xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gift from my GF. 750 bottle. Bottle bomb, did not flow over but had to sit and wait for head to settle for quite a long time. (needless to say) huge white head on dark brown/red body, almost opaque. Aroma has nice funk with cherries, spices, cloves. Flavor is sour, woody, warrming, sherry, sweet and green apple. Body is med and creamy. Very delicious, unfortunate about the crazy carb though.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750mL Bottle. Pours a rich, orange hued, ruddy amber sunset topped with a luscious layer of sustaining ivory head. Intriguing, musty aroma of applewood dusted with a coating of Estevant pine bark sawdust. Plenty of green fruits to freshen up the old woods aroma, including some green pears and white grapes. A subtle underlayer of allspice seasoned honey adds another sweeter dimension for my olfactory enjoyment. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a soft pinch of dry vermouth tartness. Very musty and only a touch sour, but plenty of flavor. Leather baseball glove stitching, tart ripe apples, a sprinkle of cinnimon, and a squeeze of fresh lemon to start off. Freshly baked whole wheat bread and a bit of grated ginger root follow soon thereafter. Quite nice, overall. Thanks, Tom!
humlelala (1282) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Sample offered from bomber @ Cafe Habengut @ May 30th 2013: Slightly flat as the bottle was opened yesterday. Definite tart elements in the taste but moderate and well integrated. The spicy element is still composite and difficult to break down but it is definitely remniscient of the spicy complement to the traditional US pumpkin ales. Practically mo head, hazy amber with subtle floaties.
Original rating on June 23rd 2012: (75 cl bottle courtesy of GT2, cheers; batch 907, bottled 02/11 2011) Pours a cloudy apricot with a bit of white head that laces the glass. Aroma is cidery with notes of berries and a hint of some spice I donít recognize. Oily texture, soft carbonation and a smooth, slightly spicy and not too dry finish. Taste is mildly tart with a sweet edge. Girlfriend says: "it reminds me of apple cider from Brittany."
thome50 (1280) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via wavvers, thanks Baker. Pours a light golden color with a frothy white head for a sour. Lots of carbonation in this one. Sour funk aroma comes through very early and only grows. A little bit of nuttiness in the aroma but not overpowering. The taste is more sour but very well balanced, lactic, and then some malt characters but not a lot of other spices seem to come through. A very good beer but not necessarily screaming "FALL!!" like I was expecting.
chucklemation (1256) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light brown with a foamy white head. Aroma is a spice that stands out with a sharp bite and lactic acid. Flavor is tart lactic acid and that same spice. The tartness has a bit of a bite to it, or maybe thatís the spices used. Pretty good.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber. Nose lactic tartness, berries, spices, mild caramels, and a touch of waxy honey. Flavor is tart lemons, cranberries, cherries, all spice, caramels. Tart and day but the supporting malt character doesnít leave you puckering in te finish and isnít too thin. Pretty nice beer.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Backus Backdoor Bash! Pours an orange color. Full of Autumn spices and bitter orange flavors. Some peppery spice in there, too. Another good beer from Jolly Pumpkin.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split this with Braden. Pours honey amber, with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of apple, hops, wheat, honey, hay, and hints of caramel. Medium bodied with a sweet, tangy moutfeel and similar finish. Very good Belgian ale from Jolly Pumpkin.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle thanks to Styles Medium carbonated, pours with a small amount of fizz to a murky, opaque medium-dark amber with some brown hints. The small head is light beige, with large bubbles giving it a rocky appearance; it does not last long. Mild caramel, tart grape stems, a smell exactly like grape seeds taste, lightly tart fruit, a bit of unripened blueberry, light mint, orange spice(similar to celestial seasonings manderin orange spice tea), allspice, a hint of strawberry/raspberry syrup, a bit of pumpkin pie spice, showing just a bit of horseblanket, mild barnyard, and something thatís almost like sour melon or rotting fruit. Much like the aroma, the taste is quite complex. It begins with with a very mild acidic tart shock, but nowhere near the strength of any lambic. This flows into a lightly tart fruit, and complex spice medley (allspice, melon rind, bitter orange zest, alligator pepper, what I take to be chestnut, and something similar to bog myrtle but it could be the chestnuts - Iíve never had chestnuts in beer before). Some sweet caramel malt shows through in brief flashes towards the middle along with some tannic wood notes. Finishes very bitter, you can actually feel the dry bitterness in your mouth and the back of the throat, with notes of earthy nut, lemon grass & caramel along with something akin to the outside flesh of a walnut(if you ever tried biting one of these you know exactly what Iím talking about). Medium carbonated, medium bodied though feeling pretty light on the palate without much texture. Overall one of the more complex beers Iíve tasted in aroma and taste which certainly makes it fun to try to pick out all the flavors. Ultimately the flavors are mostly confusing and do not blend very well into a coherant beer. In addition, the acidity is very well balanced but the beer is much too bitter (Iím assuming this comes from the chestnuts?), which makes it difficult to drink. This is well worth a try to exercise your palate and I have a feeling this may become great after a few years in the bottle.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the HW open house. Hazy dark amber color with a small white head. Mild bretty aroma that was somewhat sour with citrus fruits and black pepper. Grassy, yeasty flavor that was mildly tart and fruity. Some unidentifiable spices(pepper?,ginger?) on the finish. Another winner from JP.