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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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OK, what do you get when we toss pale malted barley, pumpkin and spices into a stainless steel cauldron then stir in some magic? Uh, Trickster! The “magic” is actually mischievous Belgian yeast at play with cardamom, nutmeg and coriander. This spooky cool brew will make your glass glow bright despite the gloominess of the season.

Designed to conjure up a little fun during the darkening days of autumn, Trickster is a frivolous concoction of earthy pumpkin, comforting malt, and lively spices. This makes Trickster the brew to accompany your post-winterizing duties, family fall dinners, ghost stories, U-boast-iT stories, and “supposedly haunted” garage parties.

But the flavor range of Trickster also pairs well with citrusy and/or spicy cuisine. Try a glowing glass with your favorite dishes that incorporate nutmeg, cardamom or coriander—like Thai curries, Swedish meatballs, gingerbread…or seek out new recipes on the web. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately our Trickster supply will end soon. Get it and enjoy it now!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy orange amber with a transient beige head. Aroma is very light pie spice. Med body or better. Flavor is pie spice, but there is the yeast/fruit ester thing playing in. It’s thinning rapidly and the flavors aren’t really strong. It’s nice, but it’s not very exciting? Damning with faint praise? It isn’t really sweet or bitter. The flavors tend to fade away.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8184) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden orange with white head. Nose and taste of pumpkin, earthy malt, nutmeg, cardamom and coriander. Some other spices. Lighter medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7870) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Sample at Kurtkeller 001: Pumpkin-tastic 01 on 11/22/2013. Clear orange color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of cloves, malt and pumpkin. Medium-bodied with flavors of cloves, yeast, earthy malt and ginger. The finish is mildly spiced with a ginger and yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a medium clarity, orange-bronze hued body with a medium sized off-white head that slowly fades. Aromas are of spices: ginger/gingerbread, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, medium malt toasty qualities, light estery yeast and peppery phenolics. Flavors show a toasted malt quality, a bit crackery with warming spices notes (nutmeg and cinnamon and possibly light coriander). Toned down belgian yeast provides only a light fruity character. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall, it is quite a bit more balanced than I was expecting; definitely a good thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clear orange hued golden amber with a thin white head. Light sweetness with a touch of candied citrus, and almost ginger tones. Medium bodied, sweet with touches of candy sugar. Finishes dry and with a light yeast note and some dry fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6420) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours light amber with a rich off-white head and a spicy pumpkin aroma. There is a rather harsh vegetable flavor with a mix of spices and a noticeable yeast presence.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle:   Darker golden, smidgen of haze, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Has very much of a farmhouse Saison sort of nose, musty wheat/hay.   Also has some nutmeg like spices in the background.   Not really sure how Pumpkin oriented this one is.   As it warms up getting more of a corriander/grains of paradise like aroma.   Yeah, very Belgianesque in its flavor.   This almost has more in common with a Witbier than it does a Pumpkin spiced sort of beer.   The nutmeg gets overshadowed with corriander.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Musty corriander like finish.   Not quite a Pumpkin, not quite a Saison, not quite a Witbier.   Its all parts of those though.   Interesting beer at least.   However, I do wish it was more Pumpkin oriented.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5977) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
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.


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