Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,004
Ranked #16,614
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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Reviews by portia99:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Allagash Saison
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "1324 10:18"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

A delicate pour from a long-standing bottle will deliver a crystal-clear yellow body that teems with life as standard-sized bubbles race towards the surface, joining and pushing up a massive head of white froth. With the yeast added it takes on a cloudy appearance and even more bubbles, many of them quite tiny, race quickly upwards. Tiny clumps of yeast and protein can be seen dancing as they're pulled up and then released, dropping back only to be brought up again. The thick head of thin froth gently recedes to a single finger's width, and then holds there for far longer than you'll want to wait before taking a sip. Upon taking that sip, you'll find that a ring of lace is left within a still solid curtain, and this becomes a pattern throughout.

It's delicate on the tongue and across the palate, with a gentle effervescence that caresses rather than bristles. As you progress and some of the carbonation is released it becomes almost creamy-smooth.

Raised to the nose, it expresses a beautiful combination of flowers and fruit (tangerine, apricot, lemon, and some background pineapple) amidst herbs (rosemary, thyme), spice (white pepper, coriander seed), and chalky granite. It's delicately sweet, and that balances the spice, grass, and herbs.

The flavor, as you might expect, mimics the aroma with all of it's complexity, yet doesn't particularly appear any stronger or fuller. It's a remarkably delicate and finely balanced ale that's anything but heavy-handed, leaving it remarkably drinkable. At first the gentle sweetness of the malt helps to propel the floral and fruity flavors forwards, but as you progress the spiciness (mainly coriander), grassiness, and yeasty chalk & granite build, leaving it dryer, spicier, and more herbal in character. It's moderately bitter, and it never becomes more dry or spicy than the malt sweetness can match; and it's clear that someone has focused their attention on achieving that through a moderate fermentation temperature. (Many American-made saisons these days allow the yeast to speak entirely for the beer rather than toning it down to achieve a more polished balance).

Remarkably well-brewed for balance, Allagash Saison is an elegant example of the style that shouldn't be passed by.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting, something new from Allagash. Haven't had a new non-sour from them in a while.

Pours a nice fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that is reinforced by many streamin bubbles, fades semi slowly with smaller but decent whispy lacing, hazy part from the cloudy beer and part from a plumb of streaming bubbles all over, lemony straw yellow colored.

NOse brings more lighter style saison, wheat out front, with a grist like note, little straw and grassy hay, mild toasty and grainy notes, little lemongrass and lemony notes, little sweet candy note and Belgian sugar, with mild Belgian blond note. Some esters as well, with a little herbal grassy hop note, and touch of orange peel.

Taste comes on with some sweetness to start, a bit of that Belgian candi sugar like note, with a little blond malt sweetness, but still feels dry overall. Then wheat, gristy grainy wheat, with a mild creamy note, grainy toasty and grassy with a touch of wet hay, but no real funk or farmhouse. Yeast brings mild esters which are nice, little fruitiness and some lemony flavors, little lemon rind and bitterness, fairly bitter overall, as well as lemongrass and even a hint of mint from the mild grassy herbal hops, which also bring a chewy spicy note on the finish. Dry finish with that mint and herbal hops lingering, more grassy flavors, lemon zest and faint esters.

Mouth is med bod, lots of effervescent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, bit too much on the lemon rind and spicy bitterness, not enough esters or funk IMO, but that's just how I like the saisons, not bad though.

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

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some faint light lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat + pale malts with some light aromas of lemon citrus and herbal hops. There is a light to moderate aroma of hay and peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of wheat and pale malts along with a light to moderate flavor of lemon citrus. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal hops, hay, and spicy/peppery yeast. Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Effervescent with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing - a great beer for the early summer when you are not yet used to the heat (at least here in NC). Very nice flavors and complexity though I could have enjoyed a little more funk.

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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 brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love it when an American brewer can produce a Belgian style that actually could masquerade as a Belgian and this one hits it out of the park on that element; pours a hazy goldenstraw with a massive head (you have to slow down your pour to get the right head/liquid balance); lacing blankets the glass

Smell: Fresh baked bread; spicy phenols and a touch of lemon, bubblegum and coriander

Taste: Spicy phenols merge with wheat bread, up front, with a biscuity sweetness and bubblegum underneath; spicy rye, herbal and hop tones develop in the mid-palate, bringing coriander, white pepper and lemon; the finish is long on hops relative to the other elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: For a beer out of the standard line-up, this is rather impressive; not a top flight Saison but this would go really well with food

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Photo of fmccormi
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware). There’s some dating or batch information printed in white ink on a black rectangle at the far right side of the label above the barcode (“0705 13:21”), which I’m optimistic would indicate a bottling date of July 5 of this year, but it’s hard to say. Either way, it may be very fresh and has been refrigerated for a couple of days.

