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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 58
Gots: 76 | FT: 7
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
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 flowerysong
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice light amber with a large rocky head that displays great retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some sharp brett character, citrusy hops and hints of spice.

Taste: Medium hop bitterness on an earthy barnyard background with mild notes of oak. Mildly sweet and slightly sour, some nice fruity yeasty notes and peppery spiciness complement the lemony citrus flavours quite well.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent Belgian-style pale ale. Pairs nicely with a strong blue cheese.

flowerysong, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking beer.... copper to gold... lots of light flickering through and a rocky 3/4" bright white head...

Aroma is awesome... truly great. Some spicy cinnamon and grassy hops... herbaceous in a very cool herbaceous way with a a hint of basil and nosefull of dill. Peppery and delicious. Awesome.

Taste is well-balanced between a slightly sweet upfront and a generally bitter hop finish. Nice peppery notes.

A beer to go back and enjoy again.

Fugazme, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of dfried
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy, not quite see through yellowish orange, with a giant off white head that bubbled away in big chunks. First and foremost the aroma hits you with some Brett sourness, but there is a lot more going on with some floral notes I think from the hops, spicy coriander and pepper, hearty pale malty grain, some bready and yeasty notes, and a citrusy edge.

The taste is maybe even a bit more sour than the aroma led on, there is quite a tangy undertone throughout this whole beer with the Brett sourness as well as spicy and citrusy notes galore. The tanginess fades a bit in the aftertaste revealing the fruity notes a bit more, sour apples, pears, and some more tropical like hints as well. There were some more resinous-like notes too, I think from the floral hops, but some of them I think were picked up from the oak aging as well.

Overall: I really liked this beer, I looked great with awesome color, head, and lacing, and the taste was good with a lot of layers. However I did find it a bit too sour and perfumy to be all that drinkable. A good one to share with a friend.

dfried, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color, a bit muddy with suspended yeast and a fluffy, tenacious head with an off-white, creamy color. Relatively mild aroma of brett and some fruits, with a creamy undercurrent that might be coriander. On the palate, brisk, fruity brett bitterness, with an explosion of fruit at the mid-palate -- lots of strawberry and apple notes in there -- that is accompanied by a peppery burst just before the finish. The finish is a touch fruity/sweet and a touch sour, but not puckeringly so. Somehow it remains dry in spite of all this. Surprisingly smooth considering the tart brett character. Mouthfeel is full of big carbonation, which subsides halfway through and leaves a half smooth/half tart feel. Overall, this is excellent. It's tart with brett, but not distractingly so, and everything remains integrated and tasty. Very well done.

geexploitation, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awesome head with sticky lace. Dark gold in color with a touch of orange. Very murky with yeasty beasties.

Malty soured cream smell. Spice touches include corriander and all spice. Crisp and clean.

Strong sour bites to the malt, almost like there is lemon juice in the brew. I can detect light hop after the swallow. Relatively short lived aftertaste. Excellent body with high carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be a crisp ale with a lot of flavor. A beautiful pour. A good offering in Belgian Pales.

smcolw, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-2-07

Pours a very cool neon orange, with a huge, solid, white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves big chunks around the sides of the glass.

Smell is very good, Belgian yeast with a good hop aroma. Notes of lemon and orange.

Taste is sour! Super sour! You can feel the sourness on your lips, and later on the sides of your tongue. Like a piece of sour candy. Citrus flavors dominate, with a sizable amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, but huge carbonation makes this beer even spicier and more sour.

Drinkability suffers from the huge taste. One bomber is more than enough.

Overall a great and very interesting beer. Like nothing else I've had, and better for it. Highly recommended.

BMoney575, May 03, 2007
Photo of BitterBrian
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is this? A perfect score? The answer is yes. This stuff was Divine. (Note the capital D)

Due to illness this past weekend, we celebrated Easter with family tonight. I brought this bottle along and I am glad I did. It complimented everything I ate - the salty ham, scalloped potatoes, bean cassarole and especially the strawberry pie.

