Perseguidor (Batch 3)
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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4.32 | pDev: 9.49%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Perseguidor (Batch 3)Perseguidor (Batch 3)
Notes: Batches: 222,127,121,120 Brewed: 6/26/07, 7/15/06, 6/30/06, 6/26/06 To Oak: 7/2/07, 7/20/06, 7/6/06, 7/5/06 Barrels: 58 Bottled On: 12/18/07. Released Summer 2008.
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with apricot-colored edges and one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing let behind.

Very vinous aroma with lots of dark fruit sweetness along with subtle toasted oak, vanilla and coconut notes. Really nice vinous barrel character along with funky bugs and a sweet malt backbone. Slightly one dimensional but nice juicy wine barrel notes and subtle funk elevate the aroma.

Medium body with low carbonation and subtle acetic acid. Tart and funky with vinous fruit notes and damp oak. Hints of strawberry and cream, grape and dark berries. Sweet and vinous presence opens up as it warms countered by prominent toasted oak and funky bugs. Complex but well balanced and pretty easy to drink. Subtle acidic/acetic harshness but otherwise, pretty good.

Aug 08, 2014
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BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Shared 3-26-11 by Trey - thank you! One of 58 total bottles.

L - Hazy, brown orange, a bit murky, with a speckled webbed head.

S - White pepper, light maraschino cherry, lactic acid, white grape, nice JP funk, slight alcohol in the nose.

T - Tasty - white pepper, light sweet cherry, a bit winey especially as it opens up. Brett, lactic funk, strawberry wine vinegar.

M - A bit think, even for the style, and the booze and pepper feels heavy in my mouth.

O - Very enjoyable - a nice mix of sour and white pepper spice with light fruit.

Jun 30, 2013
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a chestnut brown with so e red hues and a thinner off white head. The nose has a creamy lactic acid note up front, some bright fruits, red grapes, light Brett. The flavor is very lactic and creamy, light vanilla notes with some minty Brett presence. Very sweet, light to medium body, creamy with an assertive carbonation.

Apr 10, 2012
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow colored beer with a touch of brownish orange. Small white head that didn't stay for long and left minimal spots on the side of my glass.

S - A bit of funk, some wood, vanilla, sour cherries, vinegar. Smells pretty nice actually, with nothing being terribly overpowering. Good balance.

T - Some good tartness, sourness, and good flavor. A bit of vinegar, some light fruitiness, has a decent pucker quality to it.

M - Medium bodied, very dry finish. Some good carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, although the dry/tart character can leave it a little fatiguing. Good stuff though, was glad to have tried it.

Nov 16, 2011
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NittanyBeerFan from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to treyrab for sharing this wale [sic]. I have been looking forward to this one for a while. Enjoyed as beer number 3 of the tasting.

Poured into a tulip, the color is deep brownish copper. The head is thin, and is coarse, quite normal, actually, in the paradigm of the style.

Aromas of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales' signature funky yeast strain with some lemony lactic sourness are my first impressions. This lactic character does a nice job of balancing the slightly acetic sour cherries that follow. The taste follows suit, adding some phenolic clove and white pepper in the mid-palate, along with some white wine flavors. There is a bit of alcohol warmth there as well.

Prickly carbonation and a warm finish, as noted above, with a bit of overwhelming phenolic spice. The consistency is medium. Spicy and sour in one is a somewhat unfamiliar sensation for me, and I find it a bit tougher to drink as a result, though this beer is well done overall.

Mar 29, 2011
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Trey

Mildly hazy amber copper with a dense off-white head that recedes to a ring with mild lacing. The nose has a sharp lactic sourness with some white pepper, a fruity wine vinegar and not much oak. Dominated by acids and funk, there's a rather noticeable fruity character with strawberries, raspberries and cherries. The palate opens quite lactic and spicy with white pepper and moderate fruit mid-palate. The blend of the dry, lactic sourness and the fruity vinegar is excellent. Quite spicy in the mid-palate with clove and white pepper, though the sourness does balance it. The malt character is mild with caramel and maybe some honey. While noticeable, the alcohol isn't harsh. A little tannic as well, working well with the lactic sourness. Nice stuff, makes me think of a nicer Vlad.

Mar 28, 2011
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mothman from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Pours slightly flat, very little head. Color is a caramel hued straw yellow

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, spice. Some funk here with notes of acidic flavors.

Taste: Again, sour cherries. Pretty tart. Spice notes with oak and wheat flavors. It has some horse blanket and funky notes as well. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart with acidic notes. Light to medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends sour, but clean.

