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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Maracaibo EspecialMaracaibo Especial

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very good

586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%

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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Photo of StonedTrippin


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
Photo of safaricook


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
Photo of goochpunch


3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in December 2011.

Pours out a light brown/amber body with a thin head. Smells of funky Jolly Pumpkin house yeast, brett, and light toast. Light chocolate and caramel in the nose. In the taste: toasty caramel malts and funky brett and yeast. Finishes dry and very tart. Toast towards the end. Spicing is subdued. The chocolate comes out more in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather thin and light. Lively carbonation slowly builds in the mouth. Overall this is a tasty beer, but definitely not Jolly Pumpkin's best.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:12:22 | More by goochpunch
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/30/2010. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart apple, cherry, lemon, orange peel, pepper, clove, cinnamon, toast, cocoa, hay, grass, leather, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of tart apple, cherry, lemon, orange peel, cocoa, toast, pepper, clove, hay, grass, cinnamon, leather, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, cherry, lemon, orange peel, cocoa, toast, pepper, clove, cinnamon, hay, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:39:39 | More by superspak
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4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Binny's Orland

Maracaibo Especial pours a hazy, murky, deep crimson with glowing orange highlights. I can just barely make out some tiny, fast rising carbonation bubbles. A one finger off-white head forms on the pour and quickly falls to a skim coat with fat edges. Leaves nice sticky lacing after each drink.

The aroma is fantastic with a big hit of sour cherries, peaches and pears up front. The upfront aromas are of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The middle brings mild oak that leads flawlessly into cinnamon and the sweet orange peel listed on the label. As it warms the cocoa comes across faintly to finish things off. The aroma on this beer just pulls you in. Probably the best aroma from a Belgian Sour I've yet to come across.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but it would be extremely tough to do so. Sour funky tart cherries lead the way trailed by a refreshing lighter, but still tart, underipe pear. Finishes off with tart green apple and all the wonderful spicing. Mild oak mid-palate followed by Mild cinnamon and a bigger dose of refreshing sweet orange peel. Maybe it's my mind playing tricks on me but the faintest hint of cocoa seems to linger after the swallow.

Champagne like mouthfeel. Light bodied with very active carbonation that creates a frothiness in the mouth. Puckeringly sweet up front leads to some residual sugar to balance things out. Not quite as dry as expected.

This beer is a thirst quencher. The sour and tartness leave you needing a sip right after your last. Very satisfying with the perfect spicing.

An incredible beer from Jolly Pumpkin. This is my favorite sampled from them so far. The crazy mix of spices work perfectly without one overshadowing the others. A great combination of sour and sweet make this an incredible, approchable beer.

Reviewed: 10/13/07

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:14:58 | More by joe1510
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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin. Always willing to try something I haven't had from Jolly Pumpkin... surprised it took me so long to try this one. Pours opaque with a tawny brown center and vivid, copper edges that show just a lightest bit of translucency. A super huge and foamy, light-beige head billows up and grows and grows and grows, finally settling at well over three fingers and lasting for a while.

Didn't really know what to expect from the nose, but after one sniff, I'm pleasantly surprised. Acidic cherry skins, slightly vinous grapes, moderate oak, and that signature Jolly Pumpkin, musty and old-world funk. The critter evoke a light tartness and even a touch of sourness, maybe even a bit of sour lemons in the periphery. This is listed as an American Brown Ale? C'mon... this is a funky ass American wild.

The taste is slightly more "brown ale-ish", but when I say that, I mean that it just has some more brown ale characteristics... this is still very much an American wild. Some mild tobacco with hints of caramel and cocoa powder but the oak barrel and wild yeast reigns supreme, as is the case in many Jolly Pumpkin brews. Sharp lemon peels, more cherry skins; a touch of astringency but not nearly as acidic as I was expecting from the nose.

I'm getting some underlying floral notes, kind of earthy, dirty, and woodsy, and it's working nicely with the musty, wet wood oak flavors from the barrel. The finish is dry as all hell, leaving your palate wrung with heavy flavors of dry oak, and some cheesy, cotton-y funk. This one might be a little over-carbonated... The bottle wasn't a gusher like many others, but the biting essence is heavy and it's quite tingly on the palate.

