Allagash Saison Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Ratings: 550 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-08-2014 02:38:43 | More by Act25
3.76/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
08-08-2014 02:19:25 | More by farrago
Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.