Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 744
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 48
Gots: 75 | FT: 4
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brownish amber under a 1” white to cream colored foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Funky Brett with fruit and hints of cocoa, apples, and spice.
T: The palate follows the nose with lightly spiced fruits with light cocoa leading to a pleasant finishing tartness.
F: Big Brett texture, effervescent, medium to medium light body.
O: An excellent sour funky brown ale. (391 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is a thick brown-red, heavy in the body with a foamy off-white head that settles to big bubbling at just under half a finger's height. Retention is pretty good, as is the mix of spotting and patching.
This is a good sour brown, hearkening to the Oud Bruin style while retaining and American character. The typical may have a touch more sourness, maybe a bit more yeast to create a more complex interplay, but this tart, sour and malty beer does the job. I just want to draw a little more out of the spices, but they are present.
The medium, somewhat steely mouthfeel I expect greets the palate, a nice crispness leading into solid smoothness the whole way, some dryness and a bit of acidity easing it with no harshness added. (737 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color and very murky looking. There's a good half inch of densely packed head. Brussels lacing. I smell cinnamon, orange peel, and Belgian candy sugar. The taste tart orange peel and cinnamon. That and the Belgian candy sugar dominate the palate. There's a Granny Smith apple tartness at the back of the palate. There's a massive amount of bubbly carbonation pricking my tongue. (399 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
The body is a deep brown, murky color, almost like water but with a few golden hues floating around. The head is thick, two and a half fingers thick and it’s very creamy and billowy and its an off white color. Mild lacing marks every sip.
Smell:
Floral hints mixed I with some mild apple butter.
Taste:
Sour up front, but this fades as it warms up and a lemon zest flavor starts coming out. I cannot detect the cacao or the cinnamon even after it warms up a bit.
Mouthfeel:
Crisp and medium to light bodied.
Overall:
Pretty good overall, a bit to sour in my opinion for a brown ale, but still a very good ale. (623 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours (SRM 8-9) almost clear amber with a casual drifting carbonation. An enormous, creamy-beige head pushes out of the bottle impatiently. An eternal dense head leaves thick patches of lace on my grandfather’s Rupert Brewing mug.

Fermented apples waft through the air, carrying the aroma of Brettanomyces. Spicy yeast allows some malt and apple vinegar.

Fermented autumn fruits comprise the bulk of this beer, bringing forward memories of apple harvesting. Quite earthy with sourness and acidity, leaving room for sweetness and some semblance of balance. The malt is toasted with caramel. A long, sour finish yields to light bitterness. Warmth reveals further character and hints of ginger.

Maracaibo is a medium to full bodied beer, highly effervescent with dry, but not warming, alcohol and a soft, woolen texture.

The brown ale base is present, supporting this Belgian-influenced beer. This beer is fun and is just as I had hoped for from Jolly Pumpkin. This one will work well with relaxed or animated conversation and pairs with good cheese.

Blend 10 -- 14.Dec.2012 -- The more I drank, the more I wanted to drink. (1,127 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt.9.4 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a Jolly Pumpkin snifter

The color lies between a burnt orange and a rust. It appears cloudy. A lively mountain of tan head coats everything inside the glass.

The aroma comes across as sour apple and cinnamon. I don't pick up any cacao or orange. However I do detect that lovely farmhouse aroma of mildew and funk.

The taste is full of that funky, sour taste one would associate with a saison. The cinnamon comes through, and I can even pick out the orange. The cacao still eludes me.

Medium mouthfeel. Highly effervescent.

I swear this beer is way more sour on tap. It is probably a difference in age of batch. I cannot make out the bottling date or batch number. The stamp is partially missing. i never had that problem with the stickers. Anywho, this is another quality beer from Jolly Pumpkin. They rarely disappoint. I was hoping for more sour, but I still like it a lot. (916 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany, hazy, with a really cool creamy slightly off-white head.
Ah, ok, so it's a FOB. Did not expect (from the label) to smell this mix of lactic acidity, slightly sour cherries and pretty rich caramel malts. Add to that some light nuttiness, citrus peel, faint cocoa powder, a whiff of fresh toast and some rustic wine notes, gone a bit too sour, of course.
A really nice mix of sweet and sour in the taste, like caramel and lemon juice (and peel), with the funky tartness gaining more and more ground. Subtle fruity notes, with apple, orange, faint cherry, and those added cocoa nibs (/powder?) show off for a bit on top of the toasted malts. Dusty kind of spices, a bit earthy, with some cinnamon, faint nutmeg, a touch of pepper. Tartness sticks till the end, which is slightly yeasty, but nice and dry, almost mildly bitter.
All the sour notes disappear in the aftertaste, leaving a bit of nut, a "dusty" note, just hinting at cocoa (not too strongly) and toasted malt. Medium body and carbonation.
A pretty tasty sour, authentic, but doesn't surpass the top of its Belgian counterparts. (1,096 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Bottled 1/15/13, I believe. It's a bit smudged.

