Dupont / Allagash - Brewers' Bridge
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 6.46%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
159
From:
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Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Dupont / Allagash - Brewers' BridgeDupont / Allagash - Brewers' Bridge
Notes: Brewers' Bridge is a collaboration between two of the world's best breweries, Belgium's Brasserie Dupont and America's Allagash Brewing.

We're excited to bring you this rare beer, created using time-honored Belgian brewing techniques combined with American hops and craft brewing innovation, resulting in a unique beer that highlights the best of both breweries.

Brewed with Barley, Rye, and Oat.
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours hazy golden with a slightly off white head. The head has very tight beading and head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of lemon, coriander and spicy rye. There are some doughy wheat back ground notes with a flowery type note as well.

Taste: It has lemon, spicy rye, doughy wheat and coriander flavors. There is a perfumy floral type note in the background with a slight candy like element with citrus.

Feel: It has a medium body with a dry finish.

Overall, a complex combination of flavors that blends well together.

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SimplySinister from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Restrained pour into chalice producing a moderately to highly carbonated, cloudy straw-colored brew. This pour resulted in a small 1" snow white colored head with moderate lacing.

S - Notes of barley, rye, and oat come through at the forefront; bread notes also shine through. Rye seems most prevalent.

T - Amazing. To be completely honest, saisons have never been a style I was very fond of. With that being said, this brew is absolutely fantastic. For me, that's saying a lot. It's something about the clean, dry, crispness of this beer that I adore. It's not overpowering, it's very well-balanced, and it's very refreshing.

M - Not too thick or thin, nor does it stick to the palette in an unpleasant way. It has a lot of character but is still very easy drinking.

D - Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. I really like this brew (as if you couldn't tell). I would buy this one again without a second thought. Whether or not you're a fan of saisons, I recommend that you try this one.

Oct 09, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in my Allagash cervoise. Pours a lovely, honey-gold with a dense, 1.5 inch, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose is very subdued - some herbal notes and perhaps a hint of lemon. Taste consistent with nose - fairly dull with a little diacetyl at the finish. Nice mouthfeel on this beer. Light and effervescent. Overall, this collaboration did not do it for me. Not sure if it's the age of the bottle; however, both brewers produce a farmhouse that ages quite well.

Jul 21, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Some collabs work, others don't, this collab works...

Though surprising it was the floaties in the beer that no doubt brought the taste and flavor of this most well-done collaboration. I really loved its smell as well - unlike anything I have experienced in quite some time. Mouthfeel was light-bodied, crisp, and light on the carbonation. The taste followed mostly along the lines of what I smelled - a sweet yet tangy scent that blended very well. Great beer, not sure it's really retired as I had this in May 2020. If you can find this, pick it up and try.

May 24, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Clear golden color with a beautiful rocky white head that retains like a champ and clumps all over the glass.

S: Yeasty, little bit chalky, oatcakes, crackers, light toast. Confectioners sugar. Vague fruitiness is a bit like potpourri. Floral hop notes, soft notes of pithy citrus, and a bit of herb box.

T: Crackery, grainy malt base. Oatcakes. Bone dry. Very yeasty with a good musty/chalky baseline. Earthy as in dried garden herbs. Clove, basil, thyme, rosemary. Dried orange peel. Lemon grass. Floral hops with an earthy/bitter edge. Grapefruit bitterness, in a big way. Faint alcohol. Lingering mustiness and hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Full and fluffy. Medium-light body. Very dry. Expressive carbonation.

O: It really does feel like the best marriage of old work and new. The fermentation profile is nailed, and the yeast is very expressive in the way of a very traditional saison. The hopping is decidedly American. I’ve always loved conceptually similar beer that breweries like Chouffe have put out, and this is right up there with them.

May 01, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy medium gold color with thick, frothy white head sitting on top. Carbonation is steady and moderate. As the beer warms it moves from hazy to clear.

S - Yeasty, bready, subtle citrus, clove, and very light earthy spiciness.

T - Light bready flavor with some yeastyness to it. Delicate citrus, hay, and earthiness was a small shot of spice. Ends with nice lingering bready spicy earth

M - Medium body with prickly carbonation that gives way to a soft finish on the palate along with some pronounced dryness on the back of the tongue (while the rest of the mouth salivates.

O - It's good but I still prefer the traditional Saison Dupont.

Apr 16, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy yellow body with a fluffy white head and thick lacing. Smell showcases those classic yeasts, with rustic belgian saison spices, earth, funk, hay, white pepper, and rye. Taste is yeasty too, but more in a dry and airy bready sense, pepper, spices, and earth fit right in, flowers and rye add dimension. What distracts is as it warms, an odd citrus note comes in with the funk. Takes away from the more subtle earthy, rustic, and funky notes that are so well done. Still an excellent saison in composition, airy, bready, rustic, earthy, sneaky spicy, and decently funky. Pair with belgian stew, you will thank me later.

