Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by wschmit:
3.28/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Batch 657, bottled 10-5-10. Should be enough time to let the bottle-conditioning show. Anyways...
A: Hazy, dark brown, like cloudy Coke. I had to try hard to get the meager half-inch of white head there is. What there is has a fine, creamy, bone-white appearance. The body is rife with fine strands of bubbles.
S: At first a bit of raisins and caramel, with a noticeable amount of sour, the tang comes to dominate the nose. Not terribly funky--mostly sour.
T: Upfront, the sourness dominates. The oak tastes used and woody, and leaves an ashy, dusty aftertaste--certainly not the best of brett characteristics. There's just a bit of rounded malt taste in the middle...
M: A bit thin, given the ABV and the appearance. This fits a sour beer, but not very Christmas-y, frankly. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, however.
D: Pretty meh. I'm not digging this too much. It's very middle of the road. I expect more roast, toast, or sweetness from a Belgian as dark as this, but it's just not there. The booze is not in the least bit overwhelming, however. At any rate, for the price, you're better off seeking out other Jolly Pumpkin beers.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2010 05:09:57 | More by wschmit
More User Reviews:
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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