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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 116
Gots: 138 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004)
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Photo of LittleDon


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11 oz. in a pilsner glass at Monk's Kettle, San Francisco.

Golden with a very slight haze. Fair head retention. Aroma of sour cherries and a bit of malt. Very well balanced up front, with both sour and sweet vying for equal billing. Slight bitterness appear in the middle and gradually builds, sticking around after the finish. Light body.

01-18-2011 17:38:51 | More by LittleDon
Photo of TriGuy20


3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Served on tap poured into snifter.

A: Dark golden color with a nice white head with a moderate amount of lace that sticks to the glass.

S: Lemon Zest/ Sour Cherry/ Cinnamon/ Orange Rind/ Floral notes

T: The taste of this beer is a little disappointing, but nonetheless it is a tasty beer it just does not display as much complexity on the palate. Primarily bitter orange comes out on the palate with some sour cherry notes and alcohol notes.

MF: Again not as impressive on the mouth as the aroma, a little thin with a short finish.

D: This beer goes down easy and with an 8% abv this beer could be dangerous.

This is a pleasant beer. I would not go out of my way, however, if this were around I would drink one or two.

01-11-2011 04:38:54 | More by TriGuy20
Photo of Radome


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Golden with some orange highlights. The head is huge and rocky.

S - Very tart and citrusy, but dominated by leather and funky barnyard aromas from the wild yeast Jolly Pumpkin specializes in. Instead of a Biere de gard, I immediately think of a true lambic.

T - Like the smell, the taste is all citrus and funk. It is complex, but it is all variations on those themes. No malt, hops or alcohol to speak of.

M - Moderate body but high carbonation.

D - Too much funk for me. So tart it made me pucker and I could not recover enough to enjoy it the way most seem to.

01-02-2011 06:24:34 | More by Radome


4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

750mL to tulip. Batch #608, bottled on 8-25-10.

A: Uncapping the bottle reveals an abundant amount of yeast sediment caked on the underside of the cap as well as inside the rim of the bottle. On the pour, 1 1/2 fingers of a bright white, bubbling head is produced. Medium retention. The body is a medium-light golden straw color with cherry tints. Backlighting the glass lessens the depth of color and (surprisingly) causes the clarity to be reduced. Spotty lacing.

S: The hop bill features aromas of lemon rind and lime zest. Perfectly incorporated oak. Perfectly funky with an above average barnyard scent. The yeast produces a complex assortment of fruit and spice. Big fruity contributions of grape, peach, blackberry and sour cherry. Spices include pepper, ginger, clove and a generic dustiness.

T & M: Lightly citric and moderately sweet on the front end which develops into a light lactic sourness towards the middle of the palate and finishes with a modest, yet sharp tartness that begins to dry the mouth out. Crisp and refreshing acidity is balanced by a candy-like sweetness reminiscent of crushed Smarties. Medium to light body with a fizzy and very lively carbonation. My only complaint is that the mouthfeel experience stops shorter than expected.

D: Oro De Calabaza is complex, it is multi-dimensional and most importantly...it is one delicious, endlessly drinkable beer.

12-20-2010 15:16:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of koko2315

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8%

Poured a nice straw color with a good size head. Nose is a bit floral...nothiing overpowering. Carbonation was moderate to light. If I had to pick a fruit, it's Sour apples more than anything up front. Nice mouthfeel. Packs a bit of a punch. As someone else noted, it's almost like a white wine. As a sour fan I approve

12-18-2010 21:55:12 | More by koko2315
Photo of despainmakesbeer


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Light pale straw color. Very translucent but with a slight haze to it. Thin white head at pour settling to a clean white ring around edge of glass. Very light bitter aroma; big musty, earthiness and hit of leather to aroma as well. Smells dry as well. Moderate carbonation but decreases a little quickly. Very tart all the way through. Flavors of apple, and bright citrus and fruity overall. Reminds me of a slightly dry white wine. Has dry finish with tart, green apple like flavor to finish. Light mouthfeel. Very clean and drinkable. Flavors abs aromas blend together nicely.

12-17-2010 03:39:56 | More by despainmakesbeer
Photo of Pencible


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

A: This poured a cloudy straw color with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like oak and funk, with some sour yeast and floral and zesty hops and spicy clove.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and clove and perfumey hops, mixed with funky and tart yeast, with a little fresh wheat and oak and sour Belgian yeast. It had a vibrant tart and sour aftertaste that transitioned to earthy barley and hay. Very interesting.
M: It was somewhat thick and oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a super complex and rich and puckering beer, with great scent and flavor combinations that stimulate the entire tongue. It had a nice viscous body with well hidden alcohol, so it wasn't difficult to drink. But I really took my time with this beer to fully enjoy it. A lovely drink that clearly shows mastery of brewing.

