Collababeire Special Holiday Ale | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Collababeire Special Holiday AleCollababeire Special Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jale on 01-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by rye726:
Photo of rye726
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml wine bottle into an imperial pint glass. Not really impressed with this one. Lacks any significant depth or complexity. Flavors that are there, are a real mess. Still drinkable, just nothing special. Fairly droll and one sided. A rare miss for these guys.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Blend 3, bottled 12-30-10.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel malt, with some strong herbal notes. I get a lot of sage, as well as some other spices which I can't really identify. There is also a big of dark fruit in the aroma.

The flavor is nice. I get some sour cherries and apples, as well as some toffee, sage and caraway. There is a nit of oak in the flavor as well. The combination of sourness and herbal notes make the flavor a little bit harsh.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one over.

(A) Pours really dark. Dark ruby up against the light. Fast diminished head that leaves some lacing.

(S) Smells sour, oude bruin-esque. Some vineger, sage, juniper, and some lighter citrus.

(T) Smell is far better than the taste. The caraway and spices are really bold. Almost too spiced. The front is really good and has some sourness to it but the rest of the flavors and taste is too much.

(M) Ends dry. It's very spicy and hefty on the body but far too rich.

(O) Smell is awesome. The flavor is a bit of a let down. Not sure if age could help this one or what, but I wasn't an overall fan.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Blend 3, bottled 12/30/2010.

Appearance - Pours with a nice khaki head. Ruby brown body. Retains well. Wispy surface.

Smell - Lots of juniper. Acidic. A little acetic. Nutty malts.

Taste - Tons of juniper again. Tart. Nuttiness combines with the tartness and intensifies. Spicy. Interesting but not really pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Tart and medium bodied. Super spicy.

Overall - Rough and tough to drink after a while.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to my buddy Chad (not sure if he is on BA or not) for sharing this one with the group! A gusher! Blend 4, Bottled 12-31-2010. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, sour, and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. The sour/tart aspect of this one really set it apart for what I was expecting based on the style. I didn't really pick up on any of the spices associated with this brew, but since the flavor wasn't too bad, this wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Went down really smooth and was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of StarRaptor
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very happy I was able to try this at Stone Bistro on tap. I have read reviews and was not expecting the "normal" JP beer...and it was really not that. I am a self proclaimed JP fanboy and even I knew this beer was a bit "off". Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Given in a standard tulip with a almost cola like color. Only a half finger of tan head that dissipates fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Smells...muted. I honestly feel Ron put this beer out before it was ready due to pressure from Stone. There are definite spices but a clear lack of the JP funk (there is some but just not as much as expected) that I would expect with this beer.

Taste - Yeah, as expected. Quite heavy on the spices and honestly can pick out the caraway seed. However, there is a definite funk to it, though again, it is muted. I have two (about to have three) of these beers in my cellar. Knowing JP, anything with some age on it from them seems to taste better. In a year (or more), I feel the spices will be more subdued and the funk a bit more. I can't wait to retry this - but as of now, it is not up to normal JP standards.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - While as of now I wouldn't drink more than the glass I had, it is not an F. I had a full glass of this and put it down no problem...tasted zero alcohol in the mouth or throat. I really can't wait to try this in a year. Cheers!

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4, bottled 12-31-2010

Pours a dark and murky russet tone, served around 45-50º into a tulip. Consistent head retention, lasts for the duration of the glass. Visible carbonation rising around the edges. A finger or so of tan foam that sticks to the edges, leaving random bits of spotty lace.

Spiced cherries, brown sugar, tart rhubarb, light backdrop of woody herbals, with the signature woody mustiness of a Flanders brown ale.

Leads off moderately tart, cherry skin, grape, and dark berries, segueing into earthy dry sage in the middle, which builds and lingers long in the savory finish. Fresh turned soil, mushroom, and crackling fall leaves are suggested by the combination of wild yeast and spices. Sage and chestnut seem to be the dominant ingredients, though they blend seamlessly with the base beer and funky yeast. Finish is exceptionally dry with lingering pleasant herbal notes. It has a supple feel with ample carbonation, the abv is well disguised. Overall very drinkable, and an underrated success. A very unique and creative dark wild ale with signature JP funk.

Enjoyed this even more than these brewers' previous collaborations, likely due to the barreling and aging at Jolly Pumpkin. It paired nicely with washed rind cheeses, Ardrahan and Petit Frere.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Sneevel
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled - Blend 3, Bottled 12-30-10

A: Pours a dark brown with a large tan head which fades fairly quickly. Little lace on glass.

S: Moldy cheese, spices (sage and juniper dominate), JP yeast funk. As it warms, there is a noteable cola-like odor.

T: Oaky wooden quality, bretted yeast, somewhat fetid/rancid, spices are all over the place.

M: slightly sour/tart. Some tickles from the carb on the finish.

O: The spices really clash with each other here. The chestnuts and caraway don't meld with the sage and juniper very well. Very disappointed.

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Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of dannypo
4.19/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't get the negative reviews of this beer. It has low carbonation. So what? It is murky brown. Who cares?

There is a strong but not overpowering sage character here.

