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Collababeire Special Holiday Ale - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 23.42%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 01-28-2011)
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Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Blend 3, bottled 12-30-10.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel malt, with some strong herbal notes. I get a lot of sage, as well as some other spices which I can't really identify. There is also a big of dark fruit in the aroma.

The flavor is nice. I get some sour cherries and apples, as well as some toffee, sage and caraway. There is a nit of oak in the flavor as well. The combination of sourness and herbal notes make the flavor a little bit harsh.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:44:24 | More by Mora2000
Photo of rye726


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml wine bottle into an imperial pint glass. Not really impressed with this one. Lacks any significant depth or complexity. Flavors that are there, are a real mess. Still drinkable, just nothing special. Fairly droll and one sided. A rare miss for these guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:17:07 | More by rye726
Photo of aasher


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark, muddy water brown in color with a light beige lacing around the glass. It smells very sour, very acidic, with an amount of butter. It drinks very dry and is full of herbal spices, possibly rosemary and sage. It has a tea leaf component which is really interesting. The aftertaste is leafy and bitter. Very earthy. It's interesting that's for sure. It smells better than it tastes. The tea, the leaves, the type of sour that is presented is odd. It drinks fine. The flavor is just odd. It's solid, it started great, but tastes mediocre. Interesting to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 21:20:59 | More by aasher
Photo of cjacobsen


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

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one over.

(A) Pours really dark. Dark ruby up against the light. Fast diminished head that leaves some lacing.

(S) Smells sour, oude bruin-esque. Some vineger, sage, juniper, and some lighter citrus.

(T) Smell is far better than the taste. The caraway and spices are really bold. Almost too spiced. The front is really good and has some sourness to it but the rest of the flavors and taste is too much.

(M) Ends dry. It's very spicy and hefty on the body but far too rich.

(O) Smell is awesome. The flavor is a bit of a let down. Not sure if age could help this one or what, but I wasn't an overall fan.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:10:35 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to weisguy. Brown pour, red tint with off white foam that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is sour, JP funk, lots of juniper, earth and spices. Taste is spicy, lots of funk, brown sugar. Palate is well carbonated. Not particularly good, but certainly drinkable and unique. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 21:39:31 | More by Luk13
Photo of orsulacp


4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from Blend 3. Dark brown with hints of cherry and a small tan head that turned into a ring quickly. Lots of layers in the nose; grape soda, nutty, floral?, and just a hint of pine. The taste is more of the same, layered flavors, none stepping on each other. There is an overall sour/tartness under all the flavors, which is great, it balances the sweetness from the malt, I get a little nuttiness, and some black pepper. I think this beer will do much better after a long aging, but it is really good now.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:43:42 | More by orsulacp
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to my buddy Chad (not sure if he is on BA or not) for sharing this one with the group! A gusher! Blend 4, Bottled 12-31-2010. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, sour, and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. The sour/tart aspect of this one really set it apart for what I was expecting based on the style. I didn't really pick up on any of the spices associated with this brew, but since the flavor wasn't too bad, this wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Went down really smooth and was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 14:14:52 | More by thagr81us
Photo of womencantsail


3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: The pour is mahogany in color with almost no head on it at all.

S: A really interesting nose. When I smell this, I can't help but think of a mixture of cola and Dr. Pepper. Lots of sweet dark sugar and fruits. Raisins, plums, and cherries with a moderate tartness. A hint of toffee and chocolate.

T: Like the nose, the cola and Dr. Pepper thing is very strong. There is a bit more of a spice character to it, but none in particular really stand out. Decently sweet with a nice tartness from the dark fruit notes.

M: Medium in body with a pretty low level of carbonation.

