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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 123
Gots: 168 | FT: 10
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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 gford217
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, batch #271, courtesy of ckeegan04.

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that is fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom. The bubbles keep the head healthy for ages and leaves some delicate lacing.

The aroma is tart with some lemon zest and tons of sweet light fruits, pears and apricots especially. On top of that is the spicy Belgian yeast which lends a peppery scent to things. There is a light funky barnyard character as well.

The initial kick has more funk and lemon tartness than the aroma with an initial taste that puckers the lips a bit. The backbone of Belgian yeast and sweet not-quite-ripe fruits is an excellent underpinning to the funk and the peppery spiciness of the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is very effervescent with tons of carbonation, giving it a champagne-like feel. It's medium bodied but the carbonation makes it feel very light.

This is a fantastic and complex Belgian ale from JP with the tartness and funkiness really coming out. I think this one has picked up some character over the 2 years since it was brewed. Great stuff.

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

750ml bottle, served in an odd looking snifter at B Spot

A - gusher, waitress about flipped - had to tell her it was probably somewhat common for the style. huge fluffy white head. loads of bubbles in the hazy, dark straw colored liquid.

S - belgian yeast funk. not overpowering and actually a bit alluring. other smells of lemon zest and grass, some sourness.

T - explosion of the funk, sourness comes and catches up a bit to balance. yeasty and actually some hop bittering, without hop flavor. tart but not quite sour.

M - insane amount of carbonation. nicely bodied.

D - no problem finishing this, actually went nicely with my half a burger, lola fries, and sirachi wings. "good" straight across the board, nothing stands out.

Photo of daledeee
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer to our area that I had at a very exclusive beer tasting event.

This beer pours a light yellow with bubbly head and bubbles after the pour.

Nose is funky, not appealing to me, but I know this is what they are after with this beer.

Taste is very bubbly and lemon with some spice and funk thrown in. Finish is dry. I found this beer to be true to style but not very enjoyable to me. I don't like really dry beers.

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

Capped 750. My label is different from the one shown, probably an older edition.

A - Is that a head or is someone growing clouds in my beer? Big, fluffy, pillowy head that lasts and lasts. Crystal clear, pale, pale yellow.

S - A little spice, a little lemony-sour and a bit of funk. Very intriguing and immediately draws me in.

T - Jumps onto your pallet. Bright, crisp, a little sour, almost like there was a little brett in there (it says wild yeast, who knows?). Excellent balance, lingers a bit, but not unpleasantly so.

M - Very light, you get a little lipsmack from that sour lemon, makes your mouth water a little.

D - Comes in at 8%, but you'd hardly know it, well, until you've finished your bottle. I love that little sour kick, makes me keep wanting more. Lovely beer, very happy I finally came across it.

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

Been eying this for awhile. Cautiously optimistic.

Appearance - Very light yellow/gold color. It's quite clear. The color is almost adjunct-like, but with three inches of nice foamy head. It recedes very slowly.

Smell - Very peppery. A nice little funk. Some lemon and some clove. It has a real heavy mustiness. Some green grass and just plenty of that pepper. A little overwhelming.

Taste - Follows the smell. It's nice and light up front. With a some yeast, and a little grassy hop-bite. But the pepper and spice is pretty tough. There is some pear and a little apple. The follow is a little sweet and grainy.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Excellent carbonation and light.

Drinkability - Pretty good, but all that spicy pepper is a little much.

This is a nice beer, and a pretty good Garde. However, it seems a little over-the-top in some ways, especially in spiciness. Might prefer it more if it were just a tad more mellow. Still, I'll happily polish off the bottle.

Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 297-pours cloudy orange gold with a huge 2-3 inch thick foamy white head that stayed around for quite a long time with great lacing; smelled of yeast, spices, pepper, citrus, bread and malt. Tastes of lemon, yeast, spices, pepper, light malt, honey, perhaps grapes or apple, and mild hops; a very complex beer that has a powerful aroma and strong flavor burst of the citrus, spices and yeast, and then a malty middle, and then a dry puckering finish that lingers with hops, spices and lemon and oddly enough what seems like sweet yeast(???) and then ends sour.

