Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 39
Gots: 185 | FT: 0
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MichaelAllenVT on 12-13-2013

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.
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Straw pale color with a huge two-finger head that foams up very quickly. A light haze to the beer shows off thousands of big bubbles rushing towards the surface. This is a lively looking beer. The head dies down into about a quarter-inch cap within two minutes, but then it sticks around for most of the rest of the glass.

SMELL: Wet blanket and a little funk dominate with citrusy undertones (mostly lemon) lurking underneath it all.

TASTE: Peppery spice and some barnyard funk provide the base for citrus (again, mostly lemon), bread and grass to dance around. The pepper both starts and finishes each sip with a little kick at the end.

MOUTHFEEL: A touch of sweetness towards the back end provides a slight balance to an otherwise very pleasantly dry Saison. Refreshing with a medium body and strong carbonation.

OVERALL: This is a really nicely done Saison that should work very well on a porch on a warm summer day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Allagash Saison
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "1324 10:18"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

A delicate pour from a long-standing bottle will deliver a crystal-clear yellow body that teems with life as standard-sized bubbles race towards the surface, joining and pushing up a massive head of white froth. With the yeast added it takes on a cloudy appearance and even more bubbles, many of them quite tiny, race quickly upwards. Tiny clumps of yeast and protein can be seen dancing as they're pulled up and then released, dropping back only to be brought up again. The thick head of thin froth gently recedes to a single finger's width, and then holds there for far longer than you'll want to wait before taking a sip. Upon taking that sip, you'll find that a ring of lace is left within a still solid curtain, and this becomes a pattern throughout.

It's delicate on the tongue and across the palate, with a gentle effervescence that caresses rather than bristles. As you progress and some of the carbonation is released it becomes almost creamy-smooth.

Raised to the nose, it expresses a beautiful combination of flowers and fruit (tangerine, apricot, lemon, and some background pineapple) amidst herbs (rosemary, thyme), spice (white pepper, coriander seed), and chalky granite. It's delicately sweet, and that balances the spice, grass, and herbs.

The flavor, as you might expect, mimics the aroma with all of it's complexity, yet doesn't particularly appear any stronger or fuller. It's a remarkably delicate and finely balanced ale that's anything but heavy-handed, leaving it remarkably drinkable. At first the gentle sweetness of the malt helps to propel the floral and fruity flavors forwards, but as you progress the spiciness (mainly coriander), grassiness, and yeasty chalk & granite build, leaving it dryer, spicier, and more herbal in character. It's moderately bitter, and it never becomes more dry or spicy than the malt sweetness can match; and it's clear that someone has focused their attention on achieving that through a moderate fermentation temperature. (Many American-made saisons these days allow the yeast to speak entirely for the beer rather than toning it down to achieve a more polished balance).

Remarkably well-brewed for balance, Allagash Saison is an elegant example of the style that shouldn't be passed by.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some faint light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat + pale malts with some light aromas of lemon citrus and herbal hops. There is a light to moderate aroma of hay and peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of wheat and pale malts along with a light to moderate flavor of lemon citrus. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal hops, hay, and spicy/peppery yeast. Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Effervescent with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing - a great beer for the early summer when you are not yet used to the heat (at least here in NC). Very nice flavors and complexity though I could have enjoyed a little more funk.

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting, something new from Allagash. Haven't had a new non-sour from them in a while.

Pours a nice fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that is reinforced by many streamin bubbles, fades semi slowly with smaller but decent whispy lacing, hazy part from the cloudy beer and part from a plumb of streaming bubbles all over, lemony straw yellow colored.

NOse brings more lighter style saison, wheat out front, with a grist like note, little straw and grassy hay, mild toasty and grainy notes, little lemongrass and lemony notes, little sweet candy note and Belgian sugar, with mild Belgian blond note. Some esters as well, with a little herbal grassy hop note, and touch of orange peel.

Taste comes on with some sweetness to start, a bit of that Belgian candi sugar like note, with a little blond malt sweetness, but still feels dry overall. Then wheat, gristy grainy wheat, with a mild creamy note, grainy toasty and grassy with a touch of wet hay, but no real funk or farmhouse. Yeast brings mild esters which are nice, little fruitiness and some lemony flavors, little lemon rind and bitterness, fairly bitter overall, as well as lemongrass and even a hint of mint from the mild grassy herbal hops, which also bring a chewy spicy note on the finish. Dry finish with that mint and herbal hops lingering, more grassy flavors, lemon zest and faint esters.

Mouth is med bod, lots of effervescent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, bit too much on the lemon rind and spicy bitterness, not enough esters or funk IMO, but that's just how I like the saisons, not bad though.