O: Not sure what the hate is about with this beer. It wasn't amazing, but not too shabby.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 02:41:47 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MattHop


4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on 6/17. It poured a deep reddish brown color with an off-white head. Beer had a slight sour smell. Mouth feel was really good and was a little tart like cherries. Beer was smooth thorughout and i really enjoyed it. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:57:11 | More by MattHop
Photo of dfillius


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blend 3, Bottled 12/30/2011? Enjoyed on 3/13/11! Beer from the future! I had the stone version and loved it, so I'm looking forward to this iteration.

A: Gusher :-(. 1/2 finger of tight tan head with great retention. Dark brown liquid with active fizzing and chunks within. Chunks and gushing are only negatives.

S: Sourness, slight aspirin, herbal sage, raisin. Hard to place. Some alcohol whiffs as it warms.

T: Full, nutty flavor to start with herbs following and sourness slowly creeping in. Herbal finish. Not as balanced as I remember. I remember more nuttiness in the Stone one.

M: Interesting. Very effervescent and smooth yet tart and refreshing. A tad astringent at the finish.

D: Astringent finish makes it just not desirable to have another or buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:01:18 | More by dfillius
Photo of sweemzander


2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Blend 4 - Bottled 12-31-10.

(A)- Pours a dark reddish highlighted mahogany color. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- Spice city! Lots of juniper and sage for sure. Orange citrus peel all over the place. Very festive, but more in a fall harvest sort of a way. This is different, but the aroma is very intriguing and enjoyable.

(T)- Again, spices all over the place. A nuttiness with the juniper and sage (maybe too much sage). Orange peel again with a heavy bittering spice that must be the carraway. Some tartness and oak in the far background.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. This is just all over the place with heavy spices that lean towards alot of bitterness. Some oak tartness and nutty fruits.

(D)- This has unique written all over it, though not really in a good way. I really like its aroma, but after that is where it lost me. Kinda disjointed while seeming to be like 3 styles of beer at the same time. This needs serious time for all of those really heavy and bitter spices to mellow out and allow that nice oaky tartness in the background to show up better.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 14:38:34 | More by sweemzander
Photo of emerge077


4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4, bottled 12-31-2010

Pours a dark and murky russet tone, served around 45-50º into a tulip. Consistent head retention, lasts for the duration of the glass. Visible carbonation rising around the edges. A finger or so of tan foam that sticks to the edges, leaving random bits of spotty lace.

Spiced cherries, brown sugar, tart rhubarb, light backdrop of woody herbals, with the signature woody mustiness of a Flanders brown ale.

Leads off moderately tart, cherry skin, grape, and dark berries, segueing into earthy dry sage in the middle, which builds and lingers long in the savory finish. Fresh turned soil, mushroom, and crackling fall leaves are suggested by the combination of wild yeast and spices. Sage and chestnut seem to be the dominant ingredients, though they blend seamlessly with the base beer and funky yeast. Finish is exceptionally dry with lingering pleasant herbal notes. It has a supple feel with ample carbonation, the abv is well disguised. Overall very drinkable, and an underrated success. A very unique and creative dark wild ale with signature JP funk.

Enjoyed this even more than these brewers' previous collaborations, likely due to the barreling and aging at Jolly Pumpkin. It paired nicely with washed rind cheeses, Ardrahan and Petit Frere.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:26:53 | More by emerge077
Photo of BMoney575


3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-23-11
Bottled on 12-30-10

Pours a dark, deep, red/brown color, with a fizzy head that quickly settles. Slightly cloudy, lacing is just a layer of liquid that clings to the side.

Smell is super tart and sour, very intense. Not much else to pick out, the sourness overwhelms anything else that might be in there. The aroma becomes very wine-like as it warms.

Taste is very herbal, strong flavors of pine and orange peel. Very different, but the taste grows on you. The finish is earthy with decent amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thin, but eases the intensity of the flavors.

Drinkability is not very good, finishing a bomber is going to be tough.

