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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%


Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Belgian Christmas Ale aged in oak barrels."

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-21-2007)
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Noel De Calabaza a few months ago for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer awhile ago and I don't remember much about and I thought I should revisit it and it give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 10/12/13. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin Snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice seasonal look to it and I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a murky dark brown color that had a red tint to it and it took on more of a dark red color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up, there's some berry and other fruity aromas showing up but it seems like it's the tart cherry that show up the most. Up next comes the signature Jolly Pumpkin yeast that add just enough funky and light barnyard like aromas to this beer and it mixes with a nice noticeable oak and woody aromas with a light amount of spices showing up towards the end. This beer had a very nice aroma, I really liked how well the fruity aromas worked with the funky yeast and barrel aspects.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by that same fruity aspect that I got in the aroma with the berry and tart cherry like aromas sticking out the most followed by a higher amount of medium tartness. Up next comes that funky Jolly Pumpkin yeast which shows up just enough and it's followed by the right amount of noticeable oak and woody barrel flavors. Towards the end I get a nice malt flavor with some toasted malts coming through along with a slight spicy flavor and there was some slightly lingering tartness, funky yeast and fruity flavors in the aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, I thought the balance was really nice, no single aspect was too overpowering.

M- Smooth, not too acidic, a little refreshing, crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation bordering one being highly carbonated. This bee had a very nice mouthfeel, I have no complaints at all.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a pretty good example of a sour, BA has it listed as a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, but other then the light toasted malt aspect I don't find this beer to match up with the style, but I think it fits pretty well as a Sour or American Wild Ale. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, a little refreshing, not too acidic, not too filing and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, Drinking a whole bottle might be a little too much for me, but I think splitting it with someone is perfect. The flavor doesn't really come off as too winter seasonal like and I think this beer would be nice to have in the summer. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, nothing was too overpowering and the flavors seemed to work pretty well together. There wasn't anything that I disliked about this beer, I thought it was great just the way it is and I can't think of anything to improve it. I would buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind keeping a couple bottles around in the cellar. I would recommend this to anybody who like sours or American Wild Ales. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer and I'm glad I decided to revisit it, I don't know why I don't remember much about it from the first time I had it, I find it to be a pretty memorable beer now. This isn't my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but it's up there as one of the better ones I've had from them and i would say it's above average as far as Wild Ales go. Great job guys, this was a really nice beer, keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:49:33 | More by StoutHunter
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magictacosinus

California

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. Not sure who brought this, but thanks! Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. My first Jolly Pumpkin beer ever, too!

I believe we had the Alpha Klaus a little bit before this one, and as far as I'm concerned, both of them were nearly exactly the same in appearance. The only difference, of course, is the viscosity and yeasty appearance of this beer. Otherwise, it's equally opaque, with dark amber tones, as well as an off-white creamy head that temporarily coats the top of the glass before dissipating into a modest ring. Leaves behind no lacing, sadly, but still looks pretty appetizing.

Smells a lot like your typical spiced quad, but there's the commonplace (allegedly, anyways) funk that this brewery is known for right away, as well as some tart elements. Dark fruit are at the front, but of the under-ripe, tart variety: green plums, currants, raisins, figs, and at the finish sweet molasses. Afterwards, there's a leathery, barnyard aroma that appears in an unexpected manner, melding with notes of black pepper, ginger peel, nutmeg, and allspice. Roasted nuts are at the front as well, although it does seem that the highlight of this beer lies in the sour fruit notes overall, as well as in the spice profile used. Pretty unique stuff - definitely quite restrained for what it aims to be.

