jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Crisp copper and amber coloured body with a nice rich tan head, about two centimetres tall. Aroma of light spice, a bit of brown sugar, some earthy malt and a hint of nuts - nice and complex. Medium-bodied; Nice robust earthy malts at first with a definite pumpkin and spice flavour with some light sweetness behind. Aftertaste shows a mostly dry and spicey flavour with a lot of nice malt, some sweetness and also a hint of peanuts. Overall, a good and complex beer with a bunch of flavour and a nice malty flavour profile. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 26-December-2012 for US$9.99 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 21-February-2013.
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rattle with Npodendorf. Pours orange with a white head. Fruity, like peaches and apricot almost, some light spicy notes, yeast, and light wheaty notes. Relatively well balanced.
SHIG (3791) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a brown color with a off white head. Aroma is a mix of spices, grain, and coriander. Taste is spicy pumpkin, veggie, and grain.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours copper with a white ring around the top.
Aroma: Sweet malt, candi sugar, clove, banana.
Taste: Dry malt, spicy hops, toasted pumpkin, clove, candi sugar.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Spicy dry carbonation.
Overall: A decent Belgian, but if you were expecting a pumpkin beer, you will be disappointed as the pumpin is very subtle.
jsquire (3641) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber color out of the bottle with a thin white head. Nose of sweet malt and some spice. Malty beer with some white sugar and honey sweetness with some subtle nutmeg and spice flavors. This was an easy drinking beer and not as big as I expected from a Midnight Sun pumpkin.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest... Poured clear, golden orange with a white head. Big Belgian yeast esters with some pumpkin spice. Residual sweetness from the malt and a drying, yeasty finish. A little underwhelming compared to the others at the fest.
after4ever (6471) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at GPBF. Pours a cloudy medium gold with a loose sudsy white head. Artichokey funky nose. Tangy and almost vegetal--not DMS, it smells like esters that got a little sideways. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Mid-palate is a big bruising smoosh of artichokey tanginess. Spices in there as well.
thorongil2 (1476) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(tap) clear orange amber colour with small white head; aromas of caramel, citrus, spice; balanced and full flavoured
neepsntatties (1280) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Colour... dark gold with no head. Nose... kind of funky but with the customary pumpkin pie spices. Palate... mild CO2, then there’s that funk again! Not sure what to make of that funk. It’s not necessarily bad; just not what I expected. I guess I’d say there’s a saison-like aspect to this one with a somewhat citrusy-fruity note to go along with the spice and pumpkin. In general though, I’m not a fan of this offering from MSBC. There is a rather vegetal (no pun intended given the gourd aspect) watery character to this one that just isn’t sitting well with me. Think I’ll stick to the oh-so-fabulous-and-magnificent T.R.E.A.T!
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle via trade from Keir- thanks, Keir! Naturally, I brought it back up to share on his birthday. Pours a clear amber-orange color with almost no head, just a little off-white ring. The aroma has a nice pumpkin ale thing going on- pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malts, and graham crackers. The flavor is initially disappointing, watery and vegetal, but it gets better after a couple minutes- pumpkin, the same spices, caramel malts, and honey. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. Stick with this one after the initial taste- I promise it gets better.