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RATINGS: 488   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Wow this beer has aged into something good. I had it from Schroffly’s and thought it was good, but now it is very good. A reddish orange, moderate white head rims the glass. Bananish aroma with tang. Flavor is the right balance of hop bitterness(coming through as a slight peppery spice) and breadish malt. Finish is moderately dry and oh so slightly bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
beer decants a hazy reddish brown, with a nice short tan head that retains well and leaves ample lace. nose is quite a bit cleaner than I expected - very nice, rich malt notes and some earthy hoppiness, with a hair of underlying tartness. very inviting. flavor is solidly that of a biere de Garde - a solid maltiness up front, with a lightly bitter finish. also some licorish notes in the finish, as well as a slightly tart astringency, which I attribute to the oak. a real solid example of the style, and again, cleaner than I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Pours a muddy hazy brown with a thin, wispy off-white head. Very nice Belgian yeasty, bready, earthy and lightly tart aroma. Body starts with nice Belgian malty sweetness, turning more oaky dry and lightly buttery toward the finish. A nicely-balanced and drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Pours a very fizzy cloudy brown with an everlasting head. Smells slightly medicinal, with some oak woody aroma. The flavor has a sweet raisin taste with oak wood. There is a slight sour flavor in the back end that makes it refreshing. There is a lot of carbonation but it doesn’t taste too thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Pours a could dark orange with a large sustaining head, very rocky. Aromas are loaded with outdoors, woods, leaves, earth, lots of fruit as well, oranges and other citrus. Flavor is lightly sour fruits, quite spicy, sweet caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Woody aroma offers notes of oak, melons, leafiness and occasional but strong whiffs of alcohol. Opaque brown-orange with low off-white head that recedes to thick ring with some sudsy lacing. Fairly bitter, oaky, woody, vanilla sweetness is joined by a tart yeastiness. Medium body with fair carbonation. Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival 2005.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
GTM. A little smoky in the aroma. Don’t really like it. Sour, like a Belgian or flemish sour in the nose. Dirty dishwater appearance with small ring of off-white head. Taste somewhat like it smells. Some sour tartness. I wanted to like this beer more than I did based upon my experiences with other Jolly Pumpkin brews.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Although this beer is not recieving much praise, I completely disagree; it’s a great beer. Wonderful tart fruit flavors, intermingled with bitter organic and vegetable notes. The sourness is beautiful. Very nice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2005
What an excellent brew- again Jolly Pumpkin continues to impress! This robust ale boast a thin lacing of caramel to compliment its fruity aroma. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
Couleur rouille aux reflets rouge-brun foncés et parsemés d’une énorme mousse beige pale. Curiosités nasales suggérant le melon et la carambole suivis d’un faible mais grandissant caractère boisé style chêne et d’un faible profil de malt. Les arômes annoncent déjà un breuvage aux traits acides. En bouche, le caractère boisé reste et est accompagné de cerises sures, de tartre ainsi que d’une présence cireuse, difficile à dire si provient du baril ou des houblons utilisés. Corps semi mince, finale allant vers aqueuse, fine et discrète carbonatation. Appréciable en quelque sorte mais certainement étrange, une curieuse interprétation du style aux résultats probablement différent de ceux escomptés. Michigan brewer’s fest, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Juillet 2005.


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