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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Sometimes the info on the side of the bottle says more about what the brewer hoped it would taste like rather than what it actually tastes like. This beer is exactly what the label says it is. A Belgian strong golden ale, spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet. I also get a very lemony flavor. Not bad at all, but I don't appreciate it as much as some of the other reviewers.

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Photo of kellyej
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

Love this beer! It pours a hazy yellow-hay color with a big, white, pillowy head. The nose is sour-vinegar with notes of white wine, hay, grass, and a little something metallic (not in a bad way); made me think of old rotten grapes left behind on used farming equipment. The mouthfeel is rather dry and the beer has a medium body. The taste starts rather tart and sour and then sweetens in the middle and end. There are notes of pepper, apricot, and apple juice. It also has a white wine quality and is overall very well balanced.

This beer will always be special to me since it was one of the bottles my significant other and I popped the night we got engaged....so I may be a little biased!

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Photo of rand
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL to tulip glass

Bottled January 2013, opened November 2014

A: Yellow-orange in color, opaque, almost juicy in appearance. Little strands of carbonation meet a wispy head that leaves tiny traces of lacing.

S: As with all JP brews, the nose is funky and oaky; plenty of barnyard in this one. Lemon pepper and cherry phenols at the edge of the bouquet. Floral as well.

T: Funky and phenol-ic, but a lot more citrus on the palate than the nose forecasted. Rind-y tangerines and honey meet a healthy layer of barnyard funk and grass. Alcohol is well masked, as the beer closes with a short and dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly on the palate, well carbonated.

A tasty brew from the artists at Jolly Pumpkin. Not the most knock-you-on-your-ass brew from them, but I wouldn't pass it up either.

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Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date: 8/16/2014
Other notes: bottled 3/14

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a nice golden-orange. When held up to a bright light the color appears to be even more golden. Has moderate head, which dies off after a couple minutes. Quite hazy. The carbonation bubbles are visible flowing up through the ale, though not a rapid as I like to see. The slow rate of the carbonation makes the beer look kind of dead. Still, overall it looks appetizing

Smell - 4/5
A very tart smell, perhaps of tart apples, some citrus. Exactly the kind of tart smell I love and expect in a JP beer.

Taste - 4/5
At the beginning of a big sip, tastes of tart fruit flavors, perhaps sour cherries, lemons, apples. The perfect tart taste that I expect from a JP beer. At the end, as the sip is going down, there are hints of spices, which give the beer a bit of a kick at the end. Though I do not have the skill to describe precisely what the spices are. As I drink more, the spices become more pronounced and I can taste them throughout the sip. They are very subtle though. There is also a tiny bit of alcohol taste. The beer is quite balanced between the tarty-fruitiness and the spiciness. In any given sip, you can choose to focus on either and notice the tastes easily.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
The beer has a light to medium body and the feel is neither crisp nor creamy, but in the middle. Carbonation is noticible, but not overpowering. The spiciness works together with the carbonation to give a nice 'kick' to the mouth, but again, nothing to overpowering.

Overall - 4.25/5
I love the sour taste of the beer, but I am less a fan of the spicy/peppery-ness of it. I think I prefer some of the other JP beers over this one (I have the Calabaza Blanca in mind). This might be my 2nd or 3rd favorite JP beer I have tried. Though the beer is not perfect, I have found in JP beers a taste which I love and have not been able to find in any other beers. As such, I am still giving a high overall rating.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep golden color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, orange zest, apricot, pear, green apple, white pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Biere de Garde style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BWED
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

8 oz. pour into a wine glass at Prohibition Taproom, Philly.

A- Hazy golden brown. Thin white head. Retains at a ring.

S- Sour. Brett and sour apple. A little grain, and bready malt characters.

T- Sour apple. A little dry citrus, grapefruit.

M- Light body, with a bubbly carbonation. Semi-dry finish, but with a huge pucker.

O- Tart and sour. Really nice.

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A: golden. Crystal clear. Thin white head.
S: sour. Not heavy, but light on the sourness. Chardonnay.
T: perfect blend of beer and wine. Definitely golden ale with chardonnay and oak. Black pepper.
M: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: great beer. Very well balanced. Not too much oak. Will buy again.

