Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 57
Gots: 62 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: ypsifly on 12-28-2005)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch: 899/900
Bottled: 10/7/2011
Consumed: 08/17/2011--08/18/2011
Appearance: Cloudy blonde in looks with darker orange hues peeking through in the center. Deep carbonation as always.
Smell: (Heavenly) citrus fruit notes; paired with oak, chestnut, and other sly spiced scents.
Taste: Gentle tart (almost apricot) citrus up front. Playing into a sour bite that holds hands with a (comforting) chestnut and spice concoction that gently whispers its taste to your tongue. Concludes with oak and finishes slightly dry.
Mouthfeel: Gentle, light-bodied, and with a charming tickle.
Overall: Between this, Weizen Bam, Luciernaga, Oro De Calabaza, Maracaibo Especial, and Madrugada Obscura. I think my favorite so far is Fuego Del Otono. Beautiful bottle, beer, and people; (when I catch my reflection). Stay attractive...My friends!

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4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice hiss from the 250ml bottle, surprised this isn't a caged&corked bottle actually.
Pours a very hazy amber, with an offwhite stiff foam.

Aroma is phenomenal. Reminds me of fall on this rather cool August evening. A nice vinegary sourness and some tart cider apple. Crisp tart fruit wraps up the aroma. So complex and unique.

Taste is rich malty sweet hiding behind a bright upfront wall of tartness and brett barnyard. Finish is very smooth and my mouth salivates immediately after each sip. A slight tropical note in there too, with some honeycomb sweetness in the finish. It's nice and dry, with a light spicing of corriander, clove, and allspice/pumpkin.

I can see where the chestnuts might be present, but can't pick them out in the taste or aroma, its just too complex a beer. Maybe i'm just looking for a nut brown type of nuttiness and just missing the chestnut subtly. This is meant to be a compliment not a complaint.
It's got vigorous carbonation present. Not sure what foods i'd pair it with, but it's strong enough to hold up to anything. I love it as a sipper and at this low of an abv, this 250ml will be gone in no time at all!!! Love it.

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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light yellow in color just a hint of brown above straw color. Forms massive head that takes over the glass. Smell of sourness and cider. I've just recently tried La Folie and Supplication and it reminds me of those. Sip also reveals a sourness but with a rounded edge. This is a great beer. It is less sour than New Belgium La Folie. It is made right next door. How incredible! This is the best Jolly Pumpkin offering I have had by far yet. This one is not to be missed. Just a hint of nutmeg. Very soft in mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty well carbonated, it pours with a frothy three-finger thick tan head, that starts to leave a lacing pattern as it slowly, and falls back in a cratered rocky fashion. The beer is a hazy reddish-tinged amber color. The aroma is intoxicating, it is immediate as soon as I start pouring this beer; it is a mix of tart notes and fruit up front. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a signature of Brett that is a bit horseblanket, and quite funky (especially if you linger over the aroma. The tartness is still here underneath the Brett character; notes of tamarind and tart plum are quite evident. The aroma is quite complex, and quite nice I could smell these beers for quite some time. Comparable to a Lambic in many ways but there is that balancing sweet note, which contributes to the fruitiness, and is not typically found in a bone dry Lambic. After a bit of time I start to pick up a fruity concentrated note that reminds me of sweet strawberries and kiwis; Interesting.

The beer has some body to it, and an astringent woody/ tannic note that definitely make one think of the barrels that this was fermented in (or perhaps some of it is from the chestnuts). It only has a light sweetness to it, but it is enough to play up fruity notes of apples and plums. The beer is spicy with a nice carbonation note in combination with some spicy oak notes and sharp acidity. It is notable that the acidity is almost subtle here, I am not saying that it is not here, because it is definitely tart, but it is so well integrated with the rest of the flavors. The spices that were used are also quite subtle, in fact I can't even pick any of them out, which in my mind is about perfect, I like the integrated character that spices add, but don't like them to be individually noticeable. The Brettanomyces is here in the flavor, but not nearly as noticeable as it was in the aroma. This really works for this beer, because the Brett does not dominate the flavor profile; it contributes an underlying funkiness that sort of wraps around and accentuates the other characteristics found in this beer. As time goes on this beer picks up a wonderful creaminess to it, which really brings the mouthfeel to another level.

My final word on this beer is that it is so well integrated, and so well balanced. The wood character, the tartness, the funky notes, the fruit character and everything else just combines to form a really nice drinking, complex brew. Once again Ron has created a masterful brew, so far he is firing on all cylinders and I still have 5 more of these to go.

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4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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