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Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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4.12/5
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,835
Reviews:
736
Ratings:
1,807
pDev:
10.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
263
Trade:
10
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.24/5  rDev -45.6%
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 -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giangio
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a problem opening this bottle as it foamed over and had to run to the sink and hurry up with the pour to settle things down.

A - Very bright and vibrant light to medium gold color. Head is massive, fluffy, and sticky, while the carbonation is nice and steady.

S - Tart and fruity on the nose in a big way. Pears, funk, white grape skins, pepper, spice, followed with more tartness and funk. Aroma is very dry.

T - Tart and funky, pear, lots of spicy pepper, lingering funk citrus bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium body with gentle, soft carbonation. "Bone dry" finish. Coats the mouth with funky, peppery citrus.

O - A very fine beer.

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Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGibbons
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy pale gold with a two finger head. Nice lacing can be seen as well. Smell is tart, oaky and full of the spices and yeast one would expect from the style. Flavor is tart spicy and a nice yeast profile. Damn tasty. Feel is light with a bitter and spicy and dry finish.

My only issue with this beer is that it is pretty tough to finish alone. Normally I'd have help, but a week at the cottage means I am flying solo. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of GregKobeArntz24
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oro is a gold medalist for a reason! The Smooth, spicy sour is all thats right with the world.

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Photo of nullbort
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt crisp yellow color with a thin white cap of a white head. Mild thin lacing. The smell starts off with some bright sweet citrus, peppercorn, dry floral qualities, white pepper, light wood. The flavor is sharply sweet with pronounced dry floral qualities hitting nicely. Spice kicks on in on the aftertaste. Quick semi-sweet dry finish. Appropriate bitterness hits my tongue. The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a tad under. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice as a beer just to take down but was slightly confused as if this was a Biere de Garde or a saison. I'd still have again.

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Photo of tpeters
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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