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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Photo of Bearski-Beerski
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch: 579
Bottled: 9/14/10
Consumed: 8/16/12--8/17/12
Appearance: A lovely cloudy golden hue with plenty of bubbly fizz.
Smell: Solid vinegary lemon scents with spicy notes on top.
Feel: A light creamy mouth feel. Finishes slightly dry.
Taste: Distinguishable tart, sour, and vinegar flavor. Also, there is a modest peppery spice or even a peppery hop presence. I'm not sure which, but either way peppery and spicy with a slight oak fade. Basically, I didn't find anything wrong with this beer. The only remark I'll leave with is that sours can be astringent and unless you have something to scrape your palate clean, u might need to limit your sour intake. Stay curious...My friends!

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Batch 492 B. Date - 3-3-10

Appearance is clear straw colored w/ white head. (I noticed other had hazy beer, this really couldn't be clearer....) Head is stubborn to stay up. Pretty raging carbonation. Bottle condition, nice dregs to culture up. (brownie points) Smells ridiculous. I absolutely love the smell. Light oak mixed with floral brettanomyces and lactic acid tingle. Pungent bright aroma. Excellent wild yeast character.

Flavor is much milder than aroma. Solid range of flavors like lemons, peppercorn, oak and pineapple. Really impressive flavor profile. Truly delicious. Bitterness balances the beer perfectly. Acidity is spot on. Pleasant to drink yet satisfyingly sour and complex. Medium - thin body. Alcohol is hidden completely.

I love this beer and will most definitely consider buying again. A lot like the "Iris", which for me is the most honorable comparison I could mention.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Uncapped the bottle and an instant volcano of foam an aroma shot out. It pours with great head and thick sticky lacing. The smell is sweet like apricots and candy sugar with a wonderful sour and oak background. Taste is sour apple up front flushed by a warming gritty malt backbone, finishes clean and dry with a fruity walnut wood like flavor. Absolutely outstanding!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color with an enormous head five fingers in height, and a steady stream of carbonation rising from the bottom center of the glass. The aroma is full of barnyard funk, but there is also a solid noticable malt character. The taste is fruity, yeasty, and funky with a slight alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very fine brew from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Caterwaul
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Bright golden color, head recedes rather quickly, though for a sour ale of this ABV, I suppose it’s to be expected. Just gorgeous.

Smell: Bright and bretty. Tart, fruity, Lemony, funky. Got Damn.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Upfront with lemon and orange. Nectarine and Peach shove in mid-palate to completely take over. Still with the mean, sexy, sharp tartness, bitterness, and funk. This is a gorgeous, fruity, tart, bitter, complex beer.

Overall: This is definitely in my top five. Get it if you can, when you can.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: snifter. pours a nice opaque and vibrant yellow with some major orange notes. huge white head, great retention rate and outstanding lacing.

S: wonderful sweet sour citrus aroma. like tart oranges.

T: wow. this is amazing. sweet citrus with some major tart sourness. great sourness. some tropical fruit flavors.

M: nice tart palate. big carbonation level. medium bodied.

D: wonderful brew, I think everything from Jolly Pumpkin is outstanding. Give them a shot if you love sours.

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Photo of inebrius
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To be honest I conceived this small SE Michigan brewer with a peculiar name to be as fraudulent as politics; beer is always better with lower expectations.

It looks like honey. I was predicting the thick flow as I sup. Aromas of pineapple and lime sorbets sandwiched between airy creampuff ends, drizzled with sugared, reduced goats milk(cajeta) and garnished by jessamine. I've tasted enough crunchy U.S. all-malt Belgian styles to appreciate the balance of the squash gold. Chewy fruit and juniper leather, I'll buy the others.

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Photo of jwc215
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours golden orange with a huge white foamy head that descends to a lasting, thin white layer. Plenty of lacing is left.

The smell is tart and citrusy - fruity, especially orange, banana, and other tropical fruits. An earthy breadiness is in the background.

