Noel De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
1,020 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Noel De CalabazaNoel De Calabaza
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
Ratings:
1,020
Reviews:
425
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
181
For Trade:
11
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,020 |  Reviews: 425
Photo of MIbeer27
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of instinct2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alucard
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Plum colored with an off-white one finger head that lingered.

S: A fruity sourness that surprised me until I realized it was Jolly Pumpkin. You're in sour country, pardner.

T: Sourness prevailed, in a nice way. Fruity, woody and apple-y with a tinge of sweet malts to give it that Belgian Strong Dark character while maintaining an active sour feel throughout.

M: Low to medium with crisp carbonation.

O: A winter warmer that's not. A Belgian Strong Dark that's not quite. This is Jolly Pumpkin's special take and quite tasty. Sour fans will love it.

 597 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mgree909
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth and have been so happy with this latest brewery from Michigan that we get here in Texas. They kind of remind me of Jester King of the north :)

From a bomber poured into a tulip, fruity with slight sour and woody notes
Brilliant, deep caramel orange hue with a light, dense, white head.
Not a sour fan but this had nice balance and I really enjoyed a little sweet/bitter

 411 characters

Photo of zekeman17
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdamSteve
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I never realized while drinking this that this was from a Belgian style base beer, let alone a Christmas/winter warmer style.

Reddish huge, with cloudy sporadic foaming and fizzing.

I got the impression this was a pretty standard template for a nice, red fruit inspired solid sour.

 288 characters

Photo of jodybrutal
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twozni
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very nice maroon color. About a 1 finger head.

S: Has a sour, almost rotten smell of fruits - mostly apples. Not amazing, but definitely not unpleasant.

T: Sweet taste of fruits with a mild, dry, malty aftertaste.

F: Gives a mild, crisp feeling. Good amount of carbonation.

O: It's a delicious beer and I would drink again.

 331 characters

Photo of stompilator
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMindbender
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jspaner
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel brown color into my pint glass, with a little bit of white head that lasts a while. The smell is a bit sour, but nice, and not unexpected.
The taste is like mildly sour fruit, with some spice and malt. Hop flavor is very low. The alcohol is well masked, and is not prominent. Hard to detect the "Aged in oak barrels" flavor, but the Belgian dark ale flavor is there.
The mouth feel is good. Nothing special, but not disappointing either. Well carbonated and easily drinkable.
Had never tried any beers from this brewer before, so had nothing to compare it to. That being said, I liked it, and would drink it again. It's a good Belgian-style dark ale, but not exceptional.

 687 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of minterro
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber split with a friend. Poured into snifter glasses.

Dark murky brown in color with a fluffy, pillow like head that lasts for a long time.

Smells of funk, tart apples, caramel and spiced fruit.

Taste follows the nose. Like eating a caramel covered Granny Smith apple with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. This is delicious. No alcohol detected.

This beer moves very nicely through each sip. Tight, medium, soft carbonation allows for super easy drinking.

This is a unique, fantastic brew that is a nice change from the "normal" winter warmers. Sweet and tart in the best possible way. I could drink this all day. Will definitely have more. Highly recommended if you like lightly spiced sours.

 700 characters

Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,020 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.