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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

Photo of KillahB
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tut2528
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1158 Bottled 2-14-13

A: pours a cloudy/hazy yellow with about a fingers worth of snow white head formation. moderate carbonation

S: funk right up front with a nice dose of orange peel and lemon zest citrus. the oak casks are evident and it has a slight pepper quality to it.

T: the pepper and spices really come out here and is the main player of the brew. the funky presence makes for an interesting compliment to the spices. secondary notes include mild citrus, subtle oak and slight touch of tartness and vinegar in the finish.

M: solid medium bodied. leaves a nice tartness on the palate along with a subtle oakiness and a touch of funk.

O: another solid brew by Jolly . the pepper, spices and barnyard funk here creates a nice uniqueness definitely worthy of a try.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of gr0g
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, bottled on 3/29/2011. A slow gusher yields a large, fluffy head atop the amber-yellow beer. Good head retention and lace formation. Funky and fruity aroma featuring tart, sour apple and lemon plus a floral hop character. Sniff a bit harder and notes of oak and sourdough bread come through.

Solid tartness on the palate, though it falls short of what I'd call sour. Quite dry from start to finish. Not as malt forward as the handful of other bieres de garde I've had to date, which is a disappointment. Some noticeable lactic acid. The funkiness adds complexity at the expense of overshadowing an oaky, malty base. The mouthfeel, however, is excellent-- vigorously carbonated with bubbles that have a delicate touch.

A bit too much contribution from the Brett and various flora here for my taste. Well worth checking out if you're looking for something tart and funk-forward.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BryanK for sharing!

750ml capped bottle poured into a tulip glass, batch 1075 bottled 8/29/2012.

Slight gusher, pours a pretty cloudy straw yellow to light golden color with a nice looking 1/2 inch or so of creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Light Brett shows some lemongrass, hay, hints of spice and alcohol, maybe some sweet Belgian grain, as I warms a bit of white wine comes out.

Similar to the aroma, just more of it. Sweet grain meets some Belgiany characteristics, hay, lemongrass citrus, light Brett notes.

A sweet creamy medium bodied Belgian beer. A nice tartness, definatly sour. The tartness fades a bit as it warms and it becomes a touch more sweet.

All in all, another solid and fairly unique beer from JP. Spot on to the style, which to be honest is maybe not my favorite Belgian style. Light on the Brett, personally I would've liked a bit more but it works. A worthy beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright but slightly murky golden color, nice frothy bunny white head.

Smells lactic and sour, good amount of funk, yeastiness, nice assortment of fruit--banana and apple and grape and pear, maybe peaches and even a touch of citrus. Smells complex and great.

Taste is dry and pretty sour up front, fades into a really yeasty fruit bouquet much like the nose, good amount of funk. A bit of oak and vanilla. Overall very dry and moderately sour/funky. Not quite as good as the nose but still very nice and complex.

Mouthfeel seems a tad watery, carbonation is pretty good though and drinkability is good.

Great beer. Would drink this all the time if it were a tad cheaper.


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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of quaybr
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a globe.

Pours a yellow-golden body with a modest layering of white bubbly foam. Leaves a slight yet noticeable amount of lacing.

The grains and yeast provide a nice sour and funky aroma. This just smells exciting.

There's a lot going on with the flavor, too much for me to understand. Sour fruits with caramel abound, followed by a little pepper and hop on the tail end. This is good.

Perfect level of carbonation allows all the complexities to come through.

This is really tasty. Really really tasty.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,792 ratings.
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