Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 128
Gots: 192 | FT: 12
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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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Reviews by pmoore311:
Photo of pmoore311
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mission Point location 11/13/11.

Appearance - A beautiful clear yellow strawlike hue with a white head.

Smell - Funky, oaky, grassy, and awesome citrusy sourness.

Taste - Just enough funk and barrel notes, lemongrass, straw and refreshingly sour. I really enjoy this beer and am glad it is readily available in my area.

Mouthfeel - nice and bubbly with a very dry finish.

Overall - A solid golden all with a very refreshing sourness and just enough funk without tasting like a dead horse. I would highly recommend seeking this one out, a great beer for the wild ale enthusiast or the beginner alike.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one i had been dying to try just never got around to opening. split between two snifters and enjoyed while feet where kicked up on the dock.

Rich with a good bit of haze and floating sediments throughout. Very nice color here. There was ample carbonation evident from the very beginning, with streams of bubbles rippling up to the surface throughout the glass. A nice even level of foam, perhaps two inches in height. Nice settle down to a respectable layer across the top which lasted throughout the session and gave off copious side glass lace.

The aroma was very nice. Rich notes of fruit, pears, apples, some tart cherries, but lots of caramel malt smell too. Nice touches of grain and bready tones as well. The flavor was very nice. Rich notes of caramel malts wrapping around and mingling with sour fruits and touches of grain. Some nice fresh grass like hops playing around in here as well as the little bits of fruit just danced around in the back. Interesting feel, well carbonated and a cross between medium and light bodied. I was seriously impressed by the drinkability as it did not come across with the deep funk, letting you noticeably take bigger sips of it even on a hot day.

Overall this was very interesting and a very solid offering

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle on Election Day 2010.

Pours a straw-yellow color with a good white head. A bit of lacing. The is some light grain and straw with a good amount of funk and a slight dose of sourness. There is really great notes of straw and barnyard. The taste is the same, as there is just a light malt character and a really nose dose of hay and blanket. Feel is really fantastic between the funk and some slight sourness. Drinks really well and is a fantastic offering from JP.

Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a tall white head.

S: A very nice tart aroma of apples, pears, and peaches. Light grass notes to it and some wet oak. A little bit of earthiness and some lemon zest. Still a little bit of malt and a touch of pepper.

T: Some light spice, particularly white pepper. Hints of bready malts in the background, but the tartness really takes hold. Lemon zest, lactobacillus, grapes, and apples provide a nice complexity and tartness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Another winner from Jolly Pumpkin. This is a really nice beer.

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

This beer reminds me of the orange juice commercial where they strip back the carton and there is pulpy flesh underneath and then a spout is opened and the juice pours ripe from the box. Well, put a keg tap into a bag of Brachs' spicy gum drops with some fine festering yeast and spring water and here's what you have: a tart beer gumdrop. A peppery confection that froths with an infected head. I mean this in a good way. Like when a rich pumpkin pie and whipped cream begin to swirl and meld together from a thorough forking. As with all the Jolly Pumpkin beers they leave you thinking "designer beer" but also, "one more bottle to figure out if I like it." Yes I do.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a suitably Belgianesque head; lovely lacing, too

Smell: The oak and leathery funk jump right out, with undertones of lemon, lime, apple, pear and juicyfruit gum

Taste: Lemony/limey and tart from the start, with the oak and leathery funk character dominating; the beer is very dry and grows increasingly tart by mid-palate, with just a hint of the green apple and juicyfruit flavors peaking through; the fruit is more pronounced after the swallow, with a little sweetness, but the finish is very dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; mouth puckering

Drinkability: Not my favorite sour, but a very interesting beer that is well worth seeking out

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazy golden pumpkin (oro de calabaza) containing a static storm of fine yeast that add a great deal of character. The crown of foam looks great as well. It's orange-tinted ivory in color, is heavily creamy and is impressively sticky. Gorgeous, shredded veils of lace adorn most of the available glass, putting the finishing touches on a wonderful look.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was smelling an authentic BSPA. It must the yeast, although I've smelled plenty of domestic, Belgian-style beer that uses a true Belgian yeast strain that didn't smell this good. The aroma consists of brandy-macerated golden fruits (apricots, ripe peaches) sprinkled with a fine dusting of ground clove. Very well done.

