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RATINGS: 770   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7184) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Unclear brown body with a small off white head. The aroma is fruity and light sour with notes of syrup and spices. Heavy sweet pumpkin flavour with some spices and dark sugar. Body is close to flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (838) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle: Had this for thanksgiving, spiced and sweet aroma, dark with a thin white head, sweet and malty taste with fairly full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3048) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
My first foray with this bruery and I know understand what the hype is about. A truly interesting take on a movement in the beer world for autumn/spice/pumpkin beers that has raised the bar for everyone else. Too often are these types of beers just regular beers with a little bit of clove and cinnamon thrown in to give you a spiced holiday feel. This beer however blends a couple of new ingredients to add subtle complexities to a smashing base brown ale. A lot of maple syrup in the flavor for me along with a little bit of nuttiness. A bit of a sweetness on the finish but not an overly sugary sweetness. I’m guessing the sweetness comes from the yam aspect. Really enjoyed this interesting take on a fall beer and looking forward to more from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Served this one pre-Thanksgiving meal to a couple of my beer drinking guests since beer sampling is as important as the Turkey on Thanksgiving. This brew was the surprise big hit of the day. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and alcohol. Nice smooth spicey flavors - lots of cinnamon and nutmeg - and the yams are not nearly as overpowering as pumpkin seems to be in beer. Also picked up some gingerbread and some warming alcohol. This beer was a nice addition to the holiday meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
75cl bottle. Lightly hazy brown-red with a medium off-white head. Lots of spice and some alcohol in the aroma, with nutmeg and sweet potato standing out. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a boozy kick in the back and a dry finish. I’m going to have to say that this has breached the upper limit of pumpkin (yam) ale. The alcohol is just a little to dominant in the flavor profile, with some complimenting maple and spice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice, but a little to ambitious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2009
750ml bottle, shared on Thanksgiving 2009. light brown color, slow steady carbonation. aroma of spices, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. bready belgian dough yeast scent. big alcohol, nice candied sugars flavor. Not much sweetness, all sugar has been eaten up. finishes very dry.
26 nov 09

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (758) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2009
pours a beautiful orange copper with off white head. aroma of alcohol and spice. A bit of belgian yeast and i think I can pick up the yam. flavor up front is a nice belgian brown with a bit of sweetness before the yrast comes in. nicely complex. layers of dark fruit, yams and residual sweetness. nice yeasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Had this after Thanksgiving dinner today. Bottle pours semi-cloudy brown with light tan head. Aroma is coriander, allspice, clove, and has a dominant belgian yeast note. Stinging mouthfeel from the high carbonation. Flavor follows the nose and I wish this had more yam or maple flavor. The yeast just simply dominates and any yam or maple flavors are overshadowed by the yeast. Its tasty. It simply could have been better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2009
I was a skeptic on this one but was pleasntly surprised. Not as sweet as expected - spices were nice. Enjoyed quite a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle 75cl.
Unclear medium orange amber color with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, maple, pumpkin, cinnamon, cardamom. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, spicy spicy, and a warm alcoholic finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20091123]

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