Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 638
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 60
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of Crosling
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearence with a pillowy foam. I’m not sure I like the subtle wild yeast character. The same character was present in both Biere De Mars and Bam Biere, and I’m still unsure about it. After the mid-palate, some interesting fruit character comes out. The mouthfeel is nice and chewy. I wish it had more barrel character however. More oak please. Pretty good and unique. (376 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy malt scent along with a mildly bitter hop aroma. There is a slightly tart yeast presence along with some fruit esters. The taste is decent. It has a tart/fruity yeast flavor that smacks you in the mouth. It has a moderate malt bill with a bit of hops in the finish. This is a little too aggressive with the yeast esters for me. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This was an interesting beer, but nothing I'd buy again. (614 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from big Mag to a pint glass, The liquid is a light brown. The Head is a Monstrous Foam Giant. After KMWeaver filled his glass 1 part liquid 9 parts cotton candy. I poured mine as easy as I could still getting 4 big fat fingers of white fluff. You could spoon it out and wear it like a beard. This baby also laced up like soap scum on a foot ball players bath tub.

The smell was big time cloves, some pumpkin spice and a bit of apple.

The taste follows, lots of spice, not much with the sour.

The mouthfeel is very odd, best described like champion. Light and airy, dances on the tongue.

The drinkability was not real good for me but not bad. perhaps just too airy and spicy. Many thanks to KMWeaver. Prosit, MK (731 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a massive of white head. The aroma is slightly tart with some light citrus, malt and a little bit of funk. The taste is tart with a good amount of roastiness, spice, yeast and some earthy notes as well. The mouthfeel is light and prickly from the high carbonation. Overall, this is an absolutely superbly crafted brew that is highly recommended. (421 characters)

Photo of schusterbauer
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm constantly amazed by jolly pumpkin. every beer is a wonderful and anachronistic sensory experience. this one is no different.

apricot and cider colored beer with a big soap suds head and plenty of yeast chunks floating carelessly throughout. this is the color of turning leaves -- it seems the beer is aptly named. at first the smell was one-dimensional, the only detectable element being jolly pumpkin's signature funky yeast. further inspection reveals the scent of crushed red apple peels. reminds me of the smell in the cider mill.
this beer blurs the line between beer and cider brilliantly. upon first sip, as with the smell, funky yeast is foremost. after a few sips, ripe michigan apples build in the palate, along with notes of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a host of other subtle nuances. tastes like autumn. this is very impressive. light and crisp in the mouth, and drinkable by the gallon. (911 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of wavz
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - 750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a rich Cappuccino like head with plenty of staying power. The beer is a burnt orange with a lot of haze, almost like fall leaves.

S- Deep spices, orange, and a good dose of what some would describe as horse blanket. Also a touch of smoky malts.

T- A dry tart orange,cranberries , with a nice hint of white pepper, rose water and bit of balsamic (just a bit).

M- Plenty of carbonation, Dry mouth feel. This is not a chug type of beer. Like the label says, "A beer to sip, contemplate, to enjoy!".

D- This is a good not run of the mill beer that I would be happy to buy again.

Wavz (654 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Beautiful hazy, burnt orange color with a towering off white head that never quite disappears. Plenty of sticky lace coats the glass.

S: Soft toasted malt, nuts, and spice crossed with an awesome barnyard funk aroma. There is a smell in there that reminds me of my grandmothers' basement in Jefferson Park in Chicago.

T: Lightly toasted malt and tart citrus, mixed with a spicy roasted nut flavor and a hint of killer dirty horse blanket. Nice earthy hop flavors lurking around in there. Lightly tart finish with notes of earthy dirt as well. Fantastic.

M: Quite effervescent upon initial pour, but it settles down over time and the body thickens considerably as the carbonation dies off and the temperature rises.

D: I wasn't sure what to expect with this Jolly Pumpkin beer but I knew it was going to be one hell of a journey. I am consistantly bowled over by the beer that they put out and this has got to be my favorite from them so far. I can't get over the musty attic aromas and flavors that permeate this beer. Challenging to the palate and well worth the effort! (1,142 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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... (586 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a tasting with biegaman, northyorksammy, and grub. Thanks guys!

Dark bronze or brown with decent-sized head. Malty aroma with spritzy citrus notes. Flavour was buttery and a little sour, with a creamy mouthfeel and a surprisingly sour aftertaste. Lambic-like, and I think Jolly Pumpkin does use wild yeasts. (321 characters)

Photo of malcontent
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Iced tea appearance...if your iced tea has an amazingly foamy head that retains its form throughout your enjoyment of said beverage.

