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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 114
Gots: 122 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004)
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Photo of Georgiabeer


4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 22:31:40 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of mmcave


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

750ml bottle chilled and poured into tulip glass, crazy aggressive head, huge fluffy and white like lumpy marshmallow cream with thick chunky lacing and decent retention. The body is a golden, blond with tons of visible tiny bubbles rushing to the head. Smells is tart, slightly sweet and sour, apple, pear esters, slight white grape quality, maybe some white pepper, (nice nose). Taste is crisp not very malty, the carbonation and hops keep it active though, and there is how ever just enough sweetness to get you through. I definitely like the slightly tart acidic flavor this manifests defienty a possible good food beer. The sourness reminds me of a slightly young apple, the idea of a tiny amount of wide yeast makes this makes so much more sense. I like this, I doubt I'll buy again just for drinking though, I first will find some food to activate it what ever that is I'm not sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 03:47:13 | More by mmcave
Photo of IntriqKen


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

One of a number of surprises from merlin48.
Sort of a cloudy light golden orange with a beautiful white 2 finger head that melts to marshmello like top coating sticky lacing.
Aroma is full of light summer fruits, spices, and belgium yeasts...bready and dry
Tingly and dry mouthfeel just full of tiny carbonation.
Taste is dry light summer fruits like peaches and pears and oranges with an unusual sweetness close to honey in flavor. Spices exist I can't identify and it then finishes to a crisp citrus peel hoppiness.
Aftertaste is very, VERY clean and dry.
Good...no great beer.
Very complex, very refreshing, and very rewarding.
Thanks Sam

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 01:32:05 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of northernbrews


4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 03:44:57 | More by northernbrews
Photo of Onibubba


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my brother. Pours a hazey deep golden yellow, with a great big 2 inch head that really takes its own sweet time going down. You can see the carbonation as bubbles race to the top. Nice.

The only thing I can pick up in the smell is a tart sourness. Not in a bad funky way though, but was hoping for something more. Sadly, I was equally dissappointed in the taste. The tartness is as noticeable in the taste as the smell. It does not detract from the beer, but it is masking any other tastes that may be present. Fruit? Spice? I'm not getting it - any of it.

The alcohol does not assert itself, but that high carbonation makes this a bit difficult to really get into. Drinkability is fine though. All in all, I found this much less interesting than the last JP I tried. Not enough to turn me off mind you, and my brother said he really liked this one. I'll be giving Roja a shot as soon as I can get some.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 13:41:08 | More by Onibubba
Photo of drewbage


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ain't your grandpappy's Biere de Garde.

It's almost impossible to rate this beer, particularly if you've only ever had one bottle of it. Both the great strength and great weakness of this beer (and brewery) is that the beer varies dramatically from one bottle to another. I'm okay with this, many aren't

But here's the thing, this golden hazy brew pumps a ton of CO2 into the air with a bright bubbly approach to the world.

The aroma is bursting with pineapple and a sour funkiness that speeds up to the nose in a rock and roll greeting.

The beer itself is just malty enough to provide a counterpoint to the lively carbonation, oaky tones and smooth acidity.

Ultimately, this is a fantastic beer that challenges you and goes unbelievably well with your dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 20:23:10 | More by drewbage
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There is a big and rocky white head that fades slowly into the murky mango colored beer known as Oro de Calabaza. Splashes of lace slide down the sides. The glass offers a perfumey bouqet of light berry, spicy phenols, apricot or peach, and an occasional whiff of lemon zest.

This is a strikingly tart and acidic brew with soft swirls of peachricot quickly eclipsed by warming alcohol and acidity. Just a kiss of hop bitter and maybe vanilla with a hint of light wood. You know like licking a chopstick. The alcohol calms down as the beer warms and smooths out the brew to reveal yeasty spices and esters that combine with the other elements to create a distorted creamy pineapple character. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, and stingy all at once.

This beer is very interesting but also kinda wildin'. I am into it enough to try the others despite the high price, but doubt I'll revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 04:03:26 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of goochpunch


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

Pours out like a hazy oranges 'n' cream soda with pulpy lemonade hues around the edge when brought to the light. Has a thick, foamy, rocky head that forms slight plateaus. Looking at the lacing on this is almost like cloud gazing. Smells of stone fruits, dried apricots, grain, pale malt, and spicy yeast along with some woody notes. Has a candy like sweet aroma along with slight alcohol and faint hop. Tastes big on fruit and spicy yeast with a malt sweetness and some cracked grain flavor that eventually fades into a dry finish. I taste some alcohol, but it's faint. I also get some vanilla from the wood. Back of the mouth on either side of the tongue puckers just a tad from a mild tartness. As it warms, I start to pick up an orange-pineapple juice character. Mouthfeel has quite the body with the alcohol content but manages to work with the aid of the carbonation. Drinkability is good, however, this is a lot to work through with such a complex beer.

A really great domestically produced Belgian style beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 02:44:53 | More by goochpunch
Photo of rousee


4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 00:29:34 | More by rousee
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - An opaque orangish gold brew with about two fingers of head that don't last very long. Clumps of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

S - Coriander, orange rind, grapefruit pith and lemon juice.

