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RATINGS: 1132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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This delicious farmhouse ale is named for our Jack Russell, who struck by a car, bounced back in fine tenacious Jack Russell fashion, and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off and carried on undaunted. Golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, And look both ways when crossing the street!


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbondi (200) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Hazy yellow-orange. Quickly dissipating white head. Musty sour apple/cherry nose with friendly herbaciousness. Lots of carbonation with medium body. Yep, itís a Jolly Pumpkin beer! Apples, funk, grass, lemon...all in perfect proportions. Clean finish, with pleasant lasting funk. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Bottle: Aroma was loaded with a rotten sour fruit funkiness that lasted for the first few minutes and then all of a sudden, it was gone. Light yeastiness and a hint of orange peel was hidden behind the sour fruit. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a decent white head with fair retention. Real light sourness up front. Light yeastiness in the middle. Finishes with a flowery bitterness and light orange peel. Flavor was not nearly as funky as I expected after the aroma.

Tried this again under the reccomendation from Styles that maybe we had a too small a sample size, a bad bottle, or bad combination of beers beforehand during a "tasting." Rotten sour fruit dominance is gone from the aroma. A pleasant floral aroma dominates now, with a nice sour orange character (almost like sweet tarts) as well as some orange peel with slight hints of pepper. Donít remember if I got the top of the bottle initially, but this one is rather hazy. Also has great lacing, while the first bottle had virtually none. Flavor seems much more flowery than I initially tasted as well as a more pronounced woodiness. Probably one of the best floral flavors youíll find in a beer. Thereís an underlying sourness that is rather subdued, but lends a lot to the flavor of the beer. Much more enjoyable the second time around. Styles thinks it may have to do with an initial smaller sample size or a bad combination of beers beforehand. Iíd say it was probably a "bad bottle" (which wasnít really bad). Aroma had a lot to do with the improvement of my score, but flavor improved a touch as well. As good as any Saison Iíve had. Right up there with PP SPF 45. Original score was 6-4-8-4-15.

This is easily my go to session beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2006
A mostly lasting small frothy white vieil tops up a hazy medium yellow body. Moderate lacing. Few average size particles. No bubbles. Aroma presents malt being moderate hay ..barnyard, funky, and a little nutty. Very complex and pleasant nose. Hops are light leafy ... soften by barrel aging and very well balance overall. Yeast character is moderate barnyard. Also, there are . Initial flavor is medium sour while development is moderate acetic and sour plus some meaty and salty ovetones. Finish is medium . medium body... oily texture... Lively carbonation...
[Bottled ; dates are unknown]

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Lightly hazed golden. Voluminous head. Fantastically complex aroma. iím getting orangey rind-y hops (styrians?) some earthier ones as well. Wild spicy roller coaster of yeast spiciness. Touch of roses as well as a hint of lactic sourness. Medium-light bodied (quite full for its dryness) and as I just stated, dry. Wildly complex. Great full hoppy flavor. THis is a great beer at any strength and a fantastic one at its strength. My only drawback is the hint of lactic acid in the finish, but Iím really nitpicking here, this is fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2006
12 oz bottle, Burgundy glass. The remarkably endowed head fills up half of my glass--rocky, frothy, tightly packed and stark white itís 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Sampled on tap @ Ybor Beer Fest 2007. Poured a cloudy golden color with a large white head that left great lacing. Aroma of malt, spicy hops, and slight acidity. Taste is nice tart and spicy. Very dry mouthfeel and extremely refreshing. This is an amazing beer that you can drink all the time without getting too drunk. One of my favorites from Jolly Pumpkin.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy pale yellow with white head. Taste is sour, spices, citrus. A unique beer. Captures the taste of a farmhouse saison to the point of putting me in the barn. I could be sitting in some dusty old dirt-floored farmhouse and drinking their unbelievable housebeer. Very special beer! I highly recommend.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Clear bright gold with an extremely fine, rocky bright white head that sits and stays throughout the pint leaving nice lacing. Incredibly complex nose of sour citrus and peppery, clovey spiciness. Malt lurks underneath providing crackery support. Amazing nose. Razor sharp sourness leads the palate, slicing through crisp maltiness. The spicy yeast notes run rampant, but perhaps outweigh the malt leading to a bit of an imbalance, but this is still really, really good. Microscopic carbonation washes everything away a bit quickly, but makes this beer an outstanding companion to spicier foods. The palate may not quite live up to the nose, but I canít think of many beers that could.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayg1 (542) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Had this beer while on vacation and relaxing at my parents house. Iíll be the first to say that saison is one of my favorite beers but this one was just amazing. Poured out a cloudy golden color with a nice white head that held about a finger thick, Aroma is of hay, barnyard funk, and grass. Upon tasting the beer you get a touch of sourness, lemon zest, dank cheese, and a light spicy flavor as the sip ends. Bitterness and hop levles are light here and the beer finishes very dry. Nice beer, very nice beer that I would drink very often if given the chance.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy straw color with fluffy 1.5 finger head and good retention. Aroma is a hint of sour green apple, hay, and spice. Taste is funky caramel, green apple, tartness, butter, and spice on the finish. Body is medium, soft carbonation, frouthy mouthfeel, dry finish. Overall, this is the best saison Iíve had so far. This has the body and complexity of a beer with twice its alcohol content. Incredibly full-flavored.


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