vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Massive thanks to Beerdrenched for picking this beauty up for me. Pours hazy orange with a fizzy white head. Aroma is smooth and fruity with a good amount of spice and tangy sourness. Medium / light body. Starts with dry nectar fruit and some earthiness, spiciness, coriander and hops. Then lots of carbonation takes over the palate. After than there is lots of spice (mainly hop spice) and a good amount of earthiness in the finish. Very nice saison. I with this Jolly Pumpkin beer was available in my area - pity. (8/3/7/3/16)
Rerate notes: After having several bottles this has grown to be one of my faves for a lower alcohol beer. There is a lot of pleasing wild yeast, oak and overall funkiness that isn’t found in many reasonably priced beers. The amount of flavor packed in this is fantastic. This is a consistently great beer by a consistently great brewery.
shigadeyo (3026) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, golden with a slight orange hue. Vigorous carbonation, almost too much. Aroma is of bananas and some pineapple, slightly yeasty. Nice light, crisp t brew that has a slightly spicy lemon flavor. Gets a bit more spicy as it warms - I think the flavor gets even better as it warms as well as more of the subtle characteristics of this beer come out. Mildly hoppy with a dry finish. Very refreshing. This was my first Jolly Pumpkin brew as well as my first Saison. I am quite happy with both the brewery and the style and really look forward to trying more of each!
12 oz bottle, $1.75 from River’s Bend.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy gold with a white stubborn head. Smells of bananas, wildflowers, perfume, citrus and doughy yeast. Tastes lightly peppery with lemony hints. There are lots of tangy grassy notes as the beer warms. While the taste is decent on this one, it doesn’t live up to the aroma.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma very strange combo of apple and egg. Poured a nice golden hue with a white cap. Flavor is good, citrus and spices. Palate was nice as well dry finish. I liked this one also the nose just doesn’t seem to match for me though.
Beerdedone (2663) - 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 (237) - 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 (9961) - 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 (3254) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.