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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 61
Gots: 139 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 394 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by putnam:
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon, lemongrass and damp concrete aromas, along with wild sour honey and sour red cherries, peel away gradually to reveal slight chocolate and mulling spices. Warm sensations of dried cranberries and currants mingle with burnt sugar flavors. Tangy, bronzed whole wheat sugars and starches lead to boozy, demerara rum flavored sweet tannins. The finish is dry and punctuated with mild bitterness.

putnam, Dec 11, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/20/2011.I know it's a little late for a CHRISTmas season beer but I gotta good deal today on this home state beer.Poured into an Ommegang chalice a true to label deep mahogany with a thinner slight off white head atop.Oaked sherry vinegar aromas along with some sour/lactic notes,a bit of dried cherry as well.Spiced phenols and that sherry vinegar on the palate,a sharp sour bite hits in the finish.For those who like the sour biting somewhat heavy handed phenolic Belgian darks this is for you,(and there are many)but for me I respect it but don't go outta my way for it.

oberon, Feb 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

DanGeo, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

tectactoe, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10-5-2011
Batch 910
A: A medium amber with good clarity and a light redish hue. The head is thin but long lasting, composed of fine bubbles

S: The moderately-strong sour aroma has my mouth watering in anticipation, this is going to be tart. Some barnyard aromas come along with that sour. There is a moderately-light aroma of figs and a light nuttiness. Some Belgian yeast character is evident with scents of pepper an a faint fruity aroma. No hops.

T: This isn't as tart as the nose suggests but very tasty with that sweet-tart balance going on between the fruit tartness and a light bit of sweetness from caramel malt or dark candied sugar. There is a light hops bitterness and no flavor. There are light fruit esters is again fig but the tartness brings this citrusy lime-peel like flavor. The balance is moderately to the tart. The finish is dry the aftertaste is sweet-tart and fruity.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: If only more Belgian Dark strongs were soured.

MadScientist, Oct 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

wrycon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Blend 3 - 2007. Pours a dark cola brown with red hints as well and a small white cap on top. The head stays around awhile. Aromas of brown sugar, orange peel, fruit and an array of spices. Yeast tones and a mild oaky aroma as well with just a touch of a sour undercurrent. Nice.

First sip brings a light caramelly / brown sugar maltiness. Big fruity tones move in with orange peel, citrus, cherry and toffee. Spicy flavors move in with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sour / funky flavors on the way down with a mellow oaky undertone that's classic J.P.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Another Jolly Pumpkin brew that I can hog a 750ml of to myself without a problem. Seek this one out and you will enjoy. I look forward to try my other bottle of Blend 1 soon.

orbitalr0x, Jan 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, Blend 3, 2007. This was a chestnut color with red highlights, and a fairly small head. Pretty nice nose, mostly fruit with a little spice. Similar taste, but something in there gave it an almost medicinal taste, which was not at all enjoyable. This was an OK beer, but probably not one I'd try again.

lordofthewiens, Dec 30, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, labeled Blend 1, 2007. Pours a dark tea color with a thin off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is yeasty bread, acidic pears and wood.

The flavor is very dry woodiness with yeast and some sugary fruits that are very acidic and slightly tart/sour. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation but a watery texture that washes out some of the flavor.

Overall, it has a definite Jolly Pumpkin character. I didn't like it as much as others. It would be better with more sourness and less dryness.

Beaver13, Dec 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml initially pours a glass of thick and creamy beige foam that hangs around several minutes, becoming pitted and meringue-like. A dark mahogany body with ruby highlights eventually appears underneath. Geeez! This looks more like a dessert than a beer. A thick layer of sheet lacing clings to the goblet and completes the extraordinary appearance.

Lovely aroma of fruity berry and kiwi with lemon/lime accents open the bouquet. Brett funkiness joins in, along with mint and star anise notes to create a really vivid nose.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with some oak tones and silky carbonation.

Taste is incredibly complex. Berry fruitiness carries over from the aroma, but some darker fruits emerge in the taste. Figs and prunes add a soft touch here. Anise(which I don't care for) and pepper join with a minty note to add a unique spiciness. JP's trademark funk is also at play.

Another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Playful, intense, and complex. If I liked anise or licorice, I might score the taste higher.

merlin48, Mar 23, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm always somewhat cautious about putting down the cash for JP beers, cuz they tend to be gushers for me...this time I made sure to leave the bottle in the fridge for several days before opening, and the result was a fizzy/active pour, but not an over the top all out gusher. Medium tan head, leaves interesting splotches of lace and islands of foam on the surface. Grape juice, lemon and vinegar in the nose. Notes of citrus, smoke, sour cherries, berries of all sorts, and some woody notes. Complex, intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable creation.

