Oro De Calabaza
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #6
Ranked #5,809
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Today at 02:23 AM
Jul 28, 2004
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Notes: Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast.
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4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from a can at fridge temp. Pours transparent yellow with white head. The nose is really special. Banana, honey, lots of funk, lemon, grass, and a nice sweet candy note. This smells amazing.

Taste is incredible. Leather, barnyard funk, wheat, lemon, bread, pepper, grapefruit peel (mostly on the back end), and a nice vanilla note. This is great.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, this is an amazing farmhouse ale.

Today at 02:23 AM
4 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by jjamadorphd from Florida

A not-so-sour sour...

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of sours, but I still try, looking for that elusive sour that I might actually like. Well, this one ain't really it, but it's a sour I can actually enjoy. Great look, not so great smell, and the rest is good enough for me...

Sep 19, 2021
4.31 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Aug 23, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2012 bottle drank in 2021
Look - Great looking golden color with a nice white head
Smell - woddy grainy slight citrus smell
Taste - Woddy grainy slight citrus like the smell but with a bubble gum tart yeast,
Feel - medium body with a lighter carb
Overal - 9 years old, pretty good

Aug 04, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1546
The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour created a delicate and frothy one-fingered head. The retention is poor, it lasted only a few seconds. The bright white head did leave a smidge of lacing on the glass. The color is SRM 6, amber yellow with golden hues. This beer is mostly clear with a few happy carbonation bubbles.

The initial aromas in the beer are apple cider, lemons, toasted malts, and a touch of fun. Nosing further, I detect fruity esters, pears, straw, herbal, a slightly phenolic, oak, and a subtle dankness.

The flavors in the beer are white pepper, apple cider, lemons, toasted malts, phenolic, oaky, straw, herbal, floral esters, a touch of fruity sweetness, a hint of horse blanket, toasted crackers, and salty air.

The mouthfeel of the beer is tannic, tart, and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

I love this beer is tarty and dry with bold expressive hops. It makes a warm summer night cool. The wild yeast is kept in check gives plenty of flavors without overpowering the beer. This beer is awesome. I will seek this out again.

Jun 17, 2021
4.13 by Benish from Wisconsin on May 13, 2021
4.18 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
4.08 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Apr 18, 2021
4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Mar 21, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

1 pt. 9.4 fl. Oz. bottle, as "Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza Artisan Golden Ale - Ale Aged in Oak Barrels", courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Batch 463. ABV is 8%. Golden colour, slightly hazy, with a huge white head. Lovely fruity and spicy aroma, which also carries strong notes of "farmhouse" / wild yeast and white wine vinegar. The flavour is equally excellent, spicy and fruity notes, some acidity, with a hoppy and peppery bite in the finish. Extremely drinkable and refreshing for its strength.

Mar 21, 2021
4.03 by RollDamnTide from North Carolina on Mar 07, 2021
4.5 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky on Feb 07, 2021
4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Can from Uptown Market.

A golden yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks gorgeous. The nose is delectable with a gorgeous, brilliant, spicy earthy note, a blend of clove, dust, pepper, lemongrass, honey, a gorgeous, delicate malt character, a firm acidity. The palate opens mildly bitter with a blend of herbal and hoppy bitterness, a blend of earth, mild pepper, a touch of lemon and orange peel. Delicate dough, honey, firm Brett acidity. Firm, supple feel. Awesome.

Jan 09, 2021
4.1 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Oct 03, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Blend #4 from 03/09/2016. Enjoyed on 09/18/2020.

Sep 18, 2020
4.2 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 19, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ichorNet from Massachusetts

I picked up a bottle of this for the purposes of sharing it as part of a long-distance beer tasting, but that didn't really come to fruition exactly as I imagined it, so here I am with the very same bottle reviewing it on BA as a, well, normal review. Not as exciting or as topical, but whatever. I've had plenty of Jolly Pumpkin stuff over the years, and have reviewed several of their beers in a more professional capacity, but this may be the first JP review I do for BA itself. Oh boy.

Oro pours a hazy golden color with a nice, retentive head of pure white foam that eventually settles down to about a finger or so in my glass, leaving behind articulate but inconsistent lace around about one hemisphere of my glass. Good legs on this one, though, with a very hazy surface that remains as such for the entirety of the experience. Nice looking stuff.

Nose is very reminiscent of pommeau; aromatic and deep with intense spice and orchard fruit notes, including apple. I will note that this is a bottle dated 4/20/17, meaning it's just about 3 years old. Tons of oak and apricot with warm tannins, funky Brett, grapefruit-like tartness and tropical white grape. Lots going on here but it never really gets to the point where I'm lost... JP beers do a good job keeping everything within a logical perspective even with some time on the beers themselves. I dig the big, bold, spicy, and unusually warm fruity note here that dips into orchard-like aspects pretty readily.

