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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 114
Gots: 124 | FT: 9
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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OStrungT

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

This beer has a rather subtle aroma all around. It smells slightly tart. It has a mild spicy aroma with some citrus hop scents present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Subtle. Slightly sour, with some citrusy flavors. Also a spicy flavor is present. The ABV is well hidden in both the nose and the taste.

This beer leaves a slightly tart aftertaste. It is carbonated good.

This beer may make a good session beer, but at 8% ABV, it may be hard to drink too many.

Overall: This beer was good. I would drink it again. It was not spectacular, but a decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 02:47:06 | More by OStrungT
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden/ yellow, with a white head. Aromas of sour pineapple, and well, like a pina colada. In the taste, pineapple, coconut, and some what musty. A tart mouthfeel, and a sour dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Interesting beer, mostly like a sour pina colada.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 22:05:43 | More by OWSLEY069
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roblowther

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy pale gold with a thin head that leaves little lacing. Smells of caramel, honey, and floral hops. Nice but a bit cloying. Taste follows suit with a crisp finish and a citrus note that lingers. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky. Drinkability isn't bad. I managed the 750 bottle but won't manage more. Definitely an interesting beer and one to try when its available

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 01:49:15 | More by roblowther
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a peachy fruit-juice color, slightly hazed, with a bountiful head sporting valleys and peaks like rounded-off meringue. It levels to a third-inch creamlike skim after several minutes. Gobs and gobs of lace.

Like all Jolly Pumpkin stuff I've had so far, this has the aroma of saddle blanket, well-worn tennis shoe, and/or Band-aid (or Curad, doesn't matter). In the lexicon of lovers of funked-up yeast, that means "awesome". Fruits try and work their way in, but the ancient musty-cellar atmosphere pretty much rules. I'd like to give it a 4.5 or even a 5, but since most of their beers smell like this, I can only give a 4...lack of differentiation being my only hangup. Still a wonderful thing to sniff and savor.

Peach and pear manage to mingle with the yeast funk, though I'm still getting Band-aid. Hops are light and springy, certainly present but not center-stage. Malts are sweet and pastry-like, also not center-stage. This is more about the yeast than anything else. Light white pepper and some other sharper spices, again not overbearing, just part of the mix, as are grapefruit pulp and other succulent citrus character. A nutty yeastiness emerges in the finish.

Mouthfeel is cool and buttery and glides right over the tongue with a zingy carbonation.

Ya like yer Brett? Find it here...or in just about any other Jolly Pumpkin ale, for that matter. Because this is a beer focusing on the untamed quality of the yeast strain, it's not gonna be for everybody. And even those who love this sort of thing might save it only for special occasions, or "the mood". So maybe the drinkability isn't great, but it is a highly recommended beer to fans of the style, Fantome and Flemish Primitive enthusiasts, and anyone into the more daring, unusual Franco-Belgian brewers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 21:33:49 | More by Metalmonk
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a cloudy/slushy/glazed look.. really neat. The huge, ever lasting white head is perfect.

S: A sour, almost cider like aroma of apple, banana, and berry like notes are strong. The wild yeast used also bring a nice balancing scent to offset the fruitiness.

T: The fruits certainly come through.. citrus, and fresh apple are most noted while the oak barrel leaves it mark with a soft oakiness, and the coriander and vanilla make the malt base notable.

M: Soft on the palate with a refeshing and delicate taste left after each sip

O: Simply lovely, 8% of goodness...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 18:48:49 | More by callmemickey
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy white head, lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, floral, and spicy. The taste is tangy/yeasty, nice touch of spice's. The alcohol content is hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 00:32:48 | More by Wasatch
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a yellow/orange color with a very thick head – nice lacing. The aroma is spicy and quite inviting. The taste is spicy and cereal with the yeast evident. The mouthfeel is light – medium and quite carbonated. Overall, the flavor and depth make this an interesting drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 22:48:26 | More by barefootbrewer
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy corn silk hue with a pillowy cloudy white two finger head. Super sticky on the sides with a head that sticks around forever. Smell is slightly sour scent of cloves, lemongrass, pepper, sour apples, and a hint of yeast. A tiny hint of vanilla goodness from the oak aging in the nose as well. Taste starts off with a bit honey sweetness with a blend of mandarine oranges. Towards the end a bready yeast flavor emerges and continues into the aftertaste with a hint of spicey pepper. Other than those flavors, it seems a bit empty and watered down in terms of taste. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a bit overpowering carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for 8%, I don't detect much alcohol. Decent beer and interesting style, glad I gave this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 01:17:19 | More by BeerTruth
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance in the glass was of a dense slushy applesauce with one or two finger white head, well retained. Lacing was quite good with foam streaks and imprints on the glass throughout. The nose was floral, spicy, cinnamon; a hint of green apple but then more spice and nutmeg in particular. The taste is all top of the mouth to begin with - spicy, hoppy, citrus rind, sour fruit ... all nicely balanced with a refreshing effervescence that is never too overpowering. Gentle sour fruit lingering aftertaste, The 8 per cent alcohol is hardly apparent. Overall a full, rich, complex and satisfying beer that gets close to top marks in my book. I can't wait to visit Detroit soon so I can return the favour to biegaman.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 02:22:17 | More by ThatWineGuy
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, wonderful presentation as usual for Jolly Pumpkin. Bottle saved to share with loved ones on an incredibly humid (30+ degree) Thanksgiving afternoon in October. What a well suited beer to compliment such great weather and beautiful time of year.