The upfront taste is sugary intermingling of tartness and sweetness - reminds me of a Sweettart candy. Soon it becomes well-balanced by citrusy/tropical fruits - oranges, bananas, etc. covered with spices - black pepper and clove, esp. A slice of apple peel emerges in the mix. Very complex, yet not overwhelming - the tastes blend together wonderfully. Carbonation keeps the flavors lively. (In a way, it reminds me of a spiced Duvel.)
The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but non-interfering.

The feel is creamy, smooth, and champagne-like. The medium body holds up incredibly well, as do the flavors.

This is wonderfully delicious and too easy to drink. I was saddened when I got to the bottom of the bottle (unfortunately, some was lost at the start to excessive foaming), and wanted some more. I'll be sure to get more of this outstanding brew!

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Photo of brewfunk
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is sometimes a little foamy, buy beautiful straw color with lasting head. Beautiful nose of spicy yeast and brett with a little mustiness. Flavor follows the nose. A little tart lemony character with a nice, subtle breadiness. Overall, a great beer, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Premo88
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12.68 oz. (375 ml) bottle poured into tulip
(BLEND 3; bottled on 02/02/15 printed on label)

L: murky yellow with slight golden tint; light passes through easily but it's very cloudy, less than 10% clear; nice 1/4- to 1/2-inch head of white foam that's super thick and sticking nicely, also keeps a decent collar and half a skin of foam; not a ton of lacing but a lot of activity in the glass, hundreds of bubbles

S: very tart, bordering on sour wit tart lemons, sour grapes and a musty barn/kumquat aroma for a wild/farmhouse ale bouquet; a pinch of salt/saltwater ... in fact, it has a "meaty" presence, like a well-seasoned raw steak; cedar chest or oak wood ... which bleeds into a a fingernail polish remover smell (only occasionally and very sweet when it appears)

T: tart grapes, lemon, sour notes but also some fruity/citrusy sweetness ... while it has a white wine/dry wine flavor, it has no alcohol flavor at all; slight gose-like saltiness from time to time as well as a gose-like flavor (wheat? sour wheat?) ... very tasty

F: lager-like crispness but solid weight ... fantastic

O: my first foray into the Jolly Pumpkin world and it definitely won't be my last ... what a brew! very tart with a typical sour feel but also plenty of balancing sweetness and immense character; really takes on a nice oak/cedar wood flavor; even the fingernail polish remover smell isn't as off-putting as it sounds ... it seems more a product of a strong combination of smells trying to burst out at the same time. pound for pound, this is also one of the most dangerous beers I've come across -- the 8% ABV is not only perfectly hidden but the perfect mouthfeel combined with the tart notes and hints of sweetness have me draining the glass way too quickly.

Great beer and one that has me very excited to try more from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of scninmer08
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into tulip. From Sept. 2011.

Opaque gold with very little head. It also leaves very little lacing. Smells funky, with a lot of sour fruit coming though. Taste follows the nose, with grapefruit and white grapes coming through, almost like Chardonnay. Incredible.

The sweetness of the fruit balances beautifully with the sour acidity, with the carbonation also playing a mediating role. I'm not sure whether having a more recent batch would result in the gushing experience other reviewers have mentioned, but I didn't have a whole lot of foam build-up after the bottle was opened. Still, I felt the carbonation level was beautiful.

This was my first Jolly Pumpkin brew, and I'm very glad the local liquor store stocks several of their brews as this was incredible. I'm unfamiliar with the Biere de Garde style, but I'm guessing this is one of those that defies classification. I'm looking forward to having their other brews in styles that I am familiar with.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jolly pumpkin is just so good at this sort of thing...
smells amazing like some have said has that gueuze musty like smell with some tart light fruits like mango or maybe pineapple.
Taste the same with more funkiness perfect balance of sour imo.
Worth a try for everyone into funky beers.
Will absolutely buy again.

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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 rrwiltse
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fabulous brew, one of my favorites. Pours a gorgeous golden haze, an incredibly amount of froth. When I opened the bottle and let it sit for a minute, it bubbled out the top of the bottle! The bubbles in the head are massive as well! Aroma of citrus and a hint of sourness, which is also what I get from the taste. Immensely drinkable, dangerous at 8%. You certainly cannot tell from the taste. An excellent bier de garde from Michigan!