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Photo of zheaton
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Serving: Poured from a 20oz bottle into a set of flight glasses. Beer was from batch 1183, bottled 3/18/2013, and drunk on 4/5/2014.

Appearance: Golden color with minimal head.

Smell: Bright and clean, some hops but not overpowering.

Taste: Slight tartness contrasted with mild hops. Very clean on the palate. The relatively high ABV is not apparent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and lightly carbonated.

Overall: Excellent. The overall impression is smooth, refreshing, and crisp with a hint of tartness and hop spice. The flavor is distinct but not overwhelming, and the high ABV does not detract from the taste.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So excited to finally have Jolly Pumpkin on Texas beer shelves. Texas is quickly becoming an amazing state for beer. Starting things off with the Oro de Calabaza. Poured into my snifter. Oro is bright, but hazed, gold. Things are topped off by a finger or so off off white head. Head falls to a ring somewhat quickly.

The aroma is inviting. A hefty sour funk hits first. Tart fruits – apples, pears, sour cherries, and lemons stand out. Sweet caramel hits next. Light spice and bubblegum notes round out the nose.

Flavor is no less impressive. Plenty of funk hits first. Slightly earthy, sour lemons stand out. Tart pome fruits pop next. Sweet bubblegum notes stand out. Peppery spice rounds things out. Lemon notes linger on in the finish. The finish is tart and drying, encouraging one to take another sip.

Oro is light bodied. The carbonation makes for an effervescent and refreshing brew.

Oro de Calabaza is a great beer. You must love funk to enjoy this beer. The 8% ABV is almost non existent, making this quite a refreshing brew on a hot summers night. If Oro de Calabaza is indicative of what of Jolly Pumpkin has to offer, I can hardly what to try their other brews.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of lemon zest, brett funkiness, and sweet malts.

T - Opens up with a nice malty sweetness. The sweetness fades into lemon zest and brett funkiness. The finish has a touch of white pepper that mixes well with the lingering brett.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Nice dry finish.

O - This is a damn tasty Biere de Garde. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a touch of haze and very little head.

Aroma: Grainy aroma with a bit of lemon and spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly sour lemon flavor initially, with a bit of peppery heat following. Finishes with cereal grains and uncooked pasta flavors, and has a bit of buttery character as well. Some yeasty funk throughout.

Final Word: An interesting drink, but not one that I must have again. My favorite part of the brew was the peppery character, which kept the profile lively and interesting, as the other characteristics, like the tart lemon and yeast, didn’t present anything out of the ordinary. Certainly good, and always worth trying, but I would seek out other Jolly Pumpkin brews first if you are having trouble choosing.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/13/14

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Pours lightly hazy, medium amount of off-white carbonation, fades to a wispy cap, keeps an impressive collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Pale malts, yeasty aromas, and some oak - funky without being too crazy, bonus for drinkability - very light funk, with some yeasty flavors - some light fruits, including green apple, white grapes, and some spice - some oak and some light hints of lemon

Taste: A nice blend of pale and caramel malts, spice, and wood - an interesting level of yeasty spiciness, with some light sourness and some tart fruitiness - some tart green apples, pears, and white grapes - extremely dry, with some vague spiciness - woody finish with some dry oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, very dry finish

Overall: I would not be sad to find this in a treasure chest

I haven't had many Bière de Gardes, but for what I've had, this is very good. The pale and lightly toasty caramel malt base is nice; the sour, tart, and spicy flavors simply round out the flavor. It's very easy to drink, and I wouldn't have guessed its 8% ABV.

