SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured a straw golden color with dense carbonation and tons of sediment floating in equilibrium. Created a thin layer of fizzy like foam but would soon retreat to a film topping. Aroma is mild with only a touch of yeast being allowed through but the spices are undeniable. The flavor is heavily spiced and decked out with authentic Belgian yeast and not quite as easy to distinguish if the yeast in effect is in the farmhouse saison fashion or leaning to the typical signature of most Belgian blonde strong ales. In the faint background of this beer there is very little notice of sweet potato or yams, but there are strong dashes of pepper and other associated spice or seasonings that compliment this ale well.
jredmond (5839) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. Pours a hazy golden body with big white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is spicy with a nice floral character complimenting the malt. Mouthfeel is medium to soft with notes of fresh fruit, spice, clove, lemon and flowers.
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes verbatim on 10/14/10
A: Beautiful white foam atop an amber mystique of an ale. Quite lovely.
S: Plenty of belgian yeast dances and plays with the sweet potatoes. Although peppercorn was used, I’m not getting as much as expected.
T: Sweet potatoes dominate, sour pungency with a touch of peppercorn at the end. Nicely done. Complex and intriguing.
M: Full body. Full body and full body. Wow, resonant.
D: Good beer. This experience is my second, and not as good as initial, but then again, that was the night before my wedding...
Serving type: bottle
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy orangish pour, minimal head. Nose of sweet potato, brown sugar, bit funky. Taste of yam, alcohol, black pepper, Belgian yeast, a bit one dimensional and hot. Medium carbonation.
superspak (3073) - Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2009 batch 2. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, sweet potato, pepper, clove, grape, earth, caramel, herbal, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and great balance; does not feel overly sweet at all. Taste of pear, grape, sweet potato, biscuit, brown sugar, pepper, herbal, earth, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of pear, grape, biscuit, brown sugar, pepper, caramel, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; no cloying flavors at all, slightly dry on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and quite crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic saison style! Very high complexity with great balance; and very crisp and smooth sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff!
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4th July 2010
Cloudy gold beer. Little white head. Dry palate, a little soft. Sweetish malt, somewhat honey like. Whisper of fruit. Some spice in the dry finish. Can’t really taste the spuds! Gets creamier as the beer warms up. Okay but was hoping for something more.
arminjewell (7503) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle, last one finally! Pour is clear orange, nice big fluffy white head, laces super well. Aroma brings notes of sweet pear, apricot, hints of white grape and maybe a hint of the sweet potato, some nice spicy pepper and yeasty bready malts, some slight lemon notes in there with a hint of cracker and slight earth. Very nice and layered! Nice full mouthfeel, and the taste is a whole other story. Nice sweet fruits with pear and white grape notes, nice big sweet potato notes go into some slightly tart lemon notes, a nice dry earthy funk in there as well, with a bit of a sweet buttery cracker finish. Very tasty and unique, by far my favorite of the series.
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Glouglouburp. Huge thanks Dany! I’ve been dying to try this again since I last had it two years ago. Moderately cloudy orange appearance with a moderately sized cream colored head and some sediment deposited at the bottom of the glass. Sweet orange citrusy, Belgian yeasty, somewhat peppery, tangerine, wheat malty aroma. Somewhat black peppery, orange-tangerine citrusy, tangy, Belgian yeasty, sweet malty flavor. Good carbonation. I wouldn’t have guessed this has yams but I can taste them now that it’s mentioned. Slightly tangy, orange citrusy, spicy, Belgian yeasty aftertaste. I fucking love Allagash. Cracked open for my 2500th rating.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. Bottle. Orangish/amber color, thick white head. Refreshing Belgian saison. You just have to wait for that thick head to go down to enjoy.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pretty disappointing. Pours orange with a white head. Mostly sweet with some spice and pepper. Just a hint of the sweet potato. Basically just a middle of the road saison.