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De VientoDe Viento

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by liamt07 on 05-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i have had very very few sours and wilds with coffee, so this is a treat, but its also one of the weirdest beers i can remember, and out little tasting party had mixed reviews of it. i like how subtle the coffee is, its earthy and adds a layer, but its far from the dominant aroma or flavor. there is some smoke in this which was unexpected but i like that aspect too. age may have something to do with flavor profiles shifting back or forward in the hierarchy here, this was brewed in 2012. lots of the jolly pumpkin culture in here, bretty and lactic and really really acidic, with the classic mouthfeel they often achieve. its effervescent on the carbonation and really lively, foamy, and dry on the palate. weird to get citrus and chocolate together, but i taste both on the back end of this. earthy like tanned hide too, rustic in that way, well made, but for us it was a good bottle to share. too far out there to drink a bomber solo, but one must appreciate the art which jolly pumpkin produces time and time again, this is very very different, but i would have liked to try to fresh to see if the coffee was more robust. worth picking up if you can find one around.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear nearly opaque very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate, toast, lemon zest, green apple, tart cherry, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, spices, and fruity/funky yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate, toast, lemon zest, green apple, tart cherry, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, lemon zest, green apple, tart cherry, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, spices, and fruity/funky yeast flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding spiced dark saison style! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, spices, and fruity/funk yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Bottled 2012-04-24
Glass: Tulip

Jolly Pumpkin's De Viento is an interesting blend of coffee, spices, and Brettanomyces influence that combine to make a slightly tart coffee beer that is appealing to the senses, particularly in this winter weather. I wouldn't pay $18 for a bottle of this again, though.

Pours a massive beige head of, at first, small, but as time elapses, medium and large-sized bubbles, eventually developing a cavernous, rocky appearance. Retention is good, the head lasting several minutes, with excellent lacing as well, thick and decorative. Body is dark brown in color, with light bringing out hues of orange and lighter brown. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of slightly soured, old coffee, chili powder or cayenne and assorted other spices, with a bit of Brettanomyces mustiness. As it warms, the scent becomes a bit too acrid, somewhat bile-like and not particularly pleasant.

Overall flavor is of soured dark malt and coffee, Brettanomyces mustiness, and miscellaneous spices. Front of palate experiences soured dark malt and coffee balanced by slight sweetness and paprika or cayenne powder. Mid-palate is primarily of soured coffee with modest chocolate, slight berry esters and tartness, and mild ground cayenne/paprika, and Brettanomyces mustiness. Back of palate detects bitterness from coffee or hops, soured coffee, Brettanomyces mustiness, and mild ethanol. Aftertaste of soured coffee, miscellaneous spices, and mild bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium carbonation, resulting in a smoothly foamy, creamy mouthfeel. Closes semi-dry, with light astringency and stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from some creepy cat lady in Iowa. Had this a couple times, but never got to sit down with it. Batch 1068/1069.

Fluted tulip. Half inch of lingering fluffy lather. Black with brown highlights.

Tangy, lightly roasted, black patent-ish, confused smell. I guess this is what they were going for.

Minerally & twangy upfront, then comes the bitter roasted coffee. That sticks around for a bit longer then I'd like. Something else hides in your throat, something unspecifically fruity.

Big, harsh carbonation. Mellow abv. Frothy, but thin. Might have been a touch fruitier completely fresh out the gate.

Second half of the bottle sloshed nicely though.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's De Viento a couple days ago for $8 at The Made In Michigan Store in the Village at Boyne Mountain. In my effort to try more Jolly Pumpkin beers I thought I would give this one a shot, the price was right and I haven't seen any bottles of this stuff in a while so i'm Interested to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Batch #1068/#1069, Second to last batch bottled on 4/24/12. Poured from a brown 750ml Bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got that typical artsy Jolly Pumpkin look, it's a little odd, but it still looks nice. It poured a nice murky dark brown color that took on a slight ruby hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of frothy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This beer started to foam up a little when I opened it, but it was very slowly and not really an issue since no beer was wasted. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by an immediate coffee aroma that had a nice fresh roasted quality cup of coffee aroma to it and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some citrus zest aromas also coming through. Up next comes that typical Jolly Pumpkin yeast that imparts a nice funky aroma to this beer with some light oak aromas showing up in the background. This beer had a good aroma, each of the aspects seemed to be pretty well balanced and neither were too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with coffee being the first to show up and it still has that nice fresh good cup of coffee aspect to it that isn't too overpowering and it's followed by a fruity flavor and some citrus rind flavors that might be from some hops. Up next comes that typical Jolly Pumpkin yeast imparting a nice and not overpowering funk flavor with a slightly noticeable oak flavor in the background. On the finish there's a light spiced flavor followed by hardly any bitterness with a light sourness taking it's place. This beer tasted pretty good, the light sour and decent funkyness worked surprisingly well with the coffee flavors.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, very crisp, a little creamy, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation that was a little on the prickly side. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer, but the carbonation was right on the verge of being too much.

