Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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In our pursuit to bring you the most flavourful and unique beers possible, we are proud to release this tasty autumn ale. Handcrafted with an assortment of specialty malts and hops, we added a generous amount of pumpkin directly into the brew. Combine this with hints of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice, and you’ve got a beer that you won’t soon forget. Rich, satisfying and slightly spicy, our seasonal ale goes perfectly with your favourite dessert or traditional feast. But like fall, Pumpkin Ale comes but once a year!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
This is fucking delicious. A pint enjoyed at Volo was superbly spicy and smooth with a neat fruity kick of punpkin flavor that compliments the spiciness. Exactly the kind of quality experimentation I encourage Ontario brewmasters to venture towards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Draught at ’C’est What? Festival of Small Breweries’. Pours a clear golden-orange with a small diminishing white head. Mild aroma has some pumpkin, light spices and...not much else. Flavour’s mild and grainy along with pumpkin, light spices and very little malt or hops. Average bodied. Not bad but with a little more character it would be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2007
On tap at Cest What Appearance :Amber gold, medium carbonation with creamy circle on top 2+
Nose :Rich, thick blend of amber and pale malt infused with pumpkin mush. Light spicy backing.
Flavour/Palate : Well established pumpkin flavour found. Rich, flavorful autumn ale. Reasonably clean. Proper for style but I wished for more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 2009-09-10. No notes; The spices seem much more assertive than in previous years, one in particular stands out but I don’t know what it is, perhaps nutmeg? Pumpkin is noticeable but defers to the spices. Supporting beer is a touch light, leaving the spice as the dominant character. Pleasant. Cask at the brewery

Sept 2007. Cest What Festival of Small Breweries. Orange body with a short lived head. Muted aroma in the first sample is bigger in the second. Fruity quasi-pumpkin in the nose. Flavour has similar fruitiness with more obviously identified pumpkin, moderate spices with clove sticking out a bit more than the rest, especially after it is confirmed to be there. Smooth average to medium palate ( 6+). I found this to be more pumpkiny but a little less interesting than Grand Rivers offering. A very nice beer though, I look forward to seeing it every year. 7/3/7/3+//14-15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
C’est what fall fest. Nose is allspice and nutmeg, some pumpkin. amber color, little head. Flavor is definate Pumkin some malts balanced with some spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Initially sampled at C’est What? fall fest, and then poured from the bottle when it arrived at the LCBO. Smells like Thanksgiving. Colour and taste is that of pumpkin. Finish left the taste of mulling spices behind. Medium bodied. I think this beer was really well-balanced, as I found that the pumpkin flavour did not overpower. A great beer for fall!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
C’est What Fall Fest. Aroma is pumpkin puree, with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves, orange/amber, wearing a small off-white head. Taste is a milder version of the aromatics for pumpkin pie filling. Medium bodied, balanced, bitter, dry, very tasty, pleasant spicy aftertaste. Very good, like pumpkin pie in a glass. Glad to see these folks trying new stuff!

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