Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Bearski-Beerski
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch: 899/900
Bottled: 10/7/2011
Consumed: 08/17/2011--08/18/2011
Appearance: Cloudy blonde in looks with darker orange hues peeking through in the center. Deep carbonation as always.
Smell: (Heavenly) citrus fruit notes; paired with oak, chestnut, and other sly spiced scents.
Taste: Gentle tart (almost apricot) citrus up front. Playing into a sour bite that holds hands with a (comforting) chestnut and spice concoction that gently whispers its taste to your tongue. Concludes with oak and finishes slightly dry.
Mouthfeel: Gentle, light-bodied, and with a charming tickle.
Overall: Between this, Weizen Bam, Luciernaga, Oro De Calabaza, Maracaibo Especial, and Madrugada Obscura. I think my favorite so far is Fuego Del Otono. Beautiful bottle, beer, and people; (when I catch my reflection). Stay attractive...My friends!

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice hiss from the 250ml bottle, surprised this isn't a caged&corked bottle actually.
Pours a very hazy amber, with an offwhite stiff foam.

Aroma is phenomenal. Reminds me of fall on this rather cool August evening. A nice vinegary sourness and some tart cider apple. Crisp tart fruit wraps up the aroma. So complex and unique.

Taste is rich malty sweet hiding behind a bright upfront wall of tartness and brett barnyard. Finish is very smooth and my mouth salivates immediately after each sip. A slight tropical note in there too, with some honeycomb sweetness in the finish. It's nice and dry, with a light spicing of corriander, clove, and allspice/pumpkin.

I can see where the chestnuts might be present, but can't pick them out in the taste or aroma, its just too complex a beer. Maybe i'm just looking for a nut brown type of nuttiness and just missing the chestnut subtly. This is meant to be a compliment not a complaint.
It's got vigorous carbonation present. Not sure what foods i'd pair it with, but it's strong enough to hold up to anything. I love it as a sipper and at this low of an abv, this 250ml will be gone in no time at all!!! Love it.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light yellow in color just a hint of brown above straw color. Forms massive head that takes over the glass. Smell of sourness and cider. I've just recently tried La Folie and Supplication and it reminds me of those. Sip also reveals a sourness but with a rounded edge. This is a great beer. It is less sour than New Belgium La Folie. It is made right next door. How incredible! This is the best Jolly Pumpkin offering I have had by far yet. This one is not to be missed. Just a hint of nutmeg. Very soft in mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty well carbonated, it pours with a frothy three-finger thick tan head, that starts to leave a lacing pattern as it slowly, and falls back in a cratered rocky fashion. The beer is a hazy reddish-tinged amber color. The aroma is intoxicating, it is immediate as soon as I start pouring this beer; it is a mix of tart notes and fruit up front. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a signature of Brett that is a bit horseblanket, and quite funky (especially if you linger over the aroma. The tartness is still here underneath the Brett character; notes of tamarind and tart plum are quite evident. The aroma is quite complex, and quite nice I could smell these beers for quite some time. Comparable to a Lambic in many ways but there is that balancing sweet note, which contributes to the fruitiness, and is not typically found in a bone dry Lambic. After a bit of time I start to pick up a fruity concentrated note that reminds me of sweet strawberries and kiwis; Interesting.

The beer has some body to it, and an astringent woody/ tannic note that definitely make one think of the barrels that this was fermented in (or perhaps some of it is from the chestnuts). It only has a light sweetness to it, but it is enough to play up fruity notes of apples and plums. The beer is spicy with a nice carbonation note in combination with some spicy oak notes and sharp acidity. It is notable that the acidity is almost subtle here, I am not saying that it is not here, because it is definitely tart, but it is so well integrated with the rest of the flavors. The spices that were used are also quite subtle, in fact I can't even pick any of them out, which in my mind is about perfect, I like the integrated character that spices add, but don't like them to be individually noticeable. The Brettanomyces is here in the flavor, but not nearly as noticeable as it was in the aroma. This really works for this beer, because the Brett does not dominate the flavor profile; it contributes an underlying funkiness that sort of wraps around and accentuates the other characteristics found in this beer. As time goes on this beer picks up a wonderful creaminess to it, which really brings the mouthfeel to another level.

