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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
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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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ehammond1


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Light brown with orange and auburn edges. Thin light brown and creamy head. Regular lacing down the glass. Very pretty.

Spicy (peppery) and tangy aroma, dark fruits, some mild funk, and a light tart sourness as well. Interesting and unique--and distinctly Jolly Pumpkin.

I don't think the flavor marries quite as well as the aroma. The yeast, funk, and mild tartness dominate, hiding the dark fruits, and sweeter, maltier elements of the beer. Mild bitterness. Again, interesting, and distinctly Jolly Pumpkin, but not a beer I particularly enjoy drinking.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

An interesting wrinkle on the style, but not a beer I'm crazy about.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 16:41:35 | More by ehammond1
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours cloudy brown with a two finger tan to light brown and leaves minimal lacing.
S: nutty sweet malt, very light chocolate. There is also a light vinegar tart/sourness.
T: tart and sweet nutty brown ale. Get sweeter, maltier, and more nutty as it warms. Also as it warms the tartness also seems to move from upfront to more on the back.
M: not as creamy as some browns but the tartness gives a nice feel.
O: bought this by accident I do like it but really meant to pick up the Madrugada Obscura stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:53:27 | More by rootbeerman
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich red colour, Hellish but strangely alluring, with massively generous beige head that sinks steadily, retaining just enough fluffy crown to get me excited. Lace is just heavenly, sticky trails all the way down the glass. Just wonderful.

Smells very tart and funky. Lots of vinegar with nice cranberry, raspberry and lime characters. Lots of toffee malt underlying and some lovely nutmeg, crème anglaise and even coffee behind the tart exterior. Wonderful, complex, damned enticing nose.

Taste is odd. Just not tart. Rich, brooding and dark with touches of flavoured balsamic throughout, almost as if filtered through a coffee spelt. Quite sour, but a lot of cinnamon and rich, round nuts - pecans, almonds and a good belt of burnt sugar. Tartness comes through late, with a cidery type of sour that cleans up the darker, chocolatey palate nicely without quite delivering that final punch of sour the nose had made me anticipate. This is an odd beer; far more enjoyable than it should be for its oddness, and not quite coherent enough in one 'theme' to really wow me.

Full-bodied with a bit of pull from the tartness but not very puckering. Quite lovely, really.

Odd, but I love its unexpected twists and turns. It's unique, but more than that it's really lovely and drinkable as well. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:41:49 | More by laituegonflable
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The sticker reads: Blend 2, bottled 11/10/10.

A: Pours a hazy blood orange color. Huge creamy looking off-white head. Retention is excellent, lacing sticks to the glass in thick clumps.

S: Tart and sour cherries, cinnamon, fragrant woodiness (cedar?). Big whiff of orange peel. Spicy Belgian yeast. Maybe even a bit of maple in there. Interesting.

T: Lactic sourness is intertwined with lots of citric orange peel at the outset.Cinnamon and a firm woodiness introduce themselves mid-palate. Belgian yeast never really asserts itself to the degree I'd like, but it's there enough to provide a good anchor. Finishes with cocoa powder and a mild smokiness.

M: On the thinner side of medium bodied. Very full and creamy in the mouth with active carbonation. About what I expected from a bottle conditioned Belgian, but nothing more.

O: Good. Some decent complexity here. I enjoyed it.

Notes: I'm not normally a huge fan of sours, but i can appreciate them. This one is nicely balanced in its approach. The sourness is there, but it's not overwhelming. None of the more subtle flavors are lost on its account. If anything, maybe just a bit too much orange peel.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:13:27 | More by ryan1788a5
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MrVonzipper

California

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown. Big bubble foam head. Immediate bubble over at uncorking (infected?)

Brett, Brett, Brett nose

Flavor is immediate Brett. Notes of bready yeast, tortilla and earthy umame flavors.

Mouth is bitter up front then dry and a little crisp. Medium carb.

Overall this is a tough beer to decide how much you like or don't like. It's very different. My tasting buddies and I went back and forth about it if it's infected or not. I liked it. But definitely didn't love it. Would not have to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 22:59:35 | More by MrVonzipper
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Jolly Pumpkin beer is a joy. I hope this one is no exception to the rule. Purchased in California and brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a ruddy brownish colour, like well-polished mahogany. Head is huge and frothy, even from the initial pour, leaving webby lacing and solid Jolly Pumpkin effervescent ebullience. Looks great.