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love it when an American brewer can produce a Belgian style that actually could masquerade as a Belgian and this one hits it out of the park on that element; pours a hazy goldenstraw with a massive head (you have to slow down your pour to get the right head/liquid balance); lacing blankets the glass

Smell: Fresh baked bread; spicy phenols and a touch of lemon, bubblegum and coriander

Taste: Spicy phenols merge with wheat bread, up front, with a biscuity sweetness and bubblegum underneath; spicy rye, herbal and hop tones develop in the mid-palate, bringing coriander, white pepper and lemon; the finish is long on hops relative to the other elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: For a beer out of the standard line-up, this is rather impressive; not a top flight Saison but this would go really well with food

Photo of MadScientist
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours hazed yellowy amber, under a 1/2 inch off white cap. Head lasting nicely and leaving moderate spots of lacing.

Peppery nose with some yeast and wheat malts.

Flavorful and fresh tasting. More pepper, some ripe fruit and yeasty goodness.

Respectable, but not great American take on the classic Belgian style

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Very floral and fruity. I see this as being above average, but I have had better in the style.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Had on tap at the Publican, Chicago
Fruity nose: citrus, peach, tropical.
Hazy straw under a thick, moussey foam cap - lacy.
Fruity, spicy palate: citrus, tropical fruits, shot of pepper on the finish
Very creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation, very easy to drink.

Photo of JonSC
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

I bought this to try a Saison and at first I wasn't crazy about it. Tried to make sure it was in the 55 degree range when serving but I think it got colder than I wanted. Which ended up being a pretty important part of this beer. Both my wife and I thought it was okay, until it warmed up a bit and then it was excellent. My recommendation is to make sure you have it in the 55-65 degree range when drinking, not colder.

Photo of hagbergl
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw colored beer, evenly and softly hazy. Head is large, tight and soapy looking. Stringy lace squiggles hang around. Aroma is flowery, sweet, bubble gum, soft spice, smooth easy lemon. Fragrant, phenolic, soapy, generally happy and calming aromas. Taste is loaded with floral sweet softness as well. Light bitterness and fine, even carbonation stir things up. Slightly dry as well. Flavors are very well integrated together. Bubble gum, lemon candy, mild sprinkling of sugar cookie, rosy kind of floral. Very nice. I get sick of the various off versions of this style but Allagash hit it just right. They remind me that I do like Saisons.

Photo of MellyVe
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this several times, but never in the right vessel, until now. A Duvel, fat tulip glass made the world of a difference. Letting it flow and air out lightly and just right, giving enough head room and letting the saison style breathe. Many saisons I have had were easy in regular beer glasses, but this babe needed a little more TLC. And with that, my appreciation grew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours a fluffy, rich 2.5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a clear pale lemon. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A really nice looking brew!

Nose is cane sugar, coriander, spice, pepper and a yeasty zest. Light, crisp and refreshing.

Opens sweet, lemon zest, clove and coriander. Some crisp spiciness in the middle mixed with cane sugar and a yeasty foaminess. Ends spicy and yeasty but clean. Slightly bitter on the aftertaste. Nice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Light and prickly in the mouth and goes down accented. Crisp, clean finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Really drinkable.

Not the most flavorful brew but this is an easy drinking beer that'd go great with any meal. A go to during the summer time for sure.

Photo of ordybill
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A well spiced brew that has traces odors of various items (coriander, nutmeg, citrus ad hops)
Appearance- A murky yellow color, with a very large white head.
Taste: A traditional Saison, a mild flavor with just a hint of bitterness.. The added spice does add some zest to the tongue.
Palate- A well balanced brew between carbonation and flavor that ends in a semi-dry finish.
Overall- A good Saison from Allagash. Hell, I haven't had a bad beer experience from this brewer. Worth a try.

Photo of Gmann
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color, perhaps a shade darker than most saisons. The wispy white head is small and leaves a sparse cap.

The aroma has a dry hay scent. Some perfume notes from the yeast. Lots of tart apple and lemon mix with a light musty farmhouse aroma.

The taste is of a slightly dry malt. Lots of hay and grassy notes but lots of fruity notes as well. Tart apple and lemon, also a sweeter pineapple flavor. Not overly yeasty but plenty of farmhouse, clove and a hint of juicyfruit. More grass and pepper from the hops in the finish.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. A tad heavier than your traditional saison. Sweet and spicy on the palate but does have enough of a drying note in the finish. Drinks quite well.

A very good saison from Allagash. I like my a bit drier and a bit more funky but it has nice balance.

Photo of Kinsman
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try this new year-round from Allagash as I've always felt a saison would complement their already excellent white, dubble, and triple offerings.

