Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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4.11/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,829
Reviews:
744
Ratings:
1,830
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a fingernail of eggshell white on top. Faint sedimentary haze. Light lacing. The aroma is green apple, pear, and oak. I'm tasting green apple, white pear, and a lightly doughy yeast flavor. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a pillowy, one-finger, white head.
S: Tons of white grape aroma and some definite oakiness coming through, a bit of funk but not too much.
T: The Tannins come on strong here, (this is a very oaky beer) followed by a definite astringency that is not altogether pleasant, there is a slightly grainy sweetness that there could definitely be more of, and the white grape comes through a bit as well, along with a slightly briney vinegar sourness that wears out its welcome fairly quickly.
M: Dry, dry, dry.
O: Like most every beer I have ever had from Jolly Pumpkin, I find this to be tremendously overrated, I find that while their are not necessarily one dimensional, beyond a certain point they seem to feature basically the same notes and I'm not wowed by those notes, I would liken it to the differentiation between the assorted stouts that prairie artisan ales puts out, only in the case of those beers, the recurring profile is so good that it doesn't matter that they don't differ all that much from beer to beer, which I cannot say about these beers.

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Photo of samEBC
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 3rdLargest
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow colour. Aroma is spicy, lemony, floral with some herbal infusion notes. Taste is tart, lemony, dry but not too astringent, well balanced overall. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice one.

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Photo of Lukass
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chitoryu12
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy yellow with virtually no head.

Smell: Sour fruit and yeast with a distant citrus.

Taste: Sour dill, yeast, and bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation

Overall: I don’t think I’m too big on this one.

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Photo of jhartley
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Snörkel snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful golden yellow body with a slight haziness. Thick fluffy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Lemon, apple, Belgian yeast, slightly tart and sour.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour and tart apple with a citrus backbone. Belgian yeast esters. Light mouthful with a dry finish.

Overall: A tasty tart beer that is enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of Muss42
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of X-Mchs
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure, I do not like sour beers. I've tried a few and they taste like they've gone bad. So, coming from this guy, this is possibly the best score ever for a sour beer and should be considered an absolute win.
I don't know if the price is different in the States, but in Canada this bottle cost between 12 and 17 dollars, depending on where you get it (and whether you get an employee discount). This is, in my opinion, a bit outrageous for a beer even in the craft community. But hey, it's a free market.
The beer looks very inviting. It's a bright yellow and you can see some floaties inside that I suggested to be fruit pulp. This made me think of it more as a freshly squeezed citrus fruit juice. Turns out I wasn't far off with that assumption as the sour taste comes with citrus-love. It's the difference between sour milk and sour lemon. One is not recommended for consumption and the other is delicious but melts your teeth. Yet, I'd gladly let this beer turn me into a model for an anti meth poster because the flavour made me forget that I was drinking sour beer. Instead, my brain was convinced that I was sipping on some refreshing citrus cider, which made it go down like a toothless hooker. But in a good way.

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Photo of therion72
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 1/19/17, had 7/17/17.

Pours a bright yellow, a little cloudy, with a half inch head and some soapy lacing. The smell is sour and tart, Belgian yeast, apples, some straw- like funk, light cherries, a spicy aroma. Tastes of yeast, malt, light cherries and wine, some apples. Sour and tart, a sugary note in the middle. Mostly smooth, a good light to medium body, well carbonated.

Not overly sour and tart, nicely balanced, very enjoyable. A classic Jolly Pumpkin brew.

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Photo of Sulty
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,830 ratings