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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 53
Gots: 137 | FT: 8
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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jminsc76

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at F02 (not sure if presently; the notes for this review were written several weeks ago).

Into a tulip, pours a small beige head atop a murky amber body. I couldn't take too much notice of the visuals as I was in the middle of a friend's birthday celebration, but I'm pretty sure everything checks out.

A good *whiff* yields sour cherries and barnyard funk that's quite sharp though not highly intense. Also getting some oak and Christmas spices. Mmmmm, bugs.

Flavors of spices, sour cherries, and of course the same sharp barnyard funk found in the aromas that let's you know this is a Jolly Pumpkin Christmas beer you're drinking. That being the case, I highly recommend quaffing versus sipping.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, and highly effervescent.

Overall, this has become my new favorite amongst the Christmas ales. Imagine the funky flavors of La Roja meeting a slightly more cherry-fied version of an oaked St. Bernardus Christmas. You got it?

Mmmm - like drinking a funky sour Christmas candy - I could probably put away two to three per session.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 18:21:03 | More by jminsc76
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Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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