Beer 377/365 – Midnight Sun TREAT Pumpkin Porter

Midnight Sun TREAT Pumpkin Porter

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 7.8%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Very unique, tastes as advertised.

Will I be drinking this again: Its pretty rare so I would have to trade for it, but I probably won’t.

Grade: A-

1/24/2011: This was a tough one to track down, but I was determined to find it. I ended up trading for it on Beer Advocate, but the box was intercepted the first time. Lots of broken bottles, and lost money involved in this one. Thankfully the guy who sent me this was more than accommodating and ended up getting it to me in one piece.

I don’t understand why there aren’t more dark pumpkin beers like TREAT. The nose is amazingly accurate to the description; Pumpkin and chocolate are the headliners. The flavor is similar as well. Chocolate is the main flavor, with an average dose of pumpkin in the mix. Lots of tasty spice in the mix as well, nutmeg, clove and some cinnamon. It teeters on being too much spice, but I think its just enough. Mouthfeel is semi-heavy for a porter, I would almost consider it a stout as far as mouthfeel goes. Overall very unique, and pretty damn tasty.

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Beer 376/365 – De Struise Tsjeeses

De Struise Tsjeeses

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra

What makes this beer different: Strongest BSPA I have ever had, yet the ABV is hidden very well

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure if I will be able to find anymore, but I would love to.

Grade: A

1/24/2011: Wow I can’t believe its been over two weeks since I have updated. Sorry about that! Crazy busy at work, and my part time job has been taking up a lot of my time as well. I do have about 30 beers I need to update. Now I just need to find time to update!

Tsjeeses is not a beer for the meek, very bold! The nose is somewhat like a tripel, with a bunch of non-descript spices. The flavor is just great, sweet, sour, spicy.. just a great great balance of flavors. Some white pepper, nutmeg, sour apple, peach, maybe cinnamon? I gotta be honest in saying that I am having a hard time picking out exact flavors because of the complexity. The ABV is hidden amazingly well too. If I had to guess the alcohol content, I would have guessed around 7%. This is my 4th beer from De Struise, and every single one has been amazing and unique. De Struise is now officially my favorite Belgian Brewery.

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Beer 375/365 – Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale

Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: My house mate Dave brought me this back from Canada

What makes this beer different: Very spicey.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure i would be able to find any more vintage bigfoot’s but I would love to try another.

Grade: B-

1/7/2011: I am sure some of you are scratching your head saying “Wait I didn’t realize that Great Lake’s brewed a Pumpkin Beer!” Well the Great Lake’s Brewery you are thinking of does not. This Great Lakes brewery is actually in Ontario Canada.

The nose has a lot of all spice, with some pumpkin as well. The flavor is okay at first, but grows a bit old towards the end. All spice is the main character, with some pumpkin, and an odd hop bitterness that just doesn’t sit right with me. Light bodied and finishes a bit dry. Overall it was drinkable, but a little too bitter.

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Beer 374/365 – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine (2008)

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine

Style: American Barleywine

ABV: 9.6%

Purchased at: Sent as winnings in a superbowl block poll.

What makes this beer different: The first aged barleywine I have ever tried, and it definitely mellows out the harshness.

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure i would be able to find any more vintage bigfoot’s but I would love to try another.

Grade: A-

1/4/2011: Almost a year ago I registered in a superbowl block poll on BeerAdvocate with 9 other people. It was the first time I tried anything like this, but I ended up winning. The losers all had to send at least 48oz of beer to the winner, but most sent more. That was a total of at least 432 oz of beer, or 36 12oz bottles. I got a ton of good rare stuff like the beer above, a 2006 Bourbon County stout, and others. I’m definitely going to register for this again this coming year.

The nose is semi-boozy, caramel, some spice, and some citrus as well. There are a ton of flavors going on here, and surprisingly hops are one of the dominant ones even after 2 years of age. To be honest if this was fresh the hops might have been a bit overwhelming. Sweet caramel malt, bitter citrus hops, and a nice bite from the alcohol. A bit of a orchard fruit type kick that I really can’t put my finger on. About average on the mouth-feel, but has a very long finish. One of the better American Barleywine’s I have had.

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