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 Myotus
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -2.8%
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 +11%
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 +4.1%
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 +0.8%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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 dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 11, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: La fin du Monde tulip... OCCASION: prepping for our first Quiz Bowl competition at Leonia tomorrow... APPEARANCE: spritzy, quite hazy sallow golden body; three-finger head slips quickly into a pillowy, single-finger snow-white crown of varying thickness; artistic rings form as lacing as the glass drains... AROMA: beautiful candied sugars allure from the start; lemon, mango and pepper add to the invitation; slight clove and banana suggests yeasty funk that straddles the weizen arena... PALATE: textured, medium-bodied, frothy and active early; grainy but dry at the finish, as expected--quite drinkable... TASTE: pepper and clove work early and satisfy; the mango and lemon are bright and clear, flirting with the bitterness of an IPA but keeping with the funky weizen qualities... OVERALL: a fresh, full-flavored experience, with a light malt profile that allows for an easy-drinking, sessionable ale....

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in an Allagash chalice.
The has a nice white and creamy head while the beer itself is a clear pale gold color that is pretty nice to look at.

The smell is nice and rustic if not a bit light. The main notes seem to be a lightly citrusy hop note and bready yeast note with some nice esthers as well. The rye note definitely comes out but also has a bit of sweet oat to soften it.

The taste is good and almost as good as the smell. The rye and oat notes come out fairly well to give a rustic impression while the hops and yeast provide the traditional yeast and bitter citrus notes.

The feel is good and very smooth especially for the style. The finish is semi-dry and not as dry as other saisons. The carbonation is also pretty weak but still good enough.

Overall,a pretty good saison overall and a much more complex one than available in the market. The only downside is that it seems to get better as it warms up. Go for it and recommended.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is pale, clear, and lively. The smell is yeasty saison with a hint of lemon and spice. The taste is smooth and crisp with a slightly tart aftertaste. This beer improved as it warmed. A really great example of the style. yb

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Straw color, slight haze, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Yeasty, lemon, lemon zest, spice, hints or orange peel
Taste - Zesty, earthy, spice, citrus
Feel - Light and easy drinking

Overall - A nice, very crushable saison.

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Photo of akward
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/11/2015
Enjoyed on 8/31/20215

Look: Hazy, yellow/beige color, little head, no lace.

Smell: Good fragrance, citrus and coriander

Taste: Typical Saison with a great companion of the overall Belgian taste, biscuity, coriander, esters, cloves hazy wheat

Feel: Little too light for my taste. Feels less like wine in my mouth like some other Saisons have though. higher carbonation plays well with it.

Overall: Poor looking, like it wasn't meant to be poured out of the bottle. Good aroma. Thin, high-carbonation feel. Not what I look for in a Saison but interesting and well put together. Great tasting Saison with Belgian influence. Would buy again.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 Nife
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An American take on saison. Definite hop backbone. Dry finish overall w small fruit from saison yeast. The result stakes me as a little "thin" feeling. Good but not as great (compared to other American saisons) as some of other allagash beers.

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Photo of Beric
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle poured in a snifter
Served: 24 July 2015

Appearance: Initially pours a hazy light yellow color, with a nice, rounded, golden hue crowed with a soapy white head. As the beer sat, the beer dissipated with leads me to believe it was chill haze. After the haze dissipates, the beer looks absolutely marvelous for a saison- bold golden color and frothy, persistent white head.

Smell: Traditional saison notes in the nose- clove, coriander, orange peel, and banana esters- along with a distinct sweet, white bread-esque malt note.

Taste: Tastes like your average saison but with more banana esters over some of the more traditional coriander and orange flavors. Distinct malt flavors in the beer too, with almost lager-like flavors- white bread, biscuits, and water cracker.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Nicely to style.

Overall: Another great beer from Allagash, and one I believe is a bit underrated on here, to be honest. I'd pick this one up anytime I'm looking for a good Belgian style fix. Recommended.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware). There’s some dating or batch information printed in white ink on a black rectangle at the far right side of the label above the barcode (“0705 13:21”), which I’m optimistic would indicate a bottling date of July 5 of this year, but it’s hard to say. Either way, it may be very fresh and has been refrigerated for a couple of days.

