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A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (740) - Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2014
Pours a murky orange brown color with an off white head and good lacing. Aroma of light fruit and some tartness and cinnamon. Mild tartness in taste with light fruit skin and some toastiness. Some spiciness and very light pepper in finish. Finishes semi dry with mild spice and some graininess. Mouthfeel is crisp with a light/medium body and high carbonation. Easy drinking with good flavor but a little muddled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (617) - - APR 13, 2014
2014 bottle to a snifter. Pours a hazy light brown-orange with a white head. Taste is tart grape skins, light malt, pepper. Herbal, puckering bitterness. Medium, dry mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (405) - USA - APR 13, 2014
A brownish orange color with a small amount of white head. Smells of tart cherry, apple, barnyard funk. Taste is a medium tart cherry, carbonated, barnyard tastes, some hop bitter at the end, some floral notes as well. Some tea like flavors, a little caramel malt that accent the brown ale character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014
Slow gushing bottle. Pours unclear hazelnut brown with a medium sized off white head. Wood, leather, earthy, dusty, light horse staple, sour dark cherries, light nail polish. Behind all this some notes of dark fruits; plums, raisins. Medium/full body, oily texture, medium carbonation. Medium sweet and light sour. Feels soft and balanced but at the same time complex and very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Claves77 (153) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2014
sour notes in smell. Not colored like a brown, too light, like a dark amber. sour taste is surprising for style. Not a brown ale. Good but not for style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle bought @ Bierkompass.de. Pours hazy reddish orange with a fizzy offwhite head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sour and vinous with dark bread, lemon juice, hay, drak grapes, moist wood, barnyard, leather and hints of red wine vinegar and cocoa powder. Taste is sour, tiny bitter and spicy with dark bread, moist wood, hay, orange peal, lemon zest, red currants, cocoa powder, burnt raisins, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, sour cherries and hints of unflavoured yoghurt. Mouthfeel is dry, tart, spicy astringent, sparkling and medium bodied. finish is sour and bitter with dark bread, lemon juice, orange peal, red wine vinegar, sour milk, red currants, sour cherries, moist wood and hay. Nice solid sour red with spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a dark burgundy with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out light dark fruits, some spices, Belgian yeast, and cocoa. Flavour is fairly tart for the style, with cocoa, tart fruits (sour plum), spices, and Belgian yeast. Quite fruity and tart for the style, finishing on both of these notes. The cocoa is not that prominent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1865) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle from Chuck’s.

First pour is a beautiful orange caramel in my St Bernardus goblet, glowing almost red against the light, with an orange-tan head. I gave it a 5. But it started to go downhill approximately half way through a bottle, not ugly but certainly murky. And the final pour -- damn! That was the nastiest thing I have ever seen come out of a beer bottle. A big black slimy mucoid dollop of sludge as if seagull had taken a monster dump into my glass -- or with less hyperbole, the sort of black stuff one finds on the surface and rim of a coffee cup forgetten half-empty for a month. A lesser beer would have gone straight down the drain but this was too good to waste; I had to bust out a coffee filter for the last glass even if it did killed the otherwise glorious mouthfeel. We’re going to just give this a 3 for appearance and pretend none of it ever happened.

The Jolly Pumpkin nose is so distinctive: apple and funky brett, cinnamon wafting off the top, wet brown leaves fallen together in layers on the forest floor. Oranges. Leather. The flavor is quite dry and of course Jolly Pumpkin sour, brett in full force, just the smallest hint of sweetness coming through the sour like sugar on grapefruit, an ample woodiness backing it all up. Mouthfeel is smooth despite ample carbonation and the beer never gets into thick or hot territory. I imagine I can taste cacao nibs in the very long finish but probably wouldn’t have come up with it without reading the commercial description. Spices and orange peel become far more apparent as the beer warms, along with a touch of capsaicin reminiscent of chile pepper in dark chocolate.

As the beer warms and the palate acclimates over the course of an hour, the flavors evolve in interesting and enjoyable ways and -- like so many Jolly Pumpkin beers -- the bottle gets easier to finish the further in one goes. This one isn’t a revelation but it is tasty enough, plenty different, and definitely interesting. It’s always fun to see what Jolly Pumpkin has done with a new-to-me one of their beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1448) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Sour wild yeast aroma. Taste is funky sour, tart, with essence of citrus and some sweet caramel malt. Different, but quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (361) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
An odd sour with a hint of hop finish in the sour flavor. Has a citrus sour aroma and deep dark amber color. Not one of the best sours I’ve had but unusual compared to many, so worth a try.

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