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Allagash Saison AleAllagash Saison Ale

Brewed by:
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 GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, lemon yellow coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation bubbling feeding a foamy, white head. Aromas of clove, evergreen, banana, lemon, nutmeg, and all spice. Very subtle, but very balanced nose. Flavors are spice forward, doling out a solid punch of clove, all spice, dill, pepper, and coriander, all on a subtle bready and lemon sweet backbone. Light, effervesced body, with a spice and herb aftertaste. Light, crisp, effervesced finish, with some of the spice and lemon zest lingering on. Good beer.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 Whey2Hoppy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straw yellow, basically looks like an AAL but a tad more hazy.

S: Belgian yeast, bready notes in the aroma, some faint grapes and spices. Weak aroma, but it's there.

T: Follows the nose, mostly dominated by the spicy yeast character. Grassy, herbacious, and dry.

F: Crisp, refreshing, and with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: My first Saison. I love the dry grassiness of this beer, but I was expecting a bit more from it as far as complexity goes.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lively carbonation inside of the pale, slightly hazy, gold brew. A light speckly lacing. Inch of white head.

Spicy hops or perhaps phenolics up front, but not too strong. Nice grainy malt backbone, perhaps exhibiting some bready characteristics. Lemony and herbal on the nose, as well as ever-so-slightly metallic. More black pepper makes itself heard, as well as a light apple character.

The tasty Saison spiciness is paired nicely with a pleasant hop bitterness. Herbal and light citrus accentuate the flavor. The grainy malt character lends a nice impression on the aftertaste, which is clean, dry, and satisfying. Not picking up apple in the flavor.

Medium body with a dry finish, ridden by that mid-level bitterness which is ever-apparent. The peppiness of the beer isn't only in its first impression.

Refreshing, tasty Saison. Every sip is a treat.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: pale straw yellow; a tad hazy and champagne-esque (minus the effervescence), quickly dissipating 1 finger head; soapy and fizzy with minimal lacing
S: immediate wheaty and estery (fruity in the realm of white fruits but nondescript in this way) notes; slowly unfolding hints of lemon, dry; pale grainy character as well
T: strong wheaty presence again with very understated spicy notes and an immediate indistinct bitterness (the bitterness yields no real reward here), hints of lemon and fruit but like the nose; nondescript, tartness as the beer opens up
M: very dry, a touch silky on the take, soapy as the beer opens up
O: I find this beer to be too reminiscent of the wit (which is a great beer mind you), it underutilizes the spicy character in the tettnanger hops and wastes its breath with the oats and the rye which I did not even register. As someone else astutely put it, this beer is a bit one note, you could sit with it at any temperature for any length of time and not be more rewarded in one way anymore than you would be in the others. I don't necessarily think a saison should move mountains (it; for me should sit somewhere in between complexity and just enjoyment), but this is not even king of the hill. It's not bad, but it doesn't feel like a saison, and in a way it's worse than a bad beer because it's not a good boilerplate exemplar of the style, and it's not good enough to stand as a memorable outlier. This is like when an genius phones it in, there is nothing to report here, just enough to pass the test of is it drinkable without pain (that much it is), but leaves no lasting impression. I would not buy this again. I have been really impressed with all of the allagash beer I've had so this is very disappointing, with a heavy heart I have to say go back to the drawing board and put the bread back in the oven because the ideas are wrong and the beer is half baked.

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Photo of mkh012
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, bottled in January 2016.

Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head.

White grape and apple on the nose.

Crisp, grassy, a little one-note. Dry with a touch of bitterness. Not as much fruit as the nose.

A bit thin but drinkable.

