Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by kbuzz:
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my trusty tulip glass. Batch 915. Bottled 10-20-2011. Gave a good pop w/ plenty of smoke.
A: Pours a cloudy dark brown mahogany color with a one finger off white head that faded quickly. Some bubbles shooting up through the glass, but not a lot. Average looking beer.
S: Vinegar funk associated with tarts/sours. Smells like a lot of other JP beers do. This one gives a bit of biscuity malt and a touch of fruitiness...but mostly just funky bready yeast.
T/M: Wow. Interesting. And rather complex for a JP beer. A nice little bit of tartness hits first on the palate followed by dark fruit sweetness - cherries and plums...finishes with a more confectionary dark fruit sweetness in the way of raisins and dates...and even a bit of molasses. Some booziness. And definitely more of the oak throughout the taste than in the nose. Perhaps even a wine-like "sherry" taste. A bit thin...I'd call it medium/thin and fizzy, but not overly carbonated.
O: This is the most interesting offering I've had by this brewery. Definitely different. It's a fizzy, slightly tart version of a Quad. Good, not great. Certainly glad I gave it a pour. If you like Belgian Quads and are also a fan of the "JP funk", than this will be right up your alley.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2011 00:59:47 | More by kbuzz
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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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