Forgotten Tales Of The Last Gypsy Blender, Series 1 Volume 1
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Forgotten Tales Of The Last Gypsy Blender, Series 1 Volume 1Forgotten Tales Of The Last Gypsy Blender, Series 1 Volume 1
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Belgian Saison
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Forgotten Tales Of The Last Gypsy Blender, Series 1 Volume 1Forgotten Tales Of The Last Gypsy Blender, Series 1 Volume 1
Notes: This oak aged sour saison is a collaboration with Celina Tio, chef/owner of JULIAN and The Belfry in Kansas City, brewed with mango and tamarind, and a touch of rye.
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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer, drinking one bottled on May 15, 2015. Aged wonderfully. Soft rich mango, apricot, pineapple, hard candy, cinnamon, rich like a pie, soft tartness, not overpowering, really nice and mellow.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Of Love and Regret served chilled in a glass.
I really enjoyed this and was not sure what to expect when I ordered it but what I received was a very enjoyable sour barrel aged saison. Not tart to the point of enamel deterioration but tart and the barrel flavor comes through in this. This is a very drinkable wild ale I would not hesitate to drink again if it were available. The tropical fruit adds a tanginess and fruity juiciness but still manages to finish dry and drinkable.

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Photo of whitetale
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light gold color. Generous white head with good retention.
Aroma hints of tartness . Great fully tart, sour taste. Maybe a touch of citrus or green apple.
A well balanced sour. Very refreshing. Sorry that it was a one off. Well done Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Light anount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon. green apple, hay and some light earthy funkinesss.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Green apple, lemon, lime, white pepper and the trademark Jolly Pumpkin barnyard funkiness.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Another winner from Jolly Pumpkin. A nice thirst quenching beer with every sip leaving you wanting more,

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Photo of justinp444
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint it has a white foam head that quickly dissipates and a yellow hazy body. Smell of mango, tart lemon, tamarind, earth, and grapefruit, with a bread-y malt body. Taste is much the same with tons of tart lemon, slight mango, grapefruit, hay, earth, grass, and some slight earth-y salty tamarind in the background. Mouth feel is light to moderate with a moderate body, nice fizzy moderate to full carbonation. A nice sour, the tamarind puts a sort of gose feel to it, but it definitely is too much of a juicy saison in the end, surprisingly easy drinking and a great orange juice and sparkling water mouth feel to it.

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Photo of rand
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Cloudy, orange-yellow appearance...looks like orange juice. A frothy head quickly recedes to a small film, leaving almost no lacing.

S: The nose is classic farmhouse. Tart citrusy notes and dry grass underscored by ripe fruity esters. Plenty of barnyard funk envelopes the bouquet.

T: Flavors are more complex and layered than the bouquet, and the added ingredients come through here. Tart, citrus notes up front. Quite sour, approaching a wild ale. Tamarind and mango notes come through mid-sip, along grassy funk and drying oak. Fruity esters throughout. More funky as it warms, with a touch of booze popping up toward the end of the sip. Medium finish with lingering, bitter, funky residuals.

M: Medium mouthfeel, not as oily slick as many examples of the style.

Another tasty experiment from JP. I love when brewers add creative ingredients but keep them in check, accenting the brew's base flavors but not forgetting who the stars of the show should be.

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Photo of Moose90
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle

A — Pours a nice clear orangey hue, almost a tinge of pink to it. There's a nice off-white colored head that forms and fades rather quickly, minimalist lacing left behind.

S — Loads of fruit character here, tropical notes of Guava and Passionfruit, layers of honeydew and cantaloupe, all on-top of a lightly tart lemon and lime juice body.

T — Slightly sweet initially, more notes of Guava and Passionfruit, just a hint of tartness, tar lime and lemon, little bit of acidity, very well balanced.

M — Light-Medium bodied, lingering semi-sweet finish.

O — Very nice overall, but what else would you expect from JP?

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Photo of joe1510
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

Blend 1
Bottled: 5/15/15

FTotLGB is goldenrod in color and absolutely glows, whether backlit or not. It's moderately hazy but that haze seems to create a filter that makes the light explode from the glass. The foam is pure white, easy to rise, and settles at no lower than a finger in height. It's creamy and sticks to the glass in thick sheets. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface to keep the head in place. Mouthwatering.

I can smell the both the mango and standard saison orchard fruitiness from a couple feet away. When I stick my beak in the glass mango is the first to step forward before musty peach and wildflowers in the middle. Fruity and earthy tamarind is noticeable toward the backend while an undercurrent of damp oak runs throughout. There's a lactic yogurt acidity that's saliva inducing as well.

The flavor steps up from the nose.Tamarind jumps from the glass in all its citric, yet earthy, glory. The mango is soft running through the middle with both the lactic yogurt quality and the orchard fruit saison qualities. Nectarine and peach pop in the middle with the mango brightening it up. This aspect runs through the swallow where it's with that wildflower floral note.

