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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jale on 01-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 12/29/2010. Slow gusher upon opening as expected. Pours a hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, apple, raisin, prune, pepper, clove, molasses, red wine, juniper, caraway, herbal, toast, oak, light nuttiness, funk, hay, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and a huge amount of complexity. Taste of tart cherry, apple, raisin, prune, pepper, clove, molasses, red wine, toast, light chocolate, caraway, sage, oak, juniper, hay, grass, funk, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart dark fruits, pepper, toast, molasses, red wine, light chocolate, clove, caraway, juniper, sage, oak, hay, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with huge complexity; nice malt/herbal spiciness balance; with minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced sour ale! Huge flavor complexity with nice balance; and very smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one; JP beers always age nicely.

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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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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 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 Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Adam. Thanks man!

Blend 1
Bottled 12-29-2010

Gusher...The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thick, beige head that coats the snifter in lacing. The aroma offers Christmas spices, pine needles, mint. Chocolate mint flavor, a la Andes Candies or a York Peppermint Patty. Pine needles, sweet malt, sage. Aggressive flavor with a tart finish. Still possesses the delectable Jolly Pumpkin yeast character I have come to love. Overall, a solid beer. While not the best offering from this terrific brewery, this is still a solid beer and worth trying.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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 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 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 beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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 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 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 muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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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Photo of mrebeka
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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