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Noel De Calabaza - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 53
Gots: 137 | FT: 8
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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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alexgash

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, blend 4, 2007.

Dark cinnamon body is mostly clear with dark golden edges. Finger of lacy, creamy, dense, light khaki head. Nose of rummy, toffee-laden fruits, with hints of vanilla and lightly roasted mocha coffee. Signature JP wild funk of sourish tart cherry and acidic citrus aromas hover above.

Charred toffee and sweetish fruit malt flavors up front. Tart cherry and citrus twang are also there early on, solidly on the edges of the palate. Sour, funky acidity crescendos and fades as rummy fruit sweetness, toffee, vanilla, and oak take over. Slightly warming finish with both the complex, sweetish, oaky malts and the acidic citrus funk lasting a good long while. Medium-full body with rollicking, bottle-conditioned carbonation. Almost syrupy in the finish. A wonderful new beer from Ron at JP! Glad to see the batch number label too. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 01:15:29 | More by alexgash
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Blend 3 - 2007. Pours a dark cola brown with red hints as well and a small white cap on top. The head stays around awhile. Aromas of brown sugar, orange peel, fruit and an array of spices. Yeast tones and a mild oaky aroma as well with just a touch of a sour undercurrent. Nice.

First sip brings a light caramelly / brown sugar maltiness. Big fruity tones move in with orange peel, citrus, cherry and toffee. Spicy flavors move in with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sour / funky flavors on the way down with a mellow oaky undertone that's classic J.P.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Another Jolly Pumpkin brew that I can hog a 750ml of to myself without a problem. Seek this one out and you will enjoy. I look forward to try my other bottle of Blend 1 soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 00:03:43 | More by orbitalr0x
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy dark chestnut brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a small off white head. The aroma has a strong sour character with hints of apples and cinnamon. The sour character on the aroma starts out the taste but quickly changes to a very dry note with the hint of cinnamon hanging around in the back. As it warms some soft malt and malt vinegar note emerge.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 20:43:15 | More by ybnorml
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 4, 2007. Pours a fully clouded and very dark orange brown with a minimal dark crème head. Nose is beautiful! Bringing the funk. It’s like having a Flanders or a lambic even. Just wild yeast. I love it. On top of that there are noticeable sugars, minor wood tones., and just a nice, gentle perfume tone. Flavor is great. Nice use of spices that bring just the right level of character, but don’t overpower things at all. Minor wood tones. Seems like there is a bit of a noticed alcohol tone. Just enough to notice it. Still all good though. Feel has a nice level of carbonation to it and a good liquid feel as well. Overall the contents are a bit thick and it becomes a sipper fairly soon into the game. But it is definitely well made and a nice one to drink. Something about this reminds me of that 1995 Marriage Parfait I had at Spuyten Duyvil.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 07:19:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in tulip glass)
Blend 1, 2007
A- This beer has a dense brown body with an amber glow from the base of the glass. There is a thick spongy light beige head that last and last. There are strands of microbubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- During the pour there are notes of soft cherry vinegar with a nice tartness. On further sniffing there are notes of triple cream brie with a fresh rain and cola notes increasing as this beer warms.

T- The acidy tartness is smooth but also bright and leads to a soft sweetness with caramel notes and dark malt hints. The note of old wet wood lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture as long as the head lasts. There is a bright tartness at the finish but there is no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has some good flavors that are very well blended. The tartness combined with wood and malt flavors makes this an excellent sipper especially in the cold winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:25:39 | More by rhoadsrage
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, Blend 3, 2007. This was a chestnut color with red highlights, and a fairly small head. Pretty nice nose, mostly fruit with a little spice. Similar taste, but something in there gave it an almost medicinal taste, which was not at all enjoyable. This was an OK beer, but probably not one I'd try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 14:37:07 | More by lordofthewiens
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours barely a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight fruity nose. Flavor fruity, tart with hints of sweetness, clean, drying finish. High ABV is hidden. $11.50 for a 750ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 23:35:17 | More by jdhilt
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3, 2007...
Appears a dark mahogany with a small beige head that slowly fades out and leaves streaky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of brett, tart citrus, cherries, vanilla, plums, lemony zest, earthy notes, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some standout earthy mushroom, plum, and caramel flavors coming through on top of the brown sugar base.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart/sugary, well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 20:21:43 | More by weeare138
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 75 cl bottle, blend 4,2007.

