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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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840 Ratings
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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 55
Gots: 137 | FT: 9
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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MaxSpang

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Batch 903, bottled 10-3-11. Enjoyed on 11-23-11

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a murky brownish-red, with a little bit of green in certain lighting. It had a huge khaki head that had tiny bubbles, which is expected from a bottle-conditioned brew. There was a very loud pop when it was opened, a sure sign of heavy carbonation.

SMELL

Sweaty hay comes out on the first few sniffs. There's a slight lactic acid that follows - this is definitely a Jolly Pumpkin beer. There's a big cheese/barnyard aroma, as well as some earthy dirt notes. There's some slight spicy notes reminiscent of Belgian yeast pheonols. Big time plain Greek yogurt smell. Definitely lots of funk - it smells awesome!

TASTE

Sourness comes through at first. It's not puckering, but more of a slight tartness. It's a nice acidic/citrus sourness, sort of like lemon juice. Beyond the sour flavors, there's a nice Belgian yeast character. It's got the dry and spicy taste of a Belgian style beer, with some black pepper on the tongue. There's some lovely dark fruit notes in there. The yogurt flavor comes through on the tongue. Alcohol?? There appears to be none in this brew.

MOUTHFEEL

This starts off with some nice sweetness, then finishes a very dry, crisp, and even refreshing brew. It drinks very easily. There's a lot of carbonation, which works well with the dryness.

OVERALL

This beer is awesome! It's got no spices or other Holiday goodies, yet it feels like a special treat. It's really refreshing for a 9% beer, yet it also lets one sit back and sip it. Jolly Pumpkin has got all kinds of funky seasonal brews, and this is one that I would highly recommend during the cold winter months.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:41:50 | More by MaxSpang
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Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.