My final word on this beer is that it is so well integrated, and so well balanced. The wood character, the tartness, the funky notes, the fruit character and everything else just combines to form a really nice drinking, complex brew. Once again Ron has created a masterful brew, so far he is firing on all cylinders and I still have 5 more of these to go.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's like they captured the beginning of a sunset in a glass with is a glowing, hazy medium amber. The persistant, rocky white head settles to a half a finger and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: Brett wet horse blanket with moderate esters of orange and lemon peel with a bit of spiciness are the first things I smell. There is an obvious moderate sourness with a subtle, coriander like tart aroma. There almost seems to a be a bit of that pils malt aroma.

T: The flavors is dominated by fruit, sour and spicy. There is a moderately sharp sourness with an grapefruit and orange flavor. The spice is dominated by fermentation driven pepper but there are some other flavors going on giving a faint complexity to that aspect. There doesn't seem to be that much bitterness with the sour doing all the work making the balance sour and tart. The finish is very dry with linger light fruit flavors.

M: light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There isn't any warmth nor creaminess.

O: This is a bright, fruity beer with a touch of spice. The balance is great, being dominated by a refreshing sourness but yet so easy to drink. I'm sure the get the chestnuts in this beer but I wouldn't suggest changing anything about this beer as it is just fantastic.
Batch 902 Bottled 10-21-2011

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Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a sturdy head that leaves a lovely pattern of lace all over the glass

Smell: Well, of course there is the horseblanket, but beneath that I can pick up apples, chestnuts, lemon and, am I crazy, but I am smelling some marshmallows, too

Taste: For a second, there is a biscuity taste, but the sour element kicks in and dominates through mid-palate, with lemon and green apple aspects; after the swallow, the chestnut flavors make a subtle impact; I'm not sure what spices were used, maybe some coriander

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily complex; my favorite Jolly Pumpkin yet

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with a great, but not runaway, head. Great lacing follows as well. The beer is a little hazy. The smell is interesting. Spice, a light nuttiness, a whiff of light sourness, and a touch of sweetness on the finish. The sour is lemony, the nuttiness hazlenut or chestnut, and the spice is cinammon, clove, and a slight bitterness. The taste is marvelous- the sourness of the style comes through nicely, but its not overpowering and is balanced nicely by a slightly sweet and subtle nuttiness from the chestnuts, all underpinned by a nice dry malt background that lends some chocolate notes. The chestnuts really work here. Their nuttiness is very restrained which I like a lot, and they have their own sweetness and earthiness that is just beautiful. The mouthfeel is lighter than one might expect given the color and ingredients, but true to a Biere de Garde. Very refreshing and unlike any other beer I've had. Quite nice.

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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 xgrigorix
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown 750 ml bottle, no dates.

Deep amber in colour. Off white head holds nicely. Swift lines of thin carbonation.

Subdued notes of spice. Earthy - fresh cut grass. Very pleasant & inviting with a heavy dose of nobel hops showing impressively in the nose.

Just a quite hit of sweet caramel shows up front. Acidity rushes in next, bringing plenty of spices along with it. Well rounded fruitiness, especially apple. A bone dry finish closes it out. Medium bodied, robust carbonation. Fantastic.

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

Pours a dark ruby red with a beautiful tan head that laces the glass and stays atop the brew for the duration.

Smell is tart, musty, fruity, and extremely appetizing.

Taste is extraordinarily complex. Sour fruity notes up front, followed by spice and mild balancing hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium, but absolutely fills the mouth with tons of flavors.

This beer is extremely refreshing and drinkable. I just couldn't get enough, but unfortuately I only have one bottle. Totally amazing, I am thoroughly impressed. Seek this one out!!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer looks like autumn fire. It's a beautiful golden/amber color. A fine lingering surface carbonation with medium-low lacing.

