Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn FireFuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire

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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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Fuego Del Otono last month for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I know this is a fall seasonal, but I'm in the mood for a sour tonight and since I've never reviewed this beer I thought today would be a good day to try it, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage, so It's almost a year old. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got that signature style that a lot of their labels have and the fall like colors on it make it fit in well with the season, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice slightly hazy amber color that took on more of ruby amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that signature funky jolly pumpkin yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice funky barnyard and horse blanket aroma with some wet straw also coming through along with a slight leather like aroma and it's followed by the oak which imparts a nice woody and oak like aroma. Up next comes a slightly higher amount of medium tartness followed by a light spicy aroma with no single spice seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a good aroma, the oak and yeast showed up nicely with a good amount of tartness and some spices.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's more complex and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma, but they are just slightly lighter and they are followed by the oak which imparts a nice woody and oak like flavor that showed up just enough. Up next comes a medium amount of tartness followed by a nice fruity flavor with some dark fruit and cherry like flavors coming through and it's followed by a light spicy flavor with no single spice seeming to stick out the most and there's also a slight caramel malt flavor. On the finish the tartness just lingers for a little bit with a fruity and cherry like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer and I thought it had some nice balance and complexity to it.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, medium tart, not too acidic, medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it..

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style and a good example of a Jolly Pumpkin beer with the yeast and oak showing up nicely along with some nice supporting flavors. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, medium tart, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is the right amount for me, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have a problem drinking a whole bottle and I think it would make for a nice beer to enjoy on a warmer fall date. What I like the most about this beer was the balance and complexity that showed up n the flavor, it took me a few sip to get all the different flavors that were showing up and they blended well together. What I liked the least about this beer was pretty much nothing, but I do wish the chestnut was noticeable. I would buy this beer again when it's released in the fall and I recommend it to anyone who likes Biere De Gardes or Jolly Pumpkin beers, it's a little pricey, but it's worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer, I've had it a few times before and my score did not change at all, it's always been a solid 4 in my book and I always look forward to it in the fall. This isn't my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, or Biere De Garde, but it's still a good beer nonetheless and I enjoyed drinking it. Good job guys, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Tone
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral notes, sweet malt, yeast, hops, alcohol, spices, hint of nut, grass, and slight tea notes. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, yeast, alcohol, spices, hint of roasted malt, grass, floral notes, hint of citrus, and slight fruit. Overall, the complexity in aroma and body is staggering; good blend, aroma, and body.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was really interesting. In the light on the bar this beer had a golden almost orange color to it. It had a fruity cherry/plum aroma mixed with the smell of corona (not from the bar, the smell was coming from the Jolly Pumpkin Beer). The mouth feel of the beer was interesting it started with some body to it that fades away on the tip of your tongue to a dry almost acidic like finish. The beer starts with that almost brett spicy funky flavor and then transitions to a light tart cherry flavor on the finish. Over all I enjoyed this beer it's not something that I want to session but it is a beer I would like to drink every now and then.

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Photo of MarioM
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a JP snifter.

A: Slight orange with a fine creamy white heat that slowly dissipated to a thin smooth creamy film with great lacing.

S: Slight tart thing going on but very light, mostly light brett funk. There are some weird spice notes as well but I'm having a hard time describing that that is... interesting. Bottle says chestnuts and spices but hard to know otherwise.

T: Very nice. Light light tartness with a gentle brett character but not much. Spices and maybe the chestnuts, and obviously the spicy yeast, give this beer a lot of character. Flavors are gentle yet satisfying and makes for an extremely refreshing and drinkable brew.

M: Medium carbonation makes this beer very easy drinking and a little watery since its missing that bubblyness. Spices linger in the aftertaste with a slight bitterness to it but mostly yeast and spice.

O: An amazing and refreshing brew by JP. I love the fact that these are refreshing and interesting beers that you can drink all day everyday. If only my wallet would allow that. Regardless, a must try by JP and definitely getting hard to pick a favorite.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: Blend 1 - Bottled 10/03/12

Pours a deep, hazy copper color with a prominent beige head that settles quickly though. No lacing. Light streams of carbonation can be found.

Beautifully spiced and quite sweet. Nutmeg and cinnamon and perhaps a hint of clove scattered amongst a blanket of brown sugar. Zesty citrus notes sneak in here and there. Absolutely love the nose on this one.

Funky, tart hits right upfront and hangs around for the duration of each sip. It's definitely a slow sipper, but you're rewarded with the perfect level of sweetness and oak character - had to ask myself if I was drinking wine a few times. Prominent nuttiness and a bit granny smith apples. Plenty of spice carries over from the nose as well, just more muted than I was expecting.

