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Maracaibo Especial | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by marburg on 02-28-2005

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Ratings: 803 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We got this bottle from Julio's in Central Massachusetts.
The batch is from January 8, 2011. So we had it eight months later in August.

Carbonation and lacing is a really nice brownish red color, the body of the beer is a nice unfiltered looking mahogany colored brown.

Really nice tartness to it, and also a sour taste. It has a great complexity of both a sweet and sour side to it which I really appreciated. We also believed that it has a slight lactic taste to it as well.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber with a creamy, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted nuts, caramel, cocoa, oak, must, and cider vinegar are present on the nose.

T: Opens with malty and spicy notes of dry bread, caramel, biscuit, roasted chestnuts, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and nutmeg chased by notes of pickle brine, oak, must, and cider vinegar. The finish is tart and well integrated with a combination of bread, nut, cocoa, spice, oak, must, and vinegar flavors.

M: Medium in body, chewy, and very, very dry. Carbonation is firm, but quite expressive. Alcohol presence is minimal. This ale can easily sneak up on the unsuspecting drinker.

O: This is an excellent sour, one that is reminiscent of a dubbel, an American brown ale, and a Flanders oud bruin all at once. For fans of sour ales, I highly recommend Maracaibo Especial. It is definitely one of Jolly Pumpkin's most unique and interesting efforts.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ricknelson
2.21/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Six of us attending a beer tasting that I hosted in my man cave pub gave this beer a score of 8 out of a possible 30 for and an average score of 1.33 It ranked dead last out of the 12 beers we tasted. The group of six were divided evenly, 3 that favored IPA's and 3 that favored Stouts. It actually was so bad that no one even finished the 5 oz pour, and a good portion of it was dumped down the drain. It had a very vinegar taste. Maybe it was a bad bottle, I still have another one un-opened. But do I dare try it!

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Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 2, bottled 11/10/10. Closing in on 2 years old.

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown with a huge, ridiculous fluffy tan head. Fades very slowly, leaving a huge island of foam behind with lots of fluffy lacing all over the glass.

S: Green apples with lots of cinnamon. Leather.

T: Tart apple mixed with some cinnamon. Sour throughout, not tart. I get some cocoa and toast and other spice. Ends drying and cinnamony. Lots of spice. Kinda tastes like a sour winter warmer.

M: Medium bodied and astringent.

O: Well, definitely not a brown ale, that's for sure. Quite sour and very little brown ale character. Judging by the other reviews, this is supposed to be sour and not a brown ale. Ah well, should have read them before I wasted my money on a miscategorized brew.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have a big, thirsty towel handy when you open this - the sample I opened fizzed like a bottle of champagne in the locker room of the team that just won the World Series. It pours a hazy mahogany with a VERY thick light cinnamon-tan head that settles down after a bit. Aroma has a strong overtone of sour apple with a little pear mixed in and a malty hint. Flavor has a malty core, a strong overtone of sour apple, and a woody undertone. Is this a Belgian, or a Sour? Whatever, it’s tasty. Texture has good tang and fizz, though body is a bit on the thin side. Lovers of sour ales should enjoy this one.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy amber to garnet red in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of sourness (likely from brett) along with some much lighter notes of cinnamon and orange peel.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a light amount of sourness (brett) upfront. After that there is a strong presence of oak along with lighter hints of orange peel bitterness and some light spiciness (cinnamon).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This beer is really very interesting - very unique combination of flavors and smells. I like the sourness and the barrel flavors in the beer but it is not the easiest to drink. Good beer for sipping and the alcohol is well hidden.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -43%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Maracaibo Especial from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 803 ratings
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