Nose is... well, it's one of those brilliant experiences you always get with Jolly Pumpkin. It's never quite what you expect, but it's always unique, odd and exciting. Here, we have a savoury grainy character mingled with some classic Biere de Garde like funk that gives a mingled peppery sweetness that smells like BBQ flavoured chips. It's that odd mixture of sweet, savoury and spice, along with a little refreshing acidity. It's unique, but gorgeous.

Taste is missing some of the expected funk and acidity, but the savoury character comes through a lot more here, leaving a meaty, almost salty character with a surprisingly crisp body. Light and drinkable, with almost no sweetness and a carbonation level that suggests seltzer water. You know what, it's impressively light and drinkable, but it misses a lot of the complexity I expected from the nose.

But, as I said, every new Jolly Pumpkin is a joy, and I genuinely love the subtleties and intricacies of their different funky brews. This one ends up cleaner and way lighter than I expected on the palate, but still has the classic, exciting funk that makes every Jolly Pumpkin beer unique. There's a reason they're one of my very favourite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 05:51:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Cavery

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared with Klym, marked Blend 5 11-23-10

poured into over-sized wine glasses.

A: At first look I thought this was a flanders red ale. Has that really creamy foam with ultra-fine bubbles. Silk screen lacing smothers the edges of the glass after a strong 1 finger (in a wine glass!) head. There wasn't even a violent pour, and I was amazed at the longevity of the foam. Amazing reds and browns, really is something special to look at. Not very often that you can really say that about a beer. This one is unique looking.

S: Not what I was expecting! Some very interesting notes in here. Sweet and funky stewed tomatoes, candied button mushrooms, and some soft alcohol flavored cotton candy. Super complex in the nose, ultra-complex even. Never sniffed another like it. Though the funk really is the spice on all the flavors, and may in fact overwhelm lighter notes. Nonetheless, lots of strong and distinct scents.

T: Really earthy mushroom flesh notes, comes off like the stem flesh of portobello mushrooms. Funky sweetness that tastes initially of green olives, but the latter is strongly suggestive of briney black olives. The sweetness head butts the funk for a salty salty transition. A late bitter linger that takes me to the world of stinky cheese. Definitely a head scratcher, I really sat with this one as I felt challenged. Extremely mild roasted chocolate shavings in the finish.

M: Heavenly in the just superb fancy carbonation. So many micro bubbles burst to give a cotton candy like texture in the mouth. The body is very full while giving the illusion of being light as air. The bubbles are so small and delicate it almost tickles the under side of my tongue. World class in the mouth-feel department.

O: This was not was I expected at all, but I came away with a very positive experience. there's more interesting stuff going on here than I could have ever hoped for. There are some very daring notes in this beer, and it all comes from a very balanced yeast profile. This beer is not too funky at all, but the funk paints a most complex picture over somewhat familiar sensations. This brew the work of an alchemist. The yeast is the star, where everything is influenced by its presence. Is that a familiar sweetness I taste? No, it's stewed tomatoes. Oh a nice salty sensation from the yeast, or is that green Olives?...wait, I mean Black? Ugh. That's how this beer goes. A wonderfully controlled chaos of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:51:30 | More by Cavery
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Klym

California

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Shared with Cavery.

A: Man, that's pretty. Against the light it's a translucent blood red with bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass like there's a gas fissure down there. Head is off white and near perfect in its construction and size, just going a little over a one-finger on a solid pour. Lacing starts out like a blanket and disolves into spots that remain on the glass throughout the drink. I'm often not sure how to rate the appearance of a beer but this one was easy.

S: Yeast, nuts, cherry, cocoa shavings, tortilla, and a hint of basil. Was more yeasty than I expected in the smell but there are real subtle complexities packed in underneath. Also, while the yeast presence is strong it's not as sharp and assaulting as I've found it to be in many beers.

T: I often hastily review beers because for most, I would say, the immediately noticeable flavors constitute the vast majority of the experience and other complexities really have to be dug for. This beer is quite different though, it makes its hidden complexities known and really beckons you to dig deeper. Still maybe a little yeastier than I'd appreciate but there's a ton going on behind the scenes here. Sharp cherry hits and rolls into savorier and darker flavors like nuts and cocoa shavings, a very playful mustard taste and character follows the transitions throughout and there are very subtle kicks of things like kimchi, grease, and potato. The delicate layers of flavor in this is pretty unrivaled.

M: If you expect a beautiful beer to have a great mouth feel, you'd be right with this beer. The mouthfeel starts out thin, gets a little thicker and almost finishes oily, but in a bizarre way it follows the flavor transitions perfectly. No imbalanes in the mouth and the oral experience spreads pretty perfectly.

