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Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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88
very good

132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 927
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 201 | 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:
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 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 unclejazz
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

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. (176 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (604 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 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)

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 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 Digimaika2
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (855 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 mac31
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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. (444 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 Act25
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,091 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 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 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 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 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 BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Served in an Allagash goblet

Pours a hazy orange-hued/tea-like color with a substantial fluffy white head on top.

The smells of citrus and spices rise at once, followed by grass pastures and wildflowers. A dry malty smell rolls forward, as does a light whiff of gin.

Balanced flavors of citrus and strong tea ride on a solid malty body. Minor flavors of wood and spice peek through. A bit of clove-like taste fades and a pleasant honey sweetness glides in.
Nice for a cool summer night on the beach! (521 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Allagash tasting glass.

Appearance - nice looking, light golden yellow color with just a little cloudiness. ABout a half inch of foam that lasted.

Aroma - a little herbal note that seemed a little misplaced, but very faint. CItrus, yeast, sweet, some more tropical note, earthiness.

Taste - very nice and well balanced. Clean taste of citrus (lemony), tropical fruit, a little sweetness, some yeast notes. Earthiness tied it all together. The herbal notes in the aroma didn't seem to be in the taste.

Mouthfeel - crisp and dry, mildly astringent. Well-balanced, carbonated nicely - lively enough, but not too much. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, refreshing take on the style that had good flavors that worked well together. (765 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold color with a creamy white head. A swirl of the glass rejuvenates the head. Aroma is excellent with plenty of citrus fruit, hay, and strong peppery spice. Pepper comes through in the flavor. Medium bodied with a very dry mouthfeel. Not the most true-to-style saison (it could benefit from a little more funk), but an above average beer from an outstanding brewery. (381 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in oversize glass (Duvel chalice) to give all the room it needed for a full pour. And it filled it nearly to the top with a sheet white head and cloudy yellow body.
Nice spicy aroma with grounding wheat base and hints of fruitiness (that I anticipate to appear later).
Highly carbonated and softening it is, leading to an overall enjoyable feel. Complex drink with trails of flavors to follow depending on my level of focus and concentration for each drink. Quite drying indeed. Some fruit - of the citrus variety- but definitely not a fruit heavy drink. Solid wheat flavor and ample spiciness.
Good and solid saison. I wouldn't expect anything less from this brewery. (677 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 JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good take on a Saison. The yeast and all important funk are present. Initial pour is a clear light gold with a medium size bubbly white head. A subsequent hard pour produces a more cloudy light gold color. Lacing is light and spotty. Head retention is average.

The aroma is fairly prominent, lemony with some Belgian yeast and some funk.

Taste is similar. A little lemon yest, light spicing and Belgian yeast and moderate barnyard "funk".

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. The funkiness is just right.

A solid American take on a Saison. Well worthwhile (553 characters)

Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.