If you're not ready for it, your best pucker face might come out of hiding - personally, I love it. Lip-smacking tartness. Medium body with decent carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

I remember a time, not all that long ago, this style would have rubbed me the wrong way. I'm glad it has grown on me, because this is a fantastic brew I would have missed out on otherwise! Plenty of sourness here to please fans of Warhead and Sweettart candies, but complex enough to earn a nod from the most stubborn beer snob. Well worth your time and money.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love jolly pumpkin. we were spoiled to have their stuff on the shelf before the sour/wild ale craze really hit, and now with so many sub standard offerings on the shelves, its nice to revisit jolly pumpkin and taste how its all supposed to be again. delicious stuff this one, done with chestnuts. light brassy color, minimally cloudy, with a short lived fizzy tan head. the nose on this is a true wild ale, bretty and a little sour, with notes of roasted nuts and toffee. like a brittle, without the sweetness. the flavor starts off a little sour and a lot funky, bubbly and tart, but half way through it gives way to an earthy nuttiness that must be from both the malts and the chestnuts. its more like almonds or cashews in terms of flavor, but its pronounced and interesting along with the wild yeasts that creep back in towards the finish in a fizzy whirl of interesting autumnal flavors. i have always appreciated their special releases, cool new takes on seasonal ales, and this one too is excellent. i am going to continue to redrink their lineup, i forgot how much i like all this stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy orange straw color with good head, mild lacing
S: nice sour, citrus yeast smell
T: starts out like a nice sour beer, with tart lemon/grapefruit front. Unfortunately, to me, the mellowing that I believe barrel aging imparts kills this flavor without adding anything. The oak and bourbon is noticeable, but the combination just doesn't seem to work.
M: seems pretty weak to me (edit upon re-read, due to auto correct making no sense)
O: this has two facets of a good beer, nice and sour to begin, nice woody end; however, the combination fails overall, to me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blend 2, bottled 10-04-2012. Bottle from Tipples. Pours a clear orange bronze color with fluffy white head and lots of effervescent bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma of pleasant spice, apples, pears, oak, brett. Gentle sour funk with light but not intruding background spice, apples, dry sharp oak finish. Light and easy drinking with lots of soft carbonation. Classic JP brew here.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, clove, pepper, coriander, caramel, bread, nuttiness, allspice, hay, grass, oak, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of spice and yeast ester notes with moderate malt presence; and good strength. Taste of big tart apple, lemon, pear, clove, pepper, coriander, caramel, bread, nuttiness, allspice, herbal, hay, grass, oak, funk, light leather, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, clove, pepper, coriander, caramel, bread, nuttiness, allspice, oak, hay, grass, herbal, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of spice, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild biere de garde style. All around great balance and complexity of spice, yeast ester, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Blend 6. Bottled 10/10/12.

Pours a murky whitish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, spice, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is much too herbal and medicinal forward for my liking.

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Photo of henrichsj
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick, inch or so, line of creamy head forms on pour; remains ringed around the glass throughout; classic dark amber color; a bit cloudy; beautiful

T - A ton of flavors at work here; Initial rich fruitiness, like a red wine; A hint of whiskey; A bit spicy and warm; Smooth flavor; Right amount of carbonation

S - Smelled of a rich, merlot wine.

M - Smooth

O - Not a beer I could drink over and over, but definitely one to sip slowly and enjoy on a Fall night. A unique taste.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter. Blend 5 bottled 10-09-2012

Pours a golden color with an inch and a half thick white head with great retention. Smell is intriguing..unoffensive, tad of citrus tad of hops tad of spices. not sure what it'll taste like from the aroma. Initial tartness on the sip, belgian yeasts, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg...its just all over the place honestly. so many different flavors that you could name. more tart than i was expecting (well i wasnt expecting any.) medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall one of the weirdest beers ive ever tried. much unlike anything else, definitely worth a grab if you see it just to see what you get out of it. recommended.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Bottled 10/2011. It pours copper with some brighter orange hints at the edges. Pretty hazy and cloudy throughout the body and topped off with a quickly dissipating, slightly off-white head. Decent sheets of lacing are left at the top of the glass as the beer traverses down the glass.

Wonderfully funky and mildly tart is the aroma, complete with that signature "Jolly Pumpkin smell" that seems to be recognizable in nearly all of their beers. Bouts of wet hay, horseblanket, damp barnyard, and wet cork. Incredibly funky, yet mild enough to remain approachable. The funk is balanced nicely by some sharp and tart apple and even some cherry skins. Some light oak in the tail end brings everything together.

