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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,474
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 123
Gots: 161 | FT: 9
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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 getgetgettleman
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 492. Bottled 3/3/10.

A-Golden misty hue.
S-Clean with a hint of fresh spring grass. Something that really can put a smile on your face!
T-Citrus/lemon with a hint of black pepper.
M-Smooth and bright.
D-Super spring/summer easy drinker! Very enjoyable because of its bright finish. This has been a real hit to my friends who are not keen beer drinkers. Add a lemon twist for those seeking an bigger citrus flavor.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pizzaria Paradiso in Georgetown. Poured into a tulip.

A: Straw-orange color, hazy look to it. Nice lacing on the glass, small white head.

S: You definitely get the signiture Jolly Pumpkin funk/barn aroma on this one clearly (I always know its them even if i didnt know what beer it was because of the smell), bright fruit, yeast, sugary and dry smelling. They usually always gave great aroma to their beer.

T: Very dry, fruity apple with a slight sour funk to it. Sweet yet tart with a slight citrus edge. Bready malts to back it up as well. Good.

M: Very smooth and carbonated very nicely. On tap is far better in this catagory than in bottles, as i usually find the bottles overcarbonated, but this was great.

D: Very good sipper from JP, one of their better brews in my opinion.

Photo of AndrewNations
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head. Everything works well together with this one. The funk does not overpower the subtleties that is typical with this style. A little sweetness, funk, and dry yeast notes make this one really easy to enjoy. The light mouth feel is also great. Jolly Pumpkin continues to impress..

Easily one of my favorites of the Bière de Garde style.

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 siradmiralnelson
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 3 finger pure white head of fine bubbles. Nice retention. Some nice lacing left. Color is a cloudy golden yellow.

S. Smell is yeast, lemony citrus, some sourness, a little bit of funk. Nice soury sweet lemony mix. Some sweet pale malt comes through.

T. Taste is a great mix of a lot of different things. Sweetness, sourness, spices, fruitiness. Has a nice underlying sweetness. A little sourness comes out as well. Nice spiciness to it. Some corriander maybe. Overall this is a great tasting beer.

M. Light bodied. Lots of flavors, but finishes pretty dry. Medium carbonation.

D. The easiest drinking 8% beer I have probably ever had. Lots of flavors that blend very well together. Very refreshing and easy to put down. This is definitely an Artisan Ale.

Photo of misinformed
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, batch 445 poured in to a snifter.

A- Light yellow/golden with orange tones. Poured with a nice white 2 finger head. Died down a bit to a nice thick cloud on top for the remainder. Very active columns of carbonation.

S- Pepper, floral, brett yeast, and funk.

T- Tangy wild yeast. Spicy and peppery followed by some mild floral hops in the finish. Some hints of oak. It took me a bit to nail down actually, but definite lemon acidity as well. The funk became the dominant characteristic after awhile. No real sweetness here.

M- Light body with very active carbonation. Faintly warming on the palette.

D- Very enjoyable at first, but after awhile it became kind of one note funky. It's balanced, but no real sweetness to counter the tartness became a bit overwhelming and dropped the drinkability for me a bit. I did like the lemon notes once I picked out that flavor, but it also made it seem kind of acidic. I'd recommend sharing this one; a bottle to myself was too much.

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

3/4L bottle into pint glass. Batch 449.

A: Tons of head, indicative of real bottle conditioning--perhaps a bit too much. At any rate, I don't mind. Nice, sticky white head with lots of lacing and a dimpled surface as it gradually, slowly collapses. Body is a cloudy goldenrod. Even coming close to topping up the glass is taking a bit of time.

S: Brett-laden, lemony nose. A little floral scent. Noble-hoppy.

T: Tart, musty, and beautiful. More floral than the nose lets on, and also less citrus than I'd imagined--moderate acidity. Really great funky flavors as per the style and oak-aging, though I don't get much vanilla--well-used barrels, it seems. A bit of vanilla or some sweetness would've done this some good. The funky bitterness is well-executed, however. Just needs a bit more maltiness, and some other fruity esters.

M: Absurdly carbonated. A bit over medium-bodied, with some cloudy chew. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D: If you're into wild, brett-inoculated beers, this one's great. It's sour, but not overwhelmingly so, and funky, but well-balanced. Again, the style's not everyone's cup of tea, but this is a fine beer, and relatively true to style.