Another damn fine beer from Jolly Pumpkin, this is something that could be thrown back, beer after beer after beer. You must understand however, this is far from an "American Brown Ale". It may have started as a brown ale with some caramel and Munich-type malts, but the oak barrel aging and wild yeast strains have turned this beer into a full-fledged American wild ale... funky, dry, and mildly tart - characteristic of many beers being churned out by Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:30:47 | More by tectactoe
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3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 12-19-2011

(A)- Pours a cloudy dull orange color. Some good white froth.

(S)- Slight chocolatey nuttiness with an underlying yeasty dryness.

(T)- Quite fruity in a dried fruit sense: Figs, raisin, honey, and orange peel. Subtle underlying cocoa and nut elements.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Quite fruity for a brown ale, though perhaps a bit too old at this stage.

(O)- Honestly, this is not my favorite by Jolly Pumpkin, however I think I want to give it another try and track down a much fresher bottle to compare

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 21:24:53 | More by sweemzander
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3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 930
Bottled 12-01-2011. Bought off of clearance shelf for $4.

Popped off the cap and the beer threatened to overflow from bottle. Pours a murky brown with a surprising small head considering its action after opening. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is full of lactic tartness. Smells like a sour from Belgium. Notes of tart fruit like cherries and lemons. Not bretty or funky.

Flavor is not as impressive as the aroma. Not as tart as I was thinking it was going to be as it is minimally sour. A little harsh with a weird mid-palate blandness. Not really picking out the cacao and cinnamon. Maybe those have faded. Some interesting mild vanilla notes.

Like most sours this feels light. A little undercarbonated which again is strange.

Once I smelled the beer I though I was in for a real delight, but unfortunately the beer did not deliver as I hoped. I might of been disappointed if I payed full retail for this.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 17:55:53 | More by morimech
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 931
Bottled 12-02-11

P: Gushed once the top was popped and tumbled into a murky burnt sienna body. Head has moderate retention and presented itself as a mound of dense frothy cappuccino that settled to a bubbly big with filmy lacing.

S: Astringent medicinal aroma, chocolate oranges, funky basement yeast, sour dough bread, moldy rye, foam shoe polisher with mink oil, and faint whiffs of tropical fruit bubblicious.

T/M: Taste comes off as a Flemish with sour lemon tea flavor that brings a spiced lemon pinesol essence that coats the palate like cooking oil. Funky basement brett, old leather, oak, cayenne pepper, and berries. Burnt cocoa, very faint cinnamon, linger in the background. Moderate body with spicy carbonation.

O: An interesting beer to say the least. I was unsure about this from the first taste but as it warmed it began to grow on me. Funky and tart but not as spiced as I expected. It's not a fantastic beer but I like the approach Jolly Pumpkin took on this. Probably wouldn't buy it again considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 22:38:45 | More by Hopswagger
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Batch 931 bottled 12-2-11
Drank 4-19-13

Appearance-Brown orange...liquid leather. Nice head fine bubbles dissapated fine lacing.

Smell-Sour fruit. Some bready malt mixed in.

Taste-For what is labeled special brown with cacao, cinnamon, orange flavors...none of that is present. Sweet sourish taste yes...helles yes. I dont have anything against a sour belgian kind of beer. I just expected more flavors and a better blend.

Mouthfeel-went down smooth with fine carbonation tingling on my tongue.

Overall-Not a "drainer"...but I Would not buy again. At $16 for a big bottle...not worth it. Much cheaper sour beers with more flavor out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:10:16 | More by stegmakk
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy dark amber with a light beige head. Some lace. No bubbles.

S - spice, leather, bubblegum and citrus.

T - orange, cocoa, cinnamon, and soft caramel malt. Mildly acetic.

M - dry and somewhat astringent with a mild tartness. Soft, peppery bitterness with a medium sustain.

