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Great Lakes Saison DuPump - Great Lakes Brewery

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: liamt07 on 09-23-2011

Pumpkin Farmhouse Ale
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deliciously grainy and yeasty nose and taste, overall a very appetizing brew. Unremarkable to look at however. Not-quite-clear gold with a very short-lived head and no real lace. Just a small ring as you go. Fairly thin bodied with just a little bite and sparkle from the carbonation. Easy drinking and flavourful, quite enjoyable, worth a try.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for under $6 CDN.

Appearance - slightly hazy, bright golden color with a slight pumpkin tinge. Lots of visible carbonation and topped by nearly a finger of head with minimal retention.

Smell - yeasty with a wallop of pumpkin smell. Slightly vegetative. Very much like toasted pumpkin seeds. Any interesting hybrid between a pair of great styles.

Taste - almost exactly what you'd think a pumpkin saison would be like, some bready and yeasty flavours, with the toasted pumpkins eyed flavor shining through again. Some distinct candied sweetness mid sip. Very mild bitterness and earthy throughout. Some spices shine through too.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light bodied with intense carbonation. Great light feel with substantial flavor.

Overall - a very well executed pumpkin saison, about exactly what you'd expect for something of this hybrid style. Definitely worth a try and something I will try to pick up again this season.

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Saison du Pump has a honeycomb colour and complexion that muddies more and more as the contents of the bottle empty. By the end it's a completely opaque orange (though its golden highlighting stays strong). It has a fall tone but summer brightness, fitting for a beer perfectly suited to those autumn days where the weather is still warm and the sun not yet slumbering.

A proper Saison doesn't need any additional spicing; a proper Pumpkin Ale certainly doesn't need a Saison yeast. Both these styles are independently abundant with spicy and savory elements, saisons courtesy of Belgian yeast and pumpkin ales from the inclusion of actual spices. Combining the two should lead to disarray and disharmony, no?

No! The aroma reveals a friendly (even complimenting) co-existence of summer and fall flavours: farmhouse 'funk', grain, fresh orchard fruits as well as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon that leave a mulled apple cider note. The clove is especially prominent on the nose but the malts take over the reins on the palate with a soft but still grainy breadiness.

The mouthfeel is where this epic battle really plays out; zippy carbonation and fruity esters duel with savory spices and lightly sweet malts and the winner is... me, the drinker! Mind you, the bubbles rush the spices away quite quickly so a lot of the more savory notes go fast - enjoy them while they last, before the cereal sweetness kicks back in.

Great Lakes' brewer must have an engineering background - he's built a bridge between two far apart worlds. The hybrid is predictably ostentatious but surprisingly agreeable; who'd have thought a pint glass was big enough to hold both of these bold, distinctive styles!? This offering is a reminder of why every Tank Ten (and Project X) release is worth seeking out.

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3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, cloves and light pumpkin notes with some rustic malt notes and some dry ester. Taste is also quite the mix with some heavy notes of cinnamon with some cloves, some rustic malt and the dry ester notes from the yeast. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Great mix between the spices associated to the pumpkin while retaining loads of the characteristics associated to the saison.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs who sent this brew as part of the fall canbif.

A: Pours an exceptionally clear pumpkin colour with a minimal amount of white head. Tiny streams of bubbling float to the top.

S: Initial scents of sweet malts, fall spices, cloves and cinnamon, together with vegetative pumpkin. Background notes of traditional saison yeast and hints of orange.

T: Upfront sweet notes which are quickly replaced by hoppiness combined with white pepper and orange zest followed by yeasty bread and vegetative notes. Finishes with a slight spiciness.

M: Medium to light bodied with active carbonation.

O: While containing no pumpkin, this saison brings a vegetative element to complement the traditional saison profile. Enjoyable and worth trying.

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Great Lakes Saison DuPump from Great Lakes Brewery
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