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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 193
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 02-14-2006

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release, aged 21 months in oak.

Deep ruddy orange, with a creamy dollop of foam. Color fades from a darker shade at the surface, to a lighter yellow orange at the meniscus of the glass.

Cidery, sweet/tart acetic vinegar sharpness, dry woody notes. A ripe cheese note blends into the apple cider vinegar mix, with sweet hay and fruity crabapple essence. Smells like fallen apples in an orchard, desiccating in the summer heat.

Delicious tart apples, almost overripe, with a sweet vinegar note, melded with a ripe farmhouse cheese. Dry oaky tannin, that plays well with the sweet crabapple. Pretty much falls in line with it's aromas. Light carbonation, best served at 55º+ to pick up it's nuances. Complex and super drinkable...one of my all time favorite sour ales.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Same bottle as pictured. No less than 12 months in oak on the label.

Pours into my glass a vibrant, clear amber orange color with a thick inch of creamy, cragly white head that leaves patches of lacing as it falls. Steady carbonation rises up. Aromas greet me with crisp, spicy pale malts bathed in a mix of light fruity scents. Apple, pear, lemon and citrus all work themselves in together. Spicy, earthy yeast tones give way to a sour funkiness. Hints of vanilla and oak with the vinegar brett aromas giving it the send off.

First sip brings a crisp, grainy pale malt upfront that quickly turns into a wash of fruity notes, green apple, pear and citrus all move in. Coriander and general spiciness move onto quite a forward vanilla flavor on the way down. The woody, oak tones meld in wonderfully. Sour, funky brett tones are there but somewhat mellow. It finishes slightly dry. Quite a fruity, funky, woody, spicy brew.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with very aggressive carbonation that rushes across the palate. The amount of carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink and knocks down the ability to enjoy it a touch for me. Overall, it's a tasty, funky, oaky brew. I enjoy pulling the woody, oaky flavors out of beers like this that don't show any liquor flavors. 12oz is a good size here. Thanks for this tasty brew go out to SkinnyElvis.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Batch 130/131.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brett with some bready malt, grass and cherry notes. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of brett, along with some oranges. grass and bread notes. There is a light amount of tartness, but nothing overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 130/131

A - Cloudy light amber in color with a white head that vanishes like a freakin ninja, but it leaves a nice bit of lacing.

S - Citrus fruits, coriander, oak, and slightly peppery.

T - The taste is much like the description on the bottle, though I have to admit I have never had grains of paradise to say whether or not I taste those. First wave is a gentle sourness, grapefruit pith, apples, and oak wood paneling. In the finish there is a slight pepperiness to compliment the taste of coriander and grapefruit. The flavor is wonderfully crisp and refreshing.

M - Fairly light in body, and very smooth. Low carbonation, but I find the lack of carbonation to a bonus here.

D - This is downright delicious. I don't think anything else need be said on this topic.

Photo of Shovelbum
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy off-white head over a slightly hazy copper-orange body. Aromas of caramel malt, oak and a strong whiff of bourbon. Coriander and a substantial dose of pepper make up much of the spice profile. A nice earthiness too, which is probably a combination of hops and barrel aging. The oak character is quite pronounced. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp in the mouth.

Definitley smoother and less abrasive at warmer temps. The “no less than 12 months in oak” has made some significant changes over the standard issue Luciernaga. I find the bourbon/oaky character to be a bit overbearing at lower serving temperatures, but mellows out nicely as the beer warms. Compared to the normal Luciernaga, the hop character has toned down to a more grassy flavor that is far less of a presence and makes for a mellower less assertive/bitter ale. Still, there is a good amount of complexity in here that, for the most part, works quite well.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to DeadTerry for bringing this one out of his cellar.

A: Pours a dark orange, slightly hazy. Small carbonation bubbles, but very little head formed and was gone quickly.

S: Nice sour/tart aroma. Some yeast and fruits, mostly apples and some cherries.

