De Viento | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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113 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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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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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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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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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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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De Viento from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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