Overall, this was a great drinking sour. Lots of quality flavors with a good amount of sour/funk present. I was very happy to have tried this one.

Aug 24, 2010
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HopHead84 from California

3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


750ml bottle in a snifter. Deep orange and nebulous, with a big fizzy white head and a little lacing. The nose is tart and woody with prominent lactic notes. There's an light sweetness and notes of oaked cherries and grapes. The flavor is slightly disappointing. There's lots oak and lactic notes. The aroma was very fruity, but those characteristics are subdued in the flavor. It's rather...simple, for lack of a better word...very woody and tannic with light fruit notes. It's nice, but nothing stands out. This was better a year ago.

Jul 27, 2010
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brokensail from California

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Chad for sharing this beer at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a clear golden-copper color with a nice white head and some mild lacing.

S: The nose is quite fruity and almost tropical. A nice blend of sweetness and tartness, with tons of melons (cantaloupe and honey dew come to mind right of the bat). There are some notes of white grapes, pineapple, and a good lemon note.

T: The melon flavor is impressively powerful. It provides a nice sweet note to the beer and combines wonderfully with the tart and lemon notes. Some nice apple, grape, and funk to this beer as well.

M: The body is medium, maybe a bit on the heavy side for a wild ale, but still refreshing and nicely carbonated.

D: I was a bit disappointed by the Perseguidor 5, but this was very, very good. This has flavors that I haven't often picked up in beers that I've tried, and I really enjoyed them.

Jul 22, 2010
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aforbes10 from Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, Batch #3. BIG thanks to kkulacki. A while ago, I got a small sample of this at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summerfest. And then I got another sample. Then another. And a fourth. It was great. Excited to have this whole bottle all to myself. Pours a red peach and hazy, with a well-retained while cappuccino head. Laces slowly and uniformly. Odor portends a sour treat...notes of cherry, lemon, brettanomyces, hint of vanilla, oak. Taste is sublime. Not overwhelmingly sour, but mildly tart, fruity and sweet malt. Oak lends a damping sensation to the sourness and a tannin flavor. The amazing thing is how well everything comes together for a perfect sour, but not too sour, wild ale. A beautiful thing. Velvety mouthfeel, medium bodied. One of the best beers I've ever had.

Jul 01, 2010
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DrJay from Texas

4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for cracking this one open. Day 1 of the 2008 Biergotter Tasting. Batch 3.
Hazy orange with a fine whitish cap. Lots of sticky lacing with good head retention. Tart, fruity aroma with earthy berry seeds, peaches, grass, tropical fruits. Sort of like sweet tarts. There was definitely some bitterness to the flavour, but it wasn't overly strong. Tart and acidic, but a little less fruity than the aroma. Still, there was some berry sweetness along with earth and leather. Some dryness, light to medium bodied, with average carbonation and light warmth. Smooth and easy drinking, quite tasty.

May 29, 2010
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing a bottle of this with me.

Originally reviewed 4-30-2009
Batch 3 poured a clear golden amber with 1+ fingers of foamy white head. Good retention and some nice lacing left behind. Smells of tart citrus fruits, cherries, apples, oak, Brett funk, nuts, and toasted malts. Tastes tart up front of pineapple and tangerine, dried cranberries, cherries, and sour apple along with some funk. Roasted nuts and malts give a nice balance before a dry oaky finish with a slight alcohol warmth kicks in. Medium in body with pretty low carbonation. Tart, sour, and slick with a nice dryness. An excellent brew from Jolly Pumpkin, very easy to drink.

May 28, 2010
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Batch 3, released in 2008.

Hazy bronze peach orange body with a sticky, lacy, gauzy, off-white head. Good retention. Wonderful nose of tart, funky fruits, cobwebs, musty stable, oak shavings, cedar, and lemony brett.

Tangy, acidic, slightly metallic bite up front. Close to puckering with lime and tart cherry. Musty, bretty funk and sweet hay are all over the palate. Flashes of barely-sweet (maybe just less sour) fruit and malt. Solid undercurrent of smooth Chardonnay oak. Herbal bitterness finds its way near the finish. Wheat malt oomph has a little alcohol backing. Tinny tartness stays throughout, keeping this beer refreshing and provides a nice balance to the sweetish malt. Long finish ties everything together with lingering oak, tart salty fruits, and musty brett. Medium-bodied and light on the carbonation, making for pretty good downability! Exceptional. Reminds me of Temptation and is right up there with it in terms of the best American Wild Ales around. Can't wait for the next release!

