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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,008
Ranked #16,806
3.87 | pDev: 9.56%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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 officerbill
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pale lemon yellow with a loose white head that dissolves into a lacy film
S: very mild citrus and pine
T: mild lemon and pine with a slight acidic tartness
F: smooth with a slight tingle, dry as the back of the tongue
O: delicious. This is a go-to when I tire of lagers. Very well balanced with a enough hoppiness to make you want to refresh without being bitter or sour and a great alternative to an IPA

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Photo of Gripnrip207
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A huge fan of the Allagash line, as a Mainer, so i may be biased. However, this is a phenomenal beer. Consumer out of an Allagash goblet glass. Pale yellow, and incredibly hazy. Foam laces the glass. Aroma has a bit of funk, followed by esterous yeast, and a touch of grapefruit from the hops. Remarkably dry taste. Incredibly delicate flavors. Grapefruit, subtle yeasty funk. Mouth feel is almost not full bodied. Definitely refreshing and very drinkable. Great summer beer, but a versatile beer for any season. Great price for an entry saison as well.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a nonic glass at Biergarten in Terminal C of LaGuardia Airport.
A: Pours a hazy to cloudy, lemon yellow color with a two finger, foamy, white head, nearly a finger of retention, and rings and rings of spidery lacing.
S: Spicy with aromas of lemon, unripenef pear, honey, coriander, and clove.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Flavors follow the nose with the addition of a bit of earthiness. Light bitterness with clean finish. Very refreshing.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.
O: Allagash has produced a fairly dry, rather flavorful, and very refreshing Saison. Glad to have tried it; will look to it as a go to.

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Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color. Started with a light haze that clarified leaving good clarity. Poured with a tall, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Aromas of pear, funky yeast and malt. Medium light bodied with soft, rich, medium high carbonation that provides a creamy feel. Fruity pear, light banana esters and malty flavors with funky yeast in the background. Low bitterness. Banana esters taper into light peppery notes near the end. Finished dryly with light fruity notes and funky yeast followed light peppery esters. Light and refreshing with subtle Belgian esters that are nicely balanced by saison funk.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - dated 02/04/18 - poured into a tulip at 44F.

Pours a hazy straw golden colour, with two fingers of snow white head that slowly recedes to a healthy cap and collar, with some webby lacing left behind. Constant streams of effervescence feed the tenacious cap.

Nose: Malted wheat and grains make up the foundation, with notes of hay, leather, grass, lemon, coriander, a hint of bubblegum, and a streak of minerality. Zero off yeasty aromas one might expect from a year old beer.

Palate: Rustic wheat-forward grain takes the lead, however, the grain is rather subdued and friendly, with the wheat being fairly malty, rather than tacky or grainy. Very little sweetness, although not entirely bone dry. A level of sweetness one might expect from a hefeweizen. There is definitely some bubblegum character, due to the Belgian yeast esters. A twinge of lemon shows up, however, there is little to no tartness. Some mild floral hop character emerges, but judging by the flavour, I would guess these are aged hops, perhaps of European descent. There is a light bitterness approaching the finish, which adds some nice contrast to the malted wheat, and provides depth and closure. In the finish, the entire flavour profile ramps up, intensifying every aspect of the beer, before falling back, leaving the remaining bitterness to quickly fade, and the base of malted wheat to linger as everything dries out nicely. Very clean from start to finish, and absolutely zero sign of its age.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is rather light on its toes - airy, even. None of its 6.1% ABV shows, and aside from the level of flavour, the beer drinks like any 4.5-5% beer would. The body itself is light, crisp, and very fluid. Due to the prominent wheat level, the beer naturally had a slight creaminess to it, which paired with a very fine, lively effervescence, gives this beer some nice texture amidst its lighter body. Overall, it is quite easy to drink, incredibly crisp, and a good option for a summer day refreshment.

Overall: This beer is widely overlooked, and I can,understand why. Saisons are far fromthe trendiest beer style in today's market, and those who do seek out saisons, may be inclined to look right past a simple offering from Allagash, such as this. However, as a big fan of the style, I have to say that all things considered, this is a fantastic saison. It's crisp, dry, refreshing, yet massively flavourful. The grist bill and application of thos is extremely impressive. All too often, I'll encounter a saison where the wheat has just taken over the whole thing. That grainy, tacky, wheaty flavour that feels imbalanced and slightly too sweet. This is not that. It's perfectly malted and integrated with the other choice grains. Pair that with a perfect balance of hop florals, restrained bitterness, lively bubbles, and excellent yeast strain, all with the ability to age gracefully, AND a competitive price point, and I can only ask why this is not inside your beer fridge.

Edit: I tracked down a 01/10/19 today, and I have to say, the thing matures with age. This fresher bottle has more bitter hop bite, more eccentric yeast character, a stronger bubblegum note, the malt is less nuanced, with a fairly aggressive rye presence, and the beer itself feels fuller and heavier. Still a good beer, however I will be adjusting my score down by a notch, as this is a better representation of the beer, but please, don't be afraid to leave this in the fridge for a year. Ages well if kept cold.