Fills the glass with a pale golden color and capped with a towering white head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Impressively fruity right up front on the nose with lots of citrusy lemon notes which give way ever so slightly to a subtle peppery spice note as it opens up.

Tropical fruit notes aren't quite as powerful on the palate, revealing more of an even balance between the yeasty pepper spice and juicy sweet and tart fruit notes. Finishes with just a touch of musty farmhouse character.

Overall, another excellent offering from Allagash. It'll be nice to have another widely available and affordable saison on the shelves along sides the likes of Hennepin and Tank 7.

Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5/28...pours bright gold, low foam. Chalky funk'd nose with a slight citrus. Firm hop balanced throughout. Ever so slight lemon. Not untasty, but uneventful.

Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very pale straw yellow that's just barely hazy enough that you can't see through. Just a little white head and lacing, but enough to lend some creaminess.

S - nose is mild and clean -- not as musty as many farmhouse ales -- and could be described as lemony and herbal, like tea.

T - there's a nice juicy burst of orange zest and lemon over a lightly herbal backdrop, light coriander and white pepper spice as well. Pineapple, lime and vanilla come later. Cracker-y malts and light wheat anchor the beer. Sophisticated and well- structured. Reminds me of Sofie, but less tart.

M - mouthfeel is light and somewhat creamy, but still features a really intriguing prickly effervescence. Finishes dry, as a saison should.

An overall great saison that's juicy, yet dry.

Photo of mscudder
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a globe.

A - Slightly cloudy, orange and yellow hue. Decent head and retention

S - Sour as it hits the nose, wheat, lemongrass and a touch of hops.

T - Follows the nose with a dryness on the finish. Citrus, pale malts and yeast are the prime players.

M - Dry with moderate carbonation. It works well with the brew.

O - An plausible effort from Allagash. Not the best, but not a bad 4 pack to have in the fridge.

Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold yellow with a lasting medium white head, some lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus hops. Taste is sweet citrus, wheat, coriander, herbal and spiced hops. Palate is a medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish is Belgian yeast, bready, citrus, coriander with some good spiced hops for balance. A refreshing, crisp and enjoyable brew to drink overall.

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 0454-10:16. Sampled on April 19, 2014.

The color is a kind of olive-pale yellow tone with a cloudy appearance that rises to a bountiful white fizzy head that dissolves after a few moments.

The best way to describe the aroma is clean and crisp. But more specifically there are some nice Belgian toasted biscuit malts, citrus, grass, and feint spice.

Light and refreshing body. Very easy to drink quickly.

The taste has many of the same toasted biscuit and citrus flavors as the nose implies with the added evolving bitterness that ends dry.

Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - An active cascading pour yields a slightly late to develop two fingers worth of crisp bone white colored frothy goodness... Respectable retention gives way to a more creamy thick veil of lacing with a bit of a rocky top... Loaded with carbonation some of which is moderate paced and some of which is briskly paced, some of which moves in streaks and some of which moves randomly throughout... The color is a vibrant golden orange... There is a slight haziness suspended throughout...

S - Very pleasant but somewhat subdued... The Belgian yeastiness is at the forefront... The next dominant players are a mix of orange and lemon zest... Some sweet citrus as well... There are a lot of grassy and wheat notes as well... A rich spiciness lingers beneath the surface and adds a nice layer of depth and complexity...

T - A dry Belgian yeast presence to start... Orange zest... Crisp cracked wheat... Some fresh cut grass notes... A nice layer of spicy goodness... A slight peppery kick on the finish...

M - Starts light and fluffy, but this one really is on the fuller side of medium bodied... Crisp and rather dense... Loaded with prickly carbonation... Finishes with a bit of a dryness that continues to crescendo...

D - A rather enjoyable Americanized saison... Outstanding appearance and aroma, but the rest is a bit rough around the edges... Not bad my any means, but there are several other excellent Saisons that are easily obtained...

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep opaque, and just orb glowing lemon yellow body, with a hint of clarity. A good rising column of carbonation in the middle, matching a simple three finger white and fluffy head with soapy retention. Great looking brew.

Very light nose. Hints of herbal and floral tea like aromas. Some sticky yeast and sort of fruit punch wet qualities. Very subtle buried brett.

Sharp peppery flavors with a matching mineral and tingly carbonation. Crackery malt a bit, and subdued sweetness. Musty and earthy flavors of garden flowers and soil. Some bit of peach comes out a bit fruit wise. Bit of a gaseous finish, probably cause of heavy carbonation but with out a lot of matching mineral or dryness to go with it.

Overall not too bad, but sort of not that memorable either.

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