T - Taste is lightly sour grapefruit pith with a bit of granny smith apples, a musty earthy flavor. A mild amount of alcohol makes its presence known in the flavor. The dominant flavors though are in the aftertaste. The very potent bitter finish is dry, grassy, citrus pithy, earthy and funky - and I don't particularly care for it. It gets better toward room temp. There the bitterness is less dominant and more mellowed. I can't deny the craftmanship, but I can deny the appeal.

M - Neither drying not refreshing, smooth, thin bodied.

D - Not fantastic here. A bit strong, the bitterness is a tad unpleasant. I think I will pass on this in the future, I found the Calabaza Blanca to be much more pleasant as a whole. This Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is pretty fantastic as a whole I must say though.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 00:05:56 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of gpcollen1


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

Acquired via trade with ppoitras – thank you kind sir!

Pours like golden amber honey into my tulip – a fluffy 2” head quickly forms and holds with a meringue like finish. I smell lots of spice – fresh and citrusy. I give it a gently swirl to enhance the exchange of aroma and notice her full-figure bounce around the glass.

Taste reveals a spicy hops up front giving in to a light sweet finish. A light dryness lingers like an everso mild cottonmouth – making you want to quench that thirst again.

The alcohol is slightly evident and matures as it warms. A very nice brew to drink when the occasion arises. If this brew were at some of my locals, I would drink it here and there and everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 01:27:12 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of lackenhauser


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

Very, very carbonated. Bottle overflowed when opened and continued to spill forth while sitting on the counter. Huge, white, fluffy head on top of a hazy golden goblet of beer. Nice, peppery though somewhat sweetish aroma. Good, sharp flavor-spicy and peppery. Subtle hints of orange and citrus. The peppery flavor is the big standout here. Good mouthfeel-quite alive on the tongue. Very good beer overall-quite an interesting mix of characteristics going on. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 00:32:17 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of alexgash


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

Slight gushing, golden yellow, hazy body, with a voluminous, rocky, off-white head. Almost violent, but not. Nose is full of yeasty tartness, horse blanket funk, lemon zest, wheat candy sweet, and yeast. And this was brewed in Michigan—not Belgium. Tart, citric acidity up front. Wheat malt, light sweetness (powdered sugar) and fresh hay come through mid-palate. Tart, refreshing acidity stays throughout, although the finish becomes warmer and sweeter, showing more complexity. Like an Orval mixed with a dash of Duvel? Whatever you call it, it’s good. Medium-bodied, with a lively feel. Refreshing in its acidity and fizz. Me gusta.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 17:57:33 | More by alexgash
Photo of jwc215


4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 03:31:20 | More by jwc215
Photo of mcallister


3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright and lively shade of lemon yellow. Large carbonated head leaves a sticky lace behind. Great retention all around.

Aromas are somewhat laid back. Some citrusy spice but everything seems masked.

Bright acidity and citrus appeal. Nice ripe fruits with spicey floral notes. Tropical fruit abound with hints of pineapple, lemon, mango, tangerine and sunflower.

Thin carbonated fits the style nicely. I would enjoy this beer in warm weather ultimately.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 00:00:11 | More by mcallister
Photo of acrawf6


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful hazy rich and creamy orange hue with a nice frothy white head that rests on top like merange. I love the orange color here, looks so appealing!

Smell. Light and crisp. Nice smells of orange citrus and sourness. Other small fruit smells are there, some banana and strawberries-gives it tartness. Very nice.

Taste. Light and refreshing. Begins a little sweet then tarts up quickly. More fruit flavors, little apple, small spices of cloves and cinnoman. Aftertaste is nice and bitter, morefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel. Light and nice. Lots of carbonation, but not overwhelming, very small bubbles that gives it a bit of a creamy texture. Quite nice.

Overall a wonderfull beer. Great flavors in this beer that gives it a nice complexity, yet still delicate and not overwhelming. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 00:16:26 | More by acrawf6
Photo of jabocu


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey color with a sudsy white two finger cap that dwindles to lacings in a hurry. Aroma is honey, wheat, tropical fruits, lemongrass, and light hop background. No alcohol on the nose. Flavor is a sour wheat in the front with caramel and honey sweetness. Lots of spicy and citrus noble hop bitterness lingering througout. A earthy-yeastiness is carried in the background. Medium body, high carbonation, and dry finish. Great beer, I could sip or quaff this anytime!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 18:38:06 | More by jabocu
Photo of KarlHungus


4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 01:48:48 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden color, with an absolutely massive head, which retains superbly, porfuse carbonation, and spectacular broken lace.

Aroma: Rich and spicy with cloves, ripe bananas, and tropical fruit.

Taste: Mild clove spiciness at the open, soon followed by a fairly sharp sourness, this carries to the end of the taste, where a woody, musty note appears, along with grapefruit rind, and pepper.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, the carbonation is a bit champagne-like.

Drinkability/notes: Superbly well-crafted, a remarkable example.