The mouthfeel is that of the Belgian variety, reaching a level a lot of American brewers have a hard time reaching. The body sits a touch under moderate in weight with an active carbonation that remains silky smooth all the way through. The tartness grips the tip and sides of the tongue while the finish is bone dry, the carbonation helps accentuate these aspects.

FTotLGB is a mouthful. It's also a fun, delicious beer. The flavor profile is bright and vibrant while an appreciated tartness and dryness fit just as they should. I like seeing tamarind used in beer and Jolly Pumpkin pulled it off well. I won't be passing these up in the future.

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Photo of bnes09
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light lemon color. Lots of thin, delicate lacing. Mango, peach, mildly acidic aroma. Flavor follows with an added touch of smooth yeast funk. Moderate body. Wheat and yeast texture. Solid stuff. Love the unique citrus notes

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Forgotten Tale of The Last Gypsy Blender, series 1 Volume 1 a few weeks ago at Boyne Country Provisions. I've never heard of this beer, but I since I'm a big Jolly Pumpkin fan I knew I had to get a couple bottles, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a golden orange color that took on more of a brighter hue when held to the light with almost a fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits being the first to show up and they impart some nice tropical fruit like aroma with mangoes sticking out the most and it's followed by a little more sweetness which gives way to some funky yeast which imparts some barnyard funk aromas that Jolly Pumpkin is known for. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a noticeable malty aroma that's just a little bready. This beer has a good aroma, the fruits show up nicely.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the mangoes still sticking out the most, but this time there's a little bit of pineapple that shows up in the background. Up next comes the funky yeast which is just a little lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by a very high amount of medium sourness that is almost highly sour. On the finish comes a little more of that funk with some fruity sweetness that goes into the aftertaste with the sourness not lingering too much. This is a very nice tasting beer, the mango works great with the rest of the beer.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a great example of the style, I've never had a mango sour before and I don't know why more brewerys aren't making them because jolly pumpkin just proved that they can go together quite well and complement each other. This beer had good drinkability, I think I could take out the whole bottle, but the sourness would prevent me from drinking more than that. What I like the most about this beer was how well the mango worked with the funky jolly pumpkin base beer, they were a great match. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't a single thing that I would change it's great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer if I ever see it again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Sour or JP beers. All in all I was impressed with this beer, I know JP has some skills when it comes to mixing in fruit with their funky beers, but this one exceeded my expectations. It's one of the better JP beers that I've had and it's a great example of the style. Great job guys, this beer is really tasty, I hope it gets brewed again. .

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a bubbly head that fades away though it coats the glass with some sticky lacing

Smell: Spicy yeast, lemon, passion fruit, pear and a modest lactic tone (don't pick up the mango or tamarind on the nose)

Taste: Hay and lemongrass forward, with lactic sourness building through the middle, where it delivers a range of fruit (lemon, passion fruit, pear, mango and tamarind) as well as coriander and white pepper spicing; after the swallow, the impact of the mango and tamarind becomes more discernible though I admit I would not have picked out those two adjuncts without a hint; the finish is very dry, with the fruit tones lingering faintly

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; a bit flabby

Overall: Can't say this is among my favorites from Jolly Pumpkin but it is an easy drinker

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear somewhat pale light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and oak are present in the nose along with hints of apples and apricots.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors are a bit stronger.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and slightly tart with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as sour or tart compared to many of the other offerings from Jolly Pumpkin, but in this respect would make it a good sour beer to pair with a meal.

Note: Blend 1, Bottled 5/5/2015

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the big bottle in a snifter. This saison pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a nice head of white subsiding foam that turns to a thick ring and excellent lacing. Nose of HEAVY lemon zest, tropical fruits, yeasty funk, and some spicy pepper. Flavors follow the nose with lemon zest and earthy yeast flavors on all sides followed by a light spicy white pepper note that melds nicely with a pineapple and mango flavor. If it is tamarind I am tasting it is masked by the standard Jolly Pumpkin yeast flavors of tartness. Very dry aftertaste with a tart finish.

Good for the style, and a nice one for Flemish and sour lovers out there.


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Photo of Myotus
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled 15May15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's of white foam that halves itself after 45 seconds. Bright yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are hardly there. Lacing is high and thin.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour yeast, oak, tamarindo, hay, and mango meet with subtle spicy rye aromas.
TASTE: Initial taste is a full on frontal assault of all the flavors that were detected as aromas: mild sour yeast, oak, tamarindo, hay, mango, and rye (rye was more perceivable in taste). As the seconds pass, oak and sour yeast grow slightly stronger as all other flavors persist in strength.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtle carbonated. Goes down nice and smooth and finishes with a surprisingly low amount of dryness for a sour. The sourness playfully aggitates the tongue.
NOTE: I took a small sip when I first poured the bottle and while it was fridge cold. All I tasted was sour on sour. I let the beer warm a bit to allow the intended flavors to be unleashed.

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Photo of RaulMatisse
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Modern, NYC. This is one of the greatest food beers I've ever had. This has more in common with a traditional Belgian gueuze than a saison. Funky blue cheese meets subtle oak with gentle saltiness and a generously fluffy mouthfeel.

