Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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2.4/5 rDev -41.9%
Batch 357. 375ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.
A - Pours a slightly hazy glowing gold with a huge, fluffy white head that eventually settles to a thick haze, leaving tons of spotty lacing clinging to the glass. Beautiful!
S - Big, funky aromas of green apple, white vinegar, lemon zest, oak, and barnyard funk. Very nice, lots of complex Brett character.
T - Holy cow, that's a lot of Brett. Too much, the taste just shot up my entire sinus. Dirty, dusty flavors with some funk, but man, I can't do it. Need to try this fresh, as is the Brett just beat me.
M - Fairly thin-bodied, with very sharp carbonation and an incredibly dry, dusty finish.
O - I'm gonna have to re-review this, I feel like it didn't get a fair shake, especially since I'm not sure how it was stored for the last 2+ years. I'll be back.
08-19-2011 01:40:56 | More by jsanford
2.42/5 rDev -41.4%
Pours a bright orange/yellow with a slight clarity. Thick two finger white head. Aroma is orange/citruis with a hint of spice. Taste is fruity and tart, reminds me of tang. Average texture and body. Not an enjoyable beer, taste was odd and very un-beer like. An interesting experience but not recommended as a session beer.
12-23-2008 05:00:55 | More by tbeck
2.78/5 rDev -32.7%
750 ml bottle. 8% ABV.
Pours out to a cloudy light amber to golden-orange, forming a tall soapy white head with good retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is at first kinda Unibroue, with the spicy phenols and cloves, but is marred by septic hospital and a rubbery and musty note comparable to wet cardboard...probably due to poor barrel aging. Alcohol is evident in aroma with moderate fusels owing to an inappropriately warm ferment. Carbonation is moderate, and the mouthfeel is ruddy with a medium body. Taste begins nicely enough with the fruity esters, body, and spicy cloves of a tripel, but as expected, the oxidized rubber and cardboard detected in the nose assaults the tongue halfway thru, leaving a dank feeling in the mouth. The finish is punctuated by mild fusel alcohols (though not as bad as the Roja). Listed as a Biere de Garde here, but much closer to a triple, IMO. Bitterness is quite mild, and the finish is semi-wet. Acetone nail polish remover tarnishes the palate and gives it a boozy edge.
This beer has promise, but as it is with the ferment too warm, it's not a beer I would care to have again. If they cleaned it up, it would be pretty good, and it might not give me a headache. Nice try, but these guys have to do their homework.
12-14-2004 00:30:27 | More by Mitchster
2.8/5 rDev -32.2%
Poured a nice hazy pure gold into a Unibroue tulip, looking almost like the color of egg yolk. Good fluffy white head.
Big time Belgian yeast smell, tangy and spicy. A touch of hop presence.
Very, very sour and dry. I like flemish sour and tart berliner-weisse styles, but this one pushes it a bit for me. I don't know if its the combination of the Brett and the overtly citrusy flavor and spice, but I can't really dig it.
I really like Jolly Pumpkin's Wit though.
Very light, crisp and dry, but it makes me pucker a bit too much. The aftertaste is appropriately dry.
Honestly, I think a might pass on this one. Maybe its just no the right day for me for this particular biere de garde.
09-29-2008 23:05:13 | More by notafood
2.85/5 rDev -31%
Poured this beer from a 25 oz. bottle. The beer was warmed at room temperature for 15 minutes before opening. I initially drank the beer over dinner (an earthy beef and lentil soup) but finished it by itself.
Appearance: The beer poured a clear yellow with a moderate white head.
Smell: The initial sensation is one of peaches or maybe apricots with a little vanilla and spicy hint.
Taste: The beer surprised me given the alleged style (Biere de Garde). The beer is decidedly tart and sour with a little bit of spiciness. There is a sweet component that is generally overshadowed by the tartness. It resembles a lemonade or certain champagnes.
Mouthfeel: The beer is smooth with moderate body.
Drinkability: Generally easy drinking considering the tartness.
Overall this isn't a bad beer. My complaint is that it doesn't seem to fit the style in my opinion. I was expecting a bit more earthiness and heavier malt character. This beer seems like a cross between a Flemish sour (red) and a saison maybe. In that, it was disappointing.