The appearance is what I'd consider somewhat of a marvel for a beer. The colour is a light, pale lemon yellow with iced over complexion. It is glossed like the surface of ice. The colour is very pale but so dense there is no clarity. Not to say the beer is hazy - it most certainly is not clouded nor hazy - the colour is so dense, so stuck to the body of the beer, that no clarity is permitted.

The head refuses to cease, constantly maintaining a minimum half-finger or so level. It adorns the top like a big, snowy skating rink and clings tightly to the sides. If you squint hard enough you can make out the countless herds of bubbles that reach towards the top of the beer. Just wonderful.

The smell too is pleasant (which is putting it modestly). A lightly sour, faintly pungent vinegar like aroma that carries with it notes of banana, apple, cherries, berries, and dates. In many ways like a lactic character - no doubt the influence of wild yeast and oak aging; the result of which is harmonious. So subtle yet assertive. It entertains the nostrils to no end without ever being imposing. Amazing how such grace is cultivated from an uninhibited yeast.

The body is seamlessly balanced with the 8% alcohol curiously missing. The beer is as quenching (more so actually) than any fresh pils, packing far more flavour that so gracefully coats the palate. It is so far from bloating and the oak has mellowed both the body and flavours. It drinks with an acidic spritzyness. Therapeutic on some weird level.

The oak has created a very mellowed cast of flavours. Citrus fruit, spices (coriander), caramel malts, vanilla and the oak itself are all present. An interesting play between citrus, malt and vanilla. A union of flavour that is arguably as soothing as it is tasteful.

Once again I ask myself if Jolly Pumpkin could very well be my favourite brewery. Their products are so unique and so special. This paired wonderfully with a mix of cheeses and a hungry stomach. Like every other JP product I'd endeavour to have this one on hand in the cellar at all times. This was greatly enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 23:01:07 | More by biegaman
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zealot

New York

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second Jolly Pumpkin brew and I have been not as impressed with their stuff as I would like to be.

The appearance was nice. It had a golden hue that was just the slightest bit hazy. The head poured pretty heavy, but this is to be expected with a Golden Ale.

The most apparent aroma is apples. And this would be okay, except that La Roja was much the same. I also tasted a hint of wild yeast, almost like a lambic.

The bubbly head made for a pretty nice mouthfeel. It was as refreshing as an 8% beer could be, but there wasn't a lot on the back end to round it out. However, this made it easy to take another swig, looking for the finish, so that supported the drinkability portion.

Overall, I'd say this is at least worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 04:17:38 | More by zealot
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Dansting

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a slighly cloudy golden color with a very thick white head. Good lacing. Aroma is floral and tart with hints of fruit to it. Nice full mouthfeel. Nice flavor of apricot with some citrus hints to it. A pretty solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 02:53:33 | More by Dansting
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PEBKAC

New York

3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Easy, average pour; no complaints. A yellow, suddy, dustbowl; top heavy, but thin.

Pepper & ginger, banana & pineapple, Juicyfruit, clay, gasoline, & plastic.

Tangerine, honey, banana, lemon pepper, smoke, sourdough, salt, with more noticeable alcohol then I'd like.

Stiff carbonation, tacky, very acidic.

Good for a toast, but I'm not too eager to share.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 04:29:39 | More by PEBKAC
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 01:50:15 | More by bosco7
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younger35

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a snifter as I watched Sunday Night Football.

