Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Oro De CalabazaOro De Calabaza
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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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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of movingtrain
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 856, bottled 11.28.2011

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin white head around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has hints of tart apples and wet wood. It is floral with a kind of sour grape element to it.

The taste is sour with a dryness to it. Some flavors that come to mind are reminiscent of a dry white wine, though with almost a bourbon-esque note to it. While the beer is sour, there is, actually, a subtle sweetness to it--not an overpowering sweetness that takes away from the delightful sourness of the beer...but, rather, a subtle sweetness, like sage might lend, or lemongrass.

Overall, this is one of the best offerings from Jolly Pumpkin (which is not to say that their other beers are not exceptional). It is tart and sour, with just enough back-end sweetness to keep the beer afloat on the palate.

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Photo of plfahey
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden and somewhat hazy, with a moderate white head. Decent retention.

Aroma-Pepper spice phenolics and barnyard yeast funk-horse blanket and hay with a touch of lemon rind and tart apricot. Floral, earthy, funky and enticing-smells heavily of the Jolly Pumpkin house character.

Flavor-Spicy pear and lemon-peach flavors up front with a touch of orange zest in the mid-palate. Peppery and slightly clove like with a touch of spicy, leafy hops in the finish. Yeast funk flavors are less pronounced here, but there's still a punch of lactic acid and some floral, brett overtones. Finishes dry with a slight lemon tartness and mild, herbal hops.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Bone dry in the finish.

Another awesome beer from Jolly Pumpkin-an interesting take on a Golden Ale with a hefty dose of their house character-tart and funky deliciousness.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 856, bottled 11/28/11.

This beer pours a light bodied bright yellow in color with a light white lacing. It's almost fluorescent it's so bright. The nose is pretty complex. You get slightly sweet citrus fruits, almost some pineapple, lemon, a lactic sour, and some funk. The flavors are nice as well. It's very light and features a light pineapple along with lemonzest, grass, hay, and a bretty and dry funk. Nice, although somewhat simple flavor. It's light and very drinkable. This is a pretty approachable sour and a poor man's Temptation, minus the chardonnay barrel. I like it. This is a nice beer from a brewery that specializes in sours. I recommend it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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

Bordeaux style bottle into a tulip, dated Batch 856, 11-28-2011

Some what hazy sunshine yellow with a ring around the top of the beer.

Fruity citrus notes similar to lemon, with a custard like sweetness behind that. A touch of tart, lactic acid on the back of the beer. A hint of brett and earthyness as well, but it's a pretty subtle scent.

Opens with subtle sweetness, like a lemon custard or pie filling. Then moves quickly into a tart, lactic acid that is complimented by brett funkyness. Complex and refreshing.

Medium-thin with some stickyness, some drying on the finish. Crisp as well, and quite quaffable.

Awesome tart lemon with more sweetness than what I am used to in this style. A great beer from Jolly Pumpin, something I wish were cheaper and in six packs so I didn't have to savor it. Excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of musicforairports
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 856, bottled 28 November 2011. Reviewed 1 February 2012.

Yellowish gold, cloudy. Small head, little lacing.

Lemon, hay, and Jolly Pumpkin's typical funk on the nose. Yum. Maybe some light peppery notes.

Flavor is heavy on citrus notes and Brett--crisp lemon flavors, barnyard funk. Slightly sour, especially in the finish. Maybe some heat in the finish, but not much. This beer lacks the malt character of a biere de garde, the listed style--this is definitely a sour-ish Belgian golden ale.

Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very refreshing, especially considering the ABV.

This is a very refreshing beer, and a tasty one, too. Like a lot of JP's beers, the funk/sourness is one of the defining characteristics--and my favorite one--but if that's not your thing, this isn't your beer.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,804 ratings
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