Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ypsifly on 12-28-2005

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4.08
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of EMV
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Dave_Carlson
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color and very clear. The smell was nice, obviously tart with just a hint of brett character beneath it. Nice citrus sour taste, some non distinct spiciness. Tart but not aggressively sour, slightly dry. Another great sour from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of Premo88
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: between gold and copper (7-8 SRM), beautifully clear, tons of activity in the glass; sticky 4/5-inch head of offwhite foam; all those bubbles flying up a wide swath in the glass are leaving a huge collar and nearly full skin of foam; enough sticking to give it the stamp of 5 ... a work of art

S: sour/tart lemon, something sweet, a bit of fingernail polish/fingernail polish remover; musty barn underneath, wet grain sacks ... all classic Jolly Pumpkin

T: all of the nose topped by walnuts/peanuts finish, almost meaty; very little sweetness at first, a ton of of that musty barn/earthiness giving it a big bitter flavor throughout; the nutty finish keeps showing up, but it's very subtle; kumquats, lots of lemon/lemon peel, sour grapes -- super dry white wine; never opens up into anything very sweet, but the rounded earthy/tart base flavor and subtle nut flavored finish is making for a solid session

F: perfect ... light but full, the Belgian-inspired carbonation is wonderful

O: not my favorite JP, but again, true to the brewery's track record, it's a fine beer and definitely worth the price and effort ... it's also a beer I might cellar for a while to see if any other flavors show up as it ages. probably a one-off for me, but I wouldn't dare turn this one down.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Church Key's Jolly Pumpkin Fest 2015.

A - 3.5
S - Faint sweetness. 3.5
T - Can definitely taste the Belgian pale album this beer. 3.75
MF - Smooth 3.75

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant deep amber, ½” frothy foam head, very fine bbbles, off white, dissipates to a film.
S: fruit and spice with a dose of tartness.
T: Sour, fruity, spice, herbal, light funk, finishes dry, has definite chestnut flavors.
F: Very finely bubbled carbonation, effervescent, medium high carbonation, the carbonation gives it a medium body.
O: A unique, complex ale that is a delight to drink.

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Photo of JohnFriction
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hadn't had Jolly Pumpkin before, and a friend shared a bomber of this without knowing much about it. Didn't know even from the label it would have a sour character, which I love! Perfect surprise. Delicious balance between sour/tartness and everything else. Will have to find more!

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Photo of Mikus
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finger of slightly off-white head on a tangerine body. Light nose, slightly tart, with a bit of wheat coming through. Big tropical notes on the palate over top of an acetic background.

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Photo of rand
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to Duvel tulip

Refreshingly clear and pretty for the style, especially for a JP offering. Whatever small head that'd formed disappeared without a trace.

The nose is classic Jolly Pumpkin; a trademarked mix of tart and funk. Notes of apples, unripe cherries and dried grass contrast and highlight nuances of nutmeg, cinnamon and dried parsley (not to claim those are the added spices, just an attempt at parsing the flavors).

More tart and fruity on the palate. Apples and berries. Lemon and cherry candy. Along with a light body and crisp carbonation, drying spices - perhaps nutmeg, bay leaves and cinnamon - balance the flavors and lend drinkability. The brew closes with a short, tart finish.

This is a perfect example of what makes Jolly Pumpkin's beers so fun to drink. It's complex while still drinkable, and hits all corners of the palate - savory, sweet, sour, bitter - without any one aspect going off the rails.

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Photo of samshaw
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange with yellow on the edges of the glass. Thin with moderate white head.

S: Moderate sour with a hint of spice.

T: Sour taste remains moderate while a medium melange of spices comes forward, disguising the flavor of alcohol well except on the aftertaste.

M: Thin with seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Spicy beer with a nice bit of sour.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Kitchen No. 1 in Kansas City, served in a snifter.

A: Arrived as a hazy orange brew, with a thick white head of tiny, tight bubbles that left not only good lacing, but distinct level markers for each sip.

S: Alas, I was at a restaurant with a kitchen, so my olfactory was running with a skeleton crew at best. What I was able to pick up were heavy citrus notes, sour and tart, and some hints of a wheaten grain bill.

T: Yes, definitely tart. This opens with a mixture of citrus fruit notes with the full sourness one would expect from such a medley, and that sourness does not relent. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine roll through, with some subtler hints of apple and green grapes, before a swell of farmland-esque funk comes in the middle. Beneath the tartness, there are notes of spices, the usual suspects for a mulled cider, though faint and muted. The finish is Mojave desert-level dry.

M: To be honest, I couldn't really tell around the sour and tart, so I'll just say there's no issues there.

O: Intense without sacrificing complexity to do so, this is an interestingly sour biere de garde. Would repeat.

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Photo of mchegash
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.7/5
Pours a perfect pumpkin orange, very hazy. One finger of head. A large amount of carbonation rising upwards at a quick rate. Overall, the color of this beer is near perfect, and the head is just what I want in a beer.

Smell - 4/5
Classic JP sour flavor. Tart apples, lemons, cherries. Some spiciness is detectable as well.

