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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 702
Hads: 1,658
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 148
Gots: 208 | FT: 11
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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 dcmchew
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Misty, but shiny golden, with a small frothy white head that leaves a modest lacing.
Tart smell, but with a subtle fruity sweetness too (some apricot, peach). Not too funky, but the rich oak aging brought some great semi-dry white wine notes on the nose. This should be crazy fresh.
As the smell, start obviously tart, not to the extremes tho, with sweet and sour orange, touch of grapefruit, some green apple, some lemon juice, and then a subtle slightly honeyed sweetness shows up, with overripe white grapes (Moscato?), some apricot, some strawberry and even some faint tropical fruit. Again, not funky, as it is expected with these types of beer (just some light peppery yeasts), but with a really clean oak barrel note in the finish, splashed with the expensive kind of white wine. Dries it up, but not entirely.
Aftertaste is really fruity (citrus, blond fruit, a nice recap), woody, and sticks with you for a while. Medium bodied, but with a lively carbonation, almost reminding of a champagne. Alcohol hidden.
Really really refreshing and most of all: clean. Rich, clear flavors, not a single off note, as much as you'd look for one. Not the most complex, but i don't really care anymore, i just want another bottle.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Pours golden with tall white head that settles after a while and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is orchard fruit, funk, oak, and some pepper. Taste is tart, spicy, funky, and slightly malty. Medium bodied, creamy texture, medium-high but soft carbonation, dry and slightly puckering tart finish.

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Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrous bouquet with a mellow aftertaste, refreshing with a subtle spicy undertone. I enjoyed this product and I will recommend this with such entrees as fish, chicken, or spicy pork.

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Photo of samshaw
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, mostly opaque. Moderate thickness, large white head that appears and recedes to a finger's width quickly, strong suds that rise steadily.

S: Moderate lemon, light sour and sweet.

T: Medium citrus with a moderate sour bite, lightly sweet. Light alcohol taste for the ABV.

M: Moderately viscous and crisp.

O: Refreshingly fruity and sour. Reminds of Sprite /w lemon juice, with slight alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy, golden
S- Citrus, Lemon, yeast
T- Sour, Lemons, Citrus, not overpowering though
F- Smooth, lightly carbonated
O- Very good sour beer. Not too sweet. Grabbed a 25 oz bottle while my girlfriend had a fruit beer of some acclaim and this was actually fruitier than her's.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Batch 1308, 1322, 1328, 1329, 1334, 1335 - bottled on 05-31-2013 indicated on the bottle. Pours a bright honey-gold hue with a translucent clarity, a rocky two inch, bright white head and copious tiny bubbles present effervescing in solution from the base of the glass to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a 1/4 inch lid with beautiful spots and swaths of textured lacing coating the walls of the glass. Interesting note - buttery oak notes, a spicy/peppery quality and wet grass. Taste follows nose with the addition of an herbal/medicinal quality as well as a slight sour mash quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a pleasant acidity. Overall - a wonderful beer. Very appealing to look at in the glass and the oak in the nose is quite wonderful. I'm generally not a biere de garde fan but I found this quite enjoyable.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 375 mL bottle poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass ("blend 6 bottles 07/31/14).

Appearance: Nearly clear, bright, light gold. Light, frothy white head. A fringe of foam encircles a hazy, soapy cap and leaves modest lacing.

Smell: Oaked white wine, spicy yeast and farmyard funk (straw and wet wool).

Taste: Oaked Chardonnay continues from the nose with crisp, lactic tartness. Peppery spice, sweet and sour Granny Smith apples, Belgian yeast and light hop bitterness round out the complex layers of flavor. No hint of the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, silky smooth. Moderate carbonation with fine bubbles.

