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Great Lakes Saison DuPumpGreat Lakes Saison DuPump

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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pumpkin Farmhouse Ale

Added by liamt07 on 09-23-2011

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 54
Photo of patre_tim
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with lots of carbonation, like more than soda water. No head (ironic, considering the scarecrow on the label)

Smells of roasted pumpkins, Belgian yeasts, phenols and coriander.

Tastes of Belgian yeasts, phenols, coriander, and maybe some pumpkin, then again, maybe not.

Light, watery body, with overload soda carbonation.

Got tonight in Kitchener, drinking in New Hamburg. I had high expectations when few were left on the shelf. Was hoping for more pumpkin flavour, but as far as a Belgian Ale in general, not necessarily a saison in particular, its ok. Drank Sept 24th, 2016.

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Photo of TerryW
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of DenisKolkin
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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Photo of biegaman
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of FondueVoodoo
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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Photo of jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is orange/caramel in colour, with a very small off-white head that fades quickly,

Nose contains pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, clove), along with a bit of Belgian yeast. Some light fruit. Nose is nice, but more on the pumpkin side of things than saison.

Taste is similar, but a bit more saison. Pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, light fruits (perhaps orange), and some yeast. Again, I think it more strongly veers toward the pumpkin side, but the saison is more present than in the nose. Slightly dry finish.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit chewy.

Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle reads 5.2% as opposed to the 6.5% indicated on listing. No date stamped as far as I can tell.

(3.5) A: Pale copper with a fingers worth of bubbly head that recedes promptly to a thin blanket.

(3.75) S: Spices including cloves, nutmeg, cloves, and a bit of cinnamon heat. Grasses, floral qualities, and a slight pumpkin aroma. Belgiany-pumpkin.

(3.75) T: Fruity (banana & grapefruit) with a touch of pumpkin, pleasant spices as per aroma, bubblegum, belgian yeast, cracker-like grain, and floral elements. A bit of heat through the spices. Nice and dry with a slight bitterness.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp.

(3.75) D: This is a good, easy-drinking saison with a touch of pumpkin (and spices) along with some great bottle art - I'd share my bomber with that guy.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6 or so

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average ize fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove, all spice, coriander

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads, grains, and citrus juice/zest. There is also some clove/coriander and a bit of a pumpkin flavour

Overall – A definite winner in my books. I like pumpkin beers, but I find them kind of one dimensional and cloying at times. This has just enough pumpkin/halloween-type-beer flavour for me. Plus the saision type flavours along with it are fantastic. I'll buy more of this.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 13/10/13 yet another bottle from Liam, cheers dude

A clear golden copper, enough bubbles to feed a large 3 finger foam that quickly falls to a thick soapy film leaving lots of random lace deep down the glass

S not sure if I'm smelling spicy saison yeast or actual spice, I get some nutmeg and faint pumpkin, some chewing gum, pie crust, ginger, and white pepper, smells solid

T some herbal tea notes I think I'm getting more spicy yeast and less actual spice but that still leaves plenty, earthy almost grassy notes, the nose had just a little more going for it

M light and fluffy, just the slightest amount of grit, spicy, earthy finish

O very drinkable and perhaps the perfect beer to go with the smells coming out of my kitchen as my better half cooks turkey dinner

I wasn't sure what to expect but a pumpkin saison might be a great idea after all, great beer for thanksgiving

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Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; listed at 5.2% and served only slightly chilled. Never heard of this stuff before, but the idea of a pumpkin saison is definitely relevant to my interests - so I quickly grabbed a bottle when I spotted a case of this on the sales floor.

Pours a hazy golden-amber colour with a tinge of orange, and topped with one finger's worth of foamy, creamy white head. Retention is poor, and after only a few minutes, its only remnants are a filmy cap and thin collar with modest lacing. The aroma definitely leans more toward the 'saison' side than toward 'pumpkin ale' - it's quite yeasty, with some floral tones and a bit of clove. Gourdy pumpkin flesh is also detectable, in addition to some sour citrusy vibes. Pretty nice so far.

Tasty stuff; definitely apt to please any saison fan. Light bready malts and vegetal pumpkin notes dominate initially, with the musty, yeasty qualities coming through more toward the tail end of the flavour profile. I also get hints of clove and especially nutmeg, which confuses me because no spices are mentioned in the ingredients (come to think of it - neither is pumpkin). Some light lemon citrus is also detectable, with a yeasty finish that leads into a dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with very active carbonation that diligently scrubs the palate with each sip. Even still, it's very smooth and easy to drink. It improves substantially as it warms; this is something I'd probably just serve at cellar temperature the next time around.

Final Grade: 4, a respectable A-. Great Lakes Brewery's Saison Dupump is a rare fusion of styles that comes together quite nicely, and I'm glad that my local shop went out of its way to bring this one in. While it's decidedly saison-esque in character, there's enough pumpkin flavour to justify the name, and satisfy gourdheads without offending everyone else. It's true; this is something that even pumpkin ale detractors might be able to enjoy, particularly if they also happen to be Belgian ale fans. A solid, unique beer that I'd pick up again next year, so give this one a shot if you're looking for something that falls outside of the usual paradigm of fall seasonal beers.

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Photo of mick303
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass. Good initial white head and some pleasant lacing and film. A cloudy orange gold colour with a lot of effervescence. 3.75

S – there is a minerality and firm yeast character, also a lot of meaty pumpkin to be sure, really flowery, some cinnamon spice, nuttiness, an interesting mix of robust pumpkiny flavours with a crisp, floral and somewhat earthy yeast profile. 4

T – a grainy start, graham cracker biscuit, some sweetness, light pumpkin notes with a sweet maltiness, then some lemony yeast and hay, clove, and an earthy spicey yeastiness, with faint pumpkin flavor and a balanced yeasty bitterness. Some pepper and clove on the finish. Less pumpkin than anticipated, it provides a background role. 3.75

M – lots of mouthfilling carbonation, moderate body, mild with some yeast spice, and a really dry ‘muddled pumpkin’ finish and a longish spice aftertaste. 3.75

What a weird and wonderful beer, this is quite unique as a take on a fall seasonal. Unfortunately I can’t say it shines as either a pumpkin ale or saison, but as a novel approach it is quite interesting and very drinkable. It is quite tasty though after you get used to whats going on here. Worthy trying for a new fall seasonal, but otherwise I’m not too crazy about it, smell is probably the most interesting part. 4

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good idea for a saison.Apparently an improved version, this bottle cellared for about 4 months. Nutmeg reminds one of pumpkin, and the pumpkin ale type spices made for a surprisingly good summer saison. This bottle 5.8% abv. Medium orange coloured body, with some head. Good drinkability. Tad above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rhino, served in a wine glass of sorts. A pumpkin saison brewed with Saison Dupont yeast.

Poured a light golden orange, with a light head. Thin retention and some lacing. Nose has some 'yeasty' pumpkin notes, and typical saison type nose. Pumpkin, pumpkin spices (nutmeg/cinnamon presumably) are there, but the saison masks this to a degree. Taste is essentially a dry, yeasty saison with some pumpkin and pumpkin spicing on the backend. Light peppery and somewhat spicy finish. Dry and yeasty as the sip is finished. High medium carbonation, relatively light body and a good drink. Quite a nice beer, only the second 'pumpkin saison' I've ever had - quite a bit better than JP's La Parcela.

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Great Lakes Saison DuPump from Great Lakes Brewery
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