Overall all I thought this was a very nice beer and still a pretty nice example of a Saison/ Farmhouse Ale even though it didn't fully fit in the style with the addition of coffee, but the coffee ended up working pretty nicely with this beer and it made for a complex and interesting Saison. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, crisp, clean, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a full bottle of this by myself, but it's also a good beer to share. What I liked the most about this beer was that is was very solid in all aspects and there was hardly anything that I would change. What I liked the least about this beer is the availability, it was brewed only once and it was fairly had to find in my area, I would love it if they brewed it again so I could see how this beer is fresh. I would for sure buy this beer again, i'm pretty sure there is still a couple bottles left where I got it from, so i'll have to grab one or two more to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who's a Jolly Pumpkin fan or anybody interested in seeing how coffee works with a funky Saison. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, with hold old it was and the fact that it's a coffee Saison I was little skeptical on how this one would turn out it, but it all managed to come together very well and I really enjoyed sipping on this one and everyone I shared it with liked it also. Good Job Jolly Pumpkin, I,m really starting to appreciate the work you guys put into your beers and I like that you aren't afraid to take risks, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for splitting his bottle with me. De Veinto has to be one of the swampiest and muckiest looking beers I've seen - opaque, brown trudge. The bottle *almost* gushed upon opening, but was slow enough to catch it before any beer was lost. A stunningly enormous, beige head piles up and lasts for what seems like years; I had to wait a few minutes before I could even reach the beer. Thick, chunky lace is left all around the sides of the glass.

When a beer is described as a "dark and smokey, sour Saison with coffee", well, you really don't know what to expect. The nose is full of roasted and oily coffee beans with some lightly tart fruit that rests at its side. Mildly acidic citrus peels, oak, and lots of tannic qualities. There's a lighter spice in the background that I can't completely discern, and perhaps some leafy hoppiness. The bottle denotes a "secret Algerian spice blend"... not sure exactly what it is, but it's noticeable.

Though there was a slight promissory note of sourness based on the aroma, there's almost none present as I take the first sip, despite the self-proclaimed title of "sour saison". The taste is mostly comprised of murky, dusty coffee beans with moderately heavy roast. Zesty hops are vibrant and more out-and-about on the palate; along with a mild cola flavor and heavy carbonation, there's quite a sharp and tannic astringency that cuts across the palate like a knife.

Yeast, earthy esters, dirt, and mild smoke are among some of the other flavors that come out somewhere around mid-palate, while the finish has larger amounts of oak, faint lemon-apple sweetness (which is really the only mention of fruit in the flavor) and some more of those unknown spices. The slight fruitiness present in the finish may provide a very, very mild hint of tartness, but let's face it - this is not a sour beer, at all. And I think that's a good thing.

Heavily carbonated, probably too much, as the mouth feel is very sharp, effervescent, and only amplifies the astringency. A thin-medium bodied beer that feels even thinner than it probably should, again, due to excess carbonation. Though it's labeled a "sour saison", there isn't much sour about this beer at all. I don't know how well actual sourness would have melded with heavy coffee roast, so I don't know if the omission was a bad one. Strange brew, but pretty good nonetheless.

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Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a sudsy and frothy head and fantastic lacing

S: Tart and fruity (apples, cherries); also coffee and spices subtly lingering beneath

T: Dry beginning from the wood; not nearly as tart as the aromas indicated but some fruitiness still lingers; coffee and spices finish this off nicely

F: Medium body and fairly creamy

O: An interesting, seemingly strange beer but it works and come together pretty well

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Photo of scottfrie
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 4/25/2012. Thanks Jay.

