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De Viento - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: liamt07 on 05-24-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%

Chris’s bottle from Ann Arbor location. Coffee aroma. A huge head mocha coloured on very dark brown. A coffee saison, spicy though not getting peppercorns. Not too sour. Coffee well integrated and good drinkability. More than middling mouthfeel. Something different from JP.

Sammy, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Thorpe429, Mar 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 18, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Shared this recently at the 3rd annual chili showdown, served in a pint glass.
Color was nice, a saturated reddish tone, and the beer was perfectly clear. An ample head of off-white foam sat on the surface, leaving behind some thin spindly lacing here and there in the glass.

Aroma was crisp and vaguely floral, hinting at the coffee addition, but it didn't smell directly of coffee. More dry barrel and Jolly Pumpkin's signature farmhouse yeast than anything.

Flavor was crisp and tart upfront, dry and woody in the middle with a pleasant aftertaste of coffee that wasn't too dominant and provided a nice accent to the usual tart saison characteristics. Feel was a little thin, though not a true distraction. It was fun to try, but not quite as complex as other JP standbys.

emerge077, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Big tan foam settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lacework. Dark brown body with surprisingly clarity to it.

S - The aroma is an odd mix of lactic sourness, 'green' coffee beans, roasted malts, mildly phenolic and spicy farmhouse yeast, and perhaps a hint of oak. While that may sound bad, it's actually strangely compelling and I found it fun to try to pick out the different flavor elements.

T - The taste is a little more muddy and ill-defined. The roasty and bready malts and the farmhouse yeast seem to be more present, with the interesting coffee and wild notes largely being smoothed out. There's a bit of oak presence too. Bottle doesn't list an ABV, but I don't think this is particularly strong.

M - Dry, medium body, with zesty carbonation. Things get a bit chewy mid-palate before yielding to an oaky and tannic finish. No alcohol presence.

D - Kudos to Ron for making this flavor combination work, but not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin offering. I'd prefer the more heavily acetic Madrugada Obscura (or Perseguidor 4) to this coffee-infused dark saison. Still, it was pretty easy to drink and I had no problems finishing my glass - just probably wouldn't buy another bottle of this considering the price.

MasterSki, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks to Humulus5883 (Reddit) for this interesting beer. Bottled 4/24/12, 1068/1069

Thin neck forced a chugging that produces a rich creamy almost 2 finger head, fades semi slowly with lots of layered lacing, very dark molasses color with faint hints of mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose starts with fresh roasted coffee beans and fresh brewed coffee fairly strong, then light dusty wood and toasted oak, then the sour saison rises, slowly at first then increases, a light sour funk like lactobaccillus, hint of saison grainy malts and straw, and touches of spices from saison and light baking spices, and faint cocoa and caramel in there. Very complex.

Trade starts with more fresh coffee, more brewed coffee but light roasted beans as well. That brings a bit of bitterness, coffee bitterness. Then light toasted oak, with touch of wood dust. Then quickly into sour saison, following the same path as the nose, with fair but not overwhelming sour funk, again probably lactobaccillus. There is also light grainy malt and light farmhouse saison flavors, hint of grassy straw and earthy barn floor. Light spices in there, some saison with hint of citrus, and light baking spices. It gets slightly yeasty with the bready. Fair sweetness too, little syrupy and sticky, and faint caramel. Coffee sneaks through one more time as it finishes, fairly sticky and syrupy, little flemmy, long sour funk finish, with hint more saison flavors and yeasty flavor, hint of spices and toasty but soured malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly syrupy, good carb.

Overall really interesting, lots of great flavors and aromas, but they don't seem to blend well, it's kinda all over the place. Still tasty, and nice fresh coffee with the only meh flavor being the yeasty flavor.

jlindros, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of off white head. The head sticks around nicely.

S: Quite different. I'm getting coffee and herbs. Mild sweetness with some dark fruit.

T: Lots of coffee, but there is still a strong herbal presence. The beer manages to have a light, refined taste. Some dark fruit sweetness as well. Coffee in the finish.

M: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

O: A coffee saison is a weird idea. It worked for me. I'd have it again.

oline73, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

yourefragile, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

(Served in a chalice)
Batch 1070
Bottled 4/27/12

A-Once I cracked the cap this beer was a slow motion gusher and poured a full glass of light coco tan foam. Once the foam settled down there was a hazy brown body with a strong carbonation and the head still didn't quit, pushing over the lip of the glass but still holding its shape.

S- The sour note and coffee bean aroma has some dark roasted malt notes behind it and a unique spice blend in the finish.