Mahogany hue, topped by a thin off white head.

Nose is acidic, funky, woody, with a distinct note of leather.

Notes of fig & plum blend nicely with the things hinted at it the nose. Notes of brown sugar creep in as it warms. Subtle oak flavour comes through as well. Finishes dry. Easy drinking, digestible, light bodied without being thin. Lively carbonation. A well executed holiday libation.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 04:55:10 | More by xgrigorix
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joe1510

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml
$10.99
Binny's Plainfield

Blend #1 2007

Jolly Pumpkin's newest release is Noel de Calabaza, their Christmas release. It pours a murky rusty copper with a moderate haze as it rises up the glass. The head grew to a creamy three fingers as I poured then settled down to a thick one finger beige crown. Each sip leaves very respectable drink lines.

The smell of Noel de Calabaza is as refreshing as a winter styled brew could be. The nose is so robust it's hard to put your finger on exactly what's there. Some dark fruits are present along the lines of prunes, figs, and although not a fruit, plum pudding. There's that fresh, juicy, fruity aroma found in so many of JP's beers from the fermentation. It makes your mouth water.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma just not quite as robust. The juicy dark fruits are there and create a great complexity. I'm even picking up some candi sugar, whether it's there or not, it sure tastes like it. There's a bit of sourness on the finish but only enough to make you pucker before the tartness leaves you wanting another drink immediately. As the mouthful disappears a touch of tobacco leaf comes into play.

The mouthfeel is the only thing lacking on this beer. The bacteria ate up a little too much of the sugar leaving the body a little on the light side. The lively carbonation and light body usually work great on these sour ales but this one could use a touch more body to go with the darker fruits present.

Although the mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would have liked it actually boosts the drinkability. The slightly dry finish and tartness on the swallow leave you wanting another drink right away.

Noel de Calabaza is yet another good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. It's refreshing to find all these great barrel aged sours so easily and affordable. Jolly Pumpkin does the beer drinking public a great service by offering these normally expensive hard to find styles in many locations and at an affordable price for such great beers. That's one of many reasons you will always find at least a couple Jolly Pumpkin offerings in my fridge at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 04:36:54 | More by joe1510
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joepais

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Its Christmas Eve so I figured I crack this one open tonight. The bottle poured a dark ruby red with next to no head a thin lace would also be an understatement .Oak, earthy funk and sour cherries are the aromas that I get from this one
I do have to agree that this thing is silky smooth very drinkable ale and it tastes great. The thing that confuses me about this ale is that it tastes more like a lambic than a Belgian strong dark. I’ll leave that for others with more reviews under there belt to debate. I taste the sour cherries and lots of fruit, the malt is lightly present as well as some spice. I do agree that you should let the bottle warm to really appreciate it.
I will be looking for more of these and looking forward to try more from this brewer

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 03:59:59 | More by joepais
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3, 2007

Appearance: Pours a murky russet color with a modest head that diasppears quickly but dots the chalice while it lasts

Smell: Funky sour aroma dominates, but underneath there are some fruit (grape and cranberry) and woody elements

Taste: Starts out pleasantly tart (green apple dominates), with the lactic sour flavors building to a crescendo by mid-palate; after the swallow, some sweet elements (grape and pecans) join to balance into the oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and silky smooth; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really complex sour beer that encourages you to get to know it better

Update: Blend 3, 2012

Just as good as I remembered it but there is a very intriguing maple and mint flavor on the finish that I am really enjoying

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 00:38:44 | More by brentk56
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas tasting with biegaman and grub, 750 ml capped bottle, grub was man enough to bring this beauty back from Michigan. Blend 4.