Many thanks to HardTarget for graciously sharing this wonderful ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 17:17:04 | More by Pegasus
Photo of HardTarget


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Speaks of barrel conditioning, bottle conditioning, open fermentation, 8 % abv. and lots of nice details. Bottlecap opened with a startling POP after leaking slightly during shipping (thanks to meadows57 for a most gracious trade).

Aroma: Hints of funk, pineapple and sweet and sour duck sauce.

Appearance: Very hazy glass of brandished gold sports a soapy white head that lasts with some lace.

Flavor: Wow. Some farmyard, but not overpowering. The sweet and sour aspect is firm and some mild wood or cork.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, medium/light body and dry finish.

Overall Impression: A lot of great Saison qualities, very much a fall beer. Easy drinking, rich earthy flavors, a beer to savor.

Major thanks to meadows57 for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 02:35:50 | More by HardTarget
Photo of rayjay


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

Bought at Beumont Market in Portland, OR. No date, poured in a goblet. Big foamy white head atop a deep golden ale. Smells sweet like orange popsicles. Tart snappy bite and more orange popsicle taste. Hops are there too. Dry finish of well water and orange essence and honey water. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thick but soft carbonation lingers for the 45 minutes I swirled it. The head lingered too, and even laced the glass. Very interesting beer and worth seeking out more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 03:28:06 | More by rayjay
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bubbly white head that slowly fades with a highly carbonated orange-yellow body...think Orange Hi-C. Nice and clear, a beauty to look at. Alot of fruit in the nose. Pears, predominantly, and some lemon zest. A bit of alcohol burn but not really. Vibrant, refreshing joy surely awaits...

Nice and dry initially, then the drywall crumbles to allow the juicy musty goodness come out. Alot of fruit, most notably green sour apple. A funky, earthy yeast is present, and just the faintest hint of bourbon. Pretty complex, a journey for your tongue, to say the least.

Very carbonated light bodied with a fairly low drinkability. The complexity of this one makes it kind of difficult to drink many of, the 8% doesn't help either. The 750 i'm sharing with my girlfriend is plenty for both of us.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 05:02:09 | More by trep
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

At last Jolly Pumpkin is distributing beer in 12oz bottles instead of only 750ml. I picked this bottle up in MI about a month ago, but I think it's available in OH also.

Beautiful appearance, hazy bright orange color with thick egg-shell-looking foam on top. Some evidence of yeasties floating around.

The main smell is sour Bret-style yeast, but it's backed up by some peach or apricot fruit aromas. The flavor is more sour than sweet, and a little toasty in the after-taste. The mouthfeel is slightly puckering and addictive.

Disclaimer: I don't know the "proper" glassware for a biere de garde, and I guess I don't know the target appearance/aroma/flavor (except what's listed on BA). I chose a St. Feuillien chalice and based the review on my likes/dislikes.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 17:56:13 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of bditty187


4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, gold in hue (what an absolutely lovely color!), I poured it into a Duvel glass; the animation raced rapidly and steadily to the white head, which was also attractive. There was a healthy three fingers of foam (easily). The head retention was excellent, even after a few minutes a thick cap (half inch) remained and smaller cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was widespread and chucky, awesome! I can’t imagine this beer looking any better!

The nose smells more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale then it does a Bière de Garde. So what?! Fuck beer styles. This is Jolly Pumpkin, yo! Softly fruity, oranges, tangerines, pineapple, and other tropical fruit (like star fruit). Elegant spiciness follows, ginger and coriander mainly. Toasty malt/crackers pursue along with a kiss of earth but before the smells leave my olfactory I detect a playful hint of clove. Mild potency, at best, but every little aroma is wonderful. Delicate and complex bouquet; I can’t wait to take a sip.

Part of me really wants to label the palate, some nerdy corner of my brain keeps saying “Duvel-like… but different.” Yeah, no shit. To me, this is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale crossed with Bière de Garde infused with the spices from a Wit. Tropical fruit upfront, oranges, tangerines, star fruit, apples, candied pineapple, hints of green grapes, with a mango finish. Whoa. Sweet malt notes in the middle, along with spices such as coriander and ginger. Hints of wood and earth before finishing bright and clean with a fruity residue; alcohol heat livens up the finish. I find the balance to be stunning, complex but easy to understand. Cloves and fruit control the aftertaste along with rum-like alcohol notes. Damn tasty!

Medium in body, creamy, smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel has the ideal bulk and liveliness for the flavor profile. IMO, the mouthfeel is terrific.

This is amazingly easy to drink. Yikes. I am only partly way through my 750ml bottle and I am thinking about opening another bottle! Dangerous that could be! This is a cheese beer: brie, cheddar, asiago, feta… give’em all to me. Plus some fresh fruit. Oh, that would be heaven. Thank you RedHaze! I am so happy I can buy this in Council Bluffs, IA now. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:47:52 | More by bditty187
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

750 mL bottle, capped.

This beer poured a cloudy, golden color, with huge(!), pillowy, white foam that persisted and coated the glass, leaving some lacing. The smell was lightly sweet, Belgian malt, reminiscent of Duvel. The taste was tart, almost sour, malty with very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation feel. The malt and hops lingered pleasantly in the finish. This was an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 20:12:48 | More by UncleJimbo
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,282 ratings.