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Alter Ego - Smartmouth Brewing Company

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nmann08, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Halcyondays, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 19, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ShanePB, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

clayrock81, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

lupercmda, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Hanzo, Nov 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

VeganUndead, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JohnBender, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

AndrewMichael, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Mantooth, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Lehighace06, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

avisong, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

LambicKing, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Mattyb79, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

RobertColianni, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

seanchai, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

MattSharpless, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

July2Nov, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of damndirtyape
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.

damndirtyape, Jul 02, 2014
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Alter Ego from Smartmouth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.