A very unique drinking experience and very enjoyable for all senses involved, but the one thing that was strangest was that the beer kept foaming out of the 25 oz bottle with the big thick foamy white head taking on a life of it's own. I poured this beer slow and swirled the bottle to kick up the yeast since the label stated barrel aged and bottle conditioned, but I have never seen a beer keep foaming out of the top of the bottle for 5 minutes after the first pour. This beer had light to medium carbonation and went down very much like a Belgian with high alcohol content, and while the alcohol was felt as I drank it, it did not interfere with the taste. The beer tingles on your tongue and feels like a champagne as it does down very smooth and easy. This beer has some kick, but you won't know until it's too late. After a big sip it feels like you just drank liquid white bread with all kinds of spices and flavors, and it just bombards the taste buds with flavors, which is really enjoyable.

Although this beer finishes with a bitter and almost skunky taste, and seems very much like a cider, it is very enjoyable and provides such an assortment of flavors and sensations that I must highly recommend this beer. The flavor was pretty good, but the overall drinking, sipping and savoring experience of it was excellent! Pick one up and enjoy the ride! This beer somehow works a nice beer balance and after one 25 oz bottle I was feeling a really good buzz and in a great mood. Cheers!

Photo of eljefe21
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Foam gushes forth from the bottle and pours to a cloudy golden yellow color. Particles float slowly to the bottom of the glass. Two finger head of soft white foam. Lots of soft white lacing.

S: Spicy at first the turns sour. Not as strong a smell as I would have expected.

T: Hints of spice at first followed by a grapefruit like sourness. A complex but satisfying mixture.

M: Some carbonation, but not as much as I would have expected considering the foam that rose out of the bottle when it was opened. Finish is dry and extremely puckering.

D: An excellent beer for the right food. Maybe some herb chicken, turkey or fish. A nice bottle to split like a bottle of white wine. Probably a bit much to sit down and drink in one sitting.

Served: in a cervoise glass.

Bottle labeled: Batch 364

Review from notes taken on: 11/11/09.

Photo of wilwfu
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

havent reviewed anything in a while, so why not... Pours a lemon zest yellow, real cloudy, with a mtn of head which stays around all the way down as I drink. Nice tart, yeasty smell, lots of lemon grass and pepper as well. Very thick and very smooth mouthfeel, wasnt expecting that. I catch a bit of sugar cookie or pie crust flavor in the taste. The lemony pepper tartness in the nose is a bit more subtle in the taste. Slight bit of wood funk is nice, I also am feeling a bit of shallots and champaigne vinegar in this... like a nice tart salad

Overall subtle and elegant with enough funkyness to keep you wanting.

Photo of srandycarter
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours murky light honey / straw with TONS of near white head. Lots of cling lace remains and retention is excellent.

S - Funky, barny, sour. Not to be confused with your normal beer, for sure.

T - Taste emulates smell, a little off at the end of the sip, though.

M - Overly carbonated IMO, but good body and fair balance.

D - One is more than enough for me.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-straw-orange color. Pretty clear with a slight haze and a solid 2-finger head that settles into a low cap that remains. Nice delicate lacing up the glass.

Not an overpowering aroma. Slightly funky, musty aroma with slight tart crispness around the edges. Flavors are a balanced mix of citrus, warming alcohol, grapeskin and other wine-like notes. More funk than tart in the finish.

The taste starts slightly malty sweet with some crisp honey notes. Moves to a solidly funky, horse-blanket flavor with warming alcohol. Finishes with an alcohol sweetness and slight bitter end.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than expected. Nice soft carbonation with some slight dryness but the alcohol adds a sweetness and a bite that give it some depth.

A nice drinking and sipping beer.

Photo of BWH3
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange. Amazing plush, soft white head which lasts forever. As always, Jolly Pumpkin delivers a beautiful beer.

S: Floral and spicy. Malt sweetness with a musty, aged wood scent.

T: Very smooth malt sweetness like a light toffee with wonderful oak and spice notes atop. I sense a little ginger and coriander and citrus as well. The finish is medium-dry and not overly sweet.

M: Medium bodied and silky smooth. Great head retention. Moderate carbonation.

D: Awesome. Any Belgian style beer enthusiast must try. I feel this is the flag ship beer for Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of slayer3604
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a delirium goblet; shows a very hazy peach/gold body with a frothy, lasting white head. I love the head retention and the pale atmosphere!

S- spicy, zesty, clove and banana cascades towards you! it lights the room up.

T- lactic, tangy, with bubblegum, a hint of the mist coming off of an orange peel when you tear it from the orange, some tangerine, and a nice dry finish. perfect!

M- light, but very complex. i like how each degree this beer warms up, the better it tastes!

D- i could do this dance all night.

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

Enjoyed on a cooler, beautiful night in anticipation in fondue. I will have half the bottle now, half in a while when my fiancée and I start cheese fondue.

