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Trickster - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 allspice, ginger and black pepper. This spooky cool brew will make your glass glow bright despite the gloominess of the season.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: AKBelgianBeast on 11-21-2009)
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Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle

Poured into a chalice due to the abv and Belgian qualities, here goes:

A: ruddy brown colored body with a thin white head that concaves a bit at the edges with its lacing

S: earthy Belgian yeast up front but some nice spicy tones that softly allow some clove and malty/somewhat sugary notes, light pumpkin only after some warming

T: earthy yet spicy yet malty sweetness with some light vanilla and pepper; slight clove-like vanilla aftertaste and dry spicy finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation has an adequate harshness for a Belgian beer
yet still comes across with a decent smoothness

O: this seems to be more of a Belgian ale than a pumpkin ale, no worries, its still good stuff that I might have again, the Belgian and spicy notes take over more so than the pumpkin notes

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 17:36:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of scottfrie


4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Gulden Drakk tulip.

A: Pours a clear iced tea color with a very dense, fluffy, and thick light tan head that took forever to fade into a soft film and fuzzy collar.
S: Earthy Belgian yeast and pumpkin spice dominates the nose with notes of clove, lemon zest and bready pale malt.
T: Bready malt and earthy yeast base is easily noticeable beneath notes of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, pepper and faint lemon and pie crust. The finish is doughy and mildy spicy with notes of vanilla as well, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and sugary.
M: Medium body, medium mouthfeel, smooth and slick. Easy carbonation is fluffy and drinkable.
O: Definitely a spice lovers beer, but they mix well with the pale malt base. Belgian yeast adds a doughy and unique flavor that works well with everything else. Enjoyable all-around.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:32:50 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass- pours a pretty clear amber color with minimal head, retention and lacing.

Smell is of pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, the usual. Some barley but I don't get any yeast.

The taste is pretty much the usual pumpkin ale- pumpkin, the above-mentioned spices, a little barley malt. There is a bit of an interesting yeast flavor, but not prominent.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium bodied, light carbonation, certainly a nice autumn brew. Lacking that extra special zest that makes a great interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:37:09 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured dark copper from a 22 oz bomber into a duvel tulip. Very little white head leaving a little lacing in the glass. Aroma of vanilla and sugary syrup. Tastes very smooth and with a huge load of vanilla and some subdued cinnamon and cloves in the background. Finishes with a slight bitterness. A medium bodied beer with a dry enough finish to be moderately easy to drink at 7% abv.

Overall it's got way too much vanilla and sweetness for me without much in the way of spice to back it up. A bit one dimensional. Wouldn't get again with the other pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:35:21 | More by spokeydonkey
Photo of metter98

New York

3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and squash are present in the nose along with notes of cardamom spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is rather spicy and has flavors of cardamom and nutmeg along with notes of coriander and pumpkins. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of the spices but the use of cardamom and coriander seem to make this taste more like a spiced beer as opposed to a pumpkin beer. Only the nutmeg spices seem in place for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:18:34 | More by metter98
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3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and apple cider aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, and slight vegetal pumpkin flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is decent but the pumpkin presence in this one is very subdued.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 15:31:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of alpinebryant


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a good amount of lacing and visible carbonation.

S: Aroma of allspice, cloves, belgian yeast bubblegum and other ester flavors from high temp fermentation. Clove clearly stands out in this as it is a relatively clean looking beer and clove is so noticeable.

T: Flavors of belgian yeast, bubblegum, clove, banana and cotton candy. Clove is relatively subdued, but without many competing flavors spare cinnamon, this is clearly defined by the ground clove flavors. Possibly even some jamaican allspice.

M: Light to medium bodied. High carbonation, but not stinging.

O: Overall this is good. Very tough to beat Treat as it is one of my favorite beers and where that lacks, this would probably do well with a lesser blend inside of Treat. The one thing that I see as a serious drawback in here is the slightly tannic bitterness imparted either from the clove or allspice.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:47:37 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of flexabull


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer my friend brought back from Alaska to share with me.

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a smaller white head.

Aromas are of Belgian yeast, light spices, most notably cloves also some pumpkin notes. Pretty pleasant.

Taste is just like the nose. Definite "Belgian" flavors going on. Light bubblegum, cloves, and a general spicy yeast flavor. Finish is crisp with hints of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, lighter body.

Overall, I liked this one. I tend to enjoy pumpkin beers, and while this wasn't a great beer, it was tasty enough and pretty unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:58:40 | More by flexabull
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3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle at the brewpub. The box said October 2012. It has the newer sticker type label, so I believe it is a new batch.

A - Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a light tan head the moves to the edges and sits in a ring.

S - Cloves, gingerbread, pumpkin, pepper, Belgian yeast.