S: Brett, brett, brett. An orgasm of brett for the sour fanatic. Coriander and apricot.

T: The front is not agressive at all but the middle and finish really highlight the sour taste of the beer. The sour taste hints of sour apricot and mango. The taste is well balance for a sour.

M: Full, heavy, the carbonation is not overwhelming.

D: For a sour, fantastic.

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Photo of Brian700
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this one. I haven't had one beer from JP that I haven't loved. This one pours a nice brownish orange with a white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer.

The aroma is of the ever so enticing Jolly Pumpkin oak barrels with some cinnamon, caramel, and some fruity esters. It is one of the best ones I have had from Jolly Pumpkin yet.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation.

This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. If you ever come across this beer and don't buy it I will slap you.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm constantly amazed by jolly pumpkin. every beer is a wonderful and anachronistic sensory experience. this one is no different.

apricot and cider colored beer with a big soap suds head and plenty of yeast chunks floating carelessly throughout. this is the color of turning leaves -- it seems the beer is aptly named. at first the smell was one-dimensional, the only detectable element being jolly pumpkin's signature funky yeast. further inspection reveals the scent of crushed red apple peels. reminds me of the smell in the cider mill.
this beer blurs the line between beer and cider brilliantly. upon first sip, as with the smell, funky yeast is foremost. after a few sips, ripe michigan apples build in the palate, along with notes of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a host of other subtle nuances. tastes like autumn. this is very impressive. light and crisp in the mouth, and drinkable by the gallon.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, spiced apple cider color with highlites of salmon and orange. Fantastic pillowy white head is holding its own... clinging to the side like its life was depending on it. The head has remained a solid presence through the beer all the way to the last sip.

S: I love Jolly Pumpkin. That smell, the classic JP smell of mystery. Wild yeast forms a strong backdrop aroma of this beer. Hints of cinnamon, oak, banana esters, lemon peel

T: WOW!!!! This is good. Begins with loads of wild yeast flavors; apricot, sour apple, white peach. Then ever so gently...slowly...the fruity flavors fade and a subtle transition of chestnuts comes into play. The chestnut flavor lasts for only a few beats then diminishes to only a memory.

M: Moderately smooth and full bodied.

D: Tremendous beer from one of my favorite breweries. So many various notes along the way with complexity happening thru ever stage of the sip to the swallow.

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Photo of abfraser
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Good looking dark orange, red. Effervescent with big frothy white head that dissipates with a minute or two.

S: Earthy, musky sour. Toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice. Amazingly complex beer--so much going on here.

T/M: Initial hit sour give way to what basically is like a holiday spice. Very delicious. The sour and spice is a great combination. Nice light body. Bone dry and refreshing. Bready on the finish.

D: This is the definition of drinkable. Something incredibly complex and flavorful but not super high in abv or too intense to drink more than a glass. Even though this thing was expensive ($15), I'll buy more.

100+ reviews deep and this is one of my favorite breweries. The strong oak aged stuff hits higher notes, but Jolly Pumpkin is all-around delicious.

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Photo of alexgash
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New green bottle, 2007 batch. Served at 45 degrees F.

Pulpy, hazy copper apricot body with golden edges. Rocky, thick, lacy, egg shell white head. Beautiful. Candied wheat backs up aromas of fresh hay, powdered sugar, semi-tart fruits, and mild horse blanket. Complex and inviting. Tangy, tart acidic citrus right off the bat. Light toasted malt notes come in before a fruitier, wheatier body. Tart citrus throughout. Deliciously acidic and refreshing. Caramel, oak, and fresh cut hay notes mix with lingering sour and floral hoppy bitterness in the finish. Very nice. Medium body with a lively, sparkly feel. A solid contestant for my favorite JP brew.