The flavor is a little bit more varied, however - often to its benefit, but sometimes to its detriment, especially when it gets progressively funkier and leathery. At first, there's notes of dark cherries, sour plums, blackcurrant, and figs. Roasted chestnuts are at the front, with some light pine, molasses, and tobacco. Leather, especially of the slightly charred kind, starts to come in over time, as does these unexpected lactic funky notes that make the beer taste creamier and sweeter, yet at the same time a little funky and bizarre. The finish is filled with more of the spices, mainly of cinnamon and nutmeg, with some light chocolate notes. This is pretty yeasty, but it's surprisingly crisp and filling, with a sweet flavor from the malts that melds well with the spices and funky fruity flavors. Carbonation could be a bit better, but it definitely lives out to be the decadent, albeit, strange beer it's supposed to be.

This was definitely one of the better ones of the night, and a lot of it owes to the tremendous balance given between the malts and spices as they fight over the rapidly shifting funky yeasty notes. This is definitely what the old school Xmas beers must have tasted like in the era of farmhouse ales. The results are very intriguing, and done quite well. I'm looking forward to trying more from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 08:21:26 | More by magictacosinus
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark cola brown with 3 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Dark dried fruit (raisin, fig), sweet caramel malt, mild chocolate, warm spice (cinnamon) and clove.
T: Berries (esp. strawberry), cinnamon, tart Brett, clove, soft caramel malt, and dark dried fruit (raisin). Interesting amalgam, but a bit jumbled.
M: Medium body. Sweet with a dry finish. Moderately tart throughout.
D: A decent brew with some interesting components. Not top notch for style however.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 05:05:08 | More by mwilbur
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a dark brown hue. Tan head is birthed from the pour. Dots and waves of lacing are left behind as the head fizzles away.

S-The aroma's got some funky yeast and dark maltiness. Dark, rotten fruits. Light oakiness and lots of Christmas spice.

T-The flavor does not jive for me. I get some odd, medicinal or band-aid flavors. The funk is alive and well but it doesn't mesh with the dark malt and spiciness. Each sip leads me to question what's really going on in my glass.

M-Hard to appreciate the feel when you don't like the flavor much. Rather light in body.

O/D-Didn't care for this one at all. Will not revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 18:57:58 | More by VelvetExtract
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/20/2011. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of strawberry, cherry, green apple, raisin, orange zest, caramel, toast, oak, clove, nutmeg, pepper, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of strawberry, tart cherry, green apple, orange zest, raisin, caramel, toast, nutmeg, clove, oak, pepper, hay, grass, light funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, cherry, green apple, orange zest, raisin, caramel, toast, nutmeg, clove, pepper, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and spice flavors; with a nice balance of fruit/spiciness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, oak, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:50:04 | More by superspak
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown red with a small finger sized tan head from aggressive pour. Some light lacing mainly around the top of the goblet.

Aroma is nice sweet ripe dark fruits with hints of sugary malts, some light earthiness and good oak notes mingled. Also that patented Jolly Pumpkin funk the reason I love this brewery.

Taste is sweet malts with dark fruits mingled but moves to the dry oak flavor and good tart notes. Finish is lingering tartness and some pep from spice light clove and white pepper perhaps. I am biased I know have not had anything bad from these guys but I love the funk.

Mouthfeel is nice a little lighter then you would think it should be but its smooth with just a touch of pep in the finish. Suits this beer well but maybe not the style its listed under.

Overall sadly the beer guys told me the distributor was going to quit carrying Jolly Pumpkin for them. Hopefully someone will pick it up as I love these guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:47:16 | More by mntlover
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t8s8l8

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Currently drinking at Jose pistoles. Great aroma nice dryness, aroma is superb,
A bit oaky overall pleasant. Not one of my favs from jp but still well crafted. Full carbonation adds to carbonation levels. The malt character is softer then expected. For something in this similiar style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 02:38:06 | More by t8s8l8
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark brown, with hints of redness around the edges. The head drops pretty quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Up front I get a nice dose of that funky tartness (or tart funkiness) that is such a characteristic of the Jolly Pumpkin ales I’ve had. It’s coupled with a pleasant fruitiness, although I’m hard pressed to identify particulars other than stone fruits in general as one element.

