Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 1,599
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 129
Gots: 198 | FT: 11
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004

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Photo of Ranz
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In my tall tulip, it pours a yellow, light orange hue with some good lacing on the side. The head was about a finger's width with quick dissipation. It has a nice summer look.

S: Funky fruity esters are quite pronounced, with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, dragonfruit, and brettacynomyce yeast. Light, beguiling, and fresh--very nice.

T: Major tartness upfront with citrus slicing through: pineapple, green apple, overripe orange, mottled lime. The brettacynomyces give it a good barnyard funk.

M: Crisp, lightly carbonated, with a dry finish. There's little aftertaste except for a hint of yeast.

O: As I'm getting more into sours and farmhouse ales, I've enjoyed this particular beer. It's not too sour for my taste, but it offers something new and refreshing. (782 characters)

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell and flavors burst forth. Floral and fruit and spices, peppery and gentle hops. Earthy farmhouse style notes, fresh barn hay smells. Fun beer poured on tap at Jolly Pumpkin. I bought a bottle and had later. The bottled version was not the same. Had sour notes that I did not like. I wonder if it was poorly bottle conditioned? (338 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 375ml into Duvel tulip. Bottled October 2014.

A - Darker shade of yellow that is quite cloudy. Head is faint white with only a 1 finger head on aggressive pour. Small spots of lacing decorate the glass.

S - A tart fruity aroma of pineapples, tangerine, and lime. Not much in the way of funk, yeast, or barrel.

T - Starts off rather mellow, and builds into a tart finish. Flavors of pineapple, tangerine, lime, and a touch of stonefruit. It is one dimensional and lacks any real funkiness or barrel notes.

M - Light and tart, but under-carbed. I expected much more on the feel. A bit dry on the finish.

O - Good beer, but I thought it could have been even better. I paid $6.49 for 375ml and don't think I will revisit. Prefer some of the other JP offerings. (771 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” finely bubbled off-white to cream foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Presents fruity, winey aromas with a light does of wet horseblanker and over ripe fruit.
T: It has a citrusy, cidery taste with bready malt sweetness, hop bitter and spiciness combined with funky under tastes from the wild yeasts. Has a little Chardonnay oakiness.
F: Dry and tart, very delicate, carbonation is very fine and soft, medium to medium light body.
O: This is a fine wild Biere de Garde. I have had this fresh and aged up to 3 years and it handles the age very well. (593 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was bottled on 5-31-2013

Look: Huge 4 finger foam coming out of a 150ml bottle. Foam was very thick; like the top of a lemon meringue pie. Beer is very pale/hazy yellowish orange that glows when light hits it. There are so many bubbles rising throughout that it looks like a snow globe that is snowing upwards.

Smell: There is a very tart aroma that is very fruity and citrusy. There is also a vinegary bite.

Feel: This has a fairly full mouth feel for the style (light/medium mouthfeel). It is quite dry when the fizz fades form the tongue.

Taste: I was first hit with a bitter bite that fades into sour fruit (apple/lemon) but overall a light taste (in regards to grain) with no real malt flavor to speak of. There is a slight tinny/metallic taste at times and some hints of spice and black pepper. Very yeasty with some floral hop notes upon finish.

Overall: This is a decent Golden Ale with only slight evidence of oak aging. The sour flavor is a bit on the overpowering side, but there are some other interesting flavors mixed in. Probably not one I would buy again (but then again I am not huge on sour beers). I’m not sure if this one underwent open fermentation or not, but is seems to have the sour tang of wild yeast. (1,260 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (Blend 7, October 21, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a hazy, light yellowish/golden colored beer. The head is short, shiny, and white. It fades quickly despite some visible carbonation.

S-The aroma is nice and funky with a good, tart bite. I smell lemon, orange, some tropical fruit, and oak, among other things. Maybe I also sniff some dry grass and white pepper to go with the wet wheat-like funkiness.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but perhaps not as complex. The beer is tart rather than sour with some wild funky flavors. There is a little bit of peppery spice to go with the aforementioned fruits.

M-The body is medium in heft for they style with a mild, fine carbonation. Somewhat wet feeling.

O-This is solid Jolly Pumpkin beer. There is nothing to mind-blowing or unusual about Oro, but it smells great and pairs pretty well with lighter foods. This is a good sour/wild for when you aren't feeling adventurous, but want something tart and tasty. (1,002 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnished straw golden color, and forms a thick white head with good retention. Plenty of carbonation is visible, streaming through the beer. Lacing is off the chain, so to speak.

Smell: Musty wheat, old books, melon (cantaloupe and honeydew), and pear leap out of the glass, bringing along faint hints of white pepper.

Taste: Fascinating. The taste profile opens with funky white pepper, as if the peppercorns had been dampened and encouraged to grow some tiny spots of mold ere being ground. The fruits from the aroma come through as the beer moves along the palate, always overlaid with that musty pepper, and supported by an undertone of old, old wood and paper. As it finishes, the fruit essence shifts to tones of tart white grape and very faint citrus, with a vaguely bitter, dry aftertaste not unlike a dry white wine.

