Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Rustico.
Poured a nice gold with a little bit of haze and some nice carbonation. Love the taste and nose--so much going on. The nose has plenty of spice as well as sweetness and miscellaneous fruits. Fairly unique. The sweet potato doesn’t come out much in the nose, but brings a great flavor to the brew. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. This one was a little strange, but I really liked it. Not the most drinkable beer, but something I definitely would not mind having every year around Thanksgiving.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-16-2010
superspak (3403) - 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!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - pours crystal clear light orange with fluffy white head lingering; aromas of earthy spice, pepper, sweet sourdough bread and yeasty spices; very sweet on first sweet that trumps the mild dryness on the palate; very tasty with nice peppery kick, floral hops, honey and earthy notes; very tasty overall with the sweetness a tad high, but I kind of like the saison/triple style blend; the fluxus series is 3 for 3
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a creamy beige head that leaves some nice spotty lacing. Aroma is tart lemon creme with a big pepperiness. Flavor is light candied citrus, sort of like how lemonheads candy tastes after the sourness is gone. The sweet potato is very mild but I get a little bit of it up front. The pepper comes in strong in the finish. Very dry and the flavors are all very well-integrated. Mouthfeel is divine with a clean finish and a slight warmth.
EastCoaster (122) - USA - AUG 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this at a tasting tour held at the brewery, I was without pen or paper but the beer was incredulously complex one really needs to sit down to work out to determine all the subtle complexities.
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 75cl bottle at K&L. Gold with a thick white head. The aroma is quite peppery and floral with some sweet potato being a definite possibility, though it is not pronounced enough for me to be sure that it is not just the power of suggestion. Blind, I would never pick it out. The flavor is lightly sweet with lots of pepper and some herbal hops showing in the finish. Light bodied with a dry finish. The pepper seemed a bit too forward as first, but the beer seemed to gain balance when it opened up. Nice saison with a unique twist added by the sweet potato; definitely overpriced though, and I can’t imagine buying any of this when even Fantome is less expensive. (7,4,8,4,15=38)
Rerate: 75cl bottle again. This actually smelled really good this time, with the sweet potato and spices working very nicely together. The spicing was still strong in the flavor, but didn’t seem out of balance at all actually. I’m going to go ahead and give this a success rating to Allagash for doing a well-done, interesting saison, though it is still way over-priced.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml caged&corked bottle. Pours deep gold with highlights of tan, straw, and orange with a medium-thick white head that fades quickly and leaves small spots and subtle wisps of lace on the glass. The aroma is beautiful Belgian farmhouse: grassy and lightly earthy with doughy/yeasty bread qualities, lots of spice, and a soft sweet touch of fruit. The flavor starts bready with yeasty spice, doughy malt sweetness, and a subtle bitter component from the ethanol. Towards the mid-palate, there is a wonderful balance, lovely fermentation character with touches of spice (though black pepper isn’t really apparent), balancing bitterness, and subtle sweet potato character to the malt sweetness. The finish is dry with a very bready and spicy after-taste and bite. Mouthfeel is full bodied and sudsy and regal. Overall, a fantastic farmhouse beer.
adnielsen (10070) - 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.
arminjewell (8620) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours hazy golden in color with full foamy white head. Aroma sweet, spicy, mild hops and yeasty. Taste sweet, spicy, lemon and bready with dry finish.