Taste: It largely follows the mouth – the tartness comes first, along with the fruits and a slight peppery element. Finally the first hallmark of a Christmas beer appears – cinnamon! Not that you need cinnamon in a Christmas beer, of course. As the beer warms the oak elements from the aging round it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol doesn’t show itself in traditional ways, but you can immediately tell that this is a slow sipper.

Drinkability: High (subject to the slow sipper caveat above), and perfect for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:19:31 | More by rdickey
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the face of a stout this beer poured a deep black color with a thick muffin top for a head.

The nose holds a lot of twang, with an acidic, gamey scent. There's some dark fruit like qualities but I can't distinguish which ones.

This has all the signature sour qualities of a Jolly Pumpkin Ale but the tanginess is rather mellow. This allows me to spot some fig, raisin and plum with a back of bready malt.

The feel is sour yet smooth without any harsh carbonation bite. It also holds a rather easy fullness.

This surprised me as it was more subdued in its sour or wild aspects. This enabled more of the flavors to come out and make it an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 03:22:21 | More by KYGunner
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sour Christmas Beer? Why not, it has to be better than the standard winter warmer.

Appearance. Pours a hazy brown with a little orangy-red and topped with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Lactic sourness and oak, brown sugar and cinnamon, nutmeg and cherries. Very interesting.

Taste. Lactic sourness, oak and cherry, woody spices and almond, nutmeg, and a bit of raisins. Interesting mix of flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium amount of fairly fine carbonation.

Overall. As I mentioned, this is an interesting beer and get's an extra .25 overall for that. Probably not something I would seek out again but an enjoyable, and somewhat complex brew. Always great to try something different (and sour).

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:29:47 | More by Rutager
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends.

Pours dark brown with a reddish hint in color; 2+ fingers of off-white, foamy head that dissipates quickly. The nose is tart and sour up front with raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon; a bit of bread and some farm funk. The taste is similar to the smell and is tart/sour initially but still retains some malt sweetness; a bit woody. There is lots of carbonation and a medium body, light and bubbly but lacking a bit of body. A tasty beer with a nice balance of sourness, malt and holiday spice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:43:32 | More by mtomlins
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 627/628
Bottled: 9-30-13

Awesome calm three-finger, grayish-yellow, foamy, head. Brew has a nice deep red tint; seems to have decent clarity too, with mild cloudiness and some floaties. . Lacing is not existent, but head has nice soft pillow retention.

Farmy, funky, dark cherry, red apple, nutmeg...mellow. Not a spice or sour bomb. Kinda boozy, but not syrupy; more of a cherry booze, you know, the good kind.

Smoothly delicious. Very light, crisp, well defined, dry, mouthy, fruity, robust fruit skin flavors. Apple and dark cherry (true to aroma) hold prevalent. Great mild front-end tartness, not sour, just the perfect amount of tart; like a good cherry pie, not sugary at all. Bitterness is mild and extremely well placed. Carbonation equally great. Very chewy and lippy, no detection of booze burn.

This is a solid beer that seems to be a shelf-turd at almost every store. JP nailed this brew and couldn't have done it too much better. Highly recommended, but I'm not sure I'd let it go too much longer than 3-4 years. I will be seeking 1-3 bottles per year from now on to make sure it's always on hand. Keep em' coming JP!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:33:18 | More by chugalug06
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at hops and pie, and absolutely world class establishment. a semi sour holiday brown here, not quite in the oud bruin tradition, but certainly on that block. hazy brick red to brown in color, lasting white head half in inch high. smells like lactic acid, lemon zest, chocolate malt, and something asian. its a very strange combination, but its cohesive and it works. there is a little more grounding in the taste, with the brown ale type malt bill and the souring fermentation goodies taking center stage, but it does have some dried cherry sweetness in the finish, as well as a subtle spice that may well be from the yeast or some rye malt. lots going on here, and it all fits together rather well. i like jolly pumpkins holiday or seasonal beers, they are all so well thought out and unique. there really isnt much like this on the market. tart and sour in the finish, but drinkable still at 9% abv. the feel is a little off for me though, it sort of curdles in the stomach, and as such is a slow sipper. maybe its the acid, maybe its the sugar, but its a little harsh once its down. medium body, maybe more, and excellent carbonation, it still feels slightly heavy. jolly pumpkin can do no wrong for me though, and this is even more far out than the bam stuff, its really different and well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 07:28:35 | More by StonedTrippin
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babaracas

