Aging Jolly Pumpkin beers

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by VladTepes, Jan 21, 2013.

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  1. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland

    Have you guys aged Jolly Pumpkin beers? What do you think about that?
  2. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Yep, and they are good. I have bought OLD stock that sat on a shelf 3-4 years and it wasn't bad. I have stuff I bought fresh, cellared at 50ish, and opened a year later and it was great. For some reason it tends to sit here, maybe no one can get past the lack of English names.
  3. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland


    I can find a few JP's, which are from year 2011. Probably I should buy those and they are still good? How they usually change with time?

    Do you think, that those lower ABV (~ 4,5 %) are also still good?
  4. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    The only low ABV one I have had old is Calabaza Blanca, which, becomes more wine like. It had less hop with spice, more of a combined flavor, like it was all there at once subdued, not in shifts. I hope that makes sense.

    If you can get an old La Roja try that out first. See if you like it, go from there. I like the Bams fresh, and Maracaibo Especial I have sitting to age more now, but I expect it to be good next fall.
  5. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Ohio

    I've read a few different things about bottles exploding when stored for extended periods. Given how every fresh(ish) bottle I've opened has gushed foam, I believe it.
  6. vivasbeer

    vivasbeer Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Michigan

    I had a bottle of Cinco Anos explode this weekend. I just slightly clinked it with another bottle and BOOM
  7. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Never had one break. Many of the bottle conditioned I have only had fresh. La Roja, I don't believe, is bottle conditioned.
  8. Brew33

    Brew33 Champion (844) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    I love aged Oro De Calabaza
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  9. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland

    How it differs from fresh one?

    I have had Oro de Calabaza only once. It was about 6 months old. And yeah, it was awesome!
  10. Brew33

    Brew33 Champion (844) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    I think the Brett character becomes a little more forward after some time. A little mustiness, very nice. Excellent at any age but I particularly like this one with some age. I've never done a fresh vs aged of this beer side by side but I'd love to.
  11. YoDude

    YoDude Aspirant (290) Nov 21, 2008 Illinois
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    I aged the La Roja 3 years and it was amazing. Best to buy in pairs or more and try over a period of time. Take notes so you know where your sweet spot is.
  12. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,066) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    I bought 2 bottles of la roja, drank one fresh and didnt love it. I dont like the vinegary notes. I still have the other bottle. Does the vinegar charactristic go away when aged, or become more pronounced? I'm still getting used to sours...
  13. Nuggethops

    Nuggethops Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2010 New Hampshire

    I personally prefer most of the jp beers I have had when they were a year or older, a little time allows the yeast to develop and a certain barnyard funkiness develops. It is not for everyone but I really enyoy the extra funk that age brings to their brews
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  14. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

    stoked to find this thread. I just drank my first ODC two nights ago, and have a couple others including La Roja that I was wondering if I should sit on for a little bit or not. I might pick up a few more because i almost instantly fell in love. It didnt destroy my wallet and I really enjoyed how it was drinking.
  15. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Ohio

    I found a May 2010 bottle of Luciernaga at an off the beaten path liquor store last night. It exploded like a shaken bottle of champagne before I even had the cap half off. I poured a glass and it still continued to foam out the top. Probably lost 1/4 of the bottle. The bottle was dusty on a shelf and took a car ride less than two miles before sitting in a fridge for two hours. I've never seen a bottle go so crazy.

    When I had it fresh I remember liking it but it being near the bottom of the Jolly Pumpkins I had tried. This time however I really loved it. The tastes seemed more intense rather than mellowed and it had more of a sourness to it. We had it right after a fresh Noel de Calabaza (which I had previously really enjoyed) and found that the Lucy blew it away.
  16. cmoody91

    cmoody91 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Illinois

    I find most bottle conditioned beers benefit from a day or two in the fridge, see much less over the top foaming etc that way.
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  17. Knownfactor

    Knownfactor Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2010 Colorado

    I prefer JP beers with a year+ on them. More Brett, more lactic, flavors a bit more rounded. That being said 2 years on la roja and two on fuego del otono are pure bliss in a bottle
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  18. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    I just wish they weren't so expensive.
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  19. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    I just drank a 2009 Noel de Calabaza last Friday night. It was very tasty. Aged really well.
  20. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,114) Mar 18, 2010 California

    This and I wish they came in smaller format sizes.
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  21. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    May as well just buy Petrus Aged Pale then.
  22. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (510) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Apparently I'm one of the few that likes JP stuff much better fresh.
  23. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Ohio

    I've been seeing stubby bottles of Oro de Calabaza lately.
  24. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I've seen them in Ohio, but not in MI.
  25. Morakaton

    Morakaton Initiate (0) May 6, 2013 Michigan

    Has anyone tried Madragura Obscura aged? Picked up a bottle today of it with bottle date 2011, thinking of grabbing more,if it's great.
  26. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,302) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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    JP bottles can be bombs, sucks when half it gushes out. but they age well.
  27. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Devotee (481) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska
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    I had one with a couple of years on it, all I remember is that it was really "tangy", as in lacto. Would bang again, though.
  28. VladTepes

    VladTepes Initiate (156) Oct 18, 2012 Finland

    Yeah....I noticed it....
  29. rjp217

    rjp217 Meyvn (1,220) Apr 24, 2012 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    FWIW, Shaun Hill recently tweeted out a pic of a 2005 La Roja saying it was delicious.
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