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Elysian Purple Pumpkineater Lavender Saison

Elysian Purple Pumpkineater Lavender Saison
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Brewed with future governor Arlen Harris at Tangletown, a bi-partisan Belgian-style Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale. Not purple, but brewed with pale barley malt, dark wheat malt, Munich and Belgian Aromatic malts, with Amber Belgian Candy Sugar and lavender added to the boil with German Northern Brewer and Czech Saaz hops. Pumpkin in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Starting gravity 15.9(1.064).


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5901) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Tap@Tangle Town. Lightly hazed golden color with lasting white head. Big floral, lavender, Saison spice aromas with some pumpkin. Medium body. Nice floral, perfumed lavender flavors with pumpkin meat, Saison spices on a dusty pale malt base---weird but good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Sampled At Elysian, October 2013
Arrives from the tap with a mostly clear, copper tinged gold color. The head is ½ a finger thick and is a pale, off-white color, and leaves some nice layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells of lavender, and then perhaps an earthy pumpkin like note, with a backing note that is a touch plastic like. Up front there also seems to be a nutmeg like note though it might just be warped clove notes from the floral lavender. Hints of earthy pepper, and perhaps some woody ginger like notes round things out along with a general mustiness.

Clean up front, but quickly gets spicy, floral, and phenolic through to the finish. Lots of lavender notes settle on the palate in the middle of the sip while the long finish is more bandaid / plastic phenols. The body is fairly light, quite drinkable, but has a touch of meat to it. Soft malt notes provide a supporting role and accentuate a bit of dried hay like grain.

Interesting, but a bit too dominated by the lavender, which is quite overwhelming in small amounts. Still this is actually tasty enough, and I do like Saisons.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Tap @ GPBF... Golden orange pour with a big forming white-ish head. Overall this was soapy. The lavender came off chemical-like. Needed more balance from either sweetness, or pumpkin spicing. I really wanted this to work but it wasn’t doing it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12994) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma is floral with light spice, some gourd. Taste is herbal gourd. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3356) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Cloudy tang color with an intriguing boquet of pumpkin and lavender. Wonderful mix of lavender and belgian malts. Wanted to buy a growler of this, but supplies are limited. Hope my homebrewed pumpkin saison turns out half as good. THis was definitely the hit of the pumpkin tasting session.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2006
This beer was definitely interresting...but not good. I got little else in the taste and aroma, other than sharp lavender. I think I said it tasted like "floral gasoline". Seems this was an adventure taken a little to far...just didn’t work.


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