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of bone-white foam rise off of the pour, capping a bright yellow, hazy body. The head dies down at a pretty average pace, leaving some light, lacy collars that don’t stick around long but are very pretty while they do. Not great retention, but it’s pretty all the same.

Smell (4.25): Bright, snappy citrus with juicy and grassy tones—bitter orange, lemongrass, green tea, and jasmine come to mind. Dry cereals (oats, cracked wheat, French country bread) offer a lean but firm structure for the hops and yeasty phenols to jump off of.

Taste (4.25): An easy, smooth malt body that brings to mind dry, grainy bread with just a bit of honey offers a perfectly dry, well-designed structure for the beer’s other flavor notes. Juicy jasmine, sweetened green tea, orange peel, sweet grass, pineapple rind, and a lightly tart, bright bitterness surfaces right toward the end. The dry malt and grassy bitterness make for an assertive springboard that makes the juicy floral and citrusy notes really shine, especially as the beer warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The dry, medium-weight body feels smooth with an evenly-distributed, fine-grained carbonation that foams up nicely and roundly toward the end, taking the edge off of the bitterness and dry malt. Exceedingly drinkable.

Overall (4.0): This an excellent, American-styled, classic saison—not funky, not overly hoppy, not wild, but balanced, full-flavored, and still understated where it counts. A lot of saisons of this breed tend to have a rather full malt body and big, fruity yeast notes, while this beer downplays the malt body (as the classic Belgian styles tend to). Keeping the malt body understated risks the possibility of off-notes produced by the yeast or hops to poke through, but Allagash did such a good job wrangling the yeast and keeping the hops in balance that it could stick to a moderate, dry malt body. This is very affordable and incredibly easy to drink, not to mention an excellent example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pants678
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Dope
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottling date but this is a little old. Around a year it's been floating around in my fridge. Sorry, poor beer.

A: A clear golden pour. Very large, very fizzy and soda-like white head. Settles down shortly into a light fluffy cloud. Great retention with little tiny specks of lacing.

S: Wheaty, grainy and grassy. Decent amount of cloves in there too. Mild hint of indistinct spiciness.

T: Grassy and citrusy up front with a hit of cloves coming soon after. Decent cereal grain (tastes like wheat?) in the middle. Quick hit of bitterness and more grass in the finish. Decent bit of white pepper kicking around in the aftertaste along with the dryness of a well attenuated beer.

M: Light-ish, smooth and a bit spicy.

O: A nice standard saison. Pretty typical flavors with good balance and drinkability. Can't complain at all.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks light translucent orange with a minimal head. Smells grainy, peppery and a little dusty. Not terribly inviting. The taste is much better. Ripe (almost green) fruity hops, biscuity malts and spices happen all at once. Sour citrus notes are more pronounced as beer warms, but powerful herbs and spices dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light, almost like Perrier Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Water. Overall, there are more interesting Saisons out there, but this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
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 RBrock16
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a light, crisp taste with good carbonation that melds perfectly with the floral and slightly fruity notes present. Exactly what I was hoping for when I bought the beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5/28...pours bright gold, low foam. Chalky funk'd nose with a slight citrus. Firm hop balanced throughout. Ever so slight lemon. Not untasty, but uneventful.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/14/15

A: Lightly hazy, gold with some orange and straw - pours with a medium sized, lightly fluffy, white head - fades to a near-solid cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: If you know Allagash's house yeast, you already know what this smells like - very yeasty with Belgian influences - banana, bubblegum, clove, and a touch of phenols - pepper and some coriander - some hints of citrus - decidedly bready with some light sweetness and Belgian candi sugar sweetness

T: If you know Allgash's house yeast, you already know what this tastes like - yeasty, with loads of spice (pepper, clove, coriander), dried banana, bubblegum - minimally phenolic - pale malts and bread, and the spicy rye becomes increasingly obvious as I drink more of this - lightly hoppy, mostly spicy - sweetness from both malts and candi sugar, but it finishes very dry

M: Medium body, crisp and dry, with a very dry, lightly spicy finish

O: It's what you would expect (not a bad thing)

I've been meaning to review this for a while. Mostly it just tastes like Allagash's yeast strain. If you've had even one other Allagash beer, you will notice. Aside from the yeast (which I actually like), the spices are a bit much, and overall it just lacks complexity. But it's still worth trying.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 cujocon
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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