Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2006 Bottle: Nice tart fruit aroma along with something that I would describe as a Red Bull aroma. There is also some light oak and the slightest hint of bourbon. Pours a transparent dark orange with a small off-white head. Outstanding lacing with close to a full sheet covering the glass as you drink. Putting my Imperial Stout bias aside, this is a quite an impressive looking beer and is well deserving of a 5. Iíve never been one to describe the flavor of a beer as complex, but this one definitely is. You taste the beer and you get an initial flavor that leads you to believe there will be a sour/tart character to the beer, but it never fully materializes. It teases you with a slight tartness that quickly becomes more fruity with mango, apple, hints of peach, and again a slight Red Bull presence. Finishes with some orange peel, flowery bitterness, pepper, spice, and hints of alcohol. The alcohol flavor is light and I donít know that I would have said bourbon without knowing beforehand. Oak plays a nice role and really blends well in the finish. This should be 8 ratings away from cracking the top 50.
2006 version: Aroma is much the same with a little more brett sourness than I remember from 2005. Bourbon is once again barely noticeable. Appearance is not quite as nice nor is the mouthfeel, although I remember Schroppfy stating that maybe it needs a few more weeks to carbonate in the bottle, and that would would help in both areas. Flavor is much the same as 2005, but I would say maybe a tad more woody and even a tad less bourbon, which was never strong to begin with. If carbonation improves with some more time in the bottle, this is on par with the í05.
AGAquino (657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another superb Jolly Pumpkin. Noticably tart and sour with woody notes. Nice sour flavours, quite drinkable.
Sammy (7719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once upon a funk beer. All funk from smell to taste, still being a good drinker and under control. Much funkier than any JP I have ever tried. Great looks with a big fomay head and lots of lace, that also serve to cushion the tongue and make for a smooth drinkable beer. Thanks Dougsense.
Johnsense (600) - - AUG 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber/gold pour. Decent head. Funky aroma, tary pincherries, yeast, farmhouse, spicy. Dry and tart, leather, barnyard, wet hay, sour green apple, some spice, oak, funky. Easy drinking, alcohol very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2nd August 2009
Hazy amber - brown beer. Crisp and dry palate. Immediately tart and sour but the oaking holds the sharp edges in check. Finishes dry and medicinally sour with a touch of wood. Four someone who struggles with sours - this was pretty drinkable.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at Jamesí place courtesy of James and his giant cellar. Pours a hazed ruby with a medium sized white head. Smells lovely, wood and sour acid, funk and musk. Musky, a light sourness with touches of funk and a hint of acetone. Long funky finish and a bit of musk and tannins.
jtclockwork (6229) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of cherry, tart dark fruits, oak, caramel, grass, mild spices and vinegar tartness. Medium body.
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to exiled - batch 130/131.
Bright amber pour with a small white head. Tons of Brett aroma - cherry, and grassy hops. Flavor is acidic and sour.
DrSilverworm (4020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Jackie-Os. Hazy orange-amber color, super-thin creamy-looking slightly off-white head. Good lace. Really fine, crisp carbonation. Drier texture. Never had a sour before, so Iíve got nothing to compare this to, though Iíve been wanting to try this one for a while... $9 for one goblet is really expensive, but when I found out this was a 2004 vintage, I was interested enough to take the plunge. What the hell, you know? The sour taste is really awesome and interesting. Has a sort of tart aspect to it. Real dry texture. Belgian yeast strains in the aroma, and a little bourbon barrel. Very interesting overall, but Iím not really sure what effect the 8 years of aging had... Maybe I should have started with the standard Luciernaga, first. Really tasty, for sure! But no way Iíll be paying so much for this more than once.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Sean at 3F. Cloudy burnt orange pour with an off white head. Orange, malt, and funk aromas. Very tasty with orange, berry, funk, oak, vanilla, and caramel malt notes.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle batch 130/131) clear rich ruby/amber with a ring of fine off-white bubbles. Nose of wet wood, rose hips, cherry, funky, and acetone unfortunately. Taste is acetic, vinegar, acidic, tongue thrashing in a way, big on sour, low on balance. Some cherry and rose hips in the taste also.