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thin off white head forms, leaves behind a thin ring, some decent lacing, looks okay! Smell is great, hazelnuts, very funky JP style, yeasty, citrus bite, some spices and fruits, caramel, more nuts, pretty neat. Taste is similar, very nutty, but hazelnuts in particular, caramel, oak and vanilla, citrus, funky middle, some spice, more nuts and spice, then more funk in the finish, spicy bitterness, very smooth flavour. Mouthfeel is insane, one of the silkiest beers I've had, medium bodied some warmth going down. Excellent, everything you would expect from a JP Christmas beer and more. Thanks Russ!!

Blend 1 2007: More oak in the aroma, more vanilla and fruity sourness. Taste is a lot more grape and sour fruit, less nuttiness, both are pretty interesting.

Batch 329, 2008 edition: Drier and toastier aroma, not as much sourness, less acidity, maltier. Taste is a little rougher, quite sweet and not much sourness. Some acidity in the finish but otherwise a lot sweeter than the older versions.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 21:12:26 | More by Viggo
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 2; Sampled February 2008
4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4
A very careful pour produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that grows to five fingers in height that even crests the top of my glass. The beer is a dark , burnt chocolate brown color, but shows a lightly hazy, ruby color with multitudinous bubbles steaming up through it when held up to the light. As the head slowly recedes it creates a mushroom topped, structural, mesa as well as a varied rocky structures. Interesting fruity notes mixed with light funk greet my nose as I am visually inspecting this brew. Upon closer inspection sour notes of apples, lactic acid and tart plums are found up front. The fruitiness is substantial and also takes on aroma reminiscent of bright berries and fresh picked red grapes. Underneath this is a hint of dark grain character, lightly toasty bread, funky notes of musty cellars, spicy oak (becomes much more noticeable as my nose gets used to things), well-fermented fruity cheese, musty cotton balls, sharp Brettanomyces derived funk, and butyric acid aromatics. A fantastic and appetizing smelling aroma, I can't get enough.

Lightly sweet, which along with the appetizing tartness, accents substantial fruity flavors. The flavor is reminiscent of a mix of red grapes, tart-yet-ripe plums, aromatic apple varietals, blackberries and touches of grapefruit. Ample lactic notes provide the sourness here, yet does not overwhelm this beer at all. Very light feeling, in both texture and on the palate; this is helped along by the substantial carbonation that creates a light and airy quality to this beer. A spicy finish mixes peppery carbonation with lemon pepper, woody ginger, and noticeable spicy oak character. Speaking of oak, the influence of the barrels is definitely here, but it is quite well integrated, I actually had to remember that these were barrel aged before I noticed the characteristic flavors, but once I did, well, they are definitely a contributing factor here; soft notes of butterscotch, perhaps a hint of vanillin and lots of spicy, tannic, woody notes are found here, especially towards the finish. The dark malt flavors seem to kick in towards the finish; at first well browned, toasted grain notes are noticed and then also some light burnt grain notes, both of which linger on in the finish. The finish can actually be a bit astringent at times with its mix of dark grain flavors, spicy oak and alcohol.

I really like how light feeling this brew is, it has substantial flavor though. Quite a tasty brew, this is so much better than the blend 5 I had previously. Much more integrated flavors, characterful, yet easy drinking and not nearly as harsh as the blend 5.

Blend 5, Sampled December 2007
3/3.5/4/4/4
Pours with a frothy, only one-finger thick (despite moderately aggressive pour), dirty tan colored head. The beer is a murky, brownish tinged, concentrated amber color, but does show a hazy cranberry color when held up to the light. Obviously a bit sour as I notice a nice, light tartness to this beer as I am inspecting its color. Upon closer inspection the nose yields notes of granny smith apples, tart plums, and some dusty malt. The tartness is possibly the most noticed aromatic note and leans towards a mix of heavier lactic, but some definite acetic notes as well. Once you start digging around in the aroma, you get a note of substantial funkified Brett in the finish (musty earth, moldy cotton, dank cobwebs and a definite goatiness). With the lightish sourness, the aroma is most notably quite fruity in character. After a bit of time some spice notes kick in (notes of black pepper, Mexican oregano and epazote) as does some light biscuit malt notes and some spicy oak, which is more than a hint, but is so well integrated that it can be hard to pick out at times.

