Belfius
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #742
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,087
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
83
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Notes: Blend of 3 year old Coolship and Saison!

Mildly tart and quite refreshing, Belfius is a blend of our Saison and our 100% spontaneously fermented, oak aged Coolship beer. The finished beer is golden in color and has an aroma of peaches, tart apples and a touch of barnyard funk. The flavor is fruit forward with a background maltiness that strikes a great balance with the tartness found throughout this beer. the gentle carbonation makes this medium bodied ale incredibly easy to drink, finishing with a palate-cleansing dryness that leaves you wanting more.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 83
Photo of HumanBarnacle
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light gold color. Wonderfully Funky and musty on the nose, grass and apples. Slightly dry mouth feel and lighter than I was expecting. Taste is mildly sour and has a nice farmhouse ale funkiness to it. I prefer a bit stronger of a flavor, but what this lacks in attitude it makes up for with drinkability. Mouthfeel is dry and mellows out.

Overall: Great beer, Allagash almost always delivers. A nice refreshing farmhouse/saison blend.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml
Moderate poor leads to a strong form over had disappeared too quickly but leave the Pilsner like golden light body with nice tiny bubbles. Nose is pure funk but not overpowering taste is a nice tartness with some Citi’s notes. Crisp and sharpe with nice carb level. Over all a great drinker and just want to drink more

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Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml.
Moderate pour yields an over one inch white head over a slightly hazy golden body with some lacing. Nose of funk (cellar floor, a bit of wet horse blanket), citrus (lemon), and very slight spice (pepper.) Lemon flavor with a nice tart and dry finish. Nice feel and overall a unique offering where the spontaneous ale and saison really work well together. Cheers!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: straw yellow colored, hazy. Nice white head with lace and solid retention
S: very beautiful aroma, strong lemon sweetness, very zesty. Sweet floral notes very prominent. Also a candy like powered sugar note, not citrusy but instead reminds me of those pixey stick candies I used to have as a kid
T: interesting, certainly drier than one would anticipate. Dryness and lemon tartness are hand in hand. Hidden in there are those sweet fruit flavors that are hard to describe. Sour apple does come to mind, perhaps citrus pith. Palate finishes very earthy, like tannins like from the barrels, dried grass comes to mind.
F: body is silky, carbonation is medium but very soft. Has a bit of astringency which certainly detracts from the drinkability just a bit but the beer overall is smooth and not a chore to drink
O: remarkable IMO. Maybe it just hit the spot as I haven’t had a sour like this since Hill Farmsteads Arthur, but I am really enjoying this. Well worth the price

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely superb. Blend is excellent. Dry. Crisp lemon bite from the coolship. Loads of funk. Some Bretty, grassy, hay notes as well. Hint of hops in the flavor profile. Great carb.

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Photo of dzni
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

Beautiful hazy golden color with thick white head.
Smell is of lemon, citrus, but not much else. Still very nice.
Taste starts as sort of a grassy, hay, vegetal flavor. There's a very slight bitterness from the hops, and then definitely more of that lemon citrus.
Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
Overall, this was a really nice sour. Just tart and very refreshing.

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Photo of LeRose
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, lively carbonation, but with a restrained head only a finger or so high.

The smell is inviting. Peach/apricot, slightly metallic, oaky, sour apples, and just the faintest whiff of funky Brett. A little lemon and spice appear as the beer warms and opens up.

The taste is quite wine-like - fruity apricot and peach, grassy green, sour apple. A touch of metallic taste that I get from apricots and peaches - not unpleasant, just a mineral "tanginess". Just a faint taste of vanilla that gives a light sweet feel. Floral notes come in mid-palate, peppery spice on the finish along with oaky flavors.

The feel is light to medium, feels more effervescent than it really is - well-carbonated but not prickly. A little creaminess, but tart and dry when all's said and done.

Overall, a delight to drink. I really enjoyed this one. I think it is one of the more accessible beers in the Allagash wild ale portfolio. It is amazing to me how Allagash produces so many wild ales that are similar in theory yet deliver completely different experiences. Good stuff here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Bottled: 12/21/17.

