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Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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4.12/5
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1,804 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,777
Reviews:
735
Ratings:
1,804
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
258
Trade:
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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zillarunner
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very enjoyable beer, smooth but crisp citrussy (if that makes sense). Nice color. I would enjoy having this again. This is a great beer for people who like to analyze and discuss beer.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JCarson410
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BlueSpader
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SSGCujo
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of AdamSteve
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samputnam14
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DamienArk
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Heavyweight 375 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Sediment remains in the emptied bottle.

This "Gold of Pumpkin" ale has an obvious wild yeast component which I find interesting and acceptable in the flavor, but overbearing and unappealing in the aroma. Moderate oak barrel influence. Mildly bitter and tart. Excellent, lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Bright, rich yellow brew; fizzy short lived head.

Nice aroma: a touch of barnyard funk, lightly sour oak.

Flavor follows: it's funky and citrusy but light and slightly sweet. The hue, aroma, and flavor all hint of lemon drops, while the oak provides a nice edge to the finish and Brett yields unmistakable complexity.

Easy to drink, medium bodied, with a long wet finish. This is a lovely wild ale: refreshing and complex.

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Photo of Junior
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pale golden color, hazy
S - Fruit and wood
T - Sweet and malty
F - Full and flavorful
O - This is my first experience with Jolly Pumpkin and Biere de Garde. I was pleasantly surprised with both. The 8% ABV was well hidden.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color. Aroma is slightly sweet and fermented. Flavor has tartness, funkiness and a touch of sweetness. Has a nice feel and overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
1.8/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Sour to the point of sickening.

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Photo of WiggyKGB
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ginsbera
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle:
A lovely pale yellow color, but opaque in color. Fluffy, cloud-like white head. Loads of lacing.

Nose is a bit of funky citrus - at times a little bit like rotting fruit and veges. Luckily that's not the whole of the nose, as there is nice "hop bouquet" as the bottle states - floral and citrus-like in general. The spicy also comes out with a bit of oak with a deep whiff.

Somewhat surprisingly given the nose, the oak cask influence is a large part of this beer. It's not always in the forefront or powerful, but it comes in at the beginning and is still there at the end. A lightly tart fruit is the first thing that grabs me after a brief clean, almost watery, opening (with a light woodenness). I want to say it is something like passionfruit, but I also get some strawberry.

The wooden opening gets a layer of tart fruitiness, and upon that a bite of spiciness is added. The fruit fades to the background as the spice grows, helped by a light but prickly carbonation. The spice does turn peppery as the fruit flavors starts to leave my palate. The oak cask notes come back into play more and more until the pepper bite fades, leaving me with a wet, wooden bitterness to linger.

I luckily didn't get any of the "rotting vegetation" I sometimes got in the nose in the taste. The wild yeast no doubt have an influence - maybe a certain "tanginess" to the fruit notes. Light on the tongue, this was a joy of a beer to consume. The flavor layering worked for me, and the different notes that were perceived came across as very enjoyable.

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