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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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OK, what do you get when we toss pale malted barley, pumpkin and spices into a stainless steel cauldron then stir in some magic? Uh, Trickster! The magic is actually mischievous Belgian yeast at play with cardamom, nutmeg and coriander. This spooky cool brew will make your glass glow bright despite the gloominess of the season.

Designed to conjure up a little fun during the darkening days of autumn, Trickster is a frivolous concoction of earthy pumpkin, comforting malt, and lively spices. This makes Trickster the brew to accompany your post-winterizing duties, family fall dinners, ghost stories, U-boast-iT stories, and supposedly haunted garage parties.

But the flavor range of Trickster also pairs well with citrusy and/or spicy cuisine. Try a glowing glass with your favorite dishes that incorporate nutmeg, cardamom or corianderlike Thai curries, Swedish meatballs, gingerbreador seek out new recipes on the web. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately our Trickster supply will end soon. Get it and enjoy it now!

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14314) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy orange amber with a transient beige head. Aroma is very light pie spice. Med body or better. Flavor is pie spice, but there is the yeast/fruit ester thing playing in. Its thinning rapidly and the flavors arent really strong. Its nice, but its not very exciting? Damning with faint praise? It isnt really sweet or bitter. The flavors tend to fade away.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9380) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours light amber with a rich off-white head and a spicy pumpkin aroma. There is a rather harsh vegetable flavor with a mix of spices and a noticeable yeast presence.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
furthur (984) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Color cloudy dark amber. Aroma spice, malt, yeast, fruit. Taste apple, caramel, grapefruit, faint spice. Sweet and fruity. Smooth on the tongue, medium viscosity, not dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Sample at Kurtkeller 001: Pumpkin-tastic 01 on 11/22/2013. Clear orange color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of cloves, malt and pumpkin. Medium-bodied with flavors of cloves, yeast, earthy malt and ginger. The finish is mildly spiced with a ginger and yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (7172) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a medium beige head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is spices, allspice, clove, cinnamon, herbs. Flavor is the same, light sweet and light zesty bitter, herbal and quite spicy with strong earthy yeast notes as well. Medium body. Meh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zymurgeist2 (1910) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Aroma dominated by cardimon and nutmeg with moderate clove. Coppers range with off white head. Pretty. Spice dominates flavor with cardimon and clove. Proving yet again I dont like pumpkin ales.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2324) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Beer #4. Aroma is earthy, Belgian yeast imparting banana, light clove. Pours hazy orange with a medium beige head with good retention. Taste is extremely earthy, clove. Highly carbonated, medium-bodied. Second beer in a row with very little to no pumpkin character. Not bad for a spiced up earthy tripel, though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2081) - Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22 oz bottle- Pours a very hazy orange with a one finger off white head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is kind of beery, generic, sweet, Belgian yeast, spices. The taste is very Belgian, yeasty, earthy, spices. I am not really getting much pumpkin, maybe a general vegetal taste, but I want a pumpkin taste in my pumpkin beer. Still a tasty beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2013
I suppose now is the time to try this one. Amber-orange color with a short-lived fizzy head. No head retention. Soft Belgian yeast aroma, with clove, and fruity esters. Gentle nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamon enter the mix. The flavors are a bit sweet, with Belgian yeast, brown sugar, clove, and a fruity ester character. Theres pumpkin spices; the same as noted in the aroma, with some more pumpkin specific flavors too. Not much of a crusty, cracker thing going on though. If I didnt already know this was a "pumpkin beer" it may just pass as a decent Belgian Ale. While I was happy to find the pumpkin not so dominant, I was still a bit underwhelmed by this beer. It grew on me from my initial impression but nothing is here to get me overly excited with it. For what its worth, I would much rather have their TREAT.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a medium clarity, orange-bronze hued body with a medium sized off-white head that slowly fades. Aromas are of spices: ginger/gingerbread, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, medium malt toasty qualities, light estery yeast and peppery phenolics. Flavors show a toasted malt quality, a bit crackery with warming spices notes (nutmeg and cinnamon and possibly light coriander). Toned down belgian yeast provides only a light fruity character. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall, it is quite a bit more balanced than I was expecting; definitely a good thing.


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