Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

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Photo of Blackop555
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold. Foamy, medium, white head fades after a short time.

Smells light tart fruit, yeast funk, spice, floral and oaky.

Tastes tart fruit and yeast funk. Light malt, citrus and light oakiness. Finish is dry with an oaky and tart fruit liberty that is short lived

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Photo of gopens44
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Billowing, pillowy white foamy head atop a golden, slightly hazy from a seemingly never-ending bubble flow beer. Nose is a little peppery, a touch earthy and it has just a bit of noble hop character as well. Taste has some spice up front and then some tart green apple as really, the main player. Finish is dry for the most part and leaves a minty fresh essence behind.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very good stuff...single bottle into a tulip on new year's eve looking out over Lake Superior. nose is both fruity (both citrus and pear) and peppery/spicy, with some hints of wildflowers, as well. Taste pretty much follows, and it comes in waves, though the funkiness comes out a little stronger...and then there's a delightful lively mouthful that is substantial but not at all heavy. I wish these guys would come back to MN.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Golden with a light haze, lots of very fine, champagne bubbles that rise slowly to the surface. Its topped with 3 fingers of white, foamy head.

Smells of a slight tart note like fermented pears, you get the oak in there as well. Some light fruitiness, again like pears, hints of candy sugar and phenols.

Oh wow, this is so to style and amazing. Light and fruity again like pears or Chinese pears in particular. Oak is there in such delicate but strong beauty. A little sweetness but solid sour notes as could be expected from Jolly Pumpkin, but certainly light, keeping the brew to style.

Light as clouds on the tongue, you get the dry character, and hints of tannins from the oak. Moderate, foamy carbonation.

Amazing beer. Got it in Michigan, brought it to Chiang Mai where I am happily drinking it with British Purple Monster Munch, Dec 30th, 2016.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

It is categorized as a Biere de Garde... (but the brewer does not call it that)...They call it a Wild Artisian Ale...Either way...The beer pours nice enough, with a good head and lacing. The smell is of white wine. The taste isn't what I was expecting...There is some very light maltiness (barely), and the flavor that seems to stand out the most is almost like a white table wine with a lot of carbonation. The flavor of booze is loud and no attempt is made to cover it up...Tart grape/wine/vinegar flavor with some citrus notes are bold in the finish with even a sourness that lingers with the tartness and barely a hint of sweetness. As someone mentioned already, without the distinct ale fizziness, this would come off like a mead or white table wine. This is potable, but it takes some getting used to.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a striking gold. Head is rather thin but that's expected for an oak aged beer I suppose. Aroma starts out sharp with tart yeast & some oak tannin, but underneath is a sweet, honeylike smell that is very inviting, almost like wildflower. Sharp semi-lactic funk uptop segueing into leather and oak tannins. Very "farmhouse" as they say, but there is still a gentle sweetness laying in the bushes, almost vaguely mead-like. Tad thin on the feel but otherwise an excellent beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into a Teku glass
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a lingering one-finger head
S: Lemon drop, apple cider, wheat and yeast
T: More of an emphasis on the apple cider, smooth wheat/grain, yeast, citrus and a hint of oak
M: Medium-bodied, tart, smooth
O: Well-made and while no one part jumps out that just adds to the balance. Very true to the style

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Photo of zillarunner
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very enjoyable beer, smooth but crisp citrussy (if that makes sense). Nice color. I would enjoy having this again. This is a great beer for people who like to analyze and discuss beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Heavyweight 375 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Sediment remains in the emptied bottle.

This "Gold of Pumpkin" ale has an obvious wild yeast component which I find interesting and acceptable in the flavor, but overbearing and unappealing in the aroma. Moderate oak barrel influence. Mildly bitter and tart. Excellent, lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright, rich yellow brew; fizzy short lived head.

Nice aroma: a touch of barnyard funk, lightly sour oak.

Flavor follows: it's funky and citrusy but light and slightly sweet. The hue, aroma, and flavor all hint of lemon drops, while the oak provides a nice edge to the finish and Brett yields unmistakable complexity.

Easy to drink, medium bodied, with a long wet finish. This is a lovely wild ale: refreshing and complex.

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Photo of Junior
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pale golden color, hazy
S - Fruit and wood
T - Sweet and malty
F - Full and flavorful
O - This is my first experience with Jolly Pumpkin and Biere de Garde. I was pleasantly surprised with both. The 8% ABV was well hidden.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color. Aroma is slightly sweet and fermented. Flavor has tartness, funkiness and a touch of sweetness. Has a nice feel and overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A lovely pale yellow color, but opaque in color. Fluffy, cloud-like white head. Loads of lacing.

Nose is a bit of funky citrus - at times a little bit like rotting fruit and veges. Luckily that's not the whole of the nose, as there is nice "hop bouquet" as the bottle states - floral and citrus-like in general. The spicy also comes out with a bit of oak with a deep whiff.

Somewhat surprisingly given the nose, the oak cask influence is a large part of this beer. It's not always in the forefront or powerful, but it comes in at the beginning and is still there at the end. A lightly tart fruit is the first thing that grabs me after a brief clean, almost watery, opening (with a light woodenness). I want to say it is something like passionfruit, but I also get some strawberry.

