Allagash Saison Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,132
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
332
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Cody101
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jfitzbrew
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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 +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pats3peat12
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of braican
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straw yellow, basically looks like an AAL but a tad more hazy.

S: Belgian yeast, bready notes in the aroma, some faint grapes and spices. Weak aroma, but it's there.

T: Follows the nose, mostly dominated by the spicy yeast character. Grassy, herbacious, and dry.

F: Crisp, refreshing, and with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: My first Saison. I love the dry grassiness of this beer, but I was expecting a bit more from it as far as complexity goes.

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Photo of Jacob17
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lwcreasy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lively carbonation inside of the pale, slightly hazy, gold brew. A light speckly lacing. Inch of white head.

Spicy hops or perhaps phenolics up front, but not too strong. Nice grainy malt backbone, perhaps exhibiting some bready characteristics. Lemony and herbal on the nose, as well as ever-so-slightly metallic. More black pepper makes itself heard, as well as a light apple character.

The tasty Saison spiciness is paired nicely with a pleasant hop bitterness. Herbal and light citrus accentuate the flavor. The grainy malt character lends a nice impression on the aftertaste, which is clean, dry, and satisfying. Not picking up apple in the flavor.

Medium body with a dry finish, ridden by that mid-level bitterness which is ever-apparent. The peppiness of the beer isn't only in its first impression.

Refreshing, tasty Saison. Every sip is a treat.

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Photo of GeorgeBeerS
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not enjoy front or finish.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JackRWatkins
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: pale straw yellow; a tad hazy and champagne-esque (minus the effervescence), quickly dissipating 1 finger head; soapy and fizzy with minimal lacing
S: immediate wheaty and estery (fruity in the realm of white fruits but nondescript in this way) notes; slowly unfolding hints of lemon, dry; pale grainy character as well
T: strong wheaty presence again with very understated spicy notes and an immediate indistinct bitterness (the bitterness yields no real reward here), hints of lemon and fruit but like the nose; nondescript, tartness as the beer opens up
M: very dry, a touch silky on the take, soapy as the beer opens up
O: I find this beer to be too reminiscent of the wit (which is a great beer mind you), it underutilizes the spicy character in the tettnanger hops and wastes its breath with the oats and the rye which I did not even register. As someone else astutely put it, this beer is a bit one note, you could sit with it at any temperature for any length of time and not be more rewarded in one way anymore than you would be in the others. I don't necessarily think a saison should move mountains (it; for me should sit somewhere in between complexity and just enjoyment), but this is not even king of the hill. It's not bad, but it doesn't feel like a saison, and in a way it's worse than a bad beer because it's not a good boilerplate exemplar of the style, and it's not good enough to stand as a memorable outlier. This is like when an genius phones it in, there is nothing to report here, just enough to pass the test of is it drinkable without pain (that much it is), but leaves no lasting impression. I would not buy this again. I have been really impressed with all of the allagash beer I've had so this is very disappointing, with a heavy heart I have to say go back to the drawing board and put the bread back in the oven because the ideas are wrong and the beer is half baked.

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Photo of TexicanMike
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Saison Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,132 ratings.
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