898. Gourd of the Rings

898. Gourd of the Rings

I had this on tap at the CBC in early October. It sounded good so I decide to give it a try.

From the website:
Gourd of the Rings wears a pale yellow hue from a mix of Belgian pilsner, Vienna and wheat malts. A moderate hop profile allows the notes of fresh ginger, black pepper and fresh orange to take prominence over any lingering bitterness. The spicy notes of our authentic Belgian yeast strain also allow the pumpkin to express itself subtly and not overwhelm the delicate palate.
Beer Stats:
Brewery: Cambridge Brewing Company
Alcohol: 6.70%
Serving: Tap
Style: Saison, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 3.5 | Smell: 4.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 4.0


The CBC seems to be on a pumpkin beer binge. Three pumpkin beers are currently available on tap (as of 11/12).

Pours a cloudy, golden tinted, straw color. Topped by a thin white head that fades to nothing. The aroma is floral with ginger and peppery spice. Swirling brings out a bit of pumpkin, yeast and a grassy undertone.

Neutral toasty malts upfront. Sweet through the center with a nice pumpkin flavor that melds with the ginger spice. The finish is grassy with some citric hints, peppery, yeasty and mildly bitter. Highly carbonated, medium-bodied with a lightly dry feel in the finish.

An interesting mix of flavors. Sweet overall, but the light spice helps moderate.

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