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

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Oro De Calabaza a few weeks ago for $5.59 at The Lager Mill. It's been a couple years since I've last had this beer and I thought it was time to revisit it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 350ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks looks nice, it's got a nice design and some information about the beer, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice bright yellow color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a really nice looking beer, the head and lacing were good and I really liked the bright yellow color.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice citrus aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some very lemon like aromas with some spices and light pear like aromas coming through in the background. Up next comes the yeast which imparts some slightly lighter funky barnyard aromas with some wet straw seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by the barrels which impart a noticeable and nice oak aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma and I liked the strong citrus aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a lighter amount of medium tartness with the yeast being the first to show up and it's impart that same wet straw aspect that it did in the aroma with just a slight horse blanket flavor in the background. Up next comes the barrels which impart some nice woody and oak like flavors and it's followed by a nice citrus fruit flavor with lemon still sticking out the most and there's a really light pear aspect in the background. On the finish there's a slight bit of bitterness followed by lots of lemon, lightly funky and lightly woody like aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, the balance was really nice and no aspect was too overpowering.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, a little refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a good example of a Biere De Garde and it was another good example of a funky Jolly pumpkin beer, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style along with some nice balance. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, not too acidic, a little refreshing, not filling at all and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think two of these would be a good amount for me and I could see myself having a couple while sitting on the porch on a warm summers day. What I like the most about this beer was balance, no aspect was too overpowering and the flavors and aromas blended well with each other. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, it's good just the way it is, but I do wish it was just a little cheaper. I would buy this beer again and I think I'll be keeping a couple bottles in the fridge for this summer. I would recommend this beer especially if you like like a nice lightly funky Biere De Garde. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought that nice bright lemon aspect was a little impressive. It's up there as one of the better Biere De Garde's I've had and I think it might just be my favorite of the three year round Jolly pumpkin beers that made it into 350ml bottles, but it's pretty hard to choose between this one and La Roja. Good job guys, I really enjoyed this beer, keep up the great work.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 4/30/2013

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a bright and hazed bright yellow with a finger of dense white head that retains well and has good lacing
S: smells of sour lemon, spice, oak and funk
T: taste starts off sour and funky with some horseblanket, a little peppery and spicy with some oak tannins as well. swallow is funky and slightly sour with some band aids
M: this beer is on the lighter side of things with prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: I'm not a fan of the Biere de Garde but this one is very good after the Jolly Pumpkin treatment. More of a wild than a biere de garde but I'm not complaining and it tastes great.

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Photo of FLima
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with a thin head with low retention.
Very sour aroma with notes of lemon, barnyard and pear. Not aggressive.
Flavor of white wine, musty, funky yeast, lemon, pineapple, wood and mild lactic.
Light body with low carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 8% abv is very well hidden.
Very easy to drink sour with increasing complexity as it warms up.

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

Dr. Strange Calabaza OR How I learned to stop worrying and like a Belgian.

This was poured on tap into an 8 oz Chalice.

As the title suggests I am not a fan of 'typical' Belgian beers because the yeast character makes me feel like I've got acid reflux. This beer imparts none of that experience.

A thin head which is still lingering, nice lacing on the glass as I imbibe. Color is somewhere between honey and a hefeweizen, without any sediment.

Smell is mild and slightly tart. Eyes closed and you may think its a SD brewed wild ale slightly watered down.

Taste is simply great. All of the things much more technically knowledgeable reviewers cite as being evident must be, because this is an exquisite balance of all factors that make this a tasty, tart (not sour) beverage, that is very drinkable.

Overall: I will add this to my list of the Belgian beers I like. Good for the expert quaffer and the enthusiastic amateur (moi) alike. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A creamy yellow-tinted head condenses to about one finger of rocky froth, which sits on top of a thick, bright but translucent light-medium orange brew. Retention is good, and patchy deposits of lacing are left behind in plenty.
Along with plenty of fruity esters, dark fruits offering both sweetness and tartness, the nose brings some toast and earth. Yeast character is evident and bold without dominating. There's some light funk and a bit of woodiness on the end, while a touch of leaf lingers all the while.
Musty funk isn't overplayed but sets the stage very well. Dark fruits bring the tartness as well as a deeper overripe sweetness, while some softer pale fruits add another dimension. A bit of lemon zest balances off a gentle spiciness. Hops are light but register well, bringing a bit of flora and leaf. Otherwise, it's strongly earthy with a woody dryness underneath for even more balance and complexity.
It's smooth, a bit of movement from carbonation adding just enough crispness as well. The body is a good medium.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a tulip

10/21/14 consumed 3/24/15

dark golden color with a half inch white head that quickly dissipates. aroma of strong white wine and oak. sharply tart taste at first. then becomes fruity with white grapes dominating the palate. lingers with oak on the finish and slightly sour. Deli-Li-cious. medium bodied and the correct amount of carbonation (light) highly recommended.

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Photo of draheim
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a frothy white head, patchy lacing.

Aroma is floral, funky, mildly tart. Some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. More tart funk and dry oak comes in as it warms.

