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


on tap

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
This year it’s a Belgian-style saison ale brewed with sweet potato and black pepper.

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Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured hazy, milky golden with a dense off-white head. The aroma picked up tart fruit skins and cracked black pepper accented by floral notes and a pinch of honey.. deeper sweetness on the back of the nose.. really intriguing. The flavor found honey, bready notes, and some fruity meat at the core.. tart fruit skins and black pepper laced throughout, prickling the edges of the tongue.. dry and spicy on the back.. I didn’t pick out much from the sweet potatoes, but they must’ve provided some of the sweetness.. really tasty stuff! Medium-bodied and well carbonated on the palate.. dry and engaging.. I hope they brew this again.

BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head, very puffy and fizzy. The nose is fresh and spicy, lots of plum and apricot notes with a yeasty white pepper note in the finish. Complex yet balanced, it has a nice snappy flavor and a spicy finish. Robust body and a nice deep maltiness. Good saison, I’m impressed.

Fred82 (2332) - Québec 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.

drfabulous (8802) - 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.

vtafro (7451) - 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.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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 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

MartinT (10155) - 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.


jsquire (4662) - 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. Don’t know what the sweet potatoes add...

Beerdedone (3480) - 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

nickd717 (4996) - San Francisco, California, USA - 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 there’s 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.

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