Allagash Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Saison AleAllagash Saison Ale

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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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Photo of etoimazo
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- thick, meringue-like head atop golden-colored ale with bottle-conditioned cloudiness

Aroma- fresh orange and coriander characteristic of Saison

Taste- perfect for a Saison: balanced and refreshing, starting orangey-sweet, finishing with some bitterness and a dry aftertaste on the roof of the mouth

Mouthfeel- considerably rich body for 6.1% ABV, softly carbonated

Overall- Allagash does it again! Like their White and their Dubbel, their Saison is perfectly in style and hard to improve upon

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Photo of MellyVe
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this several times, but never in the right vessel, until now. A Duvel, fat tulip glass made the world of a difference. Letting it flow and air out lightly and just right, giving enough head room and letting the saison style breathe. Many saisons I have had were easy in regular beer glasses, but this babe needed a little more TLC. And with that, my appreciation grew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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 RBrock16
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a light, crisp taste with good carbonation that melds perfectly with the floral and slightly fruity notes present. Exactly what I was hoping for when I bought the beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Had on tap at the Publican, Chicago
Fruity nose: citrus, peach, tropical.
Hazy straw under a thick, moussey foam cap - lacy.
Fruity, spicy palate: citrus, tropical fruits, shot of pepper on the finish
Very creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation, very easy to drink.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a beautiful and fluffy three finger foam head that leaves a ring on the edges and lacing on the glass. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit (some orange and lemon and pineapple and star fruit and kiwi and grass) with a wheaty malt backbone; balanced by some barnyard funk reminiscent of funky cheeses like delice de bourgogne (which it would pair excellently with). A hint of peppery spice and a nice dry finish follows the medium-high carbonated mouthfeel.

For year-round saisons, this may become my new go-to, especially at that insanely affordable price-point.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Amazingly fruity nose with excellent balance full of notes that contain cereal as well as lemon. Have to compliment them on how well the beer is made. The head is flawless and lingers for a long time, very well made. Some other notes of bubblegum on the nose. The taste is beautifully malty with a complex backbone of hop that is so amazingly well done. This has to be one of the most balanced beers I have ever had. A great saison.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured with a huge fine off-white long-lasting head, lots of lace and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is fruit yeast crackers. Flavor is dominated by carbonic Tang and yeast flavors a little fruit, quite bitter only a hint sweet. excellent body. Would've been better overall if the bitterness wasn't overplayed.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Light, bright, effervescent golden; poured with a massive, fluffy white head.

s: Peppery yeast, hay, light sulfury mineral, and some grassy hops.

t: Very dry, just the way I like them. Earthy grains and slightly fruity yeast up front. I tasted lemon as well. This has a long, peppery bite at the end with a touch of hoppiness.

m: Just incredibly light and airy.

o: Fantastic domestic saison, as expected.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 01/07/16

Pours hazy cloudy golden straw yellow with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells really complex with so many different aromas coming at you at once. I get some lemony orange pineapple fruitiness, some lychee, funky tart yeasty notes of banana and clove spice, white pepper, some vanilla, bready rustic cereal grains, some oat, mild caramel, plum, raisins, dried apricot, mild mango, with fresh earthy herbal grass. Tastes like tart lemony citrus, some pineapple, orange, mild banana, clove spice, some vanilla, white peppercorn, oaty bready rustic cereal grains, caramelized dried fruit, mild mango, with earthy grassy herbal pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a real nice saison.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, lots of head with large bubbles.
Citrus smell, tastes of lemon and coriander.
Nice carbonation and bitter, dry finish. Lots going on, would definitely get it again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle sealed with

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow bodied beer almost lighter than yellow. like the color of lemonade. Bone white head that makes almost 3 fingers of head. Great staying power and leaving a serious thick lacing behind. Evertually dropping to a thick cap that never really leaves until there is no more beer underneath the beers head.

Smell: Citrusy lemon note that almost comes across in the aroma as a mild tartness. Lots of wheat malts. Hints of banana, a general fruitness, clove, and spicy / peppery yeast. Great balance and a complex nose!

Taste: Just like the nose lemons right of the bat that has a very mild tartness. Next is banana, white pepper, clove, and spicy belgian yeast. Floral and grassy hops with light bitterness. Maybe even a bit of farmhouse funk going on here. Wet and slightly rotten hay that adds some bready and grainy malt flavors with a slight sweetness that balances the hops and yeast flavors that were originially uncontested at the beginning of this beers flavor profile. Zesty and tangy in the best possible way.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Very clean beer and quite refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Semi dry finish. Really really drinkable saison.

Overall: This beer is a stand out example of a Saison. It is a true benchmark for its respective beer style. It is also an easy to aquire shelf beer that is reasonably priced. A very, very under rated saison in my personal opinion. Allagash really knocked this beer out of the park; its a home run! Allagash Saison is running on all cylinders: It smells really really good. The flavor is balanced and complex. The mouthfeel is pretty exceptional. Its a classy beer that is a great stand alone on hot day to quench your thirst or a perfect companion for snacking with cheese & crackers or your beer to go with a full course meal. I am definately grabbing another 4 pack of this beer very soon because the other 3 bottles from the 4pack will not last very long.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a wine glass.

Appearance: very pale yellow poor golden straw, 1 singer head, nice Belgian lace

Nose: breast, Belgian yeast, citrus orange

Taste: fresh lemons and orange zest, coriander, spicy, peppery, Belgian yeast

Overall: great saison, in going to buy more of this.