A: Bottle was a slow motion gusher but poured a deep dark brown color with a huge, billowing light tan head, that slowly faded to a very rocky film leaving a network of super patchy clinging lace down the glass.
S: Sour tart coffee nose, citrus acidity, dry tartness, black coffee, and hints of dark fruits.
T: Not as tart as nose, mild coffee, mild roast, lightly sweet, lemon tartness, no acid, peppery spice, hint of orange, stone fruits, and Belgian yeast. Slight anise. Drying finish.
M: Medium body, drying, clean, low soft carbonation. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation.
O: Dark roasted saison. Love the tart quality and dryness. Coffee works but barely. Interesting. Solid.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of ruby with a big finger of khaki-tan head. Fades slowly.

S - Grainy malts, smoke, vanilla, oak, roasted coffee, chocolate, spicy peppers, light sour dark fruits.

T - Grainy malts, roasted coffee, chocolate smoke, oak, vanilla, spicy peppers with some heat, mild sour cherries and other dark fruit, Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, smoky, and spicy.

D - Very interesting and complex, but well balanced.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Humulus5883 (Reddit) for this interesting beer. Bottled 4/24/12, 1068/1069

Thin neck forced a chugging that produces a rich creamy almost 2 finger head, fades semi slowly with lots of layered lacing, very dark molasses color with faint hints of mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose starts with fresh roasted coffee beans and fresh brewed coffee fairly strong, then light dusty wood and toasted oak, then the sour saison rises, slowly at first then increases, a light sour funk like lactobaccillus, hint of saison grainy malts and straw, and touches of spices from saison and light baking spices, and faint cocoa and caramel in there. Very complex.

Trade starts with more fresh coffee, more brewed coffee but light roasted beans as well. That brings a bit of bitterness, coffee bitterness. Then light toasted oak, with touch of wood dust. Then quickly into sour saison, following the same path as the nose, with fair but not overwhelming sour funk, again probably lactobaccillus. There is also light grainy malt and light farmhouse saison flavors, hint of grassy straw and earthy barn floor. Light spices in there, some saison with hint of citrus, and light baking spices. It gets slightly yeasty with the bready. Fair sweetness too, little syrupy and sticky, and faint caramel. Coffee sneaks through one more time as it finishes, fairly sticky and syrupy, little flemmy, long sour funk finish, with hint more saison flavors and yeasty flavor, hint of spices and toasty but soured malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly syrupy, good carb.

Overall really interesting, lots of great flavors and aromas, but they don't seem to blend well, it's kinda all over the place. Still tasty, and nice fresh coffee with the only meh flavor being the yeasty flavor.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks goes out to CManuel for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red brown with a three finger light tan head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, cigar, pepper, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, spice, pepper, funk, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The carbonation aspect on this one was just a little too high for my liking. The flavor also had a quite weird note on this one with a big earthy funk. The nose reminded me of a cigar if I'm honest. Glad I got the chance to try this one, but the beer definitely did have some preventable shortfalls. Worth trying if you get the chance though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chris’s bottle from Ann Arbor location. Coffee aroma. A huge head mocha coloured on very dark brown. A coffee saison, spicy though not getting peppercorns. Not too sour. Coffee well integrated and good drinkability. More than middling mouthfeel. Something different from JP.

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Photo of oline73
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of off white head. The head sticks around nicely.

S: Quite different. I'm getting coffee and herbs. Mild sweetness with some dark fruit.

T: Lots of coffee, but there is still a strong herbal presence. The beer manages to have a light, refined taste. Some dark fruit sweetness as well. Coffee in the finish.

M: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

O: A coffee saison is a weird idea. It worked for me. I'd have it again.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours nearly pitch black in color. Produced an absolute mountainous tan fluffy head with huge clumps of lacing left behind once it finally dissipated; perfect retention.

(S)- An obvious coffee grounds aroma up front. Quite dry behind that with a bit of biscuit and cocoa.

(T)- Again, very coffee forward. Touches of a creamed coffee type flavor in the middle with bits of pepper and biscuit. The faintest hint of a dry oaky tartness at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Lets be honest, very little about this beer reminds me of a saison since it is so coffee forward, but it does have a nice feel to it overall. The ever so slightly bitter and tart at the end is a nice play for the beer's complexity.