Overall, an interesting and different beer, if not a little overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 20:55:51 | More by BMoney575
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.53/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, sour white grapes, sage, and a small fruitiness. In the taste, sour white grapes to a dry nuttiness and a nice spice profile, especially with sage. A sour bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour and nutty aftertaste. Nice sour with great profiles of sage and chestnuts.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 17:22:41 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of wethorseblanket


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled - Blend 3, Bottled 12-30-10

A: Pours a dark brown with a large tan head which fades fairly quickly. Little lace on glass.

S: Moldy cheese, spices (sage and juniper dominate), JP yeast funk. As it warms, there is a noteable cola-like odor.

T: Oaky wooden quality, bretted yeast, somewhat fetid/rancid, spices are all over the place.

M: slightly sour/tart. Some tickles from the carb on the finish.

O: The spices really clash with each other here. The chestnuts and caraway don't meld with the sage and juniper very well. Very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:15:26 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of SpdKilz


3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very happy I was able to try this at Stone Bistro on tap. I have read reviews and was not expecting the "normal" JP beer...and it was really not that. I am a self proclaimed JP fanboy and even I knew this beer was a bit "off". Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Given in a standard tulip with a almost cola like color. Only a half finger of tan head that dissipates fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Smells...muted. I honestly feel Ron put this beer out before it was ready due to pressure from Stone. There are definite spices but a clear lack of the JP funk (there is some but just not as much as expected) that I would expect with this beer.

Taste - Yeah, as expected. Quite heavy on the spices and honestly can pick out the caraway seed. However, there is a definite funk to it, though again, it is muted. I have two (about to have three) of these beers in my cellar. Knowing JP, anything with some age on it from them seems to taste better. In a year (or more), I feel the spices will be more subdued and the funk a bit more. I can't wait to retry this - but as of now, it is not up to normal JP standards.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - While as of now I wouldn't drink more than the glass I had, it is not an F. I had a full glass of this and put it down no problem...tasted zero alcohol in the mouth or throat. I really can't wait to try this in a year. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 03:14:44 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of flannelman808


3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a murky medium brown with a hint of red. Light shines through but its fairly dense looking. A cinnamon colored latte like foam covers the top somewhat thinly but has great lacing.

S: Smells like a Jolly Pumpkin beer, there is no doubt about it. Sour cherry and oak dominate the nose. Spicy notes follow up as do aromas of juniper and sage.

T: Ok juniper takes over somewhat and sour flavors become afterthoughts somewhat. Hard to pick out definitive flavors there is a lot going on.

M: Prickly

O: ehh ...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 08:19:30 | More by flannelman808
Photo of otto251068


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. This beer was bottled on 12/30/2010, about 6 weeks ago.

Appearance: After popping the cap, the slightly tan head overflowed from the opening, good thing I had my glass handy. After the pour, the head in my glass settled into a quarter inch, dense layer. The foam in the bottle keeps slowly rising out. The beer is a dark brown with a little amber in there as well. It seems very lively as I can see minuscule bubbles rising, some sediment in there.

Smell: Very tart and sour aroma. A little red and green apple, some sage as well, with some other herbal notes.

Taste: Right away I get some tartness, not as much as I thought there would be based on the aroma. The tartness has some under ripe strawberries and cranberries. The sage really comes through at the end. After the swallow there is bit of bitterness along with some black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. The carbonation level is a little low, but the what bubbles are there are very perky. The sourness and oak together really makes me pucker.

Overall: Between the oak and the low carbonation level, this beer really has some wine qualities. The sour flavors are refreshing and a nice change of pace, but the whole package doesn't leave me wanting more than the 750 mL. The sage is nice, but a little overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 20:30:09 | More by otto251068
Photo of lavellen


1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I would be really thorough, but it's hard to be. The beer was at war with itself!

Aroma: Sage. That's it. Sage.

Mouth: Huge and crazy?

Taste: The caraway, juniper, and sage all turned the hops into a bitter crazy mess like eating a huge hunk of ginger root and swallowing it down with candied peppercorns....