Overall: Deep, complex layers from oak and wild yeast enhance a refreshing Belgian-style base.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 4.0 - Slightly hazy bright gold color with a slow to develop, moderate head.
S: 4.25 - Lots of nice brett scent, along with highly fruity yeastiness.
T: 3.75 - Not nearly as sour as some JPs--just a little tart, with plenty of brett flavor. Bitterness is restrained. Fruity like tart pears or apples. Very well attenuated and bone dry.
M: 4.0 - Slightly astringent, rather tannic. Body is a little thin, probably from the attenuation.
O: 4.0 - Nice beer for new year's day, after all the IPAs I had last night!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle poured into snifter

A: dirty straw color with good clarity not a bad head but it was gone quick but very bubbly around the rim left

S: It smells tart, a little lemon, some vinegar it smells like a dry wine with maybe some oak

T: has a lot of the same characteristics as the nose but not near as sour as I thought it was going to be or carbonated. Getting a little bit of a white grape taste which is nice

M: Light to more medium low carbonation

O: It's just ok I don't think it is worth the price of admission I've had Lambics and gueuze while not my style they are much better than this. Although if you need a quick fix why not grab it?

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Sometimes the info on the side of the bottle says more about what the brewer hoped it would taste like rather than what it actually tastes like. This beer is exactly what the label says it is. A Belgian strong golden ale, spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet. I also get a very lemony flavor. Not bad at all, but I don't appreciate it as much as some of the other reviewers.

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Photo of kellyej
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

Love this beer! It pours a hazy yellow-hay color with a big, white, pillowy head. The nose is sour-vinegar with notes of white wine, hay, grass, and a little something metallic (not in a bad way); made me think of old rotten grapes left behind on used farming equipment. The mouthfeel is rather dry and the beer has a medium body. The taste starts rather tart and sour and then sweetens in the middle and end. There are notes of pepper, apricot, and apple juice. It also has a white wine quality and is overall very well balanced.

This beer will always be special to me since it was one of the bottles my significant other and I popped the night we got engaged....so I may be a little biased!

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Photo of rand
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL to tulip glass

Bottled January 2013, opened November 2014

A: Yellow-orange in color, opaque, almost juicy in appearance. Little strands of carbonation meet a wispy head that leaves tiny traces of lacing.

S: As with all JP brews, the nose is funky and oaky; plenty of barnyard in this one. Lemon pepper and cherry phenols at the edge of the bouquet. Floral as well.

T: Funky and phenol-ic, but a lot more citrus on the palate than the nose forecasted. Rind-y tangerines and honey meet a healthy layer of barnyard funk and grass. Alcohol is well masked, as the beer closes with a short and dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly on the palate, well carbonated.

A tasty brew from the artists at Jolly Pumpkin. Not the most knock-you-on-your-ass brew from them, but I wouldn't pass it up either.

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Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date: 8/16/2014
Other notes: bottled 3/14

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a nice golden-orange. When held up to a bright light the color appears to be even more golden. Has moderate head, which dies off after a couple minutes. Quite hazy. The carbonation bubbles are visible flowing up through the ale, though not a rapid as I like to see. The slow rate of the carbonation makes the beer look kind of dead. Still, overall it looks appetizing

Smell - 4/5
A very tart smell, perhaps of tart apples, some citrus. Exactly the kind of tart smell I love and expect in a JP beer.

Taste - 4/5
At the beginning of a big sip, tastes of tart fruit flavors, perhaps sour cherries, lemons, apples. The perfect tart taste that I expect from a JP beer. At the end, as the sip is going down, there are hints of spices, which give the beer a bit of a kick at the end. Though I do not have the skill to describe precisely what the spices are. As I drink more, the spices become more pronounced and I can taste them throughout the sip. They are very subtle though. There is also a tiny bit of alcohol taste. The beer is quite balanced between the tarty-fruitiness and the spiciness. In any given sip, you can choose to focus on either and notice the tastes easily.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
The beer has a light to medium body and the feel is neither crisp nor creamy, but in the middle. Carbonation is noticible, but not overpowering. The spiciness works together with the carbonation to give a nice 'kick' to the mouth, but again, nothing to overpowering.

