De Viento | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by liamt07 on 05-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
24
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 31
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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 VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the Ann Arbor pub. Described as a coffee saison brewed with Great Lakes Coffee coffee, grains of paradise, cinnamon, coriander and saffron - all proceeds of this beer to the Dexter Relief Fund to help support victims of a recent tornado. Served in a tulip.

Black in colour, with a cream coloured cap. Good retention, creamy in quality and some spotty lace. Nose has some very 'green' raw roasted bean, dark grainy bread, seeds and some spicing. Flavour of mild roasted coffee, again, very raw and green, with some peripheral spicing and very mild overall saison character. Light tartness from both the saison and coffee perhaps, and lingering roast. Light body with a really nice restrained tartness and subtle effervescence. Quite enjoyable and extremely unique. 4/4/4/4/45

Had this again from the bottle, from Chris. 750ml into a tulip.
Crazy spice profile, with fresh coffee and beautiful roast aromas. 4/45/4/4/425

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Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 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 jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.94 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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