Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#2,166
Reviews:
741
Ratings:
1,819
pDev:
10.22%
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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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.24/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I'm not sure if the flavor went a little bad on this one because my beer had a date of a year earlier on it so maybe that's why I didn't like it but i'm also not a big fan of sours beers so...

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Photo of nwhittin
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giangio
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow gold.
Smell is sour grape and a bit of fruit.
Taste is yeasty sour with a bit of tart fruit.
More sour than your typical Biere de Garde.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful. Served on tap at the Royal Oak location in a tulip. Golden straw color with a finger of foam that turns to swirls of bubbles along the surface. Aromas of fleshy fruit - pear, apple- white grape, bready malt, spice, oak, and funk. Flavors hit with a nice spicy bite upfront followed by a wash of tart/funky fruit, pear, grape, apple, bread, finishes clean and oaky. ABV is completely hidden. Beautiful stuff.

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

A-An amber yellowness with a little head and no lacing.
S-A slight hint of lemon and orange zest.
T-Light with a hint of lemon and orange, the Brett yeast gives it a nice character.
M-Light, refreshing, a nice sourness, and lightly carbonated, the combination gives the beer a good balance.
O-A well made beer with a pleasant complexity.

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

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bomber served pretty cold into a tulip. Purchased this well regarded American beer at the LCBO for $11.95 CDN. Bottled April 20, 2017.

Appearance - Pours a rich golden beer that is exception hazy and is capped by three fingers of voluminous white head. Great retention, lots of lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

Smell - Complex. Subtle bits of earthy, barnyard -esque aromas, with a tart smelling earthy grape aroma, some complexity with wood elements mixed in and subtle bits of other tart fruits i.e. cherries. Kind of like if you took the best elements of many Belgian styles (pale ale, lambics and gueuzes) added a pinch of champagne this is what you'd get.

Taste - Tart with grapes, but the whole sourness without really being able to identify anything in particular is interesting. A medley of grape, lemon, cherry, rhubarb and pear to sweeten things slightly.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and light feel for a big beer. Tart and bubbles sing on the tongue, alcohol is masked incredibly (unless you drink the whole bottle and try to get up too quickly). Hard to describe. but everything just seems right.

Overall - A hard to describe beer as there are so many elements, most of which are familiar but the wonderful way they marry together is not. Just delicious and easy to drink, if it weren't for the steep price tag (and it's still worth a bottle or two) I could easily justify this going into a rotation.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,819 ratings