La Potironne

Style: Belgian "Pumpkin" ale
Brasserie a Vapeur, Pipaix-Leuze, Belgium

Translation: Pumpkin > Le Potiron {french, masculine} Brewer Jean-Louis Dits created a “fantasy" version of the word, the “female version” which does not exist in proper French: “La Potironne” (a bit in analogy to La Cochonne).

La Potironne is brewed with barley malt, hops from the brewery’s own garden, whole fresh pumpkins from a farm close by, sweet orange peel, and red pepper. The fresh whole pumpkins are mashed with the grains and the spices are added at the end of the boil. Secondary fermentation in the kegs took place at our own warm room in Oxford, Connecticut to bring La Potironne to you as fresh as possible.

According to Jean-Louis Dits:
“I think I never made a beer like that! It’ll not be very difficult to sell that!”

Our Jacquelyn and Paul discovered and tasted it last Fall when visiting Brasserie a Vapeur:
“Jean-Louis had prepared a special aperitivo with bread made from malts along with a tasting of his newest creation, a really beautiful pumpkin beer. Paul and I were blown away by it. It has the white wine dryness of Domaine Dupont’s Cidre Bouche Brut with a earthy/spicy finish ... quite beautiful.”

La Potironne
Alc./Vol.: 8.0

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