Trickster

Midnight Sun Brewing Company

Appearance

This pours a hazy orange color and produces a finger of foamy, white head. There’s signs of mild lacing to come and it showcases moderate carbonation in its body.

Aroma

This has a fairly strong Belgian character at the nose. There are tart notes sprawling from the base, accompanied by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It’s a somewhat mild smell but desirably different from the expected.

Taste

Up front I’m greeted by notes of Belgian yeast and pumpkin spice. The spice bill follows the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. They sit on top of a tart but hefty base that is built on a balanced mix of hops and malt. I get a nice, vegetal pumpkin sensation as I transition to the back. The spices increase and the tartness grows. It climaxes at a less than sour but certainly attention grabbing tartness. The astringent character is enjoyable all around. The finish provides a bit of a citrus pumpkin taste while the yeasty funk begins to subside. This leaves the palate with an earthy pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium bodied option with moderate carbonation. It’s yeasty, tart character makes for a strong textured sensation on the palate, however it does go down smoothly. It’s slightly sticky here and there, but most of all it feels much like a Belgian option.

Overall

This is an enjoyable and different take on the typical pumpkin beer. It has a solid complexity to it and is mostly well-balanced. Like last year, I enjoy the dynamic it provides in flavor from front to back. It lacks the sweetness many prefer in their pumpkin beer. Instead it walks a fine line that’s going to intrigue both the ale and sour fans out there. At the very least, it’s an enjoyable alternative that provides a solid pumpkin sensation.

3.5