Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by pmlondrigan:
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle marked batch 5 2009 poured into a tulip glass. Brownish red, but leaning to the dark brown side of the spectrum, could be a little darker for the style. A generously heavy pour produces only a one finger tan color head which dissipates quickly leaving only a wisp of a head around the glass. Surprising given a lot of jolly pumpkin brews I have had are very effervescent.
Lighter aroma than expected but pleasant. Aromas of dried fruit, slight spice notes, and oak, a little bit of sourness can be detected but not much.
The flavor follows from the nose on this one. The first thing noticed is the nice balance of malt and dried fruit flavors, followed by a pleasant drying almost winey oak aged taste. I wish I could say there were more flavors going on here in terms of yeast or hops but I am honestly finding this beer to lack a little for what I expect from an oak aged Belgian strong.
I do always enjoy the mouth feel of jolly pumpkin ale, dry and a little prickly. For what its worth the first quarter of the bottle is disappearing quickly so I would say its pretty drinkable.
Overall a tasty brew but not my favorite from the brewery. Glad to try it, enjoyed it but still expected a tad bit more.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2010 01:26:25 | More by pmlondrigan
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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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