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Oro De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 120
Gots: 143 | 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:
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(Beer added by: marburg on 07-28-2004)
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Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ritzkiss, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of treyrab
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

treyrab, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gobzilla, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of ElGallo
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ElGallo, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Lolli1315, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JRed, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

buschbeer, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sitarist, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of getgetgettleman
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

getgetgettleman, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of AndrewNations
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

AndrewNations, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

siradmiralnelson, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of misinformed
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

misinformed, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of wschmit
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wschmit, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of bismarksays
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

bismarksays, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 531/550 bottled 5-26-10, enjoyed 8-18-10, poured into a goblet
A: Slight gusher, race to the sink! Made it. Hearty 2 finger head with great retention from a gentle pour. Snow white dense head. Crystal clear pale gold. Pretty. Minus points for being a gusher.

S: Rich smell. Light breadiness, some hoppiness, slight skunkiness is a tad unpleasant. Kind of black peppery. Slight aspirin. Diverse and well tied together.

T: Citrus, slightly tannic, a tad funky, hearty breadiness. Balanced actually for a "wild ale" Not spectacular, but fun and solid.

M: Bright, bubbly (too much), burpy. Too much carbonation, otherwise pleasant.

D: High. I would buy this one again and probably order a second glass. The alcohol is getting to me though!

dfillius, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright, cloudy, lemon yellow. A huge, soapy head caps it off. Lots of chunky lace.

S- very lemony and funky. Barn yard, horse blanket, old worn out oak, its all there. It had a sharp lemon and floral aroma as well.

T- Not really sour. Much less sour than the nose leads you to believe. Its quite toasty and beady like many others if the style. Lots and lots if lemon.

M- Way way too carbonated. It expands in your mouth like metis mentos and diet coke. The light, dry body only makes this effect seem worse.

MbpBugeye, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 531/550
Bottled 5/26/2010

A: A very hazy yellow. Like a plastic pineapple. The white head is huge, and full. The bottle also started gushing out foam the minute I opened it. Pretty massive lacing, and a good bit of yeast sediment in there as well, pretty good sized chunks.

S: Sour cherries, and tart vinegar.

T: Tart cherries, with a nice subdued malt flavor. The tartness hits first, then comes some yeast notes, and a bit of spice.

M: Light bodied with a very active level of carbonation. This tickles the tongue all the way down.

D: This is tasty and will satisfy the sour beer craving, but it is not something I would do a lot of.

Beejay, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A large and pillowing white head rises, and gently settles at a perfect two fingers. The rocky and fluffy head has excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left all the way down the glass. This looks beautiful.
S: Just an amazing aroma. Lots of tartness and fruity aromas. Pears and apple are dominate. Some zesty and lightly acidic lemon. A big barnyard yeast and funkiness that fills the room with a nice peppery spice. Dry wood and a light vanilla sweetness. So complex and inviting.
T: The aroma is amazing, and the flavor does not disappoint. Tart fruits of pears, apples, and zesty lemons again. Lightly acidic. A big bretty funkiness. There is more of a woody flavor here than in the nose, which is not a complaint at all.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very delicate and soft, but a great dry, crisp, and clean finish. So easy and refreshing to drink. Everything melds so well together, which makes for a treat to drink. I cant get enough of this.

Just exceptional. Incredibly nuanced and complex at the same time. Oh man, I need to get more of this. Very highly recommend.

champ103, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky pale golden 1 finger fluffy white head

s - Smells of sour fruits, orange, lemon, citrus, and light fruity malts.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, citrus, orange, floral hops, and light fruity malts. Hints of spice.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - A very nice biere de garde. Lots of sour fruit in the smell and taste. Would like to try again.

mdfb79, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 568 - Bottled 7/14/10

A - Hazy golden with a thin white head that quickly becomes a ring of foam.

S - Lemon zest, over ripe pear, white pepper with a touch of barnyard funky brett.

T - Bready wheat, over ripe fruits, lemon zest that quickly transitions to tart green apple and pear with a good kick of white pepper. Some funk is noticeable but the brett really shows up in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with spritzy carbonation and a long dry bretty finish.

D - Not a big fan of biere de gardes but the Brett really adds a nice touch.

brewcrew76, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Numerous bottles of older batches (oval label) and of more recent batches (square label). Pours light, hazy orange with a lot of spritzy bubbles. Awesome nose -- sour lemon, orange, spice. The flavor is fantastic, a bit more well-rounded with the older batches. Really balanced tartness, mild spices, wood, some light fruits. Too much carbonation. Either the older batches were just superior or the beer ages extremely well. Probably a little bit of both. I believe these guys devote less barrel time to a given beer than they used to, which I find has made the product suffer.

Bottom line, this gets high marks from me as the older bottles were straight up awesome and basically perfectly done.

JAXSON, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy, light gold color with a lot of bubble action. Larger than average, thick, sticky, foamy, tiny bubbles and a nice sticky firm, pearly white head. Very good retention with a thin foamy layer of lace.

S - Citrusy with lemon and orange, some apple as well. Fairly spicy with hints of funk and barnyard. Some golden fruit and pear along with a hint of oaky/vanilla.

T - A lot of strong, fruity flavors with lemon and other citrusy flavors being the strongest, but also some green apple, pear, and golden fruit. A good amount of tartness and funk along with some barnyard type flavors. Some spicy and bitter flavors as well. Touches of oak flavor in the background. Overall a pretty fruity, tart, and funky tasting beer with lemon rind and green apple dominating.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Spritzy feel with a slightly drying finish.

D - Bold, complex flavors make me want to keep drinking, but there is enough tart/funk that this is definitely a sipper.

Notes: Interesting and complex beer with plenty of general fruity flavors. Somewhat tart and funky but not a sour. Oak provides a nice background taste as well. Overall an nice beer to try and an interesting one to drink, but for the cost I don't know if I will necessarily go out and grab another soon.

FreshHawk, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 369) into a Duvel tulip glass. This is my first Biere de Garde style beer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a lot of carbonation bubbles that help produce a large, white soapy head. The foam slowly retreats while leaving traces of sticky curtains around the glass.

Smell: Strong lemon spice with some green apple from the yeast esters. Smells almost like freshly cut lemon limes. This has a very tangy and tart aroma. Some light malt in the backround.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lightly toasted malt with some lemon zest spice and green apple. Alot of yeast character in here with a little funk, alcohol presence, and mustiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky that finishes dry.

Drinkability: A nice drinking brew. Enjoying on a hot evening as an after dinner treat and fits the bill perfectly. A nice, unique, and complex beer that I would like to try again.

ballz50401, Aug 21, 2010
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.