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 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 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 metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at Espresso 77, Jackson Heights, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color (somewhat resembling the color of lemonade) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with thin white head that died down and left some lacing on surface and a thin collar around edge of glass.

S: Light to moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose, which also has some hints of herbs and lemon citrus.

T: The taste has flavors of peppery spices along with notes of herbs and Belgian yeast.

M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a good beer for the summertime.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 oberon
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint glass a dull sunshine yellow with a tightly formed bone white head atop.Toasted grain,peppery spice,and faint lemon peel in the nose.Quite spicy but not overly phenolic,mainly white pepper and herbal notes,a decent citric bight in the finish.Not a style I gravitate to but this was quite good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/20/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, some spice and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character, Belgian yeast and wheat. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of bananas, citrus and caramel. There’s also a touch of sourness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Saison to drink for a long time.

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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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Starting things off with an everyday Allagash that has taken me far too long to try. It pours a partially hazy golden-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, mild pineapple syrup, coriander, light cracked wheat, Belgian yeast, and a hint of cobweb. The taste brings in more of the same, my tongue enlivened with strong veins of tropical fruits and mild spice rack denizens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a rather tasty saison. Straight up. 'Nuff said.

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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 johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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 smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep opaque, and just orb glowing lemon yellow body, with a hint of clarity. A good rising column of carbonation in the middle, matching a simple three finger white and fluffy head with soapy retention. Great looking brew.

Very light nose. Hints of herbal and floral tea like aromas. Some sticky yeast and sort of fruit punch wet qualities. Very subtle buried brett.

Sharp peppery flavors with a matching mineral and tingly carbonation. Crackery malt a bit, and subdued sweetness. Musty and earthy flavors of garden flowers and soil. Some bit of peach comes out a bit fruit wise. Bit of a gaseous finish, probably cause of heavy carbonation but with out a lot of matching mineral or dryness to go with it.

Overall not too bad, but sort of not that memorable either.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours hazed yellowy amber, under a 1/2 inch off white cap. Head lasting nicely and leaving moderate spots of lacing.

Peppery nose with some yeast and wheat malts.

Flavorful and fresh tasting. More pepper, some ripe fruit and yeasty goodness.

Respectable, but not great American take on the classic Belgian style

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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 stevoj
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saison pours clear, small white head. Has the nose and aroma of a European farmyard ale, taste is a bit light and subdued.. Decent but not outstanding (but pretty darn close)

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The saison is something I would have expected Allagash to do in their sleep, but to my surprise I came across it for the first time at a Tapas bar in Rancho Santa Margarita. Served on-tap in a cheater pint, on to the beer:

This is one pale yellow beer, looking more of a witbier in my mind. Topping it a billowy head that leaves some spotty lacing around the glass. It smells like a simple but good saison, with lemon peel, vague spices, and white pepper.

First note that I tasted was bubblegum. Then comes a smack of tart lemon, white pepper, and while it's not a very "funky" beer, there's still a little of it going on. There's also manure. Yep, such is the case of saison. It's a lighter beer with crisp carbonation, and is easy to drink as it is refreshing.

That's nice. If relaxed is your way to rock saison, Allagash Saison can go on your list.

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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saisons have the paradoxical quality of often being sunny and cloudy all at once. That certainly describes Allagash Saison, which has bright yellow highlights that burst out the glass, yet also a stubborn and dense haziness nearly capable of obscuring my finger that's on the other side.

The Allagash general list portfolio consist of some of the most true-to-form renditions of Belgian styles made anywhere stateside. This Saison, however, is hopped with Tettnang, Bravo, and Cascade - far from traditional varieties. (Hence, I guess, why they call it an "interpretation".)

As expected, the beer smells equal parts Old and New World. There's the familiar, conventional notes of white pepper phenols and freshly-bailed hay, but also a distinctly lemony and more tropical than usual fruitiness. It's genius, really. And irresistible to my nose.

Let's go ahead and add my tongue to that list too. The taste is everything the aroma promised and more. It combines straw and cereal grain maltiness with a dash of spice, medium-level herbals, and a plump, juicy fruitiness that runs the gamete from peach to lemon to cantaloupe to apple.

Owing to the phenolics, Saisons can sometimes seem stronger than they actually are. But this one, at 6.1% alcohol, tastes about its strength. No higher, no lower. It has a more pronounced presence but is still perfectly approachable and drinks without hiccup whatsoever.

I'm writing this review on what is not only one of the darkest, longest nights of the night but also the coldest so far this winter - stand outside my door and any exposed skin will succumb to frostbite in less than 10 minutes, I guarantee it. And yet Allagash Saison summons in one sip the sun and warmth, the green grass and fragrant flowers, all the joys of spring and summer.

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Photo of dar482
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 0454-10:16. Sampled on April 19, 2014.

The color is a kind of olive-pale yellow tone with a cloudy appearance that rises to a bountiful white fizzy head that dissolves after a few moments.

The best way to describe the aroma is clean and crisp. But more specifically there are some nice Belgian toasted biscuit malts, citrus, grass, and feint spice.

Light and refreshing body. Very easy to drink quickly.

The taste has many of the same toasted biscuit and citrus flavors as the nose implies with the added evolving bitterness that ends dry.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Allagash by a long shot, nor is this close to my favorite Saison. I'm usually a fairly big fan of Allagash, but this one just didn't hit the sweet spot for me. As advertised, it's quite herbal- and I think therein is the crux of the problem. It's simply too herbal. One dimensionally herbal. Herbal without a balancing citrus, or white pepper, or funk component. I like my Saisons a little more balanced, and with something a touch sour or peppery (or both) to balance them. Fantome comes to mind as one that does that well with virtually all of their Saisons- a nice balance of citrus (or funk, or both) and herbal notes- often with a peppery accent. This Allagash Saison is all herbs with just a watery slightly sour aftertaste. It lacks crispness on the finish and interest throughout. A disappointment.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $3

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, hay/grass, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, oranges/lemons, some grass/hay, and yeasty/peppery spice mix.

Overall - Super refreshing and light and delicate. Nothing groundbreaking but a great summer brew and something to pair well with meals.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

Pours a straw yellow with a very moderate white head. Quite fruity with a lemon zest aroma. Taste is much more fruity with the lemon than a typical belgian saison. not quite as funky as most, but its fresh.... maybe in a year or so. doesnt finish as dry as a typical saison either but it is quite tasty nonetheless! carbonation is on the high side and the body is mild.

overall quite a nice beer. not amazing, but good!

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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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