Friday, May 23, 2014

Allagash Saison

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1102) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2014
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 would taste.

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 drinkability. 
Grade: 9/10

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