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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Schroppfy! Pours a murky rusted amber. Tall tanned white head. Nose is slightly nutty, very spicy, and laden with cobwebby yeast. Taste is slightly tart fruits, light nuttiness, spices, Belgian yeast notes and light barnyard notes. Almost a light gingerbready type flavor to this. Body is light-medium and bubbly. Finishes with big spice notes, dusty yeast notes, soft fruit flavors, light nutty notes, and light tartness. Another good JP beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 6, 2006
750 ml bottle consumed in the generous company of tiggmtl, MartinT and Rastacouere. Dark, hazy amber-brown with a light but ever-lasting topping and handsome lacing....nose is somewhat subtle, buttery-nutty (not diacetyl, just nuts sauteed a bit in butter) with a touch of vanilla and a bit of musty Belgian yeast....the body is earthy and husky, with maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness to leaven the strong lactic-cherry-sour undertones.....rather astringent, oily character (from the chestnuts I suppose) arrives at the finish, but rather than ruining things this adds complexity and creates a wonderful mix of dry, woody, nutty and yeasty components. Not quite great based on this one sample, but vastly interesting and unique, and one worthy of a longer, deeper plunge than I was able to give it. I have another, thankfully....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Any first impressions?
-A creamy head settles over the muddy dusk.
-Orangey citrus fruit and accompanying herbal spices, comforted by a nutty sweetness, lie on classy wooden flooring.
-Chestnuts obviously provide most of the beerís sweetness, emboldened by an otherwise meditative spicy flavoring.
-The carbonation is ample but delicate, exactly how these Belgian ales should be carbonated.

What if you dig deeper?
-The fruity, nutty sweetness isnít overdone, agreeing with the subtle, intelligent tartness.
-The wooden dryness softly drops the curtain.
-All in all, this is a quite humble spectrum of flavors.
-Another Jolly Pumpkin success, an understated but serene and well-brewed creation.

Bottles; no date.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Hazy deep orange-amberish beer with a nice creamy slight yellowish-off white head. Aroma is mild and soft malty, it has touches of nuts and almond liquor. Also touches of chesnut skin that gives a untherbuild tart sharpness in this brew. Aroma is sweeter than the taste. The mouthfeel is quit dry, it has a soft malty carracter with a slight spicy touch and sharp accents of sour apple skins (renette apples) and orange zest. In the afthertaste there is a nice earthy touch with hints of humide forrest soil, wild berries and wet wood The more this beer gets warmer, the more wine like the beer gets.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Deep, slightly hazy orange with a good, orangeish, persistent head, leaving some lace. End of bottle full of U.F.O.ís. Fruity nose with preserved oranges, faint strawberries, little bit vinous, and a faint, distant spicey spiking (orange peel, cloves, cinnamon bark). More complex than the taste, which is quite dry, spicey. Fruity, with again much citrus, but without any fruitsugars. Thereís a retronasal sourness, wry, like crabapples and/or orangezest, slowly dissipating in the throat. This gets more marked warming up. Despite the dryness, thereís a fizzy MF present. Not very much body either. Compared to my only other JPAA, this is where Fuego díOtoŮo slightly lacks. Then again, the beer is extremely drinkable. Very pleasing beer, with a great balance, but slightly lacking depth. OTOH, it makes up for one hell of a session ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Hazy rusty-orange. Fully sustained sticky white cream. Phenols, tangerine peels, and unripe peaches comprise the aroma along with a dash of musty brett and sweet toast. Creamy carbonation softly expands on the palate. Juicy passionfruit and mandarin oranges erupt alongside an herbal sharpness intertwined with artfully restrained brett tartness. Light dose of nutty sweetness slowly emerges to continually brighten the prominent fruitiness while the doughy yeast coats the tongue and buoys the body. Juicy as all get-out, although the brett lends a pleasant scratchiness, which is quite nice. Trace levels of black pepper-dusted honeydew and peach fuzz bitterness. Thereís an abundance of ester-derived spiciness, but the spices which were apparently added go unnoticed. Finishes increasingly spicy, irony, and malty sweet, with a phenolic and musty brett flourish. Woodsy dryness leaves behind a clean powdery residue which resides elegantly with the floral hop aftertaste. Another very good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Thanks, Schroppfy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Hazy amber colour. Fairly funky, oaky aroma. Spicy flavour, aggressively yeasty with light backing maltiness and a tart finish. Interesting but Iím not big on the aggressive yeastiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2006
from the bottle. poured a cloudy copper with a big fluffy off white to light tan head that left a ton of lacing. aroma sour fruits, musty, orange, sour cherries a lot of sourness out of this beer. flavor, more sourness, tart, once this warmed up a bit got malts and some sweetness (maybe this is the caramel but I could not pick it out) came out, bitter . this beer got better as it warmed the sourness became less evident.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to Styles Medium carbonated, pours with a small amount of fizz to a murky, opaque medium-dark amber with some brown hints. The small head is light beige, with large bubbles giving it a rocky appearance; it does not last long. Mild caramel, tart grape stems, a smell exactly like grape seeds taste, lightly tart fruit, a bit of unripened blueberry, light mint, orange spice(similar to celestial seasonings manderin orange spice tea), allspice, a hint of strawberry/raspberry syrup, a bit of pumpkin pie spice, showing just a bit of horseblanket, mild barnyard, and something thatís almost like sour melon or rotting fruit. Much like the aroma, the taste is quite complex. It begins with with a very mild acidic tart shock, but nowhere near the strength of any lambic. This flows into a lightly tart fruit, and complex spice medley (allspice, melon rind, bitter orange zest, alligator pepper, what I take to be chestnut, and something similar to bog myrtle but it could be the chestnuts - Iíve never had chestnuts in beer before). Some sweet caramel malt shows through in brief flashes towards the middle along with some tannic wood notes. Finishes very bitter, you can actually feel the dry bitterness in your mouth and the back of the throat, with notes of earthy nut, lemon grass & caramel along with something akin to the outside flesh of a walnut(if you ever tried biting one of these you know exactly what Iím talking about). Medium carbonated, medium bodied though feeling pretty light on the palate without much texture. Overall one of the more complex beers Iíve tasted in aroma and taste which certainly makes it fun to try to pick out all the flavors. Ultimately the flavors are mostly confusing and do not blend very well into a coherant beer. In addition, the acidity is very well balanced but the beer is much too bitter (Iím assuming this comes from the chestnuts?), which makes it difficult to drink. This is well worth a try to exercise your palate and I have a feeling this may become great after a few years in the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19972) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy dark orange. Lightly acidic fruit aroma with medicinal notes. Dry and fruity with lively mouthfeel. Notes of melon and a light, lambic-like lactic acidity. Feels fresh and has a lot of complex flavours, but the medicinal notes are on the strong side.


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