Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Oro De CalabazaOro De Calabaza

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Had this one during the Greenville Beer Exchange/American Grocery Beer vs. Wine Dinner! This beer was paired with a crudo of local triggerfish, marinated kale, with smoked trout caviar. The wine it was facing off against was Mercat Cava Brut.

Gusher! Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, tart, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, sour, vinegar, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There were lots of nice earthy funk tones going on in this one which made it quite enjoyable. The touch of sour also helped with this one to keep your palate guessing. A pretty good brew for sure.

I voted for the beer pairing on this one. The general concensus was that the beer was better when paired with the food than the wine.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
Batch 812
Bottled 8-12-11

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin-to-average foamy white head.

Funky, tart yeast notes, with a light malty backing.

While it is still present in the taste, it's not nearly as funky/tart as in the nose. Toasty and sweet malts blend with some fruity esters and tart yeast notes.

A medium-full mouthfeel with soft bubbly carbonation.

A good beer, the tartness adds some character, but still seems a bit forgettable overall.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Bottled on 11/2011
Poured into a Unibroue flute glass

Oro De Calabaza is an excellent US-style wild ale, sour and fruity with a well-balanced recipe. This beer is affordably priced and not too difficult to find, making me wonder why I haven't tried anything from this brewery before.

Pours a 1cm fairly clean, white head of rather dense, small bubbles creating a cloudlike foam atop the beer. Head descends over time to a thin cap, leaving some good lacing along sides of glass. Body is golden yellow-orange in color, with obvious golden yellow coloring when held to the light. Somewhat hazy from yeast, but mild carbonation still visible.

Aroma is deliciously prefigurative of the taste: evident tartness, acetic and/or lactic acid, mild and well-integrated Brettanomyces-related burnt wire, dank citrus rind, unripe apples.

Taste is crisp and as good as the scent would indicate. Sour/tartness from acetic and/or lactic acid, mellow Brettanomyces character, bright fruity esters including some very mild mix of peaches-lemons-apricots. Reminds me quite a bit of a very good gueuze.

Beer is medium-bodied with subtle carbonation, allowing this to be savored on the palate. Finish is dry, alcohol is undetectable.

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2011, about 8 months ago.

A: poured cold, it has very little head and no lacing but a thin ring around the edges of the glass. It is hazy yellow/orange, and so far doesn't look very enticing.

S: full of funk and citrus along with some delicious smelling acidity that reminds me of a non-buttery chardonnay.

T: sour, then funk hit, fully encompassing the mouth. This is more sour than I expected, but it has a bit of spice and lemon with a bit of grass.

M: medium-thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation creates a watery feeling when cold, but it's more crisp when it warms.

O: for $10 and as readily available as this is, it's a great beer. I could easily drink the 22 ounce bottle if I had the chance. Can't wait until my beer using the dregs from this one finishes.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful treat on-tap at The Rookwood in Cincinnati.

Served in a Great Lakes snifter. Deeper than straw yellow with little head. Nice effervescence coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smells of lemon peel, sourness, green grapes, and mustiness.

Tastes of barrel oak, pepper, spice, green grapes, funk, with a dry finish.

Medium bodied with bubbly carbonation.

Jolly Pumpkin's beers are a treat and this is no exception. If you can, try this. If you like wild yeast ales with sourness and funk... this one will win you over after first sip.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed gold with a collar of white foam that sticks in thick clumps to the sides of the glass. Clean lactic sourness is upfront with a pleasant grainy, cereal backdrop. Lemon peel, hay, and leather come out is warms up. The sourness is balanced by a subtle oaky tanic note. A really terrific sour and the best beer I've had from Jolly Pumpkin, with La Roja a close second.

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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 773/782/784 Bottled 7/13/11

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. 2 fingers of pillowy white head that dissapates fairly quickly, leaving a nice ring and a thin layer of head. Decent lacing as well. Nice amount of bubbles floating to the top.

S: Nice lemon and banana notes up front with a nice funky yeast backbone.

T: Zesty lemon bite up front. Slightly tart throughout. Some yeasty esters and banana mixed with just enough dryness in the finish. Very clean.

M: Pillowy soft feel overall. Just what I like for the style. Moderate body with slightly high carbonation. Just right for the style!

Overall this is my favorite Jolly Pumpkin brew to date! Nicely balanced and very easy to drink. This beer will hold up very well for years to come.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of mattsander
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pastel yellow and densely couldy. It appears to blush when held up to light, a very pretty beer. No head, no lacing.

S: Immediate lactic vibe with lemon rinds, pears and basil in a damp basement. Huge beer to behold.

T: A wave of crisp acidity with citrus fruits and melons. As it warms I get more vanilla and wood character. Tastes extremely fresh and bright, less dank than the aroma. Very refreshing and the booze is invisible.

M: Bubbly and dry with a definite 'slickness'.

This is an awesome beer, my first from Jolly Pumpkin. Complex, big and refreshing, I love it.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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