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Allagash Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Saison AleAllagash Saison Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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 Nife
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +4.3%
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 +6.9%
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 -13.6%
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 Dope
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -1%
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 -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 RBrock16
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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 -6.1%
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 -4.9%
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%
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 -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 Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 11/06/2014

A: Super light straw gold appearance with lots of active carbonated bubbles. Very clear and fizzy with a billowy cloud of thin suds that forms over top. Lots of hang time and nicely tattered lace across the glass as you drink.

S: This one has a spicy peppercorn nose backed by some bready cracker like malts. I get some earthy grass qualities and a dash of lemony coriander. Fairly nice with lots of peppercorn notes here.

T: Earthy and considerably dry with some nice golden fruit character. Lots of kitchen spices evoke cracked pepper and coriander sprinkled over a light malty cracker. Malt has somewhat of a vanilla cream character to it rather than husky or grainy which is welcomed for the style. Low amount of bitterness here and no alcohol making through in flavor. Finish is a touch floral and perfume like. Very well balanced packed nicely with lots of flavor.

M: Very light and crisp with a feel that just pops with carbonation. Nice dry clean finish.

D: Very good rendition of the style. Lots of really nice flavor while staying traditional and with great balance to it overall.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, lots of head with large bubbles.
Citrus smell, tastes of lemon and coriander.
Nice carbonation and bitter, dry finish. Lots going on, would definitely get it again.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review taken in mid summer 2014.

12 oz short brown bottle with an Allagash style label in orange with the fantastic leaf logo around the neck. I love the Allagash style and artwork. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tulip glass.

A - Hazy yellow golden with a good head on the pour. Settles nicely and leaves a fluffy blanket of lacing.

S - tropical fruit, candied sweet character with a brilliant yeast. Some lovely Belgian spices, clove, coriander and hints of black pepper. Superb balance of somewhat sweet malt notes. Orange and lemon set this aroma off. Tons of depth and one of the best I've held to my nose in terms of a saison.

T - more citrusy fruit than the aroma with the orange really smashing through. Lemon really plays a sidekick role to dark Belgian spices allowing notes of clove and black pepper to balance a terrific Belgian style yeast fruitiness and sweet Belgian like malts.

M - medium bodied and highly drinkable. Fresh tasting with a slightly dry finish. As farmhouse as an American ale can get. Delightful warm weather beer that's very flavorful. Good texture for a saison.

O - I'm just getting around to reviewing all the Allagash beer I picked up while out of town. A highly rated brewery for me and this is a very good farmhouse ale with all the class this style needs. Well crafted and one I'll seek out again.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is easy on the eyes, but it's not quite as easy on the tongue. I like the citrus flavors, but the hint of spiciness feels just a touch out of place. This isn't a bad beer, but it's not great.

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Photo of lic217
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: light yellow, clear, head goes away fast
Smell: citrus, spices Belgian yeast
Taste citrus Belgian yeast, slightly sweet
Feel: nice carbonation and thickness
Overall nice saison

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12oz bottle served in a wine glass.

Appearance: very pale yellow poor golden straw, 1 singer head, nice Belgian lace

Nose: breast, Belgian yeast, citrus orange

Taste: fresh lemons and orange zest, coriander, spicy, peppery, Belgian yeast

Overall: great saison, in going to buy more of this.

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Photo of Coffeematt
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer should have a higher rating here on BA than it does. Sure, it's hoppy, but the bitterness contributes to the style, rather than distracts from it. The hops focus the interesting spice. It's definitely Allagash--smell and taste that fruity allagash yeast--but it's also got clove and bubblegum and and loads of prickly pepper and a bit of saison funk underneath. Excellent.

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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 Jonada
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no obvious freshness date poured into a willibecher pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a finger of white head that settles to a medium ring with some light wispy coating.

Smell: Big yeast character. Pepper, wheat, clove, lemon/citrus and grass.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Dry and lightly tart, with lemon, yeast, and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium lively carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Nice saison. Definitely a good option to keep as a staple in the fridge.

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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 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 Damian
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to Jess and David for giving us this beer as part of a mixed six-pack.

An enormous, bright white, sea foam crown topped the ever-so-slightly hazed, pale straw yellow body. The head quickly dropped to a clingy, frothy ring. Thick, patchy streaks of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was initially dominated by an intensely crisp, powdery and dry Belgian-like yeast note. Almost nose tickling. Loads of spices. Coriander and clove were most apparent. Some orange peel came through as well. Slightly hay-like. Hint of pithy lemon rind. Grassy hops were noticeable as the beer warmed. There was a slight earthiness to the hops as well.

The flavor profile was punchy but a bit over hopped for the style. Clean, grassy and earthy hops came through strong. Loads of white pepper. Super spicy. Clove and coriander were the prevalent spice notes. Moderately lemony and tart. The beer finished with intensely bitter, earthy hop notes that lingered long after each sip. Snappy, crisp and dry. The spice notes become even stronger by the end of the session.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was super frothy and creamy on the palate. Luscious. A crisp, zippy effervesce game the liquid an amazingly soft and pillowy, tongue blanketing quality. Near perfect for the style.

Even for an American interpretation on the style, I found the hops in this saison to be rather overbearing. Otherwise, this seems like an overall solid beer and a welcomed addition to Allagash's year-round portfolio.

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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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Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.
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