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Allagash Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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3.85/5
Very Good
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:
#10,380
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
1,145
pDev:
9.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
337
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,145 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of Timtac
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lonborgski
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly spicy, slightly sour, a hint of brett, a hint of funk, nice tangy mouth feel, a good alternative to the IPAs or lagers. Less spicy to my taste than Allagash White, so I prefer the Saison.

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Photo of frekky
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmorris15
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of tekstr1der
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden with a thin, lasting cap of off-white. Aromas of lemon zest, a good amount of grainy malt and a light sweetness. Nice. Flavor is kind of light but enjoyably balanced between the same components as found in the nose. Overall decent, just wish it had a little more oomph.

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Photo of ghemminger
2.57/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mateo2699
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cyrano41
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B_B
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Cody101
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jfitzbrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a saison that is regularly on the shelf in the area, this is pretty damn good. Nice hazy golden straw with a good white head. Nice belgian wheaty/spelt aroma with spicy notes. Little bit of earth and hay. Great beer. Flavor is a little sweeter than I like for a saison but overall damn good for a beer that isn't flying off the shelves.

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 AMCimpi
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

87/100

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Photo of Exeggutor
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pats3peat12
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of braican
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,145 ratings
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