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Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,667
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
1,187
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
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59
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Ratings: 1,187 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of Cnssps
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of defunksta
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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 Rub_This_BBQ
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bum4ever
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThaPrivateer
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRed
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Mrnuzzo
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of David19457
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papposilenus
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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 guptillian
2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ptykozoon
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Nate139
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eluvah
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CMA
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/2/18, consumed 8/5/18

L: Clear light gold with a small 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 medium, nice lively carbonation, a decent amount of bitterness with a clean, dry finish.

O: A solid, regularly-available saison. Aroma was the best feature but still drinks like a easy, all-around nice saison.

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Photo of tomagra
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robotic_being
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arrowsmith_
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chiefz1
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amendm
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 cgwami
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,187 ratings