iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL capped bottle, Batch 559, Bottled 7-22-10, sampled 10-22-10: hazed gold with a wonderful, thick, tightly bubbled ivory head. The 2 inch foam gives a fantastic beer mustache. Lemon-honey sweetness in the aroma with underlying soft citrus notes along with strawberries, pineapple, sun-blazed hay. Dry, barnyard(y) flavour profile with sour, dusty limestone notes and lingering bitter honeycomb accents. Butterscotch belches ensue. Perfect, tingling, tight bubbled palate. It is for beers like this that I drink...the dry, sourness of a gueuze and the fruity (non-artificial) sweetness of a saison! Awesome! Thanks to the folks in Dexter, you make truly delicious, World Class beers!
SudsMcDuff (6524) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
one of the beers that was enjoyed at a recent tasting that i just have to review, mainly so i can look back in a few decades and say, yes i actually had this and it was awesome! thanks to Greg for the opportunity! .. . Poured with a light haze, dark gold - great foam, like all JP’s .. . some oak, tartness, hay, squash, and light woodiness with a good funk stamp .. . quite effervescent on the tongue, and very smooth and clean .. . quite a unique JP and a fantastic saison! .. . I am Djour Djilios. - Could you spell that please? -- I don’t think so. Try it with a "D".
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.
Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brought by Todd for my birthday tasting. Thanks a bunch for this Todd! Cloudy golden orange in color with a fingers worth of tight white head. Nose is ridiculously complex. It is bursting with juicy citrus fruit and some subtle grassy, citrusy hops. It reminds me kinda like Hill Farmstead Mimosa, but I think this is slightly better. Flavor is bright and tart, white wine character, citrus, and classic Jolly Pumpkin yeast. Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, light acidity, and a long finish. Might be over thinking this a bit, but this beer is one of the best American sours I’ve had to date. It’s so bright and juicy and just alive with flavor. Thanks a bunch for introducing this to me Todd, this was a memorable experience.
malrubius (2012) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trying to catch up on old notes. Brought by puzzl somewhere. Hazy pale orange with head. Tart brett peachy funky farm aroma. Tart peach grapefruit punch dry clean brett farm peppery finish. Tight palate. Awesome.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of mibirder. Cloudy yellow, minimal white head. Aroma has nice lacto sour up front, hints of pils malt and light floral/citrus character. Flavor much the same, really nice combo of floral/citrus, don’t really get any goord, dig it none the less. Highly carbonated, great mouthfeel. Thanks Sean! Much appreciated.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, 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.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A semi-funky, super-tart and super-dry blonde ale. Intense, original and oh so good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Batch 559, consumed approximately 9 months after the beer release (first and only batch so far I think). Bottle sent to me by WeisGuy, thanks a lot Shane
The look: Cloudy peach color body topped by a small white head
In long: The strong and bright nose is smells like a funky fruit salad, a slice of cheddar, barnyard and dank basement. Taste is sharp sharp and sharper. Intensely tart, lots of lemon skin, dry green herbs, dust, tart white grapes, musty, dry oak, dry straw, extremely dry, unexpected strong salty sensation, uber-astringent. This is a refreshing beer but the intensity of the funky tartness and extreme dryness makes it more of a sipper than a thirst beer. I did not notice the advertised pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. This almost came through as a stronger Bam Bier that aged in carbernet barrels or something like that. Crazy good beer worthy of Jolly Pumpkin. So I read here that this beer “was created by Jolly Pumpkin to help raise awareness about prostate cancer”. Did you know that if a man was conceived doggie style, he has 1 in 6 chance to be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his life? Same as other men.
SrSilliGose (3284) - 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.
deyholla (7622) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 Bottle shared by James, thanks! Poured a hazy gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was surprisingly tart with cale, oak, spice, funk and just a bit of backing pumpkin. Flavor was not as tart with more cale and pumpkin coming through. There was some funkiness as well as a slight light fruit and spice, all underlying.