Lightly tart tasting up front, but it picks up a bit more tartness as it moves across the tongue. The beer is quite dry, devoid of sweetness and is quite light and refreshing on the palate. Fairly light bodied, in fact down right amazingly so when you take into account the 9% alcohol. The light carbonation could be a bit higher, but the acidity helps to offset this lack. Fruity esters add a sort of phantom sweetness and bring out notes of Fuji apples, ripe plums, star fruit and even something like papaya. The finish has a phenolic sharpness to it, that is approaching a sort of plastic like note, though it also takes on a sharp clove like turpene note towards the very end. Brett derived butyric acid notes lend a soft influence of barnyard funk and moldy, musty cellar notes.

This could definitely be quite a bit more carbonated, in fact I think the overall experience would be improved for me if it was at least 3 volumes of CO2, though I do like how light and easy drinking this beer is. This does lack a bit of sophistication and integrated character that I would like to see.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 02:54:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with others, maybe a 6-8 oz. sample. Allowed the bottle to warm up out of the fridge for 20 min. or so. Edit: 2nd time around, having a bottle to myself...

Deep mahogany brown with reddish highlights, generous dollop of creamy tan foam. Tiny streams are visible through the slight murk. Spindly, irregular webs of lace.

Aromas of wood, tart dried cherry/cranberry, and a spicy undercurrent. Slightly mysterious.

Tart fruit and a blend of earthy & woody, but mild spice. Brown sugar and rum, but not too boozy. Well carbonated but not to a distracting level. Elements of Maracaibo and Oud Bruin, certainly. Tobacco, with a rich earthy aftertaste.

I'll be seeking more of this, too bad it was such a limited release, After sampling from the barrel of this at FOBAB in Chicago, I was a little apprehensive...that one was very farmy and unpleasant. No complaints with the bottle version!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 17:23:42 | More by emerge077
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ccrida

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend # 4 poured into my Karmeliet goblet, Noel De Calabaza is a dark amber with a thin khaki head that leaves light lace.

Smell is mainly funk and sour fruit, sharp and boozy.

Taste is very nice, complex and strong, mainly sour grapes and dates, nutty, with an enjoyable acidic tang and some fusels on the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and thinner, but with just enough carbonation.

Drinkablity is very high for me, I love this beer, it reminds me of grape fanta soda, but mixed with an oud bruin! My favorite Jolly Pumpkin of the 5 or so I've had, very nice.
Served at cellar temp.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 20:48:23 | More by ccrida
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark color with a huge tan/cocoa head that goes on forever. Peppery, spicy aroma. Heavy, sugary smell to it. Black pepper really dominates. Crisp and spicy flavor. Odd sort of woody funk. Sharp, black peppery taste. Great metallic bitterness. A ton of flavors meld into one. Nice, thin and lighter mouthfeel. Dry. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I love the peppery flavor and aroma. A lot going on here but it works very, very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 02:47:33 | More by lackenhauser
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DaggerEyes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend #4, 2007

poured into an oversized wine glass a deep brown with no head at all, just some suds on the surface. I was totally shocked that there was no head what so ever, I gave a pretty vigorous pour on the first glass, and an even more vigorous pour on the 2nd glass and still nothing!

a nice nose, sour, funky, scents of brown sugar, cherries and perhaps a little plum, a little rubbery or like a new band aid

sour, very phenolic. I like tartness but this is almost a bit too tart. As it warms some more dark fruit and spice flavors come out...You really need to let this warm, spend some time with it, in my experience it didn't drink very well out of the fridge, it took about 15-20 minutes for the flavors to really blossom

Active mouthfeel. Fine bubbled tight carbonation, a bit prickly on the tongue and stays all the way through the dry finish. Thinish body

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 04:35:34 | More by DaggerEyes
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genog

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown borderline black color with a creamy light brown head. A good amount of lacing sticks around. Smell is of toasted malt with some sweetness and yeasty belgian aroma. Taste is sweet with dried fruit and a full mouthfeeling that lingers with the lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 18:16:58 | More by genog
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Stoneman78

