Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Oro De CalabazaOro De Calabaza

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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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Added by marburg on 07-28-2004

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer itself pours a pale gold with white head. The beer is clear overall but a little hazy.

The funk is strong with this one. I can get some hops but the funk and a little bit of pepper seem to dominate.

Fuuuunnnkkkyyy!!! A nice sour taste with a bitter hop aftertaste. I can taste the pepper mixing with the funk and hops and covers the whole pallate but does not dominate it.

Biting carbonation and light to medium bodied.

Pretty good beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big bottle poured into a tulip. $11. Oro is the go-to Jolly Pumpkin for reasons of availability, relative cost and overall excellence.

A: Glowing pale oro, and almost filtered looking. No murk. About a finger of head which leaves average lacing. Actively carbed.

S: Brett funk is apparent. Tart smells: kumquats, Smarties, underripe pears. Very inviting.

T: Not unlike the nose: tart but neither synthetic not fruity. Very nice. The funk is mellow, but apparent. I don't get any barrel-aged characteristics, however, for a beer touted as oak-aged.

M: A pleasantly light feel, though I've had bottles that were more carbonated. These can gush from overcarbonation, so perhaps in new batches (this one from Jan. 2013) this has been dialed back.

O: Oro de Calabaza is a cult classic and an ideal gateway into Brett beers, Gueuzes, and farmhouse stuff. This bottle wasn't as transcendent as the few I'd had a year or more ago, which maybe says more about my expectations than anything else. It's a beautiful beer; one of those rarities that's appropriate for almost any occasion.

EDIT: Looking back at the last few reviews, the comments are quite similar and the bottles seem to be from the January 2013 batch. Would love to read something from an aged bottle to get a grip on how ODC performs in the cellar.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (1/8/2013) to oversized Ommegang wine glass

A:It is light golden yellowish honey in color with a white head that leaves a thin lacing around the top of the glass. It is cloudier then in appears as it looks light but in reality it is almost completely opaque but that is to be expected given the barrel aging.

S: There is a grain like light malt smell that definitely has some of that farmhouse funk nature to it. I cannot detect any of the oak but there is some dry wine like notes in there. Also there are some hint of alcohol though it is not strong at all but mixes with the a peppery kick that doesn't smell strongly and can feel it in your nose.

T: Nice and light upfront it is a pretty refreshing taste it definitely has a dry sour taste with light slightly fruity white wine notes. It has a slight peppery kick that mixes with a few other spices I cannot place to give the beer a unique bite, which combines well with the initial sour kick. There is also a little bit of funk in there to mix everything together.

M: The mouthfeel is light and watery as it is pretty thin. There is definitely a bready feel as its like biting into a roll but with more of a sour kick. You can definitely feel the pepper in there as it ads to the kick, but there is also a juicy feel like watered down white wine.

O: This is a nice light easy drinking sour that is especially good in terms of drinkability given 8%abv. There is a good sour funk, though a light one, that mixes well with a pepper kick to have a solid overall taste and feel. It looks good and only the scent there isn't much to say about. I enjoyed this as I have all the Jolly Pumpkin sours I've tried and is definitely worth a try.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in January, 2013, so it's 4 months old. What's the deal with age v. freshness on this thing?

As a bier de garde, saison, golden, whatever, I was expecting a much more unwieldy head. Alas, it took an aggressive pour to get much of anything. That said, this is a pretty beer. Super clear and light gold.

It smells a little funky and winey, and, sure enough, it tastes as much. Like, really winey. A blind taste test and a good amount of convincing and I may have believed a trusted friend that this was champagne. The oak, the brett, the sparkles... This is one effervescent mother, so prepare for it.

Drink it if you're looking for bubbles and light funk.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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