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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 142 | 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:
"Belgian Christmas Ale aged in oak barrels."

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-21-2007)
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Blend 8, Bottled 10-31-2012

A: poured into a GI snifter, it pours a dark cola/root beer color with minimal head formation that had a mild tan tint. Giving the brew a couple of swirls in the glass recreates some soft tan colored head formation that once again dissipates quickly..

S: I love JP funky aromas. I pick up on a big sourness, with tart cherries, blackberries, figs, subtle spices, and oak barrels.

T: various peppery spices really come out here along with the typical JP funkiness and oak. The fruits are secondary, but are still noticeable. Alcohol makes its presence

M: thought this brew was going to have a little more to it. it falls on the lighter side of medium bodied... it leaves an oak and slight tartness on the palate with just a subtle hint to alcohol and spice.

O: a different twist on this style and its quite enjoyable. I was expecting a bit more malt sweetness, instead it was more funkiness, slight tartness. its a nice blend, just wish the fruits were a little more prominent.

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From notes. Enjoyed a couple summers back at a backyard BBQ with the usual suspects in the Mile High Knight's tasting crew. If memory serves correct, I can thank Knownfactor for this one. If memory fails, then it was Bardwashrind. Either way...cheers!

A: Deep brown. 1.5 (frothy white) fingernail head on gentle pour. Again, the art work on the label is awesome!

S: Hints of funk from the start with notes of dark fruit, candied apples, and brown sugar. Hint of spice too. Okay, but nothing over-the-top here.

T: Loads of fig, raisin, oak, spice, and Belgian yeast here. Not too much more than that, but a nice balance of funk as well. Good, but not great. A very holiday-esque brew for sure!

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Though, it drinks a bit lighter than it looks.

O: An okay beer here - Belgian Dark are not necessarily my thing, but such goes life. Fun to try and decently executed.

spdyfire83, Nov 10, 2012
Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.