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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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter on 12/6/12

Batch 1029
Bottled 06-20-2012

Oro De Calabaza boasts a clear, shiny golden body with straw yellow hues. It seemed the head was going to be a bunch of loose bubbles, so I poured more aggressively. Foam quickly moved to fill the top inch or so on the glass. While the receded to the aforementioned loose bubbles, full swaths of lace are left. What a gorgeous looking beer.

Sour light fruits greet the nose immediately: lemon juice and pith, tart and over-ripe apple. Funk atmospherics. The sour notes divert attention from other delicate aromatics. Prairie grass, fresh hay, wood, floral overtones, soft herbal hops and intermittent mild spice.

Surprisingly enough, sourness does hit the palate. Indeed, this has more of a farmyard and swamp wood funk to it than even plain old tartness. There is simply nothing to pucker about here (not that that's a bad thing). Maybe over-ripe. Some light fruits and modest hop tomes in the middle. The latter half has a toasted quality. The finish is where the cobweb, dust and musty oak reside en masse. Faint pepper on the finish, too.

The body is light, but not crisp; in any case, it is not lacking. Carbonation is low, though enough remains to accent there beer where it counts - in the mid-section.

I let this warm up a lot over time; I prefer it while it's still on the cool side. Worth a try, but this is really expensive.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear light-gold colored liquid with a soft and thick white head. Beautiful lace. The aroma is of soft pale malt with an equal amount of funk. There is a solid oak characteristic, with some distant peppery spice as well. The taste is subtle at first, with a firm bitter mid-taste and sharp finish. There is some funk, a little sourness, an a round softness in body that really accentuates the beer. The body is one of the most alluring traits of this brew. It's refreshing, in spite of its high ABV and very remarkably drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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

750ml split and poured into a snifter. Batch 1023. Bottled 05-22-2012.

A: Pours an opaque hay colored yellow with a 1 finger white head that is quick to dissipate.

S: Has a light funk blended with saisony yeast. As it warms up more of the sour seems to come out. Get some spiciness and lemon citrus from the hops.

T: Smooth blend going on here, has great funk but also keeps the beer foundation. Hops manage to pull through some providing a spiciness. Malts are on the light end remain mellow throughout.

M: Light body with pretty good carbonation. Crisp finish when its paired with the tartness.

Overall one of my favorite jolly pumpkin brews. Solid and very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some straw yellow highlights near the edges, a moderate amount of fine yeast particles in suspension, and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderately tart aromas of brett along with light fruits (apple, white grape, peach, and pear). Lighter notes of lemon zest and peppery yeast.

T: Light notes of malts in the background but the dominant flavors are the funky tartness of brett along with the light fruits (apple, white grape, peach, and pear). Lighter notes of lemon zest and peppery yeast. Very nice amounts of complexity.

M: Just heavier then light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Almost silky in texture.

O: Extremely easy to drink due to the very well hidden alcohol (can't believe this is 8% ABV) and lighter notes of funky sourness. I really enjoy the flavors and aromas of this beer. Kudos to my mother-in-law for grabbing this one (and her and my grandmother-in-law both really enjoyed it).

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of warrenout330
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a duvel glass

A- this is one sexy looking beer... pours a straw golden color.... haziness to the appearance ... big white froathy white head, stays forever and a day... spider web lacing to the glass

S- sour dough bread... faint earthy funk... acidic slurry

T- earhty funk, Belgian twang,.... acidic lingering. Brett dominant for the sourness.... woody undertones

M- medium bodied... moderate carbonation... acidic mouth feel... lingering for minutes upon minutes...

O- this style is growing on me and jolly pumpkin is one of the forerunners for sours in America

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, enjoyed on 11/9/12, poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Immediately starts gushing to the extreme, and continues for a minute or so after opening. Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a towering four finger fluffy white head. Head sticks around for most of the glass, and leaves nice thick lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast up front, which provides a nice bready and spicy nose. A slight funk, but not much. Some tart lemon juice in there, but still not as strong as the belgian yeast components.

Taste: Follows the nose very well, with really great spicy yeast, white pepper, and coriander. Some biscuity malt sweetness, and a light tart lemon bite follow. Finishes dry, with a nice oaky barrel presence.

Mouthfeel: Not exceptionally drinkable, but very refreshing. Medium bodied.

Overall: Another great Jolly Pumpkin beer. I always over look them, and I need to stop, because I have yet to be disappointed by any of their beer.

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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a touch of amber. A finger of foam forms, but quickly dissipates to a thin film.

S: This is a great, complex aroma. I get tart cherries up front with a nice amount of caramel and vanilla sweetness to balance. Behind that, some lighter fruits come out - mainly peaches. I detect a lactic acid aroma, but it's on the mild side.

T: Tart cherries are upfront again, I get a nice amount of musty funk just behind them. A mild lactic acidity develops balanced by a nice vanilla sweetness. I get a nice spicy quality as well, particularly in the aftertaste. The flavors mix well together, but I find them a bit muted.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: A nice, slightly sour Biere de Garde. I wish it was a bit drier, but this beer has a great complexity.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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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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