JohnnyJ (3532) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange pour, white head. Sweetness, a bit of fruit, spicey, yeasty, and peppery. Meh itís okay.
thirdeye11 (4980) - 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 (1475) - 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 (9867) - , 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. Canít really taste the spuds! Gets creamier as the beer warms up. Okay but was hoping for something more.
arminjewell (4160) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, 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 (6187) - 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! Iíve 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 wouldnít have guessed this has yams but I can taste them now that itís mentioned. Slightly tangy, orange citrusy, spicy, Belgian yeasty aftertaste. I fucking love Allagash. Cracked open for my 2500th rating.
hbmason (1087) - 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 (697) - 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.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Very fancy-sounding beer with a rather lame taste. Okay, not lame, but not what I was hoping for after paying $20 for a sweet-potato/pepper saison. The sweet potato is a non-factor, in fact, and the flavor of the pepper is easy to confuse with the usual spiciness of a Saison. Looks beautiful, but I donít drink the looks, and, while the texture is well done, this beer leaves me more annoyed than satisfied. (9/10)
swoopjones (4226) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Rudolfs Sour Tasting. Bandaid colored pour. Sweet potato fries, pepper in the aroma. surprised the potato came through. Sweet & dry, pretty sweet flavor, mild sasion yeast, not overly complex but quite intersting & tasty
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Be careful opening this. I had untwisted the cage just a little and the cork shot out like a bullet and just as loud. Pours a cloudy gold color with visible sediment and a big foamy head. The aroma starts with black pepper and yeast, followed by apples, sweet potato, pale malts, straw, and some floral notes. Flavor of black pepper, sweet potato, sweet malts, farmhouse funk, and honey. The black pepper is really big in this and lingers long after the finish. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, spicy mouthfeel. Such an unusual beer. I really liked drinking it but couldnít drink a whole lot.