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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-01-2012
Freshness: Bottled 01-27-2012, Batch 921
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Pretty beer; a golden color and cloudy. The white head starts at 2 fingers high but disappears fairly quickly. Lacing is good.

S: Aromas have a big lemon and citrus tartness, plus orange peel, and Belgian spices, funk and musty yeast characteristics. Rounded out by earthy hop notes.

T: The taste shows the same citrus features as in the nose, which makes for a tart and sour experience. Reminds me somewhat of a Berliner Weisse. The citrus fruitiness of lemons and orange zest make for an acidic quality.

M: Carbonation is high which adds to the prickly, sour character. The finish is dry and tart, with a green apple kind of bite.

O: This beer is nothing like the previous Bière de Garde I've tasted, which was a Jenlain Ambrée. This one is very mouth-puckering tart and sour. But I did enjoy this, my first offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Batch 762***

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, bottled 7-5-2011.

Appearance: A very hazy, light gold body with 2-3 fingers of pure white foam. Constant stream of bubbles rising up and seamless latching to the glass all around.

Smell: Slight pepper, tropical fruit and pineapple. Quite the nice mix of spices & fruit.

Taste: Starts out rich with citrus fruit, mango, pineapple and ends with a spicy, light pepper note. Has a white wine vibe that is accentuated as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Good strong carbonation with a dry feel but leaves a nice lasting impression.

Overall: The oak aging is all over this midway through tasting and though it can be intense, it is a quality brew nonetheless.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowing hazy golden color with a fluffy off white head. Leaves some streaks of lacing down the glass.

S: Very tart aroma. Lots of Brett, Chardonnay, lemon zest, a touch of spice and maybe a touch of wet wood.

T: Definite Chardonnay notes upfron with some lemon, green grape, pear, granny smith apple, straight funk an some pineapple on the finish. A great prickly carbonation and light mouthfeel make this a great summer beer. Amazing stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very pretty, golden-yellow haze. Head is white and fluffy, with stellar lacing.

Nose is tart, musty, with sherry vinegar, lemon zest, and sour candy.

Taste is sour with plenty of spiced yeast and malt. There is a balsamic vinegar sweet/tartness, toasty bread, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, with plenty of breadiness. Has a good amount of carbonation and an oily/buttery finish.

Overall, the flavors are unique, but work together well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, bottled 1-7-2011
Poured into SN snifter, around 60 degrees
Bottle gushed out upon opening.

A: murky cloudy deep golden color, some haze present. 1.5-2 finger head, probably some lost from the overflow. carbonation and floaties are present. slight lace along the rim of the liquid.

S: citrus, funky, brett, granny smith, sweet, tart, barnyard, pepper, barrel, earthy, white wine, lactic

T: Lemon, funk, tart, brett, acid, tart apple skin, lactic, tannin, oak, grape, pepper, barnyard, earthy, gentle spice bitterness from the hops, slight sweetness from malt as it warms

M: Smooth prickly carbonation from the yeasts, dry as a bone finish, leaves some tartness and lemon on your tongue. lots of funk in the aftertaste too

O: Damn this is a delicious beer. Continuing my journey into sours, this is a top notch one. Complex as hell and delicious. Good intro to a beginner

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4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heres to Summer break!

i was expecting more head on it, but I get a super cloudy yellow beer with a thin white ring of a head. Guess theres no carbonation as well.

This thing smells so damn sour and funky. Lots of tannins from the barrels, vinegar, and sour lactic acid. Honestly, reminds of Cantillon Classic.

The taste is sour, but the first thing I notice is the lemons. Its tart, acidic, and sour. Almost like a sour lemon candy. Theres some definite sweetness involved that makes an attempt to enhance the drinkability, and it works. its an exercise in how to make a sour.

Its intense and sour, but its doable, even more than others. La Roja was intense after the whole bottle to myself. This one has some sweet notes, as well as lemons.

It actually finishes clean for a sour. Its got all the oakiness of a good JP beer, but I get some of the malt really late.

One hell of a JP beer.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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