Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Bière de Garde
Ranked #12
Ranked #8,472
4.05 | pDev: 10.12%
Jul 24, 2022
Dec 28, 2005
Fuego Del Otono, Autumn FireFuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire
Notes: To catch a bit of soft radiance in each bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malt blend smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to sip, contemplate and enjoy.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Sample from bottle at RBNAG 2014, Halden, Grand Tasting. ABV was 6.1%. Hazy orange colour. Moderate yeasty / spicy / brett aroma. Acidic brett flavour, fruity and spicy notes.
Jul 24, 2022
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
06/03/20 bottle (Blend 7: 10-18-2012) @ home
Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy light amber color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aromas of lemon and apples. Good sour; tastes of lemon and apples. Slightly tart.
Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Paul_Apsley from Michigan

Apr 24, 2018
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Reviewed by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Every Jolly Pumpkin beer I drink is an adventure and Fuego (also a great Phish song :) doesn't disappoint! It was fun to crack this open with another sour beer lover, and see her face light up, such a nice treat!
Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by sgregory from Connecticut

Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by shelby415 from Oregon

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Oct 02, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by messersc from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Orange, cloudy appearance. Very faint smell, slightly fruity with no noticeable hops / green smell. Very dry; sourness that comes on easy but lingers a while. Interesting non-hop bitterness in the back of the throat. Fairly thin but somewhat grippy feel.
May 16, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

May 03, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by delgotit99 from Indiana

May 02, 2017
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Apr 26, 2017
Rated: 3.37 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2017
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Aroma is Belgian yeast, fruit/berries/mild bubblegum and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is fruit/berries, slightly nutty, malts and a very tart finish.
Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours orange with decent head and abundant lacing. Smells of sour fruit, wood, and maybe some malt. Taste is tart sour apple and oak with a hint of malt in the background. Also some kind of funk in the aftertaste. Feels crisp and refreshing. Good stuff.
Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
$ 16.19 (including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.637/oz) at Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – sour, oaky
Head average (Maximum 3.7cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, diminishing to an irregular three to five mm ring and thin layer with rocky outcroppings
Lacing poor. Some slight dragging of the ring which quickly rejoins
Body – medium orange, hazy, effervescent (bottle conditioned)
Flavor – definitely sour, mulled spices with no particular flavor, don’t really notice any chestnut but the tannin and vanillin from the oak come through; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, watery, soft fuzzy carbonation

A pleasant sour which is another that would make a good gateway into sours for those who think they don’t like sours. However, the price may keep some experimenters away.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4
Dec 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Copper colored with great clarity. The beer became hazier with each pour. There's a fingernail of off white to beige resting on top. The aroma is a very welcoming blend of woodsy oak, caramel, and notes of pear, blackberry, and raspberries. You really taste the chestnuts and the oak in the front of the palate. In the middle and the finish you get those tart fruity blackberry to merlot flavors. The mouth is moderately carbonated and very dry.
Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by MaddDogg84 from Texas

Nov 07, 2016
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Pours a clear medium golden brown color. Two fingers of fizzy white head. Falls quickly with great lacing.

S: Sharp and acidic... Belgian spices. Tart with a dash of funk. A little fruity.

T/F: Malty and fruity at first... giving way to a sharp acidity but not sour per se. Apple cider vinegar, a bit spicy, and a nice sweet/tart battle on the tastebuds. Ample carbonation... a little fizzy and thin in body. Finish is sharp and tart. Leaves a sticky residue on your tongue.

O: A very tasty beer, and I love the mix of sweet/tart that this brings to the table. Reminds me a bit of the Duchesse, but slightly less sweet. Overall an A+ effort. Very glad I snagged the bottle.
Oct 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Dave_Carlson from New York

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This review is for a bottle from Oct 2011 that was poured into a tulip glass.

Smell - Belgian spices and a bit of funk
Taste - The taste is dominated by a mixture of the Belgian spices and a pleasant amount of sour acidity. The funk is also present, but it's not dominant.
Mouthfeel - This is my only complaint. It feels a little on the thin side.
Overall - It's quite good. This is my first Bière de Garde, so I don't have a great point of reference for comparison. I would be interested to try a younger bottle to see how much the aging has changed it. I'm glad I got it.
Oct 16, 2016
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Golden with a firey hue, lots of carbonation, and 3 fingers of gold tinged head.

Smells of sour notes, an oak aged quality, and hints of melon and snow.

Woah. That is a beautiful beer. The sourness, melon, and barrel aged notes all come in along with a mellow, light quality that is so appealing. A hint of alcohol.

The body feels light, so light its dangerous. Feels like a session ale, with an ABV of 6.1%.

Amazing brew. Kudos to Jolly Pumpkin. Such a light and refreshing feel, great flavours, and all round amazing! Got at Oppermans Cork and Ale yesterday, drinking Oct 5th, 2016 in Birch Run Michigan.
Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.65 by Mambajahamba from Michigan

Sep 26, 2016
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Rated by gcasher from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Fresh, foamy, red. Not crazy about the spices, but definitely drinkable.
Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 20, 2016
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Rated by bnes09 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Mildly tart. Very dry and funky. Hint of fruit and spices. Flat carbonation.
Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by LaGuarns from Ohio

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by kell50 from North Carolina

May 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Perhaps well done. But what is it ?
Question first. This is not like any Biere d'Garde that I've had. Seemingly most of BA's top reviewers just blow through this mistake categorization and say what they think needs to be said. And that is OK. I suppose that is our job. But this is an American Wild. Biere d' Garde's are designed for food. Otono dominates and does not allow food to do its thing.

That said, I should confess I like most biere d'gardes and rarely like American wilds. So my natural instinct is to have trouble with Otono. And not unsurprisingly, I do. This may be a good ale to those that like sours and wilds, but it is not a good beer to complement food. Otono Looks decent, but Smells too vinegary, Tastes too sour and Feels like it wants to fight with my dinner. There are reasons to like the artisanal qualities of Jolly Pumpkin, but you gotta like sour and wild... and I don't.
Apr 26, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by TravisMason from Indiana

Feb 17, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by jodybrutal from New Jersey

Jan 29, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by mcrawford from Michigan

Jan 29, 2016
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Reviewed by PorterLambic from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours the color of autumn, a rich orange brown. Head is off-white and it does leave some scattered lacing behind. Some chill haze but the light really shines through, at least on the initial pour. The end of the bottle brings the yeast and looks like unfiltered apple cider (great stuff if you can find it).
Smell is nicely funky with some malt and oak and maybe some hazelnuts(?) and spice.
Taste is similar, funk forward with lighter notes of malt, oak and spice. Balance is good.
Body is light, effervescence is fairly pronounced. Finish is cleaner than expected. All told, a damned fine beer.
Jan 21, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by oberon from North Carolina

Jan 18, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by outsider from Ohio

Jan 10, 2016
Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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