Allagash Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #800
Ranked #18,515
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Turmeric, or “kurkuma,” adds a hint of spice to this tropically crisp, Saison-style ale. Brewing with the whole root lends all of the subtle aspects of fresh turmeric — its earthy notes and color — to Kurkuma’s dry and refreshing profile.

Beer Details:
Grains: 2-Row Malted Barley Blend, Organic Oats
Hops: Cascade, El Dorado
Yeast: Saison
Spices/Other: Organic Turmeric
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma really jumps with Belgian yeast and funk. Taste follows the nose, the turmeric is very subtle and noticed only at the finish in back of throat. This is such an exceptional saison. It’s light but incredibly flavorful. A perfect beer for any time of year, But I could easily see this beer on my table for Easter dinner this spring. I’ll be buying more of this saison for sure.

Jan 18, 2021
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 08, 2021
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vidisad from California

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 22, 2021
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Deano_53 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spicy aroma. Nice foamy head. Nice carbonation. Not my favorite Allagash, but I will enjoy this again.

Mar 12, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kurkuma from Allagash Brewing. Received on 9/4/21 from @Rub_This_BBQ in NBW BIF #13. 16 oz can stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 12/5/21. This was the mystery beer. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
On bottom of can “PACKAGED 12/23/20”. Served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.2 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale Straw (SRM 2), translucent. When rear-lite, same but with a greenish tint and effervescence is evident.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a two to three mm crown and a thin partial cap. Second pour produces a high density 1.2 cm head.
Lacing – Good. Medium-wide three-dimensional bands of tiny to small bubbles, with the bands connected by short columns of varying widths.
Aroma – 4 – Aroma is weakly fruity with a bit of coriander and yeast. No malt, no hops.
Flavor – 4 – Flavor follows the nose, but the coriander is predominant. No malt, no hops. No ethanol (5.3 % ABV, marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Light, dry, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Really quite good. Possibly what I am identifying as coriander is actually turmeric – I don’t know that I’ve ever had turmeric as a stand-alone spice, only as part of a mélange. But then this is based on Allagash’s saison so there may well be coriander in the mix. Allagash is one of those breweries I have not sampled in 5-6 years but probably should reexamine.

May 12, 2021
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Let's turmeric this shit, kids. Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises straw, light Belgian yeast, mild biscuit, and the vague sense of lemon peel in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, any semblance of turmeric kept so deep in subtlety that I question whether it was truly added or not. I'm still not sure how I feel about that fact. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, not just because of the apparent lack of turmeric character, this was just kind of a bland saison for me: The yeast character was flat, the backbone had nothing of note, and the hop profile was just kinda there. Nothing pops, though, it must needs me noted, neither does anything truly fail.

Mar 10, 2021
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 20, 2021
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hopalongcassidy2 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like Allagash White, and you're looking to change things up ever so slightly, you should enjoy this beer. It's a saison-style ale made with fresh turmeric, but in a pleasingly subtle way. This is one of my favorite beers at the moment. It's light and refreshing, but keeps your interest.

Feb 26, 2021
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Zorro from California

3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lightly hazed yellow colored beer with a small white head.

Very yeasty can smell it from a distance. Scent of coriander and spicy Belgian yeast. Not really smelling the turmeric.

Starts out mildly sweet with the taste of turmeric and coriander. Powdery Belgian yeast taste. Very mildly bitter. The turmeric gives this a savory taste that makes me salivate more than usual. Other than that it is a mild Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a tasty ale. Not sure turmeric adds much.

Feb 28, 2021
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MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 20, 2021
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AirBob from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 25, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on Saison Day (declared by Allagash), I also tuned into their webinar and Allagash's brewer was having a Kurkuma and talked about its turmeric in a question about how the saison is suited to varying its spices. This overall great drinking experience was made even better when I had Kurkuma with my world-famous soup. What was most interesting about that interplay was Kurkuma actually got too dry by itself; but with a melange vegetable soup, the dryness got swept away as the flavors mingled. The lesson for me: have Kurkuma with food. Looking forward to summer fare.

As for my low rating, Kurkuma Looks and Smells average relative to this foamy and fruity style. But Taste and Feel hits the style's better buttons for multi-flavors and palate cleansing. The tumeric note is a good touch. Fortunately, I bought a 4 pack.

4/17/21 Brought the second can to a small dinner party with flavorful foods. Kurkuma fit right in. For the next release, I hope for balance in the tumeric so foam and fruit can return to Allagash's fine saison base. In the meantime, I'm keeping count at UnTappd.

Apr 14, 2021
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

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

Jul 04, 2021
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours very clear, light yellow gold, with a lively but fairly short-lived white head.

Definitely a saison with yeast notes, very earthy from the turmeric. A bit of spice in general. Mild fruity esters, mildly spicy. Not a powerful smell, but pleasant and well rounded overall.

The taste is pretty typical for a farmhouse ale, faintly Belgian inspired but again not overwhelming. The earthy sense is strong, and on the swallow pepper, clove, phenolics emerge. The spice builds pleasantly and leaves a lingering tingle well after drinking.

