Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ypsifly on 12-28-2005

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of autumn, a rich orange brown. Head is off-white and it does leave some scattered lacing behind. Some chill haze but the light really shines through, at least on the initial pour. The end of the bottle brings the yeast and looks like unfiltered apple cider (great stuff if you can find it).
Smell is nicely funky with some malt and oak and maybe some hazelnuts(?) and spice.
Taste is similar, funk forward with lighter notes of malt, oak and spice. Balance is good.
Body is light, effervescence is fairly pronounced. Finish is cleaner than expected. All told, a damned fine beer.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color and very clear. The smell was nice, obviously tart with just a hint of brett character beneath it. Nice citrus sour taste, some non distinct spiciness. Tart but not aggressively sour, slightly dry. Another great sour from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of Premo88
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: between gold and copper (7-8 SRM), beautifully clear, tons of activity in the glass; sticky 4/5-inch head of offwhite foam; all those bubbles flying up a wide swath in the glass are leaving a huge collar and nearly full skin of foam; enough sticking to give it the stamp of 5 ... a work of art

S: sour/tart lemon, something sweet, a bit of fingernail polish/fingernail polish remover; musty barn underneath, wet grain sacks ... all classic Jolly Pumpkin

T: all of the nose topped by walnuts/peanuts finish, almost meaty; very little sweetness at first, a ton of of that musty barn/earthiness giving it a big bitter flavor throughout; the nutty finish keeps showing up, but it's very subtle; kumquats, lots of lemon/lemon peel, sour grapes -- super dry white wine; never opens up into anything very sweet, but the rounded earthy/tart base flavor and subtle nut flavored finish is making for a solid session

F: perfect ... light but full, the Belgian-inspired carbonation is wonderful

O: not my favorite JP, but again, true to the brewery's track record, it's a fine beer and definitely worth the price and effort ... it's also a beer I might cellar for a while to see if any other flavors show up as it ages. probably a one-off for me, but I wouldn't dare turn this one down.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Church Key's Jolly Pumpkin Fest 2015.

A - 3.5
S - Faint sweetness. 3.5
T - Can definitely taste the Belgian pale album this beer. 3.75
MF - Smooth 3.75

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant deep amber, ½” frothy foam head, very fine bbbles, off white, dissipates to a film.
S: fruit and spice with a dose of tartness.
T: Sour, fruity, spice, herbal, light funk, finishes dry, has definite chestnut flavors.
F: Very finely bubbled carbonation, effervescent, medium high carbonation, the carbonation gives it a medium body.
O: A unique, complex ale that is a delight to drink.

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Photo of JohnFriction
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hadn't had Jolly Pumpkin before, and a friend shared a bomber of this without knowing much about it. Didn't know even from the label it would have a sour character, which I love! Perfect surprise. Delicious balance between sour/tartness and everything else. Will have to find more!

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Photo of Mikus
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finger of slightly off-white head on a tangerine body. Light nose, slightly tart, with a bit of wheat coming through. Big tropical notes on the palate over top of an acetic background.

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Photo of rand
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to Duvel tulip

Refreshingly clear and pretty for the style, especially for a JP offering. Whatever small head that'd formed disappeared without a trace.

The nose is classic Jolly Pumpkin; a trademarked mix of tart and funk. Notes of apples, unripe cherries and dried grass contrast and highlight nuances of nutmeg, cinnamon and dried parsley (not to claim those are the added spices, just an attempt at parsing the flavors).

More tart and fruity on the palate. Apples and berries. Lemon and cherry candy. Along with a light body and crisp carbonation, drying spices - perhaps nutmeg, bay leaves and cinnamon - balance the flavors and lend drinkability. The brew closes with a short, tart finish.

This is a perfect example of what makes Jolly Pumpkin's beers so fun to drink. It's complex while still drinkable, and hits all corners of the palate - savory, sweet, sour, bitter - without any one aspect going off the rails.

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Photo of samshaw
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange with yellow on the edges of the glass. Thin with moderate white head.

S: Moderate sour with a hint of spice.

T: Sour taste remains moderate while a medium melange of spices comes forward, disguising the flavor of alcohol well except on the aftertaste.