Appearance - Pours a radiant, deep golden color. About a finger worth of white fluffy head is achieved but quickly dissipates. Lacing is minimal but the hazy golden color looks amazing.

Smell - I can immediately smell tart/sour on the nose, funkiness, cider, wine, and some lemon. I am just sitting here, letting the aroma waft up to my nose, anticipating the first taste.

Taste - Lemons, sour, funk, earthy, definite hints of granny smith green apple peels. A firm dry finish (and taste for that matter) reminiscent of Santa Monica pinot grigio. Every sip I take I swear I taste something different. Very complex.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with moderate carbonation that prickles the tongue as you move it around in your mouth.

Drinkability - Very much so. This is going to be a very enjoyable beer. It almost makes me glad my fiancée does not like beer...that way I get this whole bottle to myself tonight! I need to do a side by side comparison test of this versus La Roja which I thoroughly enjoyed previously. I feel like La Roja had more of a bite and this brew is a bit more refined. Overall, I am glad I have another in my collection and can't wait to partake in this again.

Photo of infestaxion
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 257

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.

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

I kinda forgot how JP beers have the tendency to foam out of control then take forever to settle in the glass. Oh well. This is big spicy beer with tons of fruit and yeast and carbonation all combined. It takes about half a glass to get a real grip on the complexity and the barrel aging. I like this beer but it seems a difficult one to pin down as the spiciness and the live mouthfeel sometimes overwhelm the palate.

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

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $9, Batch 326.

A: Neon yellow with a dense white head, about half an inch thick, very cloudy, fair amount of carbonation moving up from the nucleation point in my goblet, excellent lacing, and great head retention. Very attractive beer.

S: Funky bret smells, musty, sour citrus, mostly lemons, medicinal, and woody as well, definite barnyard and slightly medicinal, as for the other components of the beer, sweet pale malts, and just a touch of skunky hops. Pretty nice.

T: Medicinal sour flavors blend with what seems to be a pretty hearty dose of hops to give a sour yet bitter flavor, backed up with some pretty substantial oak woodiness thrown in the mix. Hop profile is definitely spicy, and plays well with the tart bret, smooth oak, and somewhat bitter alcohol. The malt profile is light, and sweet, but gets lost in the mix. Very complex, but really not as tasty as I had hoped.

M: DRY! Very dry, slightly warm alcohol, very crisp and highly carbonated. Really light in the mouth.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but the booze is a little strong, nice beer, and extremely complex, lots of things going on, but it just isn't really incredibly flavorful. I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a sour fix.

Photo of Spiderhouse
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Dark, golden color with a thick foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S--Apples and alfalfa. I grew up in alfalfa country, and this nose takes me back. Kinda funky, maybe some lemon notes?

T--A bit disappointing. A short entry of citrus and apples, short mid-palate, and weird, slightly bitter finish. Meh.

M--Average, but at least not disappointing.

D--One'll do it for me. Not a bad effort, but not that great either. I

Procured at Whole Foods, Valencia, CA.

Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thin off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Little to no lacing left behind

Earthy funky oak aroma and quite a bit of hops. Lots of citrus fruit; lemon peel and grapefruit. Musky barnyard funk with some nice oak and vanilla notes.

Very interesting and unique flavors going on here. Nice earthy oak funkiness with quite a bit of vanilla character. Lots of citrus peel and grapefruit. Possibly some lighter crsip fruit notes. Apple? There is a nice hop presence as well providing a bitterness that balances thins out pretty well and a dry finish.

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

Poured from bomber to Allagash tulip glass.

A: Huge foamy head 3+ fingers, a pale orangey golden color with huge haze

N: Nose has a slight cirtursy yeasty quality with some sour Belgian qualities but not really any oak

T: Taste comes right out with the sour fruit and citrus, more yeast as well, theres a bitter orange peel taste, some nice Belgian malts in the middle, there's a touch of sweetness, I can see that it's a little more mellow than most Belgian style sour beers, but the oak is very light

M: It has a lot of carbonation and is pretty light on the mouth

F: It finishes pretty dry with more bitter orange peel and sour yeast, a lingering sour/bitter quality hangs around for a while, the wild yeast quality comes out quite a bit on the finish as well

Final thoughts: If you like sours, or are just starting to get into sours this is a great beer. The oak is very light and barely noticeable compared to other oaked beers. It's got a wild Belgian yeast quality as well thats actually kinda nice. Its not really easy to drink because of the sour qild yeast, but otherwise its pretty good, especially for a summer beer.