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Photo of MrOH
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy yellow, thick, dense, rocky head with great retention and lacing
Aromas of citrus, pepper, thyme, and bubblegum
Crisp, citrusy, and herbal, but kinda soapy on the finish
Light bodied and refreshing
The soapy finish kinda killed it for me

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Photo of defunksta
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a light, but hazy pale lemon color with a light fizzy head.
Smell: Aromas of lemon and grass with some other peppery and floral notes. Some bubblegum or bready malt aromas in the finish. Some sourness and funk develop as the beer sits.
Taste: Presents with an aggressive yeasty and peppery start followed by a bitter lemon, orange, and coriander fruit flavors. The bitterness is pronounced. Some sourness and funk develop as the beer sits. There is a strong olive flavor as well. Some slight bread/biscuit malts in the finish but a very crisp, dry finish.
Feel: The mouthfeel is light bodied. The opposite of oily or resiny. Very crisp and carbonated. The alcohol is well-hidden. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a light, crisp, spicy, yeast-forward saison. Almost no body. Highly carbonated. It seems like a one-dimensional saison as other reviewers have pointed out. It is basic. Light, peppery, yeasty with tart fruit flavors. Lacking a body and funk that is often characteristic of the style. Compared with the Off Color Apex Predator, it definitely a much lighter body and less funk. A light, peppery, clean, and delicious saison nonetheless, however I would describe it as basic and one-dimensional compared to others of the style.

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Photo of JRed
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear macro-style body with frothy white head that stays. Aroma of floral, lemon skin, grass, hay. Tastes of hay, lemon skin, floral, grass, mild horse blanket, apple skins. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle, dated 05/02/18. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a slightly hazed, thin appearing,super-pale yellow with two-plus fingers of whipped merengue-like head. Retention is on the order of several minutes, leaving a bubbly cap and a thick webbery of lacing.

Musty, musky, funky nose of earthy mushroom, banana and green apple.

Taste follows the nose but in a somewhat disappointingly watery way, sort of like mushroom and apple peel tea. Light, sweet, bready. The label promises me citrus and peppery spice but I am detecting neither although, I suppose, I could find some lemon? maybe, if you put a gun to my head.

Feel is creamy, slick, and medium bodied - so not as thin as it looks and tastes - with fine, bright, prickly carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed it. My review doesn't read as though I did but, really, I did. I mean, the earth didn't move for me or anything but sometimes a light, uncomplicated tasty beverage is all you need.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hay yellow with a large frothy head.

Banana, apple, spices, breadiness.

Taste is subdued. The carbonation is strong and almost deletes the flavor profile. Underneath there are some nut and spice notes, a bit of a mellow sweetness.

Carbonation is high. Mouthfeel light and airy. ABV tastes ~ 5.5%

It's refreshing.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear light gold with a good head that never fully dissapated and left good lacing. Champagne look.

S: Aroma is a pleasant blend of mild spices, funky yeast, pome & tropical fruits, fresh grassy notes.

T: Taste is fruity with funky apples & citrus, then floral & earthy hop notes and some mild spices.

F: Feel is med/light, nice lively carbonation, a decent amount of bitterness with a clean, dry finish.

O: One of, if not the best readily available saisons. One of my go-to regulars in the style.

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Photo of Amendm
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale hazy yellow with a 1 finger white head that quickly fades to a ring. It takes a swirl to create some short lived lacing.
Yeast and fresh-cut grass, slightly funky with sour apple for the smell.
The taste is malty wheat and sour apple blended with tart citrus and a pepper finish, not much hop flavor.
light body, on the dry side with minimal carbonation. Easy drinking and a somewhat bitter yet crisp finish.
Not as bold as other saisons yet the light sweet taste of the malt is balanced with the sour and bitter flavors.
Takes a stonger than average pour to get the light CO2 level to get moving.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary .25L tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.14 (because of 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: March 28, 2018
Consumed: March 31, 2018
Reviewed as: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Misc.: Bottled on Nov. 16, 2017 at 1:17 p.m. ET

Picked this up with five others at Bine & Vine to get the 10 percent off, and a 6-pack of Firestone Lager. Couldn’t believe I’d never tried this on Untappd, let alone reviewed it on Beer Advocate. I swear I’ve had it at least once. I know I’ve wanted to make a conscious effort to try and review more Allagash beer, just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Description online read, “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.” Sounded interesting.

Poured a pale clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubbles creeping up from the bottom of the glass. Decent watery lacing. Excellent foamy retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled clove, banana, Circus Peanut candy, coriander, peppery spice, bubblegum, lemon zest, grass, cane sugar and light grain. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose, maybe not quite as good overall. Got bubblegum, clove, Circus Peanut candy, clove, coriander, lemon zest, peppery spice, barnyard funk, grass, cane sugar, light grain and herbal. (Taste - 3.75)

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Funky, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Just an outstanding saison overall. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A fairly pale yellow, with snow-white head
S: Nice light hop aroma with belgian yeastiness and saison spice
T: A nice balance of malts with the various flavors mentioned in the aroma
F: Moderately crisp, medium body
O: Not the best saison, but a decent one

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Light gold in color. Hazy. Pure white head fades quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S---Sweet & fruity with some spice in there as well.

