Perseguidor (Batch 1) | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Perseguidor (Batch 1)Perseguidor (Batch 1)

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A special sour blend of Bam Biere and La Roja. Cellared a further six months before being offered for sale. Released November 2006.

Added by HellsBELLS24 on 11-21-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Jim for this bottle. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip. Pours a dark golden color with a few bubbles on top. Extremely mellow nose. Very smooth. Oxidized malt with cherry, vanilla, and oak. Smooth. Light acidity. Nose was better than the flavor, where it fell apart a bit. I bet this was quite good in its prime, but it’s over the hill by now.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared at a recent tasting, thanks. Beer is amber and hazy with almost no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is oak, musky, cherries, funk.

Beer is musky and a little sweet, faint cherries in the back, this was probably way way way better several years ago but there is a shadow of that greatness just beneath the surface. I don't think I'd have it again.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429. A nice and unexpected surprise.

The beer is light chestnut / amber / crimson hued (I need to learn my colors, apparently) with a small head. The aroma offers funk, must, old cherries, fruit. The flavor is a bit odd. Lots of wood emerges in the flavor, overpowering the beer. A bit tannic with some odd flavors. Still, intriguing and flavorful. A bit unbalanced. Some darker malts and hints of nail polish. Overall, this was just OK.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of JAXSON
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange copper pour, scant head. Nose is herbal, dry, minty. Not much sugar left, and something kind of weird in there. Flavor is empty, devoid of sugars or yeast qualities. Some light dry fruits, kind of papery. Not sour, fruity, funky, flavorful in any way, with a weird bready, cognac like aspect.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Jason to brining this to WLV for the tasting. Never thought I'd get a chance to try this one, but my fellow Chicago BA's never cease to amaze me. 12oz bottle into wine glass.

A - Pours a mirky copper/mud color, cream-colored head, some bubbles here and there, and some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of oak, dark fruits, slight bourbon, some spices, cinnamon. No real signs of any sour/tart or funk.

T - Caramel apples, buttery notes, lots of oak, slight sweet spice. Much like the nose, no real sour/tart/funk to report.

M - Light, low bubbly carbonation, slightly dry finish.

D - I was good with my sample and didn't care for much more. I'm glad I was able to try it, but it's not something I'd seek out again unless I was presented another bottle randomly.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle given to me by my boy Papajcik...Pours a dark muddy orange with notes of copper. A big finger of off white head, pretty good retention...Aroma stunningly lacking a ton of oak, wood notes are there with bourbon, and tart fruits, but not very sour?...The taste keeps me surprised again as its not that sour. Caramel, bourbon, spice, with some tart notes. Not a puckerer at all and the thing I do like is that its not the typical Jolly Pumpkin oak sour flavor.

Not bad but nothing special, maybe its not aging well?

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 served in a tasting snifter. Big thanks to Northernbrews for contributing this to the tasting last weekend.

A - Nice looking brew here with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin collar and touches of haze and minimal spotty lace. Dark transparent caramel-orange color.

S - Tart Granny Smith apples, bourbon, spicey wood, char, and caramel. Very nice collection of well-balance flavors. Not a ton of sourness here.

T - Taste is more of a caramel golden ale, with light sour and tart notes and a tannic finish. Reminds me of Perseguidor 5, but with a little more bite to it. The fact that this is sort of mellow is excusable considering the age on it. You can tell this is a simpler blend though (think it was just La Roja and Bam aged for extra long).

M - Lower carbonation, refreshing, medium body, and a dry finish that morphs into a clean aftertaste. I can see this benefiting from a touch more spritz, but otherwise it's quite enjoyable.

D - I could have had all 12oz to myself without much trouble. The flavors are well-attenuated, and no domain ever gets too fatiguing. A nice Jolly Pumpkin brew, but not that much more exciting than their usual offerings.

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Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks OHLrangers for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.
Hazy dark golden, nice white head with average retention, good lacing.
Nice aroma, musty, acidic and tangy, fruity with multiple different layers.
Nicely refreshing, well carbonated mouthfeel adding a zip to it, opening to a very fruity beer, acidic and tart. Multiple different fruits keep coming and going, from oranges to berries, and lots of diffrent ones in between.
A very nice beer that could age well, assuming I was lucky enough to have more.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to autumnaldave for giving me this at DLD 2008. This bottle says 2006 on the gold sticker, not sure which batch that is.

Rusted amber hue, mostly clear, pencil thin ring of foam. Carbonation is very subtle. Vinegary bouquet of cherry fruit, mostly sour with some light sweetness also. Very much looks and smells like a Flanders Red.

I get a good sense of the acidity on the first sip but the tartness is very downplayed. Faint cherry flavors give way to an out of place bitterness in the finish with some alcohol flavor coming through. Overall the fruit/tart flavors seem muted, and I wonder if I have allowed it to mellow too long? The mouthfeel has a decent touch of carbonation with a thin body.

Was glad to try such a rare beer but it didn't impress that much. Perhaps it would be better fresher, but I would have thought a sour ale could last much more than 3 years...

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample of Batch 1 at MBGF.

Poured hazy amber color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Moderate tart citrus earthy woody aroma.

Medium body.

Medium sour flavor with a light bitter finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met with another good JP brew.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown red, with no head. Aromas of funky socks, cheese, tart vinegar, OAK,acetic acid, over ripe fruit and brett/lacto funk. Taste is funky, sharp chedder cheese and malt vinegar laden with a nice mid and back palate of fruit, brett laden funk and OAK. Finish is dry and abrasive, but smooths out in the end. Mouthfeel is filling and the flavors linger. Drinkability is nice as well. Certainly funky and well blended, however it just seemed mediocre when rated to style.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a FANTASTIC and extremely well-rounded brew! Excellent job by JP.

