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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 63
Gots: 93 | FT: 7
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: putnam on 10-28-2004

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Durty Nellie's

A: Served in snifter with a good 1/4" of thick soapy, barely off-white head. Good retention, but little lacing. Beer itself is a cloudy pale orange brown in color.

S: Surprisingly muted. Floral, orange, candy and bubblegum

T: This one is interesting. Each sip seems to bring out a different flavor profile. Lightly sweet and spicy. Lemon. Pepper. Toasty malts in the background. A toned done, candy-like, yeasty Belgian funk. Finishes with a bit of an odd off-flavor that I can't describe. Rather complex and very interesting, but not overdone.

M: On the lighter side with a bright carbonation. Spicy and dry.

D: A good beer, with a bit more character than your typical BPA. Needs to warm a bit to truly be appreciated.

Photo of brouwer
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just returned from a trip to Michigan. While in Traverse City I went to the Jolly Pumpkin out on the Mission Peninsula(great choice). Had a case of Jolly Pumpkin Beers sent to me. Tonight was the first taste test. Luciernaga was my first because I had not tried it at the Jolly Pumpkin Pub/Restaurant. The appearance is a golden amber. Generous head - 5 inches. Smell of Spice is obvious but mild. The taste has moderate hop with strong spice overtones. The mouthfeel has robust carbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste. Overall good drinkability.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured amber brown with slightly reddish orange highlights that had a finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely got some spices on the first whiff but it also seemed like it had vinegar notes with barrel funkiness, honey, herbs, brett, and faint apple notes.

T: Upfront it had a nice slight tartness with the spices really popping out more on the palate alongside slight lemon, grains, and punchy brett notes. It had some underlying vinegar and apple notes as well.

M: The brew was medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation that had a spicey, zesty, tart, and slight dry finish; interesting.

D: It drank pretty good and was quite different from other belgian pales that I've had but it did have the Jolly pumpkin signature slight funky tart flavor.

Photo of Spider889
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at B-Spot off Chagrin Blvd while in Cleveland.

Golden yellow color, small white head leaving awesome thick lace down the glass.

Smells of lemon predominate, followed by soap, and faint sour fruit - like green cherries picked months early.

The taste is pretty mild. It's like they tried hard to mask any real fruit flavor, which left me wanting what was not there. It's mildly sour from the yeast I imagine, not from fruit. Faint undertones of granny smith apple skins. Light hop bitterness finishes.

Well carbonated, this drinks fairly easy for a sour, but for my second beer I was wanting more intense flavor. Went back to my friend's place and made a Black and Tan with Stone IPA, had a Burning River, and cracked some Nemesis 2010... went to bed happy.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic looking brew. Hazy orange body with a persistent head. There is a good three fingers of head and it was extremely soft and white.

Smell is of over-ripe bananas, faint spice, and lemon.

Taste is young white fruit like apple and pear, banana, and spice.

Mouthfeel is moderate-light body, crisp, and finsishes dry.

This was an enjoyable bpa, fun to drink.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/08/10- Had this one out of a 750 mL bottle of Blend 5, dated 05/14/10.
A: Amber with a big fluffy, white head.
S: Spicy yeasty bread with an apple tartness, brett rustic character, not-quite-peppery alcohol, nutmeg, banana, cherries, and pecans.
T: Tart, dry (like apple cores), spicy (grains of paradise, etc.), brett, metallic bitter finish from the hops, and grainy bread.
M: Slightly syrupy but with a nice frothy carbonation.
D: Very good.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. This was a very good beer and very refreshing. Not as fruity/sweet as a Leffe, not as strong as a duvel, but somewhere in between those.

Great flavor that is at the same time very refreshing while being very interesting. Good aroma, belgiany with some light, crackery malt. Mouthfeel is great. I will be getting more of these.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took a few brief notes on this beer when I had a chalice of it the other day.

A: orange liquid--opaque. Big white soapy head.
S: candi sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast.
T: A little sweet, a hint of sour.
M: Medium body, not too much coating.
D: Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Not too much information, but it appears I liked this beer. I'll have to try it again and flesh out this review at that time.

Photo of rand
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend 1 Bottled 04/22/10
From bottle to tulip glass 08/06/10

Pours a deep orange-red with strong opacity and aggresive carbonation. Forms a frothy, sea-foam head that retains its character for some time.

The nose is Belgian spice and lemony citrus with earthy spices in the backdrop.

At the front of the sip the ale is actually more hoppy than expected, with a nice blast of slightly sour lemon-citrus and bitter. This is followed by earthy spices, presumably provided by the Belgian yeast and coriander, while bready, lightly sweetened malts round out the flavor. Everything is nicely balanced; the flavors are complex and nuanced enough to be interesting but not so pronounced as to be outside the style. Finishes fairly dry and tart.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly poured from a freshly tapped keg. Highly hazed, golden/amber hue, enormous head, big'n;fluffy, mighty lacing, stays long and large...beautiful, like a tremendous pillowy snowdrift in the glass.