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Photo of Brew33
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oro De Calabaza is quickly becoming one of my favorite beers. Capped 750 ml bottle. Once the top is popped you can smell sour notes. Dry tartness. The pour is crystal, yellow/gold. Puffy white head disappears rather quickly. The aroma is great. Brett, sour twang. The taste is exceptional. Dry, slightly sour. A subtle woodiness, clean malts, thrist quenching to an extent. Absolutely terrific. The mouthfeel is great and the drinkability is off the charts for the style and abv. I could drink this all night long.

All in all a truly fantastic beer and one I will have around a lot more.

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Photo of rousee
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow !! There must be brett in here. These guys sure had some nice ones at the most recent BBF.I had never really noticed Jolly Pumpkin before that. All I can say is I am impressed.

Pours a beautiful frothy gold --nice thick head that dies fairly quick but a nice 2-3mm film remains on top. Nice lace clings all over the place.

Smell is absolutely tremendous--Im upgrading to a 5. This is just perfect on smell. It has the brett funkiness but is smooth and subtle enough that it is a true work of art.

Taste is a good up front maltiness with the ever present brett that has been smoothened due to proper aging I would imagine. This is a beer that really has very few flaws in the taste department. Pehaps a little sour on the finish but its supposed to taste a little sour. This is clearly the best bottled american craft beer that uses brett that I have tried. Outrageously drinkable--its pure gold just like its labled.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml poured into a tulip it forms a easily maintained white head that leaves plenty of lace in a spider like formation. Super fine carbonation runs through a chill hazed body.

Ummmm the smell is simply outstanding. So much going on, bubblegummy is subtle but nice, followed by some wild yeast funky backer. Citrus Peel is a big factor. Lemon cracks the surface towards the end. Very sour and tart, earthy at times.

Notes: The best beer I've had in quite some time off the top of my head. Remarkably complex, highly drinkable as it doesn't sit and rest on your palate but rather a big splash of taste and tart and then its gone.

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Photo of merlin48
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml capped bottle, served at cellar temperature into a goblet.

Pours a chill hazed, goldenrod body that is awash with lively, small carbonation bubbles. Pillowy, white head is thick and dense, rising about three inches before settling at about two centimeters in height. Retention is excellent, and gorgeous sheet lacing is left to drape the sides of the goblet.

Aroma is truly exceptional. Candied apricots, fresh hay. yeasty notes of clean wool sweater, white pepper, coriander, lemon zest, and a kiss of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a velvety medium carbonation.

Taste is complex and challenging. Dry and herbal, with citrus hints of tangerine and lime. Coriander, white pepper, and lemon zest add a soft spiciness. Vanilla and spun candy sugar can be picked up in the background. Yeast is prominent, adding an outdoorsy character of fresh woolen sweater. Apricot and tangerine notes contribute to the complexity, but are minor factors. Very Saison like, overall.

Superlative drinkability. Nice complexity....I could easily mistake this one for a Fantome Saison in a blind taste test. Exceptional product from yet another high quality, American brewery.

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Photo of gman1602
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured and allowed to warm over tasting in a snifter glass.
L: Light gold with a bit of cloudiness (just bought and may have been jostled getting home). Nice lacing.
S: Light barnyard funk with hay, a brightness in the background that supports the funk well.
T: Decent spritziness that gives way to a tart lemony belgian, with the yeast showing through as well as some citrus character and a little breadiness - more from the yeast than the malt but they go well together.
F: Nicely carbonated and a good feel. A bit dangerous for 8% but it's not too bad.
O: A great Belgian Golden Ale that has been barrel aged and allowed to pick up the wild farmhouse yeasts/bacteria. It is true to style for sure in the French/Belgian countryside (Jolly Pumpkin doesn't call this a Bière de Garde to my knowledge, but a Golden Ale or an Artisan Wild Ale. Delicious either way and worth trying.)