Appearance: Pours a cheerful yellow-hued body, quite clear with a medium-small cap of white foam.

Smell: Peppery, lactic and hinting of slightly medicinal florals destined for a snake oil salesman's tincture. Plenty fruity, it's soft, supple and blended, giving the sniffer Granny Smith skins, lemon curd, white grapes and a tiny hint of teaberry. Also some funky cheese stink.

Taste: A fruity white wine character with a sweetness that very quickly and very abruptly swaps for a tart quality -- it's lemony, and presents some snappy, sassy green apples, meadow flowers, peaches and cheese. Lightly lactic and touching on some piquant black peppercorns. Late-breaking dried bitter orange peel with an oaken undercurrent giving a drop of vanilla cream. Stubbornly wooden tone holds firm on the dry, slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation for a bright, bubbly mouthfeel.

Overall: A fine, jazzy blended offering from Allagash. I enjoyed it. A part of me is horrified I didn't share this with my fiancée, another part of me is absolutely a-OK with guzzling it all by myself.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear dark yellow, with a very small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like peach pits, lemon rind, oak, minerally funk, lemongrass, and hay.

This is quite complex, with oak, bready and doughy malt, light dusty Brett, stone fruit, lemon, fruit pits, rind, and grassy hops. It's got a sort of "spiky' acidity to it.

This is definitely a slow sipper, with a lower level of carbonation, and a slightly lingering acidity.

This is a really intriguing and complex beer for sure. It's not in the absolute upper Allagash echelon, but it's a worthy try for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it is surprising to me to learn that there is some three year old wild beer in here, it must be in very low proportion to the fresh saison, because this to me tastes new, not super mature. the wild element is subtle, as good as the beer is, its really delicate, golden in color and amazingly lively from the little bottle, lacy and pretty with the foam. it smells like fresh saison more than anything else, a little belgian but also a bit more complex and funky from a yeast standpoint than their regular saison is, soft esters, white wine, wet oak, and and a bit of clean brett at the end. i do wish for a little more of the old coolship beer in here, i get the subtle approach, but a little more of that developed wildness in here would be cool. i do like the fresh tasting pale malts though, crackery and organic tasting, and i like this being a little hoppier at the end than many of its peers, it gives it a cool lively springy energy, but more funk would be cool too. it has a neat wild feature though that i only ever get from allagash beers, a sweetness maybe, but seemingly from hops, botanical and interesting, maybe a new oak thing, right in the middle, really good. creamy feeling but bone dry, this is special stuff that is fresh and tasty now but also sure to age really well, maybe more of the old coolship character coming out in time. we will see!

edit: just had one of these from the cellar, with a bit of time on it now, and its far more complex than it was fresh, more tart too as some acidity has taken hold, but its also way farmy and funky, not as delicate at all as i remember it being, more body somehow, but still epic carbonation. hay loft and basement mustiness, and a neat fresh lemony citrus wash too. really interesting stuff, tastes fully wild now to me, and definitely benefited from some time in the bottle! allagash has another winner here!

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden orange, good initial head of foam, settles to a thin skim and spotty lace.
Aroma is full of oak and eucalyptus, slight cheese rind funk.
Tart and tangy with a lightly bitter and tannic finish. Oak barrel is front and center.
Lemon custard and light florals from the saison in the blend.
Medium bodied and supple with crisp carbonation.
Overall this was very nice, with plenty of character from the blended in Coolship.

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Photo of markjknowles
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Effervescent straw colored, white foam rests thinly atop inside my Garre glass. Smells like citrus and yeast. Honestly, this tastes like a Radler made with Squirt and I mean that in a good way! Bitter finish, mild white pepper in there. Bubbly feel accentuating the Squirt perception. Flavors are slightly out of balance but I may have drank it a tad too cold. It was a great after lawn mowing beer. I'd love another!

