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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 53
Gots: 137 | FT: 8
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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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

09-13-2012 18:57:19 | More by mgironta
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with plenty of red highlights along the edges. There is a very fluffy off-white/beige head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with typical Jolly Pumpkin yeast induced Brett smells of some dark fruit notes (namely cherries and red grapes), lemon and a bit of oak emerges as it warms.

The tastes begin with a mild funkiness and lactic tartness. The fruit flavors come through nicely and help to give the sensation of more vinegar-like acidity. A mild toasted bready maltiness underneath with a good oaky tannin aspect. A mild spiciness also emerges as it warms; not really enough to counterbalance the lactic tartness but it is there in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation. The finish is dry, oaky; the carbonation scrubs the palate a bit too much in the end and hurts the flavor profile.

Overall, Jolly Pumpkin's beers rarely blow me away, but they're always enjoyable. This follows the same pattern and is one that I probably will not revist anytime soon. While it is advertised as a Belgian Christmas ale, many of the traditional dark fruits, caramelized malts and underlying spice are lost by the overcarbonation and Brett yeast presence.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 15:57:01 | More by claspada
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-15-2012 19:15:54 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 910, bottled 10-5-11, drinking with a juicy steak at the cabin after 10 months in the cellar

A - great clarity with a small bit of head that laces nicely on the glass, brown with a slight red hue

S - nothing overpowering, but get great sour cherries, some oak comes through on back end

T- sour cherries, subtle oak, some slight sweet fruitiness

M - enough body to keep it a sipper, but surprisingly very drinkable, light sharp bubbles dance on the tongue

O - awesome balance on this one. Sour is definitely present all the way through, but balance is so that oakey fruit comes throughout as well. Definitely would get this one again!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 23:06:21 | More by bjohn84
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy dark brown color with hints of red, a small off-white head with some lacing

S-dark fruit, sour, hints of oak and funkiness

T-Dark fruit, sour cherries, malt, earthiness, spices, light oak

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, abv well-hidden, smooth feel

O-an interesting Strong Dark Ale with unique flavors which are well-balanced

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 02:37:03 | More by MDDMD
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-19-2012 19:29:16 | More by brystmar
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-18-2012 12:50:51 | More by Pamola
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-16-2012 23:46:57 | More by ncaudle
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

07-13-2012 17:42:16 | More by ajs4bd
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-13-2012 02:49:59 | More by Slipmthgoose
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-11-2012 13:57:04 | More by adamdd
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

07-07-2012 13:04:00 | More by seeswo
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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blend one 2009. This one was shared by Andrewinski1 and poured into a chalice. This one pours a slightly muddy dark mahogany with a finger of foam head and some spotty lace.

The aroma is spicy with notes of dark sour cherries with some red wine vinegar and some oak. Seems to have hints of dried cocoa powder. Spicy flavor with hints of dark fruit and some cocoa in the finish. A nice sour edge with some hints of of oak and vinegar.

The body is light with sharp carbonation. Overall this one is pretty good. Seems to hold up well.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 03:20:52 | More by Bendurgin
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-30-2012 23:18:50 | More by jbaker67
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-19-2012 21:32:59 | More by hiphopj5
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Batch 626. Bottled 9-29-2010. Served in a Unibroue snifter. A strong pssst upon opening, and some beer may have been loss in foamy overflow had I not had my glass ready at hand.

Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights. A large, foamy/creamy beige head starts a bit pillowy, and gradually settles to a full covering, leaving gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The rich and complex aroma is woodsy, spicy, fruity and boozy; sweet but with a hint of tart too. Seems every bit of 9% ABV if not higher, but pleasant and inviting nonetheless.

T: Mildly tart and bitter from start to finish, but has some sweet fruit too. A bit spicy, including white pepper, nutmeg, salt and allspice with some oak.

M: medium-full bodied; near creamy smooth; rather high carbonation that works very well. Some warming from the alcohol both in the mouth and on the way further down.

O: A delicious Christmas beer that remains quite enjoyable on this early summer night. True to style; in this case meaning this could pass for a fine Belgian brew but has its own distinct sensory profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:22:18 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-07-2012 18:04:11 | More by brez8791
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

06-06-2012 15:08:50 | More by cowboy83
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-05-2012 12:30:15 | More by vrbulldog22
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Home alone for the night, thought I would drink something delicious.

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby edges. Produced 2.5 fingers of rocky roasted marsh mellow colored head. It took well over half of my glass before the head had reduced to a thin film all while leaving some spotty lacing.

The nose is somewhat mild producing the Jolly Pumpkin signature funk that I have come to love. Sweet, yet tart with notes of dark fruits, cherries, a ginger bread spiciness and a touch of oak.

Dark fruit forward with some cherries shining though just a touch more than the rest. The dark fruits really come through with the lactic tartness giving them a little boost. Once it warmed up to just below room temp. I started to get a tart lemony flavor that enhanced this brew tremendously. Great spice cake flavor on the finish.

Medium bodied, chalk full of carbonation giving it a very effervescent mouthfeel. The drinkability of this 9% abv is amazing! Tart drying finish covers the tongue.

Overall, I was very surprised by this brew. I have thoroughly enjoyed every Jolly Pumpkin beer that I have had. I guess the "Belgian Dark Ale" through off my expectations a little bit... this was not your typical Belgian Dark Ale. I loved Jolly Pumpkins take on this and I will definitely be seeking one out for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:47:42 | More by dcloeren
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-03-2012 06:20:14 | More by bookerandy
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

06-02-2012 04:03:15 | More by GreyGhost4
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-02-2012 03:56:21 | More by leinie13
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

06-01-2012 14:06:08 | More by Dyerseve
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-30-2012 15:12:48 | More by KevinTK
Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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