Master Of Pumpkins
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #291
Ranked #40,032
3.66 | pDev: 15.3%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Master Of PumpkinsMaster Of Pumpkins
Notes: Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery at Strites’ Orchard, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining roasted pumpkins and traditional pie spices with a French saison yeast. This natural fermentation releases a palate of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and honey. In addition to 750mL bottles, Master of Pumpkins is also currently available on draft and for take-out growler fills in the Tasting Room. Taste it you will see. More is all you need!
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4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a dark brown with a white head.

Aroma is spices with a brown sugar malt.

Taste is a nice sweet malt balanced with pumpkin spices.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(375 ml bottle, 2019; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, deep garnet almost ruby-colored liquid; tall, spongy, aged-white foam... head pulls away into thin, messy collar; flecks of lace stick, but not much

S: typical pumpkin ale aromas, with nutmeg apparent on pour, hint of cinnamon too; upon closer sniff, ginger and the saison spice leap out, with the clove perhaps sneaking up in the background... actually a lovely blend of aromas, rather potent overall, with the nutty malt slowly coming to the fore

T: clove, nutty grain, ginger snap cookie malt foundation on first sip - very ginger snap... second sip confirms that clove-forward note, however, its merely an odd semi-accent on the underlying toasty malts... cinnamon and nutmeg eventually pull forward in the aftertaste, which also sports a mildly peppery booze flare... overall bold flavors in malt and spice, with only a mellow, toasted caramel sweetness

F: light-medium bodied, on the lighter side, lacking round syrupy viscosity, the alcohol cutting through that a bit... has some latent gassy carbonation, which maybe lifts it a little across the palate... almost a glassy, lager-like mellow smoothness; bit of sedate boozy warmth

O: is it the clove that throws people off with this and/or the dark malt character? - it's really a rather fine take on a pumpkin beer - full-flavored, malty, restrained sweetness, wonderful definition of component ingredients... short of dessert-like, which is preferable... $3.99 wasn't bad for this; I'd easily get another (1598)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 31, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

5 oz pour on tap. Pours a clearish amber with an off-white head. Aroma and flavor are amber ale with plenty of spices and a hint of roasted pumpkin. Spices are front and center but not off-putting. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. Overall a solid pumpkin beer.

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Lucular from Maryland, Oct 18, 2019
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4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely underrated pumpkin beer. This is the only pumpkin beer I like and look forward to it every year. I could drink this year round, not sure why it doesn’t get more hype!

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Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania, Oct 08, 2019
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3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (after struggling with the cork) into a snifter glass. Maybe a finger of head that faded soon after. Deep orange, almost brown color and clear. Smells mostly of saison yeast, maybe a little bit of pumpkin. Taste is far too much saison yeast with a background of pumpkin. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Not a fan as far as pumpkin ales go.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Oct 06, 2019
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2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Troegs 'Master Of Pumpkins' is a visually appealing beer. The bottle is a slightly oversized, 12.7oz beauty, capped off with a wire sealed cork. I bought a 4 pack, figuring a good brewer like Troegs wouldn't put such care into presentation unless the beer was truly fine. Sadly, however, the brew does not live up to the packaging. It pours a lovely orange. You can taste the pumpkin, there is a decent base of pumpkin mash, and there is appreciable fermentation, all of which seems a promising start. The real problem however, is the spicing. It is heavily balanced toward nutmeg and clove, which renders a peppery and bitter taste. The sugar and cinnamon side of the spice component seems underdone, which spoils all the potential goodness. A disappointment, for sure.

