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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-pours a pale clear straw color. Head and lacing are minimum.
S-A wonderful sourness pervades with a hint of funk.
T-Far less sour than the nose would lead you to believe. A mild tart with a funky brett finish.
F-Mouthfeel is light and dry due to a light carbonation and the sour acidic flavor.
O-A very well done wild ale. The sour and brett funk are at a nice level of balance.

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Photo of brewfunk
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is sometimes a little foamy, buy beautiful straw color with lasting head. Beautiful nose of spicy yeast and brett with a little mustiness. Flavor follows the nose. A little tart lemony character with a nice, subtle breadiness. Overall, a great beer, one of my favorites.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma starts out Brett, fruit, and a bit of funk then later gets perfumey. Flavor likewise transforms from just a tart beer to a fruity, malt, beer with many levels. Perfect body for style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of gman1602
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured and allowed to warm over tasting in a snifter glass.
L: Light gold with a bit of cloudiness (just bought and may have been jostled getting home). Nice lacing.
S: Light barnyard funk with hay, a brightness in the background that supports the funk well.
T: Decent spritziness that gives way to a tart lemony belgian, with the yeast showing through as well as some citrus character and a little breadiness - more from the yeast than the malt but they go well together.
F: Nicely carbonated and a good feel. A bit dangerous for 8% but it's not too bad.
O: A great Belgian Golden Ale that has been barrel aged and allowed to pick up the wild farmhouse yeasts/bacteria. It is true to style for sure in the French/Belgian countryside (Jolly Pumpkin doesn't call this a Bière de Garde to my knowledge, but a Golden Ale or an Artisan Wild Ale. Delicious either way and worth trying.)

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a very small foamy head. there is not much in the way of head retention. Lacing is decent. Nice farmhouse aroma with some citrus. Belgian farmhouse taste with some citrus mild spice and a little tart sourness at the end. A bit watered down at the end, but is good. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jolly pumpkin is just so good at this sort of thing...
smells amazing like some have said has that gueuze musty like smell with some tart light fruits like mango or maybe pineapple.
Taste the same with more funkiness perfect balance of sour imo.
Worth a try for everyone into funky beers.
Will absolutely buy again.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a wine glass. Bottle dated 06/2014.

Appearance: Pale gold with a fine rim of foam. Some sediment in the bottle but the beer is very clear. Nice Belgian lace

Nose: Boon Geuze-like, pears, Brett funk, slightly sour, apricots, bright Stone fruits

Taste: nice lactic sour beer, fair amount of body, crisp and refreshing, quick and bright finish. Stone fruit, pears, Brett funk, appricots, slightly sweet, beautiful.

Overall: my first JP beer. This is a wonderful and funky brew. I'd like to try it more fresh and again with some more age on it. Delicious.

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Photo of Premo88
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12.68 oz. (375 ml) bottle poured into tulip
(BLEND 3; bottled on 02/02/15 printed on label)

L: murky yellow with slight golden tint; light passes through easily but it's very cloudy, less than 10% clear; nice 1/4- to 1/2-inch head of white foam that's super thick and sticking nicely, also keeps a decent collar and half a skin of foam; not a ton of lacing but a lot of activity in the glass, hundreds of bubbles

S: very tart, bordering on sour wit tart lemons, sour grapes and a musty barn/kumquat aroma for a wild/farmhouse ale bouquet; a pinch of salt/saltwater ... in fact, it has a "meaty" presence, like a well-seasoned raw steak; cedar chest or oak wood ... which bleeds into a a fingernail polish remover smell (only occasionally and very sweet when it appears)

T: tart grapes, lemon, sour notes but also some fruity/citrusy sweetness ... while it has a white wine/dry wine flavor, it has no alcohol flavor at all; slight gose-like saltiness from time to time as well as a gose-like flavor (wheat? sour wheat?) ... very tasty

F: lager-like crispness but solid weight ... fantastic

O: my first foray into the Jolly Pumpkin world and it definitely won't be my last ... what a brew! very tart with a typical sour feel but also plenty of balancing sweetness and immense character; really takes on a nice oak/cedar wood flavor; even the fingernail polish remover smell isn't as off-putting as it sounds ... it seems more a product of a strong combination of smells trying to burst out at the same time. pound for pound, this is also one of the most dangerous beers I've come across -- the 8% ABV is not only perfectly hidden but the perfect mouthfeel combined with the tart notes and hints of sweetness have me draining the glass way too quickly.

