790. O’Fallon Brewery – Vanilla Pumpkin Beer

790. O'Fallon Brewery - Vanilla Pumpkin BeerIt’s Thanksgiving day, and we’ve spent the morning preparing the meal for our families. Now that family is arriving, it’s time to relax a little bit and grab a beer. My wife bought this one for me right before Halloween, since she knows I’m a pumpkin beer fan. I like O’Fallon’s pumpkin beer and named it one of my top pumpkin beers. Therefore, I’m looking forward to trying this one.

Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL

Numbers: 5.6% ABV, 11 IBUs, 8.7 SRM, ~180 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s burnt orange in color and somewhat hazy, with a pillowy white head, which had good retention. There’s a lot of carbonation in it, releasing vanilla and pumpkin pie spice aromas.

Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium, and the mouthfeel is a bit creamy from the head. The flavor up front is lightly pumpkiny with some vanilla sweetness. More pumpkin flavors come through in the middle and grow into the finish. The finish is a pumpkin pie-like flavor smoothed out with an equal dose of vanilla sweetness. The vanilla and pumpkin flavors lasted briefly in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: I paired this with my Thanksgiving dinner and it went perfectly with the turkey and stuffing.

Overall Impression: I already knew that O’Fallon had a good pumpkin beer, and the addition of vanilla really smooths out the beer and makes it super drinkable. I enjoyed it, and thought it was a great flavor, but I think the vanilla smoothed out the flavor a little too much for me – taking away from the bold pumpkin pie and spice flavors I like in a pumpkin beer.  Overall, this is a great dessert beer and a good way to change up their regular pumpkin beer.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: kkozlen

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