It’s that time of year again where I wax philosophical about my upcoming birthday and to get my mind off of it Shawna gets me to drink a series of pumpkin beers.

I’m not going to complain, I enjoy pumpkin, but like others who are really into beer the taste can become a little bit overdone.

That’s why I got excited when I discovered a new beer from Collective Arts: Sour Harvest Saison. Instead of your standard heavy pumpkin pie style beer you get a refreshing light, sour and spicy beer. I just had to have it.

You can get a can at the LCBO for just $3.45 and it sites at 5% ABV.

Appearance: Yellowish orange, not much head and unfiltered.

Aroma: Strong pumpkin aroma but mixed with crab-apples, cinnamon and tangerine.

Taste: The pumpkin moves to the back of the mouth which is a pleasant surprise, Tangerine then dominates and then some nice acidic pineapple starts to grow and then linger.

Aftertaste: Pumpkin and coriander.

Overall: A nice change from standard pumpkin beers but it does seem a little forced: like they wanted in on the pumpkin craze but had to stand out. In general it seems a bit rushed for a brewery I really like.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com