Appearance- Holy Shit! Over carbonated? Bad poor? Either way, huge 5 plus finger dirty white head forms that is so frothy and fluffy. It never seems to recede. Pours a light yellowish-orange that leaves the most random, spotty lacing ever.
Smell- Has that familiar Belgium mustiness with an unfamiliar surrounding. Very acidic citrusy notes come through with spicy banana, clove and apricot. There’s also a subtle earthy woodiness to the nose that seems to mellow everything out a bit.
Taste- Starts fairly sour with some yeasty mustiness that slowly gives way to a very peppery fruitiness. Sour green apples, apricot, and in a way, ginger are all perceived. A light oak woodiness lingers for a while before it’s swept away by the gentle warming of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Very light, airy feel with medium to light carbonation. Way less carbonation than I was expecting after opening it.
Drinkability- I don’t particularly care for tart beers but this one wasn’t too bad. There was enough other stuff going on that it covered up most of the lemony puckering that bothers me. I can see how people would really enjoy it though. It’s worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 22:04:35 | More by younger35
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david131

California

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- As soon as I popped the cap of the bottle, the beer came foaming out of the top like a hose. The liquid is clear and golden. A very thick white head sits atop like cool whip. Looks great in a Duvel tulip.

S- Some sour apple, pear, and some funk. Some lemon as well. Pretty complex for sure.

T- Sweet and sour. A little funky with some light fruit. A slightly warming alcohol finish, but not harsh by and means.

M- Slightly numbing and drying on the finish. Creamy in the mouth. The carbonation is not harsh.

D- So tasty. This was really impressive. A very well made brew and one I will be going back to.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 03:04:07 | More by david131
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Zorro

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trading with RustyDiamond.

Chill hazed golden colored ale with a tall whitehead, looks like a top notch Saison in the glass.

Smell is extremely spicy with a bit of a sour note to it. Lots of spice and wood and a little lemon.

The taste begins sweet and sour with a little lemon custard after taste. Bubblegum? There is a bubblegum taste in this. Sour flowers and bubblegum, this is one funky tasting ale. Vanilla and Christmas cookie spices in the aftertaste, you certainly can't say that this is simply flavored. This gets sweeter and less tart the more that you drink it. Got to tell you at first I thought I was going to hate this after I detected the Lambic sour note but it is minimal and doesn't detract from the taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

A weird beer for sure. I would give this a 5 if it didn't have those damn Lambic notes to it. Still it is a notable beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 01:43:08 | More by Zorro
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kajerm

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750, purchased a few months ago, but drinking just fine now. Pours hazy, straw-colored, and sweaty with an explosive shaving-cream head that tracks lacing all over the glass.

The aroma is equal parts Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces-- bananas and vinegar. This sounds awful. It actually smells pretty good. Some light malts, a little phenolic character, and a very slight (but not at all noxious) hint of sulfur round off the nose. Lots of stuff going on here, or else a lot of stuff that's going on in other beers like this one that's easier to detect because this one is so light.

The taste is a little less complex, opening up with Bretty sourness that makes you pucker up, but the punch never c

omes-- the finish is largely dominated by light esters and phenols. This is an extremely easy drinker, but I'm a little disappointed that it wasn't more sour. That said, the balance is very nice-- it's like Duvel with Brett in it.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated (good) but a little thin (bad.)

As for drinkability, I could probably down the whole 750 of this by myself and then go get a Blackout Stout.

This is a pretty nice, easy-going farmhouse beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 00:21:51 | More by kajerm
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Bobikel

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured into a .5 liter goblet, a fairly clunky head rises up slowly to about half an inch. Retention is quite good as is lacing. Oro is a very fitting name, as this ale is the exact color of gold in the light. Props for leaving this thing unfiltered, and beautiful.

Smell - Quite a yeasty smell, both brett funk, and bready. Bananna's, apricot, and a few other light fruits, I can't ID. Hops are very understated, nearly not there at all.

Taste - A deep tartness hits the mouth, very lemon like in it's acidity. Bready malt sweetness sweeps in behind and clears the sour out in waves until its flavor subsides. Hops? Not really, this is more about the brett funk than hops. The barrel aging gives no noticible flavors to my palate, still a damn fine ale though.

Mouthfeel - A sparkling carbonation pricks the tongue, but during, and just after the swallow, the velvety smoothness of the beer really shines. Thin without being watery.

Drinkability - I'm suprised to see 8% on this one. Quite quaffable, and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 05:13:37 | More by Bobikel
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KingG

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp and poured into my Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Clear, brilliant golden colored ber with a large fluffy pearl white head. Carbonation bubbles are rising super fast like champagne. Looks like an authentic German/Czech pilsner.

Smell is good. Sourness/tartness is up front with lemon tang in the back.

Taste is very good. Starts off lemony tart and finishes with ripe green apple-like sweetness. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Brett funk comes through yet isn't over powering. Nicely done and well crafted.

Mouthfeel is good. Light bodied brew with enough carbonation to keep your mouth interested.

Drinkability is very good. Because it's light in body, this beer is going down smooth and easy.

