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Maracaibo Especial - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 47
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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

03-20-2011 14:29:34 | More by JizackFH
Photo of vande


4.13/5  rDev +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!

03-20-2011 02:58:38 | More by vande
Photo of NorCalYeti


4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

03-19-2011 23:55:42 | More by NorCalYeti
Photo of metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

03-19-2011 02:04:45 | More by metter98
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

03-17-2011 05:14:22 | More by andrewinski1
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-15-2011 02:15:19 | More by Jmoore50
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

a 750ml capped bottle that i was planning on lugging with me to EBF, but decided to open the night before NotB after seeing it on the beer list. oh well. blend 5, bottled november of 2010. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the beer pours a somewhat hazy light brown colored body with an infinite cream colored head on top. the head lasts for a long time, and leaves behind a continuous glob of lacing.

S- the first thing i can pick out of the nose are lightly sour notes along with some fruit. mostly orange. after that i pick up some definitive jolly pumpkin yeasty funk. lots of barnyard and earthy/musty notes. a little bit of vanilla from the barrel. some chocolate to mix nicely with it.

T- the taste starts out with the sourish yeasty notes that i could smell. plenty of earthy must and barnyard flavors. lots of orange peel. a little bit of cinnamon and pepper. the chocolate is hard to pick out. subtle vanilla from the oak barrels in which it sat.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. very similar feel to most other jolly pumpkins that i have tried. dry finish. little to no trace of the alcohol.

D- this bottle was easy to finish. looking forward to trying it on tap at EBF. i really love jolly pumpkin ive decided. check out this beer from a relatively under appreciated brewery.

03-11-2011 05:29:32 | More by jwinship83
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Fair funky-sour brew that while pleasing loses most of the nuances that it promised.

Presentation: 750 ml brow cap bottle. Label shows an illustration a paradise tree, hanging fruit, glowing spider... Side narrative goes over the main characteristics of the brew, intent, and inspiration. Displays batch number (blend 4 11-19-10). Notes 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy brown pour, towering frothy head, good retention, mild surface memory, with fair lacing.

S - Nose is pretty tamed, sour notes, some funk... I mean tamed around the spiced profile, which is barely noticeable even as it warms up. There is a sweet dash with an insinuation of chocolate as it folds...

T - And the flavor does pretty much the same with a predominant sour sense, touch of funk and yeast that coat the spices and any nuances it wanted to offer... Struggling sweet-chocolate notes in the finish trying say something but barely.

M - Medium body with high carbonation, and a fair smooth sense over the sour range.

D - The brew goes down well if one likes the sour-funky edge but it is not particularly inspirational.

Notes: Hmmm, subtle at best around those cacao, cinnamon, and sweet orange peel insinuations. Not a bad brew, lower tier from those I´ve tried from Jolly Pumpkin though.

03-04-2011 01:33:25 | More by Daniellobo
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a Bell's tulip.

A - Pours deep brown with a nice half finger tall white head leaving very faint lacing down the entire glass.

S - A nice mix of the typical JP funk, dark fruits like raisins and figs, nuts, cherries, and some faint chocolate sweetness. A bit muddled but still pretty good.

T - Not your typical Belgian strong. Roasted malts, both dark and light, dark fruits, tart cherries, muted chocolate, and the typical JP funk mix well to form one interesting beer. The funk never gets to the point of being overpowering, rather it just adds an interesting twist on a good beer. Not the best but still very nice.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice mix of creamy and funky in the feel. Finish has some lingering funk but it fades quickly.

D - Pretty good. Not too bad, I liked it but I think it would wear me down over the course of multiple pours. Not the best I have had from Jolly Pumpkin but far from the worst.

03-03-2011 16:27:06 | More by orangesol
Photo of Jesse13713


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Batch 347 poured into a Maudite Tulip.

Appearance - As with most Jolly Pumpkin beers, four full fingers of clump cola head. The beer itself is cloudy and opaque. Brown with light caramel hues.

Smell - Smells sour and spicy. Filled with funk. Smells similar to most other Jolly Pumpkin beers. Light hints of malt and cocoa.

Taste - An extraordinarily spicy and sweet beer. I am at first overwhelmed by a carbonated blast of different spices. Brown sugar then presents itself boldly, as cinammon isn't far behind. It finishes with a sweet caramel pucker. A slight sourness in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very different tasting from other Jolly Pumpkin beers, although the appearance and nose are similar. This beer has the most complex spice structure I've ever experienced. Very drinkable and would be nice to drink on a cool fall night.

03-03-2011 02:07:35 | More by Jesse13713
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

On tap at Bodega. Served in a 10ozer.

