Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, spices, and yeast. The flavor is citrus, spices, and bitter. Hate the style, didn’t care for the beer.
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 Wow. Loved it. Unfortunately, I had to drink out of the bottle in front of a camp fire. White foam kind of spews right out of the bottle and my first instinct was that it was infected. But, we are talking about Jolly Pumpkin here, that Ron guy puts on a clinic by making a little old world funk come alive in a tasty way. Light, summer lemon zest without a sour ale vibe if that makes any sense. Little more heavier hopped then I expected, although I couldn’t place which hops I thought I detected. Little sweet and round at the end. Had some clove but no banana. This a toned down Jolly Pumpkin for the masses. Great beer.
Rerate from a glass this time: kind of a cloudy orange look with a rocky head from hell. It does have a little bit of an eggy danky smell, and I guess eggy danky smells are a bad thing. Lowering it score a tad, but still think this is a great beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Bottle: Golden color with light white head and lacing. Nose of brett, some nice citrusy malts and earthy floral hops, nice and pleasant yeasty. Good, balanced. Finishes musky. Light sulpher and copper, nice complex yeast, whoa, lots of sediment.
Ratman197 (12954) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a hazy goden amber with a lasting white head. Aromas of apples, pears, light lemon and spices. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of lemon, light apple, funkiness and spices with a crisp, dry finish. A very tasty Saison indeed!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dirty gold with floaties, big rocky white head. Lemon and lime zest in the nose, spicey clove. Flavor is lightly fruity, white grapes, pear(?). Spicy notes become more pronounced as it warms a bit. Rather dry finish. Nice.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2015 12 oz bottle obtained at the brewery from Ron jefferies. hazy bright oragne with vigerous carbonation and a small spritzy white head. nose of yeast funk, bright citrus akin to Fresca soda (i was drinking this the other day and i said "wow, tastes like Bam Biere from Jolly pumpkin-no joke!) consisting of lemon, orange, and a touch of hops (grassy). nice light flavors-really like a saison lite-some funk, citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest and lots of orange peal. really cool. body is highly carbonated with some bite, which tingles the whole mouth. thats my only problem with this beer. lightly acidic finish of orange peals and lemon. pretty cool stuff! A saison i could drink all day.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, Burgundy glass. The remarkably endowed head fills up half of my glass--rocky, frothy, tightly packed and stark white it’s a pleasure to observe. A hazy golden shade of light amber, the hue is nothing to be scoffed at either. Captivating waves of funk burst forth at first sniff--barnyard/horseblanket, lactic elements, white wine vinegar and a touch of (non sulfurous) eggs. A bright, peppery note marries into a tingling young oak aroma. Perfume, sweet basil, lime zest and pine nuts continue to lighten the experience. A gentle cradle of sourdough bread seems to support everything else. The first sip instantly brings to mind both Orval and Saison Dupont Vieille Provision; terrific in their own rights and stunning when their major aspects combine in harmony like this. Sourdough, olive oil and pepper rolls across the front of the tongue with mild vinegar and citric-sour notes starting shortly thereafter. The finish is very long and dry with vast amounts of brett and bright herbs. The aftertaste leaves the brett firmly implanted on the palate and has a Gewurztraminer-like warmth. The body is quite soft, despite the flourish of carbonation, and maintains a decent weight despite the low abv. The aroma is excellent, just shy of perfect...the flavor lacks a little in comparison, perhaps due to the mid-palate funk having a little too much weight...I could actually stand for this to be even drier than it already is...tough call on whether or not it would hold up for six months of aging to achieve that, and if the funk would be far too domineering by then.
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very hazed dark yellow with a sticky white head. funky buttermilk and bread nose that has an aroma like old parmisan and limes. sulphur watery wheat flavor. very thin. lingering semi sweet straw. much milder than i expected.
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a hazy yellow color, with a humongous white meringue head. The head wouldn’t go down to save it’s life. Finally got the beer poured out after 15 mins. or so. Aromas are of funky Belgian yeast, sweet cherries, some peach as well. Malts in the mix, along with an earthy blast of hops. Major yeast cake left in the bottom of the bottle. Flavors are of Belgian funk, some fruity notes, and hops. Slightly bitter, over carbonated to the max. Decent attempt on the style.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle compliments of Santa
Whomever sent my Santa package hid this treat in the box. Since Jolly
Pumpkin has not made a bad beer yet, I decided to start with this one.
After finishing it, I wish it was more widely available - as with all other
JP releases it has many good qualities and only a handful of weaknesses.
Those of you near Dexter are lucky indeed.
Aroma / Appearance - There was a ginormous head when I poured into my
glass. It was about four ounces of beer and a foot of foamy, soapy head that
almost flowed over the top of my glass. The body was a tempting nectarine
color once I was able to see it. After letting it settle I was able to pick
up a wonderful mixture of vanilla, pears, peaches, muskiness, honey and
lemons. I could have spent thirty minutes soaking it in.
Flavor / Palate - A sugary sweet cotton candy was the first sensation
to cross my lips. Soon it was accompanied by pears, cheap Hershey’s chocolate
(the waxy kind) and a caramel aftertaste. The maltiness and sourness played
well off each other as they battled to see which would win. The finish was
very dry and tart, making me want to take another. Pretty soon the glass
was empty. This is definitely easy to drink - I managed to do so without
even realizing it. On the very last sip I caught a hint of hoppiness.
Next time I have friends going to Ann Arbor, I’ll ask them to try to get some.