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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 692
Hads: 1,622
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 135
Gots: 206 | FT: 11
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
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 Bearski-Beerski
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch: 579
Bottled: 9/14/10
Consumed: 8/16/12--8/17/12
Appearance: A lovely cloudy golden hue with plenty of bubbly fizz.
Smell: Solid vinegary lemon scents with spicy notes on top.
Feel: A light creamy mouth feel. Finishes slightly dry.
Taste: Distinguishable tart, sour, and vinegar flavor. Also, there is a modest peppery spice or even a peppery hop presence. I'm not sure which, but either way peppery and spicy with a slight oak fade. Basically, I didn't find anything wrong with this beer. The only remark I'll leave with is that sours can be astringent and unless you have something to scrape your palate clean, u might need to limit your sour intake. Stay curious...My friends! (686 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Batch 492 B. Date - 3-3-10

Appearance is clear straw colored w/ white head. (I noticed other had hazy beer, this really couldn't be clearer....) Head is stubborn to stay up. Pretty raging carbonation. Bottle condition, nice dregs to culture up. (brownie points) Smells ridiculous. I absolutely love the smell. Light oak mixed with floral brettanomyces and lactic acid tingle. Pungent bright aroma. Excellent wild yeast character.

Flavor is much milder than aroma. Solid range of flavors like lemons, peppercorn, oak and pineapple. Really impressive flavor profile. Truly delicious. Bitterness balances the beer perfectly. Acidity is spot on. Pleasant to drink yet satisfyingly sour and complex. Medium - thin body. Alcohol is hidden completely.

I love this beer and will most definitely consider buying again. A lot like the "Iris", which for me is the most honorable comparison I could mention. (913 characters)

Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Uncapped the bottle and an instant volcano of foam an aroma shot out. It pours with great head and thick sticky lacing. The smell is sweet like apricots and candy sugar with a wonderful sour and oak background. Taste is sour apple up front flushed by a warming gritty malt backbone, finishes clean and dry with a fruity walnut wood like flavor. Absolutely outstanding! (373 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with an enormous head five fingers in height, and a steady stream of carbonation rising from the bottom center of the glass. The aroma is full of barnyard funk, but there is also a solid noticable malt character. The taste is fruity, yeasty, and funky with a slight alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very fine brew from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries. (473 characters)

Photo of Caterwaul
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Bright golden color, head recedes rather quickly, though for a sour ale of this ABV, I suppose it’s to be expected. Just gorgeous.

Smell: Bright and bretty. Tart, fruity, Lemony, funky. Got Damn.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Upfront with lemon and orange. Nectarine and Peach shove in mid-palate to completely take over. Still with the mean, sexy, sharp tartness, bitterness, and funk. This is a gorgeous, fruity, tart, bitter, complex beer.

Overall: This is definitely in my top five. Get it if you can, when you can. (523 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: snifter. pours a nice opaque and vibrant yellow with some major orange notes. huge white head, great retention rate and outstanding lacing.

S: wonderful sweet sour citrus aroma. like tart oranges.

T: wow. this is amazing. sweet citrus with some major tart sourness. great sourness. some tropical fruit flavors.

M: nice tart palate. big carbonation level. medium bodied.

D: wonderful brew, I think everything from Jolly Pumpkin is outstanding. Give them a shot if you love sours. (485 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To be honest I conceived this small SE Michigan brewer with a peculiar name to be as fraudulent as politics; beer is always better with lower expectations.

It looks like honey. I was predicting the thick flow as I sup. Aromas of pineapple and lime sorbets sandwiched between airy creampuff ends, drizzled with sugared, reduced goats milk(cajeta) and garnished by jessamine. I've tasted enough crunchy U.S. all-malt Belgian styles to appreciate the balance of the squash gold. Chewy fruit and juniper leather, I'll buy the others. (533 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours golden orange with a huge white foamy head that descends to a lasting, thin white layer. Plenty of lacing is left.

The smell is tart and citrusy - fruity, especially orange, banana, and other tropical fruits. An earthy breadiness is in the background.

The upfront taste is sugary intermingling of tartness and sweetness - reminds me of a Sweettart candy. Soon it becomes well-balanced by citrusy/tropical fruits - oranges, bananas, etc. covered with spices - black pepper and clove, esp. A slice of apple peel emerges in the mix. Very complex, yet not overwhelming - the tastes blend together wonderfully. Carbonation keeps the flavors lively. (In a way, it reminds me of a spiced Duvel.)
The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but non-interfering.

The feel is creamy, smooth, and champagne-like. The medium body holds up incredibly well, as do the flavors.

This is wonderfully delicious and too easy to drink. I was saddened when I got to the bottom of the bottle (unfortunately, some was lost at the start to excessive foaming), and wanted some more. I'll be sure to get more of this outstanding brew! (1,149 characters)

Photo of scninmer08
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into tulip. From Sept. 2011.

