Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Saison AleAllagash Saison Ale

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 906
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 37
Gots: 191 | 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 MaximalC
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a translucent straw color with about an inch of white froth substantiated by coarse bubbles. Streams of carbonation rise vigorously throughout the glass. The aroma is surprisingly vague, bordering on nonexistent. A close inspection reveals some citrus and grain, with a pinch of spice.

The taste is similarly timid. There's a little lemon, some wheat, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, and a touch of clove or coriander. To be honest, carbonation is probably the most palpable component. The mouthfeel is thin and seltzery. It wouldn't be unfair to say this brew tastes cheap and watered down, like a macrobrew interpretation of a saison.

This was quite a disappointment coming from Allagash. I enjoy the vast majority of their beers and assumed this would be no different, but I was sadly mistaken. It's not bad, but it's a mere shadow of what it could (and should) be considering the pedigree. (897 characters)

Photo of delapowicz
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Excelled clean ale with a nice finish. Balanced nuance of spice mixed with the distinctive Belgian ale bite
Fruity front mixed with a low hop essence
I want another (167 characters)

Photo of wwb114
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the most recent Allagash I have tried and I was disappointed by it. I have grown accustomed to attaching the name Allagash to the word quality, and there was certainly a disconnect with this beer. In a word, it was "blah." A regular beer off the shelf. Again, not what I am used to with an Allagash. (307 characters)

Photo of MattXT
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This is a not-appealing version of a saison. The typical Belgian yeast flavors are over the top and ruined it for me. Glad I tried it, but will not get again. (160 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (618 characters)

Photo of Roser
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- thin, small white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing (almost none).

S- clean, floral, spicy, slightly vinous.

T- decent balance. Tangy, crisp, light citrus zest.

M- light, crisp, dry.

O- good. Not too complex. Surprised it clocked in at 6.1% ABV. A good summer sipper. Haven't had a lot saisons to weigh in with a heavy critique, but have sampled enough to know there's better available. For me, won't be purchasing again, but think it's worth trying.

Cheers! (483 characters)

Photo of cujocon
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

04242015
Allagash Saison datecode 2954
6.1% ABV
12 oz brown glass bottle with crown $11.00/4 pack at State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: pale pale yellow with a thin white head that sticks around a bit
Smell: piney and citrusy like a hop heavy beer
Flavor: spicy and mild finishes dry and somewhat bitter
Overall: 3.25/5 very light, but you can smell a touch of bread as you drink. A bit of tang if you drink quick. (419 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as part of 4-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau pilsner glass. Nice beer all the way around, but a bit less flavorful than other saisons I've had. Would drink again, but prefer others. (231 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow with decent carbonation. Very floral and fruity. I see this as being above average, but I have had better in the style. Will most likely pass on this in the future. (185 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Yellow, full white head.

Thinly citric.

Citric and particularly sharp. I prefer saisons more so on the floral side. Spice? Hardly. Complexities open up toward the middle, body is fuller here. All said, simply not my preference.

Carbonation is a tad much. (258 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This provides a lot of intense sensations you might not expect in a light beer. It all seems to be in the usual Saison vein but certainly it's highly flavored. I'm glad not to have flavor additives as this shows how much taste comes out of the grains and yeast.

Attractive pale golden in the New Belgium snifter with a white foam. There is a buttery tang that is quite distinctive but adds to the interest. Some of the "meaty" flavor but also light and sharp. The yeast is very gritty and intense and gets to my throat.

This is a classic of the style that is worth a taste for the education of it, but I think the drinkability suffers. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. (698 characters)

Photo of eepound2
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very mellow yellow imo. Poured it from a bottle and immediately got an aroma of something almost in the sparkling category. Has a lot of flavor for such a pale color. The nose is pretty rich in terms of what is going on. You can smell the spice and certainly taste them off the bat.

It is a beer I can get regularly, but will probably pick up on occasion as it is smooth, flavorful and deep in taste. Pretty solid beer from Allagash (442 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Not my favorite saison, but serviceable nonetheless. Herbal, grassy, mild, tart citrus, and a bit of funky barnyard. Nice head and beautiful lacing that crowned my tulip glass throughout. Love that. (198 characters)

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

This is one of the most interesting brews I've had in awhile. Pours a big head. Aroma is of citrus and very faintly of yeast. Color is light straw and somewhat hazy. Tastes of tropical fruit and (unsurprisngly) there's hardly any hoppiness to it. (248 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Thin white head quickly dissipated leaving a nice ring of lacing around the rim. Rich golden color, mostly clear.

Smell: Pretty subtle, a slightly sweet and fruity odor.

Taste: Mild, slightly sweet fruit taste with a bitterness at the back of the throat.

Feel: A little thin but good amount of carbonation. (315 characters)

Photo of montelyo
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is overhopped which distracts from the unique taste and wonderfully refreshing finish of a saison. If you want to pay $15 for four 12 oz. bottles of a good IPA this beer is for you. Not much of a malt flavor. Yes it has a 'citrus and a peppery spice' taste but I can get that with an IPA. I definitely would not describe this beer as 'full bodied'. (362 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, pepper, spice, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with Belgian yeast, spice, and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a Belgian yeast presence that is more prominent in the taste. (606 characters)

Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly orange honey-gold, mildly hazy with 1/2 finger of off-white head which falls away pretty quickly but leaves a few thin lace streamers.

S: This saison fits into the light phenolic-high fruitiness group. There is a faint clove and coriander note followed but a citrus fruit juiciness. Pilsner malt graininess without much sweetness. Additional yeast esters increase the fruit character.

T: Flavor is highly enjoyable and less fruity than the aroma, but still leans to this characteristic. There are mild phenols and peppery notes with citrus like lemon, orange, and grapefruit pushing through most. The hops aslo have some more earthy, herbal qualities as well. There is a little bit of bubble gum in there too. Alcohol is well-hidden and bitterness is light overall, but it seems a little more bitter related to the acidity of the citrus character.

M: Above-average feel but not as dry as it could be yet still does better than most in the style but not up to the top tier. Carbonation is high as it should be.

O: A nice saison with a lot of citrus fruit character does with ample amounts of pepper and light phenols. Good but in the second group. (1,246 characters)

Photo of BTodd
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw in appearance with a touch of haze, nice small bubbles which dissipate over the course of a minute or two.

Citrus, spicy on the note.

Lemon peel all over when tasted.

Mouthfeel was nice and coating but not heavy. Carbonation felt right.

Overall, pretty enjoyable. A touch more citrus than I want and not as much of the yeast character as I like. I'll drink it if out but hard to buy this instead of Dupont or something in that league while at the beer store. (475 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,824 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Allagash by a long shot, nor is this close to my favorite Saison. I'm usually a fairly big fan of Allagash, but this one just didn't hit the sweet spot for me. As advertised, it's quite herbal- and I think therein is the crux of the problem. It's simply too herbal. One dimensionally herbal. Herbal without a balancing citrus, or white pepper, or funk component. I like my Saisons a little more balanced, and with something a touch sour or peppery (or both) to balance them. Fantome comes to mind as one that does that well with virtually all of their Saisons- a nice balance of citrus (or funk, or both) and herbal notes- often with a peppery accent. This Allagash Saison is all herbs with just a watery slightly sour aftertaste. It lacks crispness on the finish and interest throughout. A disappointment. (822 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a mostly clear golden yellow color with a bid white head that does recede a touch of lacing
S-floral and spice with lemon citrus and grass
T- lemon and floral notes with hay and wheat a citrus zing and spices
M-high carbonation with a dry finish
O-drinkable and quenching more like a golden ale than a saison (318 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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... (1,449 characters)

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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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