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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1176
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%


Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004)
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Brenden

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A creamy yellow-tinted head condenses to about one finger of rocky froth, which sits on top of a thick, bright but translucent light-medium orange brew. Retention is good, and patchy deposits of lacing are left behind in plenty.
Along with plenty of fruity esters, dark fruits offering both sweetness and tartness, the nose brings some toast and earth. Yeast character is evident and bold without dominating. There's some light funk and a bit of woodiness on the end, while a touch of leaf lingers all the while.
Musty funk isn't overplayed but sets the stage very well. Dark fruits bring the tartness as well as a deeper overripe sweetness, while some softer pale fruits add another dimension. A bit of lemon zest balances off a gentle spiciness. Hops are light but register well, bringing a bit of flora and leaf. Otherwise, it's strongly earthy with a woody dryness underneath for even more balance and complexity.
It's smooth, a bit of movement from carbonation adding just enough crispness as well. The body is a good medium.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 19:03:37 | More by Brenden
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draheim

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a frothy white head, patchy lacing.

Aroma is floral, funky, mildly tart. Some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. More tart funk and dry oak comes in as it warms.

The beer hits my palate with a slightly metallic twang. Lemony with a touch of crushed aspirin. Pale malt, slightly funky Belgian yeast, Old World hops give it a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium to full bodied. Finishes pretty dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice Belgian, but maybe not quite as clean as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 04:46:31 | More by draheim
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

im running back through many of the jolly pumpkin beers lately, i feel like i always forget about them and overlook them in the face of so many other sours and wilds these days, but these are still head of the class in many ways. this one is a golden edition, a little cloudy and pale yellow not dissimilar to the label on the bottle. great nose of white pepper and wild yeast, belgian yeast, and fruity hops. i get some apricot and honey in this too, summery vibes abound. the flavor has a fair bit of funk to it, yeast is the dominant flavor agent here. dried and fresh apricots both carry through the middle, pale and wheat malt thickens it up, and a distinct belgian yeasty spiciness takes over in the finish. more hoppy than many other jolly pumpkin beers too, they have held up well in a bottle thats close to a year old now. i love the dynamic yeast profile here, the best of both wild and belgian worlds, and the lighter body of this beer allows them both to be on full display. well carbonated and soft in feel, like most of their beers. to me this beer inspires food pairings, ill have to get a few more bottles and cook up.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:31:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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Copernicandream

Michigan

3.09/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Intense golden yellow with obvious rising fine carbonation, initially left a finger of head, but faded to almost nothing.

S - Sour pear esters with dry tannin

T - Appropriately sour for the style, Belgian yeasts have never been to my taste, there is a pervasive yet mild/moderate funk, finishes surprisingly dry. All flavors are somewhat masked by the high carbonation, resulting in a citrus soda like sensation.

M- light to medium feel, but again the high carbonation results in a sensation akin to tonic water.

O- This is an excellent beer, but a departure from what I expected. I would never crave this.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:38:05 | More by Copernicandream
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mverity

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a touch of peach. Good amount of white head that faded fairly quickly but held a nice medium collar. Citrusy aroma, but I doubt it's from hops. A touch of estery fruitiness too. Taste is the same but with some funk. Nice med-high carbonation and medium body.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:43:01 | More by mverity
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kojevergas

Texas

3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art served into a Lost Abbey teku in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given the brewery. Batch 1246. Bottle 04/02/13.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent smooth consistency. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes. Nice fluffy thick lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent glowing orange of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a biere de garde and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Light farmhouse notes including Belgian yeast. Has some light vague funkiness. Belgian/French pale malts. Floral hop character. Limes. A hint of sea salt. Some citrusy notes - mango primarily. Clove. Orchard fruit.

No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant appealing aroma of mild strength. A bit too farmhouse for a biere de garde.

T: Floral hop character. Belgian pale malts. Limes. Backgrounded tones of light oak are present, but there's no rich toasty wood character or vanilla. I think the oak character here works well. Golden malts. Clean barley. I don't quite pick up on any white pepper. There's some very light brettanomyces yeast character. It certainly evokes farmhouse characteristics. A biteen lactic.

Balanced and enjoyable, if a bit simple. It's a cohesive build, but not a gestalt one. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not real intricate or nuanced, but it does have some subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen smacky. Almost refreshing. Overcarbonated. Nice body and thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, scratchy, or astringent.

Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: A downable biere de garde, but not a fantastic one. Hides its 8% ABV well. Not Jolly Pumpkin's finest work, but pretty good stuff. I wouldn't get it again unless it was at a better price point (i.e./e.g. in Michigan). I'll easily kill this bottle.

A likable biere de garde that leans a bit too far towards the farmhouse ale compared to traditional French examples of the style.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:40:14 | More by kojevergas
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coriswrasse

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served a jam like jar that acts as a re purposed snifter. Bottled 5/3/13.
Nose has a lightly present sourness from wild yeast with some horseblanket.
Very low carbonation, mildly acidic. Some lemon and wheat grass.

Typical of the De Garde syle this beer was made to store and has a malty, caramel after taste resembling the mixed brew styles of Flanders and Germany.

It was a gift so I cannot evaluate the cost to say I would buy it again. If it was under 10 dollars then yes. Overall it has a good drinkability and a nice light body that would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 17:01:46 | More by coriswrasse
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tall bright white head sits atop an orange golden colored beer. Gentile carbs can be seen floating in the haziness.
The smell is somewhat tropical with lemons and pineapples. It smells tart and has some funkiness about itself.
Drinks tart. Saison funkiness is in there as well as pineapple soda. Very refreshing.
On the palate it fell spritzy and lively.
Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 12:49:51 | More by micromaniac129
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macher0

Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the winter of sours.

This begins with an egg-shell color head. Very frothy with fine bubbles. Blotchy laces. The fragrance is very clean and tart. Smooth. Light malts and neutral oak finishes the major notes and go right through to the taste. Tart apples and lemon come through in the taste. Super clean and easy to drink. High carbonation. This beer is straight forward: very light and clean, certainly sour, smooth.

This is a great sour. Another fine job by jp.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:02:31 | More by macher0
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon yellow with two fingers of rich and creamy white head. Sheet of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, yeast, funk, a light spiciness and fresh earth.

The taste was tart with lemon, wine grapes, and green apple along with a spicy and yeasty bite. Tartness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

Jolly Pumpkin beers have really been growing on me lately. This is definitely one to try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:33:34 | More by Monkeyknife
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babaracas

Florida

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with one finger thick soapy white head, spray of delicate lace down the glass. Bottle was a foamer. Smell: semi sweet and grainy/pils, hay and a little funk, mild spiciness, vinous + oaky. Taste: mild spicy hopping, peaches, white grape and edging towards champagne, little bit of acid, herbal notes in finish. Medium bodied, nice carb.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:01:40 | More by babaracas
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2010 bottle I saved from when my buddy got married back in June 2010. I'll edit in the actual bottle date later. I enjoyed this on Thanksgiving while carving the turkey.

A: A light to medium golden color with a two finger fluffy white head. Wonderful glass lacing sticks.

S: Really a great funky fruity smell. Loads of lemon peel, pear, funk, yeast, some grassy smells and slight sweetness. Nice.

T: The fruits really pop with huge lemon zest, pear, tangerine and some slight tart apple. The huge brett really shines in this 3 year old bottle with tons of hay, horse blanket, must, funk and huge yeast flavors. Some very slight sweetness is overpowered by the huge tartness that finishes the beer. Awesome lingering funk lingers.

M: Spot on, full, tart, minimal alcohol and perfect carbonation.

O: Wow, I had a bottle of this fresh, but it was in no way near as good as this 3 year old bottle. The brett really comes out with age and makes it a stand out beer. Awesome.

JP makes some terrific beers. I was not superly impressed with this fresh, but aged...wow. If you can let one of these sit for a bit, do it. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 21:04:28 | More by Kadonny
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear pale yellow with a fluffy, billowing white rocky cap. The head retention was very good providing a great deal of lacing

S: The nose smelled extremely fresh. Lots of fruit here, mainly citrus but some bananas and other fruits were noted as well. A nice funk/baby diaper bretty goodness on this as well. Light spiciness pleases the senses

T: Initial dumptruck of fresh fruits, again, mainly citrus is what i gather with some banana notes, perhaps from the yeast strain. The underlying brett characteristics are just perfect to me. A little bit of spice in the back. A little toasty and light breadiness. The finish has a light booze sting with more brett but extremely clean

M: Lower-medium bodied, carbonation was perfect, just the right amount and it was very clean, pleasant, crisp and effervescent. Loads of flavor.

O: A definite specialty Belgian with lots of character. Highly rcecommended and very worth the price point.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 13:08:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Date: 2012/11/23 (Batch 1118 & 1119); Poured 2013/10/18

A: Straw in color, nice sudsy head with decent retention and leaving some lacing.

