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RATINGS: 592   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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Petkus331 (325) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Aroma of oak tannins and apple sourness. Appears orange brown, plenty of lace. Taste is amazing, tannic, sour, and roasty malts. Overall, great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UrbanCaveman (145) - Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2015
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a hazy amber or light copper color with a thick lacy tan head. Smells of light sourness and grapes, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Tastes of sour citrus with hints of cinnamon and other spices. A little bitterness on the bck of the tongue, but very full bodied as a whole with a nice smooth finish. Very nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy orange/amber. Ample off white head. Aroma is funky, musty, tangy, citrus, & spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, allspice). Smells very autumnal. Flavor is funky (slight tangy bleu cheese), spicy, sour, wheat, a little bit of crispy bacon. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle from Styles aka Secret Santa. I just spilled this all over my face.

When I was first drinking this it was rather harsh, the nuttiness from the chestnut at the forefront with a really choppy bite. As it warmed, it totally mellowed out, and I can say for sure now that this is the perfect thanksgiving beer. Fuck that pumpkin shit. JPs got it all worked out.

Pours with the kind of head that makes me love beer anew. Seriously, this gives Houbblon Chouffe a run for its money. Bridges, arches, caverns, scaffolding and cell phone towers, this head’s got it all. Aroma is really nutty and spicy, with pumpernickel, pineapple, stuffing, and floral european hops. Oaky flavor, broad chestnut and bagel flavors lend way to a fantastically buttery finish that is not at all offputting. Lots of notes of different spices and herbs. Deliciously drinkable and smooth. Another kickass brew from Ron. Thanks, Chris!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Cloudy amber with a huge head. Good lacing and rocky foam. Aroma was sour bret, oak, caramel, citrus and spice. Tangy texture and medium body. My favorite JP yet; Sweet citrus and spice, and less sour than many of their other brews.


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