Witch's Brew'mmm | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oh farewell summer of sun and humid heat. Fall is here yet another year. No feast nor fest neither shall there be rest, until the fruits of fertility brew us thy ale. Oh brewer with the harvest at hand, brew us the ale in which we demand. The Witch's Brew'mmm is a Belgian style ale brewed with pumpkin and spices. A whimsical yeast and a handful of hops.

Added by funkyaudio on 09-20-2012

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 31
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Clouds up a bit as the bottle is drained, traces of lacing & head retention

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, faint pumpkin notes that get stronger as it warms

T: Follows the nose, slight squashyness & dryness up front, plus just a bit mushroom & dirt. Dryness, squashy notes, with some faint metallic notes as this warms. Finishes dry, with nutmeg & all-spice

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation, pretty dry

Slight better than most pumpkin beers, but still not a must-buy

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Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks out to Lukahn (Reddit) for sending me this interesting beer, from a brewery that has some interesting beers.

I can already see the lack of carbonation as it forms the slightest head covering, with no lacing, over a quite clear pumpkin orange color.

Nose is pumpkin alright, some canned and some pie, with a light gourd like, also pumpkin pie spices, light cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, etc, light sweet toasty amber malts, little syrupy candy, and an interesting light Belgian malt and yeast addition, with light eaters and fruity aromas, and hint of Belgian yeast spices even.

Taste brings more pumpkin but light, light canned, light pie, and light fresh pumpkin like flavors. Pie spices again light cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, etc. Malts come in light, little amber malt, light sugary flavor that is more like they added extract or pure sugar to ferment a bit more as the overall malt and feel is light. Belgian flavors are there but light again, light esters and fruity flavors from the yeast, as well as light Belgian spices. A light warming booze comes through, and brings the slightest hint of hot Belgian phenol flavor. Finish is drier but sticky, little gritty too, lingering Belgian esters and light booze phenols, more fruity pumpkin and pie spices lingering, and a mild bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, feels a bit thin, lighter carb too and some hot booze for only being 7%.

Overall mixed bag, I like the Belgian yeast addition to the pumpkin, and I'm glad it's not spices to hell and sweet and syrupy, but more the opposite add its too thin and lacking on the carb. The hot phenols are interesting at first but get a bit too much and almost fusel alcohol which is not good for such a thin beer and lowish abv.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a syrupy looking dull cooper with little visible carbonation, no head, and no sediment. The nose is ripe pumpkin aromas forward followed by a fruit,y rye-like spiciness and a hint of citrus. The taste presents the same vegetable/gourd sweetness, a hint of spice (although still not traditional pie spices), and slightly tart lemony finish. It's medium bodied, syrupy sweet, undercarbonated, spicy, and has a semi-dry tartness that lingers in the finish. This is a relatively unique pumpkin ale, one that doesn't overwhelm with spice, but highlights the gourd instead. I'd probably opt for a pumpkin ale with more pie spice notes in the future, but like that it's not nearly as sweet as the majority of beers in the pumpkin ale category.

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Photo of funkyaudio
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-orange color with a small off-white ring for a head. Aroma has a nice blend of pumpkin ale spices- nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, along with sweet graham cracker and caramel malts. The flavor is more earthy, while retaining the same spices and sweetness, along with some vegetal pumpkin and Belgian breadiness. No alcohol can be detected. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, mildly spicy, chewy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Excellent pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong pumpkin, spices, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pumpkin, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, spice, hint of hop, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good aroma, feel, blend, and body.

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Witch's Brew'mmm from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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