Mouthfeel: Lively and nigh medium in body, with a somewhat watery finish.

Overall: Thus far, the only thing I've had with the Jolly Pumpkin name on it that I have not liked was a collaboration beer with Anchorage. They do bieres de garde well. This one isn't quite their Fuego del Otono to me, but it's also a repeater. (1,243 characters)

Photo of dandiprat2015
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I love sours, but this (maybe an old bottle) had a metallic and dull sour finish that was tough to drink. So I've ranked it better than it was for fear that the metal flavor was the beer turning. (196 characters)

Photo of DeepBrew
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip

A: Golden color with medium white foam and retention, leaving behind good lacing

S: Yeast, floral, spice and some hops

T: Malt sweet balanced by funky sour, spice, slight hops bitter. Sour and spice linger

M: Light-medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Alcohol sneaks up on you by the end of the bottle.

O: A good drink for spring or summer days. (387 characters)

Photo of AppaZappa
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, hazy, head fades to persistent film on edge of glass. Smell is sour, funk, oak, and apricot. Taste starts with sour punch shifting into grapefruit and wood. Slight pucker at finish. Very little alcohol detection for an 8% beer. Mouthfeel is light, but with mild carbonation. Very easy drinking--I'm definitely going to pick this one up again. (356 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden, hazy, with full, persistent white-gray head that fades slowly. A film remains well after the head otherwise dissipates, and lacing is extensive.

S - Sour wood, subtle barnyard and horse blanket. Fruit esters in the form of lemon and sour plum.

T - Follows the nose, in that the sour acids are front, with a nice oak wood element, minerality comes forward in the middle, and the acidic bite returns in the close.

M - Surprisingly light. Bright, easy to drink. The acidity lifts almost as soon as it closes.

O - A decent funky treat, with nice layers of flavor, and a punchy sourness, yet both subtle and approachable. (636 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Misty, but shiny golden, with a small frothy white head that leaves a modest lacing.
Tart smell, but with a subtle fruity sweetness too (some apricot, peach). Not too funky, but the rich oak aging brought some great semi-dry white wine notes on the nose. This should be crazy fresh.
As the smell, start obviously tart, not to the extremes tho, with sweet and sour orange, touch of grapefruit, some green apple, some lemon juice, and then a subtle slightly honeyed sweetness shows up, with overripe white grapes (Moscato?), some apricot, some strawberry and even some faint tropical fruit. Again, not funky, as it is expected with these types of beer (just some light peppery yeasts), but with a really clean oak barrel note in the finish, splashed with the expensive kind of white wine. Dries it up, but not entirely.
Aftertaste is really fruity (citrus, blond fruit, a nice recap), woody, and sticks with you for a while. Medium bodied, but with a lively carbonation, almost reminding of a champagne. Alcohol hidden.
Really really refreshing and most of all: clean. Rich, clear flavors, not a single off note, as much as you'd look for one. Not the most complex, but i don't really care anymore, i just want another bottle. (1,224 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Pours golden with tall white head that settles after a while and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is orchard fruit, funk, oak, and some pepper. Taste is tart, spicy, funky, and slightly malty. Medium bodied, creamy texture, medium-high but soft carbonation, dry and slightly puckering tart finish. (328 characters)

Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrous bouquet with a mellow aftertaste, refreshing with a subtle spicy undertone. I enjoyed this product and I will recommend this with such entrees as fish, chicken, or spicy pork. (183 characters)

Photo of samshaw
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, mostly opaque. Moderate thickness, large white head that appears and recedes to a finger's width quickly, strong suds that rise steadily.

S: Moderate lemon, light sour and sweet.

T: Medium citrus with a moderate sour bite, lightly sweet. Light alcohol taste for the ABV.

M: Moderately viscous and crisp.

O: Refreshingly fruity and sour. Reminds of Sprite /w lemon juice, with slight alcohol aftertaste. (427 characters)

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy, golden
S- Citrus, Lemon, yeast
T- Sour, Lemons, Citrus, not overpowering though
F- Smooth, lightly carbonated
O- Very good sour beer. Not too sweet. Grabbed a 25 oz bottle while my girlfriend had a fruit beer of some acclaim and this was actually fruitier than her's. (278 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Batch 1308, 1322, 1328, 1329, 1334, 1335 - bottled on 05-31-2013 indicated on the bottle. Pours a bright honey-gold hue with a translucent clarity, a rocky two inch, bright white head and copious tiny bubbles present effervescing in solution from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a 1/4 inch lid with beautiful spots and swaths of textured lacing coating the walls of the glass. Interesting note - buttery oak notes, a spicy/peppery quality and wet grass. Taste follows nose with the addition of an herbal/medicinal quality as well as a slight sour mash quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a pleasant acidity. Overall - a wonderful beer. Very appealing to look at in the glass and the oak in the nose is quite wonderful. I'm generally not a biere de garde fan but I found this quite enjoyable. (930 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 375 mL bottle poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass ("blend 6 bottles 07/31/14).

Appearance: Nearly clear, bright, light gold. Light, frothy white head. A fringe of foam encircles a hazy, soapy cap and leaves modest lacing.