Opaque gold with very little head. It also leaves very little lacing. Smells funky, with a lot of sour fruit coming though. Taste follows the nose, with grapefruit and white grapes coming through, almost like Chardonnay. Incredible.

The sweetness of the fruit balances beautifully with the sour acidity, with the carbonation also playing a mediating role. I'm not sure whether having a more recent batch would result in the gushing experience other reviewers have mentioned, but I didn't have a whole lot of foam build-up after the bottle was opened. Still, I felt the carbonation level was beautiful.

This was my first Jolly Pumpkin brew, and I'm very glad the local liquor store stocks several of their brews as this was incredible. I'm unfamiliar with the Biere de Garde style, but I'm guessing this is one of those that defies classification. I'm looking forward to having their other brews in styles that I am familiar with. (974 characters)

Photo of rrwiltse
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fabulous brew, one of my favorites. Pours a gorgeous golden haze, an incredibly amount of froth. When I opened the bottle and let it sit for a minute, it bubbled out the top of the bottle! The bubbles in the head are massive as well! Aroma of citrus and a hint of sourness, which is also what I get from the taste. Immensely drinkable, dangerous at 8%. You certainly cannot tell from the taste. An excellent bier de garde from Michigan! (438 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oro De Calabaza is quickly becoming one of my favorite beers. Capped 750 ml bottle. Once the top is popped you can smell sour notes. Dry tartness. The pour is crystal, yellow/gold. Puffy white head disappears rather quickly. The aroma is great. Brett, sour twang. The taste is exceptional. Dry, slightly sour. A subtle woodiness, clean malts, thrist quenching to an extent. Absolutely terrific. The mouthfeel is great and the drinkability is off the charts for the style and abv. I could drink this all night long.

All in all a truly fantastic beer and one I will have around a lot more. (588 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow !! There must be brett in here. These guys sure had some nice ones at the most recent BBF.I had never really noticed Jolly Pumpkin before that. All I can say is I am impressed.

Pours a beautiful frothy gold --nice thick head that dies fairly quick but a nice 2-3mm film remains on top. Nice lace clings all over the place.

Smell is absolutely tremendous--Im upgrading to a 5. This is just perfect on smell. It has the brett funkiness but is smooth and subtle enough that it is a true work of art.

Taste is a good up front maltiness with the ever present brett that has been smoothened due to proper aging I would imagine. This is a beer that really has very few flaws in the taste department. Pehaps a little sour on the finish but its supposed to taste a little sour. This is clearly the best bottled american craft beer that uses brett that I have tried. Outrageously drinkable--its pure gold just like its labled. (929 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml poured into a tulip it forms a easily maintained white head that leaves plenty of lace in a spider like formation. Super fine carbonation runs through a chill hazed body.

Ummmm the smell is simply outstanding. So much going on, bubblegummy is subtle but nice, followed by some wild yeast funky backer. Citrus Peel is a big factor. Lemon cracks the surface towards the end. Very sour and tart, earthy at times.

Notes: The best beer I've had in quite some time off the top of my head. Remarkably complex, highly drinkable as it doesn't sit and rest on your palate but rather a big splash of taste and tart and then its gone. (636 characters)

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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
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 (1,038 characters)

Photo of AleWynch
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 370 in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy sunshiny yellow, with a fine-bead thick 2 finger head...very nice! Lacing is great as well.

S: Smells Belgian with mild funk and a hint of the sour...getting the citrus zest...exciting to the olfactory.

T: Wow. Tangerine, green-apple (just the 1st crunch), sour yet balanced out immediately with malt/spice/butter/caramel...almost to butterscotch but in a good way - oddly...finishes clean never cloying...sour and tart, but with a very rich balance. The oak is not overdone, very subtle actually. Exceptional.

M: Just right. Light, well carbonated but a fine profile, not soapy nor seltzery... Crisp, clean - perfect for this style.

D: Already wishing we had another bottle for this tasting! Wonderful example that we'll be returning to again VERY soon. (805 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer poured a hazy orange with a nice egg shell colored head which disappated to a small ring which stuck around for the ride. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell- Wonderful barnyard funkiness with sour green apples, grapes and spicy pepper.

Taste- A nice bready maltiness with sour apples and grapes similar to the smell. It also has a nice spicy pepper note in the front as well. The sour and tartness show up in the finish which is nice.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean medium body with high carbonation.

Overall- An absolutely fantastic beer. The two beers I have had from Jolly Pumpkin(this one and the La Roja)have all been excellent beers. This one in my opinion is the perfect substitution for those white wine lovers. This beer is a must try! (768 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I opened the bottle foam rushed out of the top like a volcano.

Beautiful golden color with a thick mousse like head that doesn't give up. Glorious webbedlacing.

Lemon, vinegar, some rose hiding behind the acidic aromas. Mild yeast, wood and vanilla aromas also in the background.