Pale rust with an earthy tan intermixed. Small head, average retention. The smell is typical JP brett strain with a large dose of nuttiness. Plenty of spice and maybe a touch of honey. Taste is much the same. Very nutty with a nice sweet and spicy blend of yeast and spices. Plenty of oak echos the nuttiness. Some cinnamon-apple and brown sugar.

Not too sour, especially once acclimated. This is more of an earth, nutty brew.

03-03-2011 00:22:58 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

750 ml bottle, Blend 5, bottled 11-23-2010. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a ruby red/brown color with an inch tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit, cinnamon, pears and some funk. The brew tastes like peppery spice, tart lemons and pears, orange peel, dark fruit and yeasty funk. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit creamy and sticky and is also well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this beer smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good brew, it's nice and enjoyable.

02-25-2011 23:16:01 | More by bluejacket74
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at henlopen city oyster house

reddish brown body, slightly white head with trace of lace, lighter medium body, very smooth slightly tart cherry presence. pleasantly surprised to find in delaware, only the second jolly pumpkin ive encountered on tap in DE.

myself and a friend were on a beer excursion hitting local places to try new beer. this was one of the highlights of the day. delicious.

02-21-2011 02:41:34 | More by droobacca
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10 oz pour at Lures in Crownsville, MD. Seriously, what's this doing on tap here?

Pours a chestnut amber, hazed and glowing against light. Quickly dissipating white head with delicate thin streaks of lacing. Aroma is an interesting blend of sour fruit and spice. Slightly musty and woodsy like, before a green apple sourness takes over with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Flavor is nutty and sour, with done green fruit and strong spices. Green apple dominates throughout with a cinnamon spice flavor on the finish and a light pervasive, prickly sourness. Finish is a little musty and bready, detracting from the otherwise enjoyable and unique body. Body is medium thick with strong, fine carbonation. Pleadsant overall but unremarkable by JP standards.

02-19-2011 22:45:57 | More by yourefragile
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Blend 11. Bottled 12/14/10. Pours a hazy amber-brownish color with a big cream color head that hangs around for a bit. A beautiful looking beer. MMM Gotta love that signature Jolly Pumpkin scent... Some sour notes with a lot of funk and spice. Some fruit notes as well. As the beer warms I pick up faint aromas of cinnamon too. Taste is very Jolly Pumpkin like as well. I get a lot of citrus and orange peel as well as tasty spices. I get a lot of pepper in the finish. There is some nice barnyard funk to this beer as well, along with sour Brett flavors. I didn't know a beer that was slightly sour and very spicy could taste this good. Although not an extremely high ABV beer, the alcohol definitely makes itself known in the taste. Mouthfeel is full bodied and flavorful with high carbonation. Drinkability is fairly high, as the alcohol flavor takes it down just a bit. Another tasty beer from JP!

02-16-2011 07:21:10 | More by DovaliHops
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3.93/5  rDev -1%

Friday night at Fourth Avenue Pub is a fun time especially when Jolly Pumpkin is involved. The Maracaibo Especial was served in a 12 ounce goblet.

A - Deep orange and red.
S - Fruit and spice, some notes of orange.
T - Extremely flavorful, detected chocolate and orange with a robust hoppy-sour finish.
M - Sticky, sweet and smooth, really clings.
D - One was all I could take; the flavor/body in 12 ounces was blew me away.

Great beer. Jolly Pumpkin makes exquisite, creative and wholly unique beers.

02-14-2011 01:09:50 | More by samyoung
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Not sure why this is listed as a BSDA - it should really be listed as an American Wild Ale.

Pours with a healthy 2F of foamy tan head over a thick, burnt-amber colored body. Decent level of carbonation flowing up, and lots of lacing left afterwards.

Aromas are fantastic (pure Wild Ale). Plenty of sweet & sour, mixed with dark fruits, Belgian yeast, cinnamon-like spice, sneakers, and horseblanket.

Slightly tinny up front on the palate, and the flavors don't rip your tastebuds, as the aromas suggest. But still tastes terrific - dark fruits, plenty of woody/bark character, birch beer, and a light pull of lemon-like sour. Carbonation seemed to disappear, buried by some of the rich flavors. This was probably just average on the mouthfeel, IMO - whether you consider this a Wild Ale or BSDA.

Drinkability is quite high on this, as with most offerings from JP. Plenty of interesting aroma & flavor, and smooth going down.

02-13-2011 00:58:29 | More by BeerImmediately
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

on tap at rattle n hum in nyc

Pours a clouded cherry auburn with brown tones, a thinner off-white head, dissolves with a couple spots of lacing and film.

