Maracaibo Especial
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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From:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #768
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,541
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
337
Ratings:
477
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 27, 2022
Added:
Feb 28, 2005
Wants:
  48
Gots:
  92
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: A sour brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!
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Rated: 3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 ml bottle, blend 3, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.5%. Hazy amber to brown colour, huge off-white head. Nice fruity aroma (esp. oranges), notes of cinnamon, I can’t single out the cocoa. Also hints of apples and farmhouse kitchen. The flavour is sourish and oaky, with fruity and spicy notes, distinct hops in the finish.
Apr 01, 2021
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Oak and Stone. It was labeled as a brown and it pours a brown color, but the brewery more aptly calls it a wild ale. It's a sour brown with the emphasis on sour. A great nose with hints of cinnamon. If I were a bigger sour fan, I would enjoy sipping this slowly.
Apr 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.59 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

May 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2015 Vintage, bought from the Traverse City location in 2017.

A - Semi-transparent, hazy reddish brown body, with a light tan head, quick to fade and minimal lacing.

S - Pungent nose of acidity, apple a la Granny Smith, and malty sweetness.

T - Follows the nose, delivering moderate acidity with apple highlights, tasty, with a quiet finish that bring cacao and a lingering tart close.

M - Brisk and bright, with a mild sour finish.

O - A lovely, well-built sour brown. Nice flavor, great feel.
Dec 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Lahey from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Would be nice if the label mentioned anything about this being a sour. This isn't a rich brown ale as stated on the bottle. It's a thin tangy sour. The color doesn't mean shit to me, it's not a brown ale. I should have figured, since it's from Jolly pumpkin. Shame on me for believing the label. Everything they make is a sour, noted.
Oct 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Oct 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.49 by arrowsmith_ from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml with a crown cap. Bottled 11-27-13.
Beautiful clear red/brown beer with a 1/2" off white head and good retention and Some lacing.
Lambic sourness, red fruit. Wood. Smells tangy.
Wood. Bright. Fruit. Sour. Clean. Great acidity.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Tangy sourness. Long finish.
Very enjoyable, had this for at least a couple years.
Really good!
Dec 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by shelby415 from Oregon

Nov 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.34 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Jun 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jun 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.37 by jaketaz from Florida

Mar 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by user785335 from Florida

Jan 06, 2017
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Also described elsewhere as a Belgian sour
Aroma is chocolate and ethanol, syrup and star anise
Flavour is pretty much that with a little vinegar
Chocolate sour? Interesting,needs much more investigation.
Dec 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by stadmo1 from Michigan

Dec 11, 2016
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Reviewed by MMOSNN from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Year-old bomber bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.
Look - a deep hazy amber with a one-finger khaki head with nice retention. There is a good amount of lacing with each sip.
Smell - funky yeast hits pretty hard upfront, tart cherries, and sweet citrus notes.
Taste - cherries and yeasty barnyard notes dominate the palate. There's a little bit of sweetness, but it doesn't stand a chance against the other flavors.
Feel - great carbonation and full body, especially considering the age on this bottle.
Overall, I was expecting more of a dubbel-inspired Belgian brew based on the description on the label. However, it seems like they were going for a sour, and even though it's not exactly my cup of tea, it's well executed.
Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Dec 01, 2016
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Reviewed by NeoClassicist from New York

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A reference to Venezuela, my ancestor's homeland, in the name, very good.
Made with Cacao, potential there.
Poured into a glass mug with a handle, nice foamy head, good retention, two fingers even after a minute's wait.
Herbal aroma, intriguing.
Tastes thin, feels thin. Like a sour, without the full-on raspberry masochistic assault. Label claims Belgian influence, I can't taste or smell yeast. Not as thick as a Dubbel, not sweet either. Aftertaste is scant and dissolves quickly. Takes effort to finish.
I stopped short of pouring it down the drain, the price was too dear.
$20 here in Honolulu, never again.
Nov 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by TGS from California

Nov 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by MaddDogg84 from Texas

Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.91 by ssato27 from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Aug 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Skyjmpr from Missouri

Aug 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Jul 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.66 by bnes09 from Illinois

Jul 08, 2016
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 10/25/15.

Pours a dark amber, cloudy, with a one and a half finger head and lots of foamy lacing. Smell brings yeast, cherries, some funk, some sourness, malt, a hint of chocolate- more as it warms. The taste leads more with the malt, then cherries, yeast, some chocolate, light orange. Not getting any cinnamon. Sour up front, it mellows on the finish. Smooth, full bodied, well carbonated.

Liked the stronger malt base and the chocolate with usual JP sourness. The cinnamon was a no- show for this bottle. Very enjoyable to drink, thought it was well worth the purchase.
Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by WritersBlock from Texas

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by pontusumbra from Indiana

May 29, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Starts out dark ruby red with a thin beige ring, but the color somehow fades to a gold hue with brown edges when you start running low.

Pretty one dimensional aroma of sweet cherry. Actually, after a while it comes off more like pink Starburst or Laffy Taffy. A touch of maple candy comes off the sticky rim of the glass.

Sweet cherry flavor balances out the acetic sour element making this a very approachable sour compared to some of their other extreme takes. Maracaibo is much closer to a Flanders Red than anything resembling an American Brown.

Reading that there is cacao, cinnamon and orange peel is a total shock, as this was a very balanced, smooth, but one dimensional sour. Not in a bad way, but it's just not the spicy, Belgian-esque and decadent concoction you might expect with that ingredient list.
May 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Sweet is better for browns than tart... in my book. But, Maracaibo is still a well-constructed tart.
I particularly like its Looks; lots of protein swirling in my glass. Smells tell me I'm going to get tart. Tastes tell true, although not too much. Maybe it is all the spices and citrus rind and cacao, but something controls the tart well. In the finish, it remains well balanced.

I Had Maracaibo with tomatoes stuffed with rice and raisins (where I got some sweet to balance the sour/tart.) They paired well together; making one of my favorite dishes even better. That helps me think this Brown is as much Belgian as American. I try to like JP's whole strategy of making beers that go well with food, but I find their ales sometimes too tart. I am glad this one is not.

8/20/20 Had again from a bottled that appearing to be dated 2015 and was at a reduced price. But I am glad to report that the tart was even more modest than my notes above indicate. So, I've improved the rating for Feel. Having edited that review and satisfied with it, I'm keeping count of Maracaibo over at UnTappd.
Apr 24, 2016
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Reviewed by SerialTicker from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had this one at Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit.

Whatever... really not all that impressed, sadly. It has the nice spiciness of a brown (or, moreso an amber or red ale), but something about the yeast in this one is slightly off-putting. It's not that delicious puckering sourness that I tend to enjoy, it was ever-so-subtly metallic. Not bad by any means, but lacking. Nice little "trunky funk" and I do like the malt flavors, but the sourness itself seems a little off. Not JP's best.
Apr 21, 2016
Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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