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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 thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7 for 1L 9oz bottle
Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Spirits
Southfield, MI

The last of the quad triumvirate sans trois of J. Pumpkin that I needed to try. The main difference between this one and the standard fare Pumpkin brew is the hop tingle at the end which tries to mask itself in the form of a roast toasty chestnut. I'm assuming that the chestnut flavor is the hop itself. Then again I've compared their offering to bobbing apples, Brach's spiced gum drops and the nectar of the Gods themselves so who am I to
comment on anything. I'll tell you who! I'm a friend of Ron. Ron Jefferies. Whether he knows it or not. Put this one in the Hall of Fame with the others.

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

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/2" creamy ivory head, which slowly gave way to some fantastic lacing. The body was *slightly* hazy and an orange-amber color.

S- Sweet pale and caramel malt aroma with lesser lactic sourness, and yet lesser spice aromas (nutmeg?).

T- Wonderful malt character is balanced by a lactic sourness in lieu of hops. Very interesting. Finishes earthy and slightly funky.

M- Medium to big body (definitely big for a 6.1% ABV brew!) with a fair amount of unattenuated sugar and a nice creamy carbonation.

D- Drinkable? Hell yes! There is so much going-on here, and no single attribute becomes overpowering.

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

Thanks goes out to soulfly967 for this brew.

Poured into my St. Bernardus glass a very nice cloudy golden yellow/brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, with some oak notes, and spice. The taste is funky, with some malts/yeast, nice touch of oak/spice. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice one, recommended.

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

Pours a burnished amber colour with over-generous but otherwise ideal head - off-white, fluffy, pillowy and sunk in uneven place, leaving a trail of thick lace behind. Slightly cloudy. Yeah, spanking great look.

Smells lovely, and infected in all the right ways. Sour, fruited vinegar aroma with big guava hit, touch of fig and orange peel and some raspberry as well. Slight washed rind cheese funk as well for good measure, and a nice dry spice note on the back. It's an aroma blend they knew I'd like. Yeah, I refuse to give them the satisfaction of rhapsodising about it.

Taste starts out oddly creamy with a vanilla note. That vanilla, creamy sweetness retains throughout the palate, and gets even sweeter on the back with a touch of menthol, maybe. Sweet mint. But following the initial sweetness it's all lovely infected sour notes, complex barnyard flavours with guava-infused vinegar and dried orange peel. Touch of chardonnay and some caramel malt just underlying it all. Really lovely, complex beer that so deftly avoids the trap of being overly puckering, with just the right amount of sweet malt added to balance, making this drinkable as all hell. This is a bloody cracker.

A little bit sizzly and puckering from the wild yeast late-mid, but recovers itself, patches the gaps by the end to remain smooth. Got to forgive that slight puckering note when it's this good.

I'd be proud to serve this beer to people, and proud to wear a badge that proclaims I drink it. It's a beer that, if it came across as polarising, I would defend to the hilt. In short, I feel patriotic - jingoistic, even - about this wonderfully complex, refreshing drop.

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

Poured a great warm orange, very diffused. Lovely white head that recedes to a 1/8th of an inch. Laces the glass nicely.

Smells of sour notes, apples and spices. I really didn't know what to expect from the smell, but I like it.

The taste is great, it's not quite as sour as the smell, it's nicely balanced between sweet, sour, spice, and a hint of nutty/cinnamon flavor.

The mouthfeel is great, It has a great deal of flavor so the feel helps give that flavor some weight. It bounces off the tongue and hits up every part of your mouth. After one sip, you just want another.

Overall I think this beer is terrific, I do plan on purchasing this again. Anyone that loves sours, ales, and seasonal fall beers will love this one.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a burnt orange, amber with a thick rocky white head clumps of sticky lacing. Autumn like just like the name.

S - Toasted malt, roasted chestnuts and a slight spice. There is a wet leaves and woody character that is very remineiscent of an autumn evening.

T - Toasty malt, roasted chestnuts and a slight spice. The is an earthy character that goes along with the autumn theme so far.

M - Medium body with a good carbonation that dies into a frothy, creamy smoothness.

D - A tasty beer that just screams for a nice autumn night by a campfire.

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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 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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