Nutmeg and citrus notes mingle with overwhelming white wine scents. Very much like a sparkling wine (Prosecco?) in its aroma.

Lemony taste, woody astringency on the finish with good spiciness throughout. A bit of a Sweet Tart candy taste. Good.

Body is very light and the yeast really dances on the tongue. Once again, very much like champagne.

Drinkable? Oh, yeah, but it IS a lot like champagne and I don't get that itch very often. Still, a good one to be sure.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for splitting the bomber with me (663 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 16, 2006. 750 mL Bottle. A sweet glow of tawny lemons and horsey grain husk. Grapeskins and fermenting leather blend in a sack of spice. A sweet peach soda pour, with a flowing lace of ivory. Flavor is a sweet sugary essence of malt, while Brett plays quietly in the corner. This beer isn’t as nuanced as I would expect. I breathe in some vapors of extraneous nut husks and distant spice conjuring. The reduced play of Brett is deft, as I still get the wonderful sweet lechee juice sensation, but am sparing the scorching acidity. I can also pleasently draw on the crisp malt sugars. This beer isn’t particularly nuanced in my opinion, but has a beavenly drinkability, replete with fresh crisp summer hops. The quietly unassuming, but magically appearing hop smack on the tounge, in Euro fashion makes this an expertly balanced beer. This beer is really growing on me, the long drawn carries fresh lime juice and Madagascar Vanilla. And there’s spicy mingling. It turns into one of those beers you want to just keep drinking and drinking and hope it will never go away. This is a scarce beer where the backend and smack are the best parts. Damn! (1,181 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (251 characters)

Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tasting party dec 6/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. i think northyorksammy contributed this one, so thanks sammy!

pours a dark amber colour with gushing white head. head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is nice. slightly sour. lots of spice. nutmeg and corriander. orange peel. slightly toasty toffee sweetness. bit nutty.

taste is nice. lots of orange. slightly sweet. a bit roasty. toffee. very light on the spices, maybe nutmeg and corriander. funky with a bit of sourness.

mouthfeel is good. smooth, but with lots of carbonation.

drinkability is good. a little smoother and a bit more my style than the maracaibo especial i had earlier in the night. the lighter spicing and hint of roastyness sways me to this one. (840 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this masterpeice Mike! Deep orange/brownish body topped by solid being froth leaving spiderweb lace. Strange spicy grapefruit aroma is a welcome suprise. Lemons, and rinds, lots of funk and brett, with solid yeast and nuts. Very spicy flavour profile, slightly woody/nutty with the solid funk I expect from Ron. Solid puckering brett finish! Yay! This stuff is great except for those who are allergic to chestnuts! :) Thanks Mike! (449 characters)

Photo of northernbrews
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this up at the brewery. What a badass looking bottle. If there is a brewery with better labels, good luck finding it.

750 ml right from Dexter MI. The normal JP lady with a hand full of chestnuts. Glossy orange plastic wrap over the cap. Gold 2006 sticker.

Appearance: Pours a nice orangish amber in my Piraat snifter. Starts with about a two finger off-white head that fades to a nice layer on top. Slight lacing on the snifter.

Smell: Mostly chestnuts and roast malts in the nose. Smells like a freshly baked ginger snap cookie...???...there are some other spices in here; nutmeg, cinnamon, etc....

Taste: Nice smooth taste. Starts off slightly tart, followed by chestnuts, spices and malt. Nice refined hops at the end.This shit would go good with pumpkin pie. I wish it were more sour though.

Mouthfeel: Slightly spritzy and sour. Spices hang around for a bit.

Drinkability: This is definitely a late fall, winter sipper. I could drink quite a few of these.

Definitely not what I expected. At first I was kind of disappointed, but after a few sips and this beer warms, it grows on you. A nice change of pace from JP's other beers. Another solid effort from Ron and crew.

I would love for Ron to do a Grand Reserve version of this. This would likely get all 5's with about a year in some funky ass barrel.

