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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 56
Gots: 53 | 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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Reviews by crookedhalo:
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours up an amber/chestnut color with a beigy bone white head. Aromas of sour dark cherries, some brett funk, brown sugar, maraschino and an oaky woodiness. Mostly tart and dry with a little bit of cherry-like sweetness amidst the malt. Citric dryness in the finish. Carbonation is tight and compacted. Very nice.

crookedhalo, Apr 22, 2008
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Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Bottled 10/2011. It pours copper with some brighter orange hints at the edges. Pretty hazy and cloudy throughout the body and topped off with a quickly dissipating, slightly off-white head. Decent sheets of lacing are left at the top of the glass as the beer traverses down the glass.

Wonderfully funky and mildly tart is the aroma, complete with that signature "Jolly Pumpkin smell" that seems to be recognizable in nearly all of their beers. Bouts of wet hay, horseblanket, damp barnyard, and wet cork. Incredibly funky, yet mild enough to remain approachable. The funk is balanced nicely by some sharp and tart apple and even some cherry skins. Some light oak in the tail end brings everything together.

Great translation to the palate, and the first sip of Feugo del Otono is actually a bit more tart than I was expecting from the aroma. Solid tartness hits first with a handful of dirty, white grapes, apples, and light lemon zest. The light body is pumped with carbonation, giving a crisp and snappy mouth feel that really helps to bring out the subtle flavors.

The funk character carries through the profile heavily; musty wood, hay, barnyard, and a typically corky funk work in perfect amounts to balance and back up some of the brew's tartness. Oak character becomes more apparent with warming, especially in the finish where the oak really soaks up moisture from the palate and leaves a bone-dry finish.

Super, super drinkable. Even though it's only about 6% ABV to begin with, there's no touch of alcohol in the taste. Great balance of tart and funk - this beer is as easy drinking as it can get for the style. You could easily crush a 750 mL bottle of this on your own and probably move on to another one right after. Jolly Pumpkin continues to do what they do best.

tectactoe, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.75/5  rDev +17%

A: It's like they captured the beginning of a sunset in a glass with is a glowing, hazy medium amber. The persistant, rocky white head settles to a half a finger and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: Brett wet horse blanket with moderate esters of orange and lemon peel with a bit of spiciness are the first things I smell. There is an obvious moderate sourness with a subtle, coriander like tart aroma. There almost seems to a be a bit of that pils malt aroma.

T: The flavors is dominated by fruit, sour and spicy. There is a moderately sharp sourness with an grapefruit and orange flavor. The spice is dominated by fermentation driven pepper but there are some other flavors going on giving a faint complexity to that aspect. There doesn't seem to be that much bitterness with the sour doing all the work making the balance sour and tart. The finish is very dry with linger light fruit flavors.

M: light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There isn't any warmth nor creaminess.

O: This is a bright, fruity beer with a touch of spice. The balance is great, being dominated by a refreshing sourness but yet so easy to drink. I'm sure the get the chestnuts in this beer but I wouldn't suggest changing anything about this beer as it is just fantastic.
Batch 902 Bottled 10-21-2011

MadScientist, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +1%

2007 vintage, thanks to nightbrew for bringing this one over. Deep amber color. The nose is similar in some ways to a Flemish; sour apple skin and funk for sure. The taste is a bit of a let down after the pungent nose, it's a little too subdued. Funky, slightly tart apple, maybe a hint of nuttiness amidst all the funk. The body is soft with a bit of sparkle. Overall, a pretty friggin' tangy beer. Sour fans unite.

brownbeer, May 05, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +1%

What could be better than a new bottle of Jolly Pumpkin on a Sunday evening?? The Fuego Del Otono pours from the 750ml bottle a deep auburn hue with a nice two finger cap of fluffly white foam that has great staying power. Aromas of toasty, mildly bready malts swimming in a sea of spiciness. Cloves, cinammon, chestnut and pepper come to mind. Sour fruitiness in the background, apple specifically. The final waft is yeasty with a touch of wood. Good stuff, albiet a bit on the subtle side.

