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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Original batch aged 14 months in bourbon. Recent batch (65) aged 27 months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6028) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 12 oz, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2006 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de petits fruits foncés. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pruneau et de caramel. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de petits fruits foncés en arrière goût. (Rating #503)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Sample from the bottle at the Mondial de la Bière, 2006. A dark hazy caramel body with a smallish lasting white head provides....a nose that is all whisky smokiness and caramel at the front, gradually receding a bit to allow sour cherries and muted grapes an entrance.....on the tongue, it’s all Scotch whisky meets Flemish sour ale, sour/tart and smoky/woody at the same time, very edgy and powerful, lactic and musty, loads of cherries and grapes, but not really enough malt or the lovely vanilla-bourbon that for some reason I was expecting (duh, aged in bourbon...)....it’s a fascinating beer to be sure but the tastes and aromas seem more contrasting and at war than complimentary and friendly, to me....so, a near-miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Insightful caramel shares its sagacity with the bulky, noble wooden barrel...The frothy yet nimble effervescence enlivens the near-glowing blood orange...Tart fruitiness and controlled wilderness coalesce beautifully; this is perhaps my favorite Jolly Pumpkin Reserve...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12oz bottle: Red/brown pour with a medium sized white head. Tangy and sour up front, there is some fruit and yeast in there as well. Flavor is sweet at first, some caramel, and fruits, the sour kicks in quickly and that nice bret character is evident. Very tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2939) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Aroma:LIght floral nose.... Appearance:Hazy brown,light head.... Flavor:Light sour,caramel flavor,flower....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2549) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Bu au Mondial de la Bière 06. Couleur ambrée, beau petit collet. Arome légèrement caramelisé Goût sûre/amère et caramelisé.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Thanks, Kevin. As one who wasn’t blown away by the non-reserve Biere de Mars, I was amazed at the reserve. This is impressive stuff. There’s so much going on on both the nose and the palate, that its frankly hard to describe. There’s the characteristic Montmorency cherry notes, and the raisan and wine, but there’s also a great presence of spice. Finish is long-lasting and impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Thanks to CaptainCougar for this one. It pours a cloudy dark amber with a thin, dirty white head. The flavor is tangy with some chardonnay-ish notes to it. I like the finish, it has a touch of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Garnet. Clingy dirty-white head displays a lathery thickness. Tangy and robustly vinous nose with notes of mangoes and balsamic vinegar. Faint notes of must, iron, and bourbon. Soft, finely conditioned carbonation. Watery body. Fairly depthless, initially, with a restrained sourness along with a loose tannic clutch. Tannins make a solid attempt at reinforcing the body, but fail to take foothold due to the wateriness. Delightfully composed bourbon offers a glimpse of sweetness which does strengthen the body a bit. Clean oakiness provides the palate with a gritty dryness as it gently skims the palate, but the flavors remain relatively simplistic up to this point. Extremely supple, however, with juicy tannins accentuating the ensuing succulent burst of melon and passion fruit. The lack of well-structured malt hurts the body somewhat, but the malts end up redeeming themselves by artfully underscoring the explosive juiciness with a straw-tinged backdrop. Finishes soft as satin with lingering hints of coconut and oaky tannins. Unlike many of their beers, which tend to be one-dimensional in their sourness and overrun by lactobacillus, this could actually use more acidity. Also needs a heftier body to coincide with the beautifully textured carbonation. With that said, the nose is particularly bright and aromatic (actually comes off as more of a Flemish Sour or Oud Bruin than anything else) and the flavors are a brilliant showcase of subtlety. Thanks, Styles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Bottle from Styles. Thanks VERY much. The beer wanted very much to come out of the bottle. I had to put my thumb over the top. Fortunately, it was just a little extra carbonation and had no trouble after 10 seconds. The beer pours to a red-hued brownish body that’s hazy, carbonated, and has a dense off-white head. It irradiates a glowing feel. The aroma is lemons, cherries, brettanomyces, pie. Interesting and nicely balanced. I wouldn’t say Bière de Garde at all. More of a Flemish Sour mixed with an Old Ale given the aroma. Either way, it’s really good. The flavor is oak, dry leather, very-light bourbon, orange peel, pepper, tart cherries, floral hops. I sampled this at room temperature. Thank goodness too. So many components of this might have been muddled by coldness. I agree with Mike, this is perfect. The palate is tart, medium-bodied, very easy drinking. Warming feel even at only 7%. Yet again, Jolly Pumpkin makes me a very happy person.

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