T- The coffee flavor had some nice dry espresso bean flavors with a dry spice note to follow. There is a mellow dark but bright tartness in the finish that is followed by an after tasted of squash and fennel.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish but no astringency or alcohol heat.

O- This is a well balanced beer with coffee supporting sour flavors and some unique spices worked in there aswell. It was fun to drink but hard to figure out what I was actually drinking.

rhoadsrage, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2012. Pours almost black extremely dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass; with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big coffee, roasted malt, sour apple, cherry, dark chocolate, cocoa, hay, grass, pepper, clove, funk, earth, and spicy yeast esters. Fantastic aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of coffee, roasted malt, and fruity funk notes. Taste of sour apple, cherry, coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, pepper, clove, hay, grass, funk, earth, oak, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish with roasted coffee bitterness; and lingering notes of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, tart fruits, clove, pepper, hay, grass, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor robustness, balance, and big complexity of roasted flavors, funk, and spiciness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wild saison brewed with coffee! Very unique; with great balance and complexity of coffee, roasted notes, and wild funkiness; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering!

superspak, Feb 23, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

Shared by Adam. Thanks man. The beer appears brown with a small off white head. The aroma brings coffee, funky yeast, spice. A bit odd. Flavors don’t cooperate too well. It’s just weird having saison type funk with prominent coffee. Interesting and worth a try, but not my cup of tea.

Huhzubendah, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Gonzoillini, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Zaphog, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

On draught at the Ann Arbor pub. Described as a coffee saison brewed with Great Lakes Coffee coffee, grains of paradise, cinnamon, coriander and saffron - all proceeds of this beer to the Dexter Relief Fund to help support victims of a recent tornado. Served in a tulip.

Black in colour, with a cream coloured cap. Good retention, creamy in quality and some spotty lace. Nose has some very 'green' raw roasted bean, dark grainy bread, seeds and some spicing. Flavour of mild roasted coffee, again, very raw and green, with some peripheral spicing and very mild overall saison character. Light tartness from both the saison and coffee perhaps, and lingering roast. Light body with a really nice restrained tartness and subtle effervescence. Quite enjoyable and extremely unique. 4/4/4/4/45

Had this again from the bottle, from Chris. 750ml into a tulip.
Crazy spice profile, with fresh coffee and beautiful roast aromas. 4/45/4/4/425

liamt07, May 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rolltide8425, Feb 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

drummermattie02, Feb 17, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Big thanks goes out to CManuel for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red brown with a three finger light tan head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, cigar, pepper, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, spice, pepper, funk, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The carbonation aspect on this one was just a little too high for my liking. The flavor also had a quite weird note on this one with a big earthy funk. The nose reminded me of a cigar if I'm honest. Glad I got the chance to try this one, but the beer definitely did have some preventable shortfalls. Worth trying if you get the chance though.

thagr81us, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

AgentZero, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours nearly pitch black in color. Produced an absolute mountainous tan fluffy head with huge clumps of lacing left behind once it finally dissipated; perfect retention.

(S)- An obvious coffee grounds aroma up front. Quite dry behind that with a bit of biscuit and cocoa.

(T)- Again, very coffee forward. Touches of a creamed coffee type flavor in the middle with bits of pepper and biscuit. The faintest hint of a dry oaky tartness at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Lets be honest, very little about this beer reminds me of a saison since it is so coffee forward, but it does have a nice feel to it overall. The ever so slightly bitter and tart at the end is a nice play for the beer's complexity.

(O)- Despite this being quite the oddball for the style, I really enjoyed the trip this took me on. Unique to say the least, but it just works somehow. I applaud Jolly Pumpkin on their ingenuity when it came to make this beer a reality.

sweemzander, Jan 09, 2013
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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.

tectactoe, Aug 05, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a deep dark brownish black with a super light almost garnet hue around the edged. Atop sat a nice two finger super light mocha creamy head that faded to leave TONS of sticky side lacing. Excellent.

S - Super, super different aromas here. Lightly funky with lots of coffee bean aroma along with some roasty toasty malts and the typical Jolly Pumpkin spice blend notes.

T - Hah, definitely somehow one of the weirdest beers I've ever tasted. Initial coffee roast and then WHAM sour. Its even on the weak end of a Jolly Pumpkin sour profile but its enough to make me recoil in confusion. There is a faint, faint saison hint at the end but for all intensive purposes this is a sour cup of coffee. It works, but I dont really like it...

M - Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, typical with Jolly Pumpkin. Still though its a bit high for this style, atleast for me.

O - Overall this was one bizarre beer. It was cool but just did not work for me. Tremendous clash between black coffee and sour funky saison.

rudzud, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

warnerry, Aug 26, 2013
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De Viento from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.