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Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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

Once again, I'm surprised by how long it has taken me to finally try this brew, oft considered Jolly Pumpkin's ol' reliable. Bottled May 2013, so this sucker is super-fresh in saison years. It pours a mucky shade of gold, translucent enough to let some light through, and is topped off with a soapy white head that foams up nice and leaves respectable, wet and spotty lacing on the glass.

As is the case with many/most Jolly Pumpkin beers, the aroma is critter-iffic, filled with wonderful funk and plenty of balanced tartness. Dry, funky apple skins, tart pears, white pepper spice, floral and herbal hops, mountains of oak-barrels, cheesecloth, clove, and damp hay. Such a wonderful array of things that are meshed so elegantly well. With warmth, it seems there are a bit more spices that come out and open up, though I can not say for sure what they are.

The first sip is really something to behold. I'm not exactly familiar with the Biere de Garde style, and I've only had a few at the time of drinking this (and I believe one of the few others is another JP beer). It seems like a super funky, slightly tart-ified take on a Belgian strong pale ale with some added spices for good measure. On paper, it sounds like a jumbled mess, but my palate is screaming otherwise.

Plenty of peppery and hoppy spices outline each and every sip, more vivaciously compounded with ripe pear skins, tart apples, torrid oak, rotten and sweet bananas, and a clumpy, thick, funk-filled yeast finish. After drinking so many Jolly Pumpkin brews, you become accustomed to "their" funk. They have a very signature-ish funk that encompasses many of their brews, very akin to some cheesy, musty, wet cork and damp hay.

Medium bodied, just shy of creamy, actually, with lots of tingling carbonation to sting the upper lip. Again, like many brews from JP, the finish is nearly moisture-less, leaving your palate drier than a desert in the sun. All-in-all, Oro de Calabaza is in the upper echelon of beers crafted by Jolly Pumpkin. It's an incredibly tasty and unique brew, and even better - it's a year round offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had a few JPs and they have all been great. No disappointment here with golden color and medium carbonation, sweet/citrus/pepper smell and taste that is very similar with a little bit of funk. Would most definitely buy it again and very impressed. These guys put out some seriously good beers!

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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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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 953, bottled in 2012. Gushes upon popping the cap, pours a murky gold into a globe glass. Foamy white two fingers of head leaving speckled lacing on the glass.

Grainy, with lots of Belgian yeast, moderate amounts of musty and leathery funk, wet oak and a lemon juice and green apple tartness.

Wet hay, lemon juice and cider with tinges of Belgian coriander, pepper and clove spice. Tartness is very manageable leaving the mouth to water with sour cherries and white grape juice as the finish is scrubbing with an aftertaste of olives. Hops are lemony and grassy.

Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation but does get a bit tiresome. The tartness is mouthwatering and it cleans pretty well. ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Jolly Pumpkin coming through with a tart, funky and flavorful brew. Saison like with a light flash of tartness to it, ends up being memorable.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,807 ratings
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