First sip brings a sour fruity flavor upfront that is quickly met by a mix of spices. Cloves, pepper, cinammon and more I can't pick out. A very mellow sweet caramel alongside a touch of yeastiness. Faint nuttiness comes in as the brew finishes off with a touch of dry woodiness. Overall, a tasty brew but it just doesn't have the complexity of some of the other JP brews.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with plenty of fast moving bubbles that race across the tongue. Rather smooth and easy going, would make a good summer brew as well. An interesting brew to be had here, but not my favorite of the JP offerings. Still, I always seem to have an easy time downing these 750's and this one is no exception. Give it a try and decide for yourself! (Pairs well with some mild cheddar also.)

orbitalr0x, May 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

gregmoscetti, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

batch 902, bottled 10/21/11

A - Pours golden orange, slightly hazy, with one finger of bright white head. Head has decent retention, but leaves very little lacing.

S - Aroma mixes earthiness, nuttiness, and some citrus. Faint spices and apple. A bit of tartness to the aroma.

T - Tart, but not intensely so, with a combination of earthy and citrus flavors and some apple cider. Pretty nice combination overall. Finish becomes more earthy, with a noticeable chestnut taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with an earthy dry finish.

O - Solid beer from Jolly Pumpkin, but not up with my favorites. Still, I would have this again.

warnerry, Jul 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

SunDevilBeer, Jun 05, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head that quickly goes to a thin film and collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is doughy malts with tart, slightly sour, fruits and some spices.

The flavor is earthy yeast with some bready malts. It has some tart and slightly sour fruits, wood and some spices and a dry lightly bitter finish. It has a bit of a washed out and watery flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's a pretty typical JP brew, although not one of their better ones. I'd prefer more sourness and less watery flavors.

Beaver13, Dec 17, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

Doomcifer, Sep 05, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a Duvel chalice the body is a mostly clear amber with an enormous beige head that settles into a frothy meringue. Aroma is herbal, spicy and citrusy lemon. Some wild funky notes, as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety carbonation and a sour herbal bite. Taste is quite saison like. Dry and herbal, with some floral hopping. Softly sweet malt notes add a richness. Citrusy orange and lemon add considerable depth. Another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

merlin48, Mar 27, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Batch 336, bomber from DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours cloudy, dull, dark brownish amber. The head is thick, medium khaki, the real story is the world class retention. The head stays and stays, then leaves a thick film, ring and gobs of nice looking lacing. The nose is spicy, earthy and infused with sour notes. Simply delicious brew, sour fruit, more earthyness, peppery spice, a waft of sweet malt. The finish continues the theme, sour, spice, earth, malt, pepper. Somehow it all comes together and works. Perhaps my favorite brew experience yet from JP

Billolick, Jun 18, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Bottling No. 3, 2007. Pours golden orange with a white head. Very clear. Aroma is some tart citrus as well as some light funk. Also some spices. Flavor is semi-tart with lots of citrus. Not very funky. Finishes very dry. High carbonation and drinkability.

Mora2000, Jan 03, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Bottle (2007)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for opening this one, Jordan!

(Aged for 4 years)

Bright, glowing, slightly hazy golden orange with a small off-white head that leaves very small dots of stick down the glass.

Earthy and nutty aroma along with some hay, grass, and funky barnyard/horseblanket notes. Complex, evolving, and the best part of this beer.

The nutty character is stronger in the flavor than it is in the aroma, and it's quite dominant. I know this beer is brewed with chestnuts, and they really shine through here--though if I didn't know it was brewed with chestnuts, I'd say it tasted like almonds. There's a mild funk note rounding things out, though it's quite mellow.

Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very interesting fall take on the style. Drinkable, but not in anything more than a small amount. I'd tire of it quickly.

ehammond1, Jan 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

Batch 625 Bottled 9/28/10 a half month past my birthday...looks brilliant with a nice copper pale malted hue with a bright off white head. Forms a fine even band of lacing that continues with each sip. Nose has hints of cider, coriander, and roasted chestnuts...what a wild ale. Sour ale to the max tastes like a layer of lactic yogurt and tree bark sour and bit all the same. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation not much going on but bone dry finish between the lactic bittrness and tree bark mainly oak ale aging. Drinkability overall is decent but overall it was a bit rough with bark/oak flavor, not much other than that.

WVbeergeek, Apr 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jtladner, Apr 09, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a billowing 1” off-white head over a hazy mahogany-colored body. Decent head retention and sheets of lace. Strong aromas of yeast, citric fruit and cloves accompanied by notes of light roasted malt. Tart and sour flavors up front are soon joined by earth, sweet malt and a touch of citrus. Lean to medium body with a healthy bit of carbonation contributing a light mouthfeel. Finishes with a slight dryness.

