Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.69/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-27-2014 06:38:56 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.11/5 rDev +6.8%
A slightly hazy, pale yellow beer that pours with a finger of rocky, white head. The head leaves light lacing on the glass.
Moderate phenols of black pepper and some smoke blend with a light fruit and pils malt to make up most of the aroma. There is a moderate hops aroma that is earthy and spicy like Saaz.
The taste mirrors the aroma with the spice and a light smoke dominating, followed by a moderate amount of light colored fruit and touch of pils malt sweetness then moving to a dry finish. There is a moderate hops bitterness and a low, spicy hops flavor that complaints the yeast derived flavors.
A light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.
A spicy and slighty smoky saison.
04-14-2014 23:20:47 | More by MadScientist
3.96/5 rDev +2.9%
In my snifter this beer was a hazy yellow color. There was a tiny white head.
Aroma was citrus, floral, and spicy.
Lemon taste. Sweet bread. Cinnamon. A good amount of funk.
Nice mouthfeel, dominated by the spice. Enjoyable. I will buy this again. Nice 4 pack.
04-05-2014 20:24:18 | More by lordofthewiens
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance (4/5): Very hazy goldenrod, bright white fluffy head, stays at 1 finger after dissipating from a towering three-finger-plus stack of foam.
Smell (3.75/5): Lots of crisp lemon, an herbal lemongrass tone, hay-like, some black pepper–a very traditional, solid smelling saison. Having said that, it doesn't wow me, and I don't get much of the more assertive hop profile Allagash is going for by using American hop varietals.
Taste (4/5): Right off the bat, noticeably more citrus flavor than your normal saison–lemon, lemon zest, biting pink grapefruit rind. Glad those American hops show up and flex nicely. At mid-mouth, the beer veers back toward the traditional flavor profile of a saison, becoming grassy and herbal with an arugula like spiciness and a nice malt sweetness, which serves to bring nice balance to the brew. Finishes dry and on the citrusy bitter side with plenty of spice. Really well balanced flavors, nicely rustic.
Mouthfeel (4.25/5): The mouthfeel is where Allagash nails it–perfect high carbonation, silky smooth and a tad creamy (undoubtedly a byproduct of the wise decision to bottle condition ). Medium body and a dryness that, to me, is perfect for a saison.
Overall (4.25/5): Allagash Saison is an extremely solid example of the saison style, though quite traditional despite the use of more assertive, citrusy American hops. (Some may say just a little too "safe". To that barb I retort: MY LEVEL OF CONCERN IS AT ZERO.) Allagash has created of beer of exceptional balance–its tart citrus, peppery spice, herbal, and grassy flavors work in concert to produce a decently complex flavor profile. And all of these flavors are complemented by the excellent carbonation level, smooth feel, and dry finish. Very enjoyable even though it does not push boundaries.
05-29-2014 15:11:40 | More by hagbergl
Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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