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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
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523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 55
Gots: 55 | FT: 7
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ypsifly on 12-28-2005)
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Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Bottled 11/04/2011
Glass: Tulip

Gushes extensively, so be ready with a glass to capture

Jolly Pumpkin has an excellent beer (biere de garde, Belgian gruit, spice ale, whatever you want to call it) with Fuego Del Otono. The Brettanomyces (and whatever other organisms contributed flavors) works well with the beer, lending its farmhouse-like flavors and tartness to the savory spices and malt body used in the mash. Complex from malt, spices, and yeasts, with a defining tartness and spiced-tart flavor, this is an excellent beer.

Pours a very tall head (>4cm) of foam, the bubbles very small and largely creating a heavy froth atop the body. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes in the slow decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a modest island of wisy foam atop the body. The lacing that is left is substantial, heavy, and intricate: clumps and spiderweb patterns adorn the insides of the glass. The body is a toasted orange on its own, light bringing out brighter shades of orange and hints of yellow. Carbonation is readily visible through the semi-transparent (40% opaque) body, plentiful, though not particularly vigorous.

Aroma is pleasantly tart, with hints of lemon juice, diluted apple cider vinegar, sweet sauerkraut, and nuances of musty and slightly composting hay as from Brettanomyces. Very faint toffee-like malt sweetness lingers in the background, perhaps an indication of the malt origins of the beer.

Front of palate picks up sweetish lemon citrus, herbs as from a gruit (bay leaf, spearmint, ginger, rosemary), and hints of oak. Mid-palate finds an increase in the acidity, bringing to mind lemon juice, diluted apple cider vinegar, some Brettanomyces-influenced tartness, mustiness, and composting hay, all atop a more mild background of oak tannins, the aforementioned herbs, and lightly sweet malts. Back of palate finds increased citric and vinegar-like tartness and Brettanomyces-influenced mustiness, with a diminished taste of herbs and a mild malt sweetness to slightly balance the mixture. Aftertaste of mild citic, vinegar-like, and Brettanomyces-influenced tartness with a faint hint of earlier-mentioned herbs and toffee-like malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, foamy mouthfeel that is never fizzy. Closes quite dry, with little residual stickiness remaining on the palate.

falloutsnow, Mar 10, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a sturdy head that leaves a lovely pattern of lace all over the glass

Smell: Well, of course there is the horseblanket, but beneath that I can pick up apples, chestnuts, lemon and, am I crazy, but I am smelling some marshmallows, too

Taste: For a second, there is a biscuity taste, but the sour element kicks in and dominates through mid-palate, with lemon and green apple aspects; after the swallow, the chestnut flavors make a subtle impact; I'm not sure what spices were used, maybe some coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily complex; my favorite Jolly Pumpkin yet

brentk56, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods
And day by day the dead leaves fall and melt."

--William Allingham (Irish poet, 1824-1889)

Softly glowing orange and gold with an almost imperceptible hint of russet. The beer is lightly foggy and contains abundant bubbles. Although it doesn't happen often, this is one case in which generous carbonation in an American-brewed Belgian-style ale actually results in a Belgian-like crown of foam and an outstanding array of lace. Simply gorgeous.

Bonus points must be awarded when an autumn saison's nose actually evokes the season for which it was brewed. Like Fantome Automne (but not to the same extent) Fuego Del Otono does exactly that. That characteristic Jolly Pumpkin sour funkiness is easily noted, as is an intriguing melange of spices that I can only guess at.

Autumn Fire is good beer for several reasons. One of the major ones is that it isn't chock full of Brettanomyces, like so many of this brewery's ales. It's more of an accent, as it should be, rather than dominating any and all other flavors. Actually, I'm reminded of Fantome beer to some extent. That's high praise indeed.

The chestnuts might be imparting a chestnut-like flavor, but I can't appreciate it. Instead, we have a mixture of tart and bruised apples, a few shavings of lemon peel, a restrained amount of horse blanket funk and a stew of piquant spices that don't lend themselves to easy identification. In fact, I won't even guess. The important thing is that it all comes together to create a light, sassy, spunky saison that is disappearing remarkably quickly.

While my hopes for a Belgianesque mouthfeel have been dashed, all is far from lost. The best saisons deliver lightness, suppleness and a sparkly sort of energy that leads to a refreshing, quenching feel with each mouthful. We're close here. Really close.

Fuego Del Otono (Autumn Fire) is my second favorite Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales offering, after the fantastically delicious biere de garde, Oro De Calabaza. Regarding the rest of his creations, I'd like to see Mr. Jeffries go easier on the wild yeast, so his remarkable brewing talent can shine for all to taste. As it does here.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 11, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the first Beire de Garde's that actually moved me. Had some barnyard funk going on in the smell and taste,but finishes dry instead of tart or sour. Recommend this one. Would definitely revisit as well.

bubseymour, Yesterday at 06:27 PM
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Mflanaga, Friday at 07:08 PM
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

jaymo18, Friday at 04:49 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

HookemHoos, Friday at 02:11 PM
Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +2%

Bottled 10-9-2012 with no foam over as others have reported.

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of crisp bubbly head which slowly subsided but was present throughout drinking. Burnt orange color that is clean and transparent. Sticky rings of lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation is on the lower sides, especially for a JP beer.

Smell: Oak and dark malts really pull the drinker in. Some brett type funkiness sets in on the body with an under current of warming chestnuts adding a unique touch. Spite fruit notes also have some ginger accents as well. The spices run throughout but really get noticed on the back end, leaving a touch behind for the drinker to keep in mind.

Taste: Crisp medium bodied malts and some lively oak really shine on the front. Earthy spices begin to grow on the body with toasted chestnuts adding an extra level of pop. Rye bread adds some body. Sprite fruits and some mint and ginger linger on the back end and surprisingly fit in perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower side for a JP beer but still very noticeable. Awesomely drinkable considering all the moving parts of this brew.

Overall: Not as complex and oak funk driven as other JP beers I've had but that takes nothing away from this warming fall brew. Love the chestnut additions, really add a unique touch. Extremely well executed scheme which is unsurprisingly considering the things this brewery is doing.

KFBR392, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mecmd, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

RyanCFriedrich, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cwreay90, Oct 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

smlmeyer, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass, 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Naturally, retention isn't very good, but a thin collar remains for a long while. Minimal lacing is left behind. (3)

Smell: Wow, the aroma is nicely tart. I'm picking up a good amount of green apple and lactic acid, and maybe a touch of vinegar as well. The best part is how delicately it comes across - it's balanced just well enough by the caramel malts and fall spicing, without any of the latter trampling over it. Excellent aroma. (4)

Taste: The flavor profile is very well balanced. It starts off with a restrained tartness - it seems like it will attack at around 70% strength, but then it relents at the last nano-second. Afterwards, toffee-laden malts round out the finish, while cinnamon, mint, ginger, and nutmeg enter the aftertaste. Hints of sherry-like oxidation exist, betraying its age. It doesn't go balls out with the brett - rather, everything here seems so subtle and balanced. (4)

Mouthfeel: Despite the softness of the carbonation, it's very dry on the back end. This goes down the palate with almost no friction or effort. A gentle yeastiness gives it some body, too. (4)

Overall: I really enjoy this. Not because of how explosive or in-your-face it is, but because it's so delicate and refined. It's just sour enough, yet also has enough of a fall presence to make it very satisfying in this. This beer is the reason why I take sophistication and craftsmanship instead of ridiculous, over-the-top "complexity" any day of the week. (4)

3.95/5: This one encapsulates autumn far better than your typical pumpkin ale does

ThisWangsChung, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bilhelm, Oct 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ChaseTheAce, Sep 29, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013. Pours a hazy copper with huge cream colored head, fades slowly with tight rings of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, nutty, nutmeg, maybe cinnamon and ginger as well, overripe peach, herbal oaky note. Taste: tart peach, zinfandel-ish, grape skin, mild toasted and nutty notes, herbal / oaky finish. This is very nice, more JP excellence.

babaracas, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

xacidx, Sep 27, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

9bmann3, Sep 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

StephRai, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

A: opaque burnt orange. Not a lot of head.

S: wow.. definitely the peppers come in here. I get faint cherries as well.

T: wow also... not as strong on the peppers as the aroma holds. Tart cherries, orange skins, pineapples, funk, grains, and some yeast. Awesome flavors.

M: I'd say light to medium. It has a nice smooth carb and a somewhat buttery feel.

O: so glad I got this (on tap). Awesome brew with awesome flavors.

titty_mcbitty, Sep 23, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

wildlife, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

tpacek, Sep 22, 2014
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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.