Smell: Oaked white wine, spicy yeast and farmyard funk (straw and wet wool).

Taste: Oaked Chardonnay continues from the nose with crisp, lactic tartness. Peppery spice, sweet and sour Granny Smith apples, Belgian yeast and light hop bitterness round out the complex layers of flavor. No hint of the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, silky smooth. Moderate carbonation with fine bubbles.

Overall: Deep, complex layers from oak and wild yeast enhance a refreshing Belgian-style base. (737 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 4.0 - Slightly hazy bright gold color with a slow to develop, moderate head.
S: 4.25 - Lots of nice brett scent, along with highly fruity yeastiness.
T: 3.75 - Not nearly as sour as some JPs--just a little tart, with plenty of brett flavor. Bitterness is restrained. Fruity like tart pears or apples. Very well attenuated and bone dry.
M: 4.0 - Slightly astringent, rather tannic. Body is a little thin, probably from the attenuation.
O: 4.0 - Nice beer for new year's day, after all the IPAs I had last night! (514 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle poured into snifter

A: dirty straw color with good clarity not a bad head but it was gone quick but very bubbly around the rim left

S: It smells tart, a little lemon, some vinegar it smells like a dry wine with maybe some oak

T: has a lot of the same characteristics as the nose but not near as sour as I thought it was going to be or carbonated. Getting a little bit of a white grape taste which is nice

M: Light to more medium low carbonation

O: It's just ok I don't think it is worth the price of admission I've had Lambics and gueuze while not my style they are much better than this. Although if you need a quick fix why not grab it? (657 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Sometimes the info on the side of the bottle says more about what the brewer hoped it would taste like rather than what it actually tastes like. This beer is exactly what the label says it is. A Belgian strong golden ale, spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet. I also get a very lemony flavor. Not bad at all, but I don't appreciate it as much as some of the other reviewers. (385 characters)

Photo of kellyej
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

Love this beer! It pours a hazy yellow-hay color with a big, white, pillowy head. The nose is sour-vinegar with notes of white wine, hay, grass, and a little something metallic (not in a bad way); made me think of old rotten grapes left behind on used farming equipment. The mouthfeel is rather dry and the beer has a medium body. The taste starts rather tart and sour and then sweetens in the middle and end. There are notes of pepper, apricot, and apple juice. It also has a white wine quality and is overall very well balanced.

This beer will always be special to me since it was one of the bottles my significant other and I popped the night we got engaged....so I may be a little biased! (697 characters)

Photo of rand
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL to tulip glass

Bottled January 2013, opened November 2014

A: Yellow-orange in color, opaque, almost juicy in appearance. Little strands of carbonation meet a wispy head that leaves tiny traces of lacing.

S: As with all JP brews, the nose is funky and oaky; plenty of barnyard in this one. Lemon pepper and cherry phenols at the edge of the bouquet. Floral as well.

T: Funky and phenol-ic, but a lot more citrus on the palate than the nose forecasted. Rind-y tangerines and honey meet a healthy layer of barnyard funk and grass. Alcohol is well masked, as the beer closes with a short and dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly on the palate, well carbonated.

A tasty brew from the artists at Jolly Pumpkin. Not the most knock-you-on-your-ass brew from them, but I wouldn't pass it up either. (816 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

Date: 8/16/2014
Other notes: bottled 3/14

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a nice golden-orange. When held up to a bright light the color appears to be even more golden. Has moderate head, which dies off after a couple minutes. Quite hazy. The carbonation bubbles are visible flowing up through the ale, though not a rapid as I like to see. The slow rate of the carbonation makes the beer look kind of dead. Still, overall it looks appetizing

Smell - 4/5
A very tart smell, perhaps of tart apples, some citrus. Exactly the kind of tart smell I love and expect in a JP beer.

Taste - 4/5
At the beginning of a big sip, tastes of tart fruit flavors, perhaps sour cherries, lemons, apples. The perfect tart taste that I expect from a JP beer. At the end, as the sip is going down, there are hints of spices, which give the beer a bit of a kick at the end. Though I do not have the skill to describe precisely what the spices are. As I drink more, the spices become more pronounced and I can taste them throughout the sip. They are very subtle though. There is also a tiny bit of alcohol taste. The beer is quite balanced between the tarty-fruitiness and the spiciness. In any given sip, you can choose to focus on either and notice the tastes easily.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
The beer has a light to medium body and the feel is neither crisp nor creamy, but in the middle. Carbonation is noticible, but not overpowering. The spiciness works together with the carbonation to give a nice 'kick' to the mouth, but again, nothing to overpowering.

Overall - 4.25/5
I love the sour taste of the beer, but I am less a fan of the spicy/peppery-ness of it. I think I prefer some of the other JP beers over this one (I have the Calabaza Blanca in mind). This might be my 2nd or 3rd favorite JP beer I have tried. Though the beer is not perfect, I have found in JP beers a taste which I love and have not been able to find in any other beers. As such, I am still giving a high overall rating.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (2,047 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Biere de Garde style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,709 characters)

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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