Perseguidor (Batch 5) - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Perseguidor (Batch 5)Perseguidor (Batch 5)

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 99
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Blend of La Roja Grand Reserve, Luciernaga Grande Reserve, and Bam.
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by jampics2:
Photo of jampics2
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arp brought a bottle to dinner tonight!

Reddish orange, no head.

Oak, sour fruit, vinegar, brett nose.

Spices, oak, sour tinge, brilliant balance between the sour fruit, wood, and brett. Awesome.

Perfect mouthfeel for a sour beer. Immaculate carb and body. Great job here.

Not too heavy, I dug P4 more b/c it was so innovative, but this is another classic. So happy to have a few bottles to tuck away, this is going to get amazing as it ages.

Serving type: bottle

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bman1113VR for sharing this one. Pours copper orange with a small white head. The aroma is oak, vanilla and caramel with a little funk. The flavor is some funk, lemons, caramel and chocolate and a good bit of sourness, but not too sour. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle purchased at the brewery on the release day. Poured into a Russian River tulip.

A: Pours a ruby tinted amber with decent clarity, possibly from the long cellaring. Latte looking head with some retention and good lacing.

S: La Roja aroma up front with some added funk. More tart than sour but a decent amount of both. Tart cherries with a bit of acid. Plenty of barrel.

T/M: The Lucy comes out more in the flavor and delivers more sourness than expected. Still plenty of tart cherries and even a bit of a lactic edge. Plenty of barrel, and maybe even too much as things seem a bit muddled together and almost lays flat on the tongue. Things dry up considerably more than when I had this fresh, but could go even further. Carbonation is spot on.

D: This beer has definitely developed in the funk and sour/tart areas but now seems to have lost its direction. I like it now more than when it was fresh. Still a decent sour that hits the spot.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Masterski for this one! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon tulip and shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a light layer of coarse white bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass. Beer is a cloudy, tomato grapefruit. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate cling.

S: Characteristic oak, rubber, slight ethanol, pear, citrus... and a not-so-characterstic pungent rotten egg.

T: Pear and yeasty bitterness upfront. Cantalope, watermelon, and citrus rind tartness. Rubber and fragrant flowery spices. Finish is dry and leads to little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slick, but very very dry overall with a dry finish and no aftertaste.

D: A unique sour who's only real flaw is in the pungent rotten egg aroma... I'm hoping this is just an isolated incident. Still, good complexity and fresh, melon-y tartness with a nice, lively, and bone dry body. Great beer by Jolly Pumpkin and worth the effort to acquire!

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1600

Something special that i've really enjoyed, this is always a cuvée blend to look for. It pours a dark amber with a couple fingers of foam.

Pear, wet oak, ephemeral notes of Brie or funky washed rind cheese. Ultimately the fruitiness dominates, pear and dried apricots take centerstage. Very intoxicating nose.

Flavors of dried fruit, dominant oak, complex wild/woody forest floor notes with a soft feel. Minor calvados and sherry notes, rich and tropical much like Oro de Calabaza. This blend was mostly Luciernaga Grand Reserve from what the brewer said at the release. Somewhat tannic with a medium body. Lots of apple and pear, with dry oak nuances. Tartness is low, very even and manageable. A mellow and lovely blend, kudos to Ron & the JP crew for creating such unique beers.

Photo of TrueRates
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with a white head. Citrusy aromas w/ an almost mineral quality. Mildy sweet with a citric tartness underneath. Medium bodied with lightly spritzy mouthfeel. Great intensity with unbelievable drinkabilty. Love the delicateness of this beer.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.07/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance borders on still. Very little sign of carbonation. Has that hot lactic smell that you get from bigger JP sours. Eggy and some slight vinegar mixed with wheat and hay.
Taste comes up short with a very slight tinge of lactic acidity, hint of brett, and a small bit of malt flavor. Dry bretty hay finish.

This is a very light sour. Highly drinkable because of its lack of complexity but boring.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour fruits, wild Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a big sour flavor up front consisting of cherries and grapes. There’s a faint sweetness in the background but it’s completely over-powered by the sourness. There’s some breadiness from wild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is likewise slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s got what you would typically look for in a sour beer but there doesn’t seem to be anything that separates this beer from the pack within the style.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jampics2 for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden-orange color with a white head. Slight lacing as it recedes. The nose is really interesting with a good dose of grass, oak, and slight sourness. A bit of citrus. The taste goes the other way, as it's taken over by a flavor that--as close as I can describe--is some pungent dill along with mild funk and sourness. The feel is pretty good between the oak and the other barrel characteristics, but the oddities of the taste keep this from being too drinkable.

