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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 49
Gots: 61 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 02-28-2005)
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Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

babaracas, May 19, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Treebs, May 19, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

larryi86, May 16, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

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.

ThePorterSorter, May 14, 2011
Photo of SeaUrchin
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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

SeaUrchin, May 05, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

441st review on BA

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.

FosterJM, May 02, 2011
Photo of rrski198
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

rrski198, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of webmanspidey
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter. This is a clear dark brown color with around an inch of foamy head. Smell is sour and acidic, reminiscent of fermented apple cider. Spices in the background include cloves and cinnamon. Taste is a mix of sour lemon, chocolate, and cloves. Alcohol is barely noticeable, keeping this extremely drinkable.

Overall, this isn't quite as complex as the bottle made it sound, but it is a very drinkable sour beer.

webmanspidey, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-amber colour with incredibly huge white head. Lots of lacing around the glass, great head retention. Smells quite spicy with some barnyard funk there too. Some sour vinegar flavour and I think I get some more fruitiness in the aftertaste. Really big carbonation level. This is a nice beer, fairly sour and yeasty.

kwjd, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 2, bottled 2009 consumed 10/26/10

Pours a reddish brown w a good three fingers of head. Head is thick and quite persistent. Smell starts off with some sour notes, particularly green apple. This is followed by some nice bready malts and a decent amount of funk. Very pleasant smell. Taste starts out with a bit of mustiness, followed by tart green apple. Also got a bit of cocoa on the aftertaste, which was interesting and perfect for fall. Taste also includes some definite breadiness and a bit of orange as well. This is easily one of the more complex tasting Jolly Pumpkin beers I have had. Mouthfeel is nice; pretty light and highly carbonated. This is a very good beer overall, though the complexity of the flavor profile eventually caught up with me, making a 750 a bit too much.

warnerry, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice. Batch 13.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with tangerine highlights. Huge 3-finger rocky tan head slowly fades, leaving a great deal of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong sour apple and brett up front; typical JP. Caramel in the background.

M: Sour apple, pear and lime with a distinct brett overtone. Caramel, toffee and cacao are evident but very faint. Finishes somewhat metallic from the brett.

O: While this is not my favorite JP offering and is a bit less complex than I had hoped (would like to see more cacao), it still stands as a well-balanced, easy to drink sour.

Very nice offering.

sk8man121, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amazingly wavey, tan, foamy head. Great cloudy, murky, mahogany color

S - Very citrus with apples, lighter fruit notes. Oakey and rough smell hidden by cinnamon and orange

T - Great oak and citrus balance. Very deep oak with pleasant orange and lemon zest with just a slight sprinkle of pepper... YUM

M - Great carbonation, smooth and flavors are delightfully complemented by the bubbles

D - Hard to savour... Great job JP

Great brew by JP, definitely didn't disappoint. Worth the pennies spent... I couldn't drink one very night, but very good good. I will highly recommend this brew to all friends and interested people.


chugalug06, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of ksarko
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: cloudy amber color. Thick head. Good lacing down the glass

S: Sour on the nose

T: Champagne burn on the tongue sour flavor. hints of sour apple and caramel.

M: medium body, big punch than leaves fast.

O: Great summer sit around the fire beer. Good to sip on. I really enjoyed this beer. Gives you that punch in the front and makes you wanting more. Great beer overall

Serving type: on-tap in a 23oz beer glass

ksarko, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of jminsc76
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Into a Bruery tulip, pours a large, thick soapy head atop a dark mahogany body. The heads stays around, for awhile.

Aromas of sour apple, sharp funk, and spicy cinnamon. Not highly intense, but pleasant overall.

Flavors vary slightly from the aromas, and include the aforementioned sour apple and sharp funk but a lot more of the cacao and sweet orange peel, the latter particularly on the finish. Very exotic flavors.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, and doesn't thicken upon swishing.

Overall, I enjoy this for its unique take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's been aging for awhile both on the WF shelf and in the closet, and I hope it hasn't lost too much potency. But, a funk bomb it is and a wildly exotic one at that.

jminsc76, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of goast8127
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 6. Bottled on 11/24/10.

This beer pours slightly cloudy with a reddish/brown color and a two finger, off white foam that remains for a good amount of time. The aromas immediately conjur memories of Belgian strong ales I've previously had. Bold scents of sour and spice warm my nose. As I drink a moderate amount of lacing follows the beer down the side of the glass. The sourness from the nose is accentuated by touches of citrus and tart. The beer is thin and smooth but not watery. The bitter, sour and citrusy flavors linger at the back and sides of my mouth. Surprised that the cacao was almost absent from the beer, as it was highlighted on the bottle. Could be that I was expecting something I shouldn't have been from that description. Overall a pretty good beer that grows on me as I continue to drink it.

goast8127, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy deep brown, trace head,

S: mild cider, bitter apple, slight citrus

T: sweet apple, mild citrus, slow long sour tart flavor

M: medium body, slight dry finish, low carbonation

O: Fine, sour brown beer! Great summer and possible newbie beer. I could either sip or gulp this big beer.
Brown Ale meets Big HUGE Cider!
Nice to try a new brewery.


