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Allagash Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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3.86/5
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1,144 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:
#9,506
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
1,144
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Sly007
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great representation to style!
Tasty brew.

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Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of riderwbd
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why this doesn't have a higher rating. If we are rating beers within their category it's clear this Saison is superior to most others.

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Photo of tb4475
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casterbridge
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Drifter1
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nordbier
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sderoche77
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of loudidonato
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meganelizabeth86
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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 PhillyNole
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ctruskey
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of inonesock
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptat
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGust82
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ABK
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ravenscraft
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Brooklyn Berg'n on draft. Way too cold when served. Became a solid saison with the brewery's distinctive quality; not funky enough to be among the best.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,144 ratings
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