De Viento - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Bottled 2012-04-24
Jolly Pumpkin's De Viento is an interesting blend of coffee, spices, and Brettanomyces influence that combine to make a slightly tart coffee beer that is appealing to the senses, particularly in this winter weather. I wouldn't pay $18 for a bottle of this again, though.
Pours a massive beige head of, at first, small, but as time elapses, medium and large-sized bubbles, eventually developing a cavernous, rocky appearance. Retention is good, the head lasting several minutes, with excellent lacing as well, thick and decorative. Body is dark brown in color, with light bringing out hues of orange and lighter brown. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.
Aroma of slightly soured, old coffee, chili powder or cayenne and assorted other spices, with a bit of Brettanomyces mustiness. As it warms, the scent becomes a bit too acrid, somewhat bile-like and not particularly pleasant.
Overall flavor is of soured dark malt and coffee, Brettanomyces mustiness, and miscellaneous spices. Front of palate experiences soured dark malt and coffee balanced by slight sweetness and paprika or cayenne powder. Mid-palate is primarily of soured coffee with modest chocolate, slight berry esters and tartness, and mild ground cayenne/paprika, and Brettanomyces mustiness. Back of palate detects bitterness from coffee or hops, soured coffee, Brettanomyces mustiness, and mild ethanol. Aftertaste of soured coffee, miscellaneous spices, and mild bitterness.
Beer is medium-bodied, with medium carbonation, resulting in a smoothly foamy, creamy mouthfeel. Closes semi-dry, with light astringency and stickiness on the palate.
12-27-2013 02:31:53 | More by falloutsnow
3.46/5 rDev -11.5%
Bottle from some creepy cat lady in Iowa. Had this a couple times, but never got to sit down with it. Batch 1068/1069.
Fluted tulip. Half inch of lingering fluffy lather. Black with brown highlights.
Tangy, lightly roasted, black patent-ish, confused smell. I guess this is what they were going for.
Minerally & twangy upfront, then comes the bitter roasted coffee. That sticks around for a bit longer then I'd like. Something else hides in your throat, something unspecifically fruity.
Big, harsh carbonation. Mellow abv. Frothy, but thin. Might have been a touch fruitier completely fresh out the gate.
Second half of the bottle sloshed nicely though.
10-12-2013 04:17:26 | More by PEBKAC
4.21/5 rDev +7.7%
I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's De Viento a couple days ago for $8 at The Made In Michigan Store in the Village at Boyne Mountain. In my effort to try more Jolly Pumpkin beers I thought I would give this one a shot, the price was right and I haven't seen any bottles of this stuff in a while so i'm Interested to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Batch #1068/#1069, Second to last batch bottled on 4/24/12. Poured from a brown 750ml Bottle into a snifter.
A- The label looks nice, it's got that typical artsy Jolly Pumpkin look, it's a little odd, but it still looks nice. It poured a nice murky dark brown color that took on a slight ruby hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of frothy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This beer started to foam up a little when I opened it, but it was very slowly and not really an issue since no beer was wasted. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by an immediate coffee aroma that had a nice fresh roasted quality cup of coffee aroma to it and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some citrus zest aromas also coming through. Up next comes that typical Jolly Pumpkin yeast that imparts a nice funky aroma to this beer with some light oak aromas showing up in the background. This beer had a good aroma, each of the aspects seemed to be pretty well balanced and neither were too overpowering.
T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with coffee being the first to show up and it still has that nice fresh good cup of coffee aspect to it that isn't too overpowering and it's followed by a fruity flavor and some citrus rind flavors that might be from some hops. Up next comes that typical Jolly Pumpkin yeast imparting a nice and not overpowering funk flavor with a slightly noticeable oak flavor in the background. On the finish there's a light spiced flavor followed by hardly any bitterness with a light sourness taking it's place. This beer tasted pretty good, the light sour and decent funkyness worked surprisingly well with the coffee flavors.
