Style: American Saison
Brewery’s Note: “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.”
The beer pours a bright, clear pale yellow with golden accents. It forms a beautiful head of miniscule, eggshell white bubbles that leave a fluffy sheet of lacing over the walls of the glass as it slowly recedes. In body, the beer is decidedly clear and clean, but with a cloudiness that makes it nearly opaque, and leans more towards the traditional rusticity of the style. On the nose, the beer smells of doughy bread, lemon zest, lemongrass, and drying hay. Herbal grassiness blends in and out of the other scents listed, and keeps the smell mildly complex, while giving it a bright crisp scent that makes you want to take a sip. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially citric tart. This quickly divulges into a fruity/bready sweetness that is evened out by a grassy bitterness and just a pop of funky citrus. Earthy notes underlie everything else, and give the beer some nice minerality. In flavor, the beer begins as lemonade and doughy bread, which quickly swirls into grassy hops and funk with just a whisper of banana esters. Peach fruit gives a brief burst of flavor with the finish, which also features some bright lemon grass flavors, before all dies down into an herbal, minty aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels on the very light side of medium in body, with a crisp, softly effervescent mouthfeel, and middling carbonation that allows for superb fluffing and pillowing action on the tongue. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left neutral, with just a hint of bitter tingling on the tongue, and some saliva pooling in the cheeks. Overall, this is a lovely summer refresher with superb, classic farmhouse character. It’s a little tart, a little grassy, a little bready/yeasty, and very drinkable. This beer is a great quaffer (whatever that means…) and a superb beer to have as a fridge regular.