Photo of bismarksays
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Yellow/light golden color with a small amount of head. It is mostly clear with a slight haze.

S- Floral, lemon, and sour (brett smell, not citrus sour). Complex, unusual, interesting

T/M The flavor hits in three distinct waves. In the front there is a peppery almost saison like beginning, second there is a intense lemon flavor that is almost puckering, it is followed with a sour brett flavor that is almost as intense.

D- Even as it warms, the three distinct flavor busts continue to hit you. It never stops. The feeling of being awake and alive is constant. It is almost too much. Almost. Lovely.

Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 531/550 bottled 5-26-10, enjoyed 8-18-10, poured into a goblet
A: Slight gusher, race to the sink! Made it. Hearty 2 finger head with great retention from a gentle pour. Snow white dense head. Crystal clear pale gold. Pretty. Minus points for being a gusher.

S: Rich smell. Light breadiness, some hoppiness, slight skunkiness is a tad unpleasant. Kind of black peppery. Slight aspirin. Diverse and well tied together.

T: Citrus, slightly tannic, a tad funky, hearty breadiness. Balanced actually for a "wild ale" Not spectacular, but fun and solid.

M: Bright, bubbly (too much), burpy. Too much carbonation, otherwise pleasant.

D: High. I would buy this one again and probably order a second glass. The alcohol is getting to me though!

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright, cloudy, lemon yellow. A huge, soapy head caps it off. Lots of chunky lace.

S- very lemony and funky. Barn yard, horse blanket, old worn out oak, its all there. It had a sharp lemon and floral aroma as well.

T- Not really sour. Much less sour than the nose leads you to believe. Its quite toasty and beady like many others if the style. Lots and lots if lemon.

M- Way way too carbonated. It expands in your mouth like metis mentos and diet coke. The light, dry body only makes this effect seem worse.

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 531/550
Bottled 5/26/2010

A: A very hazy yellow. Like a plastic pineapple. The white head is huge, and full. The bottle also started gushing out foam the minute I opened it. Pretty massive lacing, and a good bit of yeast sediment in there as well, pretty good sized chunks.

S: Sour cherries, and tart vinegar.

T: Tart cherries, with a nice subdued malt flavor. The tartness hits first, then comes some yeast notes, and a bit of spice.

M: Light bodied with a very active level of carbonation. This tickles the tongue all the way down.

D: This is tasty and will satisfy the sour beer craving, but it is not something I would do a lot of.

Photo of champ103
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A large and pillowing white head rises, and gently settles at a perfect two fingers. The rocky and fluffy head has excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left all the way down the glass. This looks beautiful.
S: Just an amazing aroma. Lots of tartness and fruity aromas. Pears and apple are dominate. Some zesty and lightly acidic lemon. A big barnyard yeast and funkiness that fills the room with a nice peppery spice. Dry wood and a light vanilla sweetness. So complex and inviting.
T: The aroma is amazing, and the flavor does not disappoint. Tart fruits of pears, apples, and zesty lemons again. Lightly acidic. A big bretty funkiness. There is more of a woody flavor here than in the nose, which is not a complaint at all.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very delicate and soft, but a great dry, crisp, and clean finish. So easy and refreshing to drink. Everything melds so well together, which makes for a treat to drink. I cant get enough of this.

Just exceptional. Incredibly nuanced and complex at the same time. Oh man, I need to get more of this. Very highly recommend.

Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky pale golden 1 finger fluffy white head

s - Smells of sour fruits, orange, lemon, citrus, and light fruity malts.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, citrus, orange, floral hops, and light fruity malts. Hints of spice.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - A very nice biere de garde. Lots of sour fruit in the smell and taste. Would like to try again.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 568 - Bottled 7/14/10

A - Hazy golden with a thin white head that quickly becomes a ring of foam.

S - Lemon zest, over ripe pear, white pepper with a touch of barnyard funky brett.

T - Bready wheat, over ripe fruits, lemon zest that quickly transitions to tart green apple and pear with a good kick of white pepper. Some funk is noticeable but the brett really shows up in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with spritzy carbonation and a long dry bretty finish.