A: Slightly hazy, copper-orange body. 1.5 fingers of dense, off-white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Musty lactic & citric acid. Some cherry, lemon. Lightly floral hops. Touch of nuts, toasted bread. Orange.

T: Mildly funky and lightly sour start. Slightly nutty, tangy, but ultimately subdued, malts make an appearance. Mostly dry finish with a certain interesting astringent/quinine-like bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is consistent with 7.5% ABV with a light burn.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to light body. A touch prickly. A bit sticky.

O: Another fine offering from Jolly Pumpkin, if not really blowing me away. Nice tartness and easy-going funk notes. Perhaps a bit thin overall - both on the palate and with regards to the flavor. I didn't get much of the advertised ingredients, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Prost! (1,012 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Smells sweet, yeasty and of wheat. Tastes sweet, copper, chardonnay, and a moderate sour bite. Medium body, light carbonation, sour and light wheat aftertaste. (209 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Had this a few times this year. It's very good.

The first time I tried it, I was totally caught by surprise by the mild sourness. After a few sips, the unusual surprise became a pleasant one. I shouldn't have been all that surprised, though, considering the styles of beer that Jolly Pumpkin produces.

Not one of my favorite JP beers but it definitely is interesting. Plenty going on in this one. The most I could give this is 4 stars, for the time being. 3.75-4. Definitely would like to try this again in the future and give it some more attention. (552 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.5/5
Medium red-brown with a couple fingeres of frothy beige foam. Looks beautiful upon initial pour. After head dies down to about half a finger, less so.

Smell - 4/5
Classic JP sour aromas. I love the flavors, it just doesn't very much between different JP beer. Tart cherries, lemons, apples. Maybe hints of orange and spice as well (which are in the beer according to the bottle). Overall a good smell...I would have liked it to be a little stronger though, and to get more of the unique flavors like the cinnamon and chocolate into the smell (versus just smelling like most JP beers)

Taste - 3.75/5
Tastes pretty similar to the aroma. Tart cherries, lemons, apples, citrus. It definitely tastes spiced, but I am struggling to taste any of the cacao or cinnamon, which were the aspects of this beer which I was really looking forward too. There does seem to be a little bit of sweetness and/or spiciness which seems to be distinct from the fruity-tart flavors, so I am assuming this is the cacao/cinnamon. Occasionally I get sips which seem spicier than normal, but overall I would have liked these flavors to be more pronounced. It tastes good, but with regards to the flavors it advertises, I believe it falls a little short.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Great level of carbonation. About a medium-high quantity of perhaps slightly higher than medium intensity carbonation. The beer is refreshingly crisp. About medium body.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent sour beer. I've never had a JP beer which I didn't really like. But while this had the same great sour aspect JP is known for, I don't feel like this beer really adds much to their lineup. I couldn't detect the cacao or cinnamon in this beer, and so I think they need to work on upping those flavors to improve the brew and make it stand out more from the rest of their lineup. (1,848 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Mildly cloudy copper pour with an airy off-white two-finger head. Nice sour fruit and funk aroma. Slightly sour cherry and citrus taste upfront backed by light spices, grain and sweeter malt. Finishes with a mild lingering tartness. Medium bodied. (247 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/25/13. Batch 206/208.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, cocoa, spice, cherry, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, cherry, vinegar, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with cocoa and spice qualities in the aroma, but the taste is mainly sour fruit and funk.

Serving type: bottle. (732 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -25%

This beer is really sour. Beer pours a rich amber with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent and taste were primarily sour dough. The mouthful is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall not for me. (218 characters)

Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to pint glass

A: The brew yields a giant foamy head on a gentle pour, obviously well bottle-fermented. Is cola-brown in color, kinda oily viscous as well.

S: Tart cherries are the dominant note of a lively bouquet, per usual for a JP offering. Woody, oaky notes as well, touches of pepper.

T: The flavors are an interesting play between tart fruit and nutty sweetness. Oak and white pepper add complexity, while notes of alcohol rounds the palate.

M: Chewy, full-bodied and well carbonated.

Another tasty treat from Jolly Pumpkin. Definitely recommended of you're like me and find most brown ales boring. (632 characters)

Photo of churchillps
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On no planet is this a brown ale---it's definitely a sour, and a merely average one at that. Very thin mouthfeel, faint smell of orange, and overpowering sweetness, almost nutra-sweet-y. Cannot taste the cacao at all. Really pretty beer with a great creamy head, though. (270 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Winos in BG. I had this beer a while back, but just getting around to entering the review. Boring day at work.