Mar 10, 2020
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Marc_N

4.98/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Saison DuPont is my favorite Belgian and I’ve never tried an American beer that comes close. This collaboration is fantastic and you can really taste the contributions from both breweries. It’s fantastic!

Jan 11, 2020
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good! Effervescent, and OK wheat taste with a beautiful frothy head that stays. This proves that we COULD like a saison; for instance JK liked the one down at Dew Point which was a saison/citrusy IPA blend (name??). Also we need to try the very famous Saison Dupont.

Jan 04, 2020
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edward_boumil from New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, poured into tulip
L: murky, bright golden yellow color with hints of brown/orange. Tons of lace, and excellent head retention
S: Largely notes of sudsy malt and fruity yeast eaters. Sweet and inviting
T: really good flavor here, fruity tropical notes, strong bubblegum, pepper, touches of citrus and various spices, like cloves. You definitely get the fruity character of the American hops
F: very crisp, dry, and light. Incredibly easy to drink, but not thin, had a body to it.
O: it’s a little price of a beer. Is it worth the price, though? Absolutely

Colabs are a mixed bag, this one is a home run.

Dec 28, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Scottish tulip at 55F

Pours a near crystal clear deep bright gold hue, with a massive four finger white head of loose foam. Considerable lacing clings to the glass, and constant streams of effervescence feed the top. A very photogenic ale.

Nose: Classic saison grains. Lots of wheat, surely some spicy rye, some malted barley, and a more rustic grain aroma that I can't put my finger on. Dupont's influence is crystal clear in the Belgian yeast esters that are leaping out. Bubblegum, green banana, clove, and a note of dried orange peel. Some grassy notes, some hay, and a plethora of floral aromas. Extremely gentle hopping.

Palate: Bubblegum. Sweet pink bubblegum. First and foremost. Bubblegum is a classic note found in many Belgian yeast varieties, but never have I tasted it as pronounced as I do in here. The more I drink, the more it opens with wheat, and some grassy notes, but it's immediately taken over by bubblegum. To be honest, there isn't much else going on. A peppery spiciness, some subtle hop florals, lots of nutmeg, as well as clove and allspice notes. Candi sugar. A hint of green banana, and a freight train full of bubblegum. Very long, lingering finish of bubblegum, some lemon zest, a faint little minty note. It's enjoyable, definitely. It's bold and flavorful, and not overpowered by wheat, but it's largely a one-note ale. You have to really dig for complexity.

Mouthfeel/Body: Medium bodied - quite creamy due to the wheat, and significant effervescence. Not quite champagne-like, as these bubbles are larger, and not as fine, and not prickly or seltzery in any way, but quite bubbly, nonetheless.

Overall: This is a tricky one. Not your everyday beer. Not your typical saison. It's almost a caricature of Belgian beer attributes. The bubblegum flavour is simply overpowering. The thing I enjoy about a *great* saison is the complexity that can be found in it. This is certainly unique and interesting, but I would not say it's complex. I think perhaps they may be trying to play it safe, or maybe they wanted to create a highlight of Belgian attributes. An intro to Belgian beer, almost. I'm not sure. This would be fantastic to pair with certain meals, and even dessert, but I'm not sure I'd sit with it to explore any depth of character. It's good, but I can't help but think I'm drinking a bubblegum flavoured beer.

Dec 27, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Label is stamped 'L18512A'.
Murky, gold colored body. Big white head; several pours required to get the beer into a 16oz glass. Good surface coverage of lacing.
Aroma of light bread, fruity esters, and yeast funk.
Taste is grassy and floral hops, cracker malt, slight citrus, and yeast funk. Dry at the end.
Very soft and thicker mouth feel. Excellent carbonation.
Very well put together saison, with a very tasty yeast and hops combination. Sits very well in the mouth. Looking forward to the second, third, and fourth bottles of the pack.

Dec 23, 2019
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QuesoGrande from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped L18512A

I saw this in the store and grabbed it without a second thought. Saison Dupont is probably my favorite beer overall and Allagash my favorite brewery overall. It was a no-brainer. After purchasing I read some reviews that concerned me, describing prominent Brett character and funk which I'm not a fan of. I didn't find either of those to be the case though.
The beer poured a deep gold with a fair amount of haze and a ton of carbonation. The intense carbonation is one of the trademark characteristics of a saison that I like best.
Tasting the beer, I immediately got caramel notes probably from the darker malts that give it it's golden hue or from Belgian Candi sugar.
This was followed by intense fruity esters I would expect from a good saison. I believe they must use Dupont yeast.
The beer did finish with some Brett character that I would describe as mild and present. I find Brett overpowering and unpleasant more often than not but helpful in giving saisons a rustic farmhouse flavor. I think this was right on target.
Compared to the traditional Allagash saison I find this much less astringent and with much less Brett character.
Compared with Saison Dupont, I find this beer slightly more malty and rustic.
Overall this is one of the best saisons I've had.

Dec 14, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow with a thick, creamy 2 inch white head and heavy lacing both of which lasted to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma is bready, citric, spicy, cloves, floral, Belgian yeast.

