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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Wild persimmon ale. Literally, "fruit of the gods." "sweet and savory, with notes of cinnamon and apricot, the orange-globed persimmon fruit truly is heavenly. Yet itís not until after the first frost that persimmon turn from astringent and bitter to a luscious fruit worthy of the gods. 75 lbs of persimmons in primary.

A complex, fruit-forward winter ale. The beerís notes of holiday spices come entirely from native persimmons and the beerís Belgian ale yeast.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
This perfectly balanced high alcohol winter persimmon style beer warms the soul during cold weather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with thin light tan head and thin collar. Aroma is a light caramel, some fruity-tangy-berry-like notes. Now I think I know what persimmons smell and taste like. Really digging the fruity taste in this beer. Great medium body and carbonation lend to a great beer experience.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
22oz bottle shared by Jersey Joe. Rating #18. This beer I really enjoyed, it had a sweetness that I couldnít put my finger on, but it really blew me away. Very good. (2147)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8560) - 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3993) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 13, 2011
750 from Bruisin Ales. Pours a nice ruby dark color. Big burst of Dubbel/Quad flavor. Raisin. Plum. Some nice spices. Toffee. Caramel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. Unique, earthy aroma with some hints of spices and fruit. Pours an opaque medium brown with thin, fine head. Medium/light body, lively mouthfeel. Nice earthy/apricot flavor and smooth finish (hint of licorice-like flavor in finish), with a alcohol warming sensation. Nice to have a winter seasonal that is lighter bodied and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2011
The first bottled beer from Fullsteam. A winter ale brewed with 75lbs of locally-gathered persimmons. Picked up a few of these at the Samís release on 02.04.2011; opened on 02.05.2011. Bottle #048 of 800.

Pours a darkened prune, with a burlywood-hued half-finger head. It recedes to a contact lens about the rim of the glass, accompanied by a milky blot of foam sporadically resting on the rest of the surface. Subsequent pours yield a full one-finger head with very bubbling activity that settles down nicely.

Smells like spiced cake or mulling spices: allspice, cinnamon, minor star anise, and dried fruit. On the tail end of the nose, I pick up on a wonderful sweetness that avoids classification (think halfway between orange and raspberry). The yeast is quite present. Itís soft, but complex.

Brown sugar maltiness, sweetened cocoa, some clove spiciness, allspice, and cinnamon. The fruitiness is sweet, reminding me mostly of apricot (hold the beer in your mouth and introduce oxygen - there, thatís where the persimmon shines), but thereís a pleasant pecan nuttiness mid-palate, and the finish is spicy and slightly tannic.

Medium-bodied, with just under medium carbonation. At times, it seems too watery. The finish is slightly dry and borderline astringent.

It hides its ABV well, but warms as you get further into the bottle. Overall, Iím a fan of persimmons and this beer delivers both conceptually and executively. If I hadnít been told that persimmons were in this, Iím almost positive I couldnít pinpoint it - but the generic brown maltiness really shows the fruitís complexity: it begins like gingerbread, shows its fruity sweetness, and finishes nutty and spicy. Thereís room for improvement, but a nice showing from their first bottled beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Draft at the brewery. I was able to get a taste of this fresh from the brewery on the day of its release. Pours a shiny amber color with a minimal white head. Nose of caramel, beets, prunes, alcohol, and baking bread. The flavor has some notes of raisins, root vegetables, a bit of hop bite, and a slightly Belgian aspect to the finish. I found it similar to Dogfish Headís Raison D Etre, which in my book, is a compliment. While it was delicious, I felt the flavors could have been smoother, and the finish was a little hot. My guess is that this one would only get better with some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Draft at the tavern. Pours clear coppery orange with minimal light beige head. Nose of caramel, apricot, mild persimmon, and blended spices. A bit of hops. Tastes sweet but not cloying... a bit of abbey dubbel action with sort of a general hoppy "Belgian ale" thing going on. Some cinnamon and brown sugar showing themselves. Quite good. I want a bigger pour!

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