S: A big nose! Spicy, lemon zest, lots of yeast and sour notes. The spiciness is really pleasant. There is a nice subtle sweetness.

T: Wow, really complex. A nice sweetness but quickly transitions to tart lemon, bitter orange peel, sour and a touch funky. Really well balanced. Finished long and sour on the back of the tongue. A very tight beer.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth, bubbly, round.

O: Really well done with lots of varying flavors. The spice and sour notes really work well together but at 8%, there is a good malt backbone supporting it all.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:44:21 | More by mtomlins
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oro De Calabaza has a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, topped with a thin layer of pure white. It's got a zesty aroma, reminiscent of orange rind, pepper, cloves, and vinegar. An array of candied flavors fills the mouth upon the first taste, like taffy, jolly ranchers, and sweet melon, as well as other aspects that include dark grapes and Cabernet. Excellent. There's moderate acidity present here, and it finishes with a pleasant numbing of the palate. I only felt the slight sense that this was a relatively high ABV beer. Overall, this is an almost surprisingly good example of the Biere De Garde style from an American brewery. If you're relatively new to this type, like myself, this is a good starting point.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 05:42:55 | More by Neorebel
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAS45678 for the 330mL bottle. Batch 879 bottled 12-22-2011. Official review #700.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw/gold. Small white head is creamy and leaves some spots of lacing. Minimal carbonation despite the almost gush when opened.

Smell: Carries that distinct tart edge familiar to every Jolly Pumpkin beer. Mildy lactic with some small citric notes. Damp and wet with a nice soft spice. Nice brett influence adds some musty/earthy/grassy notes. Lightly sweet with a nice pale malt backbone. Some biscuit, but it's minimal. Very light powdery yeast. Oak adds a nice layer to everything. Not the most complex Jolly Pumpkin aroma I've encountered, but it's nice.

Taste: Soft flourish of spice, but it's vague. Nice push of lacto up front. Brett adds some funky layers, mostly a musty damp earth. Lacto builds as it warms, offering some tart citric edges, which are quite nice. Oak is present, but not too aggressive, leaving a nice woody finish to the whole thing. Malts are light, offering some sweetness and a faint hint of biscuit. Distinctly Jolly Pumpkin with their particular wet musty flavor. Warming blends everything together, and lets the lacto hit a bit harder. Some floral edges as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body pushing toward medium. Slightly crisp on the finish with a low carbonation. A touch dry.

Overall: Santa Squash approved.

Lightly tart with all the charm and damp musty flavors one can expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Nice blend of oak and tart flavors without every really hitting full stride. I'll have to try it fresh to see how it compares, but it's good, not great as a wild. For the style, it's great.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 18:58:53 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color. Lemon, slight brett funk. On the palate, dry but with a boozy sweetness that lingers. Bright acidity in balance. Light but not thin. Tad bitterness in finish. Seems to be just a stronger version of Bam, which I still prefer over this.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 05:37:23 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottled 5/10/13.

Pours a murky whitish-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and funky aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, wood, and buttery flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the buttery flavor I am getting is unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 17:28:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 1-09-13 poured into a HF stem

A- Golden yellow with a frothy white head

S- light biscuit malt with a blend of brett funk and some lemon/pineapple hoppiness

T- Opens with biscuit malt then bursts into a sweet brett funk, hay, lemon, pineapple and a bitter finish

M- light prickly carbonation, could be better

O- Forgot how much I enjoy this beer, love having Jolly Pumpkin in MA

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:56:46 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at kickbacks in Jax. White fluffy head, high retention. Soapy lacing. Aroma includes green apple, lemon, green grapes. Taste is pleasantly and lightly tart. Less tart than expected based on the aroma. Granny Smith apple dominates the flavor but its seems like some other tropical fruit is also in the mix. Maybe star fruit? Very refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 04:46:02 | More by KickbacksSteve
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably the 4th bottle I have had and the oldest batch 681 bottled on 2/24/2011. the previous 3 were all fresh off the line barely a month old and really this older offering doesn't have quite as much going on as the fresh ones. The fresh bottles I had were more vibrant in flavor having more of a tropical fruit banana going on but the oak was less apparent. The older offering is more like wine showcasing the oak and lacto, sorta reminds me of a super oaky chardonnay. I am going to review the older version in my ASTMO

A- Hazy golden goodness with thin quick to disappear head

S- Sour lacto coming through big time

T-Oaky and sour but not overpowering the lactic acid is nice and crisp and doesn't ruin the pallet or hang around too long I can drink this all night

M- Although there is big flavor this one is very light crisp and refreshing

O-This beer is AWESOME!!! one of my favorite sourish beers. Although I wouldn't keep it too long as I feel it will lose the hop profile as my 2011 has. but still a stellar beer

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:02:43 | More by steamboatbrewer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #663 (bottled 1/7/11) poured from a 750ml oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, some fruit and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering sour bite, but ass you continue to drink the beer the bite becomes increasingly less harsh. There is some mild sweetness that creeps in from flavors of citrus, spices and some caramel. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth for a sour beer, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good sour beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:38:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MarioM

California

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into RR stemmed glass.