Overall - 4.25/5
I love the sour taste of the beer, but I am less a fan of the spicy/peppery-ness of it. I think I prefer some of the other JP beers over this one (I have the Calabaza Blanca in mind). This might be my 2nd or 3rd favorite JP beer I have tried. Though the beer is not perfect, I have found in JP beers a taste which I love and have not been able to find in any other beers. As such, I am still giving a high overall rating.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Biere de Garde style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BWED
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

8 oz. pour into a wine glass at Prohibition Taproom, Philly.

A- Hazy golden brown. Thin white head. Retains at a ring.

S- Sour. Brett and sour apple. A little grain, and bready malt characters.

T- Sour apple. A little dry citrus, grapefruit.

M- Light body, with a bubbly carbonation. Semi-dry finish, but with a huge pucker.

O- Tart and sour. Really nice.

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A: golden. Crystal clear. Thin white head.
S: sour. Not heavy, but light on the sourness. Chardonnay.
T: perfect blend of beer and wine. Definitely golden ale with chardonnay and oak. Black pepper.
M: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: great beer. Very well balanced. Not too much oak. Will buy again.

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Photo of zheaton
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Serving: Poured from a 20oz bottle into a set of flight glasses. Beer was from batch 1183, bottled 3/18/2013, and drunk on 4/5/2014.

Appearance: Golden color with minimal head.

Smell: Bright and clean, some hops but not overpowering.

Taste: Slight tartness contrasted with mild hops. Very clean on the palate. The relatively high ABV is not apparent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and lightly carbonated.

Overall: Excellent. The overall impression is smooth, refreshing, and crisp with a hint of tartness and hop spice. The flavor is distinct but not overwhelming, and the high ABV does not detract from the taste.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So excited to finally have Jolly Pumpkin on Texas beer shelves. Texas is quickly becoming an amazing state for beer. Starting things off with the Oro de Calabaza. Poured into my snifter. Oro is bright, but hazed, gold. Things are topped off by a finger or so off off white head. Head falls to a ring somewhat quickly.

The aroma is inviting. A hefty sour funk hits first. Tart fruits – apples, pears, sour cherries, and lemons stand out. Sweet caramel hits next. Light spice and bubblegum notes round out the nose.

Flavor is no less impressive. Plenty of funk hits first. Slightly earthy, sour lemons stand out. Tart pome fruits pop next. Sweet bubblegum notes stand out. Peppery spice rounds things out. Lemon notes linger on in the finish. The finish is tart and drying, encouraging one to take another sip.

Oro is light bodied. The carbonation makes for an effervescent and refreshing brew.

Oro de Calabaza is a great beer. You must love funk to enjoy this beer. The 8% ABV is almost non existent, making this quite a refreshing brew on a hot summers night. If Oro de Calabaza is indicative of what of Jolly Pumpkin has to offer, I can hardly what to try their other brews.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of lemon zest, brett funkiness, and sweet malts.

T - Opens up with a nice malty sweetness. The sweetness fades into lemon zest and brett funkiness. The finish has a touch of white pepper that mixes well with the lingering brett.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Nice dry finish.

O - This is a damn tasty Biere de Garde. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a touch of haze and very little head.

Aroma: Grainy aroma with a bit of lemon and spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly sour lemon flavor initially, with a bit of peppery heat following. Finishes with cereal grains and uncooked pasta flavors, and has a bit of buttery character as well. Some yeasty funk throughout.

Final Word: An interesting drink, but not one that I must have again. My favorite part of the brew was the peppery character, which kept the profile lively and interesting, as the other characteristics, like the tart lemon and yeast, didn’t present anything out of the ordinary. Certainly good, and always worth trying, but I would seek out other Jolly Pumpkin brews first if you are having trouble choosing.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/13/14

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Pours lightly hazy, medium amount of off-white carbonation, fades to a wispy cap, keeps an impressive collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Pale malts, yeasty aromas, and some oak - funky without being too crazy, bonus for drinkability - very light funk, with some yeasty flavors - some light fruits, including green apple, white grapes, and some spice - some oak and some light hints of lemon

Taste: A nice blend of pale and caramel malts, spice, and wood - an interesting level of yeasty spiciness, with some light sourness and some tart fruitiness - some tart green apples, pears, and white grapes - extremely dry, with some vague spiciness - woody finish with some dry oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, very dry finish

Overall: I would not be sad to find this in a treasure chest

I haven't had many Bière de Gardes, but for what I've had, this is very good. The pale and lightly toasty caramel malt base is nice; the sour, tart, and spicy flavors simply round out the flavor. It's very easy to drink, and I wouldn't have guessed its 8% ABV.

