Perseguidor (Batch 5) | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Perseguidor (Batch 5)Perseguidor (Batch 5)

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blend of La Roja Grand Reserve, Luciernaga Grande Reserve, and Bam.

Added by MasterSki on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 73
Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saturday night bottle share. Last of the night, bottle courtesy of Toby. So much for a "small" bottle share. This blended beer works especially well with the oak aging, adding some subtle textures and smoothing out the rough (tarty) edges. Berries, funk, vegetables, a little musty, but it all comes together nicely.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Peter!

Amber with a white head and little lacing, this looks nice. The nose is yeasty, funky, mildly sulfury, with mellow lactic and acetic acids. Nice. This smells fresh (grassy) and farmhouse-y. Apposed to Consecration, this held its own. Fruity, acetic, lactic and funky, this is well-balanced, well-structured and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tewaris
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks dougofthefuture!

Deep amber colored with medium clarity. Funky and grassy aroma with hints of mustard seed (I think). The taste is slightly disappointing: mild, watery and weak? Oaky and tannic. The carbonation could have been higher, otherwise the mouthfeel is ok.

I am not wowed.

4, 4, 3.5, 4, 3.5

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Photo of TrueRates
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with a white head. Citrusy aromas w/ an almost mineral quality. Mildy sweet with a citric tartness underneath. Medium bodied with lightly spritzy mouthfeel. Great intensity with unbelievable drinkabilty. Love the delicateness of this beer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from Raznug in a bif a while back. This one pours a rusty brownish red with a thin layer of white foam.

Vinous aroma with dark some note of oak and vanilla come to mind. A bit of a tart white grape skin aroma with some a little bit of balsamic vinegar in the background. Mild slightly tart flavors with some vanilla and some grape flavors. A little woody.

Light-medium body with soft carbonation. Overall pretty enjoyable. A little more on the subtle side but still tasty.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is light brown; slightly orange. Let's call it burnt sienna. There are a few bubbles floating around but it doesn't amount to much.

The aroma has a great blend of oak and some vinegar. There is a hint of malt sweetness there as well. I get hints of orange and cherry.

The taste is full of lemongrass. The aroma indicated more malt sweetness and fruit than the taste yields. There is a nice bit of orange rind as well.

This drinks relatively light. The carbonation is light and kind of fluffy.

This is good stuff.

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Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one with us at a recent tasting.

A - Pours murky amber orange with a fingers worth of white foam leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of tart funkiness, horse blanket, apples, citric fruit, oak and a muted caramel malt backbone. A ton of lactic funkiness throughout the nose.

T - Starts off with a touch of caramel sweetness quickly being enveloped by the decent sized lactic sourness kick. Once the sourness dies down a bit you get hints of apples, pears, lemons and some dry oak that lingers on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Lots of lactic tartness initially leaving the pallet dry at the finish.

O - Compared to most of the other sours we drank this one was nothing special but I still enjoyed it none the less. It had plenty of flavor to keep me coming back for more. Thanks again Dan!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark yellow to orange color with a small head. The smell is mildly tart and funky with hints of lemon, green apple, and a little bit of barnyard funk. The taste is again mildly sour with the funk and lemony flavor balancing it out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Overall a very drinkable sour beer and would be a good introduction for someone if it were not such a hard to find beer

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 12oz bottle with me. Pours orange in color with nearly perfect clarity. Some yellow around the edges with a thin patchy head that revives with a swirl.

The aroma is lightly cheesy with soft vanilla sweetness from the barrel aging. Funk is present with a lactic quality that pierces the nose letting you know this is going to be tart before you even take a sip.

The first sip brings forth everything you soul expect based off the aroma. Mild funky cheese, lactic almost lemony quality bound with fruits somewhat reminescent of unripe/tart cherries. There is an underlying base grain character present that makes me want to say caramel but more with a slight flavor not the expected sweetness. All the while, the barrel aging is present with a smooth vanilla flavor that doesn't last long before the tartness takes back over and makes this more lemony and fruity.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated and makes for a very easy drinkin brew. I haven't had many JP offerings but as I do, I get more intrigued an interested in them with every offering I try from them.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber brown, thin head quickly fades to ring.