The beer hits my palate with a slightly metallic twang. Lemony with a touch of crushed aspirin. Pale malt, slightly funky Belgian yeast, Old World hops give it a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium to full bodied. Finishes pretty dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice Belgian, but maybe not quite as clean as I'd like.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

im running back through many of the jolly pumpkin beers lately, i feel like i always forget about them and overlook them in the face of so many other sours and wilds these days, but these are still head of the class in many ways. this one is a golden edition, a little cloudy and pale yellow not dissimilar to the label on the bottle. great nose of white pepper and wild yeast, belgian yeast, and fruity hops. i get some apricot and honey in this too, summery vibes abound. the flavor has a fair bit of funk to it, yeast is the dominant flavor agent here. dried and fresh apricots both carry through the middle, pale and wheat malt thickens it up, and a distinct belgian yeasty spiciness takes over in the finish. more hoppy than many other jolly pumpkin beers too, they have held up well in a bottle thats close to a year old now. i love the dynamic yeast profile here, the best of both wild and belgian worlds, and the lighter body of this beer allows them both to be on full display. well carbonated and soft in feel, like most of their beers. to me this beer inspires food pairings, ill have to get a few more bottles and cook up.

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Photo of Copernicandream
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Intense golden yellow with obvious rising fine carbonation, initially left a finger of head, but faded to almost nothing.

S - Sour pear esters with dry tannin

T - Appropriately sour for the style, Belgian yeasts have never been to my taste, there is a pervasive yet mild/moderate funk, finishes surprisingly dry. All flavors are somewhat masked by the high carbonation, resulting in a citrus soda like sensation.

M- light to medium feel, but again the high carbonation results in a sensation akin to tonic water.

O- This is an excellent beer, but a departure from what I expected. I would never crave this.

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Photo of mverity
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a touch of peach. Good amount of white head that faded fairly quickly but held a nice medium collar. Citrusy aroma, but I doubt it's from hops. A touch of estery fruitiness too. Taste is the same but with some funk. Nice med-high carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art served into a Lost Abbey teku in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given the brewery. Batch 1246. Bottle 04/02/13.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent smooth consistency. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes. Nice fluffy thick lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent glowing orange of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a biere de garde and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Light farmhouse notes including Belgian yeast. Has some light vague funkiness. Belgian/French pale malts. Floral hop character. Limes. A hint of sea salt. Some citrusy notes - mango primarily. Clove. Orchard fruit.

No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant appealing aroma of mild strength. A bit too farmhouse for a biere de garde.

T: Floral hop character. Belgian pale malts. Limes. Backgrounded tones of light oak are present, but there's no rich toasty wood character or vanilla. I think the oak character here works well. Golden malts. Clean barley. I don't quite pick up on any white pepper. There's some very light brettanomyces yeast character. It certainly evokes farmhouse characteristics. A biteen lactic.

Balanced and enjoyable, if a bit simple. It's a cohesive build, but not a gestalt one. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not real intricate or nuanced, but it does have some subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen smacky. Almost refreshing. Overcarbonated. Nice body and thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, scratchy, or astringent.

Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: A downable biere de garde, but not a fantastic one. Hides its 8% ABV well. Not Jolly Pumpkin's finest work, but pretty good stuff. I wouldn't get it again unless it was at a better price point (i.e./e.g. in Michigan). I'll easily kill this bottle.

A likable biere de garde that leans a bit too far towards the farmhouse ale compared to traditional French examples of the style.

Low B-

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served a jam like jar that acts as a re purposed snifter. Bottled 5/3/13.
Nose has a lightly present sourness from wild yeast with some horseblanket.
Very low carbonation, mildly acidic. Some lemon and wheat grass.

Typical of the De Garde syle this beer was made to store and has a malty, caramel after taste resembling the mixed brew styles of Flanders and Germany.

It was a gift so I cannot evaluate the cost to say I would buy it again. If it was under 10 dollars then yes. Overall it has a good drinkability and a nice light body that would pair well with food.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tall bright white head sits atop an orange golden colored beer. Gentile carbs can be seen floating in the haziness.
The smell is somewhat tropical with lemons and pineapples. It smells tart and has some funkiness about itself.
Drinks tart. Saison funkiness is in there as well as pineapple soda. Very refreshing.
On the palate it fell spritzy and lively.
Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.
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