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Peace Offering - Perennial Artisan Ales

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21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sean9689 on 11-28-2011

American Brown with Maple Roasted Squash from Yellowtree Farm.
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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 100
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: thin head with some lacing on a hazy amber body.

S: Brown sugar and cinnamon with hints of caramel malts.

T: brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg with some caramel. Surprisingly this one comes accross as a little boozy. The squash is actually noticeable once you are alerted to it.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one grows on you as its enjoyed. Unique spicey brown ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

anything maple i am a lush for, so obviously excited for this beer, even though its well out of season right now, its still drinking great, and is another illustration of why perennial is on top of the world right now. look is much lighter than anticipated (and hoped for really), with a deep amber that lets plenty of light in to make it glow, and it has an inch of off white fizz, but thats gone in just a minute. aromatically, its not super interesting. i get no maple specifically, just sweetness. it smells like nothing more than a very well made but brown, which is appetizing enough to me. the flavor gives me a lot more than that though, with the sweetness of the maple and the sweetness of the grain playing off one another, but still being amazingly well balanced by the bitter gourd type of squash in here. not vegetal really, but definitely roasted. also not spiced, which is a huge plus to achieve such a complex flavor profile without it. well done. maybe a little thin in feel, but it lets the maple linger long enough. the finish is actually dry for all the sugar in here too, impressive. not exactly what i wanted out of peace offering, i think these flavors would work well, maybe better, in a robust porter, and of course more maple couldnt hurt, but i like whats going on here and respect it on a number of levels, including the absence of both pumpkins and spices. worth a try at 13 bucks.

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Photo of largadeer
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear caramel color with a small white head. Smells pretty good, quite a bit of squashy goodness here along with a dash of pumpkin pie spice. Caramel malt lends some support, though it doesn't smell too heavy. Doesn't taste as good as it smells, however. Spices contribute some astringency, and overwhelm the malt a bit. I don't get much maple; squash is dialed down compared to the nose. Body is medium-light, a touch thin. Finishes with spices, faint maple sweetness, butterscotch. A decent, easy to drink autumn beer, but the recipe could use some tweaking.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle split into snifters, thanks Justin & Amanda for the assist. Review from written notes.

It pours a murky, tawny reddish amber color, fairly good clarity with some minor hazing in the light. Thin layer of soft creamy foam on top, as it settled the texture reminded me of silkworm webs. It had strong, lasting head retention and left behind minimal lacing.

Earthy aromas of candied ginger, nutmeg, autumnal spices, dry and spice forward, not at all sweet.

A definite "autumn season" impression to this beer, reminds one of crunchy fall leaves, pumpkin pie, and the smell of distant campfires. Flavors of dry spices, nutmeg and bitter bay leaf. Earthy squash/pumpkin flavor in the background, but its overshadowed by the spices a bit. Medium bodied with an even level of carbonation. An interesting spice-forward fall seasonal that has distinctive "autumn" qualities. It was fun to try and probably best shared, but not a repeat buy for me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a clear, copper color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam that left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of maple, squash, cinnamon and caramel.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with a bit too much cinnamon. Squash flavor is present with sweet caramel and toffee flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good beer. Very interesting flavors with the maple and squash.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper color with a soapy off-white head. Intense spice aroma. Lots and lots of all spice and nutmeg to this one. Plenty of maple syrup with a walnut sort of aroma, too. The flavor is just as heavy on the spices and maple. There’s a really good squash flavor to this too. The spices really add a nice substance to the beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Harviestoun Old Engine Oil tulip/snifter at Local Option.

Got some swordfish tacos, so why not go for a new "pumpkin" beer, eh? it pours a hazy copper-straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises powdered sugar, perfume, sweet flowers, toasted biscuit, very light cocoa, and a kiss of cinnamon. The taste holds notes of toasted gourd, light toffee, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper. Things are like a bland, overly-spicy pumpkin pie that was left in the oven too long. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, an underwhelming beer, one that seems to aspire to be a better pumpkin-style beer, but one that only succeeds at mediocrity.

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Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is the October 2013 batch, so it's almost a year old. This is just really dry. I do not get any sweet sensation at all. Just a ghost of something fruity and the dry spicy edge.

Pours with a lovely, thick mashed potatoes head, off white in color. The brew is a coppery red-brown in the De Proef narrow tulip. A little something woody but I don't know what they mean on the label by "maple roasted." Some spice, like cinnamon and a touch of cloves, but mostly generic toasted bitterish spice. Huge suds that never give up. Your mustache will be covered with the stuff.

