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Allagash Saison Mihm - Allagash Brewing Company

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elgiacomo on 02-15-2012

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.
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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of greid
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jhughes23
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Allagash Saison Mihm from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.