L'épouvantail Noir | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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3.96/5
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11 Ratings
L'épouvantail NoirL'épouvantail Noir
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Translation: The Black Scarecrow. Oak-aged sour spelt saison with pumpkin and blackberries added.

Added by smithj4 on 09-26-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
11
pDev:
6.82%
 
 
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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a pale, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. Smelled a little funky and fruity (blackberry) with some lemon. Nice tart sourness with a very dry finish.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sendbeer
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottled on 06/29/2017.
A: Pours a hazy golden orange hue with 2 inch frothy off white head with good retention. Beautiful to behold. Very active carbonation jets continue to fuel the head. Nice lacing too.
S: Definite saison notes with citrus spice, mild funk, and white pepper notes. Digging deeper uncovers soft oak, berries, and a hint of sweet pumpkin. Maybe it's because I just had pumpkin pie a couple days ago, but the more I smell this the more it starts smelling like pumpkin pie. Very nice layered complexity.
T: Harsh grain hits first...a bit jarring after the wonderful aromatics. Then tart grapefruit and lemon, tangerine, blackberries, sour funk, and a hint of oaky vanilla. With warming, the peppery yeast and the pumpkin become more apparent. A mild salinity comes through in the finish.
M: Light-medium body. Sour and funky with some citrus and berry sweetness. With warming, this settles down a bit. Moderate peppery spice especially in the finish. Lingers on the palate.
D: This is certainly a complex brew to be sure...intellectually stimulating. And it mostly hangs together well. The transition from the aroma to the taste was a bit jarring. I'd recommend letting this one warm a bit to help soften that blow.

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Photo of smithj4
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip

Pours a dark and hazy gold with frizzy foam that quickly dissipates but leaves an excellent skim of foam and lace.

The aromas are evocative of a lambic or flanders red. Peach, lemon, grapefruit, and cheesy funk with white peppery yeast. Traces of barrel/oak and blackberry in the background. A touch of honey sweetness and brininess at the finish.

Like the nose, the flavor hints at a lambic, with heavy funk and lemony tartness, but as the brew opens and warms in the glass, the yeast and grassy notes of a true farmhouse shine through. Berry in the background with the faintest hint of warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel is spectacular. Dry, crisp and light but not over-carbonated at all.

Overall, this is a spectacular ale that channels the best aspects of multiple styles. This first glass vanished.

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L'épouvantail Noir from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 11 ratings