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Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Goord

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Biere de Goord, a saison brewed with kale, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin and green tea, was created by Jolly Pumpkin to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and generate funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign. The beer was aged in oak and bottle conditioned. This is an extremely limited edition beer brewed to mark National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September. Besides the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, the only way to taste this beer is to order it through The Rare Beer of the Month Club or visit one of the Jolly Pumpkin locations in Michigan.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Update: As excellent as this stuff was fresh (see full rating below), it is even better with some age on it. We opened a bottle at about 1.5 years, and it was stunning. A near gueuze-like funk and significant citrusy sourness has developed, while maintaining the slightly salty, herbal, moderate JP house funk present in the fresh stuff. Excellent, excellent beer. Ron Jeffriesí best work to date.

750ml bottle, Batch 559, bottled 07/22/2010 and consumed just a few months later. Pouring a hazy, dark yellowish-golden hue, the body supports a thin, wispy, off-white head that sticks around a good while. Just a few tall, skinny flares of lacing mark the glass. The nose is enticingly dry, clearly influenced by the house funk that has become the calling card of this fantastic brewery. Beneath the brett and musty, lightly cheesy oak are notes of clean grain, bright lemon rind, wild grasses, and maybe a little chlorophyll. Thereís a distinct green hoppiness that far exceeds the average JP brew, found only in perhaps the iO saison and the iconic Bam Biere. Very dry and herbal overall, my nose could not specifically identify pumpkin. Flavors follow suit, continuing the dry, green, herbal theme amidst the funked oak and dry, wild yeast. Lemony tartness is soothed and complimented with green tea, while dried, lightly sweet grain and subtle grassy hopping provide a fairly clean and refreshing backdrop. A unique twist comes in the form of a slight brininess the likes of which would be found in a traditional gose. The more I think about it, the more this subtle saltiness emerges, suggesting perhaps of seaweed. Iíd dare say that this brew reminds me in ways of a blend between two classics; Uprightís Gose and JPís Bam Biere, with the addition of some green, herbal spicing not present in either. I canít imagine the palate being any better, towing the line between relative substance and effortless consistency. Nearly bone dry, with persistently soft carbonation that tickles the tongue and distributes flavors well, the mouthfeel is the envy of the finest Champagne that Iíve tried. Absolutely superb beer. Seriously excellent stuff. If they made this a regular offering (as I strongly encourage Ron Jeffries to do), Iíd be all over it in quantities.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
bottle with a bigtime thanks to kan for sending this my way. excited to try this. drinking this the day after dexter got hit by some sort of funnel cloud. nose has notes of floral, hibiscus, earthy grass, and JP typical fruity peppery yeast. taste is lemongrass, pepper, spice, light toast and dough. real nice. not much pumpkin or kale to speak of. light green tea presence if you ponder it. pretty nice stuff. earthy, complex, spicy saison sour beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottled. The neck was filled with some very odd, orange substance, looked kind of like yeast but more orange... may have been pumpkin? Aroma is bright, lemony, with an awesome pumpkin and spice note. Kind of cheesy. The body is full, lightly funky, with complex vegetal and spice. Lovely stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Thanks to Sean for bringing this. Nice nose with sweet squash and honey, some nice vanilla oak notes, and just a touch of musty yeast. The taste is lightly sweet and lightly tart, light a lightly spiced pumpkin pie, some light citrus/brett/JP funk, some light pineapple. Just a bit vegetal at the end. Finishes with a very dry and bitter citrus peel note.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 29, 2011
750mL Bottle. Tart, spiced, and very, very, very musky aroma. A taste of immaculately fresh white grapefruit. I was really worried about the level of spicing in this beer, but this is pleasantly soft and married. Spices donít overwhelm, but instead add to the complexity of the beer in a way that makes it a unique and fun Saison. Never soapy, always light and refreshing, but flavorful. I keep coming back to grapefruit and grapefruit rind as the overriding, spice-like emergence. Maybe a touch of lime. Good, good stuff. Young in a way, as itís not that sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3162) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle. Light hazy gold pour with abundant white head and heavy lacing. Aroma is full of gueuze-reminescent aromas, super tart, quite funky, spicy, with light old hop herbal notes. Taste is sweeter, more grain, good herbal notes under all the powerful jolly pumpkin sour/barrel notes. Palate is well carbed and full bodied, finishes slightly dry. One of the best JPs Iíve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2847) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Bottled on 7-22-2010. Shared by Pier-Luc, thanks! Slightly hazy golden/orange, small fully lasting white head and good lacing. Aroma is of Jolly Pumpkin usual funk (but lesser than most of their beers), nice spices mix, pumpkin, oak, winey notes and lemon/citrus. Taste is slightly sweet with light funk, nice acidic presence, spices, lemon/citrus, oak, light herbal notes and pumpkin. Light to medium body. Light carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Nice balance. Really fresh despite being 3 years. Not too acetic. Mild, but really complex. I really enjoyed that one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2694) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2010
big bottle from sampling at Proof. Hazy yellow pour with light off white head. Aroma is big lemon and light funk. Light tart taste and even sour / bitter backbone. Little salty with vegetable, pepper and tea vibes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Thanks to the guys who shared this with me in line @ Jackie Oís. Hazy gold pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is lacto and slightly vegetal. I was a little put off at my initial first whiff. Medium tart. Dry but not super dry. Spicy, vegetal, oaky tannins. Nice saison

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2652) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Batch 559. Bottled 7-22-2010. Split 2 ways. Got it in a trade 2 weeks ago. Enjoyed at 39F and allowed to warm.

A - Very hazy, burnt orange nice fluffy head. thankfully this JP beer wasnít a gusher.

S - The smell is really good! Nose is very Arthur or Anna like. tart, acidity is low with a lot of orange, clove and other spices.

T - The taste is nice. Itís a lot of sweetness. I honestly donít get much pumpkin in the tasting notes. Finish is a minor astringency but itís very weak.

M - Dry, tart, filling

O - Iím enjoying this beer a lot. Spice could go down a bit but it must be that classic JP yeast spice Iím getting. Tasting great after 4 years in the bottle.



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