Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by Parrotshake:
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a ruddy brown with a monster off-white head. Held up to the light, the reddish highlights look lovely.
Going in I knew nothing about this beer so the nose is quite a surprise. Herbal biere de garde type funk. Cherry and plum, burnt brown sugar, wood. Not at all what I was expecting, and mighty appealing.
The taste is similar. All the big Belgian notes of dark and dried fruit, raisins, Christmas spices, caramel. A bit of vanilla, lemon, sour cherry. A funky tang to it. Big, big flavors. A friend of mine brought this bottle back from the States and was saving it for a special occasion, yet when he finally got around to it declared that he didn't like it and drain poured most of his glass. Myself and the other guy he was nice enough to share it with sat on ours for ages and both really enjoyed it. It's that kind of beer. Works well in smaller doses, as a sipper or probably with food. Full-on, strange and... pretty great.
Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Lighter than an other 9% Belgian Dark Ale I can think of, but not exactly easy to drink - really gives your palate the business. Drinkability is more like a 3.75. I'd definitely have it again if the opportunity presented, this time maybe not as a nightcap at the end of a fairly long tasting.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2012 04:01:04 | More by Parrotshake
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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