Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by TheLiterati:
3.03/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I read the description of this special brown ale and admit that I was enticed by the description: "Brewed with real cacao and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight."
What the heck - it was Valentine's Day, I didn't have a date, and so I figured curling up with a good ale and a good book in front of the fire place would be a nice way to spend the evening.
I have to agree with some of the other BAs, here: I just can't get my head wrapped around this beer. While the appearance was rather nice - a deep, rich brown - and the smell was equally enticing, what with all that cacao, cinnamon and sweet orange essence tickling my nostrils, once the beer hit my palate, I was somewhat confused.
To be fair, I'd had a not so tasty small serving of greasy fish n chips a few hours before which seemed to leave a coating of some sort on my tongue. As well, I wasn't feeling 100%. So perhaps that was the problem.
Rather than give up completely, I stored the rest of the bottle with a airtight top and decided to give it another try the next day.
I did - and though it definitely hit my palate with a more pleasurable taste the next evening, and I noticed the nice balance of carbonation and more of a spicy flavor, my final conclusion is that this beer is interesting, but in an average kind of way. I can tick it off on my ever-growing list of beers I've tried, but it's not one I'll likely go back to.
PS - this bottle was from Batch 254.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2008 21:27:52 | More by TheLiterati
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
this trip down memory lane of revisiting all the jolly pumpkin beers has been time and money well spent. all of their stuff is awesome, maybe none more unique than this one, a tart brown ale with orange peel, cacao, and cinnamon, all of which are subtle but definite. hazy light brown ambery glow, heady as can be, bone white and patient. the nose is just like the finish, an odd relationship we don't often see, but its loaded with orange peel, citrusy, tart, acidic, yet dry, very clean and refreshing. this one may be a bit light for winter, even as a brown. i taste powdery cocoa chocolate malt, buttery cacao, zesty citrus fruits, wild yeasts and brett all over the shop, and only minimal cinnamon, just enough to make it puzzling. very light malt flavor, but there is a lot of body in this, made luxurious on the palate by tiny tickling bubbles, similar to other beers from jolly pumpkin, but rounder and softer from the cacao. all orange in the finish, a bit of brown malt, and a memorable zest of refreshment. a summer brown i think, but maybe more versatile with the cinnamon. their yeasts kick butt, and so does this beer, can't recall anything even resembling this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 22:36:45 | More by StonedTrippin
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
What we have got here is Batch 958 that was bottled 14DEC11. I have seen this lying around in de Bierkoning for quite some time until I bought it for a hefty price. Couldn't resist and poured it into my St. Bernardus chalice.
Looks not much different than a St. Bernardus 8 with its clear red-brown body and its sturdy beige foam that fades in the glass but can be revived anytime. lacing is there. Bubbles both in the body and in the head are fine.
Smells dominantly funky, some underlying darker malts, maybe a hint of the cocoa addition. spices are there too.
Also funky in taste, not much of the malt caramel backbone left: "Brett eats everything!". Reminds me a bit of a Rodenbach with its lactic acid. Lemon too
Very smooth to drink like a Belgium strong ale but with some rather unpleasant astringency towards the end. medium towards light.
A good funky beer that is probably a tad too old to show off what was originally made off. Still can imagine a underlying strong Belgian ale. More of it would do it good. Still pretty complex.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 19:27:24 | More by safaricook
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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