A Belgian-style pumpkin Saison
Fall is definitely here with our first fall seasonal... "LE PUMPKIN ROYALE". This tasty treat is based on a Belgian-style Saison, with a twist.....wood-fire roasted pumpkins. We sourced the pumpkins from our favorite local organic grower, Blaine Tornow at Moonshadow farms. They were then roasted in our wood-fired oven oven, and added to the mash tun with our grains, extracting both flavor and color. We finished off the beer with an addition of pumpkin pie spice at kettle off, so as not to lose too much of the aroma from the spices. We then pitched a yeast from Belgium’s Brasserie Dupont, a well known producer of the style. Retaining the spice aromatics could prove to be a formidable task, as Saisons are fermented at incredibly high temperatures in comparison to our most beers, often approaching 90 degrees! This makes for a violent fermentation, with lots of Co2...or scrubbing "bubbles". This beer will be a hazy orange in color, with unique yeast-generated aromas combining with pumpkin and spice, for unique beer that will only come once a year.
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Skyview for this excellent pumpkin beer. Light orange color. Aroma of netmeg and unusually, meringue. Pumpkin in the flavor, with more nutmeg and meringue. Moderate yeast presence.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at the brewpub in downtown Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy orange amber brew with a creamy off-white head that has some excellent retention that slowly dissipates to a swirled film top and excellent lacing. Aroma of pumpkin with nutmeg, touch of banana esters, yeast, a hint of bubblegum and floral herbs. Taste is quite velvet/smooth, with a nice balanced flavor of pumpkin, wheat and banana. Finish continues the pumpkin and banana ester aftertaste that slowly disappears. A unique pumpkin infused beer I hope to see again next year.
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