Aroma: Lightly spiced...coriander...gentle lemon touches, too. Soft, lively, and arousing.

Taste: Plump in the mouth, full of yeasty flavor, toasty, bready malt, crisp and zesty. Luciernaga delivers true Belgian flavor, with just enough of everything. Exceptionally tasty, smooth and easy drinking, overflowing with character.

Luciernaga = yum. Stays long in the mouth, filling the senses with that delicious blend of Belgian yeast and malt. My first taste of this beer, and it is deee-lectable. Mmmmm, highly recommended.

Photo of ebin6
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with thick, persistent, porous head. TONS of carbonation

S - You can almost taste the sourness in the nose. Notes of spice and, predominantly, citrus

T - Probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer. Not as diverse as some comparable beers, but I love the lighter, citrus taste

M - Resonates nicely; not as sour as some, but clearly not the aim of the beer. Great for a summer day after work

D - One of the most drinkable "sours" to be had and at 6.5% you can enjoy much more of it than some of the American Wilds that provide more of a punch in other areas

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hazy straw color with a white head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is light Belgian yeast some spice with a citrusy hop.

Taste is has a nice Belgian yeast, slightly earthy, great spice to it with a nice sweetness. Some nice sour tartness and light bitterness is in the finish.

This is a very good BPA, really enjoyed it. Enjoyed it so much that I ordered another, which I never do, so says my Beer thought.

Photo of gfreed
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the Publick House in Brookline, MA, in a tubby Chimay chalice. The appearance, like any other BPA (or tripel, for that matter) that I've had, is, frankly, ugly: dull lemony-straw hue, with a jagged head that looks like bad meringue. Some of the yeast made it into the glass, which is fine with me because I like it, but it doesn't do much for the looks. Let's just say that The Firefly is true to style in terms of appearance.

However, the looks don't match the taste. It had many characteristics of a fine tripel and fewer of a BPA: muffled hops, slightly funky tones of moss and mold, some oranges and yeast. Well balanced and not so sharp that its dreadfully dry, nor is it stuffed with enough grapefruit rinds that it belongs in a compost pile instead of a beer glass. Definitely don't judge this by what you see.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!

A-pours the standard golden amber color, hazy, with a slightly off white head.

S-the nose has a nice light belgian yeast to it, notes of spice to it, citrusy hop aromas of mango and orange.

T-the flavor has a nice belgian yeast, slightly earthy, great spice to it with a nice sweetness behind, citrusy flavors of mango, hints of acidity, some bitter grapefruit, light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M-light to medium body, syrupy texture, soft with a hint of grain in the feel towards the back, good carbonation (could use more but still enough to balance) with a dry finish.

D-this is quite nice, great beer with a fantastic balance to it and a nice amount of complexity. spice, citrus, acidity, earthy, yeasty, well put together.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of pear and lemon peel aromas. Hints of funk waft out every now and then.

Tastes OK. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by muted lemon zest flavors. The lemon zest lightens up midway through the sip making room for unripe pears that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and it went down easily however it wasn't robust enough to be very good. Worth a shot, especially in the warmer months.

Photo of Jayli
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Publick House 7/25
Served in a snifter

A: This beer pours murky, hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is somewhat muted, light apple notes, orange citrus, and funk.

T: Taste starts with a corriander spicing that I did not pick up in the nose. Orange rind flavoring then comes in mingled with a bit of funk to fill out the middle. Finish is tart sour apple that lingers for a bit.

M: Lighter side of medium body, lower carbonation, crisp clean finish.

D: Goes down somewhat easily, mild kick, ok representation of the style. I enjoy Jolly Pumpkin beers and this was an ok offering, but I'd opt for other of the style if given the chance.

Photo of rbrecher
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Loved the color, a hazy golden brown. Poured with a nice foamy head that settled as I drank, leaving a chunky lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Nice scent, a hint of citrus, a hint of spice, sweet with a little of that boozy aroma you get from barrel conditioning. Was hoping for a liiittle more for the coriander since it's a spice I like to brew with.

T - A sweet, mild flavor when it first hits your tongue. Nice hoppy bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger too much on your palette. Was hoping for maybe a little more flavor to go along with the bitterness in the finish and again a little more from the coriander. Definitely got a hint of the pepperiness from the grains of paradise as well. Overall I was very happy.

M - Drinks smooth, and not too thin. Just about right for this style I think.

D - Enjoyed it from the first sip till the last, kind of wishing I had bought another bottle (or at least another one of Jolly Pumpkin's brews).

Unrelated to the beer itself, I loved the label and will definitely be saving the bottle. I'm also looking forward to trying more of Jolly Pumpkin's beer as this is the first offering of theirs that I had.

