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Allagash Saison Mihm - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Saison Mihm
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86
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Saison Mihm is our latest version of a style of beer originally brewed seasonally in farmhouses in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, for farm workers during harvest season.

Brewer Ryan Mihm wanted to create a beer that had traditional saison flavors with a twist. Ryan is a huge fan of juniper andthought that the citrus of lemon grass would be a nice balance to the juniper's mild pine character. This saison was also brewed with lots of Maine honey. The honey comes from Portland's own Overland Apiaries, owned and operated by Allagash controller Erin Forbes.

The resulting beer is dark amber in color and has an aroma consisting of a pronounced fruitiness, with highlights of honey and pine. The flavor is a great balance of malts (both light and dark), hop bitterness and citrus, while still leaving room to showcase a rich honey presence. Saison Mihm is medium bodied, dry and very refreshing.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 02-15-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

jmilo64, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ROGUE16, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bonbini26, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

MaineMike, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

avaldivia, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of jhughes23
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jhughes23, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BeerThursdays, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Served in a tall, thin Allagash glass at Meadhall.

Saison Mihm pours amber, with next to no transparency. There's just a bit of white foam crowning the beer. The aroma is disappointingly weak, but there is some lemongrass, honey, and mint there. The flavor is a bit more potent, with the aforementioned honey and lemongrass being joined by a touch of wet hay. The close is mostly mint, with a little bit of peppercorn thrown in for good measure. The mouthfeel is way out of whack though, as the body is decidedly too chewy and the ccarbonation is on the dull side. Saison Mihm's an alright beer, but it's not up to Allagash's usual standards

axeman9182, May 31, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a nice white head and some sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of earth and light bready malt plus a touch of spice. The flavor incorporates those same elements. There's a bit of fruit in the background as well. Mostly a light malt body with a touch of spice to liven things up. Not terribly interesting, but goes down smoothly.

Body is light to medium with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Nice bit of spice on the back end. Overall, this wasn't terribly interesting, but it had enough spice and light fruity touch to keep me coming back for more.

Thorpe429, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%

Served in a snifter at SmallBar Fullerton.

Anyone else remember The Sword in the Stone? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunrise amber topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, wheat, light grass, and a touch of banana peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a small vein of sweet biscuit clawing through from beneath. There's also a vague sense of mild fruitiness, but I can't put my finger on what it is exactly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice little saison, though I'm not sure the berries really did much to help things. Oh well, at least they didn't ruin things, eh?

TMoney2591, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a tulip glass, an amber-copper color, a bit cloudy, with a small, firm, white head; moderate retention and lacing. Very light aroma, bready grains, grassy hops. Taste of pale malts, lightly toasted bread, grassy and earthy hops, crisp and light, notes of citrus pith. Higher alcohol barely noticeable. Not bursting with flavor, but certainly nice and smooth and easily drinkable.

Rifugium, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

$7 for 10oz pour
Sampled 10JUL12

Brewed with honey, juniper berries and lemongrass. 

[A] Pours with a 2 finger bright head, compact and foamy with great retention. Thick foamy sheets of lace cling to the glass and slowly fade into uneven webs. The body is medium to med dark amber orange with moderate haze.

[S] Bright lemony citrus with a little fruit on the nose plus a light caramel-like sweetness and buttered wheat bread further in the background. Small traces of alcohol.

[T] Taste follows the nose rather precisely. Mihm is like an amber Saison, if such a thing exists.

[M] Mouthfeel begins with a semi-coarse level of carbonation, gently prickling the tongue until the swallow has finished. Medium light body. Leans dry throughout. Mild bitterness on the end.

[O] Not particularly Saison like, save the mouthfeel, but a pretty enjoyable brew nonetheless. So...ummm...why doesn't Allahash have a Saison in there year round portfolio again?

FeDUBBELFIST, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jason_Quad, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

greid, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.9/5  rDev +1%

On-cask at Pizzeria Paradiso, Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. - March 2012:

The beer appeared a dark amber color that produced a muted head, a thin, but fluffy white head. I would attribute this more to the cask than the beer.

The beer produced a nice aroma, Belgian yeast with spices that gave off a slight pepper aroma.

The taste was good, it followed the nose well, but just a good "saison" flavor that I have come to know if the style.

The beer had a medium body, thicker than most saison's but again I would say that it more typical of the cask than the style. The beer was smooth, low carbonation, but easy to drink. Overall, a solid representation of the style.

PhillyStyle, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +1%

On tap at Max' during their Belgian event.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some clove and light spice. However, this beer is considerable better on the palate, as I get some moderate honey sweetness, considerable clove, orange citrus and vanilla. There's a hint of bitterness on the finish as well that helps to counter the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, especially for a saison (but at 8% abv., perhaps that's not too great a surprise). Alcohol is otherwise well integrated into the flavor profile, and ultimately I thought this a a pretty nice beer from Allagash.

John_M, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev +1%

10oz pour
Served in Allagash flute glass

A: Pours a light amber looking color. Thin layer of bright white head is all that this one arrives with. This leaves some sticky lacing on the glass as you drink.

S: The nose is interesting. I do get some of that lemongrass and grain character, but also from figgy notes too. There is another fruity note in there that I can't put my finger on.

T: Dark Saison. Can't put my finger in the flavors. Pulling that lemongrass and wheaty notes. There is some peppery flavors in the mid palate. ABV is hidden nicely. This tastes light and refreshing. Served with a salad and it was perfect combo.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbo.

inlimbo77, Oct 05, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Big thanks goes out to sincereNc for sharing this one during a recent tasting! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, lemongrass, wood, honey, earth, berries, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, lemongrass, spices, wheat, and subtle berries. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The flavors were quite nice and balanced making it quite easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

thagr81us, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bishopdc0, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jsilva, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Arrives cloudy, the amber liquid capped with an inch of foam that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Lemony and grassy; herbal elements of coriander and a sweet fig undertone

Taste: Fruitcake sweetness and tart dried fruit compete, up front, with a developing lemony/grassy bitterness in the middle; after the swallow, the herbacious coriander and pepper flavors add phenolic depth; the finish was dry but with a subtle underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate to high levels of carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer; a little unbalanced between the fruitcake and the hoppy flavors but still worth a try

brentk56, Aug 01, 2012
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Allagash Saison Mihm from Allagash Brewing Company
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