O - certainly not a bad beer, but it's probably one of my least favorite Jolly Pumpkins. That isn't a diss, because I've liked all of them quite a bit. The taste was a bit weak upfront, but it had a pleasantly spicy, citrusy aftertaste that lingered nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:05:09 | More by GuzzLah
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Batch 937, Bottled 2011-12-19
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

At one year, four months of age, the beer resembles a fairly solid Flemish brown ale more than a spiced Belgian brown ale as the label describes. While solid, there's not much that differentiates this from others in the style. Overall, a good beer, but also a bit steep in price considering some 750s and four-packs of some Flemish ales from Belgium are less than the price of one 750ml bottle of this. I would try this again, fresh, to see if there was a difference, but would not keep one to age.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up primarily of small, densely packed bubbles, a few medium-sized ones mixed in for variety. Retention is about average at one minute, the foam leaving very modest lacing along the sides of the glass, a few spots and thick lines. Body is a dark, cold amber brown, very hazy (about 80% opacity), with light bringing out brighter orange-brown hues to the beer. Carbonation is visible moving up the sides of the glass, slow and not particularly numerous.

Aroma is acidic: tart with a Brettanomyces influence, cellar must, tart raspberries and/or cherries, and a very slight cinnamon and cacao nib edge as the beer warms.

Flavor is like a Flemish sour brown ale, with amber and pale malt sweetness heavily touched by Brettanomyces-influenced raspberry tartness and hints of oak, must, cacao, super-faint orange peel, and spices. Front of palate finds mildly sweet pale and a touch of caramel malts with tart raspberry esters and a bit of cellar mustiness. Tartness appears in mid-palate, bearing sour raspberry or cherry flavors with it, along with continued malt sweetness, a bit of oak, cellar mustiness, and just a hint of cacao. Back of palate finds continued tartness, raspberry esters, oak, slight tannins, and super-faint orange zest. Aftertaste is of caramel and pale malt sweetness, slightly bready, with lingering Brettanomyces-influenced tartness, hints of raspberries, oak, and vague spices.

Beer is with carbonation levels of medium-high intensity. This leads to a mouthfeel that is slightly fizzy at first, but quickly becoming smooth and foamy. Closes semi-dry, slightly puckering, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 03:18:15 | More by falloutsnow
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New York

4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A touch candy-apple red, a hint mahogany brown. A fluffy tangerine tinged head stays strong and falls gently back into the glass. Little islands of lacing stick and hang onto the glass as it fades. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S- Sour cherries, green apples, huge notes of funky Brett yeast. A touch horsey, composty, and weird as it may sound... candy-cornish? Some hints of Luden's cherry cough drops, White and green tart grapes, some cinnamon, anise and lemon pepper. This really has brilliant depth.

T- Nicely tart and full of dark sour cherries, lemons, granny smith apples, strawberry hulls, funky horse blanket yeastiness, and spices. Picking up the cinnamon and maybe some chile heat on my lips. Not really tasting any cocoa. Not really understanding how this is a brown ale... but it's really good! If I'm truely rating this by style it'd be a 2 or so, but I'm really loving this so it's gonna be a...

M- Tart and full of fruit! Cherry, raspberries, lemon, green apples, and spiced with horse poop, cinnamon and pepper. Truely mouth puckering.

O- This brew couldn't not fit the style more, but it's absolutely brilliant! I feel bad about grading this one on a curve. As a brown ale it sucks, but as a WILD brown ale... it's crazy good! I will be getting more of this immediately, drinking some, and cellering a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:06:01 | More by Thickfreakness
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with amber highlights sports a nice brown two finger head that falls to ring with some sparse lace.

Aroma is nice sour malty notes big orange notes or more like those chocolate oranges you can buy. Nice spice notes with cinnamon dominating.

Taste just like the aroma nice malty brown ale with a good sour brett kick. Orange pops out after sour dies down some. Finish is lingering brett, orange and spice cinnamon dominating but some earthy notes also perhaps from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable brew nice brett notes on brown ale the orange was a nice addition. Hear Jolly Pumpkins all taste the same as a knock sometimes. Myself I enjoy the funky notes in all there brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:32:06 | More by mntlover
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Very opaque brown with a small head

S Heavy brett smell with a few other bugs in there too but largely brett, some sort of sour barrel smell as well, very nice

T Very similar to the smell , which I was pleased with. Dry with a tartness that isnt terribly strong . I would imaging thats much from the brett, there isnt a lot of sweetness left.