Prior to this bottle, I've reviewed 93 different styles of beer. This is my first biere de garde so I'm at something of a loss as to whether or not it's style accurate. What I am sure of is that it's some kinda delicious! Like the nose, the flavor reminds me most of a BSPA, or even an especially fruity tripel.

None of the three Jolly Pumpkin beers that I drank prior to this one prepared me for such an incredibly complex flavor profile. Puree of orchard fruit flecked with inviting, exotic spices lulls me into a contented complacency, while warming fruit brandy mixed with golden rum provides a breathtaking blow, like a velvet-gloved fist to the solar plexus. What in the world did these guys do to this beer that they failed to do in all the others?

I'll give most of the credit to the yeast strain; it's obviously an ass-kicker of the highest order. Even though Oro has the highest ABV of all the JP offerings, it's the least alcoholic in terms of flavor. That may be because it's been aging the longest, but I don't think so. I think it's simply a superior brew. It melds and mellows even more spectacularly with warming. The beer is becoming barely cool, I'm the one who's actually warming.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with a wonderfully lush silkiness. Or is that a silky lushness? Once the initially peppy carbonation settled down (by the second glassful), the mouthfeel came into its own and really began to impress. Any lighter and the flavor wouldn't be able to get comfortable on the palate. Any heavier and the sweet stickiness would edge over into syrupy, which would not suit the beer at all.

My three previous Jolly Pumpkin beers were disappointments, at least relative to the hype. What I expected from them is what I finally got from Oro de Calabaza. This is an outstanding ale and instantly joins the handful of great Belgian-style offerings that I've had the pleasure to drink, no matter the country of origin. A big thank you to deejaydan for the bottle.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy burnt orange with a big creamy-like head that settles with not much lace behid nice aromas of tropical fruit,pineapple mainly and spice coriander is big along with a touch of cloves.Different intermingling flavors going on very ripe pineapple and cloves dominate with a faint grassiness but the overipe pineapple dominates here.Wow a big flavorful beer that takes no prisoners,killer beer that I will take back with me to NC for sure.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a real looker. The head is explosive, so watch out. It settles into huge, massive clumps of shaving cream. The liquid is pure gold with a geyser of carbonation underneath.

Smell - The light sourness first caught my nose followed by a beautiful hop profile that is delicate yet substantial. The floral spicing is remarkable and is like walking in on your grandmother making a graceful European-style dinner. The white pepper is so intense you almost want to sneeze.

Taste - The tartness from the nose is strong at the taste as well, as are the bold floral hops that slow down the drinker. The spices are perfumy and seem to grow as the ale warms. The grain in the background is some of the finest that I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied, intensely carbonated, and loaded with a big bitter bite.

Drinkability - This is a slow-drinking ale that is great to share with a friend.

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of somewhatdamaged
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oro de Calanaza pours golden and crisp until you come to a hidden treasure at the bottom. There is a great deal of sediment lurking it the depths that changes the bright finish into a wheaty masterpiece. A think creamy head is seen throughout drinking but very prevalent at first. A first taste reveals slight banana/citrus/clove notes with hearty wheat presence. The back end provides a slightly oaky finish that mingles with the rest of the pallet but doesn't take over. It cold be easy to overpower this style of beer with too much cask and not enough good old beer flavor. Luckily the blend is perfect, the flavors meld together complimenting not fighting for superiority. The flavors are more subdued and reminiscent of themselves vs a strong separate character. Overall the flavors all blend and compliment each other to provide a complex yet highly drinkable beer with a nice ABU punch to boot!!

Photo of brownbeer
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch no. 277 poured into a Maudite glass.