Great translation to the palate, and the first sip of Feugo del Otono is actually a bit more tart than I was expecting from the aroma. Solid tartness hits first with a handful of dirty, white grapes, apples, and light lemon zest. The light body is pumped with carbonation, giving a crisp and snappy mouth feel that really helps to bring out the subtle flavors.

The funk character carries through the profile heavily; musty wood, hay, barnyard, and a typically corky funk work in perfect amounts to balance and back up some of the brew's tartness. Oak character becomes more apparent with warming, especially in the finish where the oak really soaks up moisture from the palate and leaves a bone-dry finish.

Super, super drinkable. Even though it's only about 6% ABV to begin with, there's no touch of alcohol in the taste. Great balance of tart and funk - this beer is as easy drinking as it can get for the style. You could easily crush a 750 mL bottle of this on your own and probably move on to another one right after. Jolly Pumpkin continues to do what they do best.

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Photo of mntlover
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a so lightly hazy, pale orange color. Head is cream colored nice slow falling feed by a constant bubble stream. Some good sticky lace left down my Ommegang glass.

Aroma is nice spicy sweetness with nice tart fruits and funk. Malt is toasted nut sweet good spice notes nutmeg, allspice hints of cinnamon nice fall spices. Tart fruit notes sour green apples with some of the patented JP funk thrown in. Aroma on this one is wonderful.

Taste is well no sweetness that was in the nose malts loaded with tart funk and spice with green fruits peaking out and soon being over powered. Finish is lingering tart notes and good spice that was in the nose. Good brew kind of wanting some of the sweetness I had in the nose though, but a nice Funky JP just as one would expect.

Mouthfeel is on the light side carbonation isn't as bubbly as it looked nice balanced brew.

Overall enjoyable just as I would expect, know some think they all taste the same JP brews that is, but I enjoy the funky flavors. Have yet to have a bad beer from these guys wish I could get this in town of well always something to look for when out of town.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into my wee 4oz sampler mug at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Appearance: Poured as smoothly as possibly, eliminating any head that may have come up otherwise. A red, cinnamon color. Very attractive.

Smell: Hey, speaking of cinnamon ... a spicy cinnamon sort of nose. Sort of fruity.

Taste: My first of the style, and... interesting. Cinnamon, fruit, sour, tart, sweet... it's all over the place and should be a mess, but it isn't. I've not had a beer like this before, and I'm glad to finally have gotten the chance to try some Jolly Pumpkin. It's a good beer that I'd buy in 12oz bottles, but I wouldn't ever see myself buying a 750ml.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet grainy and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, chestnuts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, tart green fruit.

T - Sweet grainy and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, chestnuts, other spices, tart green fruits, hint of sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, estery, and spicy finish.

D - Great balanced and complex version of the syle.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Blend 2
Bottled 10-04-2012

A - It is orange in color with some golden highlights. Each pour yields a generous white head.

S - It has a nice sour smell to it with some dish soap aroma from the hops. The smell reminds me of sour apples and pears.

T - It has a nice tartness to it. It is dry and effervescent. A lingering tart presence grows as it warms. I notice some fruit flavors, peach, pear, and apple.

M - Thin with lots of carbonation.

O - This is one of the better Jolly Pumpkin beers that I have tried. I like the tartness of it. It is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of macher0
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a tulip glass.

A: Rich-amber color. Translucent. Pours a finger of head that retreats to a film with a moderate rim. Minimal lacing.

S: Traditional jolly pumpkin sour yeasty smell. A mild funk and slight spice (nutmeg/allspice) hints.

T: Moderately sour. Not sweet at all. Sour yeast comes through prominately. Moderate oak. Mild spice and nutty finish.

M: Moderate body. Moderatly smooth. Fine carbonation.

O: I greatly enjoy sours, and most of Jolly Pumpkin beers for that matter. This is very near the top of the JP list. I will grab several of these each season. I certainly recommend this beer if you enjoy sours, especially ones that are not on the sweeter side.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a little sourness and flavors of lemon citrus along with notes of oak and hints of chestnuts and nutmeg.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable because it's rather light-bodied on the palate and isn't that malty or sour. I would definitely consider trying this again.

Note: Blend 6, Bottled 10-10-2012

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Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 5
Bottled 10-09-2012

A= Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a nice finger of head that holds some decent retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a nice funky slightly sour bretty aroma. There is a little bit of a spice to it that makes it's way through. It's hard to say what spices they are without a clue.

T= The taste is a nice clean sour flavor with a definite nutty flavor. The sour isn't over the top but it seems to be a bretty kind of sour without the dirtyness from the brett. The spice comes through nicely and it just reminds me of fall. A little all spice and cinnamon maybe. It's hard to pin down a spice blend.

