I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 2/14/14 and was given to me by a friend (thanks, Jesse!).
Appearance: Bright, pale yellow hue – nearly glowing. Plenty of
effervescent visible. Pours to a large, bright white, soapy head which
retains and laces well.
Smell: Light lemonpeel or other spice/zest; some floral component.
Taste: Saisons are a gamble. Many are spice bombs, some are overly hoppy
and Americanized. But once in a while you get a good one like Allagash
Saison that’s right there in the middle: traditional and relatively
constrained, but still plenty tasty and complex.
Much like the nose, there’s a consistent lemon flavor throughout the
palate. It imparts just a slight spicy sensation of zest and black
pepper. Some sweetness from the two-row malt and oats with a bit of a
candy or honey flavor. Dry bitterness on the finish from the rye and
hops, but again it’s nothing over the top – which is what makes it so
delectable. I’d be interested to see how robust an even fresher bottle
Drinkability: When first decanted, Allagash Saison is quite spastic in
its carbonation, which makes it difficult to drink in more than a sip at
a time. However, it calms down relatively quickly and becomes
remarkably smooth. The beer is also quite refreshing as it’s crossing
the tongue. Full-flavored for sure, though not an especially heavy brew
at 6.1% ABV. It’s very tempting to session this due to its easy