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of bone-white foam rise off of the pour, capping a bright yellow, hazy body. The head dies down at a pretty average pace, leaving some light, lacy collars that don’t stick around long but are very pretty while they do. Not great retention, but it’s pretty all the same.

Smell (4.25): Bright, snappy citrus with juicy and grassy tones—bitter orange, lemongrass, green tea, and jasmine come to mind. Dry cereals (oats, cracked wheat, French country bread) offer a lean but firm structure for the hops and yeasty phenols to jump off of.

Taste (4.25): An easy, smooth malt body that brings to mind dry, grainy bread with just a bit of honey offers a perfectly dry, well-designed structure for the beer’s other flavor notes. Juicy jasmine, sweetened green tea, orange peel, sweet grass, pineapple rind, and a lightly tart, bright bitterness surfaces right toward the end. The dry malt and grassy bitterness make for an assertive springboard that makes the juicy floral and citrusy notes really shine, especially as the beer warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The dry, medium-weight body feels smooth with an evenly-distributed, fine-grained carbonation that foams up nicely and roundly toward the end, taking the edge off of the bitterness and dry malt. Exceedingly drinkable.

Overall (4.0): This an excellent, American-styled, classic saison—not funky, not overly hoppy, not wild, but balanced, full-flavored, and still understated where it counts. A lot of saisons of this breed tend to have a rather full malt body and big, fruity yeast notes, while this beer downplays the malt body (as the classic Belgian styles tend to). Keeping the malt body understated risks the possibility of off-notes produced by the yeast or hops to poke through, but Allagash did such a good job wrangling the yeast and keeping the hops in balance that it could stick to a moderate, dry malt body. This is very affordable and incredibly easy to drink, not to mention an excellent example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Lazy Dog
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of lemon and pepper with a light honey and hints of tropical and citrus fruit. The flavor is honey like malt sweetness up front followed by a bit of earthy funk and spice. Lingering sweet, bitter and pepper on the finish. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a tongue piercing bubbly mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite. In my opinion the hops are a bit too forward here and compete rather than enhance the flavors of a saison.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of eepound2
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very mellow yellow imo. Poured it from a bottle and immediately got an aroma of something almost in the sparkling category. Has a lot of flavor for such a pale color. The nose is pretty rich in terms of what is going on. You can smell the spice and certainly taste them off the bat.

It is a beer I can get regularly, but will probably pick up on occasion as it is smooth, flavorful and deep in taste. Pretty solid beer from Allagash

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Straw color, slight haze, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Yeasty, lemon, lemon zest, spice, hints or orange peel
Taste - Zesty, earthy, spice, citrus
Feel - Light and easy drinking

Overall - A nice, very crushable saison.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Stillyman11
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dar482
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow.

The aroma has lemon zest, orange, a bready sweetness, peppery spice, hay.

The flavor has lemon zest in the front again, and a bit of orange. There’s a light breadiness, then onto a peppery spice, and then some hay, and grassy and grapefruit bitterness on the back end.

A dry and slightly bitter beer on the finish with nice touches of fruit flavor. A really refreshing brew with complex, yet light flavors. Wonderful for easy drinking and food pairing. This will also work for beginners attempting to expand to other beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mnine
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 11, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: La fin du Monde tulip... OCCASION: prepping for our first Quiz Bowl competition at Leonia tomorrow... APPEARANCE: spritzy, quite hazy sallow golden body; three-finger head slips quickly into a pillowy, single-finger snow-white crown of varying thickness; artistic rings form as lacing as the glass drains... AROMA: beautiful candied sugars allure from the start; lemon, mango and pepper add to the invitation; slight clove and banana suggests yeasty funk that straddles the weizen arena... PALATE: textured, medium-bodied, frothy and active early; grainy but dry at the finish, as expected--quite drinkable... TASTE: pepper and clove work early and satisfy; the mango and lemon are bright and clear, flirting with the bitterness of an IPA but keeping with the funky weizen qualities... OVERALL: a fresh, full-flavored experience, with a light malt profile that allows for an easy-drinking, sessionable ale....

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4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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