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Autumn Fire
Ale brewed with chestnut and spices
To catch a bit of soft radiance in each special bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malts lead smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to contemplate and enjoy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Another beer in which my review serves no justice. Muddy orange with huge white head, tiny bubble carbonation. Head gently fades to creamy film. Great lacing. Great sour/tart character in the nose. Mostly orange and cherry. Some floral notes with yeasty/musty farmhouse funk. Initial flavor very sweet, buttery caramel/chestnut combination. Turns to floral flavors and lambic/brett like sourness, with lots of orange zest. Maybe JP/Ronís barrels have bacteria setting in now? I love it!!! Finishes sweet, sour and somewhat dry. Donít really get much spice unless itís cardomom? maybe paradise? Great mouthfeel, starts lively and finishes creamy. Quickly becoming my daily drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Appearance is really nice looking. Hazy deep amber with a fairly large white head of tiny bubbles. Aroma is yeasty, with tart notes of cherry. Flavor is predominantly tart, more fruity cherry flavors, followed by the chestnut and grain flavors that save the flavor from being too sour. Some notes of oak and spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a moderately bitter, spiced finish. I didn;t really like this at first because of the unexpected tartness, but it grew on me towards the end. A decent brew, but not really my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3441) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
from the bottle at Styles place. Light amber color with a fluffy white head. The nose has orange and wood and a hint of the sour twinge that makes my sour beer warning hairs stand on end. As it warms, it gets more and more funky. Lots of fruity peach, orange, and sour apple notes, with what Iíve come to associate with the "horseblanket" muskyness of some Belgians. Noticable wood in the flavor profile. Not an unapproachable beer, but still not something that the average beer palate will enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a bright amber color with a small off white head. Nose is very spicy, coriander, light sweetness, some pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is once again a nice belgian like spiciness. Has some light caramel notes, more coriander and nutmeg to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Batch 1. Pours amber with big, creamy, white head. Mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is apricots and oranges with lots of cobwebs and funk. The flavor is caramel, citrus, wood, hay, funk and spice. The finish is dry, tart, and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 750 mL bottle. somewhat tart aroma floats above a sponge-cake-like head, and some fruit and spice shine through as well. no chestnut in the aroma, but there is definitely a nutty/woody flavor hidden behind the cinnamon and clove and yeast flavors which dominate. only 6.1%? itís nice and sticky and warming - easily my favorite jolly pumpkin beer so far. cheers to this new brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4778) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle: Aroma of orange, raspberry, lots of spice (cinnmaon and maybe clove) and hints of oak. Pours a mostly transparent reddish-orange with a slight haze. One inch off-white head lasts a minute or so. Flavor starts off with lots of orange peel and some flowery flavors. Finishes with a moderate sour/tart lambic like flavors. Spice (clove and no cinnamon) is not as prominent in the flavor as it is in the aroma but sneaks into the finish as well as some light woodiness. Lightly acidic. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6257) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Bottle: Dark caramel, thick and cloudy, small bits float about, huge tan colored head, foamy and frothy, nice lacing. † Soft oaken aroma, lightly spiced, almost seems like lavender, slightly musty, a bit barnish. † Mild tartness on the tongue, nearing the sour side, musty, with the lavender like spices rounding out the backside. † Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate. † Light finish, clean, smooth, nice tartness, remains oaken, musty, and lightly spiced. † Great stuff, only wished it was a touch more aggressive on the tongue. † Major props to Michael for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Thanks to Silphium for sharing this: Pours a hazy golden color, small white head. Aroma of huge frunk and hay. Beautiful fruit and nuts add to the complex and powerful aroma. Flavor is lots of nuttyness similar to a nut brown, but has a signature jolly pumpkin "funk" thrown in. Bubbly with a slightly sweet finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Enjoyed at the Tosa YeHA 2005, provided by Brad, many thanks!

Displayed a coppery hue with a lasting head and very good lacing. The nose has a yeasty and wheaty character with a noticeable cherry and apricot twang and some of those chestnut aromas are there as well. The flavor starts tart, funky, and fruity with a nice grain background. It developed a woody and earthy undertone before a light spice (Grains of Paradise, clove ?) and bitter finish. The feel is crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Yet another so yummy brew by Ron, gotta get more!

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