An interesting peculiar concoction. I think the Missouri squash farmers got the best deal out of this. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/13

Pours an effervescent ruby color & cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Maple syrup, caramel, & brown sugar & pumpkin notes

T: Follows the nose, plus a little cinnamon & dryness up front. More cinnamon as this warms & powdery dryness, plus squashyness, a bit of maple & brown sugar & bit of boozeyness. Finishes dry & squashy with brown sugar & a bit of maple syrup

MF: Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated

Holding well for the age, but not really thrilling me, worth a go, but not sure I would buy it fresher. Usually the aspects of what is basically slightly a pumped up pumpkin ale, are more off-putting when fresh

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, dark copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, cinnamon, hint of nutmeg, hint of pale malt, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, earthy malt, spices, slight grass, hint of pumpkin/squash, and a hint of hops. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and decent body. The blend is too spice-centric, though.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says its a "brown ale".

Slight haze to this toasted, oaky looking, nutty brown, ruby, deep amber colored brew. There's a little sediment suspended in this brew. Two finger head after pour, nice lacing. Foam coverage is patchy after a few sips.

Roasty and toasty bread crust and biscuit malt aromas With a soft undertone of maple syrup and wood. Can't help but think of Autumn weather when you smell this brew.

Pretty malty from start to finish. Starts A little maple syrup sweet on top of roasty bread crust and toasty biscuits. Good carbonation, makes this flavorful, seasonal brew easy to drink. I wouldn't say this beer is a sipper, although the palate is little syrupy. It's still pretty easy and enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't think squash was used to brew this beer. Still, worth checking out.

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper brown with a nice ample cream-colored thin head, leaving some decent lacing for such a low ABV beer.

Aromas begin with some light brown sugary sweet maltiness, light caramel, decent amount of pumpkin pie spices, some light herbal notes. A really nice mix of American Brown and the squash and spices...perfect beer for the Fall and a really nice nose.

The tastes directly follow the nose but with less emphasis. Sweet malts, caramel, brown sugars, definitely a light pumpkin/squash flavor to it as well. The sweetness, malts, and squash work really well together and never become too spicy or sweet or overdone.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice medium good amount of carbonation. There is a fairly sweet malty finish.

Overall this beer was a real treat and a nice surprise from a new and potentially upcoming brewery. A perfect beer to enjoy with Thanksgiving dinner or any holiday meal or even just by itself. A really nice American Brown ale/fall seasonal beer that really hits the mark because the base beer is not an afterthought and was well crafted to meld with the eventual squash and spice additions. Definitely recommended and well worth seeking out for fans of Brown Ales and Vege/Spice Fall seasonal beers.

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Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle after trying the first bottle ever bottled with CoryKing at the Royale. 750mL served into a Perennial snifter.

A - pours a brown color with a nice white head that settles to form a nice rim around the sides the of the glass

S - nose is really spicy with cinnamon and some caramel malts. The squash is also detectable.

T - starts off with caramel malts that fade to some spices (mostly cinnamon). These move into a nice caramelly squash flavor. A lot of cinnamon and some nutmeg and other spices on the exhale. Nice!

M - nice full body that complements the beer well with a good amount of carbonation; a little dry from the spices.

D - I was really impressed with this beer. It has a solid combination of spices, malts, and squash to make this a delicious, complex brown ale / spiced beer. This fall offering might have overtaken Schlafly Pumpkin Ale as my favorite fall seasonal. Nice work Perennial!

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery and poured into tulip (also enjoyed a bottle during Thanksgiving dinner, thanks Cory & Phil!).

A - Pours a light copper brown, cream-colored thin head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Sweet sugary malts, caramel, some spice, some herbal notes, brown sugar. A nice mix of American Brown and the squash and spices...perfect beer for the Fall and a really nice nose.

T - Sweet malts, caramel, brown sugars, definitely a light squash flavor to it, a bit herbal (could be the squash as well). The sweetness, malts, and squash work well together.

M - Medium, good carbonation, sweet malty finish.

O - A perfect beer to enjoy with Thanksgiving dinner. A really nice American Brown hybrid that I personally enjoyed more on-tap then out of the bottle. Would definitely have again, if offered.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was deep mahogany brown with a nice white head. some light lacing and retention.

sweet and funky. you can sense the brown ale but with some added spice. light maple and vegetable in the back. i gave this a bit higher rating on scent because of how well the squash was pronounced.

very similar to the nose but with a bit more spice. very funky through out. the back end of this had a slightly citrus hoppy finish.

mild carbonation with an easy body. sweetness lines the mouth a bit.

this was a great seasonal that paired perfectly with christmas dinner.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark copper with some nice light mahogany hints. There is a thin 0.5 inch head that recedes quickly.

S - Starts off with a delicious traditional American Brown Ale bready notes. There is some nice banana bread sweetness in the nose as well as some mild coca. There is also some delicious squash notes fore sure.

T & M - The beer starts off with some nice bready and earthy malt notes. Then some quick squash and slight pumpkin notes come up quick and add a nice slightly sweet spice. Very reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Definitely a very delicious flavor. Not too intense and off-putting but enough to be perceived. Mouthfeel is light but very delicious and drinkable.

