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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 750ml, tasted fresh from recent batch. poured hazy brown with hint of amber, creamy off white head. nose has wonderful brett, oak, vanilla, and soft hints of toffee. flavor is very much of the same with cinnamon, perfectly balanced. palate is soft, thin, and very refreshing and drinkable. another great jp beer i could drink for 40 days and nights straight.4.0.

12/16/07, 750ml bottle. 2005 vintage, oval label. aroma is very woody, bretty, and toasted grain. flavor is bretty, wood, while some toasted grain and cocoa finish it out. although i love this aged bottle, iím not sure this actually gets better with age. sure the brett comes out more but it adds some harshness and almost clashes with the cocoa finishing notes. now this is being really picky, as it is so drinkable and tasty, but big brett flavors and cocoa notes just dont work for me. still the score is the same as i love this beer fresh or aged a bit. 4.0.

5/5/08, early 2007 batch, aged 14-18 months. pours murky brown with off white head. aroma is horsey tart, hints of toasted chestnuts and orange. flavors are sour tart cherries, woody, and toasted nuts. lively carbonation. a year of age is perfect for this one as its actually more balanced than the 2 year old oval rating i recently had.4.0.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2007
750mL bottle, most recent batch. Poured a hazy medium brown with fiery highlights and a short cap of yellowy-beige head. Nose picked up a bunch of deep, mature spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and orange zest are all evident), light-fruity yeast, and powdery dark chocolate... quite spicy with some oak and vanilla accents. Flavor had an overriding funky sourness with a hefty dose of barrel accent (oak and vanilla.. pinch of bourbon)... wonderful blend of spices laced through this, tending toward the peppery side... left a warm, spicy finish. This was quite good, but the 750 is tough to finish with 1 or 2 people... would prefer this in 12íers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
750 ml bottle. Deep blood-orange hue with a sparse white head. Great nose with pleasant qualities of apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and varied fruit skins. Apricot and orange characters come through in the flavor and the cacao adds a very distinct and incredibly novel element. Medium tartness and restrained oak impression that develops late. Palate is almost like a white wine. Nicely rendered beer that gets better with every sip. Ron Jeffries crushes another one over the fence in my park.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4926) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Pours deep brown into a Trappist glass. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface and rim. Mild cocoa and spice aromas. Bubbly and slightly sour with a light chocolate finish. Jolly Pumpkin rules.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2342) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Thanks to Ohiodad for this one- Very surprising. Nose was very inviting, yet first sip was pure Brett and I am not the biggest sour fan. The tartness became bearable about 1/4 through the bottle and ended up not being a problem for me, just shocking at first since I was not expecting it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2007
750ml bottle. Yeh! A new Jolly Pumpkin beer for me. Poured a cloudy dark brown/amber body with a nice size head that faded to a nice ring around the tulip. Aroma is of wood, oak, vanilla, berries and tropical fruits with some yeast thrown in. Flavor is oakey, spicey and slightly sour with a touch of fruit developing in the end. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle courtesy of santoslhalper. Spicy aroma, peppery with light chocolate, rose hips, lemon rinds. Has sweetish gueuze nose to it. Sour tangy and floral - nice. Horseblanket and Brett. Dark amber clear with thin head. Light-medium watery body with light medium carbonation. Funky start to it. Tangy brown ale with farmhouse notes, yeasty. Brett. Finish is yeasty and tangy. Again, hard to believe this comes from Michigan and not Belgium. Spicy end, floral but watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
i love it. tyler guided me through his ratings and i kinda have to agree with him. but at the same time, the jolly pumpkins pretty much always seem awesome to people who have ever had them. as it is, iím talking to zeswaft and cmubeerman and staring at a hopwhore and a madruiga especial.... i have no idea what i was writing about. i donít remember much about this beer except that i liked it and it was probably my favorite jolly pumpkin. iíll rerate it someday with an actual rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1495) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2007
thanks to sersdf for this beer. guess what? it tastes like every other JP beer. Hey, have you guys heard of brett? ..........or different recipes? (frustratation) i hate these beers. looks fantastic. i just farted......Iím gonna go try to taste that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
capistrano (5) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2007 does not count
Attacks the tip of the tongue with flavor! You can really taste the orange peel and it balances out for a smooth after taste! Refreshing indeed!

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