Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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

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Ratings:
1,785
Reviews:
728
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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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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Photo of Roybert
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This batch was dated 12/15/15, 375ml bottle. Golden body with a bit of haze and a healthy white head. A kind of tart white wine pear flavor with some spice, hops, light oak barrel. But it feels slightly medicinal, overly vinegar-y, and kinda abrasive at times. Tastes stronger than 8% and brings bold flavor but that flavor seems a bit lacking in refinement. Sharp and slick feel. Not a bad offering but kinda felt kinda off and jumbled.

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

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

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing sour, not tart.

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Photo of khargro2
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tekstr1der
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've rewritten this as I go, just not sure about this thing. Sour, yeast, wood, and farmhouse funk - this beer has it all. Pours looking like a tripel, with sour notes on the nose. Flavor is vinegar-ish at first, but quickly fades to a tart enjoyable fruitish thing. Finish is fairly dry with lingering sour notes. Interesting for sure, but not my thing.

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

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingDingus
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer exemplifies what a classic biere de garde can be. Nothing crazy about this beer, no hibiscus, sage, guava etc. added to it just a no-BS ale for lovers of old world styles. Looks, smells and tastes exactly as it "should".

Appearance is a light golden straw.

Smell is dry apple cider and earthy oak, almost wine barrel.

Taste is a classic saison/farmhouse straw-like funk with just a hint of tartness and deep, back of the tongue complexity from the barrel aging and higher alcohol.

Feel is crisp yet slightly dense. Not over carbonated, not flat and syrupy, just right.

This is my drink of choice at the moment, an exceptionally well balanced and delicious golden strong ale. Bravo Jolly Pumpkin, bra-vo.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warrenslop
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the "1001" and I will review more fully the next time I have it... which could be this summer.

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

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer, it is almost like a modest yet tasty sour.

(L) Somewhat cloudy golden hue with an inch white head

(A) The aroma is bread and lemon.

(T) Grassy, bready, yeast, citrus, some pepper, it is tart, but there is almost no bitterness, and no hint of the alcohol, which is fine.

(F) Different, very easy drinking, and dangerous.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,785 ratings.
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