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Allagash Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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.

Added by MichaelAllenVT on 12-13-2013

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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saisons have the paradoxical quality of often being sunny and cloudy all at once. That certainly describes Allagash Saison, which has bright yellow highlights that burst out the glass, yet also a stubborn and dense haziness nearly capable of obscuring my finger that's on the other side.

The Allagash general list portfolio consist of some of the most true-to-form renditions of Belgian styles made anywhere stateside. This Saison, however, is hopped with Tettnang, Bravo, and Cascade - far from traditional varieties. (Hence, I guess, why they call it an "interpretation".)

As expected, the beer smells equal parts Old and New World. There's the familiar, conventional notes of white pepper phenols and freshly-bailed hay, but also a distinctly lemony and more tropical than usual fruitiness. It's genius, really. And irresistible to my nose.

Let's go ahead and add my tongue to that list too. The taste is everything the aroma promised and more. It combines straw and cereal grain maltiness with a dash of spice, medium-level herbals, and a plump, juicy fruitiness that runs the gamete from peach to lemon to cantaloupe to apple.

Owing to the phenolics, Saisons can sometimes seem stronger than they actually are. But this one, at 6.1% alcohol, tastes about its strength. No higher, no lower. It has a more pronounced presence but is still perfectly approachable and drinks without hiccup whatsoever.

I'm writing this review on what is not only one of the darkest, longest nights of the night but also the coldest so far this winter - stand outside my door and any exposed skin will succumb to frostbite in less than 10 minutes, I guarantee it. And yet Allagash Saison summons in one sip the sun and warmth, the green grass and fragrant flowers, all the joys of spring and summer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love it when an American brewer can produce a Belgian style that actually could masquerade as a Belgian and this one hits it out of the park on that element; pours a hazy goldenstraw with a massive head (you have to slow down your pour to get the right head/liquid balance); lacing blankets the glass

Smell: Fresh baked bread; spicy phenols and a touch of lemon, bubblegum and coriander

Taste: Spicy phenols merge with wheat bread, up front, with a biscuity sweetness and bubblegum underneath; spicy rye, herbal and hop tones develop in the mid-palate, bringing coriander, white pepper and lemon; the finish is long on hops relative to the other elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: For a beer out of the standard line-up, this is rather impressive; not a top flight Saison but this would go really well with food

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Photo of Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Brooklyn Berg'n on draft. Way too cold when served. Became a solid saison with the brewery's distinctive quality; not funky enough to be among the best.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: There is typical saison haziness to the medium yellow body, but still enough clarity to view lively carbonation. The massive head is white and foamy, like melting meringue.

Smell: The amount of spice on the nose almost made me sneeze! And I liked it. Generous helpings of white pepper, coriander, cloves, and nutmeg mix with an even balance of juicy lemons and tangerines. A faint, pale malt aroma wafts in the background. It's scent is of freshly baked French bread.

Taste: Not lifeless, but a bit light. The mild bitterness takes the form of citrus peels, but the actual fruit flavors expected from this style are somewhat masked by the bready malt. The spiciness is not so much in the flavor as it is in the mouthfeel--it creates tingling on the tongue. There Is a general sense of flavor tension, as if a landslide of deliciousness is being held back by floodgates. Somewhat disappointing, but the potential is apparent.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation contributes to the dryness that is typical for the style. And yet, there is a creamy smoothness that makes this beer more filling. These sensations may sound at odds, but they actually strike quite a nice balance.

Overall: Some strong impressions here, but in terms of flavor, the most important aspect, this beer is straining to meet the mark.

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Photo of JonSC
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I bought this to try a Saison and at first I wasn't crazy about it. Tried to make sure it was in the 55 degree range when serving but I think it got colder than I wanted. Which ended up being a pretty important part of this beer. Both my wife and I thought it was okay, until it warmed up a bit and then it was excellent. My recommendation is to make sure you have it in the 55-65 degree range when drinking, not colder.

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

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $3

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, hay/grass, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, oranges/lemons, some grass/hay, and yeasty/peppery spice mix.

Overall - Super refreshing and light and delicate. Nothing groundbreaking but a great summer brew and something to pair well with meals.

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Photo of ordybill
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A well spiced brew that has traces odors of various items (coriander, nutmeg, citrus ad hops)
Appearance- A murky yellow color, with a very large white head.
Taste: A traditional Saison, a mild flavor with just a hint of bitterness.. The added spice does add some zest to the tongue.
Palate- A well balanced brew between carbonation and flavor that ends in a semi-dry finish.
Overall- A good Saison from Allagash. Hell, I haven't had a bad beer experience from this brewer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light golden and hazy color that reminds me of a Belgian golden strong ale. Thick thumb length head that dissipates into a thin white lace that orbits the side of the glass. Aroma is fruity; I detect apples and especially pear as well as honey. Taste is spicy and yeasty with a bitter hops and dry finish. Carbonation is lively and prickly on the tongue. Despite the light color, this ale is quite full bodied. A nice saison that I will have again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Yeast roused and added.

A: Hazy golden color. Large-bubbled pillowy white head retains at a half an inch. Wispy lacing.

S: Fruity. overripe bananas, peach, pear, tangerines doughy yeast. Shortbread and walnuts from the malt. Very slightly musty and peppery.

T: Peach and peach skin, pear, apricot, tangerine. Mild tartness. Doughy yeast with a mild musty quality. Peppery middle. Fleeting citrusy hop notes. Herbal hop bitterness clamps down a little middle to back. Quickly drying finish.

M: Light bodied but full. Round and filling in the mouth with a nice creamy texture. Fine and sharp carbonation cuts through and quenches.

O: There's more than enough complexity to keep this beer interesting, but its shining points are its approachabilty and drinkability. While all the hallmarks of the saison style are here, it doesn't stray off in the more musty, funky, or phenolic directions that drive some of the more beloved examples of the style, i.e. Fantome, Dupont, etc. Thats a good thing, as it means the neophyte and veteran beer geek alike can pick this up and find something to like. It's highly quaffable and refreshing to boot. This would be a fine choice year round, but it would make for an especially good summer slugger.

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Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Allagash Saison - 6.1% ABV Saison/ Farmhouse Ale - Consumed October 28, 2014.

A: Bright hazy yellow hue with one finger of white froth and sheets of lacing on the tulip glass. A few bubbles in the body. Head retains well but the lacing subsides about midway through. Good look.

S: Floral, perfumey, and herbal hops, wheat malt, fruity yeast esters, lemon zest, slight waxiness, orange peel, and a hint of pepper. A very appealing nose.

T: Yeast, orange peel, wheat malt, lemon zest, floral and herbal hops, light nuttiness, pepper, and spice with a long, drying and mildly bitter finish. More lemon and yeast in the aftertaste. A flavourful, quenching, citrus-forward saison.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, spicy-peppery carbonation, long, bone dry and lightly bitter finish with lemony-yeast afters. Bang on for the style.

O: A boilerplate, citrusy saison with big flavours, authentic Belgian character, and excellent drinkability. Great quaff.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large wine glass
A: Translucent yellow color with a 1/2-finger head that settles fairly quickly
S: Bold, enjoyable spice notes (especially coriander), wheat and Belgian yeast
T: Matches the nose though not quite as bold
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, a bit spicy
O: Very solid saison, recommended

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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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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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