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Allagash Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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1,145 Ratings
Allagash Saison AleAllagash Saison Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,395
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
1,145
pDev:
9.61%
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

B-

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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 oberon
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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