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy pale orange color with a translucent glow to it. A finger plus of off white foam with excellent staying power sits on top for a good long time, eventually receding to leave behind some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Brett up front with lemons, oranges, green apples, some sugary sweetness from the malt. A bit of a tartness comes thru in the aroma too, but it is somewhat subdued.

T - Very enjoyable...tart and fruity with lemons, pears, green apples and other indecipherable citrusy flavors. Tons of brett which gives some nice funk and a sharp bitterness to contrast the fruity flavors. Spicy with some black pepper and some cinnamon too. Relative to some of the wilds I'm accustomed to drinking the tartness is pretty mild - just enough to give it some character. A great warm summer evening beer.

M - Lightish body with medium high carbonation level that tingles the tongue and the entire mouth. Light tartness that lingers along with the funky, brettiness.

D - Hmm, I don't think my overall rating really reflects the enjoyment I got from this beer. I really enjoyed this, but seems that when I compare it to other brett beers in any individual rating area, it is good but doesn't quite hit the upper echelon in any one area. I really could drink this one all night and be happy (except the cost might kill me if I had too many). My first Jolly Pumpkin experience...I will be back for others.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip that yields a three finger head that eventually shrinks to a thick white lacing. Nice caramel color. Smells mostly lemony, kind of bretty but not too much. Taste is relatively mild and crisp, most of the flavor is tartness on the back of the tongue. Not a particularly strong flavored beer but it is a pretty light beer that's easy to drink and has solid carbonation. Quite refreshing and great for summer.

Photo of nova009
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a dark hazy orange color, small white head, barely any lacing left behind

S- sweet and tart smells at the same time, reminds me of granny smith apples

T- interesting taste almost like smarties candy and the front, strong sour notes follow, it finishes off with a mild bitter aftertaste

M- medium-thin body, carbonation isn't the best but not terrible

D- although not my favorite sour it's still definitely a solid sour beer, another good one from Jolly Pumpkin

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

split this bottle with some friends. smells tart and citrusy with a hint of funk while the taste was fruity and sour with hints of spice and a slight floral taste. very complex beer. another great beer from jolly pumpkin and my favorite belgian pale ale to date.

Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy and light amber with 1/3'' white head which dissipated quickly.

S: Citrus peel and brett are dominant here. It smells tart, sour, and funky. Grains of paradise and coriander subtly round it out.

T: Tart, juicy lemons and some green apple are followed by some malty sweetness. As I drank more, the funkiness began to dominate and I could pick up the spice.

M: Light to medium bodied and medium to high carbonation, effervescent.

D: I really enjoyed this and could easily put away another glass or two.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Blend 3, bottled 4-28-10.

4.5 A: Hazy orange brown color. Three fingers of pillowy white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

4.0 S: Brett comes off as the strongest aroma. Lots of different spices going with pepper, corriander, grains of paradise and even cinnamon, but none of them are very strong. Pretty decent, I like what the brett is doing here.

3.5 T: Surprisingly drying on finish is what I noticed first. Grains of paradise show up big time with corriander and pepper on the second front. Very pear like fruitiness. Brett funk blends in with the other flavors as opposed to being the focus. Good, but lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. I wish I could give this a 3.75 for taste.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good actively spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess as well. One of the highlights of this beer.

3.5 D: It's an okay beer, but certainly not worth the price. Flavors seem okay on paper, but it's missing some of the intangibles that make a beer great. I'm not a huge fan of pear flavor in beer and this one has a lot of it.

Photo of Xul
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 4.5: Pours a hazy orange with amber highlights, capped by a frothy two to two and a half finger white head. Retention is good and it leaves a lot of sticky lacing down the glass.

S 4: Tart lemon zest and green apples up front, orange peel and some light juicy citrus, with moderate funk in the back. Some light peppery spice blends into the funk.

T 4: Tart lemon juice up front transitions into moderate barnyard frunk along with some juicy oranges and earthiness. Tart green apples and some green grape qualities come in towards the finish and leave a slightly sweet and tart aftertaste.

M 4: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation that prickles the tongue, very crisp and dry finish.

D 4.5: Very refreshing and is remarkably easy to drink for a wild ale.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy orange color with a very small white head that disappears rather quickly leaving little lacing behind.

S- A sugary sweet tart character with lots of spectacular funk behind it to give it the usual Jolly Pumpkin kick.

T- Starts mild with some malt sweetness and then an explosion of sour and funk. The sour tartness in the middle fades slightly to expose a subtle funky band aid taste with a lingering sweetness that helps to finish out the beer.

M- Thin to medium body, a little more carbonation would have been enjoyable, but still very enjoyable.

D- Great beer, thought it was really easy to put down even though the others around me weren't exactly crazy about sour beer.

Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.