M Somewhat thin but not more than should be expected from a brown, very nice for the style

O I really enjoyed this beer. I liked it more while it was cooler and the brett was subdued so the other characteristics could come out. As it warmed up and breathed it became much more dry and brett heavy. I enjoyed it cool so I cooled the rest down after my curiosity was sufficed, to bring back some of the other flavors. Great beer, pricy but worth trying since I cant get it back home in TX...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:17:19 | More by cfrobrew
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4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A - Deep Copper. full finger and half head. dissipated within a minute or two.

S - Awesome. deep aged orange? sweet molasses. pear?

T - Mellow sour flavor. cinnamon. very nice

M - Could be fuller. From the smell I expected more. But i do like.

O - very nice. I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:44:31 | More by weonfire
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3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of head on a cloudy, light brown body.
The aroma is orange chocolate, alcohol and nuts.
The taste is quite boozy and sour throughout, a big dose of lemon bitterness in the middle, finishes with a touch of sweetness. It's a bit confused.
Crisper texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
It smells amazing but the flavor didn't back it up. Fairly bitter for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:48:38 | More by Fatehunter
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maracaibo Especial special brown ale by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Dexter Michigan. 7.5% alcohol 1pt. 9.4fl. oz. capped brown bottle with a firey plum tree design.

A- Pours an glowing orange brown fluid that radiates red in the sunlight. With a subtle pour it produces a mildly active off white head that leaves a thick quarter inch froth on the top with heavily lingering lacing from the beginning to end of the brew.

S- Sour green apples come to mind on the first sniff on to more complex cinnamon and sweet brown sugar like alcohol esters on the back of the nose.

T-M- Citrusy orange peels and lemon come to me on the first bite but with a little warmth and charactor defining I find a spicy carmel hint that is followed by oaky backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth with a astringent bite that tingle the taste buds to lead you to a refreshing brown ale only to be made by a brewery that barrel ages all their beers.

Overall a excellent beer but to little on the brown ale charactor and slighty more wild than normal... but hey whats normal? Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 06:29:10 | More by wesbrownyeah
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, sticker on back indicates 'Batch 349'. Served in a Trappistes Rochefort oversized wine glass at 49 degrees.

First off, this is a gusher. I felt the carbonation as I was popping the top and luckily I made it to the sink before it poured everywhere and had my glass ready.

Obviously there is lots of head, but it settles to a fine pencil thin head which stays around for a while.
Smells of nut and sour orange peel.
Quite a bit of orangey sour with a cacao bitterness. This is quite complex and very enjoyable.

I can't help but call this a weird beer, its labeled as a brown ale, yet it is sour and brewed with cacao and cinnamon. This is not a introductory beer because it would take a strong palette to appreciate the complex flavors and depth of this one. I almost don't feel worthy to appreciate all that this beer is made of and am greatful to have been able to get a bottle in Texas where it is not distributed (yet(hopefully)).

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:51:45 | More by jbeezification
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy medium-dark copper with glowing red hue. The head is a persistent light-tan foam about a finger thick that leave long thin streaks of lacing.

S: One of the richer sour aromas I've experienced with a strong, well rounded fruity aromas mostly of red currents and tangerine. There is a complementing malt support with some malt sweetness, a touch of chocolate and Pils malt character. The cacao nibs come through at a moderately-low level along with a cinnamon that seems more oak derived. There is some spicy phenols at a low level and a moderately-low perfumey alcohol note.

T: A complex fruit flavor with orange peel, plums, currents and tart cherry finish. The malt is low with a light chocolate note and light sweetness. There is low hops bitterness and a no hops flavor, not that it's needed the sour and tart fruitiness are balancing the malt being moderately sour over all. The finish is pretty dry with an orange and cherry aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. There is a slight astringency probably from the spice additions.

O: A fruity, well balanced sour with orange peel, currents and plums. The oak and cacao add to the light spicy yeast notes. This would be great beer to introduce your friend to sour beer.

Batch 930
Bottled on 12-01-2011

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:23:49 | More by MadScientist
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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a little pour from Anita at Great Fermentations. Thanks!