The wooden opening gets a layer of tart fruitiness, and upon that a bite of spiciness is added. The fruit fades to the background as the spice grows, helped by a light but prickly carbonation. The spice does turn peppery as the fruit flavors starts to leave my palate. The oak cask notes come back into play more and more until the pepper bite fades, leaving me with a wet, wooden bitterness to linger.

I luckily didn't get any of the "rotting vegetation" I sometimes got in the nose in the taste. The wild yeast no doubt have an influence - maybe a certain "tanginess" to the fruit notes. Light on the tongue, this was a joy of a beer to consume. The flavor layering worked for me, and the different notes that were perceived came across as very enjoyable.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This batch was dated 12/15/15, 375ml bottle. Golden body with a bit of haze and a healthy white head. A kind of tart white wine pear flavor with some spice, hops, light oak barrel. But it feels slightly medicinal, overly vinegar-y, and kinda abrasive at times. Tastes stronger than 8% and brings bold flavor but that flavor seems a bit lacking in refinement. Sharp and slick feel. Not a bad offering but kinda felt kinda off and jumbled.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've rewritten this as I go, just not sure about this thing. Sour, yeast, wood, and farmhouse funk - this beer has it all. Pours looking like a tripel, with sour notes on the nose. Flavor is vinegar-ish at first, but quickly fades to a tart enjoyable fruitish thing. Finish is fairly dry with lingering sour notes. Interesting for sure, but not my thing.

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Photo of KingDingus
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer exemplifies what a classic biere de garde can be. Nothing crazy about this beer, no hibiscus, sage, guava etc. added to it just a no-BS ale for lovers of old world styles. Looks, smells and tastes exactly as it "should".

Appearance is a light golden straw.

Smell is dry apple cider and earthy oak, almost wine barrel.

Taste is a classic saison/farmhouse straw-like funk with just a hint of tartness and deep, back of the tongue complexity from the barrel aging and higher alcohol.

Feel is crisp yet slightly dense. Not over carbonated, not flat and syrupy, just right.

This is my drink of choice at the moment, an exceptionally well balanced and delicious golden strong ale. Bravo Jolly Pumpkin, bra-vo.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer, it is almost like a modest yet tasty sour.

(L) Somewhat cloudy golden hue with an inch white head

(A) The aroma is bread and lemon.

(T) Grassy, bready, yeast, citrus, some pepper, it is tart, but there is almost no bitterness, and no hint of the alcohol, which is fine.

(F) Different, very easy drinking, and dangerous.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with minimal head and tiny lace ring hovered around glass. Slightly sour and funky fruits hit me in the aroma. Thin-bodied beer that has some yeast and woody notes that make it smooth and easy to drink, a funkiness that borders on puckering tartness at times but not quite there as bits of tropical fruit sweetness and malts add balance. Interesting array of flavors and easy drinking session beer that hides ABV well.

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Photo of wedge
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOTTLED 02/02/15

Clear yellow-gold with a thin, soapy white head. Funky, oaky sharpness hits the nose...spicy and vinous with musty wood and acetone. Moderately sour upfront leading to a warm spicy flavor that compliments the fruity tartness. Dusty lemon, apple, damp basement, and wood. Lighter than expected, given the high ABV - tart and drying on the gums. More of a wild ale as the funk has complete control of this beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a yellow and gold appearance with haze. 1/2" white head. The aroma is that of bread with lemon and soapy bitterness.

Taste was bitter bread, some spice rack, lots of carbonation, floral pepper notes. Grass and hay. More lemon. Mild brett earthiness.

Expensive, would not repeat even though decent.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crushable, light, breezy, summery. Not sour enough... hay, lemon, lime zest, fresh grass... ABV is disguised incredibly well. This tastes like a 5% instead of 8%. Peppery finish.

Nice overall, but just a tad underwhelming.

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Photo of Nickmaaan
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh the glory when I popped the cap and started to pour this beauty. I love it when the bubbles in a beer are so tiny and just dance when you pour them. Its like watching a symphony. The taste, my god is just a savor. I love just letting it sit on my tongue before consuming its wondrous golden flavors. I got it to represent my neighborhood. Dexter is just a hop skip and a jump away. Nice touch of oak, with a crisp citrus blend that just makes me giddy as all hell. I love the peppery kick on the aftertaste that settles so well.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice and terrific looking beer right here. My first Jolly Pumpkin. Oro de Calabaza pours a golden hazy as well as cloudy yellow. Pour produces decent head retention along with attractive lacing through out the drinking experience. Aromas are zesty with citrus and lemon. Peppery with slight Belgian esters, funk and a tartness on the nose. Taste is the same with a subtle touch of oak and sourness that's ever so present but not over powering. Mouthfeel is good and well crafted too. Crisp but not prickly. Overall, this is a good to very good beer. Although technically it's the same style I would consider this the poor man's RR Sanctification.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share from friend. Very pale in color, taste is initially very golden/blonde, but yeast and other elements start to make this a heavier ale. Syrupy consistency, definite Belgian yeast character, but without the pit fruit elements in a lot of the strong ales.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml bottle from blend 8 dated 8/21/2015 into teku glass.

A: Slightly cloudy straw yellow with 2-3 finger dense white head with lasting retention and lots of chunky lacing.

S: Lemon and orange zest, Brett yeast that yields a nice funk and a hint of peppery spice.

T: Tart citrus with an earthy funk and a slight breadiness. Lemon and green peppercorns.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Excelllent wild ale. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Very glad to have JP distributing in my area now.

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