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Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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87
very good

599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 19
Gots: 74 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

tdm168, May 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

lunarbrew, May 05, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Georgiabeer, May 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

mquinn919, May 04, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

Stevedore, May 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

jbertsch, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Dactrius, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

RobertJBeer, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

midnitesun11, May 04, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +6.5%

Allagash Brewing Company - Allagash Saison Ale, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small bubbly head that retains a small film. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is Belgian sour with lemon citrus zest and some sweetness behind it. Good hop profile. Peppery spice.

Taste - Taste is sour puckery lemony citrus with a peppery finish. Tart.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with high carbonation that doesn't burn but frothed up in the mouth. Fades leaving a dry touch of peppery bitter citrus rind.

Overall - Super solid saison. Not a standout by any means but a great sessionable non-brett non-funky saison.

JMScowcroft, May 04, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Badger6, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bkwhoppa66, May 04, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler, Rybrew, Philadelphia.

A- Pale yellow-orange with some white hues highlighting the edges. White head is thin and leaves little lacing.

S- A little citrus, lemongrass, and there seems to be a hint of more savory herbs, like thyme. Very nice dynamic.

T- More of a dry citrus character in the flavor. Some grain. Belgian spices, give it a bite. Citrus peel as well.

M- Light, crisp, and a dry finish.

O- A bit more dry and bitter than I like in a saison. Overshadowing that tangy bite. The aromatics in this one were really great however.

BWED, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.