A: Brigt and slightly cloudy golden color with a white head made of small bubbles with a creamy patch floating on the surface. Medium carbonation a some decent lacing.

S: Tartness come through ahead of the fruity aromas but mainly tart lacto and vrett character that seems very delicious. Can't wait to taste this beauty.

T: Tartness and fruity flavors are great, tropical Brettanomyces shine through wonderfully and make for a very complex and delicious brew. Lacto sourness makes for a refreshing and complea beer yet mild enough to let the rest of the I grediants, malt and yeast to do their thing.

M: Dry and highly carbonated. Dry and crips with so e great tartness and slight sourness from the lacto and Brett.

O: An extremely refreshing an satisfying brew. Tartness is mild and balanced perfectly. Definitely not a sour beer but tart and complex enough to drink and enjoy every fat while still figuring out its secrets and complexities. A definitely must have from Ron Jeffrey over at Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 06:35:43 | More by MarioM
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flagmantho

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is batch 879, bottled 12/22/2011.

Appearance: very nice silvery-golden hue with plenty of haze and a finger of creamy white foam. It reminds me of an attractive witbier.

Smell: oh mama, this appeals to me. It's lightly sweet and tart, with a definite fruitiness and a dash of farmhouse funk. Above all, it's exceedingly well balanced; I really love it.

Taste: smooth right off the bat, with the tartness only hitting me much later. That said, the tartness is not as strong as in the aroma, which creates a nice aroma/flavor juxtaposition. There's a little bit of phenolic character in here, just adding a tiny bit of waxy band-aid (which is much tastier than it sounds). This is augmented by a grassy, ever-so-slightly floral character which might be the hops at work. It finishes like a semi-sweet floral candy, just daring you to have a little more. I love, love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Perhaps not this beer's strongest suit, but quite good nonetheless.

Overall: I feel like I could drink gallons of this. It just makes me happy.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 04:13:55 | More by flagmantho
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once again, I'm surprised by how long it has taken me to finally try this brew, oft considered Jolly Pumpkin's ol' reliable. Bottled May 2013, so this sucker is super-fresh in saison years. It pours a mucky shade of gold, translucent enough to let some light through, and is topped off with a soapy white head that foams up nice and leaves respectable, wet and spotty lacing on the glass.

As is the case with many/most Jolly Pumpkin beers, the aroma is critter-iffic, filled with wonderful funk and plenty of balanced tartness. Dry, funky apple skins, tart pears, white pepper spice, floral and herbal hops, mountains of oak-barrels, cheesecloth, clove, and damp hay. Such a wonderful array of things that are meshed so elegantly well. With warmth, it seems there are a bit more spices that come out and open up, though I can not say for sure what they are.

The first sip is really something to behold. I'm not exactly familiar with the Biere de Garde style, and I've only had a few at the time of drinking this (and I believe one of the few others is another JP beer). It seems like a super funky, slightly tart-ified take on a Belgian strong pale ale with some added spices for good measure. On paper, it sounds like a jumbled mess, but my palate is screaming otherwise.

Plenty of peppery and hoppy spices outline each and every sip, more vivaciously compounded with ripe pear skins, tart apples, torrid oak, rotten and sweet bananas, and a clumpy, thick, funk-filled yeast finish. After drinking so many Jolly Pumpkin brews, you become accustomed to "their" funk. They have a very signature-ish funk that encompasses many of their brews, very akin to some cheesy, musty, wet cork and damp hay.

Medium bodied, just shy of creamy, actually, with lots of tingling carbonation to sting the upper lip. Again, like many brews from JP, the finish is nearly moisture-less, leaving your palate drier than a desert in the sun. All-in-all, Oro de Calabaza is in the upper echelon of beers crafted by Jolly Pumpkin. It's an incredibly tasty and unique brew, and even better - it's a year round offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:38:15 | More by tectactoe
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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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