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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Maracaibo EspecialMaracaibo Especial

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BA SCORE
89
very good

632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 47
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005)
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Nich7601

Michigan

1/5  rDev -74.8%

02-25-2014 22:53:28 | More by Nich7601
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

04-09-2013 02:55:41 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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squirrel49

South Dakota

1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

04-27-2014 03:47:34 | More by squirrel49
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -49.6%

06-08-2012 20:02:34 | More by mfgreene
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NotJesus


2/5  rDev -49.6%

04-06-2012 22:24:33 | More by NotJesus
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unibrew

New Hampshire

2.05/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is NOT what I was expecting when I bought this beer. I was expecting to taste more cacao and spices and brown ale qualities at the very minimum. After a glass, I can't seem to find any of that, only sour apples. It's funky. Too funky, and nowhere on the bottle does it say anything about being a saison or farmhouse ale. It's supposed to be a brown ale with cacao and spices, inspired by the monastic brews of Belgium. Instead, it's a bombastic brew for a brown ale. It's sour. I'm not getting any cacao, nor any spices..it's sourness is overwhelming to me. I don't like saisons or farmhouse styles, so, this is especially disgusting to me. $12.00 for the bomber, and only one glass. The rest goes down the drain. No more Jolly Pumpkin for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:52:31 | More by unibrew
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ricknelson

Vermont

2.13/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Six of us attending a beer tasting that I hosted in my man cave pub gave this beer a score of 8 out of a possible 30 for and an average score of 1.33 It ranked dead last out of the 12 beers we tasted. The group of six were divided evenly, 3 that favored IPA's and 3 that favored Stouts. It actually was so bad that no one even finished the 5 oz pour, and a good portion of it was dumped down the drain. It had a very vinegar taste. Maybe it was a bad bottle, I still have another one un-opened. But do I dare try it!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:05:07 | More by ricknelson
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Overlord

California

2.17/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've given Jolly Pumpkin two shots now. One more beer like this, and I'm done.

Pours a hazy deep amber. Nice white foam that settles to a very, very long lasting rim. No lacing.

Smell is offputting. A hint of orange rind? Try a crapload. Should I be smelling, as opposed to tasting, this much spice? And what is that musty background odor? Is that the cacao? If so, that shouldn't be in beers.

The taste is actually better than the aroma, as the godawful orange rind, spiceiness, and cacao? flavors are submerged a bit into a sour base. They do, however, leave an utterly unappealing spicy aftertaste that makes me want to cleanse my palate.

A disaster on many levels.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 09:19:22 | More by Overlord
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AbeFroman

California

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

06-12-2012 05:55:13 | More by AbeFroman
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litheum94

California

2.45/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. "Blend 9 Bottled 12/7/10."

Light tan head explodes out of the bottle, filling the entire glass. I had to pour this beer in stages; it seriously took me 15 minutes just to pour a quarter of the bottle. Very annoying.

Aromas of vinegar and socks. Some orange peel and spices, with a ghost of chocolate bitterness.

Wow. Where to begin? Spices go from faint to overwhelming. Is that chocolate in the background? Who knows. Sour orange zest and cardboard. Here's where it almost ended up in the drain, but I forged ahead. I was slightly rewarded, as the spices start to meld with the sourness as the beer warms. But I still call this a mess.

I don't know what the person who wrote the label description was drinking, but it wasn't this beer. There's cocoa nibs in there? Could have fooled me. Not good at all, especially considering I paid $16 for the bottle. No thank you!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:44:45 | More by litheum94
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Rons35

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -37%

02-19-2013 23:43:05 | More by Rons35
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57md

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is brownish-copper with no appreciable head. There was some fine lacing on the glass, but not much.

The nose was too mild to discern much of anything - there was a touch of sourness, perhaps. The taste offers a quick shot of cocoa and then fruity sourness that was like biting into a beer flavored jolly rancher.

I've heard a great deal of good hype about Jolly Pumpkin, but my first try at one of their offerings was a complete disappointment. I will certainly try another of their beers, but I will certainly not believe the hype again until I taste the proof.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 04:26:37 | More by 57md
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benito

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hey, anyone else getting tired of Jolly Pumpkin beers that all have the same sour taste and thin body?

