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Allagash Saison Mihm - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Saison Mihm
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BA SCORE
86
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%


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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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

04-20-2012 17:12:39 | More by PhillyStyle
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 13:58:55 | More by inlimbo77
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$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?

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 22:10:44 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 01:01:22 | More by brentk56
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 21:45:25 | More by axeman9182
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the New World Tavern Plymouth, MA

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: lemons and pepper

Taste: lots of lemon, slight earthy and grassy/flowery tones. Big time pepper at the end. There is another flavor I cannot put my finger on in here as well.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, slightly bitter and earthy

Overall: An amazing saison and one of the best from the brewery. I love the big peppery kick at the end of this one. This is right up there with Hill Farmstead as one of the best domestic saisons I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 13:52:52 | More by tigg924
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 13.5 oz tulip at the Great Lost Bear. This beer has been available in town for a month or so, but this is my first time trying it.

It's a dark copper colored beer, almost like an amber ale. The head is tall, off-white and foamy. As it settles plenty of uniform lacing is left behind. It's too dark in here to see if there is any internal carbonation.

The beer has a semi-dry, grassy aroma. There is apparently a lot of lemongrass in this beer, s that is probably what I am smelling. The are small amounts of lemon citrus and candi sugar sweetness, but I am not smelling anything that I can directly attribute to the yeast.

There is a lot of lemongrass to the flavor of this beer. Some Belgian sugars are also evident. A somewhat dry finish has some musty flavors that I assume are caused by the yeast. There is a touch of pepper in the aftertaste that is very interesting.

The beer has a light effervescent feel. The pepper and carbonation manage to tickle my tongue a lot more than I expected. The beer has a fuller body than most Samson's and has a lot of carbonation.

This is an interesting beer. I can see what it is draft only. I can't see myself drinking a full 750ml bottle of this one, but I also don't see it having the wide appeal that would move it in 12oz bottles. Allagash could get away with doing a brewery only release in 375ml bottles, but the draft only method of delivery will get the beer into more people's glasses. It was a good decision to go this way. If you are a fan of Allagash, give this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 18:00:11 | More by ToasterChef
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of grain, dark fruits, spices, and yeast. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with some complex aromas and flavors. Quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 05:17:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Mellow in Greensboro over the weekend.Poured into a tulip glass a deep amber with pretty large one finger off white head atop.Alot of yeasty spice in the nose along with a passing whiff of herbal hops,no funk wich was a nice surprise.Vanilla dipped spiced pears was the dominant flavor for me at the onset of the beer with yeasty spice and a nice herbal/green hoppiness in a lingering finish,again hardly no trace of funk to be found.A different kind of saison thats spiced but not overly spiced on the palate with a nice play on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 13:48:06 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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?

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 19:56:18 | More by TMoney2591
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jsanford

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

Pours a dark amber with a very fluffy white head. Huge Saison aromas of ripe pear, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Taste is similarly "Saison-y", with more ripe pear and coriander, plus a good amount of orange peel and Saison yeast. Nice and dry, with a solid earthiness. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and solid carbonation. Overall a really nice Saison that doesn't really re-invent the wheel, just does it right!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 14:45:59 | More by jsanford
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

Pours a copper/amber color with a golden hue. Relatively hazy with a fluffy white cap. Some minor lacing revealing the sip marks. The aroma is of lemongrass, honey, berries, hay/grass, and a bit of an herbal aroma. On the palate, the juniper is dominant as the blast through the palate into a bitter finish. Some sweetness from the honey on the front and back end, book-ending the juniper blast. The finish is dry and herbal with just a touch of honey before being pushed aside by bitter juniper berries. Medium body, slightly sticky. Overall, a really nice saison. The second I have had with juniper and this one is much more prominent.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 15:27:17 | More by ColForbinBC
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 15:50:18 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 19:00:10 | More by Rifugium
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 23:59:52 | More by Thorpe429
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2012 04:57:25 | More by thagr81us
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 45F.

Pours cloudy dark amber with orange highlights under light. A good off-white head that leaves some nice foamy rings of lacing and recedes to a light foamy cap and ring.

Aroma is nice and complex with a lot of fruit notes featuring apples, pears, banana, kiwi, cherries, the juniper berries are very much present, also some honey, herbal notes, hay, grass. Good to very good strength.

Flavor follows suit, juniper is strong, particularly towards the end, pears, cherries, apples, banana, kiwi, a fair bit of herbal notes and honey, a little alcohol on the finish. Mostly dry, but there is some lingering honey and fruity sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sticky, oily, good carbonation.

Saisons are a style that I don't normally go for, but this is one of the better examples I've had to date. Overall impression is fruit and juniper, with a good supporting cast underneath. Really enjoyable!

Serving type: growler

02-15-2012 01:40:38 | More by elgiacomo
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