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Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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87
very good

729 Ratings
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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 26
Gots: 114 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Espresso 77, Jackson Heights, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color (somewhat resembling the color of lemonade) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with thin white head that died down and left some lacing on surface and a thin collar around edge of glass.

S: Light to moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose, which also has some hints of herbs and lemon citrus.

T: The taste has flavors of peppery spices along with notes of herbs and Belgian yeast.

M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a good beer for the summertime.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Starting things off with an everyday Allagash that has taken me far too long to try. It pours a partially hazy golden-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, mild pineapple syrup, coriander, light cracked wheat, Belgian yeast, and a hint of cobweb. The taste brings in more of the same, my tongue enlivened with strong veins of tropical fruits and mild spice rack denizens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a rather tasty saison. Straight up. 'Nuff said.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

The saison is something I would have expected Allagash to do in their sleep, but to my surprise I came across it for the first time at a Tapas bar in Rancho Santa Margarita. Served on-tap in a cheater pint, on to the beer:

This is one pale yellow beer, looking more of a witbier in my mind. Topping it a billowy head that leaves some spotty lacing around the glass. It smells like a simple but good saison, with lemon peel, vague spices, and white pepper.

First note that I tasted was bubblegum. Then comes a smack of tart lemon, white pepper, and while it's not a very "funky" beer, there's still a little of it going on. There's also manure. Yep, such is the case of saison. It's a lighter beer with crisp carbonation, and is easy to drink as it is refreshing.

That's nice. If relaxed is your way to rock saison, Allagash Saison can go on your list.

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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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