Oro De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Oro De CalabazaOro De Calabaza
1,803 Ratings
Oro De CalabazaOro De Calabaza

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of gr0g
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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 +9.2%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of quaybr
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of andant
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has some similarities to a Belgian IPA with a bit of sourness to it. The aroma has a bit of Belgian funky sourness.

The taste is of wheat, with a slight sour kick. It's extremely calm, so I definitely recommend this for lighter beer drinks curious to slowly get into sours.

It has a light body with a medium carbonation. It's a well rounded beer with a good amount of drinkability.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Muhly
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a brandy snifter. Forgot to wait to let it warm up, so first blows were pretty chilled.

A-a clear pale yellow-gold colour. Looks like moderate carbonation. Poured with two fingers of fine white head. Low retention, but leaves some decent lacing in chunks and lines.

S-Lots of yeast funk. Some pale malt sweetness and a musty wooden smell.

T-Some sweet and sour crabapple with a healthy dose of yeast funk. Oak and a hint of hop bitterness linger on the pallet.

M-Slightly effervescent with a low-moderate carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of hop astringency that isn't exactly pleasant (but doesn't overwhelm either).

O-Something different, that's for sure. Similar to Rayon Vert, but with it's own unique qualities. Will definitely grab one again.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose, which also has some hints of lemon citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a mild amount of sourness with some oaky flavors from the barrel aging; hints of lemon citrus are also present.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink—no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the smell or taste. It seems to have a perfect amount of sourness to make things interesting but this also keeps it very drinkable. It definitely tastes unlike a typical bière de garde.

Note: Batch #1075, Bottled 08-29-2012

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of beercatbrew
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of C20Percent
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a 1/5 finger's worth of big bubbly white head on top. A column of bubbles from the middle. Very clean beer on first half pour. No sediment that I can see. Very nice looking.

S: Yeasty melons and bananas and grapes and green apples other fruit aromas. Sweet. Some breadiness. Very white wine-ish. This is fine -- not as spicy or peppery that I like in most similar style beers.

T: Some good spice/pepper in the taste. Some nice mature grape flavors too. Leaves a slightly bitter finish. Otherwise, taste is best feature of this beer so far.

M: Slightly thinner than I like. Carbonation is good. This beer doesn't bite like most of these Ales, which is a positive in my book. Some chewiness which brings out the grape flavor. Little bit of a rough feel. Nothing too special here.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this style. But, this is good. One of the better Saison-style beers I've had. I know it might not be a traditional saison, but I judge all these types of beers by Weyerbacher 17. This is good. I'd have it again. And, I'd recommend to fans of the style. Doesn't blow me away, though.

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Oro De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,803 ratings
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