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Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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87
very good

531 Ratings
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews by Stevedore:
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

A- Light yellow body, hazy and cloudy with a one finger white head with fine retention, not much lacing.

S- Smells sweet- lots of pale malts, quite a bit of spicy yeast character. A bit of floral and earthy aromas.

F- Bready pale malt, Belgian candied sugar, yeast spices (e.g. clove), grassy and earthy hop notes. On the sweet side.

M- Medium bodied, substantial but not particularly large in body. Good carbonation, feels effervescent, not hard to drink.

O- A fine example of a saison but not one that I have come to prefer. I prefer a cleaner, tarter and less sweet type of saison. This is way too sweet for me.

05-04-2014 20:45:22 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
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MadScientist

New York

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
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CavemanRamblin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-15-2014 23:00:34 | More by CavemanRamblin
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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
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Jared14

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-14-2014 20:31:57 | More by Jared14
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

08-17-2014 02:14:40 | More by Doomcifer
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-17-2014 23:41:02 | More by JakerLou
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-03-2014 18:48:12 | More by Beerswag
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-10-2014 21:27:57 | More by henryclay_
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-21-2014 23:47:18 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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JC333

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-24-2014 23:55:46 | More by JC333
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BrandonMichaud


5/5  rDev +29.9%

07-03-2014 18:57:46 | More by BrandonMichaud
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tylerbrowe

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-22-2014 18:07:34 | More by tylerbrowe
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-13-2014 03:15:59 | More by ccurrid
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-17-2014 16:40:24 | More by Janeinma
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PressFastF0rward

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-27-2014 19:51:56 | More by PressFastF0rward
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-23-2014 23:43:56 | More by Mantooth
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-22-2014 23:06:09 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-27-2014 01:18:14 | More by briandaube
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doremite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2013 16:00:36 | More by doremite
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hagbergl

Maryland

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
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CrusinforaBrewsin

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-04-2014 21:06:45 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-23-2014 17:31:41 | More by acurtis
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justme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-31-2014 00:51:20 | More by justme
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-10-2014 00:17:06 | More by BraveMountie
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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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