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Noel De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Belgian Christmas Ale aged in oak barrels."

Added by BeerBeing on 10-21-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,204
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
1,024
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
181
Trade:
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Photo of hman43
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours brown with a tan head. Head retention is moderately high.

Smell: The aroma is initially strong with raisins, wine like elements, and a bit of tartness. There are background notes of chocolate, toast, and spice.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted with moderate sourness. There is an oak character mixed in with raisin, vinous elements, and spices. There are background notes of toast.

Feel: It has a moderately full body. The finish is tart and dry.

Overall, this has a complex blend of various flavor elements, but it's tartness makes it finish more like a sour than a Belgian Strong.

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Photo of WormGod
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoneARye
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015. Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with light head. Dark in the glass but not murky. Smells of rich oak and mahagony flavors. Light fruitiness too, maybe hints of tart cherry. Taste is wonderfully oaky with warming fruit. Big warm notes of the wood with very mild vanilla compared to some
Fruitiness and malt is almost raisiny but not overly sweet, as if the fruit just wants to say "hi, I'm here" in a casual way. Tartness finishes out the taste. Funk is mild and never assertive. Light carbonation. Great bottle especially after 2 years.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidHume
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown/coppery color with off-white head. Funk, tartness, dark fruits, cherries, yeast, and some oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with funk and tartness with some dark fruit.

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Photo of Savan
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like a Beer I can not see through... I have never tried this style before, and it reminds me of a barley wine ale and a gose! I do not note any particuliar scent about it... but its not anything fowl. As for taste, bitter notes, oaky and a lil sweetness on the finish. This beer has a light to medium body about it... all this mind you matters not... overall you fill feel very nice by the time you have finished it.

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Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DeltaAgent
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cellar temp 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a deep brown hue with an off-white head that leaves a thin lacing with each sip.

The aroma is mostly malt and a little caramel. There is a hint of apple cider that portends things to come.

The first taste is of bready malts and the aforementioned apple cider. With a little warmth, the tartness becomes more pronounced but not too sharp or overbearing. More dark fruits and caramel persist the rest of the way.

The body is moderate, and the carbonation level is just right. The spices stay with you long enough to pull you in for your next sip. Well done.

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Photo of Peaches13
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip, minimal dark cream head, no retention or lacing. Dark brown in the glass no light getting thru. Smells of spices and potential tartness, not quit sure what that descriptor is. Taste is reminiscent of a mulled cider, you have apples, mulling spices and a good balanced tartness. Hides its abv well. Nice drinking beer, great for a chilly night

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky deep brown/ dark mahogany pour. Rich looking.
Smells of autumn spices but almost in a farmhouse-like way.
Taste is sour and tart with fruit notes and lightly sweet malts. Nice special ale flavors. Not muddled, but tasty components of apple citrus/ spice and cinnamon, and more hidden notes of darker malts/ fruit and even, to a lesser extent, chocolate.
Feels medium and smooth, well-carbonated.
Surprisingly solid beer that ended up being more complex than I expected. Well-done stuff to sip on a Hallow's eve.

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Photo of gcasher
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, thin head, dark fruit ,sweet, some spice, well balanced with malt.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gruss004
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,024 ratings
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