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Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 988
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 25.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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: 142 | Hads: 988
Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Straw yellow with a big fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast, dry malts, a little bit of saison funk

Taste: Lemongrass, crisp dry malts, hints of saison funk

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish

Overall: Good, but there are plenty of better saisons out there. A favorite style of mine, I like to try new variations on it when I can.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Pale straw colored, mildly cloudy. Smells like a Belgian. Highly carbonated, which I like. I prefer an earthier/peppery-er saison (this one leads lemony, and it's present in the aroma as well), but those flavors come through in the end. Overall a good saison from a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/20/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, some spice and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character, Belgian yeast and wheat. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of bananas, citrus and caramel. There’s also a touch of sourness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Saison to drink for a long time.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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Photo of delapowicz
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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

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Photo of unclejazz
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

Mostly good and very little bad in this Saison. There is nothing amazing about this but the flavors are complex, especially as it warms. Very solid beer that I will have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.


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Photo of Digimaika2
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Straw coloured with a bit of haziness and a thin bubbly head that recedes to a ring. Nice lacing as this recedes.

(4.25) S: Fresh grass, grains, tart grapefruit, white grape, yeast, cane sugar, banana, cloves, slight lemon sourness. There is a nice level of barnyard funk to this aroma with a hint of lemon. An excellent wide variety of aromas.

(4.0) T: Grains/herbal qualities, tropical fruits, citrus, honey, cloves, pepper, and white grape. Although described as herbal I find this to lean more towards floral as this warms up. There is a fair amount of sweetness (honey, banana, etc.) that is pleasant and works well with the level of dryness in the finish.

(4.25) M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a nice oily quality. Excellent.

(4.0) D: I'd say this is an excellent belgian saison and one that I will continue to keep an eye out for.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of gatornation
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of mac31
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

Golden colored, cloudy.
Nose of sweet wheat, citrus, and (saison) yeast.

Light, sweet entry. Lemon, (hints of) orange, and apricot. Floral notes near finish along with some detectable hoppy bitterness. Slight yeasty and peppery spiciness. Farmhouse flavors wake up as the brew warms. Dry and slightly tart, wheat finish. Flavors of straw in the finish as well. Nice brew. Easy drinking on a warm day. Solid offering, not spectacular.

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Photo of BTodd
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love this brewer. This is their first beer that initially, slightly missed the mark for me.
Looks soapy, tastes soapy at first. Let it calm and warm before you enjoy it.

A: Pours a vigorous fizzy bubbly multi finger head that is firm, fades slowly decent lacing, hazy lemon yellow body. Lots of carbonation.'

S: Give it lots of time in the glass to warm and breathe (and it gets less soapy/frothy).
I get mostly grass, hay, lemon zest, and modest yeasty funk. But too quiet, until room temp.

T: Follows smell. More wheat up front, with a grist mill note, sun-baked straw and grassy hay, mild toasty and grainy notes, lemony, sugar, esters, orange peel, mint, spice.

MF: Medium, w lots of bubbles and a long, long peppery dry finish.

Mouth is med bod, lots of effervescent carbonation.

Overall - Definitely better when warmer, a bit too lemony, but sturdy and farm-house like without too much funk.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright white head, around half a finger and it sizzles off quickly, lacks density, no stick in the lacing but there are broad sheets which slide down the glass sides. Light yellowish liquid, slightly washed out but it has good shine, lots of active bubbles fill the glass, snow globe level fullness. While the nose has some brine and pickled aspects, opens into softer floral notes with sour white citrus and clove, coriander citrus, there is bubblegum but it never quite enunciates strongly, the peach, apricot and curiously pineapple fruit scents crushed into the whole, ends with a yeast, dough elevation. Medium-bodied, the carbonation lives up to its visual impression and churns through the mouth, especially creamy attack. The tangerine, white grapefruit citrus plays a big role. Fewer flowers, more grains and metal shavings, these push back the banana, bubblegum and lees aspects to the end. In the end it is bit too tough minded and lacking in flow, however, the basic elements are there and the funk seems to be managed for maximal approachability by the widest group of imbibers.

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.