I wonder, is there is any way to make this beer and it not gush? Every single time it explodes out of the bottle more anxiously than a bat finally finding the exit from hell into a bright new day. Even when i'm ready for it I still lose a drop or two to the snake of foam that rushes up the very second upon opening. I'm just sayin'.

Hazy golden with a rocky white head.

Funky aroma, with an added vanilla and floral hop note. The alcohol is more noticeable than I remember. Also has a wine note, like a barrel. But something is a little off about it, i'm not sure what.

Zesty lemongrass on the tongue with a light sourness and a taste of candi sugar. Show the alcohol a little, which is a suprise.

This batch is ok, an approachable example, but i've enjoyed it more in the past.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There is a big and rocky white head that fades slowly into the murky mango colored beer known as Oro de Calabaza. Splashes of lace slide down the sides. The glass offers a perfumey bouqet of light berry, spicy phenols, apricot or peach, and an occasional whiff of lemon zest.

This is a strikingly tart and acidic brew with soft swirls of peachricot quickly eclipsed by warming alcohol and acidity. Just a kiss of hop bitter and maybe vanilla with a hint of light wood. You know like licking a chopstick. The alcohol calms down as the beer warms and smooths out the brew to reveal yeasty spices and esters that combine with the other elements to create a distorted creamy pineapple character. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, and stingy all at once.

This beer is very interesting but also kinda wildin'. I am into it enough to try the others despite the high price, but doubt I'll revisit this one.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oro De Calabaza by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales...
8% alcohol. Purchaced in Charleston SC. at The Beer Exchange.

A- Poured into Dogfish goblet glass. Pours a golden hazy fluid with active carbonation that leaves a one inch head and decent lacing.

S- Excellent scent of tarted green apples and pears upfront with a light malty and funky bite.

T-M- The flavor is very familier to other Jolly beers into the tart aspect and i love it.
Wild yeast flavors of spice and funk, sweet sugary pears and light tartness on the finish. Mouthfeel is dry and smooth with little to sway you from drinking.

D- Drinkable as hell but at the price I'll try others before revisiting.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the attractively labeled 750ml bottle with the treasure chest full of beer a bright hazy golden peach color. Active carbonation rises up to create a light bubbly white foam head that lingers on well after the intial pour. Reminds me a warm, bright summer day! Aromas of light, fresh fruity bread & grains, lemony citrus with hints of grape kool-aid. Underlying touches of white pepper and cloves mingle with green herbal hops that impart some citrus aromas as well. Mellow and dignified.

First sip brings a bubbly sweet lemony grain that segues into a refined spicy middle ground. Subdued aspects of cloves and cracked pepper seem to become more apparent as the brew begins to warm. Herbal, green hop bitterness follows on the way down. Patches of dry woodiness weave in and out with a crisp bready yeast flavor and a touch of alcohol. A tasty warm weather treat.

Mouthfeel is champagne-like with a vigorous carbonation that explodes on the tongue. Light, airy and refreshing. I could see sitting out by the pool or beach on a beautiful day and enjoying the Oro the entire time. Cheers to another yummy Jolly Pumpkin brew.

Photo of blitz134
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge overflowing foam when I popped the cap, quite annoying actually. Pours a clear, yellow color with a huge head initially, but it reduced quickly to a quarter inch layer. Really grips the glass well leaving a nice lace.

Aroma hints at the tartness to come, green apples and white grapes predominately. Some light spice intermingles with some yeastiness. Light to me overall.

Taste is initially tart with some sourness. Some obvious lightly toasted malt notes come in, even with the overall light pallate of this beer. The green apple and white grapes are evident again, sour pears as well. I don't find the alcohol that noticable overall. Good overall flavor, nice tartness but isn't overdone. A touch of bitterness rounds it out.

Thinnish mouthfeel which is somewhat expected with a spontaneously fermented beer. Flavor clings to the cheeks for a bit but doesn't hang around too much.

