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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Got some slight caramel malt,light fruits and a hint of sourness.Pours a dark murky copper with a medium off white head.Sweet malt,sour fruits and some oak stood out in the flavors.Mouthfeel was medium with a slight sweet and sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
A huge, large-celled head reduces quickly to a thick, tan film & halo over a hazy, reddish/orange body. Wooden, oaky aroma with orange zest, pine and a soapy floral aroma that comes out heavily after the sediment pours in. I couldn’t pick out the cacao or cinnamon if you paid me. Upon tasting, I may detect a hint of chocolate, but the underlying vinous sourness really takes it over. Mild acidity to the belly while the palate finishes dry. While not as intense as, say, a Rodenbach, I still feel this would be better classed as a "Sour" than a "Dubbel".

<font size=-4>Purchased at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Chicago, IL 60638</font>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
750ml bottle shared with a friend - Pours dark brown with a nice thick tan head that stayed pretty well and laced good. Aromas of strong caramel and chocolate, blended with good sour cherries and some apple notes. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, oak, tart cherries, some granny smith apples, a touch of cocoa, and a little orange. Palate is soft well carbonated and a tad to the sour side on the finish. A quite unique and complex brew..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 pured dark brown,red like an amber, thin layer of off-white head, apple-fruity-yeasty type aroma, taste nothing like it looks though…sour tasting albeit very refreshing....turned less sour as it warmed…haven’t had anything quite like it...quite drinkable after getiing past the initial sourness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 4, 2007
This beer is awesome...and I am sad to see the ratings of JP beers have been declining. Pours nut brown with a big foamy earthy head. Aroma is spice and sour...funk and wood. Flavor is the similar...perfect sweet, sour, wood balance. Mouthfeel is perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours hazy orange ruby, off white head. Aroma is whiskey, raisin, wheat, bleu cheese. Flavor is tart, wheat, bleu cheese, slight meat, creamy finish. Very well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
teetotaler (2) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007 does not count
Drank on a Saturday afternoon in an English Pint glass. Always Jolly Pumpkin always sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
750ml bottle enjoyed over a two hour period. Pours a slightly red tinged dark brown, with a dense two finger head that settles very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a sticky sheets of lace. Smell; there’s a fairly strong barnyard funkiness going on here, with old hay and some touches of vinegar. I also smell plenty of sour apples and tart cherries, as well as sweet molasses and caramel. Taste; starts out with the sour apples and tart cherries, with a little bit of chocolate and cinnamon thrown on top. Molasses and caramel malts follow behind the fruits, and then the baryard funk starts really come out. There’s some old hay, horse blanket and vinegar in the finish. I thought the finish was a bit harsh at first, but it smoothed out a lot after I let this warm up a little. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and suprisingly drinkable with all of the sour and tart flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2007
750 ml bottle into a Tulip glass. Picked up by Kirk in Ridgewood, NJ. Pours a gorgeous light and dark brown with a tanned head with excellent retention. The aroma has a sweet nutty malt around a spiced yeast aspect. A light cocoa powder smell is also detectable. The flavor brings an oaky cinnamon aspect at first moving side by side with the sweet nutty malt from the nose. There is also a very sour and estringent flavor mixed in with all these other aspects that carries throughout the brew. Dark fruits, such as plums and a bit of figs make up a quick body. An ever so slight roasted characteristic comes through near the finish with a hint of cocoa beans. A slight alcohol warming presence happens once the brew is actually down the throat. Quite the interesting brew. Has aspects of a spiced beer, a dubbel, a brown, and a tripel. Highly enjoyable and very complex. You can definitely tell they are using some very odd yeast strains. Another excellent conception from Jolly Pumpkin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bomber, pour was brown, tan white head. This was pretty sour? uhh... I can’t say much, not what I expected.

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