S: Peppery lemon.

T: Powerful sour tart citrus. A bit funk with faint oak detected.

M: Crisp mouth pucker with light carbonation.

O: Good sour, but cleaner and less complex than expected. Would have liked to get a bit more flavor or funk.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour fruits, wild Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a big sour flavor up front consisting of cherries and grapes. There’s a faint sweetness in the background but it’s completely over-powered by the sourness. There’s some breadiness from wild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is likewise slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s got what you would typically look for in a sour beer but there doesn’t seem to be anything that separates this beer from the pack within the style.

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Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle purchased at the brewery on the release day. Poured into a Russian River tulip.

A: Pours a ruby tinted amber with decent clarity, possibly from the long cellaring. Latte looking head with some retention and good lacing.

S: La Roja aroma up front with some added funk. More tart than sour but a decent amount of both. Tart cherries with a bit of acid. Plenty of barrel.

T/M: The Lucy comes out more in the flavor and delivers more sourness than expected. Still plenty of tart cherries and even a bit of a lactic edge. Plenty of barrel, and maybe even too much as things seem a bit muddled together and almost lays flat on the tongue. Things dry up considerably more than when I had this fresh, but could go even further. Carbonation is spot on.

D: This beer has definitely developed in the funk and sour/tart areas but now seems to have lost its direction. I like it now more than when it was fresh. Still a decent sour that hits the spot.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Lots of white bubbles and lace.

(S)- A funky and dry acidic lemon and white grape. A nice balance.

(T)- Sour and tart, but a predominately dry funk driven profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. Tart, but an overall funk-driven profile.

(D)- A decent wild ale. not all that sour, but very earthy and funky.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of Translucent. Poured into a tulip glass a clear reddish copper color with a light tan head. The smell is really nice with fruit notes, some sourness, and some oak notes. Light mouthfeel. The taste is lighter than expected, might need more time to sour up. Starts off with a nice sour sweet fruit notes like green apple. Ends rather and clean. Light mouthfeel. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep amber to a deep copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, well, it is like a yeasty sweettart. In the taste, big oak flavor, with a back round of a nice sweet grapefruit tartness and a dry yeasty end. A sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to a clean, small tart aftertaste. FANTASTIC! Big oak, nice sour, and a nice yeast presence.

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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a past trade but I have no idea who sent it. Whoever you are thanks a lot!

Pours a deep, dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden orange/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head. Decent retention,only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Very vinous, oaky vanilla with lots of dark fruit and vanilla character. Slightly tart smelling with subtle funkiness but the vinous dark fruit and oaky vanilla notes are most prominent. Lots of grape, dark cherry, plum and raisin. Smells pretty good.

Medium bodied with a nice amount of tart funk but like the aroma, the prominent characteristics are vinous dark fruit, tannis, oak and vanilla. There is a strong red wine barrel presence with hints of grape, currant, plum and raisin as well as earthy oak tannis and vanilla. There is also a slight buttery feel but it's pretty faint. I was expecting this to be more tart/funky/sour but it is more sweet with a dry puckering finish. Well balanced and quaffable but not what I expected.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean9689/Masterski for the bottle.

A: Hazy bright orange color with minimal white head. A few floaties in my glass.

S: A nice mix of oak and overripe fruit. Got a little bit of leather in the nose as well. Little bit of basement. Funky. Tart.

T: Super complex. Overripe fruit. Nice subtle sourness. There is something that I kept trying to put into words but it never happened.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation.

D: Really nice. Super complex but everything melded well together. Thanks again guys for the trade.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received as part of my Secret Santa box thanks to pwoods; thanks Patrick, been wanting to try this one!

a - Pours a murky golden-brown color, more on the brown side, with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, oak, spices, sour fruit, cherries, brett, and funk. Smells pretty tart and sour, it's great.

t - Tastes of oak, spices, light brett and funk, light sour fruit, especially apples, and fruity malts. A definite step down from the nose, but still pretty good.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Crisp, and very easy to drink.

d - I really enjoyed the smell of this one, as it was full of tart and sour fruit and brettm with hints of oak. The taste was good, but not very sour at all. It was pretty easy to drink, would give another shot.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a clear reddish chesnut brown with a beige head. Nose is cherries, coconut, oak, and brett. Oak in the front palate, more sourness and funk evolves, with a pretty long finish with lots of brett and some tropical fruits. Kind of similar to P3 with a slight apple cider note. I had a bottle of this shortly after the release and it has improved significantly. The flavors still need a bit of time to unfold and open up. I think this will be awesome in 6 months, and I'll rerate it then.