A- Pours a very dark golden color with a thick ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S- Alcohol hits the nose first, but there is so much beyond the initial booziness. Sour brett comes through strong, but subtle notes of vanilla, oak, and peat come through.

T- I was floored by the complexity of this sour. The sourness is certainly in the foreground but without dominating the beer at all. Herbal, woodsy notes are balanced by an earthy quality. Hints of oak, vanilla, and pepper are noted. The alcohol presence is there, but not hot. Rather, it adds to the subtle sweetness of the beer.

M- Crisp with a lingering complex finish.

D- Exceptionally smooth and drinkable. The incredible balance of the beer makes it so pleasant.

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Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at RoyMunson's house along with FtownThrowDown. Thanks for having me over :) Big thanks for bringing this, Steve. I never thought I'd get a chance to try any of these.

12oz. brown bottle, Batch 1, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a plum flesh copper with some hazing. Short head on the pour that lasts a bit. Some light lacing.

S: Plenty of cherries from the La Roja, pleasantly tart. Great assertive, yet somehow soft JP funkiness. A bit of woodiness from the extended barreling.

T/M: Much of the same from the nose. Just a touch of alcohol creeps in on the edges. The oak and vanilla comes out quite a bit more than in the nose. Very delicate all around but very tasty. The brett has definitely continued to do it's work. Body is medium light to medium and the carbonation has held up rather well considering its age.

D: Maybe the best of the night. Very drinkable thought basically unattainable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 Sampled July 2008
A standard pour produces a finger-and-a-half thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a murky, reddish plum color that shows a hazy, opaque, maraschino cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma up front is a mix of oak and tartness with aromas of vanilla, slight buttery oak, tamarind, sour raisin, concentrated sour plum and lightly spicy wood. Quite funky too with a rich, musty, damp earthiness, cobweb & musky Brettanomyces notes and some slight, ripe cheese character is also here. The barrel adds a touch of spiciness and even a hint of booziness that is reminiscent of Bourbon. I can't exactly say why, as no single thing jumps out at me as being all that unique or even overly interesting, but the aroma on this is just really nice; spending dedicated time just smelling this beer is very easy to do.

This is sour tasting, though not aggressively so. It has a soft, yet persistent carbonation that adds a bit of a textural prickle as the beer flows across my tongue. This is quite dry, with no perceived sweetness to it at all, despite this it does have some heft and viscousness to it; it seems to have picked up some body boosting tannins during its sleep in the barrels. This is very quaffable and, if it wasn't for the fact that I only had one twelve ounce bottle, I could easily drink this a lot faster than I am. Spicy oak flavors in the middle produce thoughts of Bourbon, these notes then meld in with the sourness that becomes a bit more dominant in the finish. Tart fruit flavors of plum, tamarind and raisin (without being sweet at all) are each noticeable. Oak influenced flavors of vanilla linger on the palate and there is a tough of butterscotch here as well. Not nearly as funky as the aroma (though it was fairly light there too), with more of a musty earthiness than anything.

The aroma was a bit more well integrated somehow than the flavor ends up being; the components are mostly the same, it is just that in the aroma they create an enticing, harmonious whole that is not quite achieved in the flavor. Despite seeming a little flat, the flavor is still quite good and I would happily drink more of this. A very drinkable beer; before I know it my glass is sadly empty.

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Photo of urwatuh8
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in an "incognito" bottle via an awesome trade with GrandCruDrew. I think this is batch 2, not sure? Huge thanks for the chance to try this.

Pours an opaque, dark bronze with some white fizz on top. The smell is funky and oaky and wild.

It's citrusy up front. Not overly sour. The oak taste is pretty big, but it fits with the beer, it doesn't feel out of place. The finish is oaky with a bit of a taste of alcohol. Kind of coconutty. I'm really digging the big oaky aftertaste.

The carbonation is perfect. It helps the beer feel a bit airier. The beer is not watery at all.

Very drinkable. I wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the real deal!
Pours a light copper in color with only a slight head that is quickly gone. Smell is oak, vanilla, slight bourbon and the much loved JP funk. The taste is spot on same as the smell. Good mouthfeel with just the perfect amount of carbonation. An absolutely incredible creation. Thanks to Ron for making this gem, and Chris for sending it to me!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a hazy amber/red color with a smally bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. Orange accents peek out as well. Aromas begin with big woody, oak and leather tones off the bat alongside a vibrant sour, funky yeast. Lots of fruits in the mix with apricots, grape, cherry, apple and citrus all floating around. Slightly spicy with an underlying vinegar aspect to it. Light caramel. Makes me envision a musty old room filled with oak barrels and cobwebs!

First sip brings a solid, somewhat caramel malt base upfront quickly met by woody and oak flavors. A myriad of fruit works in with cherry, grape, citrus and apple all making an appearance. Light toffee, spice and vanilla tones mix in with a bold sour, funky brett yeast that carries everything down. It finishes on the dry side with an acidic hit and light bitterness. Lingering sour oak afterthoughts. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a somewhat creamy medium body and mellow carbonation. Goes down nicely with a sour/acidic twang that never becomes overbearing. In the end it's a tasty sour blended brew from one of my favorite Michigan breweries. The 12oz bottle is a nice size for this one as a 750 to myself might have been a bit much. I hope to see this one come around again as I always enjoy a tasty wild ale.

Batch 3: Shared at a tasting and all I have to say is YUM. Super funky and fruity and a treat to drink. Really glad to have had a chance to sample this one.

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Perseguidor (Batch 1) from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 34 ratings