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Beer – #99 -Renaissance Enlightenment Series – Great Punkin

How could I resist a beer called Great Punkin ?

Brewed by Renaissance Brewing in the style of a  Spice/Herb/Vegetable her and they’re of course in  Blenheim, Malborough, New Zealand

Great PunkinGreat Punkin” Brewed with roasted pumpkin and a blend of spices to yield ’pumpkin pie’ notes and a deep red/orange colour. Lightly hopped with NZ Fuggle and fermented with ale yeast; medium body and moderate bitterness allow the flavour of pumpkin, spice and caramelized malts to shine through. Special thanks to Andy, Jim, Holly and JDawg.

Wow then, 500ml of a 7.2% ABV beer, bit late for Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, or what ever you’d like to call it.

There is a collision of aromas in this well carbonated beer. A lot going on. Spices, nutmeg? and I get banana, which is nothing like a pumpkin. Don’t judge me. It’s a magnificent burnt dark colour, deep caramel.

I’d comment on the head, but there was and now there isn’t.

The taste, the taste matches the collision of the aromas, magnificent!!  There is a real rich body in this, it’s quite a feat.  My experience could be improved if there was a head, and if there was some lacing. But that’s a niggle. I’m not sure I can nail down any particular taste as an individual taste, this is going quietly about being a good beer.

The pdubyah-o-meter is loving this, a lot, and I’m giving myself a high-five for choosing this today. It’s a 8.90 from 10 things on the scale of things. To add any more is just to gilld the lilly, and so I’m just going to sup and smile.


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This entry was posted on December 1, 2012 by in Beer, Beer of New Zealand, Craft Beer, Critic, Justsaying, Renaissance, Spice/Herb/Vegetable and tagged , , , , .

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