May 28, 2010
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tprokop7 from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally reviewed 8 November 2008:

From batch three, poured into an oversized wine glass from the capped 750 with little fanfare. Thanks to a kind BA for sharing this. The end of the bottle is "so chunky."

Pours reddish and cloudy. Slight head fades to a ring around the edge. Smells more sour than anything else we've had tonight, with some light sour fruit aroma. The flavor is much more complex and balanced, starting with a smooth sweet flavor. It quickly changes to alcoholic and oaky in sync with the dense carbonation hitting your tongue. I tried this pretty far into a sour tasting, and had a lot to compare it to. This is the best beer I've had tonight. JP has really considered the sour aspect as just part of the flavor, something that should complement the other aspects of the beer instead of overshadowing them. It's a masterpiece. If you'd like to trade me a bottle, let me know.

May 28, 2010
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Batch 3

Emerge077 brought this rarity over yesterday for a sour tasting, thanks! Perseguidor is a hazy copper brew with rusty red highlights when backlit. A super clean white head rises to one finger on the pour and crackles down to a skimming rather quickly. The moderate collar leaves behind a lot of small patches down the glass.

Damn, this beer smells like a melon patch of various varieties. Honeydew, cantaloupe, and even hints of watermelon steal the show on this beer, all in that order of intensity. Sparkling white grapes and mild strawberries come along as well. This is a fruit bomb but in the most soft, well, rounded, perfectly integrated sort of way. A slight minerally funkiness washes through on the back end with some very soft barnyard notes.

The flavor is perfectly in sync with the melon patch of a nose. All the aromas are injected directly into the flavor profile with an incredibly well integrated and soft feel. The flavor is actually softer than I expected and Jolly Pumpkin executed it to perfection. There's a faint funkiness that's somewhat earthy and hay-like. A couple friends mentioned this being a little hot but, for the life of me, I couldn't find any heat at all. I have never come across a brew with this type of flavor profile in the past.

The body feels surprisingly light for the abv with an active carbonation that is perfectly soft while creating a nearly frothy feel on the tongue. The only alcohol I can come across is a little forehead sweat after drinking half a glass.

I could, without a doubt, drink this beer nearly all day long. The refreshing qualities are most impressive and the only thing that would stop me from pouring glass upon glass, besides the obvious availability, is the abv.

Perseguidor was my favorite of the day in a long list of critter driven beers. Of all the great Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had in the past this is one of, if not the best. I didn't think I'd get to try this one. Thanks for bringing this treat, Matt!

May 28, 2010
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seaoflament from California

3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SaucyA for this trade last year. I shared this 750ml bottle at La Bella on 4-24-09 with buddies Jason and Joe.

Batch 3 edition.

Poured a golden color with little to no head.

Wow! The first smell was great. Really sour upfront with some tart cherries, lots of oak, lemon, funk, cheese, vanilla, green apples, vinous and wine-like acidity, and some wild flowers. After the first olfactory impression the aroma did tone down but a stir of the beer brought back some intensity. Later on I started to pick up some wild honey aromas and pale malt sweetness.

Sweet and tart cherries initially and then it continued with some toasted malts, tart apples, pears, and vinegar in the finish. There was also some oak and apples in the aftertaste. Quite good but rather tame compared to the aroma and not as puckering as the aroma would lead you to believe.

Low carbonation and at some points I detected a sort of film-y sensation on the palate. Not that hard on the stomach and quite easy to drink.

May 26, 2010
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one, good thing I still have one in the cellar! Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a hazy dark golden amber, kind of corn syrup colour, thin white head forms, drops some lace rings, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, solvent alcohol, acidic, lemons, very oaky and full of tannins, pineapples, cherries, funky sourness, barnyard, neat aroma. Taste is malty at first, caramel and bread, sugary, pineapples, lots of fruit, juicy, alcohol, lemons, oranges, cherry juice finish, not as sour in the flavour, nice funkiness though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, quite nice, very smooth. Great beer, but didn't quite stack up to the competition that evening, it'll be nice to see how this one develops. Thanks Russ!

May 26, 2010
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original review: 08/2009
Batch #3 cellared 1 year.
A-4 S-4.5 T-4.5 M-4 D-4

This bottle seems to have mellowed some since it's release a year ago. Color was a slightly hazed dark orange, a solid skim remained after the initial one finger of foam.