02-02-2011 17:56:55 | More by carl
2.93/5 rDev -29.1%
My first of the kind, and my first jolly pumpkin, it is very different considering I prefer a good dark thick porter. It pours a very deep gold but very foggy with a massive white head that has a golden tint. Smells very hoppy with many citrus and yeasty tones. Tastes mostly citrus to begin with hints of alcohal and sour notes. Leaves a dry misty taste with citrus overtones. This beer is very carbonated and yet refreshing, a decent mouthfeel, but nothing that was unexpected. Not a beer that I could drink many of in one sitting, too much carbonation and very overpowering after one glass. It is worth trying, definitely not your typical beer, and something that can expand your taste.
05-27-2006 04:06:39 | More by wingman14
2.93/5 rDev -29.1%
s - batch 261, 750ml bottle. served in a tulip corsendonk glass.
a - beautiful golden with a nice airy white head.
s- orange sour oak, at first i thought it stunk and was rancid, maybe it was just too much oak.
t - oak tar cardboard then a little citrus. it did not taste too good. and i had some other sours that i like. hopefully just batch 261 was not that good, or it was aging too long and got some bad oak in there. but these are high quality beers.
m - carbonated at first, but it faded too fast as i sipped it. just took a little while to get used too. then had a little sour,spice,oak,citrus flavor.
d - i did not enjoy this one, but they deserve another shot because of the art of brewing oak aged beers is a real craft.
01-18-2009 02:11:49 | More by jsanto
3/5 rDev -27.4%
A - Bright yellow with a gigantic fluffy white head. Not quite a gusher but it did start to foam out of the bottle before I started pouring. Well I take that back. After turning around I noticed that it is still foaming all over the coffee table.
S - Nice belgian funky with some tartness. Just a bit peppery.
T - Pretty funky. Not sour at all. That is disappointing. Spicy and peppery.
M - Nice and tingly.
D - It would be much more drinkable if the flavor was there.
This beer is just not my thing.
09-13-2009 17:50:26 | More by infestaxion
3/5 rDev -27.4%
This is a big bottle. I like big bottles. That means more beer. A big bottle will produce nearly two pints for us… and depending on what type of day I have had, might be a good thing! Most of these beers come in big bottles. This weekend, Jake came over and we drank a few beers. He was saying that the bigger bottles, because it’s a single bottle, cost more on average. He’s right. I don’t get that… a 4- or 6-pack will have more beer and cost less. Go figure!
In the Glass: In the glass, it looks like a wheat. It’s thick, cloudy, and reminds me of a good German wheat beer. The head is also fluffy and white. I picture myself at a German bar drinking a German beer… eating a German sausage! (Not sure why this beer makes me think of sausage.)
Nose: I could smell this thing as I was pouring it out. It has a VERY strong nose. It smells like a mixture of booze, flowers, and a touch of citrus. Considering how it smelled when pouring it out of the bottle, it doesn’t smell that great in the glass.
Flavor: The flavor is intense. It’s got a ton of carbonation, and is almost sour. The beer is quick to hit the tongue, explode with the fruity flavors that you got in the nose, and then is gone as fast as it showed up. It doesn’t stick around, and the aftertaste (which we will get to) is very faint. It’s a good flavor though, and the carbonation doesn’t even make me think beer.
Mouthfeel: Did I say it was carbonated? It is. The book said it was compared to champagne. I have had some pretty bubbly champagne, but this is one of the most carbonated beers I have ever had. The entire tongue is slammed with bubbles, and even as you swallow you are left with that “bubble” flavor. It’s not a bad flavor, but the bubbles are the most important feature of this beer.
Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There really isn’t one. It’s faint, at best. Even the burp is weak compared to the flavors that are present when you swallow. I don’t really want an aftertaste though. I want to go back in for another drink!
The beer is good, and while the book tells me to compare it to a champagne, the bubbles aren’t that obvious. They are there, but not compared to the forced burp that a good glass of champagne will bring you. I do like the nose, and the florals just take over as you smell your way to a sip. I think this beer would taste better outside on a hot summer day. Bottoms up people!
12-19-2011 03:30:42 | More by rickyleepotts
3/5 rDev -27.4%
shared this with bieristgut. from the bottle. poured a dark golden with a big white fluffy head with some floaties. aroma sour grapes, hops, malts, grapefruit dry white wine. flavor alcohol, grapes, malts, a sourness, pine. was not impressed with this.
12-16-2004 04:21:24 | More by walleye
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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