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Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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87
very good

474 Ratings
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Allagash Saison is our interpretation of a classic Belgian farmhouse style. It is a golden hued beer, brewed with a 2-Row blend, malted rye, oats and dark Belgian candi sugar. Saison is hopped with Tettnang, Bravo and Cascade hops. Fermented with a traditional saison yeast strain, Saison exhibits notes of spice and tropical fruit in the aroma. Citrus and a peppery spice dominate the flavor and make way for a pleasant malt character. Saison is full bodied with a remarkably dry finish.

(Beer added by: MichaelAllenVT on 12-13-2013)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with what seems to be a Julian date code to indicate when it was bottled. If so, then this one was bottled on April 2nd, 2014. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a great hazy straw yellow color that allows just enough light to pass through to give it some different hues. Straw, lemon, and even some faint amber where the two finger head shadows the body. The head is bright white and active, retaining for just long enough to be picturesque before fading to a half finger high doughnut of foam around the sides of the glass and faint lacing.

Smell - Pretty standard-smelling American made saison, with rustic notes of whole grain and hay coming through with some faint citrus zest brightness and white pepper spice to add some depth. There is also an underlying spice profile from the saison yeast.

Taste - At first, the taste is kinda boring--rustic grain and light spice with just a hint of lemon zest and white pepper. But as it warms up, just a little bit--not too much, the flavors sort of blend together to create a nice, easy-drinking saison that isn't boring at all. While I love me a good hoppy saison, this one is well done and allows the grain and yeast to shine without letting them overrun your palate.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation provide for a light and refreshing feel on the tongue. Just enough carbonation to be active on the tongue.

Overall, a solid, if not mind-blowing saison. As far as standard (no extra hops, no additives, no souring) saisons go, I'd probably reach for this one over most, but the shelves it sits on are just a bit too far away for me to reach with any regularity. Still, Allagash knows how to do some Belgian styles. I'm a bit surprised the only recently started brewing a saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 06:38:56 | More by LambicPentameter
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A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A surprisingly herbal aroma, considering the style, with citrus and yeast as well.

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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.