Nose of apricot, wet hay, white wine vinegar, some sweetish oaky pipe tobacco traces, and sweet brandy heat.

Reminded me of white wine, champagne, dry mead and barrel-aged cider. Moderate, mellow sourness. Fruity notes suggesting apricot, peach, lemon, and a honeyish aftertaste, minus any sweetness. Fairly dry and tannic. A good bottle to share, this was definitely a sipper.

May 26, 2010
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an amber tinged, tan colored head that is quite fizzy and fairly short lived. The beer actually foamed up as soon as I popped the cap, but it was slow enough that I caught it all in y glass. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue that shows a hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma exudes notes of oak and tartness as it sits on my desk. A closer inspection yields more oak (mostly spicy but with a touch of woodiness to it) as well as a flint-like white-wine grape fruitiness. Some apple cider like aromatics, some tart plum, perhaps a touch of tamarind and of course the ever-present, though not overwhelming, lactic tartness. The sourness reminds me a bit of a fruity, concentrated wine vinegar that is not quite balsamic in character, even with a slight cherry note to it towards the finish. The aroma is a touch soft in its effect, but is quite nicely balanced and integrated between tartness, oak and fruit notes.

Nice and tart, but with an oak-driven backbone that supplies plenty of spicy oak as well as a tannic mouthfeel and texture. Lightly carbonated for a beer that foamed up upon opening, with just a bit of a prickly texture. The finish is quite dry with a substantial, lingering oak character that is quite spicy. Fruit flavors are nicely noticed up front and die down through the long finish (even if never completely disappearing); flavors of plum, aromatic apple varietals, a touch of raisin and perhaps even a touch of fig. Despite being quite dry, this has a nice body to it; it is still light enough to be pretty drinkable, but the tannins from the barrel definitely provide a structure to the mouthfeel. The spicy, oak driven finish at times reminds me a bit of Bourbon, with even a touch of heat to it.

As the beer warms up a bit the fruitiness becomes a bit more forward and even contributes something that seems like sweetness (though I would guess this is just perceived), which helps to balance the tartness; the sourness in this beer was never bracing to begin with, though is certainly a substantial part of the flavor profile. Really as this warms up it becomes a lot more integrated and balanced; the tannins still play a big role, but they provide a structure & texture that supports the mix of sour flavors, fruit notes and spicy oak overtones that define this beer in equal amounts.

This has a bit richer fruit flavors than perhaps the color would suggest. This is actually quite oaky, but it doesn't seem to bother me too much, which may be more of a sign that I am getting used to aggressive oak in beer rather than this isn't over-oaked. Quite a tasty brew, it is really too bad that so little of this was made, I am actually a bit surprised that so little was made of this (even by Jolly Pumpkin standards). This really gets a big boost because it ends up being such a great blend of flavors. Huge props to jgd0608, I owe you.

May 26, 2010
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grub from Canada (ON)

4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this bottle, purchased at the brewery.

750ml bottle. blend 3. sampled nov 27/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small fluffy white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. lots of sourness and funk. lemon. malt vinegar. grapefruit. bit of sour cherry. cracker. bit of white bread. some grain. light vanilla. bit of raw oak. light alcohol. leather. tobacco. horse blanket.

taste is great. more fruity than i expected. lemon, orange, cherry, raisin, bit of green grape. whole wheat bread. caramel and toffee. alcohol. mild acidity. green tobacco leaf. bit of horse blanket.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body. a bit more body than expected.

drinkability is great. big fruity and malty base that balances the acidity and funk very well. another great wild ale that shows its own character. good stuff!

May 26, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 served in a tulip glass. Thanks Matt!

A - A dime of off-white foam that dissipates pretty quick and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Opaque golden orange color with a few bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass. I thinks is particular blend was pretty high in ABV.

S - Light brett and funk notes, oak, vanilla, vinegar, alcohol esters, a touch of sour cherry. Not as complex or amazing as the batch 4, and a little bit boozier than I like.

T - The taste has a strong white wine vinegar flavor to it, a touch of funk, light fruit flavors (pear, granny smith apple). Very sour and not as complex as I figured a blend of three JP beers would be.

M - This is one of the driest brews that I've tried. Thick medium body that supports my higher-gravity theory on this particular blend. Nice initial stickiness and lower carbonated texture.

D - This didn't go down as quick as Beekeeper or the batch 4 Perseguidor. It was nice to try, but I'll stick to batch 4 in the future.

May 26, 2010
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