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RATINGS: 737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This beer is made in the pumpkin beer tradition, except instead of pumpkins we used yams, and lots of them! A big Belgian-style brown ale of 10% ABV, this one is bringing pumpkin beers (or yam beers) into new territory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2009
No date. The pour is a murky, auburn-chestnut color with a beige, full, fluffy, creamy head which is somewhat lasting leaving a small, pillowy, frothy layer and some tight, sporadic lace. Nose is actually very pleasant first noting sweet potatoes my family has for Thanksgiving and Christmas (you know, with butter and brown sugar), lots of pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg and allspice, maple syrup is subtle, some spicy wisps of alcohol, and plenty of estery and clovey Belgian yeast. The flavor is similar but a bit acidic and almost like I am eating the beer; brown sugar is more dominant, light notes of maple and nutmeg, some clovey yeast, lightly spicy, and very yammy with some acidity. Palate is okay with a medium body, light dryness from the alcohol and spicing, velvety texture, and a lively carbonation. Finishes with the yams, a mild warmth, maple and molasses (finally), and some nutmeg spicing lingering, all the way to my stomach. By far my favorite pumpkin (or yam) beer but I am interested what the beer would be like without the yams and with a touch less spicing. It is nice to see a Belgian fall beer because the Belgian yeast notes match well with molasses, maple, and spicing found in this beer. The melding aromas and flavors almost had the feel of a weizen bock with the malt richness, the spicing, and the clovey, estery notes. Nice beer but could be a great beer with a few tweaks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
This beer is a cloudy orange-brown color with a medium frothy light beige head that burns away quickly. Partial rings of lacing. The aroma has a variety of spices like nutmeg and allspice over the relatively subtle maple. Medium body with flavors of brown sugar, maple, cinnamon and a touch of yeast. The finish is spices and molasses and a light maple aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iggynelix (88) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2009
the spice notes of this were perfect for the cool fall evening. the molasses and yams really come through, but don’t overpower. this was one of my favourite dinner bottles this season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2009
750 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy brown color with a large tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Very malty aroma with notes of maple, brown sugar, molasses and nutty notes. Taste is squash, molasses, some caramel and nutty notes and a strong tartness. Light spicy notes as well. Medium-full bodied. Interesting,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
This one reminded of cider. Theres a lot going on fruity sweetness and spiciness on the aroma and in the flavor. Some funkiness. But really just too much going on. Not bad but not my style and very close to being way over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2009
750mL bottle. A very murky amber pour with a thick British khaki head. A sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, molasses, and my mom’s Joe Frogger cookies. Big-bodied. Kinda syrupy. The flavor starts off quite sweet with a good deal of caramel, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Yams, molasses, vanilla extract, and honey follow. Finishes with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of citrus. Warming alcohol throughout. A tasty seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2164) - USA - OCT 31, 2009
Sweet aroma with a touch of skank. A very sweet and malty beer, rich and dessertlike. Brown sugar, maple syrup, and a bit of yam comes thru also. There seems to be something a little Belgian in the flavor as well - perhaps it is the yeast. A good brew, but overpriced at $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of candy/brown sugar, overripe banana, nutmeg/allspice, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic, metallic. Very sweet, with a rather unpleasant aftertaste and metallic twang. The aroma is pleasant, albeit clearly portentious of the sweetness level. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3174) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle Pours out a brownish orange topped with a small head. Aroma was of spice, nutmeg, and week old pumpkin pie. Taste was nice lots of sweetness, candy, pumpkin pie, and more spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4424) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to Jeff for sharing. Brown pour with some white head. Definitely different, flavors of maple, sugar, spices,and yams, sweet but not too sweet no notice of alcohol here.

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