DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2018 FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows an almost clear, gold tinged, light amber color. Up front the beer smells most prominently of lactic acid up front; tart and inviting with a supporting backbone of spicy and woody oak character. Somehow the lactic acidity reminds me a bit of creamy lemon or tart grapefruit. Really the oak and acidity are the most prominent in the nose, and I really don’t smell much in the way of Pumpkin and spices. Having just said that I think I am getting a sort of round, soft, nutmeg and / or cinnamon note that almost brings out a caramelized note just a bit towards the finish. Hmm, and now there is a distinct note of woody black pepper that melds in with a soft mustiness. As the beer warms the soft, round spices become a touch more prominent, but it is never more than subtle, which is exactly what I was hoping for. The oak character becomes quite a bit more prominent as the beer warms up during the second and third pours, but never providing more than a solid, spicy / woody backbone.
Very nicely tart tasting with a solid grapefruit like acidity; the lactic acid adds a lushness to the palate and it coats the mouth. There is a nice prickle to the texture from a persistent, but not overly aggressive carbonation; the prickle is actually boosted by the acidity and this is actually probably the main source of the prickly “texture” as the actual carbonation is quite slight. The finish has a soft, lingering, almost woody, nutmeg like note to it. There is a certain earthiness to this beer, it is quite subtle and somewhat accentuated by the hint of spices, the woody oak notes and the oak spiciness. At times the acidity here adds a flavor that is quite substantially of sour grapefruit, it is quite refreshing and tasty. Towards the end of my last glass I start to get a squash like flavor in the finish; it is wrapped up in the tartness, but also has a touch of vegetal squash flesh to it. At times the acidity seems to somehow accentuate a perceived sweetness in this beer, which in turn accentuates a lightly caramelized and even chewy grain character.
The actual pumpkin character here is quite slight, in fact I can’t really say that I can pick it out, the spices too are slight and I really like how soft and subtle they are here as I hate when these get over done. I really like the creaminess that the texture has, the malt body and lactic acidity combine to create quite the lush character without keeping this from being quaffable. The funk here is quite simplistic in some ways as it is definitely focused on the lactic character; this character is lush and well integrated and is just bracing enough to keep me quite interested. This does not really have a wild, funky, or Brett influenced, but I can’t say that I am missing the wildness that I so like in Lambics; this beer manages to work quite well without it. This is quite the nice beer, easily one of my favorite beers with pumpkin / pumpkin-spices in it, though this is clearly not the focus in this beer, but both do contribute subtly to the profile of this beer. A very well done beer that I have thoroughly enjoyed and which I am quite disappointed to find that my last glass so quickly disappears.
12/10/2016 -- from notes: 22oz bottle, thanks to kbutler1. Mostly clear darker orange color. Thin off-white head, some bits of lace. Little particles in the body. Pumpkin seems to be very subtle, maybe just a little bit of spice. Some vinegar. Moderate sour, moderate sweet. Some creme. Medium-plus body, kind of slick, light carbonation. Interesting wild ale -- esp. considering the 7 years age. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle, thanks to kbutler1. This was an unexpected treat. Can’t say pumpkin or spice plays into it, but a nice, sour-brown; light balsamic, strong malt character, acetic, nice balance between sweetness and the rest. Slick texture, average carbonation. Overall: really, really nice. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. No spice nor sweetness left, but fruit, pumpkin and funk aromas. Pumpkin, some sweetness, tart fruit Flavors. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2015
2009 bomber. Poured fiery reddish-orange with a tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up sour cherries, vinous notes, and footy funk over light pumpkin and biscuity malts.. more of the spice showed up as it warmed.. very interesting. The flavor opened with major vinous sourness, prickly carbonation, and dry, funky Brett on the tip of the tongue.. light middle with biscuity malts showing.. cinnamon, fruity Brett, and more oak tartness around.. finished very dry and very sour. Light-medium bodied with the sourness really shining.. cool interplay between sour vinous barrel, pumpkin-ny notes, and spices on the finish. Great stuff! GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
651mL at a bottle share. Treated like god nectar by participants. Clear amber pour, low acid cut foam. Nose is fresh and funky, mild squash, citrus, lime, not much pumpkin. Taste is almost all lime citric, extremely mouth puckering but no vinegar/acetic thankfully. Whatever pumpkin was in this beer is impossible to pick out over the heavy acid. All lemon/lime juice- one note.
arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish brow with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big tart fruits, hints of slight vegetal notes, hints of earth, slight yogurt, hints of toffee, slight spice, touch of grain. Taste is a mix of spice, grass, slight vanilla, hints of toffee, slight grain, finishing bitter, dry, slightly tart. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle @ Matt’s house, courtesy of Armin. Thanks! Pours a hazy reddish appearance with a thin tan head. Vinegar, black cherry, vanilla, blackberry aroma. Tangy, dark cherry, blackberry, red wine, vanilla, rich vinegar flavor. A bit oxidized. Not bad. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle at Matt’s with friends, courtesy of Armin. Thanks Man! Pour is clear amber with a small cream head that quickly dissipated. Big sour fruity, peach skin, pumpkin, lightly spicy, earthy, lemony, and green appley aroma. Taste is big green apples, pears, white wine vinegar, oaky, caramelly, toffee, and huge acetic finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty nice sour, but this one has gotten way too acetic over the years. mcberko (19809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a fairly clear orange amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is very complex, full of white wine, brett, cinnamon and nutmeg - sounds bizarre, but it somehow works beautifully. Flavour brings out notes of white wine, highly tart light fruits, a moderate brett presence, with trace elements of cinnamon and nutmeg. You wouldn’t think such qualities would work well together, but somehow it all works. Medium tart mouthfeel, with a bit of vinegar, and a finish of pumpkin and nutmeg. Decent, but too acidic and vinegary for me. burg326 (5628) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured a dark cloudy orange color with aromas that blow your mind away with sour pumpkins and wine. I felt the enamel from my teeth start to hurt when I took my whiff. Flavors were a mixture of tartness, light sourness, barnyard, hay, and some wine. At the very end you get subtle pumpkin pulp, damn fine beer, wish I had more bottles.