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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 55
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-15-2014 03:11:06 | More by jeffwright
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-14-2014 08:32:13 | More by gillagorilla
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-04-2014 14:04:49 | More by HRamz3
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-02-2014 22:41:48 | More by NYR_Rob
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2.81/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a dark brown hue. Tan head is birthed from the pour. Dots and waves of lacing are left behind as the head fizzles away.

S-The aroma's got some funky yeast and dark maltiness. Dark, rotten fruits. Light oakiness and lots of Christmas spice.

T-The flavor does not jive for me. I get some odd, medicinal or band-aid flavors. The funk is alive and well but it doesn't mesh with the dark malt and spiciness. Each sip leads me to question what's really going on in my glass.

M-Hard to appreciate the feel when you don't like the flavor much. Rather light in body.

O/D-Didn't care for this one at all. Will not revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 18:57:58 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

01-31-2014 20:47:24 | More by bier78
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.6%

01-31-2014 00:50:07 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-29-2014 18:41:45 | More by AMarkle6524
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/20/2011. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of strawberry, cherry, green apple, raisin, orange zest, caramel, toast, oak, clove, nutmeg, pepper, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of strawberry, tart cherry, green apple, orange zest, raisin, caramel, toast, nutmeg, clove, oak, pepper, hay, grass, light funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, cherry, green apple, orange zest, raisin, caramel, toast, nutmeg, clove, pepper, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and spice flavors; with a nice balance of fruit/spiciness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, oak, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:50:04 | More by superspak
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-27-2014 01:34:27 | More by ipc2000
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2014 17:08:14 | More by speedvagen
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown red with a small finger sized tan head from aggressive pour. Some light lacing mainly around the top of the goblet.

Aroma is nice sweet ripe dark fruits with hints of sugary malts, some light earthiness and good oak notes mingled. Also that patented Jolly Pumpkin funk the reason I love this brewery.

Taste is sweet malts with dark fruits mingled but moves to the dry oak flavor and good tart notes. Finish is lingering tartness and some pep from spice light clove and white pepper perhaps. I am biased I know have not had anything bad from these guys but I love the funk.

Mouthfeel is nice a little lighter then you would think it should be but its smooth with just a touch of pep in the finish. Suits this beer well but maybe not the style its listed under.

Overall sadly the beer guys told me the distributor was going to quit carrying Jolly Pumpkin for them. Hopefully someone will pick it up as I love these guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:47:16 | More by mntlover
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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Currently drinking at Jose pistoles. Great aroma nice dryness, aroma is superb,
A bit oaky overall pleasant. Not one of my favs from jp but still well crafted. Full carbonation adds to carbonation levels. The malt character is softer then expected. For something in this similiar style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 02:38:06 | More by t8s8l8
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-24-2014 03:02:28 | More by threedaggers
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

01-24-2014 01:15:32 | More by gabrielsyme
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-22-2014 02:19:57 | More by Griffith
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New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark brown, with hints of redness around the edges. The head drops pretty quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Up front I get a nice dose of that funky tartness (or tart funkiness) that is such a characteristic of the Jolly Pumpkin ales I’ve had. It’s coupled with a pleasant fruitiness, although I’m hard pressed to identify particulars other than stone fruits in general as one element.

Taste: It largely follows the mouth – the tartness comes first, along with the fruits and a slight peppery element. Finally the first hallmark of a Christmas beer appears – cinnamon! Not that you need cinnamon in a Christmas beer, of course. As the beer warms the oak elements from the aging round it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol doesn’t show itself in traditional ways, but you can immediately tell that this is a slow sipper.

Drinkability: High (subject to the slow sipper caveat above), and perfect for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:19:31 | More by rdickey
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-20-2014 21:43:30 | More by zrab11
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-20-2014 20:05:32 | More by salthemonster
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-18-2014 01:26:53 | More by jtladner
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-17-2014 11:49:23 | More by SoCaliC8
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-16-2014 00:44:31 | More by DCdevyl78
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-13-2014 17:29:31 | More by twenty5
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-13-2014 12:19:56 | More by mikefuski17
Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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