Photo of MisterClean
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Duffman069 for sharing. Oooh Yeah!

A - Pours a light blonde with 4 fingers of white head that refuses to dissipate. Leaves beautiful lacing. Excellent looking biere w/ brett.

S - Holy crap. I've just been attacked by a sour smelling brett funk, nectar esters, pine resin, and a grassy hay.

T - Brett, Belgian yeast funk, nectar, grass/hay notes, and spicy hops.

M - Moderate bodied, sweet, slightly harsh, and very astringent. I cannot define the balance due to the astringency of this beer.

D - A hard one to figure. I want to say good because it has its own taste, which is quite overwhelming. Maybe a bit much over the top. Biere de Garde is the wrong description. Maybe a sour or belgian wild would be more acceptable.

Photo of jammalamma
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 284
Huge white head with each pour- crisp white 'champagne' bubbles

Light mouth feel, bubbles expand in mouth

Slight sour, more bitter; kind of tarty- citrus fruit. qualities similar to a wheat ale.

I'm enjoying this beer but not picking up on some on the great characteristics I've read about it. I think my bottle may have been skunked through temperature fluctuation. If so it's still great and I'll be trying it again soon.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge, fluffy, foam packed white head that patiently dissipates to a thick lace foam that clings to the glass.

Big aromas of funky yeast, slightly sweet or sour, more zesty, floral hops, and pepper like spice and just catching the oak in the finish or as it warms.

Deep sweet and sour zest, slight astringency, crazy wild yeast dances on the palate to be tamed by slight peppery spice, and again only getting hints of the oak.

Medium in body, perhaps border line syrupy, medium to high in carbonation, a bit astringent, and packing plenty of bite.

For my tastes, and trying to be true to the style, this beer is a bit too sour for me, and lacking the necessary pepper & malt to balance the sour & yeast. Improves as it warms, as the spice comes out. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for another beer. Don't worry, we are drinking some of my beer next.

Batch 297
Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours a huge 4 finger white pillow topped head. Great retention with some nice lacing. Color is a golden sunset orange.

Aroma: I can definetely smell the oak. It has somewhat of a sour tart aroma to it. There is some yeast and some sour fruits to it. In the background I can smell some brett.

Taste: A lot more brett is dominating here. A nice oak aged flavor with some good spice flavor going on. Tastes a lot like a 'golden' ale but has some nice extra flavors to it.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp and a tad smooth. Fairly light bodied. A high amount of carbonation. Ends with a spiced oak aftertaste. Nothing bad, but a little dry.

Overall, this is one of the better beers I have had on the night. I love the oak and the brett. The flavors complement each other well. I can easily drink a lot of this.

Photo of greg202stewart
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow with a nice frothy head that recedes slowly. It has a great floral smell and sweet notes from the Belgian hops. The taste is very unique with a spicey and peppery bite. For me the pepper is a bit overwhelming and I have to admit almost mad me ill. The mouthfeel is good and if I was more of a pepper fan would enjoy this beer as much as my buddy that I split it with. This is still a great quality beer

Photo of flannelman808
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the beer has a huge bouquet of white light froth upon pouring. It has aromas of citris and spice, but smells predominatly fruity. The beer has a champagne quality to it as it tingles on the toung. the taste begins tart, and slowly changes to a spicey peppery flavor. Very good beer, but I couldnt drink more then one or two of them.

Going back and reviewing what turns out to be the very first beer that I reviewed on Beeradvocate...

Actually I just got the opportunity to get a bottle recently and it knocked my socks off again!

A: Looks great! Pours a hazy (I'm sure its bottle conditioned) light golden color. Also has a nice foamy white head on top which builds up quite a bit. It nearly got to the top of my oversized Duvel tulip.

S: The aroma is complex and is full of character. There is a definite sour apple/ sour bright fruit essence. Spice is present as well which is a unique thing. Sour and clove? or cardamom perhaps? Pepper too. Also Im getting a sourdough bread quality lots of complexity.

T: The flavor doesn't disappoint! Not overly sour but enough astringency to make it a distinct "sour" beer. More hoppy bitterness than I would have guessed. Lemon zest, sourdough, grannysmith apple, yeasty goodness in a glass!

M: Good mouthfeel as this beer is nicely carbonated. Retains its head nicely and has good lacing as well.

D: My tastes must have changed, I love this beer more than I did. I feel like its not that easy to drink and yet I keep going back for more just to experience it again. Pretty damn drinkable for me, and the alcohol is very hidden by the complexities of this beer.

Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.