PhillyBeer2112 (2709) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Hmm. Curious initial aroma that hinted at soured malts plus a hint of banana and just a little more plummy fruit. Deep burguny color with a pretty small head, and moderately low carbonation, although there’s a peppery tingle of it at the front of the tongue. Flavor starts surprisingly, with a light ashy roast, a touch of chocolate and more plum but it quickly moves on to a sour funk, along with an olive brine sour/saltiness. Not much else to this, and the sour finish doesn’t come across as pleasant as I’d like.
theisti (3705) - Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Gomers in Lenexa, Kansas. Pour is a dark brown, ruby highlights and a big, rocky dark tan head. Very dark and ominous looking beer. The signature JP funky yeast is the first thing you smell. Behind the yeast, is a lot of dried fruit sweetness, tart, and then our of nowhere some malted roastiness. Unique nose to say the least. All of the elements of the nose are present in the flavor, yet it really doesn’t work too well. The funk, fruit and roast all seem to battle for attention on your taste buds. Its unique also, just not nearly as pleasant. I give it to JP for having the sack to make a beer like this.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First thing to say about this is it had tons of carbonation. When I opened it, a foamy column started creeping up from within the bottle. Poured with a gigantic head and it took me about a minute to pour the whole bottle because the head was so lasting. The beer is a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. Had some nice lacing. The aroma is the great Jolly Pumpkin rye / funky horse blanket with some apple cider vinegar. The flavor wasn’t too sour. Instead, there was a coffee roasty flavor in the background. Some bitterness in the finish as well. A pretty solid beer.
DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 Pours dark caramel with a thin dirty white head. Aroma is lambic funkiness and some fruit. Flavor just doesn’t have much going for it, very thin. Finishes watery, just not enough sour going on here like I was expecting.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle : Pours a dark color, with red highlights toward the bottom of the cup. A frothy half finger of white head forms then dissappears, leaving a foamy ring. Nice farmhouse smells, lambic-ish. Taste is not so nice. Carbonated, and no real flavor. Kinda like club soda. I continue to be baffled by the saison. It is just such a weird style to me. Medium body, with a sticky feel toward the end. And im not a fan of the aftertaste. Not very good to me.
dpjuart (1097) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of santoslhalper. Pours brown with slight black and lots of red hues throughout. Lots of thick, foamy beige head, three fingers that lingers for a heckuva long time. Nose is yeast and sweet funk, dark fruit and slight pear. Fruit (apple and pear) and spice , sourdough bread, some roasted caramel, mild barnyard funk with some moderate bitterness at the end. Pretty decent all around. Love the JP funktastic saisons. MMMMMM.
bhensonb (13513) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is lactic with dark fruit and spice. Great mahogany color with a beige/tan head that actually laces. Full bodied with mild and creamy carbonation. Flavor is lightly sour, with roasted caramel, and lightly spicey dark fruit. Slight touch of barnyard. Refreshing. A session beer for Belgian fans. About time.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2008
1.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of yeast, spices, dark fruit, malts, and lactic acid. Poured brown/cola in color with a large, foamy, rocky, light brown head that lasted throughout. Sparkling. Many large particles. Flavor is tart. Tastes of spices, tart cherries, dish soap, yeast, and funk. Pretty gross flavor. Medium body. Average texture. Lively carbonation. Yeasty funk finish.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a two finger lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of JP funk, sour dark fruit, tart cherries, and green apples. Taste is yeast spice, tart cherries, citrus, spicy hops, and a hint of sweet malt in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation, mild to moderate bitterness, and a dry moderately tart finish. Very well balanced and very good.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark red, creamy stable tan head. Sour funky barnyard aroma with tart apple and brown sugar. Sour and quenching with perfect residual sugar and great body for the size. Low bitterness. Has some spicy hop notes and mild earthiness with plum. This would be an excellent every day table beer. Very well conceived.