Great beer and one that has me very excited to try more from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden, blonde colored ale with a skunky smell to it. Decent head, about 1.5 to 2 fingers height. Specifically I smell piney, oakey, lemon, grass. Very interesting smell complements sour taste on front which transforms into spicy, yeasty taste as ale travels down the palette. Towards the back, taste morphs into a bitter, crisp, boozey type. Feels like a beer one wouldn't want to drink too quickly. It's got a good body, is filling, and yeastiness causes expansion of ale's volume. Smoothness is not a characteristic that I would attribute to this brew, which in this case, in an excellent thing. Overall, awesome and loved it!

P.S. after finishing it, 5 minutes later expect to notice oak aftertaste.

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Photo of lic217
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: No head or lacing, very light orange
Smell: Lemon, citrus, sour
Taste: Starts sweet and finishes tart/sour and a little citrus, just a touch of alcohol
Feel: Nice prickly mouth feel
Overall: A well made sour beer from Jolly Pumpkin

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Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The color is a dark gold with hints of orange. The nose is funky, slightly tart and notes of pineapple. The taste follows suite with tart green apple, orange and brett. There is a touch of alcohol burn late in the aftertaste, but it doesn't take away from it too much. Overall, this is a nice refreshing beer but doesn't blow me away in any single aspect.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a surprisingly refreshing beer, with a good dose of ABV (which is nice for a change)
anyways, probably the YELLOWest beer I've seen, also cloudy from aggressive settlement disruption.
looks like fresh squeezed(?) pineapple juice.
sour fruit up front, dry finish. middle is full of fruit and spice, though not as tropical as it looks. mostly orange.
smells yeasty as well
not much oak on the nose as i would have hoped, but comes through slightly in the beer.
a great summer sipper

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Photo of Ranz
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In my tall tulip, it pours a yellow, light orange hue with some good lacing on the side. The head was about a finger's width with quick dissipation. It has a nice summer look.

S: Funky fruity esters are quite pronounced, with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, dragonfruit, and brettacynomyce yeast. Light, beguiling, and fresh--very nice.

T: Major tartness upfront with citrus slicing through: pineapple, green apple, overripe orange, mottled lime. The brettacynomyces give it a good barnyard funk.

M: Crisp, lightly carbonated, with a dry finish. There's little aftertaste except for a hint of yeast.

O: As I'm getting more into sours and farmhouse ales, I've enjoyed this particular beer. It's not too sour for my taste, but it offers something new and refreshing.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell and flavors burst forth. Floral and fruit and spices, peppery and gentle hops. Earthy farmhouse style notes, fresh barn hay smells. Fun beer poured on tap at Jolly Pumpkin. I bought a bottle and had later. The bottled version was not the same. Had sour notes that I did not like. I wonder if it was poorly bottle conditioned?

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Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 375ml into Duvel tulip. Bottled October 2014.

A - Darker shade of yellow that is quite cloudy. Head is faint white with only a 1 finger head on aggressive pour. Small spots of lacing decorate the glass.

S - A tart fruity aroma of pineapples, tangerine, and lime. Not much in the way of funk, yeast, or barrel.

T - Starts off rather mellow, and builds into a tart finish. Flavors of pineapple, tangerine, lime, and a touch of stonefruit. It is one dimensional and lacks any real funkiness or barrel notes.

M - Light and tart, but under-carbed. I expected much more on the feel. A bit dry on the finish.

O - Good beer, but I thought it could have been even better. I paid $6.49 for 375ml and don't think I will revisit. Prefer some of the other JP offerings.

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Photo of pat61
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” finely bubbled off-white to cream foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Presents fruity, winey aromas with a light does of wet horseblanker and over ripe fruit.
T: It has a citrusy, cidery taste with bready malt sweetness, hop bitter and spiciness combined with funky under tastes from the wild yeasts. Has a little Chardonnay oakiness.
F: Dry and tart, very delicate, carbonation is very fine and soft, medium to medium light body.
O: This is a fine wild Biere de Garde. I have had this fresh and aged up to 3 years and it handles the age very well.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was bottled on 5-31-2013

Look: Huge 4 finger foam coming out of a 150ml bottle. Foam was very thick; like the top of a lemon meringue pie. Beer is very pale/hazy yellowish orange that glows when light hits it. There are so many bubbles rising throughout that it looks like a snow globe that is snowing upwards.

