Allagash's best-known product also happens to be one of the most popular Belgian ales: Allagash White. But Allagash White, as good as it is, is frankly one of the least interesting beers Allagash makes. It's a great witbier; don't get me wrong. But too many people mistakenly think that all Belgians are witbiers. (This was clear to me over the holidays, when I offered a guest a few different Belgian beers. He replied that he doesn't like light, hazy, white ales that taste like lemons.)
Allagash, which is just two hours up the road, in Portland, Maine, makes some of America's best Belgian-style ales, and all manner of them. It brews a strong stable of what one might call "regular" Belgian beers -- a dubbel, a tripel, and of course its witbier -- and packages them in 750-milliliter bottles as well as affordable four-packs of 12-ounce bottles (around $10 each). But Allagash's premier beers -- the more interesting ones -- can run far more, from $18 to $23 per 750-milliliter.