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Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

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Photo of KingDingus
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer exemplifies what a classic biere de garde can be. Nothing crazy about this beer, no hibiscus, sage, guava etc. added to it just a no-BS ale for lovers of old world styles. Looks, smells and tastes exactly as it "should".

Appearance is a light golden straw.

Smell is dry apple cider and earthy oak, almost wine barrel.

Taste is a classic saison/farmhouse straw-like funk with just a hint of tartness and deep, back of the tongue complexity from the barrel aging and higher alcohol.

Feel is crisp yet slightly dense. Not over carbonated, not flat and syrupy, just right.

This is my drink of choice at the moment, an exceptionally well balanced and delicious golden strong ale. Bravo Jolly Pumpkin, bra-vo.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer, it is almost like a modest yet tasty sour.

(L) Somewhat cloudy golden hue with an inch white head

(A) The aroma is bread and lemon.

(T) Grassy, bready, yeast, citrus, some pepper, it is tart, but there is almost no bitterness, and no hint of the alcohol, which is fine.

(F) Different, very easy drinking, and dangerous.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with minimal head and tiny lace ring hovered around glass. Slightly sour and funky fruits hit me in the aroma. Thin-bodied beer that has some yeast and woody notes that make it smooth and easy to drink, a funkiness that borders on puckering tartness at times but not quite there as bits of tropical fruit sweetness and malts add balance. Interesting array of flavors and easy drinking session beer that hides ABV well.

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

BOTTLED 02/02/15

Clear yellow-gold with a thin, soapy white head. Funky, oaky sharpness hits the nose...spicy and vinous with musty wood and acetone. Moderately sour upfront leading to a warm spicy flavor that compliments the fruity tartness. Dusty lemon, apple, damp basement, and wood. Lighter than expected, given the high ABV - tart and drying on the gums. More of a wild ale as the funk has complete control of this beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a yellow and gold appearance with haze. 1/2" white head. The aroma is that of bread with lemon and soapy bitterness.

Taste was bitter bread, some spice rack, lots of carbonation, floral pepper notes. Grass and hay. More lemon. Mild brett earthiness.

Expensive, would not repeat even though decent.

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

Crushable, light, breezy, summery. Not sour enough... hay, lemon, lime zest, fresh grass... ABV is disguised incredibly well. This tastes like a 5% instead of 8%. Peppery finish.

Nice overall, but just a tad underwhelming.

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Photo of Nickmaaan
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh the glory when I popped the cap and started to pour this beauty. I love it when the bubbles in a beer are so tiny and just dance when you pour them. Its like watching a symphony. The taste, my god is just a savor. I love just letting it sit on my tongue before consuming its wondrous golden flavors. I got it to represent my neighborhood. Dexter is just a hop skip and a jump away. Nice touch of oak, with a crisp citrus blend that just makes me giddy as all hell. I love the peppery kick on the aftertaste that settles so well.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice and terrific looking beer right here. My first Jolly Pumpkin. Oro de Calabaza pours a golden hazy as well as cloudy yellow. Pour produces decent head retention along with attractive lacing through out the drinking experience. Aromas are zesty with citrus and lemon. Peppery with slight Belgian esters, funk and a tartness on the nose. Taste is the same with a subtle touch of oak and sourness that's ever so present but not over powering. Mouthfeel is good and well crafted too. Crisp but not prickly. Overall, this is a good to very good beer. Although technically it's the same style I would consider this the poor man's RR Sanctification.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share from friend. Very pale in color, taste is initially very golden/blonde, but yeast and other elements start to make this a heavier ale. Syrupy consistency, definite Belgian yeast character, but without the pit fruit elements in a lot of the strong ales.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml bottle from blend 8 dated 8/21/2015 into teku glass.

A: Slightly cloudy straw yellow with 2-3 finger dense white head with lasting retention and lots of chunky lacing.

S: Lemon and orange zest, Brett yeast that yields a nice funk and a hint of peppery spice.

T: Tart citrus with an earthy funk and a slight breadiness. Lemon and green peppercorns.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Excelllent wild ale. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Very glad to have JP distributing in my area now.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blend 7 Bottled 10/21/14 poured into tulip glass. Golden almost orange color, minimal lacing. Tangy, citrus with slight funk from brett. Taste follows suit but like a watered down lemonade. Light carbonation. Not living up to other's reviews as I have had better Biere de Gardes (Brewery Vivant). I may try a different blend as Jolly Pumpkin normally hits home runs.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-pours a pale clear straw color. Head and lacing are minimum.
S-A wonderful sourness pervades with a hint of funk.
T-Far less sour than the nose would lead you to believe. A mild tart with a funky brett finish.
F-Mouthfeel is light and dry due to a light carbonation and the sour acidic flavor.
O-A very well done wild ale. The sour and brett funk are at a nice level of balance.

