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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 49
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005

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4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought spring of '05

Deep amber brown pour with a fluffy tan head.

Sweet chocolate smell. Lemony alcohol presence.

Rich chocolate flavor.Some roast near the end. Leaves a slightly bitter coffee flavor aftertaste.

Nice even natural carbonation, very drinkable and nice. Although I love the new sour beer direction of Jolly Pumpkin, this brings back fond memories of their early days.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle opened with a slow hiss
poured into an oversized wine glass a hazy dark brown with amber tones when held up to the light. A one finger high light tan head rose off the surface and fairly quickly disapated to half it's original size. Very patchy lacing but sticky as hell, clinging to the walls of the glass after each sip as it slowly recedes.

Sour and Funky on the nose, very fruity, Plums, Nectarines, a few sour cherries. Some peppery notes and sweet brown sugar.

Cherries and pepper on the palate with lots of earthy barnyard funk

Medium body and fizzy all the way through the finish which is super dry and wonderfully bitter.

This may only be my second Jolly Pumpkin experience, but god damn they make some fantastic beers. Amazingly unique, a style all their own. These beers greatly remind me of good funky wines. These are perfect to serve to any wine aficionados you may know

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is of an older bottle. It is at least 2 years old, but is not marked with any date or batch number.

A - It pours a hazy reddish brown, with a sizeable white head that reduces to a small foam cap, it also has some good streaky lace.

S - Funky JP aroma; tart and suggestive of a wide bouquet of fruit. JP is ridiculous. Every time I drink it, I wonder why I ever drink anything else.

T - Perfectly funky; sour and tart, notes of apples, pears, apricot and oak, also lightly acetic. This brew is amazingly balanced. JP is so much better with a year or two on the bottle.

M - Awesome; exceptionally smooth, yet vibrantly effervescent.

D - This is one of the most delicious brews. End of story.

Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper brown with a fussy, resigning mass of noisy foam on top. The aromas are of healthy, fresh Dubbel: plums, nectarines, cinnamon, cocoa, pepper. On the palate it is Bruin/Dubbel/+ intense with big, arcing, streaking lines of firey fizz. The fruits and sugars are wiry and natural, evoking baked fall fruit pies, chalky, sweet, dried spices, brown sugar, and -- I swear -- raw cocoa. The finish is deliriously bitter.

I've just come from drinking an Oro de Calabaza with family and freinds for a friend's birthday. It was followed by a Tempier 2001 Cabassou, lamb chops and a 30 minute drive. That should expose any falseness in a beer, and this one passes with flying colors. America is the greatest county ever! Dexter is America!

Jolly Pumpkin's beers are horribly under-rated.

(this really is a surprisingly terrific beer!)

There are very few Dubbels that can approach this quality level. And I could care less if it comes from my state. This could come from Nunavut or Samoa or Poland. It defines natural, pure dubbel the way that Southampton and Allagash can define their beers of Belgian and Flemish nomenclature... and few others.

((Thanks for the parcel, marb))

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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.