BeerLover99, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of jpoder
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: HUGE, dense head...took forever to start to subside.

s: nice, lambic-like smell. barnyard, funk, sour, sharp. really delicious smell

t: very tannic finish...almost too much. not as sour as the smell suggests, but very nice. lots of flavor going on! huge range. I'd love to see an aged bottle of this beer...bet it would be GREAT. it is already pretty darn good.

m: lots of carbonation. finish is somehow dry with a slight slick taste in the mouth that hints at some sweetness.

o: this may be one of my favorites from J.P. (and I really like all of their beers that I have tried). very very nice. I may have to find a bottle or two to lay down for a while. I'm sure it would continue to improve.

jpoder, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: literally the thickest head I've ever seen, four fingers, and takes forever to die down leaving behind streaks of soapy lace.

S: lambic smelling--barnyard-esque, musty and cider-y, lime, I'm surprised they don't just come right out and call this one a sour.

T: it's like a sensory tour of Belgium: dark, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, tobacco (especially cigar), blue cheese, cider and Gala apple, then the darker fruits, prunes and the like, and the burnt molasses you would expect from a Belgian strong ale.

M: light body, sharp carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D: interesting, I'll give it that. I've never had a sour brown ale, but this seemed like an amalgam of styles that somehow all worked together...or at least for the most part. I'm glad to have tried but I don't think I'll be buying it again, though I am interested in trying more from this brewery.

nickhiller, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - comes out an amber color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around almost indefinitely... not at all what i was expecting having popped a special brown ale.

S - floral with orange scents yeast and a note of sour apples. takes a good couple of sniffs and there is the cacao. smell a bit of alcohol in there as well.

T - yeast citrus and a good sour feel to this. special brown ale im not sure what you mean but i dont imagine you mean 'something similar to a brown ale'. alcohol hits on the throat is mild and pleasantly works with everything else.

M - really light feel to this which goes with the flavoring. good amount of carbonation.

O - not a bad beer at all not at all what i expect from the label and description on the front but quite pleased.... not pleased however if you take in the price on this thing. bit on the expensive and im not sure why side.

celticfutblclub, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 3/17/11
Reviewed from notes.

A - This beer pours a hazy reddish amber color. It has a smell white head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind good lacing.

S - It smells of coves, belgain yeast, and citrus fruit. There is also a bit of a funk smell, as well as some sweetness, caramel, and a touch of vinegar maybe.

T - There is a lot of orange zest present in the taste. There are notes of belgian yeast, hops, and sweet caramel malts. There is also a sourness that is very present, and gets stronger the more you drink. The finish is dry and sweet. I am also getting some notes of coriander and bread.

M - It has a medium body and lower carbonation. It is smooth and goes down quite easily. There is a slightly lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a great and interesting flavor. I think this is a very easy going beer. I would recommend giving this one a shot. I really enjoyed it

JizackFH, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of vande
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:A Light golden brown... thin lacing left over from a two finger head...

S:Crazy sourness on the nose... Citrus~orange mixed in

T:Sour on the palate too.. A special Brown ale indeed...Not sure on the "brown" part, but definitely a lot going on here..

M: Medium to light on the body, definite carbonation...

O:Pretty good. I like Jolly Pumpkin's selections. The Old Mission brew pub is beautiful and I'd gladly go back to try something else. This was bought local, but I always look around!

vande, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of NorCalYeti
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- citrusy hops, green apple, toasted oak

color- amber

clarity- pours clear and a little hazy in the glass

smell- green apples, charcoal, caramel, dill, oak

body- medium body, smooth on the palate, sour finish

appearance- active carbonation, slightly off-white creamy head, nice lace

overall impression- above average, good taste but i was hoping its character would be more pronounced

notes and comments- way overpriced for the quality

beer spy- the monk's kettle, san francisco ca, 3/19/11, $14.75, 11oz

glassware: tumbler

NorCalYeti, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The nose has a slight amount of sourness, which also has aromas of orange peel and cinnamon.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sour and has orangey flavors along with some hints of cinnamon and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink with all of the interesting flavors, but it's really easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

metter98, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum. I love a good BSDA. Poured into a tulip. Nice dark brown color but when I hold it up to the light it actually looks mauve. Large off white head that's quite sticky and leaves heavy lacing.

The aroma largely indicates sour but further inspection reveals heavy cocoa aromas.

The taste starts out with a nice lemon zest flavor. The aftertaste is actually where the cocoa really comes through. There is a hint of sweetness, but the beer feels dryer than it is because of the cocoa in the finish. Very interesting.

The mouthfeel is lively and light. Always solid in this area for Jolly Pumpkin.

I'm not sure how much I really like this beer. I definitely like it a lot, but part of it may be because of its uniqueness.

andrewinski1, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Jmoore50
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer when I had it the other day. I love the style, and I knew that Jolly Pumpkin could do this one right. The spiciness in this is delicious.

The appearance on this one is a darker brown color with a gradient of browns on the edge. This one has loads of suspended yeast in it, making it a murky beer. It has a light tan collar on the top which leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The smell reminds me of fall. It is heavily spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Fruits come forth, prunes and raisins.

A good tasting brew, very interesting. Very strong malts in there with a spiciness from the yeasts. It has notes of nutmeg and cinnamon with the roasted and bread-y malts. It has a mild sourness to it that is somewhat dominated by Brett and Pedio.

Jmoore50, Mar 15, 2011
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.