Oct 5, 2015

Allagash Century Ale

There’s no denying that I love the beers that Allagash Brewing produces. I know that may come across rather fan boyish, but when the company continues to make beers as outstanding as Cuvee d’Industrail and this more recent Centure Ale, it’s hard not to gush. Brewed as a saison (with a combination of Pilsner, raw wheat and Biscuit malt), this 8% ABV beer is then fermented in stainless steal for two (2) years with Saison yeast and Brettanomyces.

The result is a beer that is elegant, funky, fruity and — not to get cheesy — but one for the century. Deviously drinkable and smooth, Century Ale goes down too easily and is long gone before you know it, leaving you wanting for more.


The bere pours pale gold in color with a frothy cap of white foam.

Allagash Century Ale photo


Funky yeast, straw, a hit of bubble gum, citrus notes, berries and a soft tartness fill the nose wonderfully.


Wow. Century Ale is damn impressive. Passion fruit, grain, barn funk, a twinge of sweetness and bread lead off immediately. A low-to-moderate and clean tartness from the Brett lingers gently in the lasting finish. A crisp carbonation moves everything around the palate, dancing playfully. There is so much fruit within this beer it’s a surprise it’s not actually brewed with any.


I don’t know what else to say about Century Ale. It’s just a bout a once in a lifetime beer. Loads of fruit combine with a welcome touch of tartness for an impressive drinking experience. My only complaint is that I didn’t buy more when I had the chance.

Rating: 4.5/5

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