Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2011 23:41:50 | More by MaxSpang
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Green capped 750 ml bottle from Gator Beverage, Batch 165, 167, 172, 174, dated 10/23/13 poured into Unibroue tulip on 5/12/14. Pours opaque brown that turns a bright ruby color when held up in the light. Big fluffy off white head that lingers for a good while. Aroma is sour cherries, some dark fruit, light spice, oak. I was expecting something different but this smells excellent. The flavor is chocolate covered cherries, light spices, a hint of balsamic vinegar, dry oaky finish. Sweet around the edges of the tongue. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Goes down pretty easy. I really didn’t know what to expect from this brew, but it is really nice and seems pretty unique. I would have this again.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2014 23:42:07 | More by BMMillsy
3.94/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on draft at Lures on 5/7/14
A-Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Spotty lacing
S-Aromas of red wine, wood, light tannins, black cherries/berries, and leather.
T-Taste in the front has tart cherries with a hint of oak. Sweet, in an acidic kind of way. Finish with notes of cherries, green apple, and orange zest.
M-Medium/full body, oily texture, medium carbonation, medium sweet and light/medium sour.
O-Overall it was surprising to taste sour had to get use to it. I wouldn't have for a holiday ale.
Serving type: on-tap
05-12-2014 12:34:03 | More by reebtaerG
Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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