First Frost | Fullsteam Brewery

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First FrostFirst Frost

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Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) — literally, “fruit of the gods.” Sweet and savory, with natural notes of cinnamon and apricot, the orange-globed persimmon fruit truly is heavenly. But it’s not until after the first frost that persimmon turns from astringent and bitter to a luscious fruit worthy of the gods.

This bountiful yield produced a complex, fruit- forward winter ale. The beer’s notes of holiday spices come entirely from the native persimmon and the beer’s Belgian ale yeast. At 12% ABV, it's a strong beer -- a fireplace ale for sure -- brewed with the harvest in mind, not a specific style.

Added by Verecund on 02-06-2011

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening a bottle of this. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderately-hazy orange color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of light spicing and a bit of fruitiness. The taste adds a bit more fruit and a bit of earth. The persimmons are there, but not over the top. Body is light with good carbonation. Drinks fairly well and was a nice take on the style. Certainly couldn't tell that the ABV was this high.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmannig, thanks Ben. Beer is the first bottled example from Fullsteam. Nice.

Beer is hazy and kind of orange with a nice soft white head moderate carbonation and some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is estery and spicy with a little bit of nutmeg or allspice and this spectrum of bubblegum esters, sweetness and breadiness. It's smells good but there is a lot going on in the ester department.

Beer is nice, light in body, sweet up front, lots of yeastiness in it with some mild fruit. I don't think the persimmon comes through very much but I can taste the fruitiness of it. It's a decent beer, a good winter warmer for sure. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Verecund
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first bottled beer from Fullsteam. A winter ale brewed with 75lbs of locally-gathered persimmons. Picked up a few of these at the Sam's release on 02.04.2011; opened on 02.05.2011. Bottle #048 of 800.

Pours a darkened prune, with a burlywood-hued half-finger head. It recedes to a contact lens about the rim of the glass, accompanied by a milky blot of foam sporadically resting on the rest of the surface. Subsequent pours yield a full one-finger head with very bubbling activity that settles down nicely.

Smells like spiced cake or mulling spices: allspice, cinnamon, minor star anise, and dried fruit. On the tail end of the nose, I pick up on a wonderful sweetness that avoids classification (think halfway between orange and raspberry). The yeast is quite present. It's soft, but complex.

Brown sugar maltiness, sweetened cocoa, some clove spiciness, allspice, and cinnamon. The fruitiness is sweet, reminding me mostly of apricot (hold the beer in your mouth and introduce oxygen - there, that's where the persimmon shines), but there's a pleasant pecan nuttiness mid-palate, and the finish is spicy and slightly tannic.

Medium-bodied, with just under medium carbonation. At times, it seems too watery. The finish is slightly dry and borderline astringent.

It hides its ABV well, but warms as you get further into the bottle. Overall, I'm a fan of persimmons and this beer delivers both conceptually and executively. If I hadn't been told that persimmons were in this, I'm almost positive I couldn't pinpoint it - but the generic brown maltiness really shows the fruit's complexity: it begins like gingerbread, shows its fruity sweetness, and finishes nutty and spicy. There's room for improvement, but a nice showing from their first bottled beer.

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First Frost from Fullsteam Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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