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Photo of KevCan
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at a bar with a surprisingly decent beer list in Newark Airport. Bottled on 11/11/15 at 10:34. Poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy straw colored with small white head. Classic saison malt and yeast character. Dry. Peppery. Well carbonated. Great saison!

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Photo of JLSIV
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw colored and hazy, pour nice two finger head, and that was from a growler! This one looks great

Clean earthy smell with a hint of hops and wheat. I didn't get any fruitiness at first, but I seldom do. Very bright aroma though

Nice and dry, with a little hop to the back of the mouth. I will be getting this one a lot more. I always liked the dry beers, and this one does not disappoint

Medium body with a great cleansing sense. I am new to the saison style so I really can't compare it within its class, but I like it

My first beer from Allagash, once again, go with a craft or smaller local brew and you can't miss. Good Yankee beer.

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Photo of ACon204
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a large tulip, served at 48 degrees. Bottled on 8/12/15.

Appearance: Quick poured creating a large head as to release the aromatics. Pours a cloudy light gold. Plenty of visible carbonation. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Citrus fruits dominate, especially orange and lemon zest. Spicy peppery notes are secondary. Mango, banana, and rye bread are distant in the background.

Taste: Flavors are three tiered. Initially tropical fruits are evident (mango, banana, maybe papaya). Peppery/herbal spiciness follows. The taste finishes with a crisp/citrusy hop bitterness that is far from harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation but far from overwhelming. Finishes dry and crisp.

Overall: A very solid offering from Allagash. Flavor elements from the malt, hops, and yeast are all present, creating a complex experience. Pairs very nicely with delice de Bourgogne.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in Portland and in Asheville.

A: hazy light gold to yellow with a half finger of head with considerable retention.

S: floral tropical notes come from the hops. Citrus predominates but I also get hints of bananas. Interesting blend of spices fruits and yeast.

T: The citrus and seemingly wild yeast predominate, with a blend of the fruits and wild yeast bite

M: Light but not as carbonated as I'd like. Its one flaw.

Very good brew that is mostly saison but has some wild ale characteristics. Not sure of it is as good a pure saison as Ommegangs Hennepin.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light golden and hazy color that reminds me of a Belgian golden strong ale. Thick thumb length head that dissipates into a thin white lace that orbits the side of the glass. Aroma is fruity; I detect apples and especially pear as well as honey. Taste is spicy and yeasty with a bitter hops and dry finish. Carbonation is lively and prickly on the tongue. Despite the light color, this ale is quite full bodied. A nice saison that I will have again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright yellow color with white head. Aroma is quite rustic and earthy with some floral yeast and hay notes. Taste follows with the floral notes, some nice yeast, quite clean and fresh overall, not cloying or overpowering. Medium to light bodied, well carbonated but feels very soft on the palate. It's a really well made saison, not too complex but very well executed and easy to drink.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a saison that is regularly on the shelf in the area, this is pretty damn good. Nice hazy golden straw with a good white head. Nice belgian wheaty/spelt aroma with spicy notes. Little bit of earth and hay. Great beer. Flavor is a little sweeter than I like for a saison but overall damn good for a beer that isn't flying off the shelves.

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Photo of Badger6
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Yellowish straw color, cloudy and with a huge, fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Truly a rustic Farmhouse Ale. Grassy, with lemon zest and a little bit of breadiness. Spicy note.

T: The Belgian yeasts are pronounced. Grass, pepper, clove, lemon and bread. Slightly funky. True to style. Yeasts linger on the palate after the finish.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Dry finish. Yeasty flavor lingers. No booze.

O:Very standard, or rather true to the style. Wonderfully crafted. This is par for the course from Allagash, of course their handicap means few others can strike like this. Nothing about this beer feels out of balance. Very drinkable, and consistently enjoyable. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw colored beer, evenly and softly hazy. Head is large, tight and soapy looking. Stringy lace squiggles hang around. Aroma is flowery, sweet, bubble gum, soft spice, smooth easy lemon. Fragrant, phenolic, soapy, generally happy and calming aromas. Taste is loaded with floral sweet softness as well. Light bitterness and fine, even carbonation stir things up. Slightly dry as well. Flavors are very well integrated together. Bubble gum, lemon candy, mild sprinkling of sugar cookie, rosy kind of floral. Very nice. I get sick of the various off versions of this style but Allagash hit it just right. They remind me that I do like Saisons.

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Photo of lic217
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: light yellow, clear, head goes away fast
Smell: citrus, spices Belgian yeast
Taste citrus Belgian yeast, slightly sweet
Feel: nice carbonation and thickness
Overall nice saison

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; light gold colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; really nice Belgian lacing;

S: coriander, lemon, a little black pepper;

T: bready for a moment, then coriander; lemony citrus and black pepper spiciness come in mid-palate and stay through the end; light bitterness at the finish;

M: light bodied; tingly carbonation; dry finish;

O: a really nice saison;

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Photo of JonSC
4.25/5  rDev +9%

I bought this to try a Saison and at first I wasn't crazy about it. Tried to make sure it was in the 55 degree range when serving but I think it got colder than I wanted. Which ended up being a pretty important part of this beer. Both my wife and I thought it was okay, until it warmed up a bit and then it was excellent. My recommendation is to make sure you have it in the 55-65 degree range when drinking, not colder.

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