Formerly brewed at Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Saison
Portland, Maine USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
This year its a Belgian-style saison ale brewed with sweet potato and black pepper.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2251) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2010
750ml bottle at a tasting.
Appearance : Hazy pale orange with a small head.
Aroma : Yeasty and spicy, light honey. Quite spicy.
Taste : Spicy with yeast. Some sweetness. Quite dry.
Overall : Nice spices, nice yeast. Enjoyable but quite boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7508) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2010
750 forgotten in the cellar. Orange body. Belgian taste and flavor for sure with that touch of banana, but I do get that sweet potato taste. Very nice. It works for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (7380) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle. Dark orange pour with some light beige head. Pepper, yeasts and sweet caramel and light pumpkin ish, probably sweet potato notes. Pepper and spice dominate brew with some slight warming at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
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 doesnt 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
My Bottom Line :
Pepper blends into woodsy, spicy hops, as timid sweet potatoes peruse this dry and bubbly strong ale experiment.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil of foam tops the cloudy gold.
-The spiciness is sometimes redolent of brettanomyces wilderness...
-This is easy drinking for such a strong brew; the dryness certainly helps.
-Alcohol is not important in the flavour profile, which I appreciate.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (4363) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Murky gold color with a foamy yellowish head. Light hair spray and spice nose. Fruity ale with some apple and orange peel. There is a yeasty note and alcohol warmth with something oddly soapy. Some pepper heat in the finish. Dont know what the sweet potatoes add...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3366) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2010
750ml bottle c&c. Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that left some lacing. Aroma was spicy, yeasty, and fruity with some earthy notes. Flavor was sweet malts, yeast, spicy pepper, fruit, slight alcohol with a medium body and had a dry crisp finish. A decent american made saison

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours pale orange-golden in color with a large lasting white head. Great aroma, authentically Belgian, yeasty and peppery, a little light on the funk but still very nice. Lemon/citrus notes in there. Only a slight sweet potato flavor. Besides that theres some sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and mild lemony tartness. Peppery spiciness as well. Pretty tasty. Very lively on the mouthfeel with medium body and higher carbonation level. A good beer. I like Allagash overall, but their prices get me sometimes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Sampled on 10/1/2010. This saison pours a medium orange gold color from a cork and caged 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, peaches and apricots and a hint of sweet potato. A medium bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet with a touch of sweet potato and pepper. The hops are earthy. Decent carbonation. Very smooth taste. Nice bright yeasts. Overall a touch sweet, but balanced by the black pepper at the finish. The black pepper flavors come out mostly at the finish. A nice sipping beer that sweetens somewhat as it warms. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 19, 2010
On tap at gash night at Novare. Another year, another awesome beer! This is a relatively tame looking pour...until you get your nose in it. Sweet potato aroma comes through with hints of coriander and other spices...the pepper doesnt come through in the nose too much. Not as much as say Route despice, but in the flavor the pepper is quite a stand out. This is another exquisite beer from Allagash, needless to say these guys are really deserving of the national attention they get now. Creative and well made. What more could you ask for?

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