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RATINGS: 836   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Bottle. The first JP I’ve opened that didn’t gush...is this a bad sign? Pours light brown with practically no head at all. Has the typical sour smell, which I always enjoy, plus some citrus/orange notes. Upon tasting, the first thing you get is the tartness, followed by orange. The funk/horseblanket then proceeds to take over the palate. Despite that particular taste being part of a great many beers, I think I’m still trying to get used to it. As it goes down, I finally get a hint of the cacao that was promised to me on the label. Not much carbonation in this one. Another solid brew from JP to be sure, but I’m not sure I could drink a lot of it in a sitting. Perhaps that’s the point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
Thanks to jasonmech77 for hooking me up. A very hazy light brown beer with a fast-fading light brown head. The aroma is all JP. Tart lactic top notes with a funky leathery dustiness in the back as well. There is a hint of light cocoa in back. Great creamy texture. Peppery and tart at the same time. The flavour is fantastic, tart lactic sourness, leather, horseblanket and lots of funkiness. Lingering malt and chocolate on the back of the palate. This chocolate character is accentuated as the beer warms to room temperature. A completely unique beer that works quite well. Earthy bitterness on the back with a hint of bitter orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7008) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2007 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de noix rôtis et d’épices avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Présence de vinaigre et de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #1072)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of viggo. Soft complex yeasty malty aroma - hint of sweetness, nice stuff. Dark copper rust brown, foamy thick tan head. Very strong taste - sour edge to a malty brown ale - tons of alcohol. Great complex drinkable stuff here, wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9249) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2007
Fully hazy, amber-brown beer; small yellowish rim. Fuselalcohols, esters, orange peel, spices. Orange peel again in the taste, as well as strawberries, alcohol, sweet-sourish, and again obviously full of fusels (and quite possibly, fermented at demented temperatures, for doing "Belgian"...). Warming up, some coriander. Well bodied, but well-attenuated at the same time. Good yeast, this one. Sweet-sour and forced Belgain. OK, quite nice, but it IS forced. Thanks to Dirk, as well as to an anonymous American donor!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
750 ltr bottle, from Slob (I think). Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a huge, fluffy beige head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is dry and somewhat vinous, oak notes along with hints of molasses, bitter chocolate and molasses. Nice tart dark fruity flavors, along with lemon tea, prune, brown sugar, tannic with a bit of the wild funkiness and a sour cream raisin character. This one opens and improves as it warms. Medium body and very smooth like liquid satin with a nice tingly carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle via Puddintane. Brown in color with reddish hues. Faint tan head that diminishes instantly. Cinnamon, tropical fruit and raisins in the aroma. Wow, that’s zingy!! Starts out sweet but turns tart mid-palate and finishes dry. It’s hard to pin down the flavors; musty chocolate, apples and dark fruits along with an orange hint and all along, tons of cinnamon. Another great beer from JP.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with a soapy off white head. Funky aroma - grass, wet hay, sourdough, and a really nice punch of sweetness in there. Good woody notes in there also, along with some spiciness and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is much more on the sour-type-flemish-application-thing. The aroma only hints at the tartness that’s in the flavor. The flavor is much less complex than the aroma. I guess I was expecting something different, but this is a pretty substantial beer as far as most of the sour beers I’ve had go. Worth having once, especially in the summer - nice and refreshing. Smooth and bubbly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010
In short: A strange but interesting mix of caramel and sour funk. Not for everyone.
How: Bottle 750ml. Many times. This rating for bottle about 1 year of age
The look: Very cloudy glowing copper body with a small beige head.
In long: A little bit of everything in this one. Fruity sourness, chestnuts cream, earthy wood, orange peels, and I can go on and on. Taste has a lot going on and may even be a bit too much in the long run. Fruity, nutty, lots of caramel, signature JP funk, sourness, and I could go on. But where the beer can be hit or miss is with that mix of rich caramel and funky sourness. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it takes me one hour to drink the bottle. Jolly Pumpkins beer are an acquired taste and this particular one probably even more than the others. This is a case where whole is less than the sum of its parts. This is a case where the sum of its parts is greater than the whole. Sorry, I’m an engineer, I had to double-check the equation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quevillon (2863) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Bu au Mondial 07. Brune brumeuse, pas de collet. Légé arome de malte caramelisé, avec des note de fruits sûrettes. Goût de fruit malté très sûrettes, mais une finission sec.

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