T - Halloween spices, ginger, clove, peppery, yeasty. A bit muted at this point.

D - Mild carbonation and a light body. Smooth mouthfeel.

O - I thought this one might be a bit old, and it probably was. Still good flavors, but a bit muted.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:44:18 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2010 I think.

Pours clear gold with a four inch head of spongy white. A slow retreat settled to a half inch foam cap with plenty of meshy lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with apples, bubblegum, cloves, and orange blossom honey. Hints of coriander and nutmeg follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel.

Citrus, spice, and honey-drizzeled malt start the palate. Red apples, orange peel, with cloves and bits of ginger.

Finishes with light spice, clovey phenols, and bubblegum.

Tasty Belgian style pale ale. No pumpkin coming through at this point, but the spicing is well integrated now and the high level of carbonation really helps this one stand up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:34:18 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of JohnnyP3


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a C&B Belgian glass. Bottled second week of September 2011. Pours a burnt orange/copper with a thin head of white foam. Slightly hazy with carbonation clearly visible.

Aroma is comprised of spicy pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. Some hints of Belgian yeast as well.

Nice fresh spiced pumpkin with, as the nose suggested, some seasonal spices--nutmeg, cinnamon, and some clove. The Belgian yeast also makes its presence felt in the panoply of tastes. Pumpkin is definitely spiced with some peppery flavors. Overall, very fresh and festive for this time of year.

Mouthfeel is crisp and lively, keeping things interesting. One of the lighter bodied pumpkin beers.

Overall, a nice twist on the style by introducing the Belgian yeast. Fresh pumpkin taste and interesting spicy qualities. Takes a little getting used to.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 05:23:01 | More by JohnnyP3
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3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber (thx Jeremiah!) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Trickster is clear brassy gold with a big white head that leaves nice, sticky lace.

Smell is spicy phenols and sweet cereals, a floral perfume.

Taste is okay, this is a generic American take on a Belgian blonde, spicy (again more yeast like then any specific spice that was added). I'm not sure I really taste the pumpkin...there's a vague vegetable component, but I wouldn't ID it as pumpkin if I wasn't told the beer was made with it. But it detracts, rather then enhances my enjoyment of this honestly mediocre brew, that doesn't strike me as being very reminiscent of fall like most pumpkin beers. The aftertaste really doesn't work to well for me, like overripe pumpkin or something. The sweetness of the malt seems cheap as well. A rare miss from MSBC.

Mouthfeel is very dry and spicy, medium light bodied.

Drinkability isn't super high, as the taste just isn't that good, and the spicy mouthfeel is fatiguing. This one needs retooled, or retired.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:55:19 | More by ccrida
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Ira for another MSBC bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a very light, clear amber with a big fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a collar and leaves a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is fairly muted for a pumpkin ale. It really smells like a Belgian golden with some pumpkin and spices thrown in. The spicy Belgain yeast and some fruity esters are just as prevalent as the pumpking and spices.

The taste is more of the same though the spices come out a little more than in the aroma. The pumpkin is very subtle hardly noticeable and, again, the slightly sweet/spicy Belgian yeast backbone is the most noticeable flavor in the taste. The finish is lightly spicy, with both yeast and holiday spices present.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and very much like an average Belgian golden ale.

This one certainly pales in comparison to Treat, though that's certainly a difficult comparison. It certainly doesn't sit squarely in the pumpkin ale category as the Belgian yeast is much more prominent than any pumpkin or spice flavors. As pumpkin ales go, it's fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:45:16 | More by gford217
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3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new fall brew from midnight sun.

Pours a totally clear very light orange with a white head that falls very quickly to a ring and some skim, but does leave ok lacing.

Nose is very faint, limited amounts of spice, and next to nothing else. Some slight, almost corn like notes.

Taste is pretty bland as well. The pumpkin spices do make themselves known, but this tastes like nothing more than a bland golden ale with a short helping of spices tossed in loosely. It's pretty balanced, and easy drinking, but for a pumpkin ale im looking for something alot more rich and spicy. The finish has slight bitterness, but not much. There is a little bit of a metallic twinge in the aftertaste, some spices and that little corn like presence linger.

Mouthfeel is about right, viscosity is where it oughta be and the carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is solid, as this one is far from overspiced, underspiced and lacking in substance if anything.

Overall, im slightly dissappointed with this one. Its probably good for people who don't like alot of spice in their pumpkin ale, and prefer a much lighter fall seasonal. Midnight sun will always be my first love for a pumpkin infused beer (ICPP or "TREAT") but this one falls way short of their high standards. Glacier Brewhouse or Moose's Tooths pumpkin ales are much better options this fall. A tolerable beer, but not one i'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 04:42:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Trickster from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.