T: Very tasty. Very tart with sour fruits - the apples and cherries return. Also a really nice oak flavor from the aging.

M: Medium bodied, nice crisp and clean. Carbonation seems just right.

O: A really nice beer, the flavors are amazing. The tartness is spot on, really easy to drink.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once upon a funk beer. All funk from smell to taste, still being a good drinker and under control. Much funkier than any JP I have ever tried. Great looks with a big fomay head and lots of lace, that also serve to cushion the tongue and make for a smooth drinkable beer. Thanks for scoring, Doug K.

Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Several years aged (plus the original 14 months of bourbon -bal aging and probably some other -bal aging before that). Huge thanks to Nanoslug for bringing this awesomeness to a tasting.

Pours a very slightly hazy but bright copper color with a small off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is amazing. Sweet and tart caramel malt, green apple, bourbon, spices, and funk.

Flavor is also really awesome. Underripe fruits are big, especially green apple, along with a little vinegar, slightly sweet caramel malt, and tart funk. Very, very subtle on the bourbon and -bal aging. A subtle and well-integrated hint of rarity can be picked out if you have a discerning palate like mine.

Tingly on the palate with medium body and fairly prickly carbonation.

Really impressive stuff overall. I'm starting to like Jolly Blump- I mean Pumpkin more and more.


Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 28, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Fairly straightforward sour pineapple and lechee Brett character, with a little edge of Nyquil Red alcohol aroma and a faint wisp of fading windy blended wildflower floralness. Clearish even orange pour, with a tiny rim of off-white. Very low on the carbonation. Flavor is a delicate, sweet perfumy wild sourness, with hazy oak and fermenting on the vine cranberries. Residual sweetness has some umami character and pair well with sour green apple skins. Nice tart, dry, leather oak alcohols. Hops appear in the background, lost in a sea of overly dominate Brett and oak. Barrel may bring wisps of vanilla. Some juicy hop juice and light wildness in the smack. Leathery. I think Brett has gone a little far here and this doesn’t appear as too complex.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Hoppymeal for sharing this. TurdFurgison and I literally ran to go and try this once MasterSki told us someone opened it (props to Alex for letting me know and being my “in” to trying this rarity). Consumed at the CBS release, moments before they began handing out tickets.

750ml bottle with a gold sticker around the neck. Batch 130/131. I should mention I do have a 12oz bottle of this from 2004. It is from the original GR batch of this beer. I’m almost afraid to open it…

Appearance – A beautifully cloudy amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head that dissipates slowly as does most JP head and leaves less lacing than expected.

Smell – Heavy green apple, spices, classic JP funk but even more than usually. Barnyard, wet hay, leather, and vinegar.

Taste – Lots of oak and vinegar up front. A nice, though not as much as anticipated, mouth puckering green apple/citrus flavor. A decent amount of vinegar and spices also.

Mouthfeel – Medium to light bodied, crisp with plenty of carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Overall – Soooo pumped I was able to try this (and then trade for one later). I will re-review this beer once I try it again. To be blunt, not my favorite JP beer. I was happy to try this but feel I needed a bit more time with it. Can’t wait to revisit.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my secret Santa for sending me this bottle, this one has been sitting on my wants list forever and I was most excited to finally get to it. A 12 oz bottle from batch 130/131. This one was served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 12/14/2008.

The pour was nice, a rich amber color with a moderate amount of carbonation visible streaking up towards the surface. A nice pillow of white foam on the top that hung around for a good few seconds before fading off into a light crown that handled the rest of the session quite nicely.

The aroma was surprisingly light and fruity. Nice touches of apricots, light lemon and orange notes. Touches of peach and light fruits dominating. Some light sourness as it warmed, but nothing over the top, and a light grain base was very evident. The flavor was as smooth as could be. Light touches of grain developed into a full on fruit flavor by about the second sip. Rich notes of tart apples, pears, light touches of peach as well. Some light pepper like spices that nibbled on the tongue as the flavor wore on. Very solid here. Nice and very sippable, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. The light body really lended itself well to the whole profile, never becoming overbearing.