Another complex brew from Capt. Ron that defies my expectations and challenges boundaries and convention. Much more sour and less sweet than I anticipated. This drinks more like an Oud Bruin than a Biere de Garde-- but style be damned, this is a complex and tasty brew that will take some more time for me to fully wrap my head/tongue around.

Shovelbum, Jan 08, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev -2%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm amber body with a light hazy that could be from all the swirling of tiny bubbles through the body. There is a huge thick creamy head that turns rocky and then mousse but never really fades.

S- This beer has a very soft decay not like dried leaves or wet wood. There is a slight smell of non-descript household cleaner but it is very nice. There is a light stone fruit note with a soft tartness to it.

T- This beer has a soft smooth pale malt taste with notes of raisins and caramel malt in the background. There is a hint of spice warmth but it is too soft to tell what type of spice. There is a soft grapefruit zest bitterness in the finish with a soft dark malt bitterness and a slight sweetness mixed in to the flavor.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a little fizz that cleans the finish nicely.

D- This beer is very smooth and blended well with many of the flavors coming through in the back of the throat instead of on the tongue. The wild notes play a supporting role to give the malt some mystery.

Thanks to emerge077 for spotting this one and sending me the beermail.

rhoadsrage, Feb 13, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml Bottle--Batch 3 2007 poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-- Large, bubbly white head that builds a gorgeous crown that hangs around on top of the slow dissipating head for the whole ride down. Very impressive. The beer itself is a dark orange brown, a bit more brown than a dark pumpkin. Great color for an autumn beer.

Aroma-- I immediately get the brett funkiness of horse blanket and a phenolic scent intertwined smoothly with fruity esters of sour green apples and lemon/orange zest (more so lemon).

Taste-- Big tart/sourness smacks my tongue up front with the lemon and sour apple coming in the middle and staying through the end with just a tiny bit of alcohol heat on the finish, blending in very well with the other flavors. As the beer warms, I get a earthy, nuttiness lingering on long after my sip is through. This must be those chestnuts that are apparently in here. I don't know what chestnuts taste like, but this must be what I'm tasting. Good flavor to sneak in a beer for the autumn season. As the beer gets more on the overly warm side, I get flashes of saltiness, but those are my fault as I started drinking the 750ml alone with the beer already on the warm side.

Mouthfeel-- The mouthfeel is light and pleasant, and serves the flavors well enough. However, I do think it was just a bit thin for me.

Drinkability-- Light, crisp and complex the drinkability is good. One 750ml is certainly enough for me, though, as the beer made me incredibly thirsty for water throughout my last half, which is mostly my fault for having it to warm; nevertheless, sharing a bottle with someone on a beautifully autumn night would be preferable.

Fun fact: Had my mother sample this much like most of my beers while I'm home in the summer. Her response to it, "Bland with the essence of vinegar. Least interesting beer you've had." Ouch JP, my mom just burned you.

Reino, Aug 16, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -15%

Pint pulled at Dilly Deli.

A: Beautiful hazy tangerine pour with a good finger of slightly tinted head. Head holds very well at a 1/4 the entire way down. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Fruity apricot esters bring up the majority of the scent. Damp and earthy smelling with just a touch of sweet alcohol.

T/M: This is my first sample of this style. It's not terrible in any sense, but it's not something that I'm going to seek out very often. Reading up on the style helped me put together what I was tasting. Damp and musty is the backbone of this brew. Has a nice apricot sweetness to it as well as a defined tartness. Just a hint of underlying woody qualities. Mouthfeel was extremely thin, bordering watery.

D: I had no problem finishing the pint but I think this style is just a bit too different for me. I'll of course try more in the future.

pwoods, Nov 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Shawner, Dec 08, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

#BOTG 78! Bottled 10-24-11. Poured from bottle into JK Farmhouse Ale glass. Pours a orange cloudy color. Decent head and retention, small bubbles coming up from the bottom. Smell- ripe oranges, funk, sour cherries. Some spice is there, but I can't put a name on what it is I smell. Taste- Nice huge sour blast. Sour cherries, I don't see where the chestnuts or spice is on this thing at all. This is a nice light sour.

lnashsig, Jul 01, 2012
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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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