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

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#2,134
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740
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pDev:
10.22%
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, with good head,yeasty, lace. Well carbonated though somewhat prickly on tongue. Drying. Understated spice taste - Its clearly there, but its Not as bold a spice taste as Jenlain. Not complaining, its a creamy and easy drink. It's a good one. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottled 5/10/13.

Pours a murky whitish-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and funky aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, wood, and buttery flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the buttery flavor I am getting is unexpected.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

im running back through many of the jolly pumpkin beers lately, i feel like i always forget about them and overlook them in the face of so many other sours and wilds these days, but these are still head of the class in many ways. this one is a golden edition, a little cloudy and pale yellow not dissimilar to the label on the bottle. great nose of white pepper and wild yeast, belgian yeast, and fruity hops. i get some apricot and honey in this too, summery vibes abound. the flavor has a fair bit of funk to it, yeast is the dominant flavor agent here. dried and fresh apricots both carry through the middle, pale and wheat malt thickens it up, and a distinct belgian yeasty spiciness takes over in the finish. more hoppy than many other jolly pumpkin beers too, they have held up well in a bottle thats close to a year old now. i love the dynamic yeast profile here, the best of both wild and belgian worlds, and the lighter body of this beer allows them both to be on full display. well carbonated and soft in feel, like most of their beers. to me this beer inspires food pairings, ill have to get a few more bottles and cook up.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose, which also has some hints of lemon citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a mild amount of sourness with some oaky flavors from the barrel aging; hints of lemon citrus are also present.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink—no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the smell or taste. It seems to have a perfect amount of sourness to make things interesting but this also keeps it very drinkable. It definitely tastes unlike a typical bière de garde.

Note: Batch #1075, Bottled 08-29-2012

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 1023, bottled 05-22-2012.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium golden hue, with three fingers of dense puffy off-white head, which leaves a stellar honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of bready, doughy, grainy malt, yeasty horse blanket funk, sour, acetic cherries, a bit of white pepper, some mild wood astringency, and prominent leafy, earthy hops. The taste is fairly tart, grainy bread, earthy yeast, a moderate funk, black pepper, a nice grainy woodiness, and soft earthy, weedy hops. That extra 3 points of booze renders just a wee warming sensation, like, um, uh, oh forget it.

The bubbles are soft, fine, and accommodating, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and yet a tad too crackling when it comes time to measure the smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt proffering some lingering sweetness, against the still dense, complex yeast sourness and the leavening effect of the wood.

A lovely golden ale, the big wild yeast edges softened by the barrel time, and other farmhouse goodies chiming in. Tasty, and a commendable example of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brew. It takes on Belgian Blonde, Wit, Hefe, and chardonay characteristics. Big estery, fruity aromas with some, yeasty, bready, and muskiness. Looks lightly murky and straw with great head retention and lacing. Tastes lemon-ey, pear-ey, dough-ey, honey, spices, bananna, mangos, and a bit leather-ey. The hopping is not timid either--strong earthiness. The body is bubbly and medium to the palate. Mildly numbing and tingly. Finishes drying and with a slight bite--Almost astringent. A challange for the tastebuds.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art served into a Lost Abbey teku in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given the brewery. Batch 1246. Bottle 04/02/13.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent smooth consistency. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes. Nice fluffy thick lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent glowing orange of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a biere de garde and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Light farmhouse notes including Belgian yeast. Has some light vague funkiness. Belgian/French pale malts. Floral hop character. Limes. A hint of sea salt. Some citrusy notes - mango primarily. Clove. Orchard fruit.

No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant appealing aroma of mild strength. A bit too farmhouse for a biere de garde.

T: Floral hop character. Belgian pale malts. Limes. Backgrounded tones of light oak are present, but there's no rich toasty wood character or vanilla. I think the oak character here works well. Golden malts. Clean barley. I don't quite pick up on any white pepper. There's some very light brettanomyces yeast character. It certainly evokes farmhouse characteristics. A biteen lactic.

Balanced and enjoyable, if a bit simple. It's a cohesive build, but not a gestalt one. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not real intricate or nuanced, but it does have some subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen smacky. Almost refreshing. Overcarbonated. Nice body and thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, scratchy, or astringent.

Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: A downable biere de garde, but not a fantastic one. Hides its 8% ABV well. Not Jolly Pumpkin's finest work, but pretty good stuff. I wouldn't get it again unless it was at a better price point (i.e./e.g. in Michigan). I'll easily kill this bottle.

A likable biere de garde that leans a bit too far towards the farmhouse ale compared to traditional French examples of the style.

Low B-

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Photo of emerge077
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the last couple years, i've had quite a love affair with this beer. It's one that i've always put off reviewing for a later date. This bottle has been cellared for close to a year (10+ mos.) Old oval label, with yellow border.

For anyone cellaring this, be prepared for the geyser. It's huge. The Brettanomyces have fully invaded, and this stuff is lively enough to sing and dance. I lost 1/3 of the bottle, since it wasn't over a sink...and the glass took on as much foam as it could hold. Best course of action would be to refrigerate overnight before drinking.

Color is a high-clarity orange with some suspended particles. It glows in the light, and has a particularly gargantuan rocky head. Aroma is of over-ripened tropical fruit in the sun. More specifically apricot, peach, and pear. The Brett is big in the aroma too, an unbridled, wild farmhouse funkiness that invades the olfactory sensors.

Taste is mildly sour, then residual grapefruit and spice washes over the palate and lingers for a good while. It's a great ale to savor and contemplate over an hour or so. Not especially dry like others in this style, it dances on the palate for a long time, with a well-carbonated, fairly rich mouthfeel. Get 2 bottles, one for you, and one to share...

Best served at cellar temperature, the character is much more complex. Too cold and all you get is sour. Hardly got 2 glasses out of this bottle, and I feel cheated.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Biere de Garde style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a bubbly, orange/amber color with a two-finger, bubbly, off white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very yeasty with notes of orange peel and dried fruits.

T - It had a nice grain flavor with sweet caramel and dried fruits. Nice orange peel flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a really good Biere de Garde. Jolly Pumpkin is consistently great.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a suitably Belgianesque head; lovely lacing, too

Smell: The oak and leathery funk jump right out, with undertones of lemon, lime, apple, pear and juicyfruit gum

Taste: Lemony/limey and tart from the start, with the oak and leathery funk character dominating; the beer is very dry and grows increasingly tart by mid-palate, with just a hint of the green apple and juicyfruit flavors peaking through; the fruit is more pronounced after the swallow, with a little sweetness, but the finish is very dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; mouth puckering

Drinkability: Not my favorite sour, but a very interesting beer that is well worth seeking out

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheBeerCellar2: Poured a light hazy golden color ale with a huge foamy white head with perfect retention (bottle was a bit of a gusher when opened). Aroma of pepper is surprisingly quite dominating with some sourness (brett) and some traces of oak. Taste is real interesting mix between sourness, sweet malt some pepper and other spices though not as much as the aroma was suggesting. Carbonation was a tad too excessive and body was above average. Another impressive effort from this fine brewery.

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