Nice malt character that builds as the beer warms.

Big yeast charcter typical of Jolly Pumpkin. Loads of tropical fruit and peppery spice.

Very drinkable.I need to get a couple more bottles.

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Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark, muddy water brown in color with a light beige lacing around the glass. It smells very sour, very acidic, with an amount of butter. It drinks very dry and is full of herbal spices, possibly rosemary and sage. It has a tea leaf component which is really interesting. The aftertaste is leafy and bitter. Very earthy. It's interesting that's for sure. It smells better than it tastes. The tea, the leaves, the type of sour that is presented is odd. It drinks fine. The flavor is just odd. It's solid, it started great, but tastes mediocre. Interesting to say the least.

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Photo of Luk13
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to weisguy. Brown pour, red tint with off white foam that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is sour, JP funk, lots of juniper, earth and spices. Taste is spicy, lots of funk, brown sugar. Palate is well carbonated. Not particularly good, but certainly drinkable and unique. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of otto251068
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. This beer was bottled on 12/30/2010, about 6 weeks ago.

Appearance: After popping the cap, the slightly tan head overflowed from the opening, good thing I had my glass handy. After the pour, the head in my glass settled into a quarter inch, dense layer. The foam in the bottle keeps slowly rising out. The beer is a dark brown with a little amber in there as well. It seems very lively as I can see minuscule bubbles rising, some sediment in there.

Smell: Very tart and sour aroma. A little red and green apple, some sage as well, with some other herbal notes.

Taste: Right away I get some tartness, not as much as I thought there would be based on the aroma. The tartness has some under ripe strawberries and cranberries. The sage really comes through at the end. After the swallow there is bit of bitterness along with some black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. The carbonation level is a little low, but the what bubbles are there are very perky. The sourness and oak together really makes me pucker.

Overall: Between the oak and the low carbonation level, this beer really has some wine qualities. The sour flavors are refreshing and a nice change of pace, but the whole package doesn't leave me wanting more than the 750 mL. The sage is nice, but a little overwhelming.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.79/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jason for bringing this to the UFC 126 and food swap tasting.

A - Brown beer without a lot of head, carbonation appears low on this one. Somewhat transparent and clear, looks fine.

S - Smells not fine. Weird spices that seem more suited for cooking than beer. Seems to be a bit of a sage bomb which is a poor choice for a beer.

T - Taste follows the smell in that it is not good at all, pretty much gross. Lots of spices, primarily sage and caraway. There is some caramel backbone, but it's not helping. This beer is just awful, something that should have been tasted and destroyed, not put into bottles.

M - Little flat, which is disappointing which would have been been better as it might have distracted from the horrible taste.

D - Yeah right, this is so bad, can't get it down. No one should drink this or give it to anyone else to drink.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, sour white grapes, sage, and a small fruitiness. In the taste, sour white grapes to a dry nuttiness and a nice spice profile, especially with sage. A sour bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour and nutty aftertaste. Nice sour with great profiles of sage and chestnuts.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Blend 4 - Bottled 12-31-10.

(A)- Pours a dark reddish highlighted mahogany color. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- Spice city! Lots of juniper and sage for sure. Orange citrus peel all over the place. Very festive, but more in a fall harvest sort of a way. This is different, but the aroma is very intriguing and enjoyable.

(T)- Again, spices all over the place. A nuttiness with the juniper and sage (maybe too much sage). Orange peel again with a heavy bittering spice that must be the carraway. Some tartness and oak in the far background.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. This is just all over the place with heavy spices that lean towards alot of bitterness. Some oak tartness and nutty fruits.

(D)- This has unique written all over it, though not really in a good way. I really like its aroma, but after that is where it lost me. Kinda disjointed while seeming to be like 3 styles of beer at the same time. This needs serious time for all of those really heavy and bitter spices to mellow out and allow that nice oaky tartness in the background to show up better.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: The pour is mahogany in color with almost no head on it at all.

S: A really interesting nose. When I smell this, I can't help but think of a mixture of cola and Dr. Pepper. Lots of sweet dark sugar and fruits. Raisins, plums, and cherries with a moderate tartness. A hint of toffee and chocolate.

T: Like the nose, the cola and Dr. Pepper thing is very strong. There is a bit more of a spice character to it, but none in particular really stand out. Decently sweet with a nice tartness from the dark fruit notes.

M: Medium in body with a pretty low level of carbonation.

O: Not sure what the hate is about with this beer. It wasn't amazing, but not too shabby.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-23-11
Bottled on 12-30-10

Pours a dark, deep, red/brown color, with a fizzy head that quickly settles. Slightly cloudy, lacing is just a layer of liquid that clings to the side.

Smell is super tart and sour, very intense. Not much else to pick out, the sourness overwhelms anything else that might be in there. The aroma becomes very wine-like as it warms.

Taste is very herbal, strong flavors of pine and orange peel. Very different, but the taste grows on you. The finish is earthy with decent amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thin, but eases the intensity of the flavors.

Drinkability is not very good, finishing a bomber is going to be tough.

Overall, an interesting and different beer, if not a little overpowering.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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Collababeire Special Holiday Ale from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 52 ratings