with a slight white head, that fades, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with lots of good aromas of sweet toffee, some spicy yeast, and hints of estery/fruity sourness. The palate is slick, with good toffee and bready malt flavor, paired with some lightly sour fruity esters, and yeasty flavors. This beer finishes with more good toffee malt flavors up front, then with some yeasty flavor that lingers. Delicious, wondeful sipping brew. This beer would work well with a number of dishes, and would match a great beer to match with beef, pork, turkey, or game.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brigg (623) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 (750 ml bottle) Body is hazy, dark amber with a diminishing off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, over-ripe fruit (strawberries, orange, lemon, raisins), and underlying alcohol nose. Full-bodied and oily mouthfeel that gives a very odd sensation of the beer sliding around the mouth on its own while a little carbonation awakens. Flavor is sweet with fruit and malt along with some spice. The finish is incredibly balanced between the sweetness and alcohol as well as the pleasant mouthfeel. On a second tasting, I noticed some tartness that I did not before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 (Bottle) Sampled at the Brewery, 5th beer at the end of a tasting cycle. This beer is the hoppiest beer I have ever tried from a "Belgian Style Brewery." The hoppiness is not as strong as in an IPA, but it adds some really nice complexity. It sorta reminds me of Dogfish 90 Minute IPA (without the hoppiness of course). The beer pours dark amber and has a nice light hoppy smell. I took a bottle home, hope it gets more complex with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Got this at Downeast Bev Co. in portland. pours medium brown. with a tan head. nice strong aroma, earthy oak aromas, with spice hoppiness. I wonder if this was aged in oak, because it has a very nice, oaky type flavor that reminds me of the Musette. yet this had more of a hoppy spicyness that bites. Another exelent beer from Allagash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Thanks to Matt at Riversbend for having this today at his tasting. What a good beer this was. Poured dark amber in color with a whitish head. Tasted of some apple flavor with some candy feel to it. This bottle seemed like it will age gracefully, as it didn’t seem to be sitting as well as it could have, but it was still very much a good beer to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Nice frothy head, leaving some lingering bubbles on the surface. Flavors of malt, yeast, fresh fruits (pears, apples), dried fruits (raisins, prunes, dates, cherries), caramel, toffee. Smooth, sweet, full-bodied brew... (not at all syrupy), maybe even slightly dry/hoppy finish. A truly awesome beer.

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