O - Very good offering from these guys. I still haven't been disappointed. It is perfect for the season.

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Photo of wnh
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear chestnut-tinted mahogany, nice color, with a moderate frothy light tan head. Fair lacing.

Nose is intriguing, with a big and clear note of maple-roasted squash. Yes, the label states that this beer was made with maple-roasted squash, but this is not just the power of suggestion; the beer smells like maple-roasted squash. Sweet and a bit earthy, and just amazingly 'squashy.' A bit of cinnamon and baking spice in the background. The brown ale base is hard to pick up.

Kind of falls apart on the palate. Clear, straightforward note of cinnamon up front, with a prickly mouthfeel to match. Notes of tannic wood, skin-on walnuts, a bit of toffee, semi-dry leaves, but all sort of discombobulated and confused. Doesn't seem to follow any kind of normal progression. Finishes dry and prickly.

Light-medium in body, carbonation making it feel lighter than it probably actually is. Mostly soft but with a firm edge. The base beer shows through more as it warms, rounding things out a fair bit and helping integrate the other flavors. A great beer concept that doesn't hold up as well as it ought; the nose and palate are too far apart, and seem like two different beers.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep burnt orange and a 1/2 finger of creamy white head that settles at the top. Good lacing for a low ABV beer. Looks great.

Smell: Oh yea! Caramel malts, sugary maple, cinnamon, and earthy and yet buttery squash. I bet fresh the squash comes through better. Ends with a gentle roasted cinnamon and a light clove note.

Taste: Malty caramels melt into buttery squash and cinnamon notes. Don't get the clove as much here. Maybe some nutmeg? Great blend, though I wish it were a little more intensified. The bottles are a few months old, so maybe when its fresh its a little more.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, drinkable, and yet softened in the mouth by some moderate carbonation. Almost pillowy on the swish in the mouth.

Overall: I have yet to have a beer from this place that does not emerge into the 90+ arena. This is no exception. A really fresh smelling, well-blended, original fall seasonal.

Thanks to Phil, the brewer, for sharing a bottle with me!

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Photo of T-Leb
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Peace Offering has become a seasonal favorite of mine. 2011 seemed to have more maple syrup, 2012 is less maple syrupy but very good.

Pours with a thin head, swirling releases additional maple syrup aroma. Color is a dark rich amber. Tastes of some cinnamon, earthyness, roasted maple pumpkin/squash, moderate carbonation, sweet finish.

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Photo of Megahertz
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml into a French jelly glass on Halloween night.

A - Brown and slightly hazy with a very large, tan, pillowy head that persists. Unable to evaluate carbonation by appearance.

S - Mild honey and maple syrup with a faint cherry-like fruity aroma. Some farmhouse-ale like phenols also noted - leaving an impression of allspice.

T - Distinctive honey and maple syrup flavors mix well with a slightly toasty and rich brown ale. Finish is moderately sweet with only the faintest noble-type bitterness. Very much leaves an impression of candied yams. Maple flavor lasts a long time. Slightly warming.

M - Medium to heavy body with light carbonation.

O - A real autumn treat; if you like maple syrup, don't wait for this one.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this fella on sale... somewhere in Denver. Couldn't pass up the chance to try out a beer with squash and maple syrup. I am a sucker for weird beers.

Poured into a Hitachino Nest glass, crackling khaki tone head flares up and crackles away quickly leaving a sparse, and broken grainy map of bubbles on the surface of a deep ruby to rust coloured brew. Orange tints in light areas with a sort of brown toasty shade accompanying it.

The smell is pretty nice. Has quite a few gentle touches to it. You pick up the toasty malts. A small amount of orange peel, some brown sugar, a hint of vegetal squash and then the lingering sticky scent of maple that catches my attention quite potently at the end.

The taste is a quite toasty. Almost a toasted bread flavor. This is layered over by some herbal hops that dry the beer out a bit. I definitely taste the tones of squash. It almost reminds me of acorn squash with a bit of butter and brown sugar. The maple is present but no more present than the squash is. The beer is quite balanced and subtle. But quite pleasant. It's absolutely frigid, but I could imagine drinking this in the fall or during a Thanksgiving dinner and this would be awesome. This beer and smoked turkey would be awesome.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Fairly dry, not very bitter. On the lighter medium side. Crisp and pretty drinkable. A tad tacky with the sweetness. Not much to say. The carbonation is nice but nothing out of the ordinary for a beer of this body.

Overall it is a pretty good beer. As mentioned, I got this at a sale price and I feel satisfied. If I payed the original cost of $12-$13... I would have felt a bit down about it. It's good, it is interesting, it is not so unusual it would turn off a beginner in adventuring into odd beers but wouldn't hurt the veteran to try.

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Peace Offering from Perennial Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.