On the tongue, OdC is heavier-bodied, somewhat syrupy and quite flavorful... it begins with a slightly orchard-fruit like flavor on the tongue and continues into a semi-tannic and oaky note in the mid-to-late palate, before bringing out some peppery, spicy notes in the finish. The decently-high ethanol component keeps this pretty engaging throughout, with fruity elements being the most apparent aspects brought to the table. However, I will say that this is definitely not "to style" when it comes to Bière de Garde, so do not approach it as such.

OdC has a fairly light body for an 8% beer, with some light tartness and slight concessions made towards it being within the realm of oaky/cider-like/spiced wild ale. It is pretty intense about its defining characteristics and flavors, and the oak barrel aging it underwent is not, by any means, some kind of hidden qualifier; this beer is proudly barrel-aged (foeder-aged?), and it comes across with those vanillins and odd spice aspects pretty apparently. Fun stuff, and I will revisit it again for sure... maybe three-four years from now!

May 31, 2020
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
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4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

375ml bottle dated 03/09/16 Blend 4

Pours mostly clear bright gold with a lasting dense creamy white foam head. Smells like tart apple, oak barrel, some vinegary funk, mild banana, sweet golden grains, hint of vanilla, peppercorn, apricot, with a touch of floral earthy hops. Tastes pretty nice and clean, lemony with some tartness, a hint of sour funk, oak barrel, tart apple, banana, vanilla, peppercorn clove spice, apricot, sweet malty golden grains, yellow raisin, white grape, pear, with floral earthy grassy hops. Feels medium bodied, slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice wild strong golden ale aged in oak casks.

Apr 08, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 29, 2020
4.08 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Dec 09, 2019
3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Apr 20 2017 and served slightly chilled - the last of two bottles that I picked up in summer 2017. I do remember enjoying the first, but that was over a year ago, so I'm hoping this 2.5 year old 'beer for keeping' lives up to the reputation of its style.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, with nearly an inch-thick crown of soapy white foam floating atop the surface. It hangs around for the better part of ten minutes, slowly diminishing to a creamy half-inch cap and collar; gobs of lovely lace are flung about in the process. Truly a beautiful looking beer. Notes of Brett funkiness and cider vinegar sharpness come through on the nose, accompanied by lesser hints of apple, stone fruit, grape and lemon. A bit spicy, with some floweriness, wood and just a hint of vanilla.

Very tasty, but its flavours are complex and challenging to describe both accurately and thoroughly. Pale malt graininess is a continuous background presence, with hints of green apple, sour peach, lemon and grape crisscrossing the taste buds by mid-sip. The funk presence is fairly low key before the tail end, where notes of musty oak wood and leather become dominant; suggestions of vanilla, cherry, cider vinegar and spiciness round out the finish, with leathery funk lingering into the aftertaste. No sign of the 8% whatsoever. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that remains lively well into the glass; feels frothy and a little prickly. I found this very drinkable, but depending on your familiarity with wild yeasts, your mileage may vary.

Final Grade: 4.33, an excellent A grade. I certainly can't profess to having had all that many bières de garde, but I will say that Oro de Calabaza is way more funky than the others I've tried. A little sour too, but it's really the Brett in the driver's seat here, with the oak cask treatment working alongside it wonderfully. I'd love to see more JP beers stocked in Ontario in the future, though I do understand why it may not be worth their trouble to do so - in any event, I'd pick this up again without hesitation. I think Oro is totally safe to store in the cellar for 2-3 years, and may hold up decently for even longer than that.

Oct 16, 2019
3.78 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri on Sep 16, 2019
4.06 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Aug 22, 2019
4.35 by brandoneast from Texas on Aug 05, 2019
4.24 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Jul 24, 2019
4.42 by Klergy from Michigan on Jun 15, 2019
4.16 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

This beautiful brew is is kind of like margarita version without all the ridiculous pastry or other additional flavoring help. It's herbal, spritzy and lightly drinkable with a pleasant lemon-lime tartness and very mild funk.

May 22, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

This is a very pleasant and drinkable sour.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow with nice white head and good lacing. Earthy, funky smell and taste. Lemon, lime. Smooth feel. I will buy this again.

May 05, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Bottled 12/15/15. My first JP beer and pumped to find a well-aged bottle!

A properly funky nose with tons of yeast, barn, and fruit. Flavor is similar, with tons of character, hints of sugary fruit and yeasty hay. Body and feel are spectacular. This is a stellar sour.

May 05, 2019
4.41 by chrismattlin from Ohio on May 05, 2019
3.53 by Lelampp from Ohio on Apr 20, 2019
3.5 by sgregory from Connecticut on Apr 16, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

375ml bottle served in a tulip. Dated 04/19/2018. Sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Pretty sure it was a gift from @mr-jj.

Pours clear light yellow with a medium sized head that fades fairly slowly. Smell is tart, lemony, light, strong brett funk.

Taste is slightly tart, strong funk, definitely oaky.

Mouthfeel light and smooth. Tasty beer.

Feb 14, 2019
4.24 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Feb 10, 2019
Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1880 ratings