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Allagash Saison AleAllagash Saison Ale

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

A: cloudy; light gold colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; really nice Belgian lacing;

S: coriander, lemon, a little black pepper;

T: bready for a moment, then coriander; lemony citrus and black pepper spiciness come in mid-palate and stay through the end; light bitterness at the finish;

M: light bodied; tingly carbonation; dry finish;

O: a really nice saison;

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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 biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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 brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Gperson
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: There is typical saison haziness to the medium yellow body, but still enough clarity to view lively carbonation. The massive head is white and foamy, like melting meringue.

Smell: The amount of spice on the nose almost made me sneeze! And I liked it. Generous helpings of white pepper, coriander, cloves, and nutmeg mix with an even balance of juicy lemons and tangerines. A faint, pale malt aroma wafts in the background. It's scent is of freshly baked French bread.

Taste: Not lifeless, but a bit light. The mild bitterness takes the form of citrus peels, but the actual fruit flavors expected from this style are somewhat masked by the bready malt. The spiciness is not so much in the flavor as it is in the mouthfeel--it creates tingling on the tongue. There Is a general sense of flavor tension, as if a landslide of deliciousness is being held back by floodgates. Somewhat disappointing, but the potential is apparent.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation contributes to the dryness that is typical for the style. And yet, there is a creamy smoothness that makes this beer more filling. These sensations may sound at odds, but they actually strike quite a nice balance.

Overall: Some strong impressions here, but in terms of flavor, the most important aspect, this beer is straining to meet the mark.

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Photo of JonSC
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I bought this to try a Saison and at first I wasn't crazy about it. Tried to make sure it was in the 55 degree range when serving but I think it got colder than I wanted. Which ended up being a pretty important part of this beer. Both my wife and I thought it was okay, until it warmed up a bit and then it was excellent. My recommendation is to make sure you have it in the 55-65 degree range when drinking, not colder.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $3

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, hay/grass, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, oranges/lemons, some grass/hay, and yeasty/peppery spice mix.

Overall - Super refreshing and light and delicate. Nothing groundbreaking but a great summer brew and something to pair well with meals.

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Photo of ordybill
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A well spiced brew that has traces odors of various items (coriander, nutmeg, citrus ad hops)
Appearance- A murky yellow color, with a very large white head.
Taste: A traditional Saison, a mild flavor with just a hint of bitterness.. The added spice does add some zest to the tongue.
Palate- A well balanced brew between carbonation and flavor that ends in a semi-dry finish.
Overall- A good Saison from Allagash. Hell, I haven't had a bad beer experience from this brewer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light golden and hazy color that reminds me of a Belgian golden strong ale. Thick thumb length head that dissipates into a thin white lace that orbits the side of the glass. Aroma is fruity; I detect apples and especially pear as well as honey. Taste is spicy and yeasty with a bitter hops and dry finish. Carbonation is lively and prickly on the tongue. Despite the light color, this ale is quite full bodied. A nice saison that I will have again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Yeast roused and added.

A: Hazy golden color. Large-bubbled pillowy white head retains at a half an inch. Wispy lacing.

S: Fruity. overripe bananas, peach, pear, tangerines doughy yeast. Shortbread and walnuts from the malt. Very slightly musty and peppery.

T: Peach and peach skin, pear, apricot, tangerine. Mild tartness. Doughy yeast with a mild musty quality. Peppery middle. Fleeting citrusy hop notes. Herbal hop bitterness clamps down a little middle to back. Quickly drying finish.

M: Light bodied but full. Round and filling in the mouth with a nice creamy texture. Fine and sharp carbonation cuts through and quenches.

O: There's more than enough complexity to keep this beer interesting, but its shining points are its approachabilty and drinkability. While all the hallmarks of the saison style are here, it doesn't stray off in the more musty, funky, or phenolic directions that drive some of the more beloved examples of the style, i.e. Fantome, Dupont, etc. Thats a good thing, as it means the neophyte and veteran beer geek alike can pick this up and find something to like. It's highly quaffable and refreshing to boot. This would be a fine choice year round, but it would make for an especially good summer slugger.

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Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Allagash Saison - 6.1% ABV Saison/ Farmhouse Ale - Consumed October 28, 2014.

A: Bright hazy yellow hue with one finger of white froth and sheets of lacing on the tulip glass. A few bubbles in the body. Head retains well but the lacing subsides about midway through. Good look.

S: Floral, perfumey, and herbal hops, wheat malt, fruity yeast esters, lemon zest, slight waxiness, orange peel, and a hint of pepper. A very appealing nose.

T: Yeast, orange peel, wheat malt, lemon zest, floral and herbal hops, light nuttiness, pepper, and spice with a long, drying and mildly bitter finish. More lemon and yeast in the aftertaste. A flavourful, quenching, citrus-forward saison.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, spicy-peppery carbonation, long, bone dry and lightly bitter finish with lemony-yeast afters. Bang on for the style.

O: A boilerplate, citrusy saison with big flavours, authentic Belgian character, and excellent drinkability. Great quaff.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large wine glass
A: Translucent yellow color with a 1/2-finger head that settles fairly quickly
S: Bold, enjoyable spice notes (especially coriander), wheat and Belgian yeast
T: Matches the nose though not quite as bold
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, a bit spicy
O: Very solid saison, recommended

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Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly orange honey-gold, mildly hazy with 1/2 finger of off-white head which falls away pretty quickly but leaves a few thin lace streamers.

S: This saison fits into the light phenolic-high fruitiness group. There is a faint clove and coriander note followed but a citrus fruit juiciness. Pilsner malt graininess without much sweetness. Additional yeast esters increase the fruit character.

T: Flavor is highly enjoyable and less fruity than the aroma, but still leans to this characteristic. There are mild phenols and peppery notes with citrus like lemon, orange, and grapefruit pushing through most. The hops aslo have some more earthy, herbal qualities as well. There is a little bit of bubble gum in there too. Alcohol is well-hidden and bitterness is light overall, but it seems a little more bitter related to the acidity of the citrus character.

M: Above-average feel but not as dry as it could be yet still does better than most in the style but not up to the top tier. Carbonation is high as it should be.

O: A nice saison with a lot of citrus fruit character does with ample amounts of pepper and light phenols. Good but in the second group.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Straw yellow with a big fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast, dry malts, a little bit of saison funk

Taste: Lemongrass, crisp dry malts, hints of saison funk

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish

Overall: Good, but there are plenty of better saisons out there. A favorite style of mine, I like to try new variations on it when I can.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured with a huge fine off-white long-lasting head, lots of lace and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is fruit yeast crackers. Flavor is dominated by carbonic Tang and yeast flavors a little fruit, quite bitter only a hint sweet. excellent body. Would've been better overall if the bitterness wasn't overplayed.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Pale straw colored, mildly cloudy. Smells like a Belgian. Highly carbonated, which I like. I prefer an earthier/peppery-er saison (this one leads lemony, and it's present in the aroma as well), but those flavors come through in the end. Overall a good saison from a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold yellow with a lasting medium white head, some lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus hops. Taste is sweet citrus, wheat, coriander, herbal and spiced hops. Palate is a medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish is Belgian yeast, bready, citrus, coriander with some good spiced hops for balance. A refreshing, crisp and enjoyable brew to drink overall.

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