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Great Lakes Saison DuPumpGreat Lakes Saison DuPump

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by evil_liver:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 socon67
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jtee
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 650ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. No dates on the bottle. Boo.

Look: The beer pours a clear amber with 2cm of dense, off-white head that settles into a craggy cap in 2+ minutes. Overall decent head with poor lacing.

Smell: Medium-light and balanced. The hops have a spicy, herbal, and mildly floral character that compete with the also prominent pumpkin. The yeast brings out phenols that work well together with the subtle, seasonal spices. Faint pale malts create a clean platform for the rest of the ingredients to shine. The aroma is nuanced with layers.

Taste: Moderate intensity and balanced. Very much in line with the aroma. The front delivers pumpkin and hops which transform into phenols and spices which are backed up by a faint, malty sweetness. In essence the flavour is exactly as advertised: beer with pumpkin and spices. Unpretentious and I like it. The finish leans towards sweet with medium length and intensity.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lively and drying with no apparent alcohol.

Overall: A solid seasonal offering from GLB. I prefer this over their regular pumpkin ale. The different yeast strain adds life and complexity while the higher attenuation improves drinkability. The beer is nuanced and the ingredients are balanced with nobody left behind. I think it's worth a try.

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Photo of StormAles
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of patre_tim
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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 spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 RedAleMan
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Mousel
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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 esto
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lgmol
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Great Lakes Saison DuPump from Great Lakes Brewery
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