A solid saison but the flavors are subtle.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Very pale yellow in color, hazy but not opaque, pours a fluffy head, though little is retained. No lace.
S:Quite layered. Very prominent is a clean, very fresh lemon zest like aroma. On the flip side, there is a funky fermented aroma, a staple of the style. There also also fruity esters, bubblegummy in nature, very sweet. Finally, bready yeasty grains.
T: Up front its sweet, pepper, spice, doughy fresh bread, granola like grains. Finishes with a crisp, pith-like bitterness.
F: Light, frothy, refreshing, and balanced. Only problem I have is its a bit too dry on the finish.
O: Actually a really great saison. Definately something I'd recommend and certainly revisit.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the Worthy Brewfest in Springfield. Information taken from notes. The beer had a pale, clear yellow appearance with a great mixture of grapefruit and hop aromas to the nose. Those fruit flavors follow the nose into the taste dimension with a really fruity sweet drink. Mouthfeel is excellent for this beer by helping the drink be a watery, refreshing beer. Overall, I thought it was pretty good, especially the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: hazy yellowish gold with little to no head and no lacing
S: pineapple, clove, hay, spicy hops
T: it tastes good. it starts with pleasant sweetness and ends on a spicy hop note
F: moderate carbonation, very refreshing, dry finish
O: I'd like to see this in a six pack for the same price.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 02/18/2016, left out for 20+ min... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: nearly crystal-clear liquid with a faint haze, color is pale, faded yellow... messy, sudsy, craggy tuft of off-white foam... the head doesn't hold well, but a casing over

S: rich dimension in its yellow grapefruit and sweet orange fruitiness - the fruitiness is all juice and zest mist, not candy like... wonderful highlights of lightly-spicy floral phenols with a touch of toasted malt in the mix, and likely some coriander in there as well... the overall intensity is excellent, though the overall character of the aromas is quite familiar - nothing really unique or out of the ordinary

T: white vinous undertone straight off the bat... herbal spices readily apparent in the middle of the palate, hovering about... soft blast of mildly peppery, numbing spicy bitterness fans out from that center, leaving a crater on the tongue... the citrus is all but absent, except in pungent pith and inner rind... malt polished down to a dull nub, just essence of husk lingers

F: somewhat glassy underbelly, light across the palate, subtle foamy wash on the finish... body has some silky curves up front, more throughout with the lees... consistent mild-moderate warm glow... not sharp, though a more crisp edge might be nice, but not essential... overall it drinks light but has some baby fat

O: probably wouldn't mistake this for a Belgian import, and it's not quite what I expected - in some ways better, in other ways lacking... I'd try this in a bomber that has a bit of age on it - had a pleasantly surprisingly (more) enjoyable experience with their tripel recently (as opposed to its taste out of the stubby 12oz'ers)

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very pale yellow, almost white, a bit hazy; white wine.
S: Pilsner smell... beer-ish, very normal smell.
T: Some fruits, very neutral, super light malts, light hops. Some yeast. Very much like a neutral white wine.
$: Dry with noticeable carbonation, a bit sharp.

Decent for what it is, very light beer but good for a light beer.

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Photo of ACon204
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Burnthedevice
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, cloudy yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is sour and very wine-like. Taste is more balanced than the nose, with typical Belgian spices prominent. Mouthfeel is nice and lively and compliments the taste and vibe of this beer. Extremely dry finish, again, very reminiscent of a dry white wine. Like all of Allagash's offerings I have tried, I believe this is well made stuff, it's just not my thing, personally.. though if offered one I would not complain. Left to my own devices, I would strongly prefer an Allagash White.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Dragginballs76
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours - A hazy cloudy orange color decent white head, lacing is really good.

Smell - Good bit of orange peel other tropical notes maybe a little bit of lemon.

Taste - I think the orange peel stood out the most little bit of spice and some bite from the bitterness.

Feel - Medium body decent carbonation little bite.

Overall - A decent beer did not blow me away but I am not a huge fan of the style.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is clove, white pepper, and lemon zest. Taste follows the nose but not overpowering. Pretty understated. Feel is crisp and clean. A good saison but not unique.

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Photo of dee4maine
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is the allagash white of saisons. they have tried to develop a crushable saison that pairs so well with so many different foods. classic but restrained saison. great for a beginner and perfect start to taste the style.