(O)- Despite this being quite the oddball for the style, I really enjoyed the trip this took me on. Unique to say the least, but it just works somehow. I applaud Jolly Pumpkin on their ingenuity when it came to make this beer a reality.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Adam. Thanks man. The beer appears brown with a small off white head. The aroma brings coffee, funky yeast, spice. A bit odd. Flavors don’t cooperate too well. It’s just weird having saison type funk with prominent coffee. Interesting and worth a try, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of rudzud
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a deep dark brownish black with a super light almost garnet hue around the edged. Atop sat a nice two finger super light mocha creamy head that faded to leave TONS of sticky side lacing. Excellent.

S - Super, super different aromas here. Lightly funky with lots of coffee bean aroma along with some roasty toasty malts and the typical Jolly Pumpkin spice blend notes.

T - Hah, definitely somehow one of the weirdest beers I've ever tasted. Initial coffee roast and then WHAM sour. Its even on the weak end of a Jolly Pumpkin sour profile but its enough to make me recoil in confusion. There is a faint, faint saison hint at the end but for all intensive purposes this is a sour cup of coffee. It works, but I dont really like it...

M - Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, typical with Jolly Pumpkin. Still though its a bit high for this style, atleast for me.

O - Overall this was one bizarre beer. It was cool but just did not work for me. Tremendous clash between black coffee and sour funky saison.

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

(Served in a chalice)
Batch 1070
Bottled 4/27/12

A-Once I cracked the cap this beer was a slow motion gusher and poured a full glass of light coco tan foam. Once the foam settled down there was a hazy brown body with a strong carbonation and the head still didn't quit, pushing over the lip of the glass but still holding its shape.

S- The sour note and coffee bean aroma has some dark roasted malt notes behind it and a unique spice blend in the finish.

T- The coffee flavor had some nice dry espresso bean flavors with a dry spice note to follow. There is a mellow dark but bright tartness in the finish that is followed by an after tasted of squash and fennel.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish but no astringency or alcohol heat.

O- This is a well balanced beer with coffee supporting sour flavors and some unique spices worked in there aswell. It was fun to drink but hard to figure out what I was actually drinking.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes on 11/21/12.

poured into a Cascade snifter/tulip hybrid glass.

batch 1068/1069; bottled on 4/24/12.

Appearance: a light black bodied beer with a huge creamy white head that drops to a thin cap. Lacing is everywhere!

Smell: Smoky, roasty, oaky. a touch of spice. Little bit earthy as well.

Taste: Mild bitterness and roasty coffee notes. Its earthy, smokey, oak, and has a hint of peat moss. Black pepper, chickory, clove, and paprika. This is a really balanced beer. Its really different and I like it! Might be streching to say it, but might be some funk hiding in there as well. There is so much going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its carbonation is done well.

Overall: This beer is such a calico! Tons of ingredients its as if they just threw in the brew kettle! It really came together nicely with alot of ingredients that had the potential of not work well together. Jolly Pumpkin really did something unique here!

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark brown, but not quite an opaque black. There are red tinges along the edges where the light shines through. A tan foamy head is resilient and looks slightly creamy. Decent lacing as well.

S- Smell is not as strong as I expected. The smell of coffee and roasted malts is moderate in strength. There is a lingering tart smell in the background. It also seems as if there is a slight bandaid or plastic smell as well.

T- Once again, the beer starts with a coffee roast taste, but the strength leaves you wanting a little more punch. It has the slight peppery taste of the saison towards the end. The end of the beer brings just the slightest tart flavor (the least amount I have experienced in a Jolly Pumpkin). More prominent is a plastic or bandaid taste, but it is not overpowering.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish like you would expect from a saison. Carbonation is smooth.

O- This generally leaves you wanting more from one of the ends: i.e. more roast and coffee or more sour and funk. Unfortunately this gets stuck somewhere in the middle. That being said, still enjoyable and a weird concept as well.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this recently at the 3rd annual chili showdown, served in a pint glass.
Color was nice, a saturated reddish tone, and the beer was perfectly clear. An ample head of off-white foam sat on the surface, leaving behind some thin spindly lacing here and there in the glass.

Aroma was crisp and vaguely floral, hinting at the coffee addition, but it didn't smell directly of coffee. More dry barrel and Jolly Pumpkin's signature farmhouse yeast than anything.

Flavor was crisp and tart upfront, dry and woody in the middle with a pleasant aftertaste of coffee that wasn't too dominant and provided a nice accent to the usual tart saison characteristics. Feel was a little thin, though not a true distraction. It was fun to try, but not quite as complex as other JP standbys.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads that this is "Batch 1070: Bottled 04-27-2012."