Good unique flavor with this one. Light flavor and sits fairly light on the stomach. Pretty quaffable. Worth a shot.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was a hazy yellow witj a voluminous head. Very well-carbonated. In fact, every beer I've tried from Jolly Pumpkin has been so carbonated that it keeps on flowing from the bottle after the first pour. It had a rather nondescript fruity/spicy aroma. A fruity, banana taste, with a peppery aftertaste that persisted. A little bit of mustiness. Light and pleasant in the mouth. Pretty good beer.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After opening the bottle (and even after heeding warnings), I managed to lose a lot due to severe over carbonation. There is no way around this one... open this beer over a basin...

Once the 4 inches of head in my glass finally disappeared, the product was delicious. It is a very crisp beer that I would love to drink in summer, at night, with my feet in the pool. The 8% is well hidden and the ligth body of this beer makes it delicious. I was drawn to it after enjoying Perdition and not being able to get my hands on it. Avant Garde is next in this category for me


Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 585, bottle 7/27/10; notes from 2/23/11

A - Pours a clear straw color with two fingers of stunning white head. Head has decent retention.

S - Some nice earthy funk and sour apple. Not overly complex, but crisp and nice.

T - Bright tartness followed by lingering earthiness. Similar to smell, the taste isn't overly complex, but is very good andhas some oak presence.

M - Light bright mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

O - Not the most complex of JP beers, but this is a very nice drinking that could be a good gateway for exploring the sour side of beer.

Photo of dill
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a snifter. i didn't even have time to throw the cap away before the beer gushed forth like a forth of july firework. i started it into a pint glass which was half filled with the golden beer and the other half with a frothy white head that had peaks like whipped cream. then i was able to pour the remainder into the snifter. interestingly the beer that settled into the snifter was more of a deep golden color while that which was poured into the pint glass was more of a yellow gold. the smell of this thing was amazing with lots of apple dominating. it was poured cold at which time it was very refreshing. as it warmed a lot of the alcohol came through and it proved to be quite strong. i still noted lots of apple though which became overpowered by the alcohol. a remarkable beer overall as it exceeded any expectations i had for it. definitely recommended.

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is tart fruit, wood, and some pepper over a biscuity malt base.

The flavor is sweet and sugary malts and sour tart fruits followed by a dry finish with just enough grassy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, another interesting Jolly Pumpkin brew. I like the balance of this one. It's fairly sour but has some sweetness and the slightly bitter finish to counteract.

Photo of mverity
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml capped bottle, served at cellar temperature into a goblet.

Pours a chill hazed, goldenrod body that is awash with lively, small carbonation bubbles. Pillowy, white head is thick and dense, rising about three inches before settling at about two centimeters in height. Retention is excellent, and gorgeous sheet lacing is left to drape the sides of the goblet.

Aroma is truly exceptional. Candied apricots, fresh hay. yeasty notes of clean wool sweater, white pepper, coriander, lemon zest, and a kiss of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a velvety medium carbonation.

Taste is complex and challenging. Dry and herbal, with citrus hints of tangerine and lime. Coriander, white pepper, and lemon zest add a soft spiciness. Vanilla and spun candy sugar can be picked up in the background. Yeast is prominent, adding an outdoorsy character of fresh woolen sweater. Apricot and tangerine notes contribute to the complexity, but are minor factors. Very Saison like, overall.

Superlative drinkability. Nice complexity....I could easily mistake this one for a Fantome Saison in a blind taste test. Exceptional product from yet another high quality, American brewery.

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, Dull golden yellow, slight haze. Shows off a puffy white head,which exhibits nice staying powers, extensive, well developed lacing. Nose is both sweet and sugary and hot and spicy, lots of pepper. Flavorful,spicy beer. Pepper again is most noticable. I love this style and this is a very nice American take on it.
If I could get this in NY state, it would be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy, 1/2 inch head, bright golden yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: lemon, coriander, hay, and tangerine

Taste: lemon, coriander, hay, funk, and tangerine

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter and very tart, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: A very funky and good beer. I like the citrus tones in this one. Not sure if I would pick it up again, but I would not pass over it.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.