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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 58
Gots: 48 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee de autumn fire, a funky jolly pumpkin. Not as vinegary, bold, as the brown ale had earlier in the tasting. Orangey colour. Spicey, hint of roast,drinkable. Cinammon, nutmeg, corriander, lemon citrus, nutty, full mouth, caramel, vanilla from wood

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:46:32 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-17-2012 02:04:35 | More by t0rin0
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3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Blend 6. Bottled 10/10/12.

Pours a murky whitish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, spice, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is much too herbal and medicinal forward for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 17:49:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 21:20:22 | More by djrn2
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Ave in DC.

Batch 625 -- Bottled September 28, 2010. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a faint nuttiness atop of some light fruit and some earthy funk. Light oak as well. The flavor has some faint spice and a bit of earthiness to it, along with oak and some faint acidity. Light bit of funk throughout. Really nice balance. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation and a dry finish. Another winner from JP.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:48:01 | More by Thorpe429
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 22:02:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a little sourness and flavors of lemon citrus along with notes of oak and hints of chestnuts and nutmeg.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable because it's rather light-bodied on the palate and isn't that malty or sour. I would definitely consider trying this again.

Note: Blend 6, Bottled 10-10-2012

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:27:45 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 02:08:04 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with big white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sour with some oak and some Brett character. Taste is quite sour and tart with some oak but really dominating by Brett yeast. While I enjoyed this American Wild Ale very much, I could not really feel any spices or chesnut as mentioned on the label since the Brett really took over. Body is light with some great carbonation. Another great JP beer that could serve very well as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 20:55:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many other Jolly Pumpkin ales, this brew is full of flavor, juiciness, spiciness, lightly vineous, and with a decent dosage of funk--just enough to make things interesting. Starts with a strong, spicy aroma (nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger), quickly followed by a hearty, bready semi-sweet maltiness. A medium muskiness (not quite moldy) overcomes the sweetness, and takes on a solid vineous aroma. The look of the beer is a standard, agressively carbonated, well headed brew with loosely knit foamstand, Sprinkled with yeast and spices. The flavors take on the semi-sweet barley / bready flavors, but meld well with background tones of oak aged flavor, modest caramel and cashew (buttery, nutty) flavors. As the flavors subside, the vineous character rises nearly to wine-like proportions, stopping only for a tart, sharp, dry finish. Lingers with assertive spices, aged hops, and alcohol. There is very little that differentiates the quality of Jolly Pumpkin ales, but they are all amazing and full of art. Another well done brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 12:33:15 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for sending me this. I've been interested in trying this for awhile. A bottle from the 2010 batch.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed peach color with a large white head, maybe just a bit off-white.

S: The nose has the signature tartness of Jolly Pumpkin with a lot of hibiscus notes to it. Quite a bit of funkiness to it with notes of hay and wet oak. There's a bit of a lemon zest note to it, too.

T: A strong flavor of chestnuts comes through and provides a strongly "meaty" flavor. The tartness here is minor, but certainly noticeable. Again, lots of floral notes, specifically hibiscus, with a bit of rose petals. Quite a bit of spice to it, also, but I don't really notice anything in particular.

M: The body is medium with a medium but lively carbonation.

D: Even for a Jolly Pumpkin beer, this is pretty interesting. I liked it quite a bit, but it's definitely different from most of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 05:51:01 | More by womencantsail
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $13.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Batch 899/900, Bottled 10-7-2011.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, clover honey-hued body with a foamy, slowly receding, barely off-white head (though, the latter pours turned out quite clouded). Glass glaze of lace on the descent.

Smell: Simple sugar cookies, faintly sweetish, heavily marked by musty yeasty notes, tart-scented hard cider, citrus, very faint oak sprigs, additional fruity hints, soiled, unwashed herbs.

Taste: Sweetish sugar cookie hints with some slight caramel nuttiness. Big gulp of farmhouse cider with hints of strawberry and one drop of that bright red sauce that comes with the sweet-n-sour chicken. Oak character with a childlike gentleness about it. It's got a tartness and some barnyard funkiness going on, but it's very balanced within and amongst the other elements of this beer. Splash of salty, phenolic lemon juice. Tiny pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Ramping up of acidity on the dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. It's quite tasty and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 23:42:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-28-2012 23:35:33 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-30-2013 13:01:48 | More by jaydoc
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-28-2012 15:47:35 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-07-2012 19:25:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a hazy amber and orange body. Lots of fruits, nuts, spice and molasses in the aroma. Flavor follows that of a mild sour or wild ale with some dark fruits. Spices include nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium body, a little chewy with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Nice degree of sourness with nice interaction between spice and fruits.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:50:43 | More by kylehay2004
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-25-2013 03:48:41 | More by Knapp85
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice pouring into a snifter. Plenty of offwhite foam, leaving lacing on the glass. Body is a medium to dark toned brown.

Smell is a little odd at first, possibly the chestnuts, but it's an earthy, skunky malt that comes out first. It's reminiscient of some questionable euro lagers, but as it warms, this dissapates, and a light fruitiness comes out.

Taste is rich, not heavy on the palate. Bitter & nutty chestnut, earthy spice, possibly coriander. Extra carbonation, dry finish. A shared bottle disappeared quickly.

A unique and strong example of creative brewing...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 06:02:37 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-11-2012 17:32:57 | More by JAHMUR
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden color with a one-finger head of off-white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity with a subtle nuttiness. Slightly phenolic, too.

T - It tasted spicy with an estery and fruity flavor. Again, a very mild nuttiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty brew. I really have been enjoying everything Jolly Pumpkin does.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:31:08 | More by zeff80
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-15-2011 18:05:59 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 625 -- Bottled September 28, 2010. Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter.

Beer is amber, a little hazy, off white head, moderate retention, some lacing, nice carbonation.

Aroma is a little acidic, oaky, mild sweetness / earthy spiciness.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice finish, not too dry, a little earthiness, lactic sourness, a little oak and funk on the end, no bitterness. I might have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 19:54:05 | More by drabmuh
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in Fayyetteville, AR in late May; Batch 335

Pours a bubbly & chill-hazed amber/orange with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Sourness & green apple, & a bit of leather

T: Apples, vinaigrette & some mushrooms up front. Dry apple cider flavors take over as this warms, tartness & grassyness as this warms. Finishes grassy & tart, started falling apart a bit at the end

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, started reminding of apple juice once warm, the just depth fell out of this

Drinks very easy, but seems to be channeling medium dry English apple cider

More misses than hits from these guys for me

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:52:50 | More by russpowell
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West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 18:25:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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