Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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.

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#16,515
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
1,173
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
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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

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

Photo of MJSFS
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drichman14
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of risk1911
2.41/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probune
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mblack62
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bump8628
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Dpotter1991
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BennyProfane
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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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Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,173 ratings