Overall very solid. Not what I was expecting at all. Much lighter and less sour, but very very good. This was my first of the reserves from Jolly Pumpkin and it was definitely enough to make me want to go back for more.

Photo of knight84
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 130/131 Aged 21 months in oak. 12oz bottle.
Pours a dark burnt-orange color, very opaque but not hazy, can almost see the bugs floating. Has a very rich appearance. Even with a vigorous pour it only produced a small khaki colored head leaving a tiny cap. The nose is tart raspberries and cherries, lots of yeast, old barn hay with a musty funk. The taste is very tart, lots of oak and sour fruits, tart apples, sour cherries, and raspberries. Did I mention oak? Seems a touch boozy at first (despite only being 6.5%) but balances as it comes from cellar temp to room temp. Mouthfeel is excellent, the bottle conditioning has left this one perfectly carbonated, it opens the palate very nicely to all the flavors with just a touch of syrupy stickyness that helps the taste to linger. Overall one of my favorite beers from Jolly Pumpkin!

Photo of MTNboy
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a lot of head with a lot of lace. Both have a strong presence and stick around for a while.

Smell: It has a fruity grape like aroma there are also hops and yeast scents too.

Taste: It tastes sort of like what bee pollen. Spicy but at the time sweet and bitter. The aftertaste has melon and grape tones

Mouthfeel: Very Smooth but a little greasy. A little carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: Overall it is a great beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for bringing this...
Appears a hazy gold with a small white cap that fades out quickly and leaves a small cap and collar in the glass.
Smell is of lots of oaky, vanilla goodness with brett and a touch of bourbon.
Taste is of the same aromas toned down slightly. Lots of nice oak and brett coming through in the taste as well with a mild tartness.
Mouthfeel is mildly sour from the wild yeast with a good amount of oak and candy coming through and making this a nice brew.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold in color with a nice frothy one inch head. For being barrel aged for months, this is still bringing that JP funk. There is a lot of carbonation in this drink as well. Some subtle oak, vanilla and bourbon from the barrels is present in the taste. Another solid offering from JP.

Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Styles, thanks so much for hooking me up with all this JP! Hazy orange pour with a slightly beige head and lots of sediment. Lookin' good. In the nose, dill pickle chips, a bretty funk, sweaty socks, and lots of woody oak. There's a good bite to this stuff. Like pickles, interesting. Very oaky and woody, with earthy funky flavours. Prety interesting. Very soft, and just slightly more flavourful than the regular version. Very easy to drink this stuff. Another winner from Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Lacing is plentiful and slow-falling. Aroma is tart, with an underlying rounded sweetness and a tinge of funk. Taste is tart upfront, with the malt character flushing out a bit in the middle, and the oak character coming in on the end. Mouthfeel is a bit hard, it all just doesn't come together as well as expected, but remains nicely drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of natasharai
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a little creamy smooth tan head that dissipated to a thin layer but remained thick around the edges and left a small amount of lacing. The head is easily awaken by a slight swirl of the glass. The beer is a cloudy orange brown color.

Smell: Strong smell with a lot going on. Sweet and sour apples, pears, a hint of banana, some maple sweetness, sour lemon, a bit vinegary, and small mint notes are detected.

Taste: Starts out with a calm subtle spicy clove and sweet apple and pear, transitioning to a nice woody/nutty flavor, then the sour lemon is noticed with a nice sweet caramel malt, all with a small hop presence to provide a small amount of bitterness, sour green apple, and a nice calm sweet flavor is left in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth at first, then a small sour pucker that goes down the throat a bit, leaves mouth feeling a bit sweet but ready for more.

Overall: Decent drinkability, gets a lot better once it warms up a bit. When cold, the sourness and intensity of flavors is almost overwhelming, but it all becomes much more subtle after a few minutes.

