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

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This year it’s a Belgian-style saison ale brewed with sweet potato and black pepper.

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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 doesn’t come through in the nose too much. Not as much as say Route d’espice, 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?

3.8
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Slightly hazy golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Sweet fruit citrus and malt aroma. Smooth tangy palate. Taste of yam citrus stone fruit and pepper. Really good.

3.7
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
In short: A rustic Belgian ale brewed with sweet potatoes!?!?! And it does taste like sweet potatoes fries!!!
How: Bottle 750ml. A few times. This rating for a bottle almost one year of age.
The look: Cloudy golden blonde body topped by a large off-white
In long: Ok, so this is an interesting exercise. With over 3,000 ratings in the bank, many of them rather wordy I have never mentioned sweet potatoes as an aroma/flavor ever. Not once. So here I am drinking a beer that claims to be brewed with sweet potatoes and I now smell sweet potatoes fries and taste sweet potatoes fries. Funny thing is I think I got something resembling that flavor from a beer before but I would have never connected it to sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes. I drive long distances to eat my favorite sweet potatoes French fries at The Alchemist. Nose is rustic and sweet potatoes. Taste is sweet potatoes, white bread, dough, spicy notes, orange peels. Bottom line is I don’t know if this beer truly tastes like sweet potatoes fries or if I tasted sweet potatoes fries because I read it on the label. I’m know I can easily be influenced by reading labels. I once got caught for three straight days in an infinite "Lather, Rinse, Repeat" loop because of a shampoo bottle label.

3.7
HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
From February 2010 tasting with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel. 750ml bottle care of j&m. Hazy gold, average white head. Sweet, spicy and slightly hot aroma, with something green & leafy mixed in (hey, late in a tasting, gimme a break!). Taste - sweet candi malt, black pepper, and slightly grassy, mid-level alcohol, with a thick and somewhat acidic mouthfeel, a decent and surprisingly complex overall impression (sweet potato? whatever). Good.

3.7
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Hazy amber brown with a one finger white head that lasts nicely. The aroma is quite yam like with fruity dough and citrusy wheat abounding. More yams and black pepper in the flavor with tons of yeast character and more beautifully placed citrusy wheat characteristics. The palate is quite nice- tons of caressing light bodied effervescence with a dry crisp finish. Another great brew from Allagash.

3.7
blutt59 (6565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
bottle, golden orange with huge foam, aroma of sugary fruit,. flavors of grapes, fruity yeast, well done body and finish

3.6
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. tasted like it bordered between belgian pale and saison, not too spicy, not too much esters, but tasty and drinkable.

3.6
anders37 (26726) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle. Rating #5200. Pours a pale golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy aroma with some yeasty hints. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with some weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty spicy finish.

3.9
Nickls (2540) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap) Thinner pure white head; decent lacing which was nice; very pretty golden yellow color that was a little hazy. Nice spiciness; herbal hop note; touch of booze; light fruitiness; mildly yeasty aroma. Bit bready and yeasty; some sweet fruitiness; mineraly; bit of grass/hay; yeasty finish, only a hint of booze comes in. Medium; soft carbonation. Very solid sipping brew, and an interesting number of layers in terms of the flavor. Very interesting spin on the style, and I actually didn’t know that sweet potatoes were used in the brew until I looked it up later.

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Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle: Poured a bright hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of rustic ester with some great notes of spices and some sweet undertones. Taste is a great mix between some Belgian-style malt with residual sweetness, some rustic notes and a light peppery yeast. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good bottle-conditioning with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed, easily drinkable with loads of complexity though no yam could be detected.


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