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Photo of cvm4
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Series 1, Volume 1... Bottled 5/15/2015

L - Pours a semi-opaque lemon/golden body with a one finger fizzy eggshell head.

S - I'm just getting all lemon & light funk on the nose.

T - The nose is definitely more sour forward than the taste. Really an enjoyable light lemon tartness through and through with light acidity and mild funk.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - It's a solid offering and very enjoyable that's not overly complex.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Opaque orange with a small head that subsides to a ring of bubbles fairly quickly. Aroma is subtle mango with the typical Jolly Pumpkin flora - hay, white pepper, coriander, lemon, pear, toasted graininess. Flavor adds a modest acidity and takes it a bit more tropical. Nuanced and balanced.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well balanced, super easy to drink. Not too sour, not too fruity, not too spicy. Very crisp and refreshing. The flavors are a bit on the subtle side, which is not always a bad thing. Well done.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/9/15: Draft tulip at Gib's, 4.15

8/16/15: 750mL bottle
Seems to have a little less carbonation than draft, less than a finger of head that fades to a thin skim after the first few sips. Murky opaque golden orange, drippy arcs of minor lacing.

Aroma is fruity with an underlying tamarind spice, a light oakiness.
Juicy mango taste, fruity and lightly acidic with a drying oaky aftertaste. Tamarind adds a light spicy bitterness, complimentary to the mango juiciness. Lighter carbonation, smooth and juicy. Overall a nice fruity blend, somewhat tropical and oaky.

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Photo of SaucerfulOfSecrets
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

lots of fruity notes with a delicious and crisp tangy taste. finishes sour, just as you would expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Looks great in a glass, beautiful cloudy yellow with lots of action. immediate smells of tropical fruits and a slight spice. this beer is awesome!

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque yellow-orange, thin fizzy white head, dots of lace on the glass. Smell: quick pop of earthy muddy funk upfront; then doughy, lemon, some sweetened dried fruit... mango-ish. Taste: lime, green apple, mildy doughy and quite fruity... passionfruit-ish. Oaky and vinous finish. Not as much going on as some of JP's other fruited saisons, nor as sour (my esophagus thanks you for that), but really tasty.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In what's likely the most food-friendly style of beer in the craft beer world, this fruity, tangy and racy saison is the collaborative efforts of culinary art and brewing prowess that join forces and celebrate all of what's great about flavor.

Forgotten Tales, Volume 1 layers with a deep yeasty haze, yet it still captivates the eye with its translucent glow. Its creamy lather intertwines a mix of earthen and tangy scents that's as challenging as they are inviting. Its short and bready sweetness greets the tongue with a gentle malt display and then dissolves quickly.

The ale simply blossoms over the middle palate. As its malty sweetness fades into a thin fructose-like tang, a wafer-thin malt substrate remains and supports the fruit and spice to come. A citrus and tropical medley emerges, bringing the prominence of lemon, lime, pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Kiwi, orange, white grape, crabapple and under-ripened berries take their turn rising and falling through the taste. Meanwhile, its spicy rebuttal adds the zest of freshly grated white pepper, weathered oak, vinous must and acute acidity.

As the sourness grows to dominate the taste in finish, it halts just shy of vinegar and promotes a high chardonnay dryness, effervescence and peppery character. Its medium-light body is accented by fruity sourness as its finish is earthy, musty and laden with damp straw and hay.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; blend 1 bottled 5/15/2015. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden/orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, papaya, apricot, mango, pineapple, green apple, wheat, rye bread, peppercorn, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, tropical fruits, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, papaya, apricot, mango, pineapple, green apple, wheat, rye bread, peppercorn, herbal, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, papaya, apricot, mango, pineapple, green apple, wheat, rye bread, peppercorn, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, tropical fruit, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly crisp/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, tropical fruit, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blend 1
Bottled 5/15/15

Appearance - 4.25/5
A light yellow-orange. A bit hazy. About a finger of white head upon initial pour, dissipates down to a thin layer.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet, fruity, not as much tartness as other JP beers, but still there is the detectable JP tart bouquet of sour cherries, apples, lemons, etc

Taste - 4/5
Definitely less sour than probably all of the other JP beers that I can remember. Has faint fruit notes of the cherries, apples, lemons, as well as perhaps some hints of tropical fruits. Also some yeasty, slightly bready notes. Not nearly as flavorful or tart as other JP beers, which for some could be a negative, but for others could be a plus, as many may find the sweetness and tartness of a typical JP brew overpowering. This is a more mild sour, and thus might be a good entry sour for someone to try.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Light bodied, medium amount of light intensity carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this was an interesting brew. I liked the toned-down sourness, as sometimes the sourness can be overwhelming and take away from the flavor. But in this case, the beer was not super flavorful either. I really would have liked more flavor.

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Forgotten Tales Of The Last Gypsy Blender, Series 1 Volume 1 from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 127 ratings