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RATINGS: 594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Autumn Fire
Ale brewed with chestnut and spices
To catch a bit of soft radiance in each special bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malts lead smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to contemplate and enjoy!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours a brown-orange body with a white bubbly head. Great brett aroma along with apple fruitiness, yeasty pear, and wood notes. Earthy, medium carbonated body. Tasty bread and caramel flavours accompanied by some pear fruitiness. Quite dry and tart. Very nice and easy to drink. Purchased at Bello Vino, Ann Arbor in March 2006.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2006
Cloudy dark amber, thick foamy off white head. Another fantastic JP nose with notes of spiced vanilla, soft funky barnyard, lemon rind, oak, and faint nutty caramel. Flavor is similar to the aromas, but adds an overall tart, tangy, earthy tone to it. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tangy, lightly spiced finish. JP is the master when it comes to barrel-aging. It never overwhelms, just strictly complements. Thanks for sharing hopscotch...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10015) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Cloudy, amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Neverending retention. The incredi-nose is funky, fruity, floral, spicy and nutty. Well-balanced, spicy, nutty, tangy, ginger-laden flavor. Medium-bodied and silky with medium carbonation. Finishes tangy, a bit tart and acetic. Another world class offering from J.P.! Thanks go out to artusory for the bottle!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Schroppfy! Pours a murky rusted amber. Tall tanned white head. Nose is slightly nutty, very spicy, and laden with cobwebby yeast. Taste is slightly tart fruits, light nuttiness, spices, Belgian yeast notes and light barnyard notes. Almost a light gingerbready type flavor to this. Body is light-medium and bubbly. Finishes with big spice notes, dusty yeast notes, soft fruit flavors, light nutty notes, and light tartness. Another good JP beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 6, 2006
750 ml bottle consumed in the generous company of tiggmtl, MartinT and Rastacouere. Dark, hazy amber-brown with a light but ever-lasting topping and handsome lacing....nose is somewhat subtle, buttery-nutty (not diacetyl, just nuts sauteed a bit in butter) with a touch of vanilla and a bit of musty Belgian yeast....the body is earthy and husky, with maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness to leaven the strong lactic-cherry-sour undertones.....rather astringent, oily character (from the chestnuts I suppose) arrives at the finish, but rather than ruining things this adds complexity and creates a wonderful mix of dry, woody, nutty and yeasty components. Not quite great based on this one sample, but vastly interesting and unique, and one worthy of a longer, deeper plunge than I was able to give it. I have another, thankfully....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Any first impressions?
-A creamy head settles over the muddy dusk.
-Orangey citrus fruit and accompanying herbal spices, comforted by a nutty sweetness, lie on classy wooden flooring.
-Chestnuts obviously provide most of the beer’s sweetness, emboldened by an otherwise meditative spicy flavoring.
-The carbonation is ample but delicate, exactly how these Belgian ales should be carbonated.

What if you dig deeper?
-The fruity, nutty sweetness isn’t overdone, agreeing with the subtle, intelligent tartness.
-The wooden dryness softly drops the curtain.
-All in all, this is a quite humble spectrum of flavors.
-Another Jolly Pumpkin success, an understated but serene and well-brewed creation.

Bottles; no date.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Hazy deep orange-amberish beer with a nice creamy slight yellowish-off white head. Aroma is mild and soft malty, it has touches of nuts and almond liquor. Also touches of chesnut skin that gives a untherbuild tart sharpness in this brew. Aroma is sweeter than the taste. The mouthfeel is quit dry, it has a soft malty carracter with a slight spicy touch and sharp accents of sour apple skins (renette apples) and orange zest. In the afthertaste there is a nice earthy touch with hints of humide forrest soil, wild berries and wet wood The more this beer gets warmer, the more wine like the beer gets.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8344) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Deep, slightly hazy orange with a good, orangeish, persistent head, leaving some lace. End of bottle full of U.F.O.’s. Fruity nose with preserved oranges, faint strawberries, little bit vinous, and a faint, distant spicey spiking (orange peel, cloves, cinnamon bark). More complex than the taste, which is quite dry, spicey. Fruity, with again much citrus, but without any fruitsugars. There’s a retronasal sourness, wry, like crabapples and/or orangezest, slowly dissipating in the throat. This gets more marked warming up. Despite the dryness, there’s a fizzy MF present. Not very much body either. Compared to my only other JPAA, this is where Fuego d’Otoño slightly lacks. Then again, the beer is extremely drinkable. Very pleasing beer, with a great balance, but slightly lacking depth. OTOH, it makes up for one hell of a session ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Hazy rusty-orange. Fully sustained sticky white cream. Phenols, tangerine peels, and unripe peaches comprise the aroma along with a dash of musty brett and sweet toast. Creamy carbonation softly expands on the palate. Juicy passionfruit and mandarin oranges erupt alongside an herbal sharpness intertwined with artfully restrained brett tartness. Light dose of nutty sweetness slowly emerges to continually brighten the prominent fruitiness while the doughy yeast coats the tongue and buoys the body. Juicy as all get-out, although the brett lends a pleasant scratchiness, which is quite nice. Trace levels of black pepper-dusted honeydew and peach fuzz bitterness. There’s an abundance of ester-derived spiciness, but the spices which were apparently added go unnoticed. Finishes increasingly spicy, irony, and malty sweet, with a phenolic and musty brett flourish. Woodsy dryness leaves behind a clean powdery residue which resides elegantly with the floral hop aftertaste. Another very good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Thanks, Schroppfy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13303) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Hazy amber colour. Fairly funky, oaky aroma. Spicy flavour, aggressively yeasty with light backing maltiness and a tart finish. Interesting but I’m not big on the aggressive yeastiness.


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