Photo of KeefD
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks go out to schro126 for this one! P5. Pours a deep orange/copper color with a quarter inch off-white head that left some moderate lacing. Aroma is lightly tart, notes of cherries, lemon and apple skins, with a touch of sweetness. Not much in the way of any funk. Taste is very similar to the nose. Starts out lightly sweet and then becomes mildy sour with only a touch of tartness. It become almost fruity and floral on the finish, with a touch of dry, tannic oak to round things out. I'm pretty let down by the lack of sour and tartness. I think I should have let this one sit in the bottle for a long time to start developing more flavors. The more I drink it, the more I dislike it. It really just tastes like old beer. Mouthfeel is medium with very light carbonation. Over all, I was a little underwhelmed by this beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep amber to a deep copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, well, it is like a yeasty sweettart. In the taste, big oak flavor, with a back round of a nice sweet grapefruit tartness and a dry yeasty end. A sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to a clean, small tart aftertaste. FANTASTIC! Big oak, nice sour, and a nice yeast presence.

Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Lots of white bubbles and lace.

(S)- A funky and dry acidic lemon and white grape. A nice balance.

(T)- Sour and tart, but a predominately dry funk driven profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Tart, but an overall funk-driven profile.

(D)- A decent wild ale. not all that sour, but very earthy and funky.

Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a few different folks who have sent me one of these. Opened one up at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary yesterday.

Batch 5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a bit of haze and some nice white foam on top.

S: A pleasant, but not overwhelming, tartness to the nose up front with hints of lemon, apples, and cherries. A strong oak character along with mild funk.

T: The oak really dominates the flavor with only a minimal tartness coming through. The fruit flavors are mildly sweet up front with the tartness only peaking out toward the finish.

M: A medium body with a light to medium level of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: A bit of a disappointment, but this one is young and I have hopes for it. Especially considering how some of the other JP beers get with age.

Photo of hayesez
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in an epic box during the White Whale III BIF. Haven't had any of the Perseguidor's and can't wait to get crackin'! Poured into my DFH snifter. Pours iced tea brown and billows a one finger eggshell cap. Lightens up to a beautifully bright golden color when held up to the light. Patchy white lacing is left along a decent portion of my glass.

The bretty aroma is quite obvious before I even get my nose close to the glass. The funkiness is mixed well with the tart fruit. I can definitely smell apple and pear, but I'm sure there are others that I'm missing. Definitely looking forward to this one!

Has a nice funky taste to kick this one off. Woody - oak / cedar followed by a mild sweet-tart. Not quite as funky as the smell would lead one to believe, but a nice flavor nonetheless. Finishes nicely with unripe tart green apples, pears, and again, some fruits I'm not quite able to single out. The after aftertaste is nearly 100% green apple. Not a strong after aftertaste, but extremely distinctive. I do enjoy the taste of this beer, but I must admit that the portion I truly enjoy is this lingering apple well after (didn't really appreciate it until a good 30 seconds after swallowing) I've put the glass back on my desk. I waited a good three or four minutes until my next drink and the taste was still hanging was like I had just eaten a green apple. Truly unique. Mouthfeel is somewhere just shy of medium bodied, with just a small amount of carbonation, but a nice finish. Certainly on par for the style.

I must admit that I don't find a ton of sours that I don't consider drinkable. Like a good hefeweizen on a summer afternoon, the Wilds are beers I have no problem putting away. The P5 is no exception. Twelve ounces was gone way too fast...and all I have left is this crazy post aftertaste. I won't be brushing my teeth tonight.

Consumed: May 24th, 2010

Photo of chippo33
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

messy. crab apple juice. oak.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Peter!

Amber with a white head and little lacing, this looks nice. The nose is yeasty, funky, mildly sulfury, with mellow lactic and acetic acids. Nice. This smells fresh (grassy) and farmhouse-y. Apposed to Consecration, this held its own. Fruity, acetic, lactic and funky, this is well-balanced, well-structured and quite enjoyable.

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one with us at a recent tasting.

A - Pours murky amber orange with a fingers worth of white foam leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of tart funkiness, horse blanket, apples, citric fruit, oak and a muted caramel malt backbone. A ton of lactic funkiness throughout the nose.

T - Starts off with a touch of caramel sweetness quickly being enveloped by the decent sized lactic sourness kick. Once the sourness dies down a bit you get hints of apples, pears, lemons and some dry oak that lingers on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Lots of lactic tartness initially leaving the pallet dry at the finish.

O - Compared to most of the other sours we drank this one was nothing special but I still enjoyed it none the less. It had plenty of flavor to keep me coming back for more. Thanks again Dan!

Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 12oz bottle with me. Pours orange in color with nearly perfect clarity. Some yellow around the edges with a thin patchy head that revives with a swirl.

The aroma is lightly cheesy with soft vanilla sweetness from the barrel aging. Funk is present with a lactic quality that pierces the nose letting you know this is going to be tart before you even take a sip.