Light-bodied, dry, crisp, and refreshing. Spice pepperiness lingers long!. Nicely carbonated for the style.

Liking this beer. It is not as odd as it sounds. I expected a more orange color, maybe, and had no idea what to expect for the tast

Jun 24, 2021
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rogacks from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright, refreshing, and easy to drink. Not sure what the Turmeric brings to the table here.

Mar 01, 2021
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Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing bad comes from Allagash. Pours straw yellow into a mason jar. About and inch of creamy white head with decent retention. Lemony funk on the nose. The flavor is close to that with a very subtle burn from the turmeric. Probably will buy a lot of this in the summer.

Mar 12, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz. can dated 01/27/21. Sampled July 24, 2021.

Golden color underneath a moderate white head with a foggy appearance.

This is brewed with turmeric, which is one of my favorite spices, and I notice that front and center in the aroma. I also get toasted white bread, a slight citrus zest, and an overall character of cleanliness.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

The taste is at first sweet and toasted with the turmeric jumping in to overtake the experience. However it ends clean and crisp.

Jul 24, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Allagash Brewing Co. "Kurkuma"
16 fl. oz. can, "PACKAGED 01-27-21 11:32 6888". Sampled on 03-25-21.
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've never had a beer with turmeric in it. I imagine it'll be quite yellow, but who knows? I wouldn't think that earthy bitterness would work, but let's see. It's actually very light in color. It's a hazy light straw-gold beneath a two finger thick cap of bright white foam. The aroma is interesting. It initially made me think of a heavy dosage of ground coriander seed in a witbier but it's tamed down a bit by now. I'm guessing that's the turmeric though; maybe not. Yeah, it definitely smells like a Beglian-style witbier to me. On to the taste... well that's pretty fruity; I wasn't expecting that because I didn't find the fruitiness in the nose. I'm thinking it tastes like passion fruit, lemon, red grape, and maybe elderberry. There's an earthiness and a spiciness to it as well, which must be the turmeric. It's a lot like coriander in my opinion except that coriander is a little more 'woody' or like dried straw. The only time I really taste the turmeric is in the burp. It's good, I'm liking this. It's got a moderate bitterness but it finishes dry with a small dollop of sweetish malt, soft fruitiness, and a minor dusting of earthiness. It doesn't linger for long. It's medium-light in body and gently crisp with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation. So the question that I have to ask myself is would I have known there was turmeric if it hadn't been on the label? Absolutely not. I would have just thought it was a straightforward witbier. They've only used a mall amount, and to be honest, that's what most of the Belgian brewers do. They don't want everything to stand right out. They want you to know that something's there, but not necessarily what it is. That's the case here. I was a little hesitant to even try this one at first but that was stupid, this is an excellent beer.
Review #7,280

Mar 25, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow with a 1/4" white head, which quickly fades to a wisp. Light lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma is turmeric, clove, hay, a bit of funkiness.

Taste is turmeric, clove, bready, earthy, yeasty.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

Turmeric is a strange addition to a beer, but it works.

Oct 11, 2021
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guzzleacoldone from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(16 oz can, packaged 01-27-21; purchased single off shelf... poured into my 25 cl St. Bernardus chalice)

L: pale, straw-amber colored liquid, mild haze; tall, crackly foam build... poured most of the can in at first; remaining ounces carried no dregs... foam hung around briefly, but didn't build upon last pour, no lacing of note... whose to say what color the turmeric may have added, if any; no indication it added much

S: fairly textbook, Dupont-like saison aromas, but with a mild, earthy, almost tuber-like note hanging in the middle; bubble gum and powdered lemon zest esters round it out

T: there's that subtle meaty tuber note, afloat in a sea of mildly-spiced, cracker-crusted malt nectar; dry, bubble-gum tinged, delicately smoky aftertaste... not knowing turmeric to be an ingredient, it might go unnoticed; as it goes, yes, it's there, but (thankfully) only as a faint background coloring... long after I've finished the can, and that mellow, almost capsicum spice is still humming

F: dry, but not sharp; round, but disappearing... the spice elements, mellow booze, and creamy, silky sizzle of carbonation equate to a moderate peppery heat simmering and stinging the taste buds throughout

O: a pleasant enough saison, certainly worth a revisit, though I'm not sure this wide glass was an ideal vessel... I'm glad Allagash still makes Belgian-style beer with the classic (fermentation profile and) flavors reminiscent of the imports I first start buying almost 20 years ago (1738)

Mar 21, 2021
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can with a 27 January 2021 date stamped on the bottom.
Appearance. This has a pale straw colored body with a good white head.
The aroma carries subtle hints of white bread that are largely hidden by spices (mostly turmeric?) and hops. The flavor follows.
Mouthfeel. Medium body and carbonation.

Oct 29, 2021
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mpenske from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 03, 2021
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Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 11, 2021
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Velivolus1 from Vermont

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 05, 2021
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