Alter Ego
Smartmouth Brewing Company

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,501
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #27,707
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 8.68%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
145
From:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  44
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: This brew is a shout-out to the alter ego in each of us, beckoning it out of dormancy. Porter Hardy, IV, brewery president, left his career as an attorney to heed the call of his weekend passion, making beer. Along with some friends who were just as consumed by beer, he established Smartmouth Brewing Company in 2012. Alter Ego, brewed in the farmhouse style of a Belgian Saison, is an effervescent and refreshing beer with fruity notes, a hint of pepper and a dry finish. Try pairing it with seafood, especially oysters or mussels, smoked sausages or cured meats. It complements aged gouda, chevre and ripe soft cheeses.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 145 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by clayrock81:
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Nov 15, 2012
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with decent white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Aroma - Very nice peppery spicy aroma, Belgian yeast, floral notes, a bit of malt as well.

Taste - Taste reminds me more of a Belgian ale that a saison. lots of lemon and orange, yeast, wheat and very nice spicy flavor.

Feel - Light bodied clean crisp, well carbonated.

Overall - A good beer, not what I am used to in a saison but clean crisp great flavors.

Mar 08, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this beer recently, never having this or anything from Smartmouth before. This was canned on 1/21 so obviously, this wasn't as fresh as I would have liked but it was still a decent beer with a heavier feel to it than the style and amount of alcohol would have led me to believe.

The pour to this was decent as the beer was a hazy apricot with a big head full of big bubbles. Not a lot of lacing was left behind as I worked my way through this and the aroma wasn't terribly strong either. Some pepper, yeast, spice, light citrus, and bread were in the nose and all of these were in the taste as well. Heavy, somewhat slick, and just a bit thick, this went down easily but it didn't have the typical flavor found in a Saison or Farmhouse Ale. The carbonation was light and the alcohol wasn't easily detectable, but the former may have been because of the age or this. Regardless, this wasn't terribly funky and the earthy feel of this wasn't that strong either.

When I finished this off, there was a slight warming effect that I could feel. It would have been great to have a fresher can of this as I feel that there was a lot of potential in this beer. The best aspect of it was the funky design of this as it held my attention for a while. As for the beer, it was relatively easygoing and one of the more accessible examples of this style that I've enjoyed.

Sep 11, 2016
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dcotom from Iowa

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 09, 2016
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bodah80 from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2015
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godawgs from Louisiana

2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 19, 2015
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Mfilchock from Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As near to the classic Saison from the US. With DuPont considered by many to be the best, this is very good. Others are north coast brewing Le Merle and Heavy Seas' Red Sky at Night when they brew it.

Jul 05, 2017
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dmking from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

Sep 17, 2014
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Unclejesse33 from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Oct 12, 2014
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Smartmouth Brewing Company. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Has a nice, fruity taste and good body. An across the board above average Saison.

Mar 08, 2015
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hooverhawkeye from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 16, 2015
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Stengelfoot from California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2018
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LAND_MINE from Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 13, 2015
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Kinger22 from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the color of this beer - it's a bright a bright maze yellow with a small head. The smell is heavy on fruit, but the smell is not. The taste is very smokey with a pepper hint as well. This is a pretty decent farmhouse with a lot going on.

Sep 09, 2018
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bitterandtwisted from England

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 10, 2016
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weissy50 from West Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

May 01, 2015
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jongleich from Ireland

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to tulip, Norfolk, VA. Really enjoyable.

Jan 03, 2016
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Skillet from Arkansas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 03, 2015
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breardon1776 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Love me some farmhouse ales. This one is good. Def a little pepper and spice. Great color and texture.

Oct 23, 2015
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golf_n_beerguy from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: golden yellow with a thin head and sparkling lassing

S: real funky yeast smell with a bumble gum smell to it

T: definitely taste funky yeast. Very decent. Nothing to write home about but a very good brew

M: mild to light carbonation. A little bubble gum after taste at the back of the throat

O: nothing to write home about but it's a solid good beer. If you have the chance I'd definitely try one

Sep 05, 2015
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 21, 2016
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Outtabbq from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 17, 2015
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smartin121356 from Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 18, 2016
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 07, 2016
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arcorey243

4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 28, 2016
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 145 ratings