A. Light mahogany with dark amber hues. Translucent. Poured a thick, fine bubble egg shell head that retreats to a frothy rim. Strong laces. Healthy head.

S. Traditional JP yeast. Neutral oak, light malts. Bretts.

T. Medium to light tartness. Medium roasted malts. Neutral oak. Fairly simple flavor.

O. Smooth, medium body, medium body.

O. This is a very straight-forward, lightly sour ale. I usually pass on browns, but this is not your typical brown. This is a sour, no doubt. This has session written in BIG LETTERS. I go for this every summer, but this can be enjoyed any season. (709 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, part of a gaggle of new offerings from this brewery now available in Alberta, after their introductory onslaught a couple of years ago.

This beer pours a hazy, verging on dark bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and frothy beige head, which leaves a bit of sudsy rock outcropping lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of sour, fairly yeasty pale grain, bittersweet cocoa powder, a touch of gingerbread - one heavy on the cinnamon, natch - and somewhat stale blood orange and random grocery aisle melon fruitiness. The taste is rather tart toasted grainy malt, further sour bacterial/yeast notes, wheat crackers, dry chocolate wafers, wet tobacco, bar-top nuts, muddled orange, cherry and lemon acidity, damp, almost dank wood, and musty floral, earthy, and weedy hops.

The bubbles are a bit tight in their manifestation as a not-quite fully dull sword, the body a sturdy medium weight, and not un-smooth, sort of just barren, in a good way, if that makes any sense. It finishes off-dry, the yeastiness driving the show, with some vinous fruitiness (not necessarily grapes, just wine-like overall), toasted caramel malt, and floral, perfumed hops putting a dot on it.

Not yer standard American Brown Ale (it does say 'special', right on the label), that much is certain right off the bat - the yeast and guest spices taking that bow of mea culpa. However, it all seems to slowly work towards a common goal of good taste and whatnot, as the cocoa and spices blend into the base brown ale more or less behind the scenes, and the funk slowly, but surely trails off by the end. As usual, this brewery's beers are pretty hard to categorize or pigeonhole, and, well, all the power to them. (1,750 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The is quite funky with sweetness and cherry and apple peel. There's a bready body in the middle with a tart finish of vinegar and red wine on the finish.

This beer has a wonderful balance of sweetness and bready malt with its funk and tartness on the finish. (260 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours with a ruddy amber color with thin foam.

There’s a tartly sour aroma on this. The flavor has notes of dark cherries and some tobacco leaf. Great finish, with a Bretty character than hangs out for a chat. Interesting brew, much more inspiring than this review! (274 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SOUR.

Had this one on tap. It looks nice, OK, a nice reddish color. Smell immediately reveals the character of the beer, it smells sour, like raspberries. Taste is a nice blend of wild ale with brown ale. It doesn't feel like a mix where both beers are pulling on opposite directions, yet it's hard to classify this as a wild ale or a brown ale. It is a completely new style, and most likely will fall under wild ale.

As a wild ale, this is a not overly sour, yet a nice beer to drink. It is sour enough to think sour, yet is fall on the lower spectrum of acidity (sourness). (577 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a auburn tinted brown body with one finger head and lace patches. The aroma could be summed up in one word, sour, but there are other minor notes that one can detect like wood, tart apples or cherries, and a touch of sweetness. The beer has a mix of these sweet and sour notes and I tend to gravitate towards these rather than traditional sour ales so this beer was mighty fine to me. Sour, tart cherries (still think I picked up apple) along with a touch of sweet malt balance together and go down smooth in a woody, oaky body. All in all an interesting and easy to drink beer. (585 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Avenue Pub, NOLA

A: Rust colored with an off-white one finger head that held on for dear life. Curtainy lacing.

S: All kinds of things pop up. Brown sugar, citrus, coriander, malts and chocolate.

T: The tartness really surprised me, coming from a brown ale. This was surrounded by a sweet caramel maltiness with bits of cacao and some spiciness. But the tart lingers.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: My first Jolly Pumpkin experience. Unusual. Tarty cool. (482 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Forequarter, Madison. A hazy garnet liquid, with a light tan head and superior retention.

It's a sharp, tart, vinous complex brown ale aroma. The aroma is pretty awesome, serious vinegar-yeast / cherry tartness, yet sugar cookie malt in the background. A moderately pronounced alcohol.

Creaminess, cut by moderate carbonation.

I could drink this all day. (367 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tap

Pours a hazy deep orange gold with an inch of yellow-white head, dissipates slowly.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar and melon.

Flavor is of melon, lemon, coriander, and a dry vegetal hoppiness over grassy malts.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A nice, interesting tart ale, good flavor and easy-drinking. Not what I was expecting but pleasantly surprising. (390 characters)

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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.