Smell: There is a very tart aroma that is very fruity and citrusy. There is also a vinegary bite.

Feel: This has a fairly full mouth feel for the style (light/medium mouthfeel). It is quite dry when the fizz fades form the tongue.

Taste: I was first hit with a bitter bite that fades into sour fruit (apple/lemon) but overall a light taste (in regards to grain) with no real malt flavor to speak of. There is a slight tinny/metallic taste at times and some hints of spice and black pepper. Very yeasty with some floral hop notes upon finish.

Overall: This is a decent Golden Ale with only slight evidence of oak aging. The sour flavor is a bit on the overpowering side, but there are some other interesting flavors mixed in. Probably not one I would buy again (but then again I am not huge on sour beers). I’m not sure if this one underwent open fermentation or not, but is seems to have the sour tang of wild yeast.

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Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (Blend 7, October 21, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a hazy, light yellowish/golden colored beer. The head is short, shiny, and white. It fades quickly despite some visible carbonation.

S-The aroma is nice and funky with a good, tart bite. I smell lemon, orange, some tropical fruit, and oak, among other things. Maybe I also sniff some dry grass and white pepper to go with the wet wheat-like funkiness.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but perhaps not as complex. The beer is tart rather than sour with some wild funky flavors. There is a little bit of peppery spice to go with the aforementioned fruits.

M-The body is medium in heft for they style with a mild, fine carbonation. Somewhat wet feeling.

O-This is solid Jolly Pumpkin beer. There is nothing to mind-blowing or unusual about Oro, but it smells great and pairs pretty well with lighter foods. This is a good sour/wild for when you aren't feeling adventurous, but want something tart and tasty.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnished straw golden color, and forms a thick white head with good retention. Plenty of carbonation is visible, streaming through the beer. Lacing is off the chain, so to speak.

Smell: Musty wheat, old books, melon (cantaloupe and honeydew), and pear leap out of the glass, bringing along faint hints of white pepper.

Taste: Fascinating. The taste profile opens with funky white pepper, as if the peppercorns had been dampened and encouraged to grow some tiny spots of mold ere being ground. The fruits from the aroma come through as the beer moves along the palate, always overlaid with that musty pepper, and supported by an undertone of old, old wood and paper. As it finishes, the fruit essence shifts to tones of tart white grape and very faint citrus, with a vaguely bitter, dry aftertaste not unlike a dry white wine.

Mouthfeel: Lively and nigh medium in body, with a somewhat watery finish.

Overall: Thus far, the only thing I've had with the Jolly Pumpkin name on it that I have not liked was a collaboration beer with Anchorage. They do bieres de garde well. This one isn't quite their Fuego del Otono to me, but it's also a repeater.

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Photo of dandiprat2015
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I love sours, but this (maybe an old bottle) had a metallic and dull sour finish that was tough to drink. So I've ranked it better than it was for fear that the metal flavor was the beer turning.

Second try was much better.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip

A: Golden color with medium white foam and retention, leaving behind good lacing

S: Yeast, floral, spice and some hops

T: Malt sweet balanced by funky sour, spice, slight hops bitter. Sour and spice linger

M: Light-medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Alcohol sneaks up on you by the end of the bottle.

O: A good drink for spring or summer days.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, hazy, head fades to persistent film on edge of glass. Smell is sour, funk, oak, and apricot. Taste starts with sour punch shifting into grapefruit and wood. Slight pucker at finish. Very little alcohol detection for an 8% beer. Mouthfeel is light, but with mild carbonation. Very easy drinking--I'm definitely going to pick this one up again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden, hazy, with full, persistent white-gray head that fades slowly. A film remains well after the head otherwise dissipates, and lacing is extensive.

S - Sour wood, subtle barnyard and horse blanket. Fruit esters in the form of lemon and sour plum.

T - Follows the nose, in that the sour acids are front, with a nice oak wood element, minerality comes forward in the middle, and the acidic bite returns in the close.

M - Surprisingly light. Bright, easy to drink. The acidity lifts almost as soon as it closes.

O - A decent funky treat, with nice layers of flavor, and a punchy sourness, yet both subtle and approachable.

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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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Photo of SierraFlight
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Pours golden with tall white head that settles after a while and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is orchard fruit, funk, oak, and some pepper. Taste is tart, spicy, funky, and slightly malty. Medium bodied, creamy texture, medium-high but soft carbonation, dry and slightly puckering tart finish.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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