M= A nice crisp mouthfeel.

O= This is a solid beer. I grabbed it up when I heard that there was gonna be no more JP in MN. This is a nice brew and I hope to pick up a little more before she's totally gone.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Bottled 11/04/2011
Glass: Tulip

Gushes extensively, so be ready with a glass to capture

Jolly Pumpkin has an excellent beer (biere de garde, Belgian gruit, spice ale, whatever you want to call it) with Fuego Del Otono. The Brettanomyces (and whatever other organisms contributed flavors) works well with the beer, lending its farmhouse-like flavors and tartness to the savory spices and malt body used in the mash. Complex from malt, spices, and yeasts, with a defining tartness and spiced-tart flavor, this is an excellent beer.

Pours a very tall head (>4cm) of foam, the bubbles very small and largely creating a heavy froth atop the body. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes in the slow decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a modest island of wisy foam atop the body. The lacing that is left is substantial, heavy, and intricate: clumps and spiderweb patterns adorn the insides of the glass. The body is a toasted orange on its own, light bringing out brighter shades of orange and hints of yellow. Carbonation is readily visible through the semi-transparent (40% opaque) body, plentiful, though not particularly vigorous.

Aroma is pleasantly tart, with hints of lemon juice, diluted apple cider vinegar, sweet sauerkraut, and nuances of musty and slightly composting hay as from Brettanomyces. Very faint toffee-like malt sweetness lingers in the background, perhaps an indication of the malt origins of the beer.

Front of palate picks up sweetish lemon citrus, herbs as from a gruit (bay leaf, spearmint, ginger, rosemary), and hints of oak. Mid-palate finds an increase in the acidity, bringing to mind lemon juice, diluted apple cider vinegar, some Brettanomyces-influenced tartness, mustiness, and composting hay, all atop a more mild background of oak tannins, the aforementioned herbs, and lightly sweet malts. Back of palate finds increased citric and vinegar-like tartness and Brettanomyces-influenced mustiness, with a diminished taste of herbs and a mild malt sweetness to slightly balance the mixture. Aftertaste of mild citic, vinegar-like, and Brettanomyces-influenced tartness with a faint hint of earlier-mentioned herbs and toffee-like malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, foamy mouthfeel that is never fizzy. Closes quite dry, with little residual stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Beer poured cloudy with a copper color with good cascading and a white foam that lasts.

S One can smell the slight sweet and sour in the beer.

T A very nice slight sourness throughout the taste with distinct taste of spice.

M A nice clean finish with a good tantalizing mouthfeel.

O An overall good beer with a great balanced sourness with slight sweet after tones.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a cloudy apricot/gold. There is very little head that fades quickly. I get a thin pur white layer of froth along the edges of the glass.

S: This is another great smelling sour beer. I'm picking up sour fruit, salt, and sweet fruit. There is a bit of apricot, some apple, slight raisin, and some mild spice.

T: The beer is sweet to start with a bit of spice right up front, and the taste follows the nose. I get slight apricot, apple skin, raisin, and cinnamon. This is a weird mix of stuff, but I'm really enjoying it.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start, has a clean finish, but it's not exactly an easy drinker. It goes down smooth, but it's sour in all the right places.

O: I like this beer. I don't know if I could drink this all the time, but it's good.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium clear amber with nice splashy lace from a loose head. Ring of retention.

Nice notes here. Some light pie spice, with yeast and funk. I swear I get vanilla somewhere.

Tart up front, then some spice (both pie and...coriander?). I get a little sweet marzapan as well, but it is funny, as this dries out and you get a little lemon juice and bitter. Really unique and complex.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice beer. Unique spice and changes in flavor. The sour might put some people off, but I liked it.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 909, bottled 11-15-11.

Poured into a tulip. Body is hazy pale amber. Decent thick, foamy white head, dissipates quickly to a ring of fine bubbles, leaving minor lacing on the glass.

Smells of lemons and orange, with caramel malt, and mild clove/cinnamon spice, old wood, and a little brett and funk.

This tastes delightful, lemon sourness, tart brown/baked apple (that's probably the chestnuts), subtle clove and cinnamon spiciness, a bit of brett and funk, a little umami, grassy hops, all layered on top of a caramel malt and nutty foundation. Has a mild, spicy bitter moderately dry finish. The spice tends to build up but is never too much. Nicely done.

Body is light and the carbonation is too with a lightly fizzy mouthfeel.

This is a delightful biére de garde, tasty and refreshing with a huge amount of flavor and low ABV at 6.1%. Mahalo indeed. It is a bit of autumn sunshine. It is best to leave the sediment in the bottle.

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Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.08 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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