12-15-2010 16:10:39 | More by Pencible
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours golden orange with some haze and a huge chunky white head. I even had a head in the bottle!

Tons of yeast and spice, with some citric twang and some dusty grain husk. Some light sweet fruit aromas as well. Big aromas thru the head.

Evolves as it warms. You may smell fruit, but you sure don't taste it. This is not a sweet beer. Yeast, some grainy bitterness, dried out malt, spice, including some mint, long bitter and funk in the finish. You definitely feel like you are drinking something that is alive. The alcohol is there, but in the background.

Lots of carbonation in this one. Pried off the cap and the foam just bubbled out. Crisp on the tongue.

I dug it, and found that the sips started big, but as I got further thru the bottle, they got smaller an smaller. It is a volume issue. Nothing you could session, but something that should be shared,

12-11-2010 19:40:26 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev 0%

750ml bottle brought back from Victoria, batch 467 a sticker on the side tells me (whenever that is).

Crack the cap, a hiss and then a slow and steady bubbling over the top of the bottle. Only a bit wasted as a I get into glasses, pouring a murky pineapple juice color, loads of foam which as it slowly recedes, leaves spots of lacing on the glass. Foam keeps building in the bottle...

Nose is sharp and funky with a hefty malt base to balance it, apple and pear fruitiness with a snap of lemon acidity.

Interesting take on the style, perhaps a cross between a Biere de Garde and a BPA? Fruity esters throw off lots of pear, apple, lemon, apricot, pineapple. A hint of something spicy with a good dose of barnyard funk, not overly pungent but you're not going to miss it. Hefty biscuit malt base with a dash of caramel, sign of something more like BdG. Hint of wood, touch of vinegar, could use a little more depth, IMO. Jammin' carbonation, dry dry finish to complement the funky sweeter body.

Pretty darn good beer, a real drinker for its weight and would go pleasantly with many food choices. Somehow both big and funky but also accessible.

12-10-2010 19:04:32 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of treyrab


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Thanks to my brother and sister for making the drive to Michigan and bringing me back some local Michigan beers. I was pleased with what they had purchased since they are not devoted to craft beer (albeit I did give them a general idea of what I wanted).

Popped the cap to Oro de with the usual ghostly steam that pours out. A pretty loud hiss so I knew this would be nicely carbonated.

A: Pours a chill-hazed pineapple yellow with a snow white head. Very nice appearance, similar to a German Pilsner only hazy with some yeast floaties.

S: Initial smell is skunk, which is odd. Smells like a funky Brett beer with the sulfur/skunk smell of a German Pilsner. Odd. But not displeasing. Smell is extremely funky Brett but not lacto or pedio. Just Brett. Some lemons, papaya, and pepper as well.

T: Nice and funky and a hint of tart. Not sour or lactic, just funky as hell. Slight lemon rinds, pepper esters, Brett, wet hay and grass.

Overall, a very solid brew. It includes the classic Jolly Pumpkin funk. I would guess this is 5ABV. Very easy to drink and with a great prickly mouthfeel. Solid offering.

12-10-2010 12:38:12 | More by treyrab
Photo of Gobzilla


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a hazy pineapple yellow with pale yellow highlights that had a half finger of head a left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had the signature barnyard horse den funkiness with citrus, slight oakiness from the barrels and tangerine apricots notes. The citrusy apricot flavors really pop out more on the palate with the funky oaky character and sllight acidic tart notes the beer was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a tart, sweet, citrusy, funky, sour, and a mild dry finish. It drank really good and was a great brew to cap off the night. Jolly pumpkin really makes some intresting beers for sure.

12-08-2010 19:13:01 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

From my tasting notes. Split a 750 ml bottle with a friend at American Flatbread in Burlington, Vermont.

My first sampling of Jolly Pumpkin, and I'm impressed. Golden color when poured into a small wine glass. Nose was a little hard to interpret, but upon first sip I was hooked. Wonderful notes and fruit and farm, with a little yeast in the glass for good measure and good luck.

This is what a tart/funky beer should taste like. Not as "out there" as Orval, but not as sweet and lame as Lindeman's. Definitely want to try more from this brewery.

12-08-2010 03:01:20 | More by ElGallo
Photo of Lolli1315


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

On tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, score.

A- A mostly clear yellow/golden color with a small white head. The head begins to disappear becoming patchy with a ring around the glass. Some lacing is apparent as well.

S- Citrus and an underlying sweetness noticeable as the beer springs into a Jolly Pumpkin funky barnyard smell, not overpowering and going well with the sweetness.

