Just like you, but different
More by name than reputation I picked up this, a Moon Dog Artisan Pouseuré.
An annual celebration of northern hemisphere Halloween stuff. So, like, we added pumpkin to the mash. And some pumpkin pie spices. Pretty damn tasty too!
The words “Moon Dog” and “pumpkin”, when used in tandem, send a shudder down the Crafty spine. Before the brewery launched, we were given a sample bottle of a trial Pumpkin Ale as a taster of what was to come. It miraculously disappeared one AFL
Grand Final Day with nobody in attendance able to recall what could have happened to it. The mystery remains unsolved; our guilt unassuaged. Still, there have been subsequent chances to sample other Moon Dog pumpkin beers, including a previous Artisan Poseur that was a Pumpkin Porter. This new version (complete with different spelling – in fact, three different spellings that we’ve seen so far) ditches the porter and ramps up the spices. But not to an overt degree. Indeed for a 7.5 per cent spiced fruit beer from this mob, it’s all rather tastefully done, with plenty of roast pumpkin and crystal malts on the nose that are decorated rather than overwhelmed by the cinnamon and cloves. The taste is similarly fulsome without losing control. It pours a hazy burnt orange (like pumpkin pie) and, like the brewers’ near neighbours at the Duchess, might not be the best of lookers, but goes down a treat and leaves you with a smile on your face.
They do go on a bit.
Had a comedy moment where you are trying to suck in the foam gushing from the bottle only to realise that your mouth is full, you can’t swallow, it’s mostly air, and there is more foam appearing….
Pour is dark orange with, of course a head for africa.
On the tongue than fizzy, really!, Then there is a front of spices, which could be cloves, and a lot of really nice caramel sweetness.
There’s a touch of heat in this too, from the spices, I have to admit that I am pleasantly surprised.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7.5 a of its things from the thing. So despite the over excited opening, and the over carbonated beer, this has a lot going for it, nicely spiced, bit of heat, and lovely sweets to carry it. Could do with more depth but well chuffed.
The double dip review
Am I enjoying it? Yes
Would I have another? Yes
Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This would be a great beer for a chilly evening and a fire, ideal.
I was listening to Neil Young – A letter Home. – This “Needle of Death”
Any ale or lager made with herbs, spices or vegetables. The additive should be distinctive in the aroma. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of spice, herb or vegetable used.