Monday, December 17, 2012


I was ambling up to the bar at a local saloon not long ago, and I saw something wholly unknown to me on many levels – a "pumpkin dubbel" collaboration from "VERTIGO BREWING" and "GIGANTIC BREWING". Well, when I see three elements in a beer or brewer that I know zero about, that's when I reach for my wallet and words like these cross my lips: "Gimme a 'We Know Jack' pumpkin dubbel, please - and pronto". "WE KNOW JACK" is the name of this pumpkin-flavored Belgian dubbel from two Portland, OR-area beer makers. Their invented style definitely hit all the marks for inventiveness – but Beer Samizdat readers wanna know: How did the goddamn thing taste???

I say it tasted very good, and I'd encourage you to drop by your local tavern and ask 'em to order a keg. Who knows what'll happen? VERTIGO/GIGANTIC "WE KNOW JACK" comes on sweet, but is well balanced by an abundance of very apparent caramel malts. It's Belgian-like in its quote-unquote quotient of "candi sugar" and a higher degree of yeastiness than your typical American pumpkin dubbel (!). I'd probably go out on a limb and call it the best pumpkin dubbel that anyone's made in a long time. 7.5/10.

2 comments: said...

I recently had this really cool/obscure beer you should try. I think it's called "Tecotty" but I'm not sure.

Jay Hinman said...

That sounds like a rare pale Mexican lager I once tried. They're canning it now, for ironic purposes only.