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Collababeire Special Holiday Ale - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Collababeire Special Holiday AleCollababeire Special Holiday Ale

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 22.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jale on 01-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Blend 3, bottled 12/30/2010.

Appearance - Pours with a nice khaki head. Ruby brown body. Retains well. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of juniper. Acidic. A little acetic. Nutty malts.

Taste - Tons of juniper again. Tart. Nuttiness combines with the tartness and intensifies. Spicy. Interesting but not really pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Tart and medium bodied. Super spicy.

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750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 12/29/2010. Slow gusher upon opening as expected. Pours a hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, apple, raisin, prune, pepper, clove, molasses, red wine, juniper, caraway, herbal, toast, oak, light nuttiness, funk, hay, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and a huge amount of complexity. Taste of tart cherry, apple, raisin, prune, pepper, clove, molasses, red wine, toast, light chocolate, caraway, sage, oak, juniper, hay, grass, funk, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart dark fruits, pepper, toast, molasses, red wine, light chocolate, clove, caraway, juniper, sage, oak, hay, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with huge complexity; nice malt/herbal spiciness balance; with minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced sour ale! Huge flavor complexity with nice balance; and very smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one; JP beers always age nicely.

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Blend 1
Bottled 12-29-2010

Gusher...The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thick, beige head that coats the snifter in lacing. The aroma offers Christmas spices, pine needles, mint. Chocolate mint flavor, a la Andes Candies or a York Peppermint Patty. Pine needles, sweet malt, sage. Aggressive flavor with a tart finish. Still possesses the delectable Jolly Pumpkin yeast character I have come to love. Overall, a solid beer. While not the best offering from this terrific brewery, this is still a solid beer and worth trying.

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App- Dark crimson mixed with brown in the glass. A small head formed in a tan color and receded quickly. A couple dots of cling were left.

Smell- Very herbal nose to say the least. Like taking a walk in the forest and the running into a cherry stand, with a bit of a liquid candy bar.

Taste- Pretty upfront on the taste. You do get a lot of alcohol burn and then the herbs come in. The fruit is not as pronounced on the flavor and the oak comes out a tad more. Its not the best but not the worst winter warmer I have had.

Mouth- Medium bodied to almost full bodied. Medium amounts of carbonation. Leaves residual booze notes with some oak and herbal notes..

Drink- Never even saw this on BA so cheers to Louie for busting this one out.

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Bottle shared by Ojos Dormidos.

A: Reddish brown with a small beige head.

S: Aromatic sage and juniper with very faint nutty notes. A light tartness is evident. Vinegar is pretty strong and lactic notes are present along with oak. 

T: Lactic and acetic immediately with pronounced juniper. It comes across as medicinal and harsh. Caraway is evident and I get some oak. Sage is pervasive. Alcohol is strong.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: The medicinal flavor was a turnoff. This isn't good. Pass on it.

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Collababeire Special Holiday Ale from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
78 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.