D - Not a big fan of biere de gardes but the Brett really adds a nice touch.

Photo of JAXSON
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Numerous bottles of older batches (oval label) and of more recent batches (square label). Pours light, hazy orange with a lot of spritzy bubbles. Awesome nose -- sour lemon, orange, spice. The flavor is fantastic, a bit more well-rounded with the older batches. Really balanced tartness, mild spices, wood, some light fruits. Too much carbonation. Either the older batches were just superior or the beer ages extremely well. Probably a little bit of both. I believe these guys devote less barrel time to a given beer than they used to, which I find has made the product suffer.

Bottom line, this gets high marks from me as the older bottles were straight up awesome and basically perfectly done.

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

A - Slightly cloudy, light gold color with a lot of bubble action. Larger than average, thick, sticky, foamy, tiny bubbles and a nice sticky firm, pearly white head. Very good retention with a thin foamy layer of lace.

S - Citrusy with lemon and orange, some apple as well. Fairly spicy with hints of funk and barnyard. Some golden fruit and pear along with a hint of oaky/vanilla.

T - A lot of strong, fruity flavors with lemon and other citrusy flavors being the strongest, but also some green apple, pear, and golden fruit. A good amount of tartness and funk along with some barnyard type flavors. Some spicy and bitter flavors as well. Touches of oak flavor in the background. Overall a pretty fruity, tart, and funky tasting beer with lemon rind and green apple dominating.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Spritzy feel with a slightly drying finish.

D - Bold, complex flavors make me want to keep drinking, but there is enough tart/funk that this is definitely a sipper.

Notes: Interesting and complex beer with plenty of general fruity flavors. Somewhat tart and funky but not a sour. Oak provides a nice background taste as well. Overall an nice beer to try and an interesting one to drink, but for the cost I don't know if I will necessarily go out and grab another soon.

Photo of ballz50401
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 369) into a Duvel tulip glass. This is my first Biere de Garde style beer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a lot of carbonation bubbles that help produce a large, white soapy head. The foam slowly retreats while leaving traces of sticky curtains around the glass.

Smell: Strong lemon spice with some green apple from the yeast esters. Smells almost like freshly cut lemon limes. This has a very tangy and tart aroma. Some light malt in the backround.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lightly toasted malt with some lemon zest spice and green apple. Alot of yeast character in here with a little funk, alcohol presence, and mustiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky that finishes dry.

Drinkability: A nice drinking brew. Enjoying on a hot evening as an after dinner treat and fits the bill perfectly. A nice, unique, and complex beer that I would like to try again.

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

750mL brown glass pry-top high-shoulder bottle. Batch #297.

Pours a amber gold, hazy and with lots of cloud-like bone white head.

Nose: Apricot, mango, white pepper, freshly cut oak boards. It smells like Brett in all its glory.

Palate: Is crisp and tart with lots of woodiness. Mango, white raisins, white pepper, guava, pineapple, hay. Medium-bodied and very tropical as you might have guessed.

Notes: Tastes like a tripel infected with brett and aged with mango puree. The alcohol is undetectable. Love it.

Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, brilliant gold with a frothy, 1/2'' white head. Some very light amber sediment rests on top of the head. Strong retention and lacing.

S: Funky and tart with lemon, balanced with some oak notes, earthiness, and light honey sweetness.

T: Honey and lemon come through strongest, with some funkiness, woodiness, and earthiness. Much sweeter than I expected from the nose, but clean and a little dry.

M: Great carbonation at first, but it settled down a bit much while drinking. Warming from the alcohol. Nonetheless, it was crisp and refreshing.

D: A little sweet for my tastes, but a light, complex beer that hit the spot on a very hot summer day.

Photo of nas5755
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gusher and I was a bit shocked because the other 4 or 5 bottles of JP beer that I have drank were not. This bottle did have a tremendous amount of sediment on the side of the bottle. I also feel that I should not that this is from the 2010 batch.

A-hazy golden straw with a massive head and the lacing has covered the glass.

S- funk, earth, floral notes, spices noticeably pepper and a hint of sour

T- I get the pepper the spices follow, the funk and earthy tones shine throughout the middle of the beer and the funk then recedes into a tad of sour pepper. Really nice and really interesting

M- Carbonation levels are on the higher side and do a really nice job complementing the beer. The beer is smooth and nice.