Taste - 3/5
The first part of the sip feels kind of like water, but then the delicious JP tartness hits, although it seems more subtle and watery than in other JP brews. There is a little bit of spiciness in the brew, although not as much as I wanted. I was hoping for the classic JP taste, but with some nice fall spices thrown in, but instead this just feels like a watered-down and less flavorful version of one of their other beers.

Mouthfeel - 2.75/5
Medium-light in body, in between creamy and crisp. Carbonation is fairly light. Beer is kind of watery. Not what I want in a beer.

Overall - 3/5
I was excited for this beer, and waited until it was Fall to try it. Unfortunately, it just didn't deliver. Of all the different JP beers I have reviewed (about 12 of them), this to my memory seems the most watery and the least flavorful. The flavor itself is not bad, but the beer and the flavor just seem so watered down. What happened here Jolly Pumpkin?

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

Typical effort from Jolly Pumpkin. Looks good in the glass, smells even better, sour enough to get your attention. This one has a little more funk to go with the sour, a little deeper and more complex flavor. Maybe that's because of the chestnuts, but I can't pick that taste out.

Solid beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass on tap. Pours out a light amber with a thin white head. Smell has brett, funk, and cidery notes. Flavor is lightly tart, funky, bretty. Light sweetness up front. Touch of caramel and dry cider. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light, prickly, acidic on the tongue. Excellent beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%

Surprising gem, bought it because it was marked down from $16 to $8 and I knew nothing about the beer. Enjoyed it very much, excellent and interesting beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the first Beire de Garde's that actually moved me. Had some barnyard funk going on in the smell and taste,but finishes dry instead of tart or sour. Recommend this one. Would definitely revisit as well.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottled 10-9-2012 with no foam over as others have reported.

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of crisp bubbly head which slowly subsided but was present throughout drinking. Burnt orange color that is clean and transparent. Sticky rings of lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation is on the lower sides, especially for a JP beer.

Smell: Oak and dark malts really pull the drinker in. Some brett type funkiness sets in on the body with an under current of warming chestnuts adding a unique touch. Spite fruit notes also have some ginger accents as well. The spices run throughout but really get noticed on the back end, leaving a touch behind for the drinker to keep in mind.

Taste: Crisp medium bodied malts and some lively oak really shine on the front. Earthy spices begin to grow on the body with toasted chestnuts adding an extra level of pop. Rye bread adds some body. Sprite fruits and some mint and ginger linger on the back end and surprisingly fit in perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower side for a JP beer but still very noticeable. Awesomely drinkable considering all the moving parts of this brew.

Overall: Not as complex and oak funk driven as other JP beers I've had but that takes nothing away from this warming fall brew. Love the chestnut additions, really add a unique touch. Extremely well executed scheme which is unsurprisingly considering the things this brewery is doing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass, 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Naturally, retention isn't very good, but a thin collar remains for a long while. Minimal lacing is left behind. (3)

Smell: Wow, the aroma is nicely tart. I'm picking up a good amount of green apple and lactic acid, and maybe a touch of vinegar as well. The best part is how delicately it comes across - it's balanced just well enough by the caramel malts and fall spicing, without any of the latter trampling over it. Excellent aroma. (4)

Taste: The flavor profile is very well balanced. It starts off with a restrained tartness - it seems like it will attack at around 70% strength, but then it relents at the last nano-second. Afterwards, toffee-laden malts round out the finish, while cinnamon, mint, ginger, and nutmeg enter the aftertaste. Hints of sherry-like oxidation exist, betraying its age. It doesn't go balls out with the brett - rather, everything here seems so subtle and balanced. (4)

Mouthfeel: Despite the softness of the carbonation, it's very dry on the back end. This goes down the palate with almost no friction or effort. A gentle yeastiness gives it some body, too. (4)

Overall: I really enjoy this. Not because of how explosive or in-your-face it is, but because it's so delicate and refined. It's just sour enough, yet also has enough of a fall presence to make it very satisfying in this. This beer is the reason why I take sophistication and craftsmanship instead of ridiculous, over-the-top "complexity" any day of the week. (4)

3.95/5: This one encapsulates autumn far better than your typical pumpkin ale does

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Photo of babaracas
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013. Pours a hazy copper with huge cream colored head, fades slowly with tight rings of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, nutty, nutmeg, maybe cinnamon and ginger as well, overripe peach, herbal oaky note. Taste: tart peach, zinfandel-ish, grape skin, mild toasted and nutty notes, herbal / oaky finish. This is very nice, more JP excellence.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev -2%

A: opaque burnt orange. Not a lot of head.

S: wow.. definitely the peppers come in here. I get faint cherries as well.

T: wow also... not as strong on the peppers as the aroma holds. Tart cherries, orange skins, pineapples, funk, grains, and some yeast. Awesome flavors.

M: I'd say light to medium. It has a nice smooth carb and a somewhat buttery feel.

O: so glad I got this (on tap). Awesome brew with awesome flavors.

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Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -2%

Bottle. 2011.
A: orange. Mostly clear. Thin white head.
S: small spice notes. Sour.
T: mellow maltiness. Medium sourness. Light spiciness.
M: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: good sour. Dry and mellow. Would buy again.

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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