I won't take my inchoate frustration out on a single beer, and Maracaibo Especial isn't awful. In fact, if it were my first JP beer, I'd think I would probably be quite excited. It's a brownish cider color with a thick head this is slow to dissipate. The bouquet and flavor are full of sour apple; it tastes almost vinegary at times. The body has a medium-feel and slightly malty edge that keep this from treading into too sour a realm; however, I don't detect any of the spices (cacao, cinnamon, coriander) that are supposed to be so prominent in this brew. It certainly has nothing of the monastic tradition in it, and the lack of complexity in flavor and texture leaves a lot to be desired.

I really love what Jolly Pumpkin sets out to do and some of their beers (Oro de Calabaza, Luciernaga, Biere de Mars, and the new Perseguidor) are true to style and very tasty. Even some of their weaker offerings, Bam Biere and Calabaza Blanca, have redeeming characteristics. Maracaibo Especial is the weakest of them all, though, as it only has some of the (by now) ho-hum sourness of a Jolly Pumpkin beer without any of the intriguing and playful complexities of their better brews.

It's not enough anymore to make a 'sour' Belgian brew and expect folks to foam at the mouth automatically. Jolly Pumpkin's brews routinely show that bretta funk isn't something to treat as an occasional fad, but this brew just seems to wallow in their own showiness.

Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 01:33:43 | More by benito
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AApparel

California

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

03-11-2012 21:39:35 | More by AApparel
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np0x

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The nose on this beer was interesting with all the promise of a good sour beer, the clarity and mouthfeel were nice, but when it came time to drink it...The bitterness was overwhelming with little malt to balance it out, making the beer almost undrinkable. I like most sour beers, but in this case it seemed like the beer was overly bitter and then the bugs ate all the residual sugars leaving the beer with an inhospitable bite in the taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 15:27:50 | More by np0x
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CortexBomb

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pour is a very attractive dark coppery tone with a smallish white ring of carbonation. Smell is fruity, oakey with definite caramel and chocolate aspects...very enticing.

Taste starts out with a strong sour hit which then segues into oak, in spades...a very woody aspect continues throughout. Tons of estery goodness is hitting my tongue all over the place and a lot of sour appleish tone seems to be the final effect. I'm also getting the caramel and chocolate from the nose in the actual flavour. Very complex but I think the sourness mixed with the oak dominance is a bit over the top, and it knocks the flavour down to slightly below average. It's depthy, but the depth isn't all that tasty.

Mouth is medium bodied, but with some good tingly action on the back of the tongue, so also good. Drinkability is suffering a bit, the flavour is again, a little harsh, and it makes this a harder beer to drink. Particularly toward the end the flavour can really start to become harsh and hard to drink.

Overall, another interesting artisan beer from Jolly Pumpkin. As I said above, I think the flavour is unique and depthy but too abrasive. That said, I like it when breweries try to nudge up against the line that is established norms, and I applaud this beer on those terms though I personally feel that they were off the mark on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 00:10:52 | More by CortexBomb
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-10-2013 22:06:02 | More by mikeburd1128
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DrZeus10

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.4%

06-16-2013 00:02:18 | More by DrZeus10
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.4%

07-15-2014 18:11:47 | More by Caudalie
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Zorro

California

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3/4 Liter bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Pours a cloudy brown colored ale despite the fact it has been sitting in my refrigerator for 2 weeks settling any sediment that might be in the bottle. Momentary tan head that doesn't last.

Smell is fruity and mildly sour in scent much like a granny smith apple. Beech wood and faint spice are lesser scents.

Taste is sweet and sour but still mild in the first sip. Woody and somewhat sour this isn't really what I would call a great Belgian Brown Beer. Flavor doesn't develop much more at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a beer I can really recommend here. Below par Belgian Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 02:44:37 | More by Zorro
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WestSideAmish

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.4%

03-06-2012 16:10:16 | More by WestSideAmish
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faernt

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I duped myself by reading. I know a picture is worth a thousand words but no where in the descriptors does it say SOUR. This is a sour Belgian brown. I wanted a dubbel and I got a sour brown. Re-write your copy.

It is a well made beer. It has good small bubbles, a decent medium body and as a sour brown it makes sense. I don't like sour brown. Call it sour and I have no problem. It's true to style but who knew...True.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 02:55:40 | More by faernt
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-29-2013 01:45:52 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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jhhollier

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -24.4%

10-17-2013 12:04:29 | More by jhhollier
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mercysbane

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

02-08-2014 23:50:44 | More by mercysbane
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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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