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 MaximalC
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
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 -29.7%

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 -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 wwb114
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
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 MattXT
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This is a not-appealing version of a saison. The typical Belgian yeast flavors are over the top and ruined it for me. Glad I tried it, but will not get again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light yellow body, hazy and cloudy with a one finger white head with fine retention, not much lacing.

S- Smells sweet- lots of pale malts, quite a bit of spicy yeast character. A bit of floral and earthy aromas.

F- Bready pale malt, Belgian candied sugar, yeast spices (e.g. clove), grassy and earthy hop notes. On the sweet side.

M- Medium bodied, substantial but not particularly large in body. Good carbonation, feels effervescent, not hard to drink.

O- A fine example of a saison but not one that I have come to prefer. I prefer a cleaner, tarter and less sweet type of saison. This is way too sweet for me.

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Photo of Roser
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- thin, small white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing (almost none).

S- clean, floral, spicy, slightly vinous.

T- decent balance. Tangy, crisp, light citrus zest.

M- light, crisp, dry.

O- good. Not too complex. Surprised it clocked in at 6.1% ABV. A good summer sipper. Haven't had a lot saisons to weigh in with a heavy critique, but have sampled enough to know there's better available. For me, won't be purchasing again, but think it's worth trying.


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Photo of cujocon
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Allagash Saison datecode 2954
6.1% ABV
12 oz brown glass bottle with crown $11.00/4 pack at State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: pale pale yellow with a thin white head that sticks around a bit
Smell: piney and citrusy like a hop heavy beer
Flavor: spicy and mild finishes dry and somewhat bitter
Overall: 3.25/5 very light, but you can smell a touch of bread as you drink. A bit of tang if you drink quick.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as part of 4-pack from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Nice beer all the way around, but a bit less flavorful than other saisons I've had. Would drink again, but prefer others.

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow with decent carbonation. Very floral and fruity. I see this as being above average, but I have had better in the style. Will most likely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of pants678
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Yellow, full white head.

Thinly citric.

Citric and particularly sharp. I prefer saisons more so on the floral side. Spice? Hardly. Complexities open up toward the middle, body is fuller here. All said, simply not my preference.

Carbonation is a tad much.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief initial impression (even though I know I've reviewed this beer before; I just haven't typed up the damn notes):

"Availability: Year-round
Package Size: 12 oz, Draft
ABV: 6.1%
Grains: Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend, Malted Rye, Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer, Bravo, and Cascade
Spices/Other: Dark Belgian Candi Sugar
Yeast: Saison
Serving Temp: 45-50°F
Ideal Within: Six months"

Spicy dry aroma with notes of wheat and pils malt (though apparently I'm dead wrong about the wheat). I'd never guess this was hopped with Cascade; it has more of a grassy hop aroma. Pleasant aroma of average strength, suggesting a yeasty lively yet dry brew.

Not as dry as I expected, with notes of faint orchard fruit giving it some bright almost juicy fruit flavours that get covered up by straw/hay and barnyard spice. A kiss of lemon. Lively yeasty spice. Clove. Coriander. Tingly white pepper.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and refreshing yet starchy and subtle dry/coarse. Not boozy by any stretch. Not gushed, oily, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough. Slightly scratchy on the palate, but not dragging. Carbonation is nice.

Overall, it's undeniably drinkable and true to the farmhouse ale style as popularized in America, but it does lack the intricate spice profile you'd find in a great Belgian expression of a saison as well as any brettanomyces-induced funkiness or microflora(l) intricacies. I'd be reticent to label it a saison, but it succeeds as a farmhouse ale and table ale. Has no overt flaws and it's hard to knock, but there's ample room for improvement. A worthwhile drinkable mainstay from Allagash, if a basic and simplistic expression of the intended style.

B- (3.39) / WORTHY

12.14.16 further impressions from another bottle:

Not as starchy or dry as the aroma suggests, boasting a soft wheaty backbone and a white pepper emphatic flavour profile with pleasant grassy hops and Belgian yeast spiciness. Well balanced and very approachable.

