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
Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.76/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Nogne O, Stone, JP making a winter ale? I've seen the Nogne O version, may even have tried it once but this is a new one to me.

A great brown with no head, I think that is more to do with how the JP Cafe pours than the beer. The smell is..different. A bit of spice, lots of sage. There is a nip of caramel and fruit in the aroma as well.

The taste is, well, Horrific. It's like sage leaves covered in half moldy sour cherry juice. I tried, I powered through the first quarter of the glass but dios mio, this is bad. The sourness thins out the body but the sage is just massive, leaving an acrid bitterness.

I would never drink this again, and my super awesome server saw this on my face. She took it off my bill and threw in a free pint of Bambic, a true win in my book. Thank you sexy server, thank you for so much.

JP- Please never do this to an unsuspecting drinker again. Please.

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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 jrallen34
1.81/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I regretfully brought this to our UFC tasting, drank from the bottle into a perfect pint glass... This pours looking precent decent, albeit with basically no carbonation. A dark but clear copper body with some amber, looks good... The aroma is pretty rough. For once not the typical Jolly Pumpkin sour oak, actually no sour notes at all. This is dominated by spices, caramel with tons of caraway and sage, not what I want in my beer... The taste is more of the same but is just horrendous. Who would want to drink caraway and sage with a hint of caramel. Terrible finish, and feel. This is utter garbage, everyone drained pour this right away.

Don't even think about it.

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Photo of lavellen
1.94/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I would be really thorough, but it's hard to be. The beer was at war with itself!

Aroma: Sage. That's it. Sage.

Mouth: Huge and crazy?

Taste: The caraway, juniper, and sage all turned the hops into a bitter crazy mess like eating a huge hunk of ginger root and swallowing it down with candied peppercorns....

That's all I can say. It was super sour and that would have been good, or it could have been super spicy, but I don't think it can be both. I love JP and I used to drink it weekly, but this one's a flop.

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of jale
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with little head.

S: Initial smell is of a flat cola. Crazy, I have never said that about a beer. Some malt, nuts, and a little sage.

T: Sweet flat cola at first, not in a bad way but very unusual. Roasted malt then somewhat nutty. Spice, some sage, a little juniper and a nice sour J.P. flavor. I don't pick up any hops. This beer is really funky. Funky in a bad way.

M: Not much carbonation.

D: I should have tasted before I bought bottles.

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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 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 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 HopHead84
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Bottle shared by Ojos Dormidos.

A: Reddish brown with a small beige head.

S: Aromatic sage and juniper with very faint nutty notes. A light tartness is evident. Vinegar is pretty strong and lactic notes are present along with oak. 

T: Lactic and acetic immediately with pronounced juniper. It comes across as medicinal and harsh. Caraway is evident and I get some oak. Sage is pervasive. Alcohol is strong.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: The medicinal flavor was a turnoff. This isn't good. Pass on it.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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 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 gordavidson
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A deep brown liquid with some orange and ruby highlights. There is little to no head to speak of, which is really surprising considering it is a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

S- White grapes, oak, spices, and a strong acidic-funky quality. Very aromatic and unique... I don't know if I would use the word "inviting" though.

T- Pretty sour with loads of spices. Some oak and a solid malt base round things off. The spices are odd.

M- Definitely on the flat side. There is a strong acidic finish that keeps it from becoming boring.

D- The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the spices are odd. I wish this were in a smaller bottle than a 750 ml. Not bad, but not worth seeking out. Most definitely not worth the $17 price tag.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of FosterJM
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1067th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

Not sure vintage

Thanks to LouieM23 for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- Dark crimson mixed with brown in the glass. A small head formed in a tan color and receded quickly. A couple dots of cling were left.

Smell- Very herbal nose to say the least. Like taking a walk in the forest and the running into a cherry stand, with a bit of a liquid candy bar.

Taste- Pretty upfront on the taste. You do get a lot of alcohol burn and then the herbs come in. The fruit is not as pronounced on the flavor and the oak comes out a tad more. Its not the best but not the worst winter warmer I have had.

Mouth- Medium bodied to almost full bodied. Medium amounts of carbonation. Leaves residual booze notes with some oak and herbal notes..

Drink- Never even saw this on BA so cheers to Louie for busting this one out.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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 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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Collababeire Special Holiday Ale from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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