O: This beer grew on me hugely in the course of drinking this. I wouldn't recommend this beer on the basis that it's simply delicious (not that it isn't), as I would many beers, but rather that there is enormous complexity in this. If you're looking for a beer to savor and ponder, this is it. Jolly Pumpkin is really catching my attention after this.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:42:15 | More by Klym
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this as a BSDA is kinda weird as it is rather funky. Very carbed big puffy billowing slightly off white head. Actual puffy lacing on the glass. Deep amber red to brown color and it is opaque. Nice lactic sourness married with some spice and earth notes. Little bit of wood barrel is present too. The flavor is very unique, a blend of spice and sour. I can pick out the cacao, and maybe some allspice, and others which blend with the typical JP sour notes. Again I can detect some of the barrel flavor. Nice deep malty base backs all these complex flavors up well. Even for a well attenuated beer Maracaibo has nice body. Again not what I expect from a BSDA, but I knew what to expect as it is JP, pretty damn good beer, just not a BSDA. I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:17:50 | More by pmlondrigan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass.

A very nice glowing dark brown cherry/amber body is presented, with a light off brown very foamy one finger head. While drinking there is some minor sticky/spotted lacing. Looks good.

Bouquet is clean and fresh, with classic brett and yeast. Very airy, and hints of sour crisp apple.

Taste brings a powdery mild malt and just a bare sense of brown sugar. Mixed in with that on the palate is classic sour yeast taste with a very full bodied feeling. No unfortunate prickly carbonations or extremely off putting finish.

I think the thing that stands out the most for me on this one is the particular version of this style feels incredibly refreshing for such a dark sour. Very impressive beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 14:53:51 | More by smakawhat
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled "Blend 4 11-19-10". Poured a light brown with some deep ruby red showing through in the light into a tulip glass. Two fingers worth of good head. Who doesn't like good head? Aroma has some Belgian funk/sourness, although this one is from Dexter, Michigan. Flavor is a little sour too, not in a bad way per say, just hoping it does not dominate. And it does not for long. As my palate gets used to the sour and/or it warms, the complexity of this brew starts to come forth. The spices, etc make for an interesting and enjoyable mix with the sour back drop. Thoroughly enjoyed this one on the deck grilling some chicken. This was my first offering from Jolly Pumpkin, looking foward to more.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:27:48 | More by AngusOg
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Slow's BBQ in a pint glass. From notes.

Appearance: On tap this has a cloudy apple cider color with a darker brown middle. A wispy off white head contributes no lace, most likely from an honest pint's pour.

Smell: Cacao really jumps out from here, along with cinnamon, orange, and some funky sour cherries.

Taste: A touch of toasted bready sweetness up front, this is modest, yet complex and interesting beer. Tart cherry, coriander, and some orange are imparted on my taste buds with some sour Brett and a little wheat. A dose of funk exists throughout each sip. Fairly sour, but I am guessing it is less sour and funky on tap than it would be in the bottle.

Mouthfeel: This is dry, which is no surprise from the yeast used, fairly light, and smooth. The crisp carbonation works well with the body and flavors to create a light, refreshing beverage. Somewhat acidic.

Overall: This was different, complex, and very enjoyable. I will definitely order this again. Even a while after drinking it, it keeps popping back into my mind as a beer I would like to go back to soon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 17:44:12 | More by KickInTheChalice
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the regional growler gif. Thanks man.

Poured into a small snifter. Pours a garnet red. Hazy. Nice light tan head with nice lacing.

Aroma isn't strong but I get a bit of cheese at first. Not bad cheese but a pleasant cheese. Bit of funk and maltiness.

Taste is pleasant. You can taste the brown ale but then there is a nice Brett funk and that dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super dry and high carb.

Overall a tasty brew. These aren't cheap so don't think I would buy this but it was good to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 07:52:15 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my room mate. Split into two tulips. This one pours a slightly light brown; kind of hazy here but with a big creamy beige head that caps this one off with at a couple inches. Pretty nice retention and lots of sticky lace.

Sour granny smith apples are right up front in the aroma. Seems to have a little bit of spicy character in the aroma with some dried cocoa. A little bit yeasty in the aroma but all in all a nice refreshingly tart aroma. A little less tart than the aroma leads. Yeasty sourdough flavor here with a kiss of cocoa. Nutmeg and cinnamon are noticable with a little bit of a figgy flavor. Really nice slightly tart finish with a little bit of spice.

