Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Saison AleSaison 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.

Added by MichaelAllenVT on 12-13-2013

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Ratings: 1,166 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of chippo33
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Incredibly light and void of much flavor. I'm surprised too because I heard this was a decent beer.

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

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of nick_perry
2.51/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Cloudy, pale yellow appearance. Some yeast notes. Very crisp, light, and dry, but lacks the rustic, yeasty flavor similar to sourdough bread I like in a saison.

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Photo of ghemminger
2.57/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MaximalC
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a translucent straw color with about an inch of white froth substantiated by coarse bubbles. Streams of carbonation rise vigorously throughout the glass. The aroma is surprisingly vague, bordering on nonexistent. A close inspection reveals some citrus and grain, with a pinch of spice.

The taste is similarly timid. There's a little lemon, some wheat, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, and a touch of clove or coriander. To be honest, carbonation is probably the most palpable component. The mouthfeel is thin and seltzery. It wouldn't be unfair to say this brew tastes cheap and watered down, like a macrobrew interpretation of a saison.

This was quite a disappointment coming from Allagash. I enjoy the vast majority of their beers and assumed this would be no different, but I was sadly mistaken. It's not bad, but it's a mere shadow of what it could (and should) be considering the pedigree.

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Photo of delapowicz
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Excelled clean ale with a nice finish. Balanced nuance of spice mixed with the distinctive Belgian ale bite
Fruity front mixed with a low hop essence
I want another

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
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 Kinger86
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.88/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Captaincral
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Yellow, yeasty, very little head. Slightly thin tasting, spicy. Not bad, not their best.

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Photo of wwb114
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the most recent Allagash I have tried and I was disappointed by it. I have grown accustomed to attaching the name Allagash to the word quality, and there was certainly a disconnect with this beer. In a word, it was "blah." A regular beer off the shelf. Again, not what I am used to with an Allagash.

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Photo of Archdale74
2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted a lot like Stella Artois, or like the lines needed cleaning, don't know which

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,166 ratings