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RATINGS: 553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Draft. Pours a cloudy golden amber with a large white head. Aroma is medium sour, lots of fruit, and some spice. Flavor is fruit (apricot in particular), spice (nutmeg predominates), caramel, medium sour, some earthy funk. Finely carbonated, great mouthfeel. Strikes me as a biere de garde or maybe a strongly flavored saison. Great beer, great brewery.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
An explosion of sour citrus in your mouth. Bottled in October, it would have aged beautifully for many years.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Thanks to Ron Jeffries for giving this bottle to me upon his most recent visit.

Rating #880
It truly pours a chestnut hued body and a most handsome rocky khaki colored head. From the first quaff, I found an amazing blend of wild yeasts and busty caramel and toffee malts. The wild yeasts are most predominant on my palate; coming across in a particularly vinous manner. Iím noting a wildly tannic and mildly acidic blending of young cabernet grapes and a more mature fruity zinfandel. Rather oaky and peppery upfront and vaguely fruity in the middle, a combination of green and red apple cider. The brett and untamied lacto flavors remind me of a soft Maytag blue folded up into some fresh crusty skinned pumpernickel bread. The wild yeasts are the life of the beer for me; Iím having a hard time seeing past them. I dutiabley find the plethora of nutty malts, some cracked wheat, and sourdough breads. The palate is tremendous, a perfectly balanced weight. There is a yeasty tartness of cumquat and dough lingering with oak chips and Melba-toast in the finish. This is a wonderful beer for all occasionsÖ a bottled triumph of liquid and art. - A new all time favorite!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2006
This beer is pretty well carbonated, it pours with a frothy three-finger thick tan head, that starts to leave a lacing pattern as it slowly, and falls back in a cratered rocky fashion. The beer is a hazy reddish-tinged amber color. The aroma is intoxicating, it is immediate as soon as I start pouring this beer; it is a mix of tart notes and fruit up front. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a signature of Brett that is a bit horseblanket, and quite funky (especially if you linger over the aroma. The tartness is still here underneath the Brett character; notes of tamarind and tart plum are quite evident. The aroma is quite complex, and quite nice I could smell these beers for quite some time. Comparable to a Lambic in many ways but there is that balancing sweet note, which contributes to the fruitiness, and is not typically found in a bone dry Lambic. After a bit of time I start to pick up a fruity concentrated note that reminds me of sweet strawberries and kiwis; Interesting.

The beer has some body to it, and an astringent woody/ tannic note that definitely make one think of the barrels that this was fermented in (or perhaps some of it is from the chestnuts). It only has a light sweetness to it, but it is enough to play up fruity notes of apples and plums. The beer is spicy with a nice carbonation note in combination with some spicy oak notes and sharp acidity. It is notable that the acidity is almost subtle here, I am not saying that it is not here, because it is definitely tart, but it is so well integrated with the rest of the flavors. The spices that were used are also quite subtle, in fact I can’t even pick any of them out, which in my mind is about perfect, I like the integrated character that spices add, but don’t like them to be individually noticeable. The Brettanomyces is here in the flavor, but not nearly as noticeable as it was in the aroma. This really works for this beer, because the Brett does not dominate the flavor profile; it contributes an underlying funkiness that sort of wraps around and accentuates the other characteristics found in this beer. As time goes on this beer picks up a wonderful creaminess to it, which really brings the mouthfeel to another level.

My final word on this beer is that it is so well integrated, and so well balanced. The wood character, the tartness, the funky notes, the fruit character and everything else just combines to form a really nice drinking, complex brew. Once again Ron has created a masterful brew, so far he is firing on all cylinders and I still have 5 more of these to go.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Murky amber with big, foamy, off-white head / Classic, complex Pumpkin nose of orchard fruit, herb & dry spice, caramel, and oak / Light to medium body, acidic and lightly tart, with great balance and dry, bitter finish / Flavors of green apple, unripe pear, lemon, chestnut, chrysanthemum, sage, coriander, caramel, oak, hay, and a mild dose of horseblanket / Great as usual.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
750ml bottle - $13.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Batch 899/900, Bottled 10-7-2011.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, clover honey-hued body with a foamy, slowly receding, barely off-white head (though, the latter pours turned out quite clouded). Glass glaze of lace on the descent.

Smell: Simple sugar cookies, faintly sweetish, heavily marked by musty yeasty notes, tart-scented hard cider, citrus, very faint oak sprigs, additional fruity hints, soiled, unwashed herbs.

Taste: Sweetish sugar cookie hints with some slight caramel nuttiness. Big gulp of farmhouse cider with hints of strawberry and one drop of that bright red sauce that comes with the sweet-n-sour chicken. Oak character with a childlike gentleness about it. Itís got a tartness and some barnyard funkiness going on, but itís very balanced within and amongst the other elements of this beer. Splash of salty, phenolic lemon juice. Tiny pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Ramping up of acidity on the dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: As always, itís another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. Itís quite tasty and very refreshing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Very hazy dark rust orange thatís murky ith a slightly offwhite head. Very squashy and actual pumpkin that moves into a alight earthy sourness for the aroma. Ripe sour yams, white grapes, slight funk JP style, leveled and just beyond my words. Lighter to medium body wih subtle carbonation. Pretty

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
falco242 (217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Little bit of a farmhouse smell with notes of the oak and wild yeast. Hazy golden pour with some lace. Fantastic blend of fruit with a subtle spice and the sourness is not overwhelming but makes the beer brilliant. Great palate and overall awesome beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy pale copper with a large, white head of foam. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is peppery and bretty with some ginger and tropical fruit and spices coming through nicely. Taste is sweet initially, but moves to a dry tartness, very reminiscent of an aged Orval. This beer is pretty damn good. I could see me getting a few bottles of this just to see how they do over time. Really good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshmcg000 (302) - Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours hazy gold with white head. Aroma is lots of yeast. The yeast profile give lots of fruity sweetness with plenty of funk. Nice medium body malt profile. Extremely good.


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