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Noel De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

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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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at TJs. Poured into a Belgian wine glass.

Not much head on this one, nor is there any foam that I can stir as I swirl. There is an oily film that gets left on the glass, though. The color is garnet with ruby hues as the television behind my beer illuminates the body.

The aroma is decidedly Belgian, but unlike many JP beers, the bugs play a supporting role here rather than a dominant one. The signature dry funk is harder to locate here, as the Belgian base comes through more. There are some notes of dates, cherries, and a touch of balsamic vinegar. The flavor is similar, but more flat, as this Christmas ale falls short of the quality of other Jolly Pumpkin offerings. Muddled fruits, a hint of phenolic pepper, and that balsamic vinegar just doesn't quite do it for me.

Undercarbonated, slick, and medium-to-full bodied, this doesn't really hit the mark for a BSDA. Short on the complexity, short on the texture, and short on carbonation, it's no wonder this one falls short.

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 627 bottled 10/5/10. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured a very dark and deep ruby color with a frothy off-white colored head covering the to of the beer. Loved the color.

The aroma has a very nice tart, sour cherry flavor to it. I get some funky, very slightly musty notes to it as well. Just a hint of spice is there. Very nice aroma to it, I really liked the sour cherry flavors that came out in it.

The taste shows a little more of the malty, dark fruit characteristics coming through the tart, sourness. I do get some more of the tart, sour cherry flavor to it though, especially in the finish. The finish also shows a little more of a spice to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a very nice beer. I really liked the sour cherry component to it, but it also didn't overwhelm you with the sourness. Really nice mix of flavors overall with some good depth and complexity.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours pours dark brown with a light tan super foamy head with very good retention
S-dark cherries, raisins, and candied sugar
T-tart dark cherries that is quickly followed by hop bitterness and finishes pretty clean
M-medium bodied with alot of carbonation
O-very interesting beer. defintely a unique version of the style. If it wasn't so expensive I would try it again

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3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 898. Bottled 9/28/2011.

A: deep copper color, clear, intense dense rocky off white head
S: full, deep roasted malt with yeast and hops, nice balance and traditional
T: noticeable tartness in finish which is not appealing for a Belgian style dark ale
M: hard to get good read on mouthfeel with tart finish, wished it had more malt and yeast domination
O: I was really looking forward to this beer but was ultimately disappointed due to the tart finish

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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 904 bottled 10/4/11

220z poured into a pint glass

Tan foamy head medium brown murky brew, not much lacing

Aroma is spicy-sweet, Belgian yeast fruitiness apparent, also some lambic-like funkiness, delicious smells.

Flavor is upfront malty-spicy, with an extremely nice sour component. An amalgam of several great Belgian styles, somehow it is balanced and beautiful to drink. Great stuff!!

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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 897 Bottled 9-27-2011

A- Murky brown pour with red highlights and a two finger short lived egg shell tight bubbled head. Lacing is clinging in sheets.

S- Right off the bat I get sweet and sour. Brown sugar and cherries, vanilla and lemons, stone fruits and cranberries. Cinnamon and woody earthy notes.

T-Right off the bat tart funk, slight metallic taste I get from most bsda. Very little sweetness, hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Not the most complex jp beer available.

M- Light bodied, crazy carbonation with a dry finish.

O- Good but not great, very interesting but not the best from jp.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales.
Score: 84

09/29/11 vintage bottle (Batch #898) served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/19/12.

Appearance: Caramel colors bodied with yellow/orange highlights at the top of the glass. Dark, murky color, but not nearly as opaque as a stout. Excellent lacing. Finger of foamy cream-colored head at pour that settles into a paper thin layer atop the glass. 3.5/5

Smell: Tart cherries, light vanilla, oak and sour apple. Light spice and dark fruit. 3.5/5

Taste: Light woody oak upfront, followed by a "creamy" sour apples and cherry flavor. There is a lightly spiced maltiness too. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Cream mouthfeel. Tart/sour finish. 3.5/5

Overall: So apparently this is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but it tasted more like a Kriek or similar sour like beer.

Recommendation: Worth trying once, but not worth the $15.99 price tag.

Pairings: Light chocolate cake.

Cost: $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Batch 890.

Bottled on 9/21/11.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty funky/sour with some dark fruit, unknown spices, and woody aromas. Taste is also funky/sour with dark fruits, sour berries, earthy wood, and very subtle spices. The aftertaste is funky and earthy and sits right on top of the tongue. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but extremely dry mouthfeel. After each sip I feel like I need a sip of water. Overall, this is a good beer but it reminds me much more of a sour than a BSDA. The only real negative is the drying quality this beer has on my mouth.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Noel De Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,021 ratings
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