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

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#3,657
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
1,031
pDev:
11.41%
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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

Photo of sulldaddy
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany with deep ruby highlights and several streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A creamy beige head of 1 cm foams up and rests on the surface of the glass. The foam stays throughout sampling and leaves tight lattice after each sip.
The aroma is malty with some caramel and dark fruit and a bit of bready yeast. No alcohol on the nose or hops that I can detect as I sniff the glass.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth soft texture and fine carbonation that is slightly tingly but rolls across the palate after each swallow. The flavor is more mild than I anticipated from this brewery and the beer.
A mix of dark malt and brown sugar and some fruit with plums and raisin notes. The mild flavor is appealing but I had hoped for a bolder experience. The booze does show up with some warming after each swallow.
I enjoy the beer and dont find any flaws, but admit to being underwhelmed in general as I consume the beer.

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

Photo of Bulabeers
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:Murky reddish brown with very little head that vanishes quickly
S: apples, cinnamon, oak, sour funk
T: apples, oak, astringency, some sort of citrus peel, and cinnamon. alcohol is not present
F: seems good to me
O: unique christmas brew. drank it in June. Happy holidays.

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Photo of kraticus41
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MIbeer27
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of instinct2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alucard
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mgree909
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of zekeman17
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mcrawford
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of jodybrutal
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,031 ratings