A little bit coarse on the mouthfeel but a really nice light body. Really an interesting beer. They really take some unique flavors on this and come up with a pretty enjoyable brown ale. This one is a bit yeasty after a while, but that's not enough to break the deal.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:05:51 | More by Bendurgin
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aepb1

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my brother for sharing this beer

A- Cloudy brown body white a HUGE foamy tan head

S- Musty, funky sour

T- Brown sugar, sour apple, and other dark fruits. It's sweet, sour and finishes crisp

M- Light body and highly carbonated, a little different than I'm used to on the style

D- A very interesting take on the style and being such a big fan of saisons, I probably like it more than the style should allow

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 17:24:52 | More by aepb1
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Ghenna

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cream head, lotsa fingers, penny copper in color/ Smells of candi sugar- similar to that of a faro lambic. afterstench of general spice.

Taste- nice and sour. warm spices are pronounced - i.e. cinnamon. Lactic sour with piny tinge and a bit of sweet in the background. Flavor is of sour and spice- and that is all. generic sour and spice actually- not a lot to rave home about.

Generally a decent bottle. but a bit underwhelming considering the other reviews. Truthfully the bret is a little stong- moderating it out with ped. and other sour bacteria would do it wonders in terms of balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:40:16 | More by Ghenna
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socon67

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/11/2010

A - Pours an amber brown like iced tea. Very cloudy with a bit of sediment in the bottle. A cream colored foam laces the glass *(When opened this foamed from the bottle despite all normal precautions).

S - Scents of candied fruit, cinnamon, and belgian yeast.

T - Tastes sweet with a tangy bite. Spices and sugar flavor the beer, with an astringent taste in the finish. This is a fiunky belgian strong; its not a heavy beer and yet there are many different flavors (cinnamon, milk chocolate, pepper, raisins).

M - A bit heavy on the palate. This is a sipper.

O - Certainly an interesting beer and my first try of Jolly Pumpkin. If you like belgian strongs this is worth a purchase because of the unique complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 13:54:58 | More by socon67
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seand

California

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly red amber, with a large amount of dense, bubbly white head. A nice blanket of foam retains, leaving pretty good walls of lacing.

S: Yeast and dark fruit, with just a touch of citrus, along with a mild chocolate note.

T: Sweet with yeast, and an interesting spice mixture, as well as a dark fruit background. There's also a slightly citrusy note sitting on top, which almost feels like citrus more than tastes like it; kind of like the feeling of drinking orange juice near the back of the tongue.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall good, and interesting. Quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 06:00:19 | More by seand
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babaracas

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark red/brown with orange edges, big cream colored meringue head. The middle of which settles to half an inch leaving a ridiculous 1/4 inch thick sheet of lace on the glass. Smell: a lot of spices upfront, sort of peppery but also pie spices - cinnamon and something else? A whiff of cocoa, brown sugar, slight lemon rind component. Not quite hay/barnyard but you can tell it's going to get funky...warms a bit and you're there. Taste: barnyard funkiness, citrus rind, a bit cidery, cinnamon, brown sugar. Sweet, heavy on the spices, a bit funky with a light sourness. Nov release so has about 6 months on it. Interesting and would be a huge step up from the usual slate of spiced and pumpkin beers that come out in the fall. Batch 349.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:29:09 | More by babaracas
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Treebs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 5, bottled 11/23/10.

Poured from 750ml into Founders snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 2 finger cream colored head. Head retention is crazy with great bubble lace.

S: Jints of cocoa with several unidentifiable spices with some citrus present. Strawberries come to mind with other berries.

T: Very spicy, almost a sudo-burn even though the alcohol isn't present. Orange with a slight cinnamon. Sweetness of a little chocolate fills the backend.

M: Tingly mouthfeel. Medium bodied with light spice left on the tongue.

O: Boy was this interesting. The spices are incredible and dominate the overall flavors, but it's a nice drink. And it's pretty smooth if you let it sit.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:14:40 | More by Treebs
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larryi86

Delaware

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL dated 11/19/10, blend 4, poured into a tulip

A- A deep red/orange with a huge light tan head.

S- Brown sugar, sour apples, some spices, hint of orange. Smell is nice, but not overwhelming.

T- Sour, but not too sour, some caramel malts and spices, I can't fully put my finger on all the flavors. This is a nice sour ale with a good balance.

M- Medium body, smooth, crisp, dry.

