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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2010
On tap at the 2009 Great Pumpkin Festival, Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge MA on 31 October 2009. Hazy red/orange colour. Sweet and rich aroma, very reminiscent of maple syrup. The maple is extremely evident in the flavour too, together with some sweet nutty notes - rather like Nutella spread. Rather too sweet for me, with little in the way of balancing bite. Spicing is agreeable and doesnít dominate too much. Not unpleasant but a bit of a one trick pony and not particularly to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12350) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown color, hardly any head. Molasses and tropical fruit in the aroma. Little carbon. Sugary sweet flavor with molasses and dried tropical fruit. Ginger and marmalade. Alcoholic. Too sweet and onedimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
First, I pretty much hate pumpkin beers so this is exciting to have a pumpkin beer with no pumpkins and the far superior yams in place of them. Hazy light brown with a nice matching head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar and yams. Its like a holiday side dish all in itself. Flavor is sweet but not cloying, vegetal in a good way. Just enough yams. Not too much (thankfully). I really dig this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2010
"Pours a mottled river water brown color with an orange tint. Lasting foamy head and very generous lacing. Warm, inviting aroma of buttered yams and maple syrup. Nice yeast scent coupled by fresh dinner rolls and toffee. Medium bodied with a decent creaminess. Finished a touch watery and itís sweet all around. Flavor follows the aroma and the Belgian yeast is more prominent. Figs, brown sugar, tea, banana and mixes spices find their way into the mix. Interesting brew."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Pours murky/ rusty brown with a foamy tan head. Heavily carbonated. Nice head retention last throughout. Aroma is of maple, malt, yeast, spice, yams, banana, and citrus. There is a lot going on in the aroma. Taste starts off with a strong maple and yam taste. Has a biscuity malt backbone. Lots of banana, spice, yeast, and grass. Has a strong taste of earthy tree bark or something of that nature. Lingering maple taste stays long after each sip. Mouthfeel is sticky, gritty, and very carbonated. The alochol is undetectable. Looks good, smells good, drinks good, and itís festive. If you donít like yams or maple, donít bother.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3837) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Traded bottle over at Sarah and Rhinoís for New Yearís Eve. Eh, okay I suppose. Quite possible that the sweetness from the yams made this a little cloyingly sweet. The sweetness and the raw alcohol were a bit of a downer for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2009
From bottle shared by awiseman. nose is dark and sweet with prominent notes of molasses. Pours golden orange with a frothy white head. Yams are apparent as well as some brown sugar. Gets kinda stale and bready at the end. Not a big fan. O well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle from Keg Liquors in Clarksville, shared with Brothers Eric & Nathan. Pours murky brown with light tan head. Nose is dark spices and belgian yeast. Flavor is mushy yams, spices and slight maple with a solid belgian backing and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Slightly sweet and all around not bad, but a little odd in flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Clear reddish maple in color with a small, dense head. Aroma is a nutmeg perfume. Taste is sweet and sour, with a slight medicinal (spice) edge, and mild minerality, vegetality and acidity into the finish. A bit cloying, but not bad. $10/750

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2009
750 mL 2009 batch. Pours dark orange with huge frothy tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma of yeast, clove, yam and a lot of booze. Good sweetness, great brown sugar sweet finish. A bit hot, but still doesnít taste like 10%. Decent carb and medium mouthfeel. Pretty complex and well made beer. I think Iíd like it more with an American ale yeast, but would also like to try the BA version.

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