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Photo of Rockthedashboard
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours fluorescent yellowy-orange.
Aromas of peppery-yeast, sweet tarts, earthy lambic-like funk and orange.
Taste dominated by a strong saison yeast flavor and black pepper. Extremely light lactic acidity and very mild lambic-like funk..barely perceptible.
Mouth feel is full and pillowy from high carb level.

Overall, an awesome blend from Allagash. They really did a great job not going overboard with the coolship element to make an approachable saison forward blend.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If I see the word Coolship next to Allagash - I'm buying it. Resurgam and Red are two of my favorite beers, and their saison is no slouch either. I did the beer-math in my head and it added up to glory. The reality is a bit disconnected from my uber-high expectations, however.

Golden, straw-hued pour with a touch of cloudiness but more clear than not. Lively bubbles stream up towards the puffy head.

Aroma is on the lighter end of hay, pepper, wheat, grass, lemon and green apple.

Taste is more saison with a pronounced tart finish than a coolship beer with peppery spice. Lighter profile overall than what I hoped for. Good beer but I'll reach for either a Resurgam or a straight up saison if I have the choice.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Bodega.
Hazy bright orange color with a pillow-y white head that persists. Spicy earthy funky citrus on the nose with bits of stone fruit. The flavor follows the aroma adds a bit of green apple. Not too shabby.

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Photo of avalon07
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, extremely long-lasting head. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: A decent aroma of barnyard funk, citrus, apples, and spices.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of green apples, a bit of a harsh, almost metallic quality (not overly noticeable), an aggressive amount of barnyard funk, some citrus (oranges), and spice (cloves?). This is one of those roller coaster flavors - up and down. It oscillates between positive (the fruit elements), to the negative (the overabundance of funk). Still, not a bad flavor.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Belfius is an uneven beer, but it has its bright spots. Worth a try.

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Photo of KATCanada
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip at fridge temp. Translucent golden with foamy white head, thick!, fine lacing and nice little bubbles. Fine looking. Tart smell, green apples, light funk.
Taste. Nice smooth mouth feel. Super acidity, sour hits first with a funky finish. REALLY LONG FINISH - not to sound like a wine douche but it is. Sour plums? Apples come out with a bit of temp increase. Very nice, would drink again.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

This drinks like a tart Geueze when cold but as it opens up the Saison notes reveal themselves. There is a Pils malt softness under the moderately strong tartness. The flavors in this beer are bright with some light fruit.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

What a wonderful idea.

The beer in the front offers a saison quality. Bright, a bit overly carbonated, fruity, and spicy along with a bready malt. Then the Resurgem pops its head and finishes up the beer with tart, funk, and gueuze drying.

For those where a gueuze is too much, this offers a wonderful balance, along with the delicious qualities of the incredible Resurgem.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle purchased at the brewery a few weeks ago. Pours a fluffy golden into FW teku. Nice wild like Saison aromas...fruity and grainy. Taste is fruity hop maybe...Saison with a hint of tartness and grape flavor. Really subtle soft and balanced. Dry and good carbonation. Overall a great brew. Glad I got another to cellar for a while.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Belfius took a long time to develop. A few months after purchase it was quite plain. A year later, it turned into the beer it was meant to be: A tart, refreshing saison with some pleasant funk. The active carbonation gives a soft, pillowy mouthfeel. There is a bit of fruity pungent sweetness that mixes in nicely.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

This beer suffered from being too delicate. Their Saison is a great representation of the style, but it is lost in this blend. I detect their house Belgian yeast, but little more. This is a strong disappointment.

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Photo of Alecmclaughlin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle dated May 30,2014 poured into allagash coolship glass. Temp around 50 degrees and allowed to warm

A: cloudy straw colored ale. 2 finger head-clean white.

S: fruitiness dominates with a full background of sour, yeast, and Brett qualities. Fantastic.

T: similar to scent, Saison notes in the forefront followed by a nice lactic dry finish. Brett is mild and shows definite aging potential

M: light to medium body, dry finish with a light lingering sweetness.

O: if a fan of traditional dry saisons, this is a must try. Great blend with good complexity. Bit expensive but worth buying. Another great allagash brewery release

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