O- This is a solid sour that is worth the money. This is my third beer from Jolly Pumpkin and it is just as good as the others I have.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:21:58 | More by larryi86
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember where I heard about this brewery, but remembered it none the less and grabbed this bottle as a birthday treat. The bottle I grabbed was Blend 10 bottled on 12-8-10.

Appearance:
Very foamy, quite excessive in fact. I had to stop an overflow by sucking down some foam and I am quite pleased by how the foam tasted. After letting the beer sit for a bit it became obvious this head wasn't going anywhere, there is potently thick lacing. The beer appears a light and hazy brown and the inch of head is slightly tan. There is dark black sediment, possibly the unfiltered cocoa nibs and yeast?

Smell:
Sour cherries with a light sweetness. This beer definitely smells pretty dank, but this beer doesn't capture any notes of the alleged cocoa nibs. The spice of this beer comes through strongly and mixes with the spiciness of the yeast. Definitely a beer to give a chance to breathe and let warm.

Taste:
I am getting strong fruity sourness, followed by spice and bitterness. Very smooth and tastes alive. There are hints of cherries, as noted in the nose, and other dark fruits such as raisin, but the sourness is reminiscent of a ripe lemon. Although this beer is definitely sour, it's not defined by its sourness. The spice works in and helps segue from initial sourness to the drying finish that a sour tends to leave. It's definitely a good beer, unexpected sourness with little making it a Belgian Dark Ale.

Mouthfeel:
Initially very sour, but it smooths out on the side of sweetness as the beer approaches room temperature. There is a luscious spice and some bold fruitiness. The beer is also light and airy, the intense fluff from the beer's head does fade eventually, but puts up a god fight. The white and black peppercorn sediment scares me, but I must finish!

Drinkability:
This beer is tasty, but it had a pretty hefty price tag associated with it! It was a great celebratory drink, sour with Belgian spice and funk. I shared the bottle with someone as interested in good beer as me and heard great responses. I would love to try this brewery's other beers, but only when i'm ready to shell out $15 for a pint and a half.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 06:19:51 | More by ThePorterSorter
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SeaUrchin

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap on tuesday at Slows BBQ in detroit, served into a pint glass

appearance - poured a nice hazy light brown, with minimal head that hung around(pour mistake not because of the beer itself) noticeable carbonation

smell - upfront was a mixture of spices and lightly roasted malts, then there was a slight hoppyness with low amounts of chocolate and a bit of funk, makes em want to jump into this one, iv never been let down my a JP beer before

taste - follow the nose for the most part. first there was a pleasant mix of spices that quickly faded into sweet roasted malts and bitter chocolate, this quickly moved into a slight citrus with a bit of hops bitterness, then came a lemony funk, not too strong but enough to make me salivate a bit and want another sip. would have liked a bit more sour to this bad boy but it was on par with what fresh JP normally tastes like

mouthfeel - it was lighter than i expected on my tongue, thanks to the carbonation but still let a bit of a syrupy feel in my mouth, considering i like big stouts this was a very pleasant feeling

drinkability - easy to drink, makes you want to have another,would recommend to anyone whoa asked

overall - easy to drink, tasty, and strong enough to keep you happy, will have again

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 17:08:42 | More by SeaUrchin
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FosterJM

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

441st review on BA
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App- A darker amber orange with a good 1/2 in head to it. Very good cling to this one. For a brown ale the color is off to me, even with spices and cacao, I was pretty sure this would be a bit darker.

Smell- This was a bit of a mix of the spices, some chocolate and malts. Wanted to have more of the sour that this was but didnt get any of it.

Taste- This was much less sour than I had hoped. I didnt get much of the sour taste or notes of it. I got mostly the cacao and the cinnamon and other spices.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Didnt leave too much of a taste except for the spices.

Drink- Nice beer but for the 1st beer I have had from Jolly Pumpkin, I was a bit let down. I wanted more sour and felt the taste was a bit tame. Probably wont come back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 02:14:45 | More by FosterJM
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Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Largest, most fluffy, sticky head i've ever seen. Absolutely amazing. Sticks around for ever. Murky brown color. Great lacing.

S: distict sour and sweet brown sugar. beautiful funky yeast smell.

T: Sour up front followed by a highly spicy, distinctly belgian yeast flavor. Deeply roasted malt and a highly funky flavor finish off the flavor.

M: Highly carbonated. Might be the most carbonated beer i've ever had. Very flavorful and mildly puckering.

O: This is the second "sour" that I have ever had. It is quite different than the first and I have to say that i like it. It is very different than other belgian strong ales but at the same time, so musch the same. I am digging it!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:40:52 | More by rrski198
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