I love the name of this beer--"de viento." The label mentions the tornado that swept through Dexter, Michigan in the Spring of 2012--so the "from wind" or "of the wind" title is fitting. The label also mentions that the proceeds from the purchase of this beer o toward the Dexter Relief Fund. Nothing better than the local brewery using its craft to help rebuild its town. The more I travel, and the more breweries I visit, the more I see each place take on a sense of local pride.

So, on to the beer.

With a less than aggressive pour, the head on this is massive! A pillowy, fluffy tan head sitting atop a dark, near pitch-black beer. This looks great.

The aroma is sour...quite sour. Notes of grapes, wet oak, sour apple, and peppercorn. It's difficult to get much beyond the very distinct, funky sourness in the smells good!

The flavor gives much more than the aroma lets on. While the sour notes are there (apple cider, peppercorn, tart pomegranate juice), some of the other flavors are immediately present. There are coffee notes, chocolate, cinnamon, black pepper, a bit of smoke and a hint of clove. so much is happening in this beer.

I love the Saison style. While there is a typical characteristic that one assumes when "Saison" is mentioned, the style can carry many different masks. This one is on the roasted coffee, peppery-spiced, cidery-sour side of things. It is balanced and drinkable, funky and interesting.

Overall, this is a truly unique ale. Its color is misleading for its style, but the flavors within offer a creative and fresh take on a classic style. As with most Jolly Pumpkin ales, this is well worth picking up.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a Bruery tulip

Very dark brown with an off white head. Huge, pillowy head and plenty of lacing.

A lot of funk, some lactic sourness, undefined spice, and a bit of coffee. Slightly bready as well with some hints of tannin.

A much more focused taste composed of sourdough bread and coffee, a touch of sour notes with some funk. A tad spicy and some oak. Really comes out of it's shell once it is slightly below room temperature so let this one sit a bit before opening.

Lighter medium and kind of creamy. Slightly carbonated and a hint of drying.

An interesting beer that incorporates a lot of flavors I like, just not all together. Glad I had the chance to try this but I am not sure if it will be anything I ever buy again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Big tan foam settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lacework. Dark brown body with surprisingly clarity to it.

S - The aroma is an odd mix of lactic sourness, 'green' coffee beans, roasted malts, mildly phenolic and spicy farmhouse yeast, and perhaps a hint of oak. While that may sound bad, it's actually strangely compelling and I found it fun to try to pick out the different flavor elements.

T - The taste is a little more muddy and ill-defined. The roasty and bready malts and the farmhouse yeast seem to be more present, with the interesting coffee and wild notes largely being smoothed out. There's a bit of oak presence too. Bottle doesn't list an ABV, but I don't think this is particularly strong.

M - Dry, medium body, with zesty carbonation. Things get a bit chewy mid-palate before yielding to an oaky and tannic finish. No alcohol presence.

D - Kudos to Ron for making this flavor combination work, but not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin offering. I'd prefer the more heavily acetic Madrugada Obscura (or Perseguidor 4) to this coffee-infused dark saison. Still, it was pretty easy to drink and I had no problems finishing my glass - just probably wouldn't buy another bottle of this considering the price.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with, and thanks to scud. Thanks Dan! Poured into HF tulips.

Pour: Nearly black murky body, with a huge four finger khaki head. The head sticks around for the entire glass.

Smell: Interesting... sour bretty yeast, some dark cherries and raisins, and some smokey caramel.

Taste: Oh my. Really nice blast of clean flavorless tartness, that evolves into a pear and cherry tartness. Next, we have some chocolate roastiness. Finally ends with a nice blast of coffee, almost FBS like.

Mouthfeel: Sour notes are fantastic. Pretty darn drinkable for all thats going on.

Overall: An amazing beer, and truly like nothing I've had before. Fantastic.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is dark brown with dark amber highlights. I got an enormous tan head with very little effort.

S - The aroma is fantastic. I get funk, tart, lemon, and coffee in that order.

T - It starts out with some tartness and lemon. Through the middle I get some musty funk. It finishes with some sweetness and coffee. The roasted malt flavors linger in the aftertaste.

M - It is loaded with tingly carbonation and has a moderate viscosity.

O - I originally tried this at the brewpub in June. It was worthy of a bottle purchase, and I think I enjoy this bottle more than I did on tap. It is a unique blend of flavors that I would not normally associate. Jolly Pumpkin makes great saisons and this is no exception.

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