The first sip brings forth everything you soul expect based off the aroma. Mild funky cheese, lactic almost lemony quality bound with fruits somewhat reminescent of unripe/tart cherries. There is an underlying base grain character present that makes me want to say caramel but more with a slight flavor not the expected sweetness. All the while, the barrel aging is present with a smooth vanilla flavor that doesn't last long before the tartness takes back over and makes this more lemony and fruity.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated and makes for a very easy drinkin brew. I haven't had many JP offerings but as I do, I get more intrigued an interested in them with every offering I try from them.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

Batch 5

A-pours a slightly hazy dark amber/copper color with a bubbly white head that fizzles away leaving a thin spotty lacing.

S-the nose is quite sour up front, notes of oak and vanilla lie underneath the sour aromas. A good bit of cherry with notes of plum and hints of spice in the back.

T-the taste is a little light giving lots of oak and a touch of vanilla. sour tart cherries take over towards the back with hints of vinegar.

M-this has a smooth and creamy feel on the palate with a medium to full body that is syrupy in the mouth. good carbonation with a solid crisp finish.

D-strong oak presence, which i do enjoy, lighter in flavor but not overly sour drinking quite easy with a great feel on the palate.

Photo of monitorpop
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber brown, thin head quickly fades to ring.

S: Peppery lemon.

T: Powerful sour tart citrus. A bit funk with faint oak detected.

M: Crisp mouth pucker with light carbonation.

O: Good sour, but cleaner and less complex than expected. Would have liked to get a bit more flavor or funk.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5 12oz bottle thanks to a generous trader! Had this last night, from notes. 3.10.10. Thanks to Masterski for finally organizing these.

P5 pours like autumn... oranges, ambers and burnt orange hues combine under a little bubbly head. Fades quick and leaves a dot of lace or two.

Aroma... is surprisingly fruity. Mixed berries, orange peel and lemon zest. In that order more or less. Spice and esters, dust and some musty spice. Damp wood. The taste is interesting as well... kind of a low intensity. Fruits here as well but I'm getting a lot more in the way of apple and cherry especially. Wet damp wood and some earthy dirt spiciness. Moderate acidity. Drying finish leaves a dusty slickness on the tongue. Low carb and low-medium bodied. Kind of underwhelming overall - very interesting and a curious blend though, but it's lacking that certain zest or vibrancy. Not sure how this compares to the other blends but I would be interested in trying them in the future.

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing this one. Poured a burnished, hazy cider with a mere skim of a head and some clusters of bubbles dispersed across the surface. Nose is primarily buttery, with some apple vinegar in the mix. Taste reveals some dry wood character and more of the buttery quality detected in the nose; not as tart as the nose initially suggests. Mouthfeel expresses a slight puckering tartness upfront; fairly light in body and carbonation. This is a very easy sour for those seeking to be initiated to the style. Not overly complex at this point; however, there is some potential for a character change as this one ages in my humble opinion.

Photo of Sean9689
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch #5, 2010. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a reddish/brown with very little head. There's a touch of lacing along the sides of the glass and a few bubbles on the top, but really not much else to speak of.

S - Medium funk, less then expected, but it's def there. Sour apples, brown sugar, sweet tarts, and a touch of spice.

T - Similar to the nose. Medium funk, slight sweetness. I def would have liked a little more funk/tart, that's for sure. It's a good beer, but it's not blowing me out of the water. Needs more funk!

M - Light to medium, slight carbonation, dry finish.

D - I easily drank the 12oz bottle with no problems. There are other sours out there that are easier to get and beat this one with no problems. That said, I won't be turning down a chance to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of GregoryVII
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the third bottle of the four I froze my butt off for. It's changed since last I had it, not necessarily for the better or worse. The vinegar notes have deepened, but on with the show.

I drank this from a snifter and it poured an orange amber color. When held to the light, the center starts out as a delicate brown that fades to orange where the beer runs against the sides of the glass. The head is soft, minimal and light, but the lacing clings to the side with vigor.

The scent is sour vinegar and fruity notes. There is wine vinegar and musk, but always sweetness. Sour cherry and apple and other sweet suspended esters float above the beer.

On the first sip you are hit with sour vinegar notes that fade to sweet, like in the aroma. It has an acidic character and I'm reminded of a sharp granny smith. And in the finish this granny smith becomes almost like a soured candy apple. As it warms a little spice, citrus and a touch of bitter comes out.

The body is medium-light, the carbonation is light, but the acidity fills in some of that gap.

Photo of JAXSON
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a clear reddish chesnut brown with a beige head. Nose is cherries, coconut, oak, and brett. Oak in the front palate, more sourness and funk evolves, with a pretty long finish with lots of brett and some tropical fruits. Kind of similar to P3 with a slight apple cider note. I had a bottle of this shortly after the release and it has improved significantly. The flavors still need a bit of time to unfold and open up. I think this will be awesome in 6 months, and I'll rerate it then.

2011 RATE. This blend really didn't work out. Don't have much in the way of specific notes on this but it's easily one of the worst Jolly Pumpkin bottled beers out there. I blame the brewery for overproducing and not putting enough time into their blends anymore. They keep the beer in the oak for like 10 days now.

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Perseguidor (Batch 5) from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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