O- I love this beer and I rated it pretty highly although I feel that age adds an extremely huge amount of flavor. The nose and taste are magnified almost more tenfold and this beer becomes extremely sour. I intend to review this beer again next time I open an aged bottle.

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 billab914
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured golden amber in color with a frothy, bright white head filling the top 1/3 of the glass. The head thinned out to a spotty covering but left some excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a definite sourness to it with some apple and grape tartness coming through. The sourness is moderate but adds a nice complexity in the nose. A little malt sweetness helps cut through the sour and tartness a bit. Very good aroma overall.

The taste shows the same moderate sourness found in the nose. It also has the fruity, apple, grape tartness to it. It finishes with a bit more sourness in a bit of a dryness. Very nice, complex flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is good, I really liked it. I liked the sourness it had added with the fruity tartness and sweet bready malt. All together it was a very tasty and drinkable beer with a lot of complex flavors.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a farmer, and not one of those pansy "I sit in an air conditioned tractor" farmers but a boots in mud, 1940 Farmall, organic hippy farmer. What does that have to do with this beer?

I pop it open, carbonation just about right, I pour into a stemless redwine glass, and sniff...Boot. This smells like my muck boots after four days of harvesting chiogga beets in the rain. And that's not in a bad way, but in a healthy, earthy, my feet stink but that makes me alive, kind of way.

There is no hop presence, malt is light and mildly sweet, golden and alive with bubbles and a milky creme head. The nose dances around the earthy foot, dirty sweat, and soiled trouser smell of this tasty beast. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Thank you, Jolly Pumpkin, for channeling this bit of vitality.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

JP Oro De Calabaza into Duvel tulip (batch 386)

Pours a hazy deep golden/orange with a dense meringue head that seems to just hang around forever. Quite pretty , had to wait quite a while to see if any lace would show up. And it does, leaving nice streaking on the way down.

Nose is quite scrumptious. Intensely fruity, with mango and citrus leading the way, followed by gentle earthy aromas from the wild yeast. Not a heavy funk, but a nicely leveled tang and barnyard going on.

This beer is different from what I was expecting. After having only tried La Roja, I was expecting intensity and acidity. What I got is mellow, well blended earthy/yeasty/fruity tastiness. The bright and tropical fruits are here, as is some oaky tannin and bite, a mild acidity, and a soft and subtle funk/barnyard thing that meshes instead of punching you in the face. This starts off a bit fruity-sweet and then finishes a bit on the dry and mildly bitter side. Booze really isn't present at all, which is great considering it's 8% and relatively light bodied.

Body is medium and has a heavy, but not overdone, carbonation. Fits well with the palette.

An interesting and easy drinking beer. After my first experience I was really expecting another over-the-top experience, but this is really like drinking a well built farmhouse ale with a touch of oak a wild yeast. Good stuff.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 277. Split three ways (1/3 to another taster and at least 1/3 to the sink/table/floor). Erupted from the bottle although it was opened straight from the fridge and was cooler than i would want to drink it. The beer actually shot multiple feet across the room. Poured into tulips. Reviewed 6/2/2010.

Ar: Tart lemony floral, honey, alcohol, woody/oak, earthy, acetic acid, funky tartness, floral, mild and sweet tropical fruit

Ap: Literally exploded, monstrous head, great retention, white coarse and rocky, chunky lace, fine haze gold

T: honey, funky, not as acidic as the aroma, sweeter than expected, clean sweet, tastes like a belgian golden with mild funk, tart hints in aftertaste, *allagash curieux without whiskey and with mild sour, mild brett bitter at end, woody/oaky, sweet mild fruit, sweet citrus, light lemon (not acidic though)

M: overcarbonated, light sweetness, alcohol warmth, carbonation dissipates quickly, very drinkable

O: review thrown off by explosion, good but i would like it to be less sweet and more sour, was expecting drier, funkier and more tart but it is good, brettt and acid are subtle in the balance, i would enjoy and drink this regularly if it was available and i had lots of money, but it isn't that great, especially when drinking it critically, just a clean and drinkable beer

*=ideas from fellow taster

Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.