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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 152 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-21-2007

"Belgian Christmas Ale aged in oak barrels."
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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle labeled Blend 15 / 11-16-2012 that I've been cellaring since last year. Shared with Cammy Boy while watching The Departed.

A - Slow gusher as always with JP. Pour into 2 tulips is dark brownish red, only very slight translucence. A creamy-looking beige head retains at a solid half-finger or so for most of the duration.

S - Balsamic vinegar, tart darkish fruits, oaky vanilla, sour cherry, some caramelly brown sugar.

T - Mostly a nice sour vinegar kick and red fruits (cherry, cranberry, grape), definitely reminiscent of a Flanders ale to me. Some light spice gives this somewhat of a red wine feel.

M - Good creamy feel, nice medium carbonation, nothing really noticeable for alcohol. Good sour kick, a little flemmy in the finish.

O - The listing of this as a BSDA is a little misleading, though assuming that is what the style of the base beer is, I wish there was more going on with it. Definitely a good sour that is quite drinkable for 9% but it would be nice to see some more complexities.

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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%

Aroma is floral and reminiscent of tart cherry candy, with a bit of a medicinal tone. Flavor is tart and sour, mostly citric acid, with a touch of acetic and lactic. Medicinal cherry weaves throughout, but that tart and sour cherry character redeems.

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4.56/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.81/5  rDev -5.5%

Review date: 11/21/2014
Bottled date: 10/2013

Appearance - 4/5
Carbonation explosion upon opening. After letting settle for a few minutes, pours a very dark red-brown. Fairly hazy. Good head retention.

Smell - 3.75/5
Classic JP sour aroma--tart apples, cherries. Cannot smell much else.

Taste - 4/5
JP sour taste of tart apples and tart cherries. There is a distinct oak flavor in this beer, with perhaps a bourbon flair. Essentially this is the standard JP taste, but with a more oakey flavor than their other beers.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, crisp, with medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall a fairly typical brew from JP. I love JP beers, but I still feel like most of their brews are the same with slight variations. The variation here is the oakey flavor. So a good beer, but not terribly different from any of their other beers.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20

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Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.