Tastes of cloves, black pepper, wheat. Slightly sour. Moderate bitterness.

Medium to full bodied, creamy, semi-dry finish. Heavy carbonation.

An outstanding saison from DuPont / Allagash.

Dec 05, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a gold color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with nice bready and yeasty ester is quite enticing. Taste is also a great mix of rustic malt with some bready and yeasty notes, light residual sugar with a dry finish. Body is about average with great carbonation. Fantastic saison that we unfortunately don’t see brewed enough.

Dec 01, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ouncer from tow of the planet's finest breweries.

Hazed up pour, leaving a huge and super long lasting head...world class lacing left on the glass.

Sniff of pepper, crackers and Belgian yeast.

Tasty n smooth brew, more pepper, light earthiness, crackers, honey, again yeast coming to mind. Delicious creation that is well worth seeking out and enjoying...world lass nectar.

Nov 26, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Rich thick, lathering buckets of soft eggshell white foam right out of the glass. Controlled but booming head, rich with creamy off white appearances and staying power. The body color lends to slight opaque appearances, but a good orange to lemon solid looking glow, and fine middle rising carbonation. Clumpy retention, and thick chunks of foam, just a great booming looking brew.

Aroma continues more magic. Classic Belgian qualities that burst off with some other complimenting flavors. Sharp cut grass and funk. Wonderful herbal aromatics of lemongrass, and even some ripping faint smoke? Really? This beer is messing with my head and I like it!

Boy this aggressive on the palate. Sharp funk, and heavily steely notes of brett and white pepper. Heavy but large carbon dioxide push of carbonatinon, contributing to a real punch of zest and almost peach like flavors. Aggressive but also a bit out of kilter.

This is a real sharp hint of brett and subtle hop, but with some classic magic. I think this needs to be toned down a bit ironically, as it seems to run quite hot but it is still very good.

Nov 03, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz. brown bottle with no dates. Served in a Rastal Harmony glass.

Appearance: The thick, fluffy, two finger, bright white head stays around for a very long time and leaves behind some lacing in big patches. It's a beautiful, hazy, dull gold color.

Smell: It's a very pleasant aroma. Mostly floral and herbal notes but a hint of fresh citrus shows up in the background.

Taste: A sharp crackery taste starts things off follow by mildly tart, fruity flavors of lemon and orange peel. It finishes with some peppercorn spiciness and a hint of coriander.

Mouthfeel: It's light, refreshing and very crisp with high carbonation, but it goes down smooth with a slight creaminess. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: A great looking and great tasting beer. The transition from crispness to smoothness in the texture is well executed too. This collaboration between such big names like Dupont and Allagash does not disappoint.

Oct 03, 2019
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mmilyko from Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think when two excellent brewers get together to collaborate on a beer, people somehow expect the result to be better than what each has created individually, but this is the wrong way to look at it, and sets up unrealistic expectations. Instead, think that two excellent brewers will collaborate and produce an excellent beer. Absolutely that is the case here. This is an excellent, excellent Saison. If you like the Saison style, and somehow run across this, don't pass.

Oct 02, 2019
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champ103 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a slight haze. A golden/orange color. An uncompromisingly dense white head forms that last for ever with plenty of lace.
S: I get a distinctly peppery and spicy yeast character up front. Some fruity esters and baked bread like malts. Very nice.
T: Like the nose, that peppery and spicy yeast character is up front and center. Again some esters that are more defined, like apple and pears. Biscuit and baked bread. Grassy hops and just a touch of bitterness lingering. Love it.
M/O: A light to medium body. Beautiful effervescent carbonation, with a nice dryness in the finish. This is very moreish and incredibly easy to drink. Will be looking to get more of this quickly.

No surprise that this is excellent. I miss Allagash in Texas so I am really glad to get this collaboration, and is a perfect example of how such things can be excellent. Hoping to get more as I see it available, and of coarse highly recommended.

Sep 15, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light hazed gold with large sturdy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is funky yeast, hay, white pepper and grassy hops.

T - The taste is banana, pear, apple, white pepper, toasted biscuit and some light earthy hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very tasty collaboration. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Sep 15, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured a cloudy, golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of floral notes, bread crust and spices. Sweet caramel, bready and spices.

Sep 12, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grains, bread, kind of like a pilsner. Taste is earthy, black pepper, some bread. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it's decent, but my expectations where not met.

Sep 10, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle stamped L18512A. Sampled on September 7, 2019

The pour is an orange-amber tone with a chill haze and a large, frothy, lingering white head.

The aromas include sourdough bread, biscuit, Graham cracker, banana, and herbal notes. But I pick up the slightest Brett note too.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

The taste is at once sweet, fruity, and herbal, which evolves into a warming, cleansing dry finish.

Sep 07, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer and I hope there will be similar bridges by these two breweries.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bright orangish yellow color with a nice white head and great lacing. Pleasant smell from the yeast. Flavors of sweet apples, lemon, rye, coriander, and a bit of cinnamon. Very nice saison.

Aug 26, 2019
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 159 ratings