Drinkable in spite of its dryness, Allagash's saison is a true to form beer in its style but can't quite to compare the best Belgian expressions of the style (or to U.S. brewed standout offerings from the likes of Prairie Artisan Ales, Ommegang, Logsdon, et al.). Its balance is its key strength, but it's pretty simplistic compared to, say, Fantome or Saison Dupont.


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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 mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This provides a lot of intense sensations you might not expect in a light beer. It all seems to be in the usual Saison vein but certainly it's highly flavored. I'm glad not to have flavor additives as this shows how much taste comes out of the grains and yeast.

Attractive pale golden in the New Belgium snifter with a white foam. There is a buttery tang that is quite distinctive but adds to the interest. Some of the "meaty" flavor but also light and sharp. The yeast is very gritty and intense and gets to my throat.

This is a classic of the style that is worth a taste for the education of it, but I think the drinkability suffers. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of eepound2
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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 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 logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Not my favorite saison, but serviceable nonetheless. Herbal, grassy, mild, tart citrus, and a bit of funky barnyard. Nice head and beautiful lacing that crowned my tulip glass throughout. Love that.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

This is one of the most interesting brews I've had in awhile. Pours a big head. Aroma is of citrus and very faintly of yeast. Color is light straw and somewhat hazy. Tastes of tropical fruit and (unsurprisngly) there's hardly any hoppiness to it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very generic seeming saison for allagash to be putting out. the only real unique feature of it is its slightly more malt heavy base. the yeast is not the only flavor agent, as the grain is more here than the usual white wheat base. its got some toast and sugar too it, which is nice i think with the very familiar yeast strain in this beer. only a little hazy, and a little more orange than blonde, but somewhere in between. the head is nice on it, but it doesnt last real long. the smell and taste are the some. thin and winey from the yeast. its not as developed or interesting as some, but the sturdy grain base is welcomed. finish is dry and clean, and carbonation is fine but i wish the beer had just a little more body to go with its richer grain character. decent brew overall for sure, but knowing what allagash is capable of, especially in the farmhouse style, this one seems a little bland.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Thin white head quickly dissipated leaving a nice ring of lacing around the rim. Rich golden color, mostly clear.

Smell: Pretty subtle, a slightly sweet and fruity odor.

Taste: Mild, slightly sweet fruit taste with a bitterness at the back of the throat.

Feel: A little thin but good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of montelyo
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is overhopped which distracts from the unique taste and wonderfully refreshing finish of a saison. If you want to pay $15 for four 12 oz. bottles of a good IPA this beer is for you. Not much of a malt flavor. Yes it has a 'citrus and a peppery spice' taste but I can get that with an IPA. I definitely would not describe this beer as 'full bodied'.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, pepper, spice, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with Belgian yeast, spice, and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a Belgian yeast presence that is more prominent in the taste.

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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 argock
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly orange honey-gold, mildly hazy with 1/2 finger of off-white head which falls away pretty quickly but leaves a few thin lace streamers.

S: This saison fits into the light phenolic-high fruitiness group. There is a faint clove and coriander note followed but a citrus fruit juiciness. Pilsner malt graininess without much sweetness. Additional yeast esters increase the fruit character.

T: Flavor is highly enjoyable and less fruity than the aroma, but still leans to this characteristic. There are mild phenols and peppery notes with citrus like lemon, orange, and grapefruit pushing through most. The hops aslo have some more earthy, herbal qualities as well. There is a little bit of bubble gum in there too. Alcohol is well-hidden and bitterness is light overall, but it seems a little more bitter related to the acidity of the citrus character.

M: Above-average feel but not as dry as it could be yet still does better than most in the style but not up to the top tier. Carbonation is high as it should be.

O: A nice saison with a lot of citrus fruit character does with ample amounts of pepper and light phenols. Good but in the second group.

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Photo of BTodd
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw in appearance with a touch of haze, nice small bubbles which dissipate over the course of a minute or two.

Citrus, spicy on the note.

Lemon peel all over when tasted.

Mouthfeel was nice and coating but not heavy. Carbonation felt right.

Overall, pretty enjoyable. A touch more citrus than I want and not as much of the yeast character as I like. I'll drink it if out but hard to buy this instead of Dupont or something in that league while at the beer store.

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