T- The citrus once again starts this beer with some candy sweetness creating a nice base for the beer to start with. After the citrus, the funk picks up towards the middle while caring along the sweet flavors of before. The sweetness begins to turn to a mouth puckering sour flavor with tart notes as well and the funk comes through as the band aid flavor that I have become familiar with. Funk and sour reduce in the after taste but carry with the beer for some time. Love it.

M- A medium bodied beer that leaves a a moderately dry mouth. Decent carbonation, maybe could use a little more.

D- In my opinion, a very easy funky sour beer to drink. The sweetness can be somewhat off putting, but I found myself continually reaching for this beer. Highly recommended.

12-03-2010 22:04:12 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Batch 277.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden color with some slight orange to it. There is a nice tight white head with great dense bubbles. The head is about 1 inch tall.

S - Great grain aroma with a mix of spices and some nice sweetness in there. There is slight funk to it as well. The aroma seems light and fluffy with pear sweetness. There is some slight hop presence but its not overpowering seems balanced. The funk in the aroma gives it some nice balance and hints.

T & M - I've never had a Biere de Garde. This is delicious beer! There is some nice sweet hints, some slight clove and phenols and great grain notes. There are some slight tart hints and also some good funk notes. I deeply enjoy this beer and its by far the best JP I've had. The yeast chalkiness is very delicious. There is almost no hop notes to it or character except for a slight bitter and dry finish. There are some nice apple and pear hints with some slight orange notes as well and some lemon peel in there as well. There are some flowery notes and flavors as well. Camomile and roses come to mind. Great brew. It is crisp and fluffy and the ABV is not noticeable at all.

D - I would repeat this JP Biere as often as possible.

12-03-2010 02:22:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Murky orange in body topped by white bubbly head that leaves pretty lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma of sour citrus, lemon, spices, light fruit. Tastes of sourness, citrus, lemon, candied apples, spices, exotic fruit. Lively mouthfeel with intense carbonation. Refreshingly pleasant, a beautiful fruity drink.

11-28-2010 02:11:19 | More by JRed
Photo of buschbeer


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A - I poured into a snifter to a skim of off white head. It is straw colored.

S - The aroma is tart with green apples, lemon, with some funk at the tail end.

T - It starts out with some lemon. Then I get the sour/tart flavors. It rounds out with a musty taste of a dank basement.

M - Moderate carbonation leaves a medium mouthfeel.

D - This is a new style to me. I've only sampled this style before at GABF. I've been eager to try it. I like the size, 750ml. It is all I care to drink in a sitting, at least at this point in my beer journey. The spontaneously fermented beers are growing on me. They are a nice change of pace.

Batch 585
Bottled 7-27-10

11-25-2010 16:56:55 | More by buschbeer
Photo of sitarist


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Batch 531/550 bottled 5-26-10.

It pours a cloudy golden yellow. A few bubbles rise up to a nice thick, dense, pure white head. The head falls to a cap that leaves webs of lacing.

It is sweet and sour smelling...spicy...Fruity and slightly funky...The balance is perfect. Its almost impossible to discern any one aroma. Green apples, and lemon are the only two aromas that stand out on their own to me. Just a little bit too subdued. As it warms the earthy funk starts to dominate. Sexy!

The flavors are sweet, sour, fruity, and slightly funky like the nose...with some spice, and pepper. The flavors are very well balanced, just a little to subdued.

If this had a bit more body it would be perfect. The carbonation tap-dances on my tongue. There is the slightest peppery warmth. Dry but not overly dry.

A well crafted beer. It just lacks the oomph that I was expecting...other that that its perfect...The balance almost makes up for the lack of oomph. Ill be seeking this one out again and again.

11-24-2010 02:26:30 | More by sitarist
Photo of getgetgettleman


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Batch 492. Bottled 3/3/10.

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

11-21-2010 23:45:22 | More by getgetgettleman
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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

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

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

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

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

11-04-2010 13:29:51 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of AndrewNations


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one.

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

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

11-03-2010 16:33:53 | More by AndrewNations
Photo of Thorpe429


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle on Election Day 2010.

Pours a straw-yellow color with a good white head. A bit of lacing. The is some light grain and straw with a good amount of funk and a slight dose of sourness. There is really great notes of straw and barnyard. The taste is the same, as there is just a light malt character and a really nose dose of hay and blanket. Feel is really fantastic between the funk and some slight sourness. Drinks really well and is a fantastic offering from JP.

11-03-2010 03:31:14 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

11-02-2010 22:23:36 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of misinformed


3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

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

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

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

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

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

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

10-27-2010 07:51:51 | More by misinformed
Photo of wschmit


4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

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

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

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

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

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

10-20-2010 04:04:56 | More by wschmit
Photo of bismarksays


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

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

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

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

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

10-19-2010 16:58:29 | More by bismarksays
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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