Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by tavernjef:
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Blend 3 - Gorgeous dark mahogany browned murk, nearly black in darker light when sitting in the glass. A tall and creamy crown of light ecru foam sits forever and a day like a slowlt spewing volcano it finally gives way to the air. Leaving a lavishly thick coating of lace across the goblet.
Aroma is all about the sour brett tones with brittle lemon peel and lime zest popping about a slight barnyard musky earthy spice of fresh flowers and a smallish malt base of fresh breads.
Taste is much more complex then the nose as its layers across the palate has much more depth then what the nose displays. Perhaps something JP were after when deciding the oak barrel aging of the brew? Here, I find the barrel aging worked wonders to pull some things together into a smoother balance and not something overly souring and cheek puckering. Which is what I prefer out of any beer with the use of the Brett. Sour, sure, but very well handled and under control as lemon zest and other citrus giants zing about a calming undertone of ripe red apple sweetness and a bit of plummyness. Floral esters squeeze in, definate earthy spice, and some vinegar sweet sided tartness cross paths as well. As it warms it becomes more evident with some warmer bread maltyness and the sourness fades. Nice.
Body is fullish and tartly bright in carbonation and spicy citric zest. Which carries much of its body through to where the malt base and barrel aging smooth it all out just in time to let the sour attributes settle and find the corners of the taste buds.
Damn fine stuff! Really like the balance of sour and tart with the warmer breadyness underneath and its slight pull into other darker fruits.
I'm now wishing I grabbed another bomber...*sadface*
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2011 00:09:53 | More by tavernjef
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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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