Allagash Tenth (10th) Anniversary Ale

RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Allagash Brewing Company would like to introduce its Tenth Anniversary Ale, a special 10% ABV beer that celebrates 10 years of brewing artisinal Belgian Style ales. A unique interpretation of our flagship Allagash White, Tenth Anniversary is a blend of two different whites: a sweeter batch (brewed in February, 2005) and a drier batch (brewed in March, 2005). By blending the two batches, an additional complexity is imparted. Further complexity, most notably expressed by the delicate vanilla notes, was gained by aging some of the beer in new oak barrels.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger: Im glad I finally got to try some of the last of this remaining stuff. Pours a deep cloudy golden with a dense white film of head. The aroma is rich and fruity with light oxidation and lots of phenolics. Some old dark fruits of prune & fig with a peppery spiciness and a mild white wine (vinous) character. Crisp body- pretty lively. The flavor is sweet and spicy- only a slight indication of oxidation. Has a mild tartness with a dry tannic oak note. Some soft vanilla notes from the barrel- mainly a soft vinous character. Light muscat grape suggestions as well as sweeter notes of prune in the background and dry spicy phenols. A touch of an orange peel citric character is there when it warms. It has held up quite well- was probably stellar about two years ago (Probably peaked at three years old).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Tap @ Blind Tiger - a million thanks to Rob Tod at Allagash for bringing his last keg of this to share with us. Pours a cloudy amber color with no head. Aroma was pepper, Belgian yeast, and spice (clove, coriander). Flavor is citrus, pepper, spice, and Belgian yeast, with a highly satisfying dry finish. I enjoyed it, and Im glad I finally got to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle shared by hophead22 from Cletus, Thanks John...Cloudly light orange in appearance.. Smell was pepper and some peppermint candy sweetness.. NIce orange citrus flavor with a pineapple finish.. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle from Hophead22 beer tasting thanks to Cletus. Very light and cloudy pour. Aroma of coriander/oranges pineapple and pepper. Pepper was not present though in the taste. It was very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of Cletus, thanks John. Hazy yellow/orange pour. Peppery aroma, pretty strong. Very smooth, not much pepper, more coriander and orange. Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Cloudy orange yellow with a small fluffy head. Aroma is bright, clean and citrusy with mellow spice. Taste is smooth and creamy with some spice and citrus, ornage, tangerine and lemon. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 14, 2009
750ml bottle thanks to Eric @ Novare. This pours a golden hazy yellow with a quickly receding head. Aroma is a nice subtle of sweet fruits, bready, and some malt. The flavor is a wonderful caramelly, vanilla, lemons, oranges, and cloves. The palate was super smooth, this beer was fantastic. Aging helped it i think, but my god was I glad to get this finally!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Golden pour with a spicy, slightly sweet aroma. Flavor is very degraded with light spices (similar to the first Fluxus) with some banana, citrus, and earth. OK, but Im not sure I would have liked this any better if fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
From the bottle, pours hazy golden yellow with a tall white head. Very dry and smooth on the palate. Fruity sweet up front, notes of apricot, dried pineapple, with a mild estery spice. The oak was very mild, only seeming to lightly dry out the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1842) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Had a bottle of this two nights ago courtesy of a beer friend. Colour... Golden straw. Nose... muscat, asian pear, botrytis, quince. Palate... Almost no carbonation, more quince and pear, cardamom, lichee, clover honey, apricot, lightly cloying with a delightful finish!

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