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a surprisingly almost clear dark brown, reddish dark brown in the glass with two fingers thick cream colored head, spray of delicate lace for the first few inches. Smell: plum, dates, baking spices, brown bread, acetic, vinous and oaky. Taste: red grapes, plum, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, grape skin, vanilla note, cranberry-like acidity. Medium body, sweet with dry finish; fruity and mildly funky with nice contribution from the oak.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:34:34 | More by babaracas
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silverking

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy mahogany with a rocky tan head. Decent head retention, excellent lacing.

S- sour cherries, bright green apple, and a full blown sour funk that I was not expecting.

T- sour, funky. The finish transitions to a vague hop profile and a hint of malty sweetness. There is a quinine-like bitterness that sticks to your tongue.

M- clean, crisp. Lively carbonation, but its not overbearing.

O- I was not expecting a sour ale, but it was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:10:52 | More by silverking
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my firestone walker tulip glass and got a beer with a brownish color and ruby highlights. Not much of a head was produced during the pour but it had a lighter mocha color. It wasn't particular dense nor long lasting.
It smells like your typical Belgian ale but not a strong dark ale, more like a oud bruin or even a sour. Smells dry and sour with a hint of fruits. Some wild yeast gives a funkiness thats in line with the beer and not overwelming.
In the taste you get sour, vinagar and oak. Think oud bruin here, and your right. Its super dry too, tannin dry. It's malty but a weak malty.
The feel is quite thin with a puckering dryness.
Not your everday strong dark ale but whatever it is, it's quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 13:06:46 | More by micromaniac129
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled 11-14-2012
Blend 13

A - This beer is dark brown with some dark amber and ruby highlights. It is capped with an inch or two of tan head.

S - I get a sour/tart aroma with some mold/mildew. It get a little green apple and funk.

T - It has a tart apple taste. The dank basement is there, too. I get a sour cider taste. I like it.

M - Medium and sticky.

O - I love this beer. I have been a fan since I first tried it a couple/few years ago. It is probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, and I like pretty much all of their stuff (besides the price).

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:32:48 | More by buschbeer
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larryi86

Delaware

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, Blend 2 Bottled11-2-10, poured into a tulip

A- A deep burgundy color with a three finger off-white head.

S- Sour, dark fruits, oak, some funk, some earthy spices.

T- Sour, dark fruits, funk, oak, earthy spices, finish is kind of like black licorice.

M- Medium body, lot of carbonation.

O- It is getting better as it warms up. Finish is slightly weird.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 01:38:34 | More by larryi86
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RandomExile

Maryland

2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A: deep brown, just barely red; opaque; scant eggshell/brown ring; consistent arcs and jags of lacing
S: sour
T: sour, fibrous, bile
M: apple crisp
O: Really disappointing. There nothing discernibly Christmas or pumpkin about it. It's a just a poor sour beer.

12oz / Snifter / VGP Columbia, MD

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 23:19:00 | More by RandomExile
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this at Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan for a surprising $3.50.

Appearance: A brown sort of color with a nice finger of off-white head. Sip-for-sip lacing. Really nice.

Smell: I’ll admit that I haven’t been particularly blown away by any sour that I’ve smelled (that I remember). This really kind of smells like a dirty trunk to me between the souring yeast and the barrel. It’s not a bad smell, but it’s not exactly a thing I imagine people whiffing and thinking, "DAAAMN that’s good!"

