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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and pale gold, almost pilsner-like. The rising stream of bubbles keeps a solid head of foam on the beer at all times.

Smell - The nose is predominantly barnyard funk, lemon rind, musty wood, pineapple and yeast. It immediately reminded me of Orval, and I wouldn't be surprised if that was the inspiration for this brew.

Taste & mouthfeel - Simultaneously tart, funky and spicy. Nice funky brett presence; it's well-placed, not too extreme, but assertive enough to make it a decidedly strange beer. Fruity flavors of granny smith apple, lemon and banana make up the foundation, while the funk keeps things interesting. Carbonation is crisp, almost champagne-like, with the light body further adding to that association. Finishes quite dry, leaving a mild sourness on the palate.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -2.9%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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 kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
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 zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle on Election Day 2010.

Pours a straw-yellow color with a good white head. A bit of lacing. The is some light grain and straw with a good amount of funk and a slight dose of sourness. There is really great notes of straw and barnyard. The taste is the same, as there is just a light malt character and a really nose dose of hay and blanket. Feel is really fantastic between the funk and some slight sourness. Drinks really well and is a fantastic offering from JP.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Massive gusher, this shot six feet in the air when I opened it. What was left had a large, and tenacious, white head on a cloudy gold body.

S - Sour and earthy with a slight herbal hop note.

T - Light malt with some horsey funk and sourness. Herbal hops in the middle and a spicy, dry finish.

M - Relatively thick body with medium carbonation (presumably very high carbonation before it ejected half the bottle towards the ceiling).

D - The base beer seems to be a decent, if somewhat mild, siason with some nice witbier like qualities in the mouthfeel. The earthy, sour character is nice and well developed, but at the cost of turning the beer into a bottle-rocket.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy burnt orange with a big creamy-like head that settles with not much lace behid nice aromas of tropical fruit,pineapple mainly and spice coriander is big along with a touch of cloves.Different intermingling flavors going on very ripe pineapple and cloves dominate with a faint grassiness but the overipe pineapple dominates here.Wow a big flavorful beer that takes no prisoners,killer beer that I will take back with me to NC for sure.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for another beer. Don't worry, we are drinking some of my beer next.

Batch 297
Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours a huge 4 finger white pillow topped head. Great retention with some nice lacing. Color is a golden sunset orange.

Aroma: I can definetely smell the oak. It has somewhat of a sour tart aroma to it. There is some yeast and some sour fruits to it. In the background I can smell some brett.

Taste: A lot more brett is dominating here. A nice oak aged flavor with some good spice flavor going on. Tastes a lot like a 'golden' ale but has some nice extra flavors to it.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp and a tad smooth. Fairly light bodied. A high amount of carbonation. Ends with a spiced oak aftertaste. Nothing bad, but a little dry.

Overall, this is one of the better beers I have had on the night. I love the oak and the brett. The flavors complement each other well. I can easily drink a lot of this.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to Allagash tulip glass.

A: Huge foamy head 3+ fingers, a pale orangey golden color with huge haze

N: Nose has a slight cirtursy yeasty quality with some sour Belgian qualities but not really any oak

T: Taste comes right out with the sour fruit and citrus, more yeast as well, theres a bitter orange peel taste, some nice Belgian malts in the middle, there's a touch of sweetness, I can see that it's a little more mellow than most Belgian style sour beers, but the oak is very light

M: It has a lot of carbonation and is pretty light on the mouth

F: It finishes pretty dry with more bitter orange peel and sour yeast, a lingering sour/bitter quality hangs around for a while, the wild yeast quality comes out quite a bit on the finish as well

Final thoughts: If you like sours, or are just starting to get into sours this is a great beer. The oak is very light and barely noticeable compared to other oaked beers. It's got a wild Belgian yeast quality as well thats actually kinda nice. Its not really easy to drink because of the sour qild yeast, but otherwise its pretty good, especially for a summer beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 chinchill
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Heavyweight 375 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Sediment remains in the emptied bottle.

This "Gold of Pumpkin" ale has an obvious wild yeast component which I find interesting and acceptable in the flavor, but overbearing and unappealing in the aroma. Moderate oak barrel influence. Mildly bitter and tart. Excellent, lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza
Batch #756
Bottled 06/30/2011... just over a year old

Appearance: Looking at the bottle I can see that there's still yeast and proteins that haven't sedimented despite cellar time. Perhaps the bottle was banged around on the fridge door. The first pour is a hazy yellow gold beneath a short head of creamy bright white foam. The head drops readily to a thin collar with some minor foam across the middle, yet it still somehow manages to leave fairly attractive lacing behind with each sip. (As it turns out, the yeast was actually fairly-well caked, and even the yeast pour only became somewhat cloudy).

Aroma: As expected, but not as harsh as I remember it being. Obviously there's lots of Brettanomyces going on: leather, damp wood, basement must, etc. There's also a very nice thread of juicy fruit (berries, cherry, lemon), some floral/pine/grassiness, a touch of chalkiness, and a quick flash of funkiness that's more seemingly from the not-so-nice part of the muddy barnyard. It's well-rounded and welcoming, but perhaps a bit sweeter and less complex than I recall other batches being. In the big picture that's probably a good thing as it's a little more approachable and will probably sell better.

