Noel De Calabaza | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Noel De CalabazaNoel De Calabaza
1,021 Ratings
Noel De CalabazaNoel De Calabaza

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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Ratings: 1,021 |  Reviews: 425
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/21/11
*From notes

-- Vintage 2010 --

A: No matter how careful I am with my pour, the head on this thing is a monster. 3+ fingers, in fact. It's an extremely cloudy and muddy brown color.

S: This is really nice. Slightly funky, though there's definitely a malty backbone and moderate amount of holiday warming spice to it.

T: Not overly sour, as there's a really solid balance here. The tart profile is a mere component of the brew, as the spices really do appear to be the stars of the show. Cellared woody tannin only adds another layer of delicious complexity. Luckily the malt runs from top to bottom, giving it all a kickstand to keep the flavors upright. Splendidly put together.

M: Refreshing, yet it's in no way meek. It's nice to have a winter seasonal that's not a bottle of crude oil, but rather crisp and bubbly.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect with JP's Noel de Calbaza, and was extremely happy to find one of the better and most unique winter seasonals. It's different, and separates itself from the holiday pack immediately. This is one I'll eagerly return to, and hope to find bottles of this under my Christmas tree for years to come.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of meatyard
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3, 2009

Pours a clear, dark, reddish/amber with a 3/4", tan head that falls pretty quickly to a cover leaving bits of lacing.

The smell is a definite sour funk and malt.

The taste is malty, very funky with a slight edge of tartness and vinegar but also has a bit of oak coming through at the end.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with enough, moderate, carbonation to tease the tongue.

Overall: This is a really good beer that doesn't quite fit the traditional BSPA label. There are some of the attributes but I am rating more on the quality of the beer. The 2.5 years aging in the bottle must have some effect and if so, it's a nice one. Very much recommended. I need to get another to age.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.8%

Photo of Demitra
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pored into the glass, the head quickly fizzes away completely except for the edges gripping to the edge of the rim. It looks like a very heavy beer with its deep dark brown color

The smell has a punch of malt, with a hint of a sweet root beer at the end

The mouthfeel is very light but nicely carbonated in your mouth. I am very surprised by this, I was expecting something heavy and one note. I certainly was not expecting how sour and tart this beer is. Deep malt flavor with a tart raspberry yogurt finish. Interesting indeed.

Refreshing, and deep a the same time, I am enjoying this beer with gouda, and it's just lovely.

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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great name and label on this one, this was had very fresh, probably within 2 weeks of being shipped out to stores.

Pours a super dark brown color with a nice thick fluffy head that only lasts a minute or so. The head settles down into little puddles of off-color yeast sediment and some light lacing.

Nose on this one is bright but isn't powerful, i'm wanting more of a scent but can't get much off this even after it's warmed up a bit.

The first hit is an intense sour cherry flavor that lingers through the sip, slowly it gives way to a deep pumpkin pie spice flavor. The front end changes quite a bit as it comes up to room temp, i'm tasting roasted barley and a raisin flavor peaking through the sour cherries. I like it, it's deep but refreshing and very drinkable.
Great with a salty/sweet cheese or a sweet dessert, i can see this working with a lot of sweeter dishes balancing out the sweetness with it's sour malt flavor.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on sale at Total Wine for 4.99!

Pour is dark brown. Nice slightly frothy bubbly white head.

Smell is actually very nice an unexected. I was expecting ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. What i get was sour, lactic acid, and just slight hints of vinegar. hints of oak. Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells.

Your nose isnt deceive you on this one. Its complex, maybe as complex of a Belgian Strong Dark as Ive yet had. Spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. But overall, its a sour beer, but more like Supplication sour. Sour grapes, apple cider vinegar, and barrel can be found upon drinking.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey poured into sampler glass. pours hazy deep red with a huge, rocky off white head. Aroma is sour barrel funk, eraser-like brett character, hints of spice and chocolate. Taste is toffee, caramel, some fruit, smoke, and cinnamon all bathed in a sour oak funk. Body is light, silky, average carbonation, tart spicy finish. A nice Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the saving grace of an unimpressive visit to the Watershed in Chicago. Pours a strange but alluring color of orange juice cut with mountain dew. Excellently sniffable, with a wide assortment of fruits and spices standing up and saying high. Taste brings a lot of yummy sour apple to the table. Really a good drink, will seek out more of the JP stuff.

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

Consumed on Christmas night 2011.

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried dark fruits with some spicy/yeasty notes. Some biscuity malt aromas, too.

T - It tasted fruity with dried green apple, plum, currants and raisin. Bready malt with a nice spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really great ale. Jolly Pumpkin never disappoints.

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