holeyiii (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of a corked bottle from brewery.
Aroma - Wow. Super complex. Malty, cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin of course. Light embers and a tad smokey (almost peaty)
Appearance - They call this a saison, the color is an unexpected brilliant glowing deep orange. Screams fall beer in color. Can’t get over the color. Decent head retention for a saison.
Taste - A very spicy beer. Heavy in clove, cinnamon, and malts with a light hint of fruity embers. Nose really contributes to taste. A bit of that smokey/peaty taste in the end. Definitely more of a pumpkin spice beer. Not much of a pumpkin flavor.
Palate - Smooth in the front with a small crisp in the back. Almost like eating pumpkin pie. Soft with a light crunch.
Overall - Great beer. Wasn’t very sure how troegs would do with pumpkin. With dead reckoning being too hoppy yet nugget nectar being nearly perfect it was hard to tell. Thankfully this beer is nearly perfect. Reminds me of a drunken pumpkin pie laced with bourbon like my dad used to make.
Drank 2nd glass with cold Thanksgiving leftovers. Pure ecstasy.
Bulk_Carrier (4486) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 1, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a tulip and treated as a Belgian ale with pumpkin flavor added, the appearance was a dark muddy orange color with a sustaining finger and a half’s worth of white foamy head. Lacing moves in a sly sticky fashion roaming around the glass nicely.
The aroma starts off with sweet pumpkin flesh, Belgian spicy yeast, gentle sweet bready to toffee malts and a warming boozy raisin smell underneath.
The flavor balances exceptionally well between the sweet of pumpkin to the Belgian bready/yeastiness. Spices slyly move in. Some ginger, allspice and cinnamon help to provide a nicer cozier balance and everything seems to combine wonderfully in the aftertaste and leaves a quick semi-spicy to sweet malty pumpkin sort of finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping to sly sessionable moveable sort of feel. Spices hit in the harshness but the carbonation also helps to balance and not distract.
Overall, because of the yeast strain Troeg’s uses for this beer, I believe this is a Belgian ale that has a great amount of pumpkin in it. I would love to behave this again.
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best pumpkin beers you can get your hands on, but it’s not very pumpkiny compared to most pumpkin beers. It’s got a rich color and flavor and has a nice sweetness that pairs with its spiciness. If you can get it, get it.
williamstome (1769) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hazy pour between amber and mahogany. Malty aroma with pumpkin spice notes. Big sweet spicy pumpkin pie flavor; very full. Great thick mouthfeel. The best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had!
tillmac62 (693) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear medium amber with a garnet cast (copper with red). Normal head volume and retention, poor lacing.
Almost world class nose of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg with a subtle pumpkin over a rich base of toasted biscuit with a strong caramel influence.
Heavy light body that is smooth. Perfect carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.
The flavor profile is outstanding. Had the alcohol been completely covered, it would be world class. Intensity is spot on, but balance and complexity is where this beer shines like a jack-o-lantern on a cold dark witchy night. It begins with a blended spice flavor over a rich toasty malt base that comes just to the sweetness threshold. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg lead. By the middle, clove arrives and becomes dominate over the malt base that now has a caramel influence. The middle also provides the strongest pumpkin influence which had been creeping to the forefront. Bitterness is more of a tickle that provides balance. The finish allows alcohol to be noted as the slow fade of mostly clove lingers. As the finish lingers, dryness is quite evident and ginger provides it’s strongest influence.
Damico (3145) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, quite delicious. Pours dark amber thick but somewhat clear with a whitish ring for a head. Aroma brings a rush of fall spices in mixing nutmeg and subtle cinnamon sticks and cloves smooth and soft in the nose. Flavor brings big clove and some nutmeg and cinnamon settling on the palate. There is a calm sweetness settling to suggest pumpkin.
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at brewery into tulip glass. Pour is an orange amber color with about a half finger of off-white head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger and clove. Taste is phenomenal! I get a ginger kick right from the start, then comes the pumpkin pie and spices to round it out. Definitely for the spice-heads. Great offering! I hope this comes around next year.
Art (3205) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizza Boy. Pours a clear brownish orange with a white foamy head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, clove shines through the most. Definitely a sipper. Pumpkin pie flavor is pretty spot on. Even has a grain/malt aftertaste remenicient of crust. Good amount of pumpkin pie without being overpowering like Pumking. One of the better pumpkin beers around.
mtmaguire (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great pour, taste, color. Sniff smells nice with a subtle pumpkin aroma and spices. Tastes is just right. One of the best pumpkins around.
puboflyons (3269) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the corked, caged 375 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Attractive looking ruby red to brown pour with a modest head that fades. The aroma speaks of cinnamon more than any other pumpkin spice. Yes, the pumpkins and nutmeg come up eventually but that cinnamon is strong. The body is medium but not a bold kind of medium. The taste has a touch of malts but it is the cinnamon that really takes things over and burns on the palate. I wanted to call it bitter but I think it is more of a cinnamon burn. I enjoyed it though.