Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Saison AleAllagash Saison Ale

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88
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 908
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 37
Gots: 193 | 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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Photo of etoimazo
4.89/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- thick, meringue-like head atop golden-colored ale with bottle-conditioned cloudiness

Aroma- fresh orange and coriander characteristic of Saison

Taste- perfect for a Saison: balanced and refreshing, starting orangey-sweet, finishing with some bitterness and a dry aftertaste on the roof of the mouth

Mouthfeel- considerably rich body for 6.1% ABV, softly carbonated

Overall- Allagash does it again! Like their White and their Dubbel, their Saison is perfectly in style and hard to improve upon (510 characters)

Photo of MellyVe
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (2,358 characters)

Photo of RBrock16
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a light, crisp taste with good carbonation that melds perfectly with the floral and slightly fruity notes present. Exactly what I was hoping for when I bought the beer. (172 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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. (272 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Amazingly fruity nose with excellent balance full of notes that contain cereal as well as lemon. Have to compliment them on how well the beer is made. The head is flawless and lingers for a long time, very well made. Some other notes of bubblegum on the nose. The taste is beautifully malty with a complex backbone of hop that is so amazingly well done. This has to be one of the most balanced beers I have ever had. A great saison. (432 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured with a huge fine off-white long-lasting head, lots of lace and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is fruit yeast crackers. Flavor is dominated by carbonic Tang and yeast flavors a little fruit, quite bitter only a hint sweet. excellent body. Would've been better overall if the bitterness wasn't overplayed. (306 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Light, bright, effervescent golden; poured with a massive, fluffy white head.

s: Peppery yeast, hay, light sulfury mineral, and some grassy hops.

t: Very dry, just the way I like them. Earthy grains and slightly fruity yeast up front. I tasted lemon as well. This has a long, peppery bite at the end with a touch of hoppiness.

m: Just incredibly light and airy.

o: Fantastic domestic saison, as expected. (411 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, lots of head with large bubbles.
Citrus smell, tastes of lemon and coriander.
Nice carbonation and bitter, dry finish. Lots going on, would definitely get it again. (181 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle sealed with

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow bodied beer almost lighter than yellow. like the color of lemonade. Bone white head that makes almost 3 fingers of head. Great staying power and leaving a serious thick lacing behind. Evertually dropping to a thick cap that never really leaves until there is no more beer underneath the beers head.

Smell: Citrusy lemon note that almost comes across in the aroma as a mild tartness. Lots of wheat malts. Hints of banana, a general fruitness, clove, and spicy / peppery yeast. Great balance and a complex nose!

Taste: Just like the nose lemons right of the bat that has a very mild tartness. Next is banana, white pepper, clove, and spicy belgian yeast. Floral and grassy hops with light bitterness. Maybe even a bit of farmhouse funk going on here. Wet and slightly rotten hay that adds some bready and grainy malt flavors with a slight sweetness that balances the hops and yeast flavors that were originially uncontested at the beginning of this beers flavor profile. Zesty and tangy in the best possible way.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Very clean beer and quite refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Semi dry finish. Really really drinkable saison.

Overall: This beer is a stand out example of a Saison. It is a true benchmark for its respective beer style. It is also an easy to aquire shelf beer that is reasonably priced. A very, very under rated saison in my personal opinion. Allagash really knocked this beer out of the park; its a home run! Allagash Saison is running on all cylinders: It smells really really good. The flavor is balanced and complex. The mouthfeel is pretty exceptional. Its a classy beer that is a great stand alone on hot day to quench your thirst or a perfect companion for snacking with cheese & crackers or your beer to go with a full course meal. I am definately grabbing another 4 pack of this beer very soon because the other 3 bottles from the 4pack will not last very long. (2,054 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a wine glass.

Appearance: very pale yellow poor golden straw, 1 singer head, nice Belgian lace

Nose: breast, Belgian yeast, citrus orange

Taste: fresh lemons and orange zest, coriander, spicy, peppery, Belgian yeast

Overall: great saison, in going to buy more of this. (300 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw colored and hazy, pour nice two finger head, and that was from a growler! This one looks great

Clean earthy smell with a hint of hops and wheat. I didn't get any fruitiness at first, but I seldom do. Very bright aroma though

Nice and dry, with a little hop to the back of the mouth. I will be getting this one a lot more. I always liked the dry beers, and this one does not disappoint

Medium body with a great cleansing sense. I am new to the saison style so I really can't compare it within its class, but I like it

My first beer from Allagash, once again, go with a craft or smaller local brew and you can't miss. Good Yankee beer. (643 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in Portland and in Asheville.

