Tis the season for vegetable beers! If you said that to most non-beer folks they’d probably run away from you. But us beer lovers realize that Fall means harvest, and harvest means pumpkins.
Now I am not a big fan of Pumpkin beers. Mainly, because I find most of then out of balance, in-your-face explosions of pie spices. However, a recent pumpkin stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company (A BeerAdvocate review) made me take a different look at this style of beer.
So I got to thinking about these beers and had the following thought. What about making a pumpkin beer using something like WLP550. WLP550 is White Labs Belgian Ale yeast. You can get a spicy phenol and ester profile with that yeast by fermenting a little warm (72-74F). I thought that maybe a nice caramel and nutty malt bill with pumpkin and WLP550 would make for a nice balanced beer if done right.
Does anyone know of any Belgian style pumpkin ales?
In the interest of full disclosure, I am not going to brew a pumpkin ale. But I do have a sweet potato beer I want to brew up for the season. So maybe a 12 gallon batch split for two yeasts is in order to try this out.
What are your thoughts?