That's all I can say. It was super sour and that would have been good, or it could have been super spicy, but I don't think it can be both. I love JP and I used to drink it weekly, but this one's a flop.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 05:55:04 | More by lavellen
Photo of dannypo


4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't get the negative reviews of this beer. It has low carbonation. So what? It is murky brown. Who cares?

There is a strong but not overpowering sage character here.

Nice malt character that builds as the beer warms.

Big yeast charcter typical of Jolly Pumpkin. Loads of tropical fruit and peppery spice.

Very drinkable.I need to get a couple more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:38:04 | More by dannypo
Photo of david131


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A deep brown liquid with some orange and ruby highlights. There is little to no head to speak of, which is really surprising considering it is a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

S- White grapes, oak, spices, and a strong acidic-funky quality. Very aromatic and unique... I don't know if I would use the word "inviting" though.

T- Pretty sour with loads of spices. Some oak and a solid malt base round things off. The spices are odd.

M- Definitely on the flat side. There is a strong acidic finish that keeps it from becoming boring.

D- The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the spices are odd. I wish this were in a smaller bottle than a 750 ml. Not bad, but not worth seeking out. Most definitely not worth the $17 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:52:19 | More by david131
Photo of AgentZero


1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jason for bringing this to the UFC 126 and food swap tasting.

A - Brown beer without a lot of head, carbonation appears low on this one. Somewhat transparent and clear, looks fine.

S - Smells not fine. Weird spices that seem more suited for cooking than beer. Seems to be a bit of a sage bomb which is a poor choice for a beer.

T - Taste follows the smell in that it is not good at all, pretty much gross. Lots of spices, primarily sage and caraway. There is some caramel backbone, but it's not helping. This beer is just awful, something that should have been tasted and destroyed, not put into bottles.

M - Little flat, which is disappointing which would have been been better as it might have distracted from the horrible taste.

D - Yeah right, this is so bad, can't get it down. No one should drink this or give it to anyone else to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 04:13:53 | More by AgentZero
Photo of jrallen34


1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I regretfully brought this to our UFC tasting, drank from the bottle into a perfect pint glass... This pours looking precent decent, albeit with basically no carbonation. A dark but clear copper body with some amber, looks good... The aroma is pretty rough. For once not the typical Jolly Pumpkin sour oak, actually no sour notes at all. This is dominated by spices, caramel with tons of caraway and sage, not what I want in my beer... The taste is more of the same but is just horrendous. Who would want to drink caraway and sage with a hint of caramel. Terrible finish, and feel. This is utter garbage, everyone drained pour this right away.

Don't even think about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 16:32:25 | More by jrallen34
Photo of olympuszymurgus


1.65/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Nogne O, Stone, JP making a winter ale? I've seen the Nogne O version, may even have tried it once but this is a new one to me.

A great brown with no head, I think that is more to do with how the JP Cafe pours than the beer. The smell is..different. A bit of spice, lots of sage. There is a nip of caramel and fruit in the aroma as well.

The taste is, well, Horrific. It's like sage leaves covered in half moldy sour cherry juice. I tried, I powered through the first quarter of the glass but dios mio, this is bad. The sourness thins out the body but the sage is just massive, leaving an acrid bitterness.

I would never drink this again, and my super awesome server saw this on my face. She took it off my bill and threw in a free pint of Bambic, a true win in my book. Thank you sexy server, thank you for so much.

JP- Please never do this to an unsuspecting drinker again. Please.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 20:01:16 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of jale


2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with little head.

S: Initial smell is of a flat cola. Crazy, I have never said that about a beer. Some malt, nuts, and a little sage.

T: Sweet flat cola at first, not in a bad way but very unusual. Roasted malt then somewhat nutty. Spice, some sage, a little juniper and a nice sour J.P. flavor. I don't pick up any hops. This beer is really funky. Funky in a bad way.

M: Not much carbonation.

D: I should have tasted before I bought bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 01:02:58 | More by jale
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Collababeire Special Holiday Ale from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
77 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.