Allagash Tenth (10th) Anniversary Ale

 
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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
courtesy of Matta. 2005 bottle. Pours a nice cloudy orange / gold with thick frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty with some really nice touch of fruits (apricot - tropical fruits -. Taste thick with good yeasty mouthfeel. Overall smooth and sweet with sugar notes, light brett giving a sweet apple mouthfeel. Lightly malty. This is one tasty beer, aged well.

4
jgb9348 (6259) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Cloudy golden coloured body with a honey/orange tint and a thin white head. Aroma of honey, yeast, coriander seed, lavendar, curacao and a light amount of hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malty flavour with plentiful sugars showing fruits and coriander seed freshness. Nice flavour all the way through. Aftertaste clean, but good sugars throughout the beer make it even better. Overall, a great beer - definitely worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 02-August-2005.

3.7
dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2009
750 ml bottle shared with willblake and dickinsonbeer. Pours a mostly clear nectar orange/amber with a fluffy white head and some visible black particles floating around that looks like chunks of fresh ground pepper. Aroma has lots of sweetness up front withan orange juice/lemonade combo going on. Additionally there are some spicey notes along with honey. Medium to fuller body with some lively carbonation and a very dry finish. Flavor of yeast, lime..orange..and lemon juices, some citrus rind and grain. A nice sweet brew but the super dryness knocked it down a notch or two for me.

4.1
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Corked and Caged. 750ml bottle 3 years and 9 months oldwith many thanks to fordest who brought this to my 2000th rating tasting and left it, and then said he would be happy for me to drink it. Shared with my girlfriend Cyn after a spicy carrot soup dinner she made. Pours golden orange with a bright white head and a lot carbonation eminating from the center of the glass. Nose is sweet, light and yeasty with a touch bread and a nice hint of malt. Taste is sweet, light, with hints of clove and fruit. There is even a touch of hop bitterness. Gotta say this is a tasty high alc wit like brew. Yummers.

3.7
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle from mgumby. Thanks so much, Mike! Nose is earthy, belgian yeast, malt, and clove. Pretty nice flavor with only mild signs of oxidation. I was already drunk at this point. Go me!

3.5
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Carolina Crew Gathering Greenville, NC Thanks to Sam for sharing this! Slightly hazy yellow pour. Earthy aroma. Spicy orange flavor with a crisp clean finish. Slightly oxidized, but is holding up pretty well. Even tasted a little bit of hops shining through

3.6
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Thanks turdferguson. Pours soft hazy pale yellow with a one finger creamy white head. The nose is subdued and earthy, lightly sweet, fruity, lightly oxidized. The flavor is oxidized, some orange, crisp, spicy, light alcohol. Crisp mouthfeel. Would have probably been better fresh.

3.5
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Turdferguson for sharing! A yummy one, with a nice aroma of malts, orange, and a trace of butterscotch. Still nice and thick, as you’d expect with a full cloudy beer like this, with some hops holding up fairly well. Nice lingering finish, another solid one from Allagash.

3.6
OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bottle.

The bottle opens with a mild puff, then bubbles over moments later. It pours a hazy gold with a lively white head, and offers a glorious fruit-and-spice aroma of apricots and orange muscat. Lots of coriander, candy sugar. Gentle wood notes, a drop of vanilla. Pretty notable alcohol in the midrange. Despite the sweet nose and early fruitiness, it’s fairly dry in the close with definite house-yeast character. (I’ve got to admit I don’t see that house character as a plus; I’m not a big Allagash fan.) While it didn’t necessarily make me think of "a Shakespeare Play interpreted by hot naked chicks" (see Glouglouburp’s review), nonetheless it’s an impressive beer and while I find myself tiring of it somewhat through the first glass, it’s not too hard to muster a second wind and keep on enjoying.

3.9
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Mmmm, delicious, Sweet candied fruit esthers in the nose, spicy coriander, and a bit of a vanilla barrel aged toastiness. Light on the palate, with some sweet bready maltiness, with hints of toffee and caramel. Finishes extremely dry, with a small hint of alcohol. Well done!


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