Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #8
Ranked #4,893
4.07 | pDev: 10.07%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
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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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
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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messersc from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Dave_Carlson from New York

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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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patre_tim from Thailand

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
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
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Dec 01, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Oct 26, 2015
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Re-review 7/30/17, original score 4.16)

This beer pours a cloudy red color. The head is billowy, and last long. Lacing is good, and sticky. The aroma is sour and tart with dark fruits, and barnyard funk. The taste is less sour than the aroma, and the fruit comes out much stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a solid beer, but I prefer the more aggressively soured offerings from Jolly Pumpkin.

Oct 22, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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

Jun 02, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

May 24, 2015
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JohnFriction from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

May 12, 2015
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

May 07, 2015
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rand from California

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Apr 21, 2015
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samshaw from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Feb 14, 2015
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Jan 10, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
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?

Jan 08, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Dec 28, 2014
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goochpunch from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Nov 08, 2014
Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 723 ratings