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Clear, dark orange amber hue, head is off-white thin bubbles, moderate lacing
S- Nose is sour and tangy dark fruits, Brett, apples, winter spices, cider, oak, vanilla
T- Initial taste is sour cider followed by holiday spices (vanilla/allspice/coriander), some underlying sweet bread malts, finishes with a touch of hop dryness
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Very unique beer, I would peg this is a sour fruity lambic and not a Belgian strong dark ale, there is a lot of wine character here and only fans of sours will come back for this one, this is the only JP beer I have had and I am looking forward to see how it compares to others from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 05:34:00 | More by Stoneman78
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theopholis

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/mahogany, reasonably clear body. Head is a full cream, tan affair with good lacing. Very inviting.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness in the nose. Hints of lots of dark fruits: raisins, plums, dates....just a hint of spiciness, but not over-powering like so many Belgian strongs.

Taste- Fairly malty up front with a nice, complex blend of malt sweetness, dark fruits. Very subtle play between bittering and flavoring hops with an oaky, barely perceptible cirtusy finish. Very nicely done.

Mouthful- Nice, full bodied with an aggressive, but tight carbonation thats works well with the flavors. It's almost over-carbonated.

Drinkability- Wonderful stuff. I'll be getting this stuff again. Great for a cold evening where you want to watch the rain or the fire place.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 03:34:18 | More by theopholis
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putnam

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon, lemongrass and damp concrete aromas, along with wild sour honey and sour red cherries, peel away gradually to reveal slight chocolate and mulling spices. Warm sensations of dried cranberries and currants mingle with burnt sugar flavors. Tangy, bronzed whole wheat sugars and starches lead to boozy, demerara rum flavored sweet tannins. The finish is dry and punctuated with mild bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 18:12:50 | More by putnam
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rallison

California

4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3, 2007.

Man, this is a good beer! Pours a dark, dark brown with a 1/2 finger head that mostly subsides. Smells of tartness, funkiness and Belgian dark fruitiness.

Taste is delicious. Amazing balance between all the flavors. Up front, you have a delicious sour tartness. This is mellowed by a great Belgian Strong Dark malt backbone with notes of dark fruits and spices. Some citrus qualities in the tartness. Woodiness. Extremely well balanced and perfectly crafted.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Both rich and light at the same time, partially owing to the slight dryness. Nice!

Drinkability is exceptional.

Highly recommended. One very good sour Christmas beer. And my favorite one yet from Jolly Pumpkin. Definitely a must try!

Edit 7/7/08: Popped open another bottle of Blend 3. Still holding up quite nicely. Appearance is much better than last time with a beautiful, creamy head that leaves a ton of lacing on the Koningshoeven glass. Rating now I'd probably give it a 5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 06:52:57 | More by rallison
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, labeled Blend 1, 2007. Pours a dark tea color with a thin off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is yeasty bread, acidic pears and wood.

The flavor is very dry woodiness with yeast and some sugary fruits that are very acidic and slightly tart/sour. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation but a watery texture that washes out some of the flavor.

Overall, it has a definite Jolly Pumpkin character. I didn't like it as much as others. It would be better with more sourness and less dryness.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 07:48:04 | More by Beaver13
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MiScusi

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a chalice. Murky maroon and brown with a very thin sudsy looking head that’s gone before it forms. The liquid is actually a clear dark reddish-brown.

S- heavy on the Belgian earthy character. Seems to be a lot of fruit, like cherry maybe in there, given off as pretty tart. Very interesting smell because it’s not just tart and fruity, there’s some other stuff going on other than the funk that I can’t really figure out.

T- I get a lot of alcohol and slightly sour fruit, but there is also right up front a pretty funky taste. The whole taste rushes to the back of the throat really fast, and then just lingers, going from tart to a dry bitterness.

M- pretty thin. Not so terrible for a sour beer in my opinion... I like them on the lighter side.

D- This beer really grew on me. I wasn’t too sure about it at first. I could tell it was ok, but as I got through it really made a great impression on me.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 06:56:00 | More by MiScusi
Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.