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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.


1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
asheft (2700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2006
[Mondiale de la Biere, 2006] At first, I thought that this beer was inadvertantly infected. This is mostly because Biere de Garde is not a sour beer style. Ever. Okay maybe not 400 years ago, but not nowadays. Later, someone told me that Jolly Pumpkin puts Brettanomyces in all of their beers. I guess that’s one way to avoid cross contamination. This beer gets a big thumbs down for being so off base. Either that or they get an F for serving up an infected beer at an international beer festival.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. The 4th Jolly Pumpkin of the night! Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of sweet malt and spices with some sour fruit and some funkyness. Flavour is slightly sour, fruity and malty with some spices and fruit...and then my notes just say "man I’m drunk". I know it wasn’t one of my favourite Jolly Pumpkins but it’s still a fine beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy, Blankboy’s bottle. Dark brown, small white head. Real malty sourness and acidity in aroma - underlying sweetness. Surprisingly watery mouthfeel. Taste is malty with a weird sort of dark fruit edge to it. Simple, easily the least complex Jolly I have tried - still tasty and sweet, just average by their high standards.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
This beer whispers to me, "Get a better job so you can buy Jolly Pumpkin beers all the time...ooooo."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle from mista Styles! Poured dirty peach with just a dusting of off-white head to cap it off. Nose was lively and dusty with an earthy yeast presence... almost a whiskey barrel influence to it... darker fruits (cherries, grapes, plums)... and some unidentifiable sweetness... really enjoyed it! Flavor had musty yeast, pineapple, cherry, faint whiskey, and toffee sweetness. Lively feel on the palate with well-placed sharp fruit and alcohol notes... full feel across the middle... sour and funky finish was most excellent! Thank you Chris for the brew!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2975) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, tupalev & HogTownHarry - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Slightly murky auburn with with a wispy head. Aroma of caramel, a hint of whisky, some pineapple, and a mellow funkiness. Soft mouthfeel. Flavour lacks the complexity of the other JP beers, but is still very nice - holds some mellow oak notes, faint tartness, and a mild earthy character.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle. Hazy orange-amber, small head. Perfumy-sweet malt/hop medley, still sour and funky. Decent body, acidic - doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Not bad

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2006
750 ml bottle from Steve (punkrkr27) Thanks dude! An interesting twist on this style, as it is much darker than I was anticipating it would be. Almost brown in color, with no head at all. Smell is rich and fruity, with hints of oak and a touch of whiskey. A little sour notes on the nose as well. Taste is rich and flavorful, oakey and sour. Goes very well with goat cheese though I am not so sure about the blue cheese I had as well. Wait, I just had a large chunk of blue, and it does go really nicely with it. A very pleasing beer to drink as are most of these JP beers. This one gets mad points for the label though, it is so fucking cool. This is a bottle I will save. Thanks Steve!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
750 ml botttle


This was a very interesting take on the Biere de Garde style. It has the typical hallmarks of a Jolly Pumpkin beer while still staying true to its roots. If you can get your hands on this one, give it a try. I was lucky enough to get my bottle from someone at work.

Aroma / Appearance - Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, plums and cotton candy are the primary factors in an interesting nose. It invites you to keep looking for more even though there is not much more depth to be found. The cloudy brown body was mildly carbonated with a one finger off-white head and sticky lacing which clung stubbornly to the sides of my glass.

Flavor / Palate - This is among the more interesting beers I have had a chance to sample. The typical biere de garde flavors are obvious but along with them you get some funk. Starting from the first sip I picked up sour cherries, oak, vanilla, peaches, raspberries and a general fruitiness. Next come a slightly wheaty note combined with caramel and sourness. The finish is both bitter and malty. Overall I felt that it could have been perhaps a little more dense but on the whole it hits all the right notes. You can also tell this is a Jolly Pumpkin produced beer. Get your hands on a bottle if you can.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Rerate, 750mL bottle, Batch 256, courtesy of Ryan. Thanks! Pours a clear orange-amber color with golden edges; light khaki head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing; very nice pour. High amounts of acidity, tart citrus, tannic grapiness / vinous notes, and ripe cherries in the aroma; pleasant, complex, mouthwatering aroma; some light toasty oak and vanilla in the background. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: a lot less overt acidity than I remember from earlier batches, probably because it’s so young; toasty oak and malts, tart citrus, lots of pitty / tannic grape notes and cherries; some breadiness and just a touch of graininess mid-palate; very generous, drinkable soured ale, and a nice chance to try this at a young point. Medium finish: breadiness, toasted malts, and some lingering sour citrus. 8.4.7.4.15=3.8 ... Pours7 a medium fluffy head with light retention and minimal retention; large bubble formation around the edges; head regenerates nicely with a bit of effort; clean, translucent honey-brown color with yellow edges. Plenty of brett in the nose, with some citrus and honey. Upfront sourness, medium-high acidity, some hints of lemon and vanilla toastiness - but everything seems hidden behind the strong tartness and acidity, falling away to a medium, crisp finish. I seem to really notice the acidity here, as in the Roja & Oro. I enjoy the other, less-acidic JP offerings more. 7.4.8.3.16=3.8.


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