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

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Oro De Calabaza a few weeks ago for $5.59 at The Lager Mill. It's been a couple years since I've last had this beer and I thought it was time to revisit it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 350ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks looks nice, it's got a nice design and some information about the beer, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice bright yellow color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a really nice looking beer, the head and lacing were good and I really liked the bright yellow color.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice citrus aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some very lemon like aromas with some spices and light pear like aromas coming through in the background. Up next comes the yeast which imparts some slightly lighter funky barnyard aromas with some wet straw seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by the barrels which impart a noticeable and nice oak aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma and I liked the strong citrus aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a lighter amount of medium tartness with the yeast being the first to show up and it's impart that same wet straw aspect that it did in the aroma with just a slight horse blanket flavor in the background. Up next comes the barrels which impart some nice woody and oak like flavors and it's followed by a nice citrus fruit flavor with lemon still sticking out the most and there's a really light pear aspect in the background. On the finish there's a slight bit of bitterness followed by lots of lemon, lightly funky and lightly woody like aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, the balance was really nice and no aspect was too overpowering.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a good example of a Biere De Garde and it was another good example of a funky Jolly pumpkin beer, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style along with some nice balance. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, not too acidic, a little refreshing, not filling at all and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think two of these would be a good amount for me and I could see myself having a couple while sitting on the porch on a warm summers day. What I like the most about this beer was balance, no aspect was too overpowering and the flavors and aromas blended well with each other. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, it's good just the way it is, but I do wish it was just a little cheaper. I would buy this beer again and I think I'll be keeping a couple bottles in the fridge for this summer. I would recommend this beer especially if you like like a nice lightly funky Biere De Garde. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought that nice bright lemon aspect was a little impressive. It's up there as one of the better Biere De Garde's I've had and I think it might just be my favorite of the three year round Jolly pumpkin beers that made it into 350ml bottles, but it's pretty hard to choose between this one and La Roja. Good job guys, I really enjoyed this beer, keep up the great work.

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

Bottled on 4/30/2013

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a bright and hazed bright yellow with a finger of dense white head that retains well and has good lacing
S: smells of sour lemon, spice, oak and funk
T: taste starts off sour and funky with some horseblanket, a little peppery and spicy with some oak tannins as well. swallow is funky and slightly sour with some band aids
M: this beer is on the lighter side of things with prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: I'm not a fan of the Biere de Garde but this one is very good after the Jolly Pumpkin treatment. More of a wild than a biere de garde but I'm not complaining and it tastes great.

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Photo of FLima
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Very sour aroma with notes of lemon, barnyard and pear. Not aggressive.
Flavor of white wine, musty, funky yeast, lemon, pineapple, wood and mild lactic.
Light body with low carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 8% abv is very well hidden.
Very easy to drink sour with increasing complexity as it warms up.

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Photo of TommySudz
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dr. Strange Calabaza OR How I learned to stop worrying and like a Belgian.

This was poured on tap into an 8 oz Chalice.

As the title suggests I am not a fan of 'typical' Belgian beers because the yeast character makes me feel like I've got acid reflux. This beer imparts none of that experience.

A thin head which is still lingering, nice lacing on the glass as I imbibe. Color is somewhere between honey and a hefeweizen, without any sediment.

Smell is mild and slightly tart. Eyes closed and you may think its a SD brewed wild ale slightly watered down.

Taste is simply great. All of the things much more technically knowledgeable reviewers cite as being evident must be, because this is an exquisite balance of all factors that make this a tasty, tart (not sour) beverage, that is very drinkable.

Overall: I will add this to my list of the Belgian beers I like. Good for the expert quaffer and the enthusiastic amateur (moi) alike. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.