A: hazy light gold to yellow with a half finger of head with considerable retention.

S: floral tropical notes come from the hops. Citrus predominates but I also get hints of bananas. Interesting blend of spices fruits and yeast.

T: The citrus and seemingly wild yeast predominate, with a blend of the fruits and wild yeast bite

M: Light but not as carbonated as I'd like. Its one flaw.

Very good brew that is mostly saison but has some wild ale characteristics. Not sure of it is as good a pure saison as Ommegangs Hennepin. (571 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light golden and hazy color that reminds me of a Belgian golden strong ale. Thick thumb length head that dissipates into a thin white lace that orbits the side of the glass. Aroma is fruity; I detect apples and especially pear as well as honey. Taste is spicy and yeasty with a bitter hops and dry finish. Carbonation is lively and prickly on the tongue. Despite the light color, this ale is quite full bodied. A nice saison that I will have again. (461 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Yellowish straw color, cloudy and with a huge, fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Truly a rustic Farmhouse Ale. Grassy, with lemon zest and a little bit of breadiness. Spicy note.

T: The Belgian yeasts are pronounced. Grass, pepper, clove, lemon and bread. Slightly funky. True to style. Yeasts linger on the palate after the finish.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Dry finish. Yeasty flavor lingers. No booze.

O:Very standard, or rather true to the style. Wonderfully crafted. This is par for the course from Allagash, of course their handicap means few others can strike like this. Nothing about this beer feels out of balance. Very drinkable, and consistently enjoyable. Will definitely drink again. (734 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; light gold colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; really nice Belgian lacing;

S: coriander, lemon, a little black pepper;

T: bready for a moment, then coriander; lemony citrus and black pepper spiciness come in mid-palate and stay through the end; light bitterness at the finish;

M: light bodied; tingly carbonation; dry finish;

O: a really nice saison; (389 characters)

Photo of JonSC
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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. (420 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap at the ultra hipster spot, Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana, CA.

They replaced the Tripel with this, and boy is Raul sure glad they did! The main man has never had such a fruity - tropical fruits at that - saison before. The thang is just lush alà Megan Fox's lips post collagen injection.

Get on this hard, my children.

Yep! (328 characters)

Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

This is my first saison, so I'm not certain what to look for in this style. But even without a point of reference, I really enjoy this beer. It's fruity and refreshing. It makes me feel like I'm sitting in a sunny herb garden surrounded by chirping birds and purring cats (even though I'm actually in my room on a cold and rainy evening in nyc.)

The color is far more hazy than I've ever experienced before, at least in a lighter color ale. I don't find the opacity unappealing or anything, just very interesting. (514 characters)

Photo of Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Brooklyn Berg'n on draft. Way too cold when served. Became a solid saison with the brewery's distinctive quality; not funky enough to be among the best. (154 characters)

Photo of Coffeematt
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer should have a higher rating here on BA than it does. Sure, it's hoppy, but the bitterness contributes to the style, rather than distracts from it. The hops focus the interesting spice. It's definitely Allagash--smell and taste that fruity allagash yeast--but it's also got clove and bubblegum and and loads of prickly pepper and a bit of saison funk underneath. Excellent. (382 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really excited about this new one from Allagash. When everyone is churning out (delicious) IPAs, they stay true and release a straight up Saison. Poured from bottle into tulip. Awesome 3 finger white head on top of a super hazy hay color. Look is amazing! Smells of wheaty, peppery, classic saison horse aromas...
taste of lemony, wheaty, spicy pepper, slight hop, bready...just so much going on. Nice hop bitterness. amazing dry mouthfeel...its full and dry. Almost perfect.
Overall, this is a fantastic brew. Will happily be purchasing this often.
This is what the market needs - an amazing, year round, moderately priced saison.
Cheers and thanks Allagash! (660 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a sudsy head. Not the best retention.

Notes of lightly sweet malts, peppercorns, and herbal spices on the nose with a touch of orange.

Peppery and herbal flavours dominate, backed by a really well-crafted malt bill cut with sweet, juicy clementine citrus.

Medium body made lighter with citrus, pepper, and dry carbonation on the finish. Juicy overall, but extremely well-balanced with herbal spice and carb.

Crisp, refreshing, and complex. (473 characters)

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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.