M: Thin with seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Spicy beer with a nice bit of sour.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Kitchen No. 1 in Kansas City, served in a snifter.

A: Arrived as a hazy orange brew, with a thick white head of tiny, tight bubbles that left not only good lacing, but distinct level markers for each sip.

S: Alas, I was at a restaurant with a kitchen, so my olfactory was running with a skeleton crew at best. What I was able to pick up were heavy citrus notes, sour and tart, and some hints of a wheaten grain bill.

T: Yes, definitely tart. This opens with a mixture of citrus fruit notes with the full sourness one would expect from such a medley, and that sourness does not relent. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine roll through, with some subtler hints of apple and green grapes, before a swell of farmland-esque funk comes in the middle. Beneath the tartness, there are notes of spices, the usual suspects for a mulled cider, though faint and muted. The finish is Mojave desert-level dry.

M: To be honest, I couldn't really tell around the sour and tart, so I'll just say there's no issues there.

O: Intense without sacrificing complexity to do so, this is an interestingly sour biere de garde. Would repeat.

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Photo of mchegash
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.7/5
Pours a perfect pumpkin orange, very hazy. One finger of head. A large amount of carbonation rising upwards at a quick rate. Overall, the color of this beer is near perfect, and the head is just what I want in a beer.

Smell - 4/5
Classic JP sour flavor. Tart apples, lemons, cherries. Some spiciness is detectable as well.

Taste - 3/5
The first part of the sip feels kind of like water, but then the delicious JP tartness hits, although it seems more subtle and watery than in other JP brews. There is a little bit of spiciness in the brew, although not as much as I wanted. I was hoping for the classic JP taste, but with some nice fall spices thrown in, but instead this just feels like a watered-down and less flavorful version of one of their other beers.

Mouthfeel - 2.75/5
Medium-light in body, in between creamy and crisp. Carbonation is fairly light. Beer is kind of watery. Not what I want in a beer.

Overall - 3/5
I was excited for this beer, and waited until it was Fall to try it. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. Of all the different JP beers I have reviewed (about 12 of them), this to my memory seems the most watery and the least flavorful. The flavor itself is not bad, but the beer and the flavor just seem so watered down. What happened here Jolly Pumpkin?

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Typical effort from Jolly Pumpkin. Looks good in the glass, smells even better, sour enough to get your attention. This one has a little more funk to go with the sour, a little deeper and more complex flavor. Maybe that's because of the chestnuts, but I can't pick that taste out.

Solid beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass on tap. Pours out a light amber with a thin white head. Smell has brett, funk, and cidery notes. Flavor is lightly tart, funky, bretty. Light sweetness up front. Touch of caramel and dry cider. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light, prickly, acidic on the tongue. Excellent beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

Surprising gem, bought it because it was marked down from $16 to $8 and I knew nothing about the beer. Enjoyed it very much, excellent and interesting beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle. 2011.
A: orange. Mostly clear. Thin white head.
S: small spice notes. Sour.
T: mellow maltiness. Medium sourness. Light spiciness.
M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: good sour. Dry and mellow. Would buy again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Fuego Del Otono last month for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I know this is a fall seasonal, but I'm in the mood for a sour tonight and since I've never reviewed this beer I thought today would be a good day to try it, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage, so It's almost a year old. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got that signature style that a lot of their labels have and the fall like colors on it make it fit in well with the season, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice slightly hazy amber color that took on more of ruby amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that signature funky jolly pumpkin yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice funky barnyard and horse blanket aroma with some wet straw also coming through along with a slight leather like aroma and it's followed by the oak which imparts a nice woody and oak like aroma. Up next comes a slightly higher amount of medium tartness followed by a light spicy aroma with no single spice seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a good aroma, the oak and yeast showed up nicely with a good amount of tartness and some spices.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's more complex and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma, but they are just slightly lighter and they are followed by the oak which imparts a nice woody and oak like flavor that showed up just enough. Up next comes a medium amount of tartness followed by a nice fruity flavor with some dark fruit and cherry like flavors coming through and it's followed by a light spicy flavor with no single spice seeming to stick out the most and there's also a slight caramel malt flavor. On the finish the tartness just lingers for a little bit with a fruity and cherry like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer and I thought it had some nice balance and complexity to it.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, medium tart, not too acidic, medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it..

