superspak (3406) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/27/2014. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, pepper, clove, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tartness/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild rye saison. All around excellent complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ale absurd... Pours a cloudy orange caramel brown with a hefty soapy white head... Aroma of earthy sweet and medicinal spiciness as well as orange peel... Flavors of lively and spritzy earth and citrus. Little too dry and effervescent
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, batch #378. Gorgeous packaging. The body is a very cloudy, glowing, yellowish-golden hue with a dense, lasing head of rocky, off-white froth. Thick, solid sheets of lace are well pronounced, clinging hard to the glass. The first whiff draws a smile, as it reveals that familiar, comforting, and unmistakable JP funk. Further contemplation shows notes of spicy rye grain, peppery lemon peel, light coriander, and ultra-dry, fruity, spicy yeast. Flavors show more of the same, again quite spicy with notes of pepper, lemon peel, caraway, and rye grain, all enveloped in the standard woody, bretty house yeast. The palate is very dry, crisp, and parching, which is a welcome departure from standard tripel fare. Very nice brew. Pretty much exactly what I thought Ron Jeffries would do with a tripel.
Blairgus (3333) - California, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 April 2011, bottle w/ cgarvieuk. med yellow, faintly cloudy. really tart. yeast and tart cherries. i wouldn’t have called this a tripel by any stretch. thin body, fizzy. interesting. faint tart cherry, some dry earthy yeast. interesting.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
Despite being an immediate gusher this was another excellent production from Jolly Pumpkin. Throwing rye into a tripel did not create some strange novelty. Instead this, kind of like rye IPAs, sets itself apart while retaining the characteristics of a beer true to style.
Aroma / Appearance - After the foam settled the glass was full of caramel bronze liquid. The bubbly foam never really settled 100% but instead left a layer of frosting. Graham crackers, caramel, pretzels, sourdough bread, and rye all contribute to a thick and sweet experience.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy with a tickle of spices this is not subtle. The full bodied mouthfeel contains within a blend of yeast, rye, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. The long lasting finish gives plenty of time for reflection as well. A well rounded release is definitely a winner if you want something different than your average tripel.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
batch 378 consumed 8/4/10.
hazy. dirty blond with a huge speckled white head. overcarbonated. tons of clingy foam.
it smells like a roll of life savers candy... pineapple, slate, pale malt, flowers, yeast, spice and straw.
the flavor is very floral... lots of pineapple, straw and cement. really dry but quite malty.
the body is almost thick... yet prickly and not over done considering dryness.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle at Woodshop 5.0, courtesy of cloudskipper. Thanks, Chris! POurs a murky, deep yellow color; medium-bubbled off-white head with good retention and solid lacing. Nicely bretty aroma, lots of complex esters and yeast character here; crackers, toasty, hints of alcohol. Medium body: creamy presence in the mouth; following the nose: lots of creamy yeast, crackers, well-developed / non-acidic brett character; a very toasty, Belgian-style beer; solidly bretty. Lasting dry finish: toasty, hints of grains, lingering crackers; nicely dry.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Batch #378. Medium to deep slightly hazy orange body, thick, puffy buff head. Sweet, fruity nose with pear, caramel, bread dough, and spice. Doughy body, plump for a Jolly Pumpkin beer, with light fruit, brown sugar, and spice, also plummy, with warming alcohol. Tart and tannic in the finish, building after a few sips, but thankfully never overwhelming the palate. This beer was a gusher, but I am happy that I was able to salvage most of the bottle.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big floral and lemon pepper nose. The taste is very hoppy, fairly tart, with pepper, lemons, flowers and honey malts. Very dry finish. Very nice.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL Bottle. Aroma is a spicy amalgam of mulled cider, cooked coconut and seared pineapple, light, tropically floral and spicy. Carbonation furiously mixes a murky orange liquid beneath a fluffy, quite tall pear-flesh-colored head. The flavor is funky and unique. Heavily herbal and a bit meaty, with some sharp spiciness. Hard to parse and very muddled. Some fig paste, white cumin, sandalwood, incense, dried maple leaves, and white grape must. Sharp on the tongue and a bit alcoholic. A bite of generic hop bitterness hits me on the way down. The finish produces a half sweet/half savory spice and herb finish that lingers. While I’m incredibly grateful to have an opportunity to try this, I’m not sure it’s JP’s finest effort.