Allagash Brewing Company Saison
What the brewers say
“Allagash Saison is our interpretation of a classic Belgian farmhouse style. It’s golden hued, brewed with a 2-Row blend, malted rye, oats, and dark Belgian candi sugar and 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.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Sweet aroma of bubblegum and lots of lemon/orange candy. Nice floral notes balance the citrus. Almost like a cherry blossom. Some honey.”
Flavor: “Moderately sweet malt flavor and citrus with some spicy, peppery notes. Strong lemon zest flavor. Sweetness carries through but is balanced by other complexities. Dryness indicative of light sugar as with a tripel. A little too bitter in the finish, like a lemon rind. Some warmth, but not hot.”
Overall: “Strongly flavored and pleasant, but the aroma is a little sweet. Good balance of spices. Carbonic, bitter, and refreshing.”
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