St. Dekkera Reserve: Pumpkin Flanders
DESTIHL Brewery

St. Dekkera Reserve: Pumpkin FlandersSt. Dekkera Reserve: Pumpkin Flanders
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Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
ABV:
7.4%
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3.79 | pDev: 13.72%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
5
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have seen more and more pumpkin sours spring up over the past few years, and im not sure its something i love, but this one is better than most. the base beer is awesome, a really sour and mature, woody and winey, malty and wild tasting flanders red or oud bruin type, lots of vinegar and acidity, red wine tannins and dried fruitiness, and rich oak, its great even without the pumpkins and spices. i think though, that this type of sour and the malt flavors in here are already quite autumnal, so its not a stretch to add these and make it work, like i think it can be in say a brett saison or something, its a little better place to start with something like this. the pumpkin tastes natural enough but is still well behind the vinegar, and the spices are just right, light anise and clove, even vanilla and raisin in here too, they linger long in the finish and are sort of warming and comforting at the same time that the acidity is sharp and even jarring, its a neat juxtaposition, and it works. it helps that the base beer is as good as it is, and this is insanely sour overall, but its one of the better beers in this new pumpkin sour category that i have had so far. really dug this one, reminds me of something i had from almanac years ago...

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Photo of Murphious
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really wanted this to be something super special and leave me with a "Wow". Unfortunately, this expensive beer is kind of ho-hum. It pours a dark root-beerish brown with a nice carbonation and 1.5in of semi-rough foam. Aromas of sour apple(?) and a little spice. I was hoping there would be more pumpkin or spice in the aroma AND flavor but mostly sour. It seemed they took the excellent Flanders Red they produce and added a can of pie filling into the whole vat. Next time, Destihl, don't be stingy and get more flavor in this. The mouthfeel is very good, almost stout-like. Just wished the sour didn't over power almost everything else.

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2013 batch year, bottled on 9/16/2015. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy kahki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, clove, oak, light pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light roast, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vanilla, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, dark/bready malt, and moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, clove, oak, light pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light roast, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vanilla, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/tannic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour/dark fruits, spices, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, dark/bready malt, and moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/yeast spiciness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/tannic, lightly grainy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic spiced Flanders brown ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, dark/bready malt, and moderate oak barrel flavors;and very smooth and easy to drink with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering. Insane amounts of complexity going on, but never feels unbalanced.

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St. Dekkera Reserve: Pumpkin Flanders from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 5 ratings