falco242 (369) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Little bit of a farmhouse smell with notes of the oak and wild yeast. Hazy golden pour with some lace. Fantastic blend of fruit with a subtle spice and the sourness is not overwhelming but makes the beer brilliant. Great palate and overall awesome beer.
JStax (4639) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy pale copper with a large, white head of foam. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is peppery and bretty with some ginger and tropical fruit and spices coming through nicely. Taste is sweet initially, but moves to a dry tartness, very reminiscent of an aged Orval. This beer is pretty damn good. I could see me getting a few bottles of this just to see how they do over time. Really good!
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy gold with white head. Aroma is lots of yeast. The yeast profile give lots of fruity sweetness with plenty of funk. Nice medium body malt profile. Extremely good.
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle at Logans Alley. Wonderful amount of pleasant sourness with a nice hint of cinnamon and chestnuts. Delicious anytime of the year.
Petkus331 (388) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of oak tannins and apple sourness. Appears orange brown, plenty of lace. Taste is amazing, tannic, sour, and roasty malts. Overall, great.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Kitchen No. 1 in Kansas City, served in a snifter.
A: Arrived as a hazy orange brew, with a thick white head of tiny, tight bubbles that left not only good lacing, but distinct level markers for each sip.
S: Alas, I was at a restaurant with a kitchen, so my olfactory was running with a skeleton crew at best. What I was able to pick up were heavy citrus notes, sour and tart, and some hints of a wheaten grain bill.
T: Yes, definitely tart. This opens with a mixture of citrus fruit notes with the full sourness one would expect from such a medley, and that sourness does not relent. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine roll through, with some subtler hints of apple and green grapes, before a swell of farmland-esque funk comes in the middle. Beneath the tartness, there are notes of spices, the usual suspects for a mulled cider, though faint and muted. The finish is Mojave desert-level dry.
M: To be honest, I couldn’t really tell around the sour and tart, so I’ll just say there’s no issues there.
O: Intense without sacrificing complexity to do so, this is an interestingly sour biere de garde. Would repeat.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brad brought this! Thanks a million! This beer pours to a deeply hazy copper body with an off-white head. The aroma is cedary and spicy. Caramel and white grapes. Very distinct and unique. Smells devine! The flavor is tangy and peppery. Gingerbread? Cedared pears. Delicious. I love Jolly Pumpkin.
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 Amber color with a thin cream white head. Aroma is funky, citrus, grassy, spicy. Full strong aroma. Flavor is almost candi sweet. Delicious stuff.
750ml courtesy of styles. Pour is a melon orange with a nice clumpy head of white creamy bubbles. This is definitely a few months old as the sourness is coming out in the aroma. Good amount of funkiness and dry spiciness. I remember why I like this so much. The flavor is quite dry and well blended. Beautiful and delicious beer. Kinda reminds me of orval in a way.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy. Opaque chestnut pour displays a mostly lasting beige head of beautiful lacing. Evident brettanomyces meet the nostrils through well disposed woodiness reminiscent of cedar and Christmas tree. Complex flavour profile shows an interplay between the incredibly well integrated chestnuts and the wild, fitting sourness, the whole completed by various notes of cloves, cream, meringue and a number of fruits. Surprisingly dry in mouth, it is highly fruity and at the same time yogurty in its lactic aspects. Very pleasant biscuity backbone serves as a foundation for litchi, grapes, nut, wood berries and mild leafy hops. Gentle foamy palate, medium-full bodied. Remarkable execution.
kramer (5762) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 oz bottle, via Styles, shared at Kennett Square Brewfest after-party 2006. Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper colored body under a slightly fizzy white head that faded to a thin film. Great delicate lacing lined the glass beautifully. Aroma is lightly tart with some soft malt and light belgian yeast. Fairly pronounced brett in the aroma with spices, woodiness, and almost a dried leaf earthy smell. Not sure what the chestnuts are doing for the aroma, but there are some unusual hints buried in there. The flavor is quite tart and drying, but not as crazy as I was expecting. Minimal soft remnants of caramel malt are there, but hiding well. The brett comes out nicely on the finish with plenty of oak tannins and an almost aged hop flavor. Again, not sure about the chestnuts, but there is a nice earthy, bordering on almond, flavor mid swallow that may be due to them. Otherwise, some spices and light yeast as well. Mouthfeel is classic JP with lots of lively fizzy efforvescent carbonation. Not quite as foamy as some other JP’s I’ve had though. Overall, this was my favorite JP thus far. Not as crazy and funky as I was expecting, this was more about subtle nuances than the in your face sourness from some of their other offerings. I need more.