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Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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87
very good

792 Ratings
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 32
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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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 tb4475
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casterbridge
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Drifter1
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nordbier
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sderoche77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of loudidonato
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meganelizabeth86
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of PhillyNole
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ctruskey
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of inonesock
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptat
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGust82
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ABK
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ravenscraft
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CountryRock2001
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 flavorful 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.

Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.