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3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a murky amber/brown color with an off white head with average retention
S-lots of pumpkin pie spice, subtle sweetness, peppery spice from saison yeast
T-more pumpkin pie spice, caramel, vanilla, and tons of clove throughout and in the finish
M-medium bodied with average retention
O-really tasty pumpkin beer with loads of spices. Wouldn't want more than one, but definitely a nice brew for a cool fall day

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atr2605 from New York, Oct 28, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color with a brownish hue and slightly murky appearance. Poured with a short, creamy, light beige foam with medium low retention. Pumpkin and caramel malt aromas with hints of spice and nutmeg. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Assertive carbonation is followed by pleasant spicy warmth. Malt, pumpkin and caramel malty flavors up front with expanding spicy coriander around the edges. Medium spicy, slightly acidic hop bitterness interrupts the malty and spicy flavors momentarily. Malty and pumpkin flavors with light peppery notes from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with pleasant coriander and nutmeg flavors that slowly taper leaving light, dry, peppery notes. I was expecting this to be a disappointment, but this is really a solid pumpkin ale. Flavorful pumpkin that isn’t too sweet with a nice malty base. Tasty, spicy character that isn’t overwhelming with lightly effervescent feel.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Oct 24, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt chestnut brown with lighter edges and a thick, fluffy dense head with a slight ridge around the glass.

Smell is quite spicy, but it's not one of those pumpkin ales where one spice sticks out over all the rest, but instead a good blend of pumpkin pie spices, while an aroma of toasty pie crust is also present.

There is more squashy pumpkin in taste, as well as a softening vanilla cream dollop, but it also has a good woody bitterness and a dry toasty finish via the medium-light, crisply carbonated body.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 15, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When this pumpkin beer first came out it was available on tap only at the Troegs Brewing tasting room. At $5.00 per glass, that was a bit much for the amount received (a small brandy snifter size glass). I drank half the glass then left. Not very good. I contacted the manager about it and made some suggestions on how to make this a better brew.

The following year, it was made available in the large 750mL bottles. So I gave it another try. The first half of the bottle was excellent and I thought they greatly improved on the flavor. Tasted just like a freshly baked pumpkin pie. However, I'm guessing sediment stayed in the bottom of the bottle and the second half of the pour had a distinctive taste of cloves over the pumpkin taste. Troegs is using WAY to many cloves in their recipe. If they would simply cut back on them by around half (for example), this would be one of my favorite pumpkin brews.

Sorry, but this is just an above average seasonal beer for an over priced ($13.95) 750mL bottle. As it is now, "Master" of Pumpkins is a rather arrogant name to call this pumpkin beer when there are many others that better.

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CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania, Sep 02, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 corked & caged bottle into a tulip. 2017 release, best by 8/14/17

dark reddish brown body, slightly hazy amber when held up to the light. small creamy white head which persists, initially leaving excellent lacing.

you get the aroma of this beer without being anywhere near the glass. cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin.

taste follows the nose, though the spice is dominant.

mouth is below medium, finish is a combination of pumpkin spices.

overall, it's a decent enough pumpkin beer, it just seems to lose a little on each category after the look.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Dec 22, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this a Pumpkin Beer? It doesn’t taste like your typical beer in that style. At first, I thought that it tasted like a Belgian style ale. But the brewery uses a French Saison yeast and Northern Brewer hops ( English)

Semi-clear brownish color with a 4 finger head in a Tulip.
Quick resolution.

Spice, especially clove and cinnamon in the aroma. The pumpkin is melded in the aroma and taste.

Excellent taste: spice, pumkin, cinnamon, clove. Good bitter finish with tastes of spice.

Overall, one of the best pumkin ales around, is it a true pumkin ale?