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Photo of Myotus
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured gently at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 26Aug15) into a tulip. Consumed on 24Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam. Half of the foam head shrivels into a line within 20 seconds while the other half dissipates into a half fingers worth within the same amount of time. Neon yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of small, medium, and large rising bubbles (I always find bubble diversity aesthetically pleasing). There is also a subtle amount of large bubbles that are testing on the bottom of the glass. Lacing is subtle in quantity and thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bananas, cloves, and black pepper are backed by subtle earthy yeast, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, grass, and lemon zest aromas.
TASTE: The initial taste is composed of mild clove and lemon zest flavors. Mild banana and subtle earthy yeast flavors immediately follow. Mild flavors of black pepper and subtle flavors of grass, oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines enter lastly as all previous flavors slightly fade, except for lemon zest, which persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a mild, yet pleasant dryness.
NOTE: A good Saison, but nothing that will knock your socks off. This was pretty generic in my opinion, but definitely worth trying if you want a solid example of this style.

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Photo of TheLefty1616
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Beer poured well, was a golden color with what I would cool some rust to it. Nice head to the beer which I enjoyed.

Smell: Smell was very earthy, with floral notes.

Taste: A bit dry, was simliar to smell at first. Had a nice earthithess and definitely had fruity flavors like citrus. Quickly turned dry with almost a spicy note and finished a little bitter.

Feel: Nothing exceptional in terms of feel as it was a bit light.

Overall: A very nice saison with typical flavors but nothing that stood out as amazing.

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Photo of KevCan
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Davey-C
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/12/15, sampled on 2/1/16 in tulip glass at approximately 43 f.

Aroma: heavy yeast aroma dominates with esters contributing to spice, citrus peel, and herbal fragrance. Little to no malt aroma present, with just a hint of rye.

Appearance: straw color. Cloudy. Poor head retention with small bubbles around rim. Very light lacing.

Flavor: medium hop bitterness present late in palate and dominating malt-hop balance. Finishes dry with slight sour/acidic notes that hit your pallet as you swallow then dissipate. Yeast producing flavors of clove, orange peel, herbs, and Lemmon.

Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Hint of oats in grist create body and coat the palate. medium body. Little to no alcohol warmth. Slight astringency adds to dry finish.

Overall: enjoyable saison - I will buy again! Enjoyed the dry/sour finish. I believe this saison could be improved by reducing the hop bitterness and allowing for a more subtle, nuanced, balance that exemplary examples of this style are known for.


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Photo of dd43
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saisons are one of the more difficult beer styles to review for me. They're intrinsically more nuanced and require more contemplation than IPAs and stouts and the like.

This beer does not have much in the way of head to speak of. There was a finger upon the initial pour but it faded away quickly leaving nary a trace (or a lace) behind. Carbonation is readily apparent both in the way this prickles the tongue and just by gazing at the sides of my glass.

Aromas are grassy with some lightly tropical notes. I'm getting tree fruits here. Lemon, some lime and something else I can't seem to pin down. I get a nice dry malt base in the flavor and mouthfeel. Something sort of crackery, maybe Pilsner malt? There's also just a very light pepper note, black pepper like; nothing with a hot spice character to it. The tasting notes say rye so that would explain it. I am clearly not a cicerone.

In the finish I get almost a grape like tannic quality that dries my tongue and makes me reach for the glass again. I see what you're doing there Allagash and your tricks WILL work on me. I guess o wouldn't put this in the world class categories of saisons but I will say this, I'm not turning a glass down anytime I can get a fill.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, even slightly cloudy straw color with lots of carbonation and a creamy white head. Lots of lace.
The aroma is citrus and tropical fruit, hay, spice and funk.
Tasty brew with a shot of bitterness and funk followed by juicy citrus and tropical fruits with a hit of crisp spice.
A light lingering bitter note and a dry, refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and bubbly.
Quite good.

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