beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 The pour reveals a cloudy copper color with a thick pillow of white froth that leaves nice lacing on the glass. As I put my big nose over the Oerbier glass filled with JollyPumpkin goodness the first thing that comes to mind is peppery yeast, then I notice an interesting array of spices, brett with tart fruits and a delicate cheese lacticness (I think I just invented a word!). The flavor is very complex but also has a lot of harmony, every elements seem to blend with the others, the wood, the peppery yeast, fruits, brett and spices unite to make me feel happy and then some, I notice in the end a sour and dry feeling. After a superb aroma and flavor, what about the palate ? It has a nice medium thickness with a vinous texture and gentle carbonation. This is an amazing belgian ale, thank you Jolly Pumpkin.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Sam’s in Chicago. Amber colour with a mostly lasting frothy and rocky tan head. Lots of coriander aroma, somewhat candyish with some passion fruit and woody notes. Sweet orange rind flavour, building to a gentle tartness, lightly woody and dry, finishing lightly bitter and tart. Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and satisfying mouthfeel. If anything, suffers from an identity crisis - witbier, flemish sour, hoppy pale ale, and straight-up Belgian all rolled into one - but works very well for my taste buds.
Bartzilla (556) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love it. The nice hint of sour at the end lends to a fruity concoction that will satisfy in the winter as well as a hot summer day. Very unique and delicious. You might even convince some random girls to drink this. Providing you have the charm to be drinking with random girls.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a rich amber color, huge initial rocky white head, solid retention and very nice lacing. Aroma is yeast, lemon zest, grapefriut, spice. Flavor is yeast, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, oak. Palate is light to medium, highly carbonated, tart, dry finish. Superstar!
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Holdenn. Thrilled I finally got my hands on this highest rated non-"grande reserve" JP brew. Doesn’t actually seem to offer much more than the (fabulous) La Roja and Ora. Aroma is pungent, spicy fruitiness, solid oak backbone isn’t overwhelming and is a great compliment. Slight chocolate, cheese, lemon-lime soda. Very nice. Great pour, dark yellow/brown with a fluffy, lacing head. Delicious flavor, as well, more subtle, fruity, refined. Lots of tropical fruit type flavors (kiwi, starfruit, mango, pomegranite, perhaps), subtle oak as before, good spices. Kind of like an oaky saison. Light grassy hops present. Full, very drinkable, especially as it warms. This really seems to shine most around 60F. Awesome stuff.
patrick767 (3689) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep copper with a ridiculously huge head despite pouring carefully. This one took a looooong time to pour. I never resort to spooning foam off a beer, but I finally did with this one. The aroma is lightly hoppy with some spice and yeast. The flavor strikes an interesting balance. It’s hoppier than most Belgian ales though still fairly mild. The spices come through well and there’s a hint of oak. At first it seemed a touch watery to me, but as it warmed that went away. The finish is very dry.
BigBeer45 (1292) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Poured a pretty golden brown with some red, first there is a sweet & sour fragrance, then little spices, apples and citrus, woodsy, earthy and funky scent, slight malt scent, light & bubbly on the tongue, light malt, spice, tangy and dry on the palate, interesting beer.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a darker amber color with good head and good lacing. Aroma was of coriander and white pepper. Flavor was much the same had a off citrus flavor to it. not bad not good.
eaglefan538 (2912) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a rich amber color, nice huge initial head, solid retention and very nice lacing, good Belgian appearance. The aroma was very spicey, coriander most abundant, some white pepper, definite citrus/sour notes. The flavor followed suit, finished with a nice dry spice zing. If only it weren’t for that off citrus twist that JP kicks into their beers.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle courtesy of my summer Secret Santa, no date. Pours a cloudy golden brown with a rocky four finger yellowish white head. Very spritzy looking, a fair amount of chunked brown yeast. Aroma is quite yeasty with some lemon zest, spicy grapefruity hops with some slight powdered sugar sweetness There is also some apple skin and pear. As I update this I saw someone said something about Orval, and I agree with some similarities. Taste has more of the oak and acidity that I normally get with the other JP brews, though this is more highly hopped--that’s not to say that this is highly hopped though. Slightly bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, high carbonation. Excellent.