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Alter Ego - Smartmouth Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

10-14-2013 18:40:27 | More by djrn2
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Halcyondays

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler shared with friends and enjoyed by me at home, brought back by my sister from Norfolk, VA, thanks Sarah Parah, growlered (if that's a word) on 12/17/12, just listed as 'Saison', I'm assuming it's this,

A: Pours a burnt orange, with a hint of haze, still has some considerable carbonation which I was happy about since this was lugged across the southern USA. Nice lace.

S: Quite yeasty with a fair amount of sugar initially. Nice bits of orange peel and pear.

T: Pear and apple esters with a lot of spice, especially on the back end. Nowhere near as sugary as the nose would suggest. Hints of orange blossoms, honey, and bready malt.

M: Medium-bodied, though it has lightness about it. Refreshing, crisp, the low alcohol is clear, this is quite a bit more drinkable than a lot of the saisons I've had. Definitely clean for the style.

O: This is a beer you can still taste on your tongue a half an hour after you finish drinking it. Nice to see a new brewery with a beer this good on their starting lineup. Well made, if I'm ever in Norfolk, I'm going to check these guys out.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2012 07:28:50 | More by Halcyondays
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DoubleJ

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was unexpected. The day after Christmas and I'm still receiving presents; this time it was a full glass of Virginian saison, courtesy of Halcyondays. Served growler style at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Looks a lighter orange color with solid head retention and good lace ringing around the tulip. The nose is somewhat sweet for a saison, offering apples and pears, with a modest rusticness. At first, the beer tastes fruity and rustic. Notes of apple, pear, lemon and vague rustic notes make a solid foundstion. As the beer warms, it seems to pick up some herbal and minty notes, adding to the excitement. It's a medium bodied brew with low carbonation, and is an easy drinker.

Easy to approach and not too funky, I dig it.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2012 17:57:48 | More by DoubleJ
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-22-2013 13:35:01 | More by ShanePB
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-23-2013 15:53:08 | More by Rhettroactive
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange with minimal head and lace on top of a spicy, citrusy with mild fruit ester aroma with touch of sweetness. Lighter bodied than other saisons, a tad too spicy for my liking, kind of draws away from some good orangey-citric and sweet fruit and malt flavors. Spices and some sharp carbonation lead to a dryer finish than usual and there's a touch of sour puckering as I get near to finishing this beer. Not fantastic but a good session saison.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 12:54:15 | More by clayrock81
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-29-2014 20:14:10 | More by atrocity
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-07-2012 23:59:18 | More by Hanzo
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JayQue

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2014 16:33:50 | More by JayQue
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-28-2013 04:12:53 | More by lupercmda
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-10-2014 16:36:19 | More by VeganUndead
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-26-2014 03:36:31 | More by avisong
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LambicKing

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-01-2012 20:07:36 | More by LambicKing
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-06-2014 21:10:42 | More by Mantooth
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-09-2013 05:00:32 | More by Mattyb79
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seanchai

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-24-2014 08:50:12 | More by seanchai
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-03-2014 19:07:01 | More by July2Nov
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-09-2014 20:31:21 | More by MattSharpless
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-01-2014 23:45:10 | More by damndirtyape
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Sonofalime

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-05-2014 14:32:25 | More by Sonofalime
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-28-2013 03:39:53 | More by Cubatobaco
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-17-2013 22:13:41 | More by SonOfKyuss
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Xandrose

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orangish and a bit hazy. Poured a two finger head. Left a nice ring around the glass.

S - Low amount of citrus hop aroma. Fairly sweet nose with a bit of honey.

T - Belgian yeast apparent. Slight malty sweetness on the front end, but more dry and spicy at the finish. A bit of pear coming through.

M - Light to medium.

O - Solid and drinkable beer overall.

Type: on-tap and then from growler 2 days later.

Note: As of 7/13/13 when I visited the brewery, this beer has an ABV of 6.2%, not 5.3%. They must have changed/improved their recipe since they opened in Nov. 2012. (Also, I showed up 10 minutes after they closed and they still gave me free samples as well as a private tour of the brewery. Nice!)

Serving type: growler

07-16-2013 00:47:13 | More by Xandrose
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KMcG

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

06-07-2014 17:20:05 | More by KMcG
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-28-2014 23:39:55 | More by AMCPhD
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Alter Ego from Smartmouth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.