Taste: As is always the case because almost all of what we "taste" is actually smell, the flavor mirrors the aroma (well, except for the funky, not so pleasant bit). It's tangy, and sharp as if you had a little piece of metal in your mouth, and it appears citrusy with a lemon character. But there's also some red grape and dry or tart apple to it. There's soft, wet leather behind that, a bit of grassiness and some soft pine, floral notes, more chalkiness and mineral (think crushed granite), and a touch of oak. Subtle spices run from start to finish but never really stand out, although coriander and black pepper are suggested. It's sweeter than I recall, and some nice malt character comes through. It's not very bitter at all, but neither does it need to be as the tartness is enough to balance it. It finishes dry with some residual sweetness, a spritz of lemon, some wet straw, grass, and mineral, and a pleasant floral and minty/piney character.

Mouthfeel: In the mouth it's light-medium in body and surprisingly soft with a very-fine, median, natural carbonation that leaves it almost creamy once warmed a bit.

Overall: Almost always on the money, Jolly Pumpkin rarely fails to impress, and although this may be one of their more straightforward offerings, it's still a charm. Everyone should like this beer, from the newbie to the most jaded connoisseur.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #663 (bottled 1/7/11) poured from a 750ml oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, some fruit and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering sour bite, but ass you continue to drink the beer the bite becomes increasingly less harsh. There is some mild sweetness that creeps in from flavors of citrus, spices and some caramel. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth for a sour beer, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good sour beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a light straw-yellow, clear, with a small fluffy, white head. Light aroma, almost nothing detectable, unless I blatantly stuck my nose in the glass (which I did, of course). Notes of straw and funk, grassy, light fruits. Taste was very light, grassy, touches of apple skin, lemon zest and white wine, pale malts, yeast, and light spice; no element was really dominant. My wife claims that it had a subtle resemblance to a soft drink from Dominica called "Quenchi," but I wouldn't know. Normally I don't care for beers as light in mouthfeel as this one, but in this case, it worked well and made it more drinkable. Good overall, but not exceptional.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #217

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, sunshine yellow body with a large, meringue-like white head.

Smell: Orange 'n' creme aroma along with sour lemons, spice, funk, and a fair amount of oak (and displaying the lactic sourness that awaits me).

Taste: Sour lemon juice, a squeeze of orange, and a dash of peach schnapps. Never too much sweetness sneaks by. Oh, but it is oaky. Hint of pecorino in the back of the throat. It's sour, tart, and even citric - then it's over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazy golden pumpkin (oro de calabaza) containing a static storm of fine yeast that add a great deal of character. The crown of foam looks great as well. It's orange-tinted ivory in color, is heavily creamy and is impressively sticky. Gorgeous, shredded veils of lace adorn most of the available glass, putting the finishing touches on a wonderful look.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was smelling an authentic BSPA. It must the yeast, although I've smelled plenty of domestic, Belgian-style beer that uses a true Belgian yeast strain that didn't smell this good. The aroma consists of brandy-macerated golden fruits (apricots, ripe peaches) sprinkled with a fine dusting of ground clove. Very well done.

Prior to this bottle, I've reviewed 93 different styles of beer. This is my first biere de garde so I'm at something of a loss as to whether or not it's style accurate. What I am sure of is that it's some kinda delicious! Like the nose, the flavor reminds me most of a BSPA, or even an especially fruity tripel.

None of the three Jolly Pumpkin beers that I drank prior to this one prepared me for such an incredibly complex flavor profile. Puree of orchard fruit flecked with inviting, exotic spices lulls me into a contented complacency, while warming fruit brandy mixed with golden rum provides a breathtaking blow, like a velvet-gloved fist to the solar plexus. What in the world did these guys do to this beer that they failed to do in all the others?

I'll give most of the credit to the yeast strain; it's obviously an ass-kicker of the highest order. Even though Oro has the highest ABV of all the JP offerings, it's the least alcoholic in terms of flavor. That may be because it's been aging the longest, but I don't think so. I think it's simply a superior brew. It melds and mellows even more spectacularly with warming. The beer is becoming barely cool, I'm the one who's actually warming.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with a wonderfully lush silkiness. Or is that a silky lushness? Once the initially peppy carbonation settled down (by the second glassful), the mouthfeel came into its own and really began to impress. Any lighter and the flavor wouldn't be able to get comfortable on the palate. Any heavier and the sweet stickiness would edge over into syrupy, which would not suit the beer at all.

My three previous Jolly Pumpkin beers were disappointments, at least relative to the hype. What I expected from them is what I finally got from Oro de Calabaza. This is an outstanding ale and instantly joins the handful of great Belgian-style offerings that I've had the pleasure to drink, no matter the country of origin. A big thank you to deejaydan for the bottle.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Misty, but shiny golden, with a small frothy white head that leaves a modest lacing.
Tart smell, but with a subtle fruity sweetness too (some apricot, peach). Not too funky, but the rich oak aging brought some great semi-dry white wine notes on the nose. This should be crazy fresh.
As the smell, start obviously tart, not to the extremes tho, with sweet and sour orange, touch of grapefruit, some green apple, some lemon juice, and then a subtle slightly honeyed sweetness shows up, with overripe white grapes (Moscato?), some apricot, some strawberry and even some faint tropical fruit. Again, not funky, as it is expected with these types of beer (just some light peppery yeasts), but with a really clean oak barrel note in the finish, splashed with the expensive kind of white wine. Dries it up, but not entirely.
Aftertaste is really fruity (citrus, blond fruit, a nice recap), woody, and sticks with you for a while. Medium bodied, but with a lively carbonation, almost reminding of a champagne. Alcohol hidden.
Really really refreshing and most of all: clean. Rich, clear flavors, not a single off note, as much as you'd look for one. Not the most complex, but i don't really care anymore, i just want another bottle.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,768 ratings.
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