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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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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

Had a bottle of this at Blue Tractor in A2. Pours clear golden with light fluffy head. Smells sour and floral, with hints of pears and a bit of spice. Taste is a sour explosion of pear and white grape notes, slight tart on the palate that lingers. Spice and yeast give it a nice balance of dry and fruity. Refreshing. One of my favorite JP brews for sure. So easy drinking.

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Photo of HopBrain
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost half the bottle at opening: it was a gusher! Had about a pint left when I poured the remainder of the bottle.

Batch 741/756/762
Bottled 6-9-2011

The body is a cloudy, pale yellow with little head (although there is decemt lacing on the glass). Smell comes across fruity and citrus-like with phenol spice notes. Taste is sour and bitter; like sour apples. Light-medium body, clean yet tart. Definite hop bitterness creeps through the strong tartness at the finish.

Well, I can't explain the gusher at opening. It was refrigerated for several days and wasn't shaken. I did take it out of the fridge and let it sit for two hours and then re-refrigerated it for 30 minutes prior to opening. In any case, this isn't a bad beer, but I wonder what a different bottle may produce as far as impressions go. I certainly don't get the toasted malt aromas or sweet malt tastes as per the BA beer description for a biere de garde style brew. To me, this comes across like a German hefeweizen/Flanders wild ale cross. Not bad, but not exactly what I expected.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of AdamBear
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/30/2011

A-cloudy gold yellow with a thin white head

S-wow this is near perfect. Very tart scent of cooked vegetables and lemon. It works and it's pretty awesome.

T-comes in with a metallically tart taste of cooked vegetables, lemon, and churned butter. It's an acidic flavor. It'll sting the tongue. After-taste has mostly butter to it. It's an odd mix of flavors, though they seem to work in a certain way.

M-sour. Medium to low dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-the flavors just aren't there for me. It has a decent tartness but it's actually a very boring beer. I don't mind very boring beers unless I pay a high price like I did for this one. It's drinkable. That's about it.

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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 mtlasley
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aged bottle. Batch 568 Bottled 7-14-2010. Found on the shelf at my new favorite bottle shop. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A light golden color pours from the bottle and collects as a hazy bright orange in the glass. This beer "glows" with a vivid brightness like many wild ales. There are strong columns of carbonation inside the glass. The head is bright white, very soapy and "alive" and is constantly being replenished. Really nice look here.

Bright but light citrusy odors up front. Tropical fruit esters follow. Hay, grass and a strong but pleasant earth scent make up the center of the nose. The Brett really shines. Deeper in, I find notes of oak, and very slight lacto and pedio.

Really, really complex on the tongue. Starts off with a slightly tart flash of lacto followed quickly by hay, earth and "horse blanket". Everything really crams together on the tongue but it works out well. The brett in this bottle is really strong and I'm definitely going to seek out a fresh on to compare it to. The wild dominates the hell out of this bottle.

Crisp and dry in the mouth and carried by an extreme effervesence bordering on Champagne.

Another hit from Jolly Pumpkin! I love wild beers and I'm determined after this one and La Roja to get my hands on as many as possible. Especially aged version. The wild character dominates everything here and I love it.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cratez
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor, MI.

Pours a bright golden hue with a thin white cap, lots of webbed lacing, and excellent clarity.

Smell is overripe orchard fruit, alcohol esters, mild bretty funkiness, lemon and lime zest, intense sour candy, oak barrel, vanilla, assorted spices (cinnamon, clove), green apple, and effervescent, champagne-like aromas. Amazing nose.

Taste boasts a huge puckering sourness with crab apple, sour candy, anjou pear, lemon juice, chardonnay, and a funky woodiness in the background. Very flavourful brew.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium-bodied, high carbonation, spicy and peppery bite mid-palate, massive sourness precedes a quick drying finish with fleeting afters.

Overall, Oro de Calabaza isn't as balanced and complex as the Dark Dawn Stout, but it's still an enjoyable, contemplative quaff nonetheless. Worth buying.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 257. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy sedimenty orange. Huge head. Sticky lacing. Great retention.

Smell - Lemony tangy, slightly funky. Big bready malt presence. Still smells like every other Jolly Pumpkin.

Taste - A little tangy. Citrus tang. Not funky. Bready biscuit malts that tames the sour. And it tastes like every other Jolly Pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - Not as light as I'd expect. Well carbonated, but surprisingly heavy for what it is.

Overall - I don't think I'll ever buy another Jolly Pumpkin again.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sommersb
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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