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Ofrenda | Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera

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Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by goochpunch on 12-15-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 9
Reviews by BretSikkink:
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3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color, fair head and lacing but nothing Belgianesque. Looks like a US microbrewed tripel rather than going whole hog, but attractive coloring, and the foam makes a leaves-under-foot crunching noise that is awesomely autumnal.

Nose is phenolic, redolent more of a weizen than a tripel per se, but a good whiff of booze thrown in tells me that this is serious - and 10% it is. Grassy hops are back there, slight medicinal note, but otherwise fairly clean.

Aroma is similar - pumpkin is not to be distinguished. Basically a solid block of light malt-booze bomb with a smattering of hops for some balance. Never brings in the delicate floral sweetness that the finer tripels do; in fact, this one doesn't quite hold up to the typical American version of the style, as pale an imitation as those often are. Weaker than I was hoping.

Body is spot on; slightly slick, well carbonated, and easy to drink. While nothing really pops out about the flavor, bear in mind that this thing masks 10% with an ease and aplomb that would make a Euro Strong Ale blush. Not the most flattering comparison I realize, but I mean it positively. Anything with such strength can turn into an attenuation disaster and leave the drinker in hangover heaven, but this is smooth and well-brewed despite having a less-than-stellar recipe to begin with.

Small changes in this recipe could pay huge dividends for this still up and coming brewery. I enjoyed this a week before Dia de los Muertos here in DF, and may be caught up in the season, which is a truly beautiful event besides being considered a UNESCO world heritage event. If you run into this beer, or anything else by Calavera, in your travels or trades, snap it up and get a taste of the central Mexican highlands.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of abecuellar
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of AdrianMendez
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of goochpunch
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a Belgian-style tripel brewed with pumpkin, calaveritas de azúcar and wheat, representing pan de muerto. Brewed for Día de Muertos.

Pours out a slightly hazed golden color with a fluffy head that fizzles out quickly. Smell is of the typical tripel variety. Phenolic yeast and grainy. Taste is about standard for a typical microbrewery's attempt at a tripel. Lacks the crisp dryness I prefer in a tripel. Pumpkin flavor is not forward (if I didn't know it had pumpkin I wouldn't have noticed). Mouthfeel is rather full but lacking a bit in carbonation. Overall this is decent. Seems like Calavera was trying to emulate a so-so US micro's attempt at a tripel rather than a Belgian one (I think I can say this about all of their beers I've tried [i.e., they really want to brew like a US micro rather than find their own thing]).

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Photo of karait95
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Intense yellow color not transparent at all, very cloudy with a medium or dense body.

S: Some sour aroma is present, also alcohol and some sugar.

T: The barley is present, the body is nice but not clear flavors can be distinguished, there are some wheat.

M: Starts neutral and finish very bitter, long ending but alcohol and some sourness is present all over the beer and the sweetness is missing as it should.

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Photo of bugatti26
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EOC
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lilithdana
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ofrenda from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
3.45 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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