Photo of pinkwheels
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Taco Mac metropolis; they got in a small torpedo keg of this beer and it came highly recommended. The beer poured hazy with a nice golden orange-amber color with a bit of head (I had one of the first beers from the keg). The smell was wonderful, sour fruity funk is the best way to describe it. The beer had a great dry crispness too it and the sour tartness worked well with the fruity flavors. Overall I was really happy I got a chance to try this.

Photo of grub
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this one, purchased at the brewery.

12oz bottle. batch 130/131, barrel-aged 21 months. sampled nov 27/08.

pours hazy orange - looks like marmalade in the glass. a small dense white head forms, dropping fast and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is excellent. behind some lemon and sourness i almost get a west-coast ipa - apricot, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, maybe a bit of pine. bread and cracker. light alcohol. fresh floral and almost perfumey component. light alcohol.

taste is great. the sour/vinegar is pretty restrained, especially compared to the biere de mars grand reserve we had before it. bit of horse blanket funk. less of the other citrus that i got in the aroma, but there's still a bit of apricot coming through. definitely more towards the sour side than funky.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance, but still fairly sour. quite interesting though and i definitely enjoyed it.

Photo of hopdog
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!).

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized of white head. Some floaters in there. Aromas of oak, wood, vanilla, light spices, brett, leather, green apples, spices, and very light bourbon. Lot going on there. Tastes of wood, light spices, green apples, vanilla and caramel. We tried this side by side with a fresh bottle of the regular Firefly and it was interesting to see the difference.

Notes from and tasted on 4/7/06

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

Wanted to try this beer forever, don't remember who shared it at FFF's 15th, but thanks a bunch.

A - Dark orange beer that's got some haze. Not a lot of head on it, and what was there didn't stay around for very long.

S - Has some yeast, tart apples, grapes. Decent sourness and tartness. Slight acetone with some oak and vanilla.

T - Taste is pretty nice. There's a bit of wood there, decently sour with some tartness. You get the apples in there, and a bit of other fruit with a hint of spice. Solid.

M - Mild carbonation with a medium bodied beer.

O - Good stuff. Has a good bit going on with it, wouldn't mind tracking this down again and revisiting with a larger share of the bottle.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a kickass JP tasting a while back... finally getting my notes typed up.

It's a golden straw color with a half finger white head that leaves bubbles scattered everywhere in a connect-the-dots pattern of lacing. The nose is bright, lemony lactic, nice and tart. A lot of the funk from the regular version is missing here, but it's made up for by the increased dose of sourness.

The body is light, and the carbonation is low. It drinks almost like a white wine, and it pulls it off pretty well. Very tasty. Very easy drinking. Some oak and a touch of funk-- it's subdued and gentle, kind and caring, like a good masseuse after a rough week.

Tommy like wingy.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 130/131
Pours a hazy orange-ish color, with an off white head. In the aroma, a white grape and a small vinegar like tartness. In the taste, tart, oaky, fruity, and a touch of vinegar. A smooth and medim mouthfeel with a dry fruity dryness in the aftertaste. Oaky, tart, and fantastic aging.

Photo of Angus703
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged 21 months Oak barrels Batch 130/131

Picked it up at the brewery over christmas, drank it on 3/4/09

Very little head to it, poured into a Cervoise (essentially short less wide wine glass) Hazy amber color, the little head that is left is light tan, little lacing, but its keeping around the edges faintly

Sour aroma, vinegar, Funk, green apples, kind of fruity

You can sure taste spice in this one, sourness at the end, but something else I can't put my finger on maybe the skin of an unripened green apple, SausyA below said it was like licking the oak barrel (maybe that is what I'm getting at)

Mouthfeel, wow just great, I was told by one of the owners this one just wasn't going to be carbonated, and kinda flat, but there is carbonation it just isn't as prevalent as in their other brews, light and very pleasing mouthfeel overall

I would say it is very drinkable, maybe not for a casual beer drinker, and it would be awesome with some sort of a feast, I think in general Jolly Pumpkin beers would be even better paired with food

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Luciérnaga, The Firefly - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.