Starts with a sweet light syrupy sugar flavor and quickly is consumed with snappy lemon pulp and green apple skin. There is an interesting powdery medicinal flavor in the background throughout the sip. Finishes dry with perfume, yeast, and more green apple.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel which definitely works with this sour brew. Very refreshing. I really love how this beer opens up a little sweet and finishes completely dry and sour- a lot of sour beers are just that...sour, thats it. Highly recommended. (807 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge tight foamy head, like meringue. Good lacing as well. The beer itself is a translucent golden. The smell is sour with lemon, and has notes of coriander and bubblegum. The taste is lush and complex. Winey, sour, spicy with coriander, sharp and peppery and deep with interesting yeast notes including a little barnyard funkiness and some bubblegum. Really amazing! Quite refreshing in the mouth, pretty carbonated, but it doesn't detract from the flavors at all. Slightly more sour than many Biere de Gardes, but very, very drinkable. (550 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hue with soapy white head. Stunningly sweet nose -- soft serve vanilla ice cream with just a mild hint of peppery twang. A very milky sensation.

The alcohol is present but not overpowering -- and it certainly doesn't stand in the way of this becoming a fairly sweet brew. Banana split -- more vanilla ice cream and mashed banana with sweet, tingly Belgian ale spiciness that recalls cinnamon or nutmeg. Just a hint of more exotic fruits -- mango and such. Finishes dry and spicy with shades of boozy alcohol.

Quite well done for the "new guy" on the block. The best of their early offerings. (604 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours into a tulip glass with the thick foamy head that you expect from a beligum blonde. The color is a bright straw gold. The aroma is honey with a peppery spiced hops. The flavor is straight out of spontaneous fermented ale! The tangy tart leave lambic aftertaste, but up front there is a spicy-grassy, honey hopped flavor. This is the closest taste to Orval that I've had (I think Orval is one the most unique flavors in the world). The bady is medium and perfect for the style. Every characteristic leads this brew to another anytime! (544 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Angus703
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 314

A- Bubbly, tiny head, golden, pretty good lacing though

S- Stuffed up again, well from what I can tell lite spice, maybe a hint of the funk, probably should have saved it a little longer, oh well.

T- I'm not a wine drinker but that is the first thought I got. I digg the sour style JP does. You get the alcohol, and the funk, love the funk.

M- medium body to it to light, somewhere in there, I am getting the carbonation a little bite.

D- Very drinkable, I'm going to go ahead and quote SaucyA because they said it best "The ABV isn't noticed, except for the nice buzz I'm sculpting"

Got this one as well as all the others I've reviewed at the brewery, GO THERE, JP rules. Avast! (695 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, after more than half a case of this beauty, I think I get it. The oak tannins make this beer more like a Scotch or an ambitious Shiraz. It needs to be consumed no cooler than cellar temperature. One shouldn't drink Glenrothes out of the freezer either.

It is a reddish gold : the color of Cranbrook in early October. The latent liquor qualities in it keeps the top from forming with any eggy durability. Dried and fresh oranges, toasted coconut, vanilla, maraschino cherries, hazelnut paste and chestnut aromas dwell inside. Tension forms on the palate between a broad, caky texture and a cascade of boozy fruits and spices. Cured, whole tamarind seems to be suggested as well. It is quite dry, even astringent on the finish, with a full compliment of barrel vapors rising, scorched orange, on the finish.

Jolly Pumpkin uses NO PUMPKINS in the brewing process. Ron Jeffries’ writes an honest, sentimental and beautiful account of how he and his wife decided on the name but doesn’t address this issue: there exists a somewhat controversial beer genre which does use punkin as an ingredient. The fact that none of Ron’s beers does may be confusing to some consumers; and unfortunate for them. I imagine legions of Belgian-style traditionalists, so horrified by images of pumpkin pie soda pop-flavored beer, that they never allow themselves to encounter this noble elixir. (1,384 characters)

Photo of northernbrews
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased from the brewery.

Appearance: Damn this looks good in my fatass DFH snifter. The color is a hazy orange with a one finger head that won't go away. Nice lacing on the snifter. This looks similar to a hefe or a darker wit.

Smell: Sour and tart, slight funk with excellent tropical fruit notes; mango, oranges, a little pineapple, spices, hops, DAMN...wonderful nose. The hops are more pronounced as this warms.

Taste: First taste is a bit sour on the tongue. Nice...It's followed by tropical fruits, spices and a nice hop bite. Again, the hops come through when this warms.

Mouthfeel: Quite spritzy mouthfeel. The sourness, spices, and hops hang around for a bit.

Drinkability: It's hard to believe this is 8%. I could drink this bad ass beer all day anytime of the year. If I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this bad boy would be near or at the top of the list.

Overall: This beer put Ron Jeffries and Jolly Pumpkin on the map. This is one of the many masterpieces to come out of this artisanal brewery in Dexter MI. Just a perfect beer.

Damn I'm lucky to be able to get this whenever I want. Definitely worth seeking out. (1,191 characters)

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.