JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Mayor McTurd for sharing this one - rock on, Sam! Nice pour, faintly peach/gold in color, with a typically abundant JP head, crackling carbonation with nice (not overly sticky) retention. Nose has a very faint tartness to it, suggesting not so much the beloved funk as a kind of intense spice cabinet well stocked also with fresh root vegetables and so on. Dry and spicy to the taste as well, and you can certainly detect a tealike quality in the thick of the woody flavors. Very light fruit and cheesy funk in the dry finish, blending well with the mild spice. Well done, distinctive saison.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. thanks to kan! pours hazed gold with white head. nose has that jp funky with subtle goordy. flavor of sweet honey, funk, veggies, spice, clean good stuff. i know this review sucked but this was tasty.
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt!
The beer is hazy and orange, with a finger of dense, white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma offers some funky citrus, with some lemon zest and subtle spice. Lots of citrus and funk in the flavor. Delicious Brett character. Quite good. Very drinkable. Smooth on the palate, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-08-2011
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at DLD, Adam brought it but it was from Deyholla. One of the big winners for me of the day. Pours a very attractive hazy sunset gold with a stick whipped head. Nose is beautiful, lots of funk and some delicate spicing as well. clementine and Buddha’s hand come through with yuzu and kefir as well. Great funky citrusy thing going on that I love. Some earthy components start to come through as well, both from Brett and presumably the gourds. On taste, the funky tart components are super soft and inviting, quenching even. This beer just felt right with the weather. Superb and another winner from JP.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jolly pumpkin biere de goord. 750ml bottle from a recent trade...pours
a light golden orange hue with a thin wispy soapy white head... Aroma
of a nice mild funk with pineapply, peach, and grapefruit essence. Sour for the majority but almost resembling a subtler cuvee de castleton from captain lawrence... Flavors are
very drinkable with a tart yet mild funk alongside a grapefruity presence. jolly pumpkin’s house funk and oak characteristics very much come into play here. . pumpkin seemed lacking for the most part as did any other spice thought i can’t say that it hurt its enjoyability overall. Very much
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 Jeffries’ 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. There’s 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. I’d dare say that this brew reminds me in ways of a blend between two classics; Upright’s Gose and JP’s Bam Biere, with the addition of some green, herbal spicing not present in either. I can’t 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 I’ve tried. Absolutely superb beer. Seriously excellent stuff. If they made this a regular offering (as I strongly encourage Ron Jeffries to do), I’d be all over it in quantities.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 don’t 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 it’s not that sour.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.