A light brown color with some auburn notes. Quite a bit of foam and carbonation, as it wanted to foam out of the bottle. Smell was really neat, with sour beer tang, a bit of spice (maybe cinnamon) and some richness from the cocoa and brown malt. The flavor is equally complex, with a fair bit of sourness and a pretty dry finish. Some pineapple notes in there, too. Mouthfeel is pretty light and zippy. Overall a neat beer. Very interesting ideas that really came together well.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 20:50:23 | More by AaronHomoya
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Blend 1 - Bottled 11-9-10.

Appearance: Dispenses a clouded, medium-brown body with a tall, gushing, slowly receding, off-white head.

Smell: Presents a slow shambling toasted, molded bread maltiness and toasted, earth-strewn nuts with a quick snap of phenols bringing one to attention, then, the cacao and cinnamon slips past followed by ripe fruits, a even little berry.

Taste: Toasted maltiness, slight caramel sweetness, and with more chocolate flavor than I'd ever have expected. Pinch of cinnamon, but also a clovesque, peppery note alongside acedic berries soothed with umeshu. Becomes predominately earthy and acidic as it progresses. Finishes with a flourish of engaging, burp-inducing carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High carbonation.

Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:02:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Jolly Pumpkin! Poured from a bottle into my Lost Abbey teku glass.

A: Dark orange color with a half finger off white head. Hazy.

S: Some nice funk. A little cinnamon and bread. Tart apple.

T: Smooth subtle malt character with a liberal dose of a mildly tart brett funkiness. Apricot and bitter orange peel. Maybe some apple and cinnamon.

Overall a really interesting beer. The fact that it says "Special Brown Ale" on the bottle is something that should be noted. It is definitely not your typical brown ale. It almost reminds me of a sour helles bock, who knows. Regardless, it's a really tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 10:20:00 | More by Boz12
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a nonic.
7.5% ABV, Batch 937, Bottled 12-19-2011

A - Maracaibo Especial glugs from the bottle with moderate vigor, crowning the mostly clear crimson walnut color with a thick pile of light khaki foam. Depleting somewhat quickly, the suds leave sticky webbing on the pint.

S - With the release of the cap a familiar, inviting, and subdued wild yeast wafts into the air; the Jolly Pumpkin staple. Despite the beer's unfortunate age, this brown ale is robust with character! Light toffee and caramel blend with the toasted amber malt base which, hides coyly behind the ever-present yeast sensation of lightly acidic lemon juice and mild barnyard funk. If age has taken a toll on anything, it's gotta be the almost absent cacao nibs and cinnamon spice, though it's hardly a reason for downgrading the fantastic aroma.

T - Cinnamon spice enters the picture nanoseconds before my first sip, spicing up the brown ale nicely. Tart yeast raises the barnyard a notch in flavor while suggesting Belgian influence with earthy clay and white pepper notes towards the back. Citrus juice and rind play nicely juxtaposed to the amber malts. Toast, caramel, toffee, and a sliver of shaved chocolate complexity finish out providing a great malt base; one that plays well with others.

M - Smooth and medium bodied, this brown ale departs style categorization the second it's wild yeast grips the tongue with tartness, mild acidity, and a higher level of carbonation. Feeling a little lighter than it actually is, the crispness aids in drinkability but this beer would work wonders in fall.

O - I think I was too jazzed to buy this beer for a celebration than I was actually paying attention, hence the old bottled date. Regardless, Maracaibo Especial is pretty fantastic, shining with deep, rich malt complexity, funky yeast, and a twist that puts a unique and welcome spin on a fall classic. I'd love to find this fresh and compare it's cinnamon spice and cacao additions to the aged version, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:45:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maracaibo Especial
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 7.50 %

LOOK: Pours with a fierce crackling off white head. In the shade of a very dark brown, certainly not clear, and a little thick looking.

SMELL: A bit sour smelling, with notes of apple cider vinegar and muscovado sugar, old lemons, leather, oak, bourbon.

TASTE: Sugary malts tempered by a nice lactic sour, not unlike a good flanders red from Belgium. This has a more biting sourness, delicious malt body, and notes of sour dark cherry. A bit of cocoa, some mild bitterness, oaky tannins and more sour to go into the finish. A complex ale.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, and drying with flavors lingering into the after taste.

OVERALL: A complex sipper worthy of being sipped and savored. Would pair well with stronger cheeses and fresh meats.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 15:04:11 | More by Stinkypuss
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Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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