This is one of the more difficult JP's to find. Definitely worth a try if you see any. Expect to pay a few dollars more for this than the other JP regular offering due to the amount of chestnuts used in the mash and during aging. (1,585 characters)

Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7 for 1L 9oz bottle
Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Spirits
Southfield, MI

The last of the quad triumvirate sans trois of J. Pumpkin that I needed to try. The main difference between this one and the standard fare Pumpkin brew is the hop tingle at the end which tries to mask itself in the form of a roast toasty chestnut. I'm assuming that the chestnut flavor is the hop itself. Then again I've compared their offering to bobbing apples, Brach's spiced gum drops and the nectar of the Gods themselves so who am I to
comment on anything. I'll tell you who! I'm a friend of Ron. Ron Jefferies. Whether he knows it or not. Put this one in the Hall of Fame with the others. (669 characters)

Photo of Beervis
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with a beautiful tan head that laces the glass and stays atop the brew for the duration.

Smell is tart, musty, fruity, and extremely appetizing.

Taste is extraordinarily complex. Sour fruity notes up front, followed by spice and mild balancing hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium, but absolutely fills the mouth with tons of flavors.

This beer is extremely refreshing and drinkable. I just couldn't get enough, but unfortuately I only have one bottle. Totally amazing, I am thoroughly impressed. Seek this one out!! (541 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a frothy two finger head that settles very slowly to a thick cap that sticks around for the entire beer. The lacing that's left behind is thick, and covers most of the inside of my glass.

Smell; there are some definite tart and sour aromas present. Once you get past those a little fruitiness comes out with apples, lemons and hints of oranges. It's a bit on the funky side with some interesting barnyard aromas, with some cinnamon and other spices mixed in with an oak barrel presence in there as well.

Taste; it's definitely on the tart side, but it's in no way overwhelming. Caramel and cinnamon blend well with the apple flavors, with an interesting lemon twist mixed on with them. The barnyard funk and oak barrel flavors round out the beer very nicely. I wasn't sure the flavor would live up to the smell, but it definitely has, with all of the flavors smoothly flowing into the next. Mouthfeel is on the full side with a lively but smooth carbonation. The only real problem I have with this beer, is that I only had one of them. (1,079 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer dispenses from the 750ml brown bottle a burnished copper with a portly head that is semi-creamy and a light tan in color, upon its eventual demise the lace forms a thin white sheet upon the glass. Nose is lemon-like in its crispness, hints of caramel, sweet malt at the back with a bit of butter as it warms, start is modestly sweet, the grain presence adequate and the top middling in feel. Finish is decidedly acidic, the hops light on the palate, dry somewhat sour aftertaste with a bit of nuttiness to finish it off. (529 characters)

Photo of Brian700
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this one. I haven't had one beer from JP that I haven't loved. This one pours a nice brownish orange with a white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer.

The aroma is of the ever so enticing Jolly Pumpkin oak barrels with some cinnamon, caramel, and some fruity esters. It is one of the best ones I have had from Jolly Pumpkin yet.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation.

This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. If you ever come across this beer and don't buy it I will slap you. (552 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour a mahogany and bronze color with a tan and white head that dissipates very quickly.
Aroma has some white pepper, caramel malt and very sour, almost tnagy notes with some fall spices in the background.
Flavors of dark fruits are overhwhelmed by a big sour and tart oranege peel note that is followed by a chocolately type of hit. Transition is very odd and doesn't seem to flow well at all.
Mouthfeel is beyond medium-bodied but the overwhelming tartness makes this beer border on the brink of drinkability. The tart sour notes just overpower any subtlety what so ever and render it very one-dimensional.
Drinkability is simply average. A Belgian sour bomb, not my favorite style at all but this is by far the most mundane brew I've had from JP. (754 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, spiced apple cider color with highlites of salmon and orange. Fantastic pillowy white head is holding its own... clinging to the side like its life was depending on it. The head has remained a solid presence through the beer all the way to the last sip.

S: I love Jolly Pumpkin. That smell, the classic JP smell of mystery. Wild yeast forms a strong backdrop aroma of this beer. Hints of cinnamon, oak, banana esters, lemon peel

T: WOW!!!! This is good. Begins with loads of wild yeast flavors; apricot, sour apple, white peach. Then ever so gently...slowly...the fruity flavors fade and a subtle transition of chestnuts comes into play. The chestnut flavor lasts for only a few beats then diminishes to only a memory.

M: Moderately smooth and full bodied.

D: Tremendous beer from one of my favorite breweries. So many various notes along the way with complexity happening thru ever stage of the sip to the swallow. (949 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.) (1,286 characters)

Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.