I poured into a tall wine glass and the fluffy head retention was amazing. Almost like a sweet gummy cotton candy. The smell was very rich and I made it a point to take a big 'ol whiff before every sip. What did it smell like? Shit if I know. I didn't compare it to anything, I just enjoyed it everytime it hit my schnaz.

The taste was also sweet, but in a dry, fruity fashion. The bottle says it was spiced with coriander and grains of paradise. I didn't detect as much coriander as it usually ruins it for me, so it must've been the grains that I enjoyed most.

Color was of burnt umber. . . not that it matters. This was one delicious brew. I could easily drink it all the time, IF I had the Hamilton's for it.

BitterBrian, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a cloudy orange hue with golden highlights, topped by a good bit of creamy, bright white head. As the beer dissipates the head appears to form a bit of a nipple over the center of the glass - very odd, yet fun. Aroma of funky Belgian yeast, a pervading sourness that is reminiscent of green apple. Palate is deilcate, with a lightly sweet malt body up front. The tanginess of the yeast then comes through mid-palate, along with a light fruity sweetness. Notes of green apple and coriander come through, along with a lightly sweet biscuity character on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with a touch of astringency. Very drinkable and refreshing, a perfect fit for one of the

ElGordo, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a reddish hue along with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a spicy Belgian yeast aroma laid over a fine malt bill. It's loaded with spices and seems almost sour smelling. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale and light crystal malt flavor that is accompanied with spices and fruity Belgian yeast finish. The barrel aging adds a certain smoothness to the brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is my first Jolly Pumpkin brew. I can't wait to try some more. This is a damn good drinking beer.

WesWes, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is a somewhat deep caramel, quite cloudy, and the foam is a towering 3 fingers thick. Aroma is clean and spicy, with a light caramel/cookie malt sweetness and plenty of Belgian yeast notes.

The taste begins very bright and tangy. Lots of dry citrus/melon flavor although I wouldn't call it sour. The finish is not that great as it kind of remains the same from start to end. Mouthfeel runs light to medium with some nice foaminess.

Easy to drink, but I was hoping for a bit more complexity from this beer. It sort of remained "tangy" in my opinion and I wished a could have perceived a little more bittereness in the finish to round things out. Thanks to BeerBeing for the sample...

bennetj17, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker than I expected. Pours a light amber. Very fizzy. Beautiful thick creamy head that lingers for the whole bottle. Yikes! What a smell! Fruit chews - Gummi Bears and tart red grapes. Good lacing as I swirl this around to take in the smells. Very funky sour taste - slimey, yet satisfying ;) Surprisingly hoppy.

If you like Saisons, give this a try. I could easily work this in after a Dupont or Fantome. Not as highly carbonated as La Roja, this does seem a bit thin. Still, it all works. Helluva beer. I could get used to this. Already thinking about how to obtain another bottle. Highest recommendation.

Onibubba, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

last of the 3 bottles acquired via trade! I saved this for last since the description on the bottle called a lot of attention to the coriander and grains of paradise. In short, the beer seemed unbalanced and the influence of the coriander and grains of paradise made this an average beer IMO.

Glad to have tried it but not a repeat brew for me.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A peachy/ orange color with a large fluffy white head. Tiny bit of lacing on the glass. Very small champange like bubbles. The nose
was dominated by the coriander spice with some wet earth scent.
Good acidity, with a smooth orange marmalade with a spicy corriander and grains of paradise. The finish had a huge citrus twang that left your palate a dry finish.

athensbeermaster, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of shbobdb
2.28/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Not a very good beer, not a very good beer at all. I'm OK with using funky microorganisms, but I draw the line at awkward uses of spice and this beer has a lot of it.

The Belgians learned long ago that, aside from fruit, it was very difficult to find anything that would compliment bugs. Sure, there are breweries like De Proef that are breaking that mold . . .

But I know De Proef. De Proef is a friend of mine, and you Jolly Pumpkin, are no De Proef.

