Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale

Well, it's been awhile since I've updated this blog and for the most part time has got the better of me! I will try to update more often and share some more insight into the beers I enjoy. This particular one is retired and no longer brewed. Originally released in May of 2006 to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Allagash, located in Portland, Maine. Allagash has long been one of my favorite American brewers that specialize in Belgian-style beers. I have saved this one in my cellar up until now and finally decided to pop the cork. Here are my thoughts:

Murky red orange pour into my glass with a small ring of eggshell colored bubbles. Aromas of sweet malts with caramel and deep fruits coming through. Brown sugar and plum along with underlying yeast spiciness. Somewhat bready as well with a candy backbone.

First sip brings big, smooth malts upfront with an intertwined mix of caramel and deep fruit flavors. Plum and apple mix in with dates and a mellow earthy breadiness. Spicy yeast kicks in on the way down along with some raisin flavors. The finish brings just a touch of hops and a kiss of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable with a lingering warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. This is a big, malty BSDA. A touch warming and tasty overall. I ended up cellaring this and while it's held up nicely I would have liked to try it fresh as well. If you have any left it's drinking pretty nice right now.

Overall this one earns a rating of Enjoyable.

Check out the full line of Allagash brews by surfing over to www.allagash.com