M- Pretty smooth, clean, very crisp, a little creamy, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation that was a little on the prickly side. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer, but the carbonation was right on the verge of being too much.
Overall all I thought this was a very nice beer and still a pretty nice example of a Saison/ Farmhouse Ale even though it didn't fully fit in the style with the addition of coffee, but the coffee ended up working pretty nicely with this beer and it made for a complex and interesting Saison. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, crisp, clean, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a full bottle of this by myself, but it's also a good beer to share. What I liked the most about this beer was that is was very solid in all aspects and there was hardly anything that I would change. What I liked the least about this beer is the availability, it was brewed only once and it was fairly had to find in my area, I would love it if they brewed it again so I could see how this beer is fresh. I would for sure buy this beer again, i'm pretty sure there is still a couple bottles left where I got it from, so i'll have to grab one or two more to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who's a Jolly Pumpkin fan or anybody interested in seeing how coffee works with a funky Saison. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, with hold old it was and the fact that it's a coffee Saison I was little skeptical on how this one would turn out it, but it all managed to come together very well and I really enjoyed sipping on this one and everyone I shared it with liked it also. Good Job Jolly Pumpkin, I,m really starting to appreciate the work you guys put into your beers and I like that you aren't afraid to take risks, keep up the good work guys.
10-03-2013 21:36:08 | More by StoutHunter
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to Kevin for splitting his bottle with me. De Veinto has to be one of the swampiest and muckiest looking beers I've seen - opaque, brown trudge. The bottle *almost* gushed upon opening, but was slow enough to catch it before any beer was lost. A stunningly enormous, beige head piles up and lasts for what seems like years; I had to wait a few minutes before I could even reach the beer. Thick, chunky lace is left all around the sides of the glass.
When a beer is described as a "dark and smokey, sour Saison with coffee", well, you really don't know what to expect. The nose is full of roasted and oily coffee beans with some lightly tart fruit that rests at its side. Mildly acidic citrus peels, oak, and lots of tannic qualities. There's a lighter spice in the background that I can't completely discern, and perhaps some leafy hoppiness. The bottle denotes a "secret Algerian spice blend"... not sure exactly what it is, but it's noticeable.
Though there was a slight promissory note of sourness based on the aroma, there's almost none present as I take the first sip, despite the self-proclaimed title of "sour saison". The taste is mostly comprised of murky, dusty coffee beans with moderately heavy roast. Zesty hops are vibrant and more out-and-about on the palate; along with a mild cola flavor and heavy carbonation, there's quite a sharp and tannic astringency that cuts across the palate like a knife.
Yeast, earthy esters, dirt, and mild smoke are among some of the other flavors that come out somewhere around mid-palate, while the finish has larger amounts of oak, faint lemon-apple sweetness (which is really the only mention of fruit in the flavor) and some more of those unknown spices. The slight fruitiness present in the finish may provide a very, very mild hint of tartness, but let's face it - this is not a sour beer, at all. And I think that's a good thing.
Heavily carbonated, probably too much, as the mouth feel is very sharp, effervescent, and only amplifies the astringency. A thin-medium bodied beer that feels even thinner than it probably should, again, due to excess carbonation. Though it's labeled a "sour saison", there isn't much sour about this beer at all. I don't know how well actual sourness would have melded with heavy coffee roast, so I don't know if the omission was a bad one. Strange brew, but pretty good nonetheless.
08-05-2013 11:17:18 | More by tectactoe
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
A: Black with a sudsy and frothy head and fantastic lacing
S: Tart and fruity (apples, cherries); also coffee and spices subtly lingering beneath
T: Dry beginning from the wood; not nearly as tart as the aromas indicated but some fruitiness still lingers; coffee and spices finish this off nicely
F: Medium body and fairly creamy
O: An interesting, seemingly strange beer but it works and come together pretty well
06-20-2013 00:15:24 | More by dbossman
De Viento from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.