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brureview from Massachusetts, Nov 14, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker brown / copper, nice fluffy cap. Aroma is very Belgian - pepper, clove, Belgian yeast. Not many pumpkin smells. Taste is good - pumpkin is there but not very assertive, it leans just a bit too heavy on the clove spice (or perhaps that is just accentuated by the Belgian yeast) but those more festive flavors are there just not as well highlighted.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Oct 30, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip and treated as a Belgian ale with pumpkin flavor added, the appearance was a dark muddy orange color with a sustaining finger and a half’s worth of white foamy head. Lacing moves in a sly sticky fashion roaming around the glass nicely. The aroma starts off with sweet pumpkin flesh, Belgian spicy yeast, gentle sweet bready to toffee malts and a warming boozy raisin smell underneath. The flavor balances exceptionally well between the sweet of pumpkin to the Belgian bready/yeastiness. Spices slyly move in. Some ginger, allspice and cinnamon help to provide a nicer cozier balance and everything seems to combine wonderfully in the aftertaste and leaves a quick semi-spicy to sweet malty pumpkin sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping to sly sessionable moveable sort of feel. Spices hit in the harshness but the carbonation also helps to balance and not distract. Overall, because of the yeast strain Troeg’s uses for this beer, I believe this is a Belgian ale that has a great amount of pumpkin in it. I would love to have this again.

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3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you like saison, and you like pumpkin, you'll like this. it's a dry, pumpkin spice beer. it's what you'd expect from troegs given it's a pumpkin saison, quality beer.

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bob_roberts from Colorado, Dec 01, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a clear copper orange color... 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Modest lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie... cloves, nutmeg, an autumn spices. Cinnamon and sugar.

T/F: Lots of pumpkin pie spices... follows the nose pretty closely. Good pumpkin flavor, and rich/flavorful. Vanilla, ginger, and lots of cinnamon. Somewhat sticky in mouthfeel... well carbonated. Finish is sweet and a bit of spice lingers at the back of my tongue.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers out there. If you're a fan of the style then you won't be disappointed.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Nov 23, 2016
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3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1+ finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: nutmeg is predominant; cinnamon is also very evident;

T: cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice from start to finish;
very little bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: no pumpkin flavor;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Nov 20, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best pumpkin beers you can get your hands on, but it's not very pumpkiny compared to most pumpkin beers. It's got a rich color and flavor and has a nice sweetness that pairs with its spiciness. If you can get it, get it.

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bmeehan from Pennsylvania, Nov 07, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, almost brown. There is a wispy grayish head that settled into a slight ring.

The aroma is big on the pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg are strong. Extra clove punch from the saison yeast. Notes of brown sugar and vanilla.

The taste is complex. Nice bready flavor from the yeast and noticeable pumpkin flavor. The spice is strong in this beer. Big cinnamon and allspice. Double whammy of clove from the pumpkin spice and the yeast. Has a cola like flavor. Brown sugar sweetness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, burns a bit. Sweet on the palate but the beer finishes dry so it balances. A bit of ABV presence.

A good complex pumpkin beer. Very spicy. I like how the yeast cuts thru the beer but it does add to the spice profile. A notch above the majority of pumpkin beers.

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Gmann from New York, Oct 29, 2016
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2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is poor, partly thanks to the thin texture and seemingly vibrant carbonation. No lacing really sticks to the glass.

The first whiff of the aroma yields lots of pumpkin spices - namely cinnamon and nutmeg. When allowed to open up, the saison aspects show up with grass, black pepper, and flowers. As someone who generally prefers a defined sweetness in their pumpkin ales (if at all, frankly), I'm a bit disappointed that the malt backbone skews more toward mildly bitter toffee and toasted bread instead of sweeter caramel. When combined with the powerful spicing and the farmhouse yeast, it simply comes across in an excessively spicy manner.

It definitely tastes like the aroma suggested - it's a dry, spicy brew. Opening up with a huge amount of cinnamon and nutmeg, the farmhouse yeast shows itself around the middle. Plenty of black pepper, flowers, and fresh-cut grass gives way to a *slightly* sweet and malt-laden finish. It also finishes with some ginger notes. Plain and simple, the spicing runs roughshod over the flavor profile - the saison yeast exacerbating it even worse. It improves *slightly* as more is consumed, but remains poorly balanced throughout.

I'll give this credit for being as dry and drinkable as it needs to be. It's a bit thin, however. While it goes down quite easily, the heavily spiced nature makes it feel papery and rough. This is very well carbonated as a farmhouse ale demands.