Overall: Nice brew for the summer weather or any weather for that matter. Extremely refreshing and flavorful. I highly recommend drinking this beer at cellar temp though because the green apple sweetness is much more apparent in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 02:44:06 | More by KingG
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Wow. Golden yellow beer with plenty of bubbles. Carbonation is rising quickkly from the bottom and remains contstant. White head reached 2" and is slow to reside at the miniscus. Cakey head is unrelenting. The head dissipates at almost 7 minutes time.

Smell: Funky and tart.Sweet banana and pineapple are in the forefront. Peppercorn and brettamyces are brilliant as well.

Taste: Again, funky and tart. The flavors are banana and pineapple. Green apple resides in there somewhere too. The nice peppery flavor is either a product of the brett or an accomplice. There are some wood tones to this brew, again, perhaps because of the open fermentation?

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like with bubbles but tart and sweet like a belgian inspired beer. Nice, thick body and plenty of flavor to go around. I love the way JP crafts their beers.

Drinkability: Awesome. Lots of enticement and longevity here. Enjoy whenever the mood strikes or for a special occasion. I am easily going to finish this bottle. Jolly pumpkin strikes again!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 00:19:35 | More by Risser09
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John_M

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy, honey gold color with good head retention and excellent lacing. This beer looks thick, rich and viscuous. On the nose one gets an intense aroma of honey, butter, orange and lime. Once again, this beers smells very impressive. On the palate this beer is quite rich and sweet, with flavors of honey, pineapple juice and some citrus. The hops kick in a bit on the finish, giving this beer a slight dry/peppery flavor, which keeps the beer from becoming cloying. The beer is medium bodied on the palate, and the alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I might like. Still, this is a very impressive beer from Jolly Pumpkin. One that I will not hesitate to order again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 17:42:27 | More by John_M
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL capped bottle. I pulled this one for a re-review because my taste for tart beers has begun to expand and I have come to appreciate the flavor they have.

A: The ale is a cloudy yellow color, goldenrod-like. The cloudiness is not a result of sediment, adding a layer of mystery to the ale. The head was explosive, slowly petering out of the bottle. It erupted in the glass, requiring at least four pours to fill up my Sam Adams glass. That thick head completely blanketed the sides of the glass.

S: The brettanomyces leaves its mark on the nose, creating a tart nose that really catches ones attention. Saison-like spices augment the tartness, lending some peppery licorice aromas.

T: The peppery body really stands out against the tartness, going so far as to tame that bitter bite of the brett. The peppery flavors are augmented by a strong alcoholic warmth that makes the ale almost hot. Dry fruit flavors meet the peppery heat, adding a strong barnyard element, slightly fruit with a definite funk. That funk is augmented by the wild yeast that has added a noticeably dry tart flavor that instinctively makes you want another sip.

M: The ale has a lot happening in the taste: fruit flavors, pepper, funky tartness and alcohol. The flavors are much more saison than the malt-dominated bière de garde (this is supported by the lighter color too), so a drinker should be aware of that. But that ale is quite enjoyable to drink.

D: The alcohol heat makes drinkability a little tough, as the alcohol is unable to hide. Despite that, the drink is full of vim and vigor (with apologies to WWS for that one).

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 01:54:48 | More by akorsak
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goschool

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours a cloudy peach color with a massive creamy white head.

Smell: I accidentally snorted this beer and, surprisingly, that was uncomfortable. It smells pretty good though. The nose has bananas, clove, peach, apricot, a little funk-da-funk, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sour notes lead the way in the flavor profile. Earthy yeast, hop, and clove flavors work nicely with the bananas, lemons, spices, and the hint of sweet toffee malts.

Mouthfeel: The body is creamy with soft, yet lively carbonation.

Drinkability: The funk didn't work in Jolly Pumpkin's amber ale, but it's great in this biere de garde. There needs to be more biere de gardes and more good ones like this. I might make this my favorite style if I had even semi-regular access to examples as tasty as this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 08:06:17 | More by goschool
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Deep yellow orange, with a thick white head, excellent lacing.

S: Lemon, orange, anise, brett funk, lactic funk, wet wool, barnyard, and a bit of honey.

T: Lemony-tangerine flavor with a lactic feel. Belgian-style yeast esters abound, though not as strong as I would have liked. Also taste an herbal quality, tastes of rosemary, sage, and thyme.

M: Acidic, definitely acidic, but not something like Berliner Weisse, it is very pleasant and expected, as this is a Jolly Pumpkin product. Very smooth and creamy as well.

D: A very drinkable biere de garde, an interesting take on the style, I really feel that lactic acidity and bacterial presence added a lot to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 03:32:15 | More by Halcyondays
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.