The beer starts with a blast of corriander, which is gross. And is followed by muted golden ale tastes (a little bit of grain, a little bit of yeast esters, but nothing too out-of-the-ordinary), followed by the unholy union of 'spicy pepper' and 'vinegar'.

I'm all for micororganisms, but that much acetobacter can only mean a poorly managed brewhouse. Come on JP, I know you want to be traditional, but letting acetobacter get out of control *isn't* traditional, it is a product of American X-TREME beer lovers . . . that's what this beer is. It is X-TREME BUGS!!!

I'll take a well crafted lambic, or anything from De Proef, thank-you-very-much.

shbobdb, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the opportunity to share this beer with phnphilly tonight and we discussed splitting a case. WOW!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate white head that remains a cap before disappearing.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty. Even through my cold, I can smell the barnyard funk and the Brettanomyces is certainly there. A bit of granny smith apple.

Taste: Very sour apple and oak. Tart and divine. That Jolly pumpkin Brettanomyces is evident in all there beers and this is no exception. There is a bit of candied malts but then it tends towards the sour side, leaving the mouth just bit of a pucker and a dry tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light but lively on the palate with a combination of spices and yeast flavors pinching and poking at the taste buds, smooth sensation though and a lightly astringent finish.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I love sour beers. This one is just sour enough, but so sour as to reduce the drinkability. I defiantly need more of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bottle
Binny's Orland

Luciernaga poured a hazed over orange into my tulip glass. There are many tiny carbonation bubbles rising from everywhere. A 3 finger white microbubbled head appeared on the pour that faded to a 2 finger rockiness. Leaves chunk lacing after each drink.

Smell is dominated by spices but they are in no way overwhelming. I'm picking up clove and cardamom that are really nicely balanced. There is that summer field weediness and barn muskiness that are common in saisons. Very refreshing.

There's is much more malt in the flavor and the spices are more subdued. Nice malty sweetness with a twang on the finish. It's all together spicy and herbal. Very nice. Saison like with a slight sourness and a little more malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light and lively. Dancing on the tongue. Finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkability is very good. The spices are in no way overpowering. Dry and leaving me wanting more. The lower 6.5% ABV will let you enjoy more than one glass easily.

The Firefly is an extremely goodbeer from Jolly Pumpkin. Definately worth a try if you see it. A nice little twist on a good saison.


joe1510, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam's in Chitown.

Pours a hazy copper/orange, think off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention, head never quits. Smell is acidic, very sour, vinegar, toffee, spices, some yeast, not as complex as their others. Taste is very fruity, wheat, spices, nice sour middle, yeast and citrus, spicy finish with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, smooth. Nice beer, although probably my least favourite from JP.

Viggo, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange golden color. Good head, only minimal lacing.

The aroma is a little funky with some barnyard smells, some brett sourness, and some soft spice.

The taste is a nice blend of wild ale flavors, a touch of sweetness and spice. Starts with a little candy sugar sweetness, and then morphs into a soft funkiness with a touch of sourness, and finally some coriander and cinammon.

Nice light and refreshing mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Very drinkable and interesting. A nice beer.

Georgiabeer, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of brdc
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive beer.
Dark yellow, almost orange, with a white, foamy head.
Mostly sweet smell, malts with citric fruits overtones and hints of alcohol.
Taste is what would be expected, initially sweet with the same citric fruit overtones, warming alcohol, mildly dry finish.
Mouthfeel medium to heavy, easy to drink for this amount of alcohol.
Will definitely get more of this next chance I have.

brdc, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a golden amber with a huge puffy white head that faded into some luscious lacing. The nose offered grassy lemon, pepper, malt, yeast, sour grapes, and spice. The taste gives some lemon, grass, spice, tartn grapes and even some hop bitterness on the way out. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and a dry finish.

dherling, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Luciernaga is my favorite beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Carefully poured from a longstanding bottle it's quite clear. Not clear enough to see your fingerprints through the glass, but easily clear enough to see your fingers. A rouse of the yeast at the bottom will bring it cloudy though. I prefer it a bit clearer as it's more fruity and tart, and I think just sharper in flavor overall. It's a deep-amber/tarnished copper in color, and the head is a massive lid of frothy white. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves some really nice, albeit it short, walls of lace at the outset of the goblet.