The average score was worrying, but I like Troegs, so I got this anyways. Wasn't the smartest decision I made - it could have been a good farmhouse ale or a good pumpkin ale seperately, but combined, the end result doesn't work. Give this one a miss.


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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, creamy, long-lasting, off-white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, spices, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar and herbal hops. Body is full and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma, not much pumpkin at all. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Oct 18, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mine is a 2014 vintage bottle, set aside & then forgotten until now. Forgive me, Master, as I got caught up in The CANQuest (tm) & neglected so many bottles!

From the bottle: "Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining traditional pie spices with French saison yeast to elicit notes of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and honey."; "Master of Pumpkins is highly carbonated. Hold chalice and pour into center of the glass to release the yeast's complex character."

I unwound the wire cage holding the cork in place, while keeping my thumb over said cork. The cork was solidly in the neck & gave me some resistance before relinquishing its grip and sliding out. The Pop! was not as loud as in some beers that I have had, but it was sufficient. The bottle suggests a chalice, but I went with a goblet for my very gentle pour. As such, I had to employ a swirl once in the glass to raise a brief finger of thin, light-tan head that could not wait to return to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22), closer to 17, though. Nose was a unique mélange with the saison yeast having had a chance to really impart its light funkiness on the spices, which were also highly evident. I also got a treacle-like bitter sweetness in the mix. Intriguing! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, with very limited carbonation. The taste was really different, commingling cinnamon and nutmeg with the funk of saison along with hints of vanilla and that treacle-like flavor that I noted earlier. The latter might have been borne of the honey, but it no longer had its traditional outright sweetness. The overall effect was one of drinking a liqueur or an aperitif. It was sweet-ish, but slightly funky and the lack of carbonation was giving it a solid mouthfeel. Interestingly, the haze seemed to clarify as it warmed, giving it a Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = 13) color, much akin to brandy or whiskey. I would be really curious to see what this would be like if it were to be distilled. A second decanting had none of the earlier haze, so it may have been the cold of my reefer that caused it. I prefer my beers closer to room temp, anyway, so it all worked out. I will say this - it is definitely a beer to be savored. As I have grown older, I tend to take my sweet time any more. The rush-rush that was a hallmark of my youth is in its ebb tide. The Navy inculcated the idea that "5" early is on-time, On-time is late and Past due is a world of trouble". I no longer subscribe to that as a hard-and-fast axiom & unless time is of the essence, I prefer a more leisurely pace. The finish was dry, not surprising, given the spices and the yeast. Very enjoyable.

And now ,,, it is time for the lees pour. I also subscribe to "Waste not, want not" as an axiom. I once almost wept as I watched Tom Baker, then of Heavyweight BC, dump lees on the ground! The late Charles Bukowski remarked that "Of all of my problems, constipation ain't one of 'em!" Ha! Sure, the lees can/may/do act as Roto-Rooter in my digestive tract, but when the average American dies with 5' of undigested red meat in there, I like cleanliness. Now, the spices were so intense that I reeled back as though I had been maced! I did a stint as a cop and before we were issued mace & pepper spray, we got a shot to see how it feels. I have never forgotten it. Ugh. The brown liquid in the glass looked like turbid Conestoga River water. One singular draught & it was gone, leaving me gasping for air and anticipating the coming aftermath.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Sep 15, 2016
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2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at blend.
4 of 4 in Pumpkin flight. More Apple than pumpkin. A bit. Too tangy.


Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, May 25, 2016
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber in color—to dark to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutmeg are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of nutmeg along with notes of cinnamon and other spices and hints of pumpkins.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pumpkin ale seems to be lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Jan 02, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/7/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki 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. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pear, apple, red grape, honey, brown sugar, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pear, apple, red grape, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, pear, apple, red grape, honey, brown sugar, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some light dryness from peppery yeast/spice notes as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Dec 17, 2015
Master Of Pumpkins from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 414 ratings