2011 RATE. This blend really didn't work out. Don't have much in the way of specific notes on this but it's easily one of the worst Jolly Pumpkin bottled beers out there. I blame the brewery for overproducing and not putting enough time into their blends anymore. They keep the beer in the oak for like 10 days now.

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Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1600

Something special that i've really enjoyed, this is always a cuvée blend to look for. It pours a dark amber with a couple fingers of foam.

Pear, wet oak, ephemeral notes of Brie or funky washed rind cheese. Ultimately the fruitiness dominates, pear and dried apricots take centerstage. Very intoxicating nose.

Flavors of dried fruit, dominant oak, complex wild/woody forest floor notes with a soft feel. Minor calvados and sherry notes, rich and tropical much like Oro de Calabaza. This blend was mostly Luciernaga Grand Reserve from what the brewer said at the release. Somewhat tannic with a medium body. Lots of apple and pear, with dry oak nuances. Tartness is low, very even and manageable. A mellow and lovely blend, kudos to Ron & the JP crew for creating such unique beers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jampics2 for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden-orange color with a white head. Slight lacing as it recedes. The nose is really interesting with a good dose of grass, oak, and slight sourness. A bit of citrus. The taste goes the other way, as it's taken over by a flavor that--as close as I can describe--is some pungent dill along with mild funk and sourness. The feel is pretty good between the oak and the other barrel characteristics, but the oddities of the taste keep this from being too drinkable.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance borders on still. Very little sign of carbonation. Has that hot lactic smell that you get from bigger JP sours. Eggy and some slight vinegar mixed with wheat and hay.
Taste comes up short with a very slight tinge of lactic acidity, hint of brett, and a small bit of malt flavor. Dry bretty hay finish.

This is a very light sour. Highly drinkable because of its lack of complexity but boring.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Masterski for this one! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon tulip and shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a light layer of coarse white bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass. Beer is a cloudy, tomato grapefruit. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate cling.

S: Characteristic oak, rubber, slight ethanol, pear, citrus... and a not-so-characterstic pungent rotten egg.

T: Pear and yeasty bitterness upfront. Cantalope, watermelon, and citrus rind tartness. Rubber and fragrant flowery spices. Finish is dry and leads to little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, slick, but very very dry overall with a dry finish and no aftertaste.

D: A unique sour who's only real flaw is in the pungent rotten egg aroma... I'm hoping this is just an isolated incident. Still, good complexity and fresh, melon-y tartness with a nice, lively, and bone dry body. Great beer by Jolly Pumpkin and worth the effort to acquire!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this 12oz bottle courtesy of hotpipes29 (thanks Eric). I'm really excited to try this, unfortunately I haven't had any of the previous Perseguidors yet.

The beer pours a dark orange, nearly bronze color, with a thin layer of off-white foam. The beer smells sour and woodsy, almost a smoked wood aroma. Usually I struggle to get any notes from a barrel but not with this beer. It tends towards old bruin or Flemish sour in the nose, pungent with what smells to be sour cherries.

The beer tastes not quite as strong as it smells, at least in terms of "wild" flavors. Kind of acidic but not strongly so, easy drinking but I was hoping for a little more complexity. It smells so good, it's surprising the flavors don't follow through.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing this one. Poured a burnished, hazy cider with a mere skim of a head and some clusters of bubbles dispersed across the surface. Nose is primarily buttery, with some apple vinegar in the mix. Taste reveals some dry wood character and more of the buttery quality detected in the nose; not as tart as the nose initially suggests. Mouthfeel expresses a slight puckering tartness upfront; fairly light in body and carbonation. This is a very easy sour for those seeking to be initiated to the style. Not overly complex at this point; however, there is some potential for a character change as this one ages in my humble opinion.

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Perseguidor (Batch 5) from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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