The nose is sharp with Brettanomyces and yeasty fruitiness (wet earth, damp straw, leather, tart black cherry, pineapple, papaya), along with a pinch of coriander.

In the mouth it's gently zesty on the tongue with a very fine bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. It warms to become lightly airy and then cottony smooth.

The flavor offers more maltiness and fruit than the nose suggests (both clean and straightforward), but there's also a touch more coriander and a hint of black pepper present. It's tropical and vibrant with a spicy side, and a bitter undertow that drags it out into a remarkably dry finish with just a subtle touch of yeasty chalkiness. Some coriander lingers long on the palate, beckoning you to take another sip of the refreshing Brett and juicy fruit.

I've heard it said (actually read it here on the forums at BeerAdvocate) that breweries in the U.S. cannot make really good examples of Belgian beers... well, this is one hell of a Belgian-style beer!!! Rock on Jolly Pumpkin!

NeroFiddled, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold to light brown with a bit of sediment settling into the glass. The head is light tan, and bubbly, yet show good retention. The nose has a mix of spice, citrus fruit, mild yeast and a light caramel finish. The flavor gives much of the same. The citrus and spice blend well up front. The sweetness from the malt, in the form of light caramel and toffee comes across mid drink, The finish has a light bitterness. The mouth feel is effervescent and light. Good drinkability with just the lightest touch of heat in the finish. This is by far my favorite beer so far from this brewer.

carln26, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The top came off with a pop and the foam pushed its way out of the bottle. Into the glass it goes, creating a pillowy light beige cushion inches tall. Hazy and full of sediment, the body of this brew rusty, or perhaps burnt orange.

S: Coriander, all spice, spring breeze, spicy yeast and lemon peel.

T: Begins very green citrusy with grapefruit bitterness and lemon sourness nipping the tip of the tongue. Brett is very apparent, that classic JP low level butteryness that accompanies all their premiere brews. The closest way to describe it is peach yogurt. Finishes dry like a saison with the peach brett lingering long on the tongue. Dirty, earthy bitterness can be found as all other flavors fade.

M: Medium body, a bit fuzzy.

D: Delicious beer. Very much has that Jolly Pumpkin personality to it.

Westsidethreat, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a glowing orange hazy body with a thick light tan head that is creamy but turns rocky and last for most of the bottle in this state. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that collect to form the bottom of the head.

S- This beer has a tart aged vinegar note with an oak and wet wood aroma. The faint spicy finish has green hops coming through as it warms.

T- The age vinegar tartness has a big grapefruit tartness in the finish that also has a spicy note similar to the smell. The tastes of soft aged cheese, tangelo and grapefruit come through as it warms giving it a nice complexity that grows through the bottle.

M- This beer has as medium-full mouthfeel with a smooth creamy quality in the beginning. The finish is a dry with no astringency noticed.

D- This beer has a nice flavor of wild ales and hops with makes it interesting and flavorful.

rhoadsrage, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Great, doughy head with just great retention. A thick foam stays with you throughout the whole 750ml bottle. Great bubbles, average lacing. Semi-hazey hop juice color. Looks like a mix between a saison and an IPA in color.

Smell- A spicey intro to a tart malty aroma. Almost like a lambic but that is tart due to the malt, if that is possible. Hints spruce and coriander. Hints of tart bitterness as well.

Taste- A very saison/biere de garde start. Tart malts with very herbal overtones. I think somebody made a mistake categorizing this beer. Nonetheless, the acidic quality of the malts and herbs is great. Went well with my hamburger actually.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and tart of course. But a very clean earthy, herbal finish. A great beer to have with a good, filling meal.

scruffwhor, Oct 31, 2006
Luciérnaga, The Firefly from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.