Taste: A bit like the smell. Not as sour as I was expecting. Doesn’t taste Christmasy to me at all? Just tastes... sour. A bit of fig in there as well. I don’t get any sort of cinnamon or nutmeg or anything that would suggest Christmas to me at all. Reading these reviews, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m garbage at describing sours... but sour with a slight woody flavor does it. Dark fruits. Almost an orange note. That about does it.

Feel: There’s a medium body with a surprising amount of carbonation that I feel adds to the sourness.

Very good beer. Maybe I’m just not quite in love with sours as others are. Enjoyable, but it’s pricey as hell, and not something I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 04:07:37 | More by Alextricity
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macher0

Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A. Deep dark mahogany color. Thick fine bubble head that slowly retreats to a frothy fine bubble film. Super lacing.

S. Traditional jp yeast with some spices and a hint of hops. Moderate fragrance. A slight note of neutral oak.

T. Moderately tart with a slight bitter finish. Bretts, spices, hops, and grains. A little malty.

M. Full bodied. Moderately smooth. High carbonation.

O. This sour screams Christmas. Slightly hoppy and peppery but certainly sour. The appearance is excellent. One of my favorite jp ales.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 23:01:46 | More by macher0
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spense727

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, cloudy. Very little lacing and murky. Great bottle.
Smell - Like a sour. Can't get anything additional. Intoxicating.
Taste - Quite sour but refreshing. Slight maltyness, very similar to a sweettart.
Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Slightly light on the mouthfeel.
Overall - Solid strong dark ale, wonderfully sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:49:22 | More by spense727
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*25.4 oz. Bottle* This beer is a surprise for me. I popped the cap and poured it in my glass. The brew did leave a nice half finger off white soapy head, that crowned a nice dark iced tea brown body. Ok let's get a whiff of this nice looking beer. First hit is spices. Cherries in there with a touch of raisins. A hint of dry oak, almost like a fine wine. Notes of toasted grains with maybe some sugar. Exposed pears in the background, almost like it doesn't want to get noticed. Now it's time to savor! First wave is of sourness. Cherries and grapes make first part of the aftertaste. Mild wood turns to toasted malt sweetness. Spicy yeast notes follow through like a good BSDA. Alcohol isn't on the palate at all. I like that. There is a hint of metallic in the aftertaste, but not offensive. Citric bitterness closes this brew out, leaving dry. The body is medium-light with par carbonation.

Overall: This was a surprise! I was expecting a spicy, sweet BSDA. The aroma gives a hint of sourness just not enough to tell you this is a sour beer. This beer finishes sweet, almost like drinking Sweet-Tart candy. This brew is good and interesting. I will not buy again, but I do enjoy this brew. If you like Sours, this beer is recommended. If you don't like Sours, this one is still worthy!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:15:58 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750Ml poured into a snifter
Bottle 11-12 (10 months old)

A- pours surprisingly black. Not much of a tan head.

S- Sweet dark fruit. Figs plums and raisins.. A touch of lemon zest and tangy wheat.

T- A very sour beer. A huge tartness at first and a drying mouth feel. A dark fruit but not as heavy as it is on the nose. A bit pf a pomegranate taste and a cherry pit. There is some oak taste but it mostly adds to the drying feel. A sour beer, a lot of hay and some barnyard characteristics.

M- Sour and very tart. Takes your breath away at first. Leaves our mouth dry and sticky.

O- A solid sour, may not buy again because the price but not bad otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a teku glass. Batch 8 bottled in october 2012

pours a light brown with a small head. smell is big on cherries , like a flanders red. taste isn't quite as sour as a regular flanders red, but the flavor is there. good cherry kick, oak flavor is apparent too. real nice . smell is a tad better than the taste, but its still solid. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall like this one a lot. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

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