redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chesnut brown in color with a thick brown