Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by jminsc76:
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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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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