Dark fruit with some tangy cherries and a suggestion of currants followed by that recognizable JP funk.

Slightly tart and dry with sweet and sour cherry. Some earthy funk with woodiness. Bitterness and some more dark fruit with a touch of dates. Finished dry with some tart funk and very soft sweetness.

Lighter medium body, spritzy on the tongue, pretty dry throughout. Drinks nicely, the cherries are a nice touch and the alcohol is invisible once again. Not my favorite JP offering but another tasty one for sure.

02-11-2011 16:57:01 | More by xnicknj
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a lightly hazed burnt sienna color with moderate cap of bubbles, gone quickly. Scent is bolder than many beers from Jolly, notes of carmel malt, nuts, bitter cocoa and bread mingling with the tart and funky notes. Taste follows scent and likewise is fairly bold for Jolly, there is a nice underlying beer below the funk and tart and those qualities actually take a back seat when they usually star in their beers. Medium bodied, again a nice moderate level of carbonation not found in their bottles. A nice beer which seems to do a couple things outside of the normal Jolly Pumpkin range.

02-11-2011 15:15:23 | More by rfgetz
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Tap at Armsby Abbey,

Fluffy 2 finger head off a very long pour, slowly fades wroth thick lacing, hazy golden peach orange color.

Nose of Belgian malts, light and dark, citrus and fruits, a light tart sour mash and light sour fruits, a little bready, light sweetness.

Taste starts a little funky with some light tart fruits and sour mash, bit of lactic, semi sweet Belgian malts, little bready and light wild yeast funk, bit of bitterness, light citrus and lemon zest, smooth and tasty. Finishes with more bitter lemon peel and some light tart funk, little lacto and flemmy.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter with decent carb.

Drink is good, not much abv and the tartness is balanced well with light sweetness and bready malts and light funk, the lacto and flemmy take away a bit.

02-06-2011 19:33:34 | More by jlindros
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a dark hazy amber into a tulip glass. About 2 fingers of off white head thats lingering for quite a while.

Smell is mostly funk from the wild yeast. Theres a generic spicy smell in the as well. Hard to pinpoint the invidual spices. Taste is an initial rush of wild yeast funk. Pretty typical JP. What follows the funk is what really sets this beer apart. The spice in the nose becomes much more easy to pick apart. A nice dry cocoa flavor is the most dominant with some coriander and Ginger as well.

Mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation. Finish is perfect. Fairly dry with just enough sweetness. Flavor stays on the palate making it real easy to enjoy this one for a while.

02-06-2011 00:24:19 | More by dciBA
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

My first review..and my first try of a Jolly Pumpkin offering. I'll review this beer for what it was, not what JP claims it to be. It's definitely not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The funk and tartness make it an American Wild, and in that context, it was wonderful. Having looked thru the JP website after trying this beer at the Peekskill Brewery (a thumbs up for that place!!), my impression is that JP is really pushing the envelope. They appear to be true non-conformists and are exploring some really extensive boundaries with their brewings. I'll be trying many more of their beers and recommend the Maracaibo without reservation.

02-04-2011 13:59:30 | More by Ralphs66
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New Hampshire

2.05/5  rDev -48.4%

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

01-28-2011 23:52:31 | More by unibrew
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque and muddy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted dark malts with hints of pears and cocoa powder. As it warms very slight funk wafts out in addition to lightly tart green apples.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by overripe pears dusted with cocoa powder. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors become more tart with the addition of green apples. The fruit and light cocoa powder carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As with the aroma, hints of funk come into play as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I had been anticipating this beer for some time but I was let down a bit. The flavors are interesting and meld together well however nothing was robust enough to make me want to try this again. Worth a shot if you enjoy JP in general.

01-27-2011 02:44:00 | More by glid02
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Blend 9. Bottled 12-7-10.

A - Pours a nice dark and hazy amber color slightly brown beer with a nice sticky off white head that is about 1.5 inches tall. Quite attractive.

S - Aroma has some traditional JP funk as well as some nice tart notes up front. Then there is some slight bready sweet notes as well. Some grain and slight yeast notes are dominating.

T & M - Taste of malt and grains up front that are quite delicious. Then some nice funk is mixed in there which actually add some nice funk to it. There is some good spice and some slight orange peel and apple notes on the flavor. There isn't really that sweet clove-like flavor that dominates many of this style of beers. It really does cary that traditional JP funk and as it warms has some slight cinnamon and notes of caramel. Dry and crisp on the palette. Kind off light.

D - This beer is quite delicious and funky with some nice Belgian yeast notes that make the beer refreshing and drinkable.

01-24-2011 00:28:38 | More by JoEBoBpr
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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