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Alter Ego - Smartmouth Brewing Company

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beer-A-Lot on 11-03-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

tbunting75, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AndrewMichael, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

racingkenny14, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

I had been saying for a while that once I finished with the Great Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014, I was going to resume The CANQuest (TM) in earnest and I am doing just that! I've been away so long that it's good to be back.
From the CAN: "Born and raised in Norfolk, VA"; "It's who you are on the inside that counts."; "Brewed for thought."; "The unexamined beer is not worth brewing"; "Release your inner spirit with Alter Ego (TM), an effervescent and refreshing beer with fruity notes and a dry finish. Brewed in the Belgian style, this Saison is a shout-out to the Alter Ego in each of us. Not only does it pair well with shellfish & ripe soft cheeses, it also inspired a certain lawyer to quit his job and go start a brewery."; "For refined palates".
I heard a nice, loud Crack! and so it was time for an inverted Glug. The tawny head was as fizzy as soda pop and so I sat back to see what would settle out. The answer turned out to be "not much". It fizzed its way down to nothing but wisps! Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a very typical musty, sweet, mixed fruit smell along with a light pepperiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was musty, like old newspapers in the attic, with a fruitiness and a slight pepper bite on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry, leaving a lingering cheesy taste in my mouth. My palate may not be refined enough to truly appreciate such a beer, but I really would have liked to have had some cheese and crackers with this one.

woodychandler, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

anon, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rdub, Aug 09, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -8.4%

rbail012, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JohnBender, Aug 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

RobertColianni, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

theroguebrewer, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

alexm1309, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

avisong, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Cyrano41, Jul 25, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium size delicately bubbly white head. Good retention and some lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild...some Belgian yeast and light fruit.

Taste is more prominent. Light fruit, some Belgian yeast, lemon zest and a bit of spicing.. Good flavor but lacking the Saison "funk" that I like.

Mouthfeel is light (not weak or watery) and nicely carbonated. Lighter than most Saisons

Overall, a good summertime ale. Not the best Saison out there since it lacks the musty/funky aspect.

JayQue, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

rwill2001, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

hornsup, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

MattSharpless, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Cunnla, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Sonofalime, Jul 05, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no date, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Thin white foam with lots of persistent fine lacing.

Smell: Musty, earthy, grains, chalky yeast.

Taste: Earthy herbal/leafy hop flavors dominate. Some wheat and bready malt underneath it all.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light carbonation, good thickness. A little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / drinkability: I've been spoiled by Saison Dupont, and with this I view it as having some of the flavors of a saison, but not capturing that light refreshing feeling. Still, tasty enough, just not a great beer. An above average one though.

damndirtyape, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

seanchai, Jun 24, 2014
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Alter Ego from Smartmouth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.