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably the 4th bottle I have had and the oldest batch 681 bottled on 2/24/2011. the previous 3 were all fresh off the line barely a month old and really this older offering doesn't have quite as much going on as the fresh ones. The fresh bottles I had were more vibrant in flavor having more of a tropical fruit banana going on but the oak was less apparent. The older offering is more like wine showcasing the oak and lacto, sorta reminds me of a super oaky chardonnay. I am going to review the older version in my ASTMO

A- Hazy golden goodness with thin quick to disappear head

S- Sour lacto coming through big time

T-Oaky and sour but not overpowering the lactic acid is nice and crisp and doesn't ruin the pallet or hang around too long I can drink this all night

M- Although there is big flavor this one is very light crisp and refreshing

O-This beer is AWESOME!!! one of my favorite sourish beers. Although I wouldn't keep it too long as I feel it will lose the hop profile as my 2011 has. but still a stellar beer

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Photo of AleWynch
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 370 in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy sunshiny yellow, with a fine-bead thick 2 finger head...very nice! Lacing is great as well.

S: Smells Belgian with mild funk and a hint of the sour...getting the citrus zest...exciting to the olfactory.

T: Wow. Tangerine, green-apple (just the 1st crunch), sour yet balanced out immediately with malt/spice/butter/caramel...almost to butterscotch but in a good way - oddly...finishes clean never cloying...sour and tart, but with a very rich balance. The oak is not overdone, very subtle actually. Exceptional.

M: Just right. Light, well carbonated but a fine profile, not soapy nor seltzery... Crisp, clean - perfect for this style.

D: Already wishing we had another bottle for this tasting! Wonderful example that we'll be returning to again VERY soon.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer poured a hazy orange with a nice egg shell colored head which disappated to a small ring which stuck around for the ride. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell- Wonderful barnyard funkiness with sour green apples, grapes and spicy pepper.

Taste- A nice bready maltiness with sour apples and grapes similar to the smell. It also has a nice spicy pepper note in the front as well. The sour and tartness show up in the finish which is nice.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean medium body with high carbonation.

Overall- An absolutely fantastic beer. The two beers I have had from Jolly Pumpkin(this one and the La Roja)have all been excellent beers. This one in my opinion is the perfect substitution for those white wine lovers. This beer is a must try!

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Photo of bosco7
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I opened the bottle foam rushed out of the top like a volcano.

Beautiful golden color with a thick mousse like head that doesn't give up. Glorious webbedlacing.

Lemon, vinegar, some rose hiding behind the acidic aromas. Mild yeast, wood and vanilla aromas also in the background.

Starts with a sweet light syrupy sugar flavor and quickly is consumed with snappy lemon pulp and green apple skin. There is an interesting powdery medicinal flavor in the background throughout the sip. Finishes dry with perfume, yeast, and more green apple.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel which definitely works with this sour brew. Very refreshing. I really love how this beer opens up a little sweet and finishes completely dry and sour- a lot of sour beers are just that...sour, thats it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge tight foamy head, like meringue. Good lacing as well. The beer itself is a translucent golden. The smell is sour with lemon, and has notes of coriander and bubblegum. The taste is lush and complex. Winey, sour, spicy with coriander, sharp and peppery and deep with interesting yeast notes including a little barnyard funkiness and some bubblegum. Really amazing! Quite refreshing in the mouth, pretty carbonated, but it doesn't detract from the flavors at all. Slightly more sour than many Biere de Gardes, but very, very drinkable.

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Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hue with soapy white head. Stunningly sweet nose -- soft serve vanilla ice cream with just a mild hint of peppery twang. A very milky sensation.

The alcohol is present but not overpowering -- and it certainly doesn't stand in the way of this becoming a fairly sweet brew. Banana split -- more vanilla ice cream and mashed banana with sweet, tingly Belgian ale spiciness that recalls cinnamon or nutmeg. Just a hint of more exotic fruits -- mango and such. Finishes dry and spicy with shades of boozy alcohol.

Quite well done for the "new guy" on the block. The best of their early offerings.

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