Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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.
T: Tasted of the typical saison funk, yeast, a little citrus (lemon), the herbal quality, and some pepper as well. This is a slightly tweaked version of a saison (the herbal element is a little different), but it's no less flavorful.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, lively finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is another well made beer from Allagash. Totally worth checking out.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 11:55:00 | More by avalon07
3.51/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a very generic seeming saison for allagash to be putting out. the only real unique feature of it is its slightly more malt heavy base. the yeast is not the only flavor agent, as the grain is more here than the usual white wheat base. its got some toast and sugar too it, which is nice i think with the very familiar yeast strain in this beer. only a little hazy, and a little more orange than blonde, but somewhere in between. the head is nice on it, but it doesnt last real long. the smell and taste are the some. thin and winey from the yeast. its not as developed or interesting as some, but the sturdy grain base is welcomed. finish is dry and clean, and carbonation is fine but i wish the beer had just a little more body to go with its richer grain character. decent brew overall for sure, but knowing what allagash is capable of, especially in the farmhouse style, this one seems a little bland.
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2014 15:27:28 | More by StonedTrippin
Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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