T---You can really taste the candy sugars. Predominant flavor is lemon, especially at the bottom of the glass where the sediment is. Some spiciness as well in the finish.

F---Lighter than I was expecting. Nicely carbonated. A bit of tartness, not as much as I was expecting, though.

O---A nice beer. I'd definitely have another, but not one I would seek out. Good, but I was expecting better.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold yellow color medium carbonation that's seems spot on. Somehow feel a little watery and thin. Aroma is spice, hearty grain,yeast and malt. Definitely had a bite to it with a peppery taste but the yeast and grain is still noticable. There's a sweet ellement that rounds it off,a lot going on but it works. An excellent complex beer,couldn't do a few in a row but very enjoyable

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with moderate haziness. There's a fingernail of creamy eggshell white foam. I smell green apple to pear fruity yeast. The taste is a bit more balanced with light saltine cracker malt counterbalanced with the fruity yeast with notes of pear, banana, and green apple. There is some earthiness to the yeast that comes out as it warms slightly. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisply refreshing. The oats give it a smoothness not found in many beers in this style.

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Photo of DavidR_9
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 08/31/16, Consumed on 7/30/17
12oz glass bottle into wine glass.

It was unfortunate I could only find the allagash saison bottled nearly a year ago but I really wanted to give it a shot acter tasting their amazing witbier on tap. This beer is a surprisingly clear light golden yellow. Hardly any head which was surprising, also minimal lacing. Smell is spicy, a bit banana-y, lemon peel zest, and clear belgian yeast scent. Taste is spice, lemon, and pleasant yeast esters. Surprisingly thin and smooth, very easy to drink without an overwhelming belgian yeast character. I will seek out a fresher batch of the brew and try again.

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

A: A very pale yellow in color, slightly hazy with a small amount of white head.

S: Peppery with spice, but perhaps a touch of skunk? Some light stone fruit aroma in there as well as Belgian yeast in the finish with a good amount of spice.

T: A hint of skunk in the first sip followed by earthy funk, citrus and tropical notes, and a peppery finish with a bit of a bitter cling.

M: Medium in body, strong carbonation, and a semi dry finish.

O: Not bad, but it falls short of what I know this brewery can do.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a light hazy yellow color with a big one finger white foamy head that dissipated to some bubbles and had a messy lacing. The smell had a decent rustic to earthy yeasty breadiness with a refreshing blend of sweet citrus and a light coriander spice. The taste copied the smell and carried a nice lingering sweet bready aftertaste leading to a sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for me and for the style. Refreshing lemon coated yeastiness flows over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good saison I’d have again.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blondie pale ale with only a minor hint of cloudiness and a comically small head. Aromas of spices, leaves and oranges. More oranges and mildly sour zest, along with very crispy malts and a touch of mint in the background. Very pleasant to drink, not too heavy, plenty of carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Perfect for the swingy weather of late spring.

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Photo of CHickman
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/11/16, it pours very hazy piss yellow color with a 1-2 finger bright white colored head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing.

Smell has all the basics including wheat, lemon zest, toasted grains, light floral hops, peppery spices, coriander and just a hint of clove. The malt and/or bready grains seem strongest, but the earthy floral notes and spices are nice accents.

Tastes of lemon zest, toasted grains, light floral hops, coriander and peppery spices up front, followed by a yeast, sweet malt, bubblegum, candied sugar, fruit like pineapple or papaya and wheat bread toast. Faint grapefruit and banana show up right before the finish, which is basically dry after the citrus bitterness fades.

Enjoyable overall, I found it basic but refreshing and a beer I'll have more over the summer.

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Photo of BrendanHurley
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange body. Light foamy head poured with out of dark amber 12oz bottle with bottled date printed on label.
Smell: Strong scent of a bitter citrus much like a grapefruit followed by a mild spice. Complex enough to present as a strong prequel to the flavor
Taste: Great combination and sequence of flavors. Beginning with a strong citrus start mixed with bits of spices followed by a dry and bitter finish. A very classic and Allagash-like take on the famous Farmhouse style.
Feel: Light feel with high carbonation. Light feel but stays for longer than expected.

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Photo of nick_perry
2.51/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Cloudy, pale yellow appearance. Some yeast notes. Very crisp, light, and dry, but lacks the rustic, yeasty flavor similar to sourdough bread I like in a saison.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Tulip. Bottled on August 31st 2016.

L: Cloudy yellow, finger width fluffy white head with good retention. Good lacing too.

S: Lots of grain, hints of rye and malted barley, grassy hops presence plus some lemon and even banana. Yeasty notes. Typical saison.

T: Faint fruit flavors, good malt presence, spiciness as well, grass and lemon, no banana, good yeasty notes. Not as wild as a great saison but good nonetheless.

F: Light bodied, good carbonation, spicy prickly feeling on the tip of the tongue I like. Very drinkable.

O: A very good Saison but not the best. An excellent beer.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1208 ratings