"Blend 4, 2007"

Billolick, Nov 25, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 08, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Blend 2, 2009. Pours dark brown with a large beige head. There is some sourness in the aroma. Some tart citrus and some caramel malt. The flavor has some tartness and a little bit of funk. Medium body and very drinkable.

Mora2000, Jan 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes. Had this with several other great beers that night. The Noel took the cake.
A: Dark and bubbly. Beautiful. Head was light.
S: SO frickin good I can't express it in words. I had 5/5 written for this. There was malt, SOUR, sweet. A-mazing.
T: No let down in the taste department. Malt came through. Sourness was present. Slight spice?
M: Carbonation was perfect. All of the flavors made for a mouthfeel that was full, and I'm sure the carbonation added to that. Exceptionally clean.
D: I could probably not drink more than one, but it is a great great beer. More than one in a night, no. One every night I have the chance, yes.

FMetzger, Apr 01, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

mikejonze, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with some floaties and a creamy off-white head. Spotty lacing. Expected sweet and sour combo that is Jolly Pumpkin. Caramel, chocolate malt, funky yeast, and dried fruits mixed with red wine, oak, apples, and vinegar. It leans towards the "Belgian Stout" in several areas, including the initial taste. A strong caramel/chocolate combo up front with an equally strong fruity sweetness that borders on syrupy. As the beer warms and you progress through it, it takes on more of the oaky, vinuous qualities I was hoping for. A little sour, either from the barrel or the yeast, or both, but I enjoyed how it gave the brew a pop in the finish.

magictrokini, Dec 31, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for sharing this one, Gborobeer!

(Aged for 1 year)

Dark brown with ruby edges and a small light brown head. This leaves dotted and spotted stick down the glass.

Yeast-forward aroma, as most Jolly Pumpkins are, with mild dark fruits (cherries and raisins), and simple fruit bread/cake aromas as well.

The flavor has a very mild yeast funk, lots of earth, dark bread, and mild cherry and raisin character. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Medium, creamy body with moderate carbonation.

Very enjoyable funky winter ale.

ehammond1, Oct 29, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Samichlaus snifter.

This cola colored brew is a nice combination of green apple tart and fruit rind bitter. It pours with a small mocha head that dissipates as it rests; the luxurious lacing remains constant. The nose is a bit soapy with some vinegar and malt present. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry. Serve it cold and take your time in drinking, it slowly evolves into a very nicely crafted brew. I look forward to having it again.

Mantooth, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Cynic-ale, Sep 21, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours with a nice, sandy/tan colored head that rises to about a two-finger height. Deep dark brown coloration gives it an ominous appearance at first, but holding it up to the light reveals gorgeous tinges of burgundy and ruby. Scent is highly appealing; offers generous hints of sourness, spices and festive fruitiness. Tasting reveals sourness reminiscent of tart cherries, as well as a very satisfying malty sweetness. The label professes the presence of "layered hops" but I am struggling to detect their influence on this brew. Upon close scrutiny, there is a slight hop flavor, but this is certainly dominated by the fruity sourness and spices mentioned earlier. This one has a nice mouthfeel that's not too rich, yet not too thin. It hits the mark very well. Not a beer that I could see myself drinking tons of in one sitting, but definitely one that I will come back to (given the chance).

Morphoenix, Dec 01, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a shaker pint from 22 oz bomber bottled in 11-23-12

Dark cola with rapidly fading khaki head with poor retention expected with 9%abv. Minimal lacing? This bottle exploded when I opened it and sadly lost a few foamy oz on the floor. Nose full of orange rind, funky yeast and dark fruits.

Taste initally a bit fruit with like citrus tones and bready notes then tart dry biscuit funk takes the wheel with complex robust oak wood flavor. Medium body, high carbonation. Dry talc mouthfeel.

Overall really liked the oak ascent, thought it was nice for the style. I'm just not a huge fan of these dry spicy style belgians despite the nice sour tart highlights.

williamjbauer, Dec 24, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noel de Calabaza one of the most sought after Jolly Pumpkin ales with so much character going on in each sip. The color is a pale hazed caramel brown color with an off white tan khaki head forming thick, fine Belgian effervescent style head forming thick this is Batch 903 bottled on 10/3/11. Aroma has tart apples dark brown sugars flowing thick and living thick, hints of oak and spices run through this wild open air fermentation ale. Flavor is nice a thick layer of spices and tart apple make for a fall festive ale/slash ready for snow type of beer warming with alcohol and complexity wrapped into one ale. A bit of horse blanket hints of leather grand complexity that only this beer has to offer, there's no other ale I can think of tasting to compare to this one. Super juicy with fruit and alcohol, spice with hints of dark fruit and layers of smooth alcohol. Overall quality is high unbelieveable super Christmas ale that goes on again and again, flows so nicely.

WVbeergeek, Nov 05, 2011
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Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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