Brigadier (3245) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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. 184.108.40.206.16=3.8.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear ruby red with a nice little white head minimal lacing. aroma is a little bit cherry, yeasty dust and a little sour. taste is spice, yeast and wood.
Ratman197 (11234) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear orange amber with a minimal ivory head. Aromas of orange, cherry, spice and a bit of wood. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of orange, lemon, wood and spices with a dry tart finish.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour reveals a hazy amber color with a thin bubbly head. Very good sweet and malty aroma with fruits and a sturdy dose of acidity. Very good flavor of fruits, malt with some farmhouse character and a crisp acidity, it finishes sweet and dry. Superb stuff, JP does it again !
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is very musty and cellared - sour, with hints of wood and raisins...not sweet at all. Looks decent, but not really like a bier de garde, with a reddish orange body and nearly no head at all. This is very typical Jolly Pumpkin - very sour, very little sweetness. Some caramel. It kind of leaves me longing for just a little something more of something...its very drinkable, though, even somewhat interesting.
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to TAR for this bottle - Cloudy copper pour with minimal head - medium tart/acidic aroma, with notes of oak, earthy/barnyard qualities, and some almost lambic-like funkiness - flavor is mildly acidic and somewhat tart up front, followed by big time wood flavors, then a gentle sweetness and a hint of grain, apricot - subdued spices and hops in the finish - a bit of alcohol warmth finishes it all off - a good beer, but not one of JPs best.
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured hazy brown with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus spice aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and bottle conditioned thin particles. Medium sour flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
After its removal from the 750ml brown bottle, it pours a hazy brown, and upon reaching a level where I could decant the beer it forms an opaque brown with a creamy light tan head that is kingly in size, as it slowly dissipates, the residual lace forms a tight girdle upon the glass. Nose has that nice Oak Barrel tartness, pleasing malt sweetness, citrus like crispness, and a real portent of the joys to come upon the tasting. Start is semi-sweet, or semi tart, your choice, nice grain presence, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has a perfect acidity, the hops as they should be, understated but detectable, quite dry, desert bone dry to be exact, long lasting after taste glues itself to your palate, a prima fascia example of an often over looked style.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A finely crafted beer, pouring a light brown with small suspended particles and a slender beige head. The aroma is a sharp malt, sweet and caramel, with oak, yeast, and an herbal hopping. Warming drink. The flavor has a somewhat sour bitterness to it, malty and woody with an underlying light brown sugar sweetness. There’s a subtle spiciness to it, along with a modest alcohol burn. It finishes surprizingly clean, then begins to warm the innards. Nice.
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