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Photo of brewfunk
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is sometimes a little foamy, buy beautiful straw color with lasting head. Beautiful nose of spicy yeast and brett with a little mustiness. Flavor follows the nose. A little tart lemony character with a nice, subtle breadiness. Overall, a great beer, one of my favorites.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma starts out Brett, fruit, and a bit of funk then later gets perfumey. Flavor likewise transforms from just a tart beer to a fruity, malt, beer with many levels. Perfect body for style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of gman1602
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured and allowed to warm over tasting in a snifter glass.
L: Light gold with a bit of cloudiness (just bought and may have been jostled getting home). Nice lacing.
S: Light barnyard funk with hay, a brightness in the background that supports the funk well.
T: Decent spritziness that gives way to a tart lemony belgian, with the yeast showing through as well as some citrus character and a little breadiness - more from the yeast than the malt but they go well together.
F: Nicely carbonated and a good feel. A bit dangerous for 8% but it's not too bad.
O: A great Belgian Golden Ale that has been barrel aged and allowed to pick up the wild farmhouse yeasts/bacteria. It is true to style for sure in the French/Belgian countryside (Jolly Pumpkin doesn't call this a Bière de Garde to my knowledge, but a Golden Ale or an Artisan Wild Ale. Delicious either way and worth trying.)

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a very small foamy head. there is not much in the way of head retention. Lacing is decent. Nice farmhouse aroma with some citrus. Belgian farmhouse taste with some citrus mild spice and a little tart sourness at the end. A bit watered down at the end, but is good. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jolly pumpkin is just so good at this sort of thing...
smells amazing like some have said has that gueuze musty like smell with some tart light fruits like mango or maybe pineapple.
Taste the same with more funkiness perfect balance of sour imo.
Worth a try for everyone into funky beers.
Will absolutely buy again.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a wine glass. Bottle dated 06/2014.

Appearance: Pale gold with a fine rim of foam. Some sediment in the bottle but the beer is very clear. Nice Belgian lace

Nose: Boon Geuze-like, pears, Brett funk, slightly sour, apricots, bright Stone fruits

Taste: nice lactic sour beer, fair amount of body, crisp and refreshing, quick and bright finish. Stone fruit, pears, Brett funk, appricots, slightly sweet, beautiful.

Overall: my first JP beer. This is a wonderful and funky brew. I'd like to try it more fresh and again with some more age on it. Delicious.

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Photo of Premo88
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12.68 oz. (375 ml) bottle poured into tulip
(BLEND 3; bottled on 02/02/15 printed on label)

L: murky yellow with slight golden tint; light passes through easily but it's very cloudy, less than 10% clear; nice 1/4- to 1/2-inch head of white foam that's super thick and sticking nicely, also keeps a decent collar and half a skin of foam; not a ton of lacing but a lot of activity in the glass, hundreds of bubbles

S: very tart, bordering on sour wit tart lemons, sour grapes and a musty barn/kumquat aroma for a wild/farmhouse ale bouquet; a pinch of salt/saltwater ... in fact, it has a "meaty" presence, like a well-seasoned raw steak; cedar chest or oak wood ... which bleeds into a a fingernail polish remover smell (only occasionally and very sweet when it appears)

T: tart grapes, lemon, sour notes but also some fruity/citrusy sweetness ... while it has a white wine/dry wine flavor, it has no alcohol flavor at all; slight gose-like saltiness from time to time as well as a gose-like flavor (wheat? sour wheat?) ... very tasty

F: lager-like crispness but solid weight ... fantastic

O: my first foray into the Jolly Pumpkin world and it definitely won't be my last ... what a brew! very tart with a typical sour feel but also plenty of balancing sweetness and immense character; really takes on a nice oak/cedar wood flavor; even the fingernail polish remover smell isn't as off-putting as it sounds ... it seems more a product of a strong combination of smells trying to burst out at the same time. pound for pound, this is also one of the most dangerous beers I've come across -- the 8% ABV is not only perfectly hidden but the perfect mouthfeel combined with the tart notes and hints of sweetness have me draining the glass way too quickly.

Great beer and one that has me very excited to try more from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden, blonde colored ale with a skunky smell to it. Decent head, about 1.5 to 2 fingers height. Specifically I smell piney, oakey, lemon, grass. Very interesting smell complements sour taste on front which transforms into spicy, yeasty taste as ale travels down the palette. Towards the back, taste morphs into a bitter, crisp, boozey type. Feels like a beer one wouldn't want to drink too quickly. It's got a good body, is filling, and yeastiness causes expansion of ale's volume. Smoothness is not a characteristic that I would attribute to this brew, which in this case, in an excellent thing. Overall, awesome and loved it!

P.S. after finishing it, 5 minutes later expect to notice oak aftertaste.

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Photo of lic217
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: No head or lacing, very light orange
Smell: Lemon, citrus, sour
Taste: Starts sweet and finishes tart/sour and a little citrus, just a touch of alcohol
Feel: Nice prickly mouth feel
Overall: A well made sour beer from Jolly Pumpkin

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Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The color is a dark gold with hints of orange. The nose is funky, slightly tart and notes of pineapple. The taste follows suite with tart green apple, orange and brett. There is a touch of alcohol burn late in the aftertaste, but it doesn't take away from it too much. Overall, this is a nice refreshing beer but doesn't blow me away in any single aspect.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a surprisingly refreshing beer, with a good dose of ABV (which is nice for a change)
anyways, probably the YELLOWest beer I've seen, also cloudy from aggressive settlement disruption.
looks like fresh squeezed(?) pineapple juice.
sour fruit up front, dry finish. middle is full of fruit and spice, though not as tropical as it looks. mostly orange.
smells yeasty as well
not much oak on the nose as i would have hoped, but comes through slightly in the beer.
a great summer sipper

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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.

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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?

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