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Jolly Pumpkin Lambicus Dexterius



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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Belgian style Lambic brewed traditionally (100% spontaneous fermentation). (Blend of 4 yr, 3.5 yr and 2.5 yr)

Malts: Pils Malt, Raw Wheat
Hops: Aged Hallertauer

One of Jolly Pumpkins founding goals was not only to be the first all oak aged sour brewery in the US, but the first production Lambic brewery as well. We began creating this beer over four years ago. Brewed using a traditional turbid step mash, an extended boil, and allowed to cool overnight in one of our open fermenters. Moved the next day into some of our most sour barrels. No culture yeast is used, only our native Dexter cultures.

Notes of orange, grapefruit, and a wonderful funky sourness complete the picture. Bottled Still.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4750) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle - Oaky barrel notes, sour fruit and some ketchup. Cloudy orange and no head. Tart vinegar, spice and ketchup. Lots of weird flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours an almost completely flat orange with a few bubbles as head. Nose is quite tart, with loads of oak, moderate vinegar, and medium tartness. Flavour brings out oak, vinegar and loads of tartness. Very vinegary and oaky, with totally flat carbonation. Not an authentic gueuze by any means, but quite a cool funky sour blonde ale nonetheless. Nice one to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 bottle shared by tom10101, thanks man. pours cloudy pale golden without a head and leaving nothing but shy legs onto glass. assertively acetic - not necessarily puckering, awkward fruitiness - rotten pears perhaps, garbage, dill, toffee-like if not butter caramel, wood - hint of coconut, zesty and a bit cheesy, grassiness. still carbonation, light body - oily, tart if not sour, dry and lightly astringent grassy-peppery finish. blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (2267) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Caoutchouc, acétique vibrant, aneth, chaussettes moisies habitant un liquide à plat et abîmé.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1450) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
2006 vintage? Anyway, old stuff. Pours a hazy light golden with no head and no lace since it is completely still. Nose is funky with some garbage notes, sour rotting fruits and some acetone. Taste is tart but only moderately so, not too acetic like I feared but still offers some dreaded nail polish. Body is medium and texture is oily, absolutely no residual carbonation. There isn’t too much acetic acid but you still get some light burns if you try to drink to fast. Overall this was OK and almost completely true to style, glad to have had the opportunity to try this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3012) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Hazy golden/orange with no head and no lacing. Aroma is really oak with burnt rubber notes, nice funk, leathery brettanomyces and earthy presence. Taste is moderately acetic with a lot of oak again, burnt rubber, vanilla, leathery brettanomyces and earthy notes. Medium body. Completely flatt. Dry finish. It’s not easy to appreciate and it’s hard to get past the burnt rubber presence, but there’s still a nice complexity in there and it’s really wood forward. Really similar to some old unblended lambics I have tried in Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Grand Tasting. Gold pour with a small head. Strong acidic funk. Wood, lemon, soap cakes. Taste. Aggressive, brash, and full of personality. Medium body, soft carbonation. A great American sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle from Adam in Chicago maybe 2 years ago? Opened split 2 ways with a friend at 45 F in stemware. Allowed to warm / decant over time. Excited to try this one.

A - Blood orange appearance, totally flat/still. Nothing at all going on.

S - Nose is really nice. Lots of funky sour grapefruit, grape skins and leather with oak. Smells awesome.

T - Taste starts really nice. Lots of fruit, funk and sour bite. Around the middle, brett funk and shoe polish hit with a finish that is steel wool, copper penny, moldy fruit and rotten vegetables.

M - Still, metallic and sweet. Lots of residual sugars

O - This is just not very good. Starts great, smells great but the finish is horrible. Bottled Still which I don’t really believe too much as in it just didn’t carbonate? Probably won’t finish my glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5819) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle sample shared by? at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big acidity, JP funk, sour lemon, citrus, white grape, wood, fairly aggressive. Nice to have a shot at this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #113. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin head. Aroma of mild sour fruits, grapes, stone fruits and a bit of acetone. The taste is tart earth, citrus, berries, stone fruits, mild caramel malts.

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