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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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847 Ratings
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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 58
Gots: 134 | 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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Ohio

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +24.1%

12-16-2011 03:03:42 | More by IlPostino
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

12-10-2011 15:47:42 | More by smithjl10
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Florida

5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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cardinals22

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.1%

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Angus703

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.1%

Batch 333/334 (I guess they mixed 'em) 16.9 oz Bottle

Poured into my new 16.5oz Cervoise from BeerAdvocate, thanks guys for the cheap set. More money for great beer.

Appearance: Dark sort of brown with a redish hint to it, beautiful lacing, not too much not too little perfection.

Smell: First thought is wine, second is malt, then some spices

Taste: winey fruity, sour aftertaste, but soft enough to be very drinkable

MouthFeel: surprisingly great, almost feel the lacing on your cheeks.

Drinkable: I agree with Sevenfiftymilly 10!

I had the privilege to visit this brewery but only one 16.9oz bottle of Noel left. I'm buying more next Christmas, if you get a chance buy it, and absolutely age one.

Special Ale indeed.

Not to mention great, great artwork, Mahalo to Laurie Jeffries who was so friendly when I came in to buy her families awesome beer. I love the Black Beard flag.

01-15-2009 23:13:23 | More by Angus703
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.1%

03-22-2013 15:39:36 | More by waiting4lunch
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kristiekatk

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-21-2011 01:25:39 | More by kristiekatk
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +24.1%

12-13-2011 23:08:03 | More by bluntedboywonder
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +24.1%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.1%

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New York

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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +22.8%

*Batch: 626, Bottled: 9-29-10 (Aged a little over a year)

Poured from a 750ml into a standard tulip glass. Extremely dark brown in color with a large fluffy off-white head that hangs around through out. Smells slightly of vinegar and fermented grapes, sweetness and malt. Taste is incredibly smooth.. vanilla, Light vinegar and fermented grapes coming through. A little oak, some cherries, pear, and sour apples. After taste is similar to La Roja with a slight oaky finish and that of vinegar and sweet malt. All well balanced through out, simply perfect. This beer just made my list of favorites overall.

*also I love the label artwork big time!

12-29-2011 23:55:00 | More by JustinMatthew
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +22.3%

This beer pours a mahogany color with a billowy egg shell white head that recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing. Like Pavlov's dog I salivate to the aroma of this beer...literally. It is of bretta, oak, plums, and a vague spice notes. The taste is sour and tart upfront with a hop kick that is stronger than I had expected. It finishes with with a firm sourness, oak, and some heat. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a high level of fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a wonderful beer. I can see this beer pairing well with a wide variety of foods. I will certainly drink this again may times.

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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +21.6%

Wow! Where did I score this?!? Fantastiche! The nose was musty, brett-laden, and simply wild. There was a thin, light brown head, but it quickly reduced to wisps. The color was a deep brown with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was thick and efferevscent with just a touch of the characteristic J. P. sourness. There was a bite on the tongue, but nowhere as overpowering as some of the Pumpkin's offerings. The finish lingered with a great bite, but again, not so intense as to put off the uninitiated. It may have been my aging (dated 2, 2007), but I would serve this to guests without hesitation.

04-27-2008 23:04:30 | More by woodychandler
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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%

Blend 2, 2009

This is one hell of a beer!! I'd almost swear I was drinking my favorite Belgian quadruple. Hell, this might replace my favorite during the season.

A: Pours a nice brown with red hues coming through. This one has some major angry carbonation. I tried my normal vigorous pouring method and I ended up with a fist plus of head. It finally settled down to a persistent half-finger layer that produced some insane lacing.

S: Malty sweet. A little hops in the background. But the thing that caught my nose was the fruit. Cherries - sour/tart cherries. A hint of the oak comes through.

T: All of the nose comes through with the addition of a hint of apple. The spice blend really adds something to the flavor.

M: Dry yet creamy as it goes down. Effervescent. It hides the 9% well.

D: You have to find this and try it. Share it with friends - appropriate for this time of year. I'm going to get bottles for my better beer drinking friends and more than a few more for me!

12-05-2009 04:46:28 | More by BobbyBeerman
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kohoutek

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +18.6%

Blend 1, 10/26/10

A beautiful garnet hued gem, pouring a rocky, thickly aerated head of the lightest tan.

Aromas and flavors of musty cellar, caramelized fig, brown sugar, oak, fresh leather, black cherry, plum, green olive, citrus blossom and a well-integrated herbal other worldliness.

Mouthfeel is a spritely, crisp, ever-present tickling of carbonation. Very nice acidic finish that is beautifully balanced by the brown sugar, oak and figgy notes.

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Wisconsin

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Illinois

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Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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