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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Forager Series.
Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) — literally, “fruit of the gods.” Sweet and savory, with natural notes of cinnamon and apricot, the orange-globed persimmon fruit truly is heavenly. But it’s not until after the first frost that persimmon turns from astringent and bitter to a luscious fruit worthy of the gods.
Once again, the annual wild persimmon harvest was amazing. The Forager community gathered over 550 pounds of native North Carolina persimmons, a harvest that began in September 2013 — well before the first frost. This bountiful yield produced a complex, fruit- forward winter ale. The beer’s notes of holiday spices come entirely from the native persimmon and the beer’s Belgian ale yeast.
In the fall of 2014, we’ll debut a brandy barrel-aged version.
Availability: FALL and WINTER 2014. 10% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11410) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Brewvival Trip Beer 80. Draft at Brewvival. Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal notes, persimmons, earth. The taste is earth, syrupy fruits, persimmon, cinnamon, caramel. Medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (5277) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2013
On draft at Churchkey in DC. Pours a cloudy deep amber with an off white head. Spicy orange zest aroma. Full mouthfeel with sweet malts and herbs. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jamiesessions (29) - - FEB 17, 2013
Persimmon flavors bring out some tasty notes, heavy malt backbone, warming alcohol is a good thing

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bomber. Very alcoholic tasting. Sweet smelling. Dry. Puckery. Yeast is not as prevalent as I thought it would be. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
750mL thanks to dfroms! Pours a clear, deep red. Yellowish head, fizzing out quickly. Weak retention. Nose is oxidized, all acetaldehyde red Apples. Taste is musty, Dirty, almost fishy. Fish Oil, red apples. Drainpour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zencigar (12) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Like last years vintage was to me quite a bit better. I lost the persimmon in the depth of this beer. Still good though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (18608) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium off white head. Aroma of slightly spur cherries, plums. Taste is dark fruit and citrus, light spice an a bit of tartness at the finish. .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (4263) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Draught. Pours a somewhat clear brown color with a moderate off-white head. Taste is actually a little sweet, with a smell and taste of alcohol. Feels very warm on the palate. Not a huge fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Rating for 2011 vintage (tasted 30 June 2012--about 6 months of age). Vertical with 2010 vintage. From bomber into Lagunitas glass (on hand for tasting). Pours medium brown with a golden edge to it (Gibson tobacco sunburst). Head is fine, kind of big bubbles that surge up strong and fall just as fast. Aroma is super fruity: dubbel-like, but also apple juice, and some hard alcohol and dark fruits. Flavor is blend between intense fruity, alcohol warmth, and a rich, desserty sweetness. Overall nice dubbel-style beer with a good deal of complexity to think about. Maybe a bit overweight in fruit notes, but other than that, well done. Aroma: 6. Appearance: 3. Taste: 7. Palate: 3. Overall: 15. 2010 vintage (aged about 18 months). Direct comparison to 2011 vintage. Much better pour--head is taller and more persistent. Color is similar, maybe slightly lighter. Aroma distinctly more musty and sour. Palate a bit more lively. Dominant fruit notes still there. Cloying, where the younger batch wasn’t. Hard to tell if differences are due to batch variance or aging, but I definitely prefer the 2011 in this matchup. Aroma: 5. Appearance: 4. Taste: 6. Palate: 3. Overall: 13. Love the Forager concept and hope Fullsteam continues and expands it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2012
didn’t really get fruit notes from persimmon but definitely got the spiciness they talk about on the label. Seemed over-spiced to me but yet they didn’t add any spices themselves. perhaps these fruits were a bit too wild?

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