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style and a good example of a Jolly Pumpkin beer with the yeast and oak showing up nicely along with some nice supporting flavors. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, medium tart, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is the right amount for me, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have a problem drinking a whole bottle and I think it would make for a nice beer to enjoy on a warmer fall date. What I like the most about this beer was the balance and complexity that showed up n the flavor, it took me a few sip to get all the different flavors that were showing up and they blended well together. What I liked the least about this beer was pretty much nothing, but I do wish the chestnut was noticeable. I would buy this beer again when it's released in the fall and I recommend it to anyone who likes Biere De Gardes or Jolly Pumpkin beers, it's a little pricey, but it's worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer, I've had it a few times before and my score did not change at all, it's always been a solid 4 in my book and I always look forward to it in the fall. This isn't my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, or Biere De Garde, but it's still a good beer nonetheless and I enjoyed drinking it. Good job guys, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral notes, sweet malt, yeast, hops, alcohol, spices, hint of nut, grass, and slight tea notes. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, yeast, alcohol, spices, hint of roasted malt, grass, floral notes, hint of citrus, and slight fruit. Overall, the complexity in aroma and body is staggering; good blend, aroma, and body.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was really interesting. In the light on the bar this beer had a golden almost orange color to it. It had a fruity cherry/plum aroma mixed with the smell of corona (not from the bar, the smell was coming from the Jolly Pumpkin Beer). The mouth feel of the beer was interesting it started with some body to it that fades away on the tip of your tongue to a dry almost acidic like finish. The beer starts with that almost brett spicy funky flavor and then transitions to a light tart cherry flavor on the finish. Over all I enjoyed this beer it's not something that I want to session but it is a beer I would like to drink every now and then.

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Photo of MarioM
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a JP snifter.

A: Slight orange with a fine creamy white heat that slowly dissipated to a thin smooth creamy film with great lacing.

S: Slight tart thing going on but very light, mostly light brett funk. There are some weird spice notes as well but I'm having a hard time describing that that is... interesting. Bottle says chestnuts and spices but hard to know otherwise.

T: Very nice. Light light tartness with a gentle brett character but not much. Spices and maybe the chestnuts, and obviously the spicy yeast, give this beer a lot of character. Flavors are gentle yet satisfying and makes for an extremely refreshing and drinkable brew.

M: Medium carbonation makes this beer very easy drinking and a little watery since its missing that bubblyness. Spices linger in the aftertaste with a slight bitterness to it but mostly yeast and spice.

O: An amazing and refreshing brew by JP. I love the fact that these are refreshing and interesting beers that you can drink all day everyday. If only my wallet would allow that. Regardless, a must try by JP and definitely getting hard to pick a favorite.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: Blend 1 - Bottled 10/03/12

Pours a deep, hazy copper color with a prominent beige head that settles quickly though. No lacing. Light streams of carbonation can be found.

Beautifully spiced and quite sweet. Nutmeg and cinnamon and perhaps a hint of clove scattered amongst a blanket of brown sugar. Zesty citrus notes sneak in here and there. Absolutely love the nose on this one.

Funky, tart hits right upfront and hangs around for the duration of each sip. It's definitely a slow sipper, but you're rewarded with the perfect level of sweetness and oak character - had to ask myself if I was drinking wine a few times. Prominent nuttiness and a bit granny smith apples. Plenty of spice carries over from the nose as well, just more muted than I was expecting.

If you're not ready for it, your best pucker face might come out of hiding - personally, I love it. Lip-smacking tartness. Medium body with decent carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

I remember a time, not all that long ago, this style would have rubbed me the wrong way. I'm glad it has grown on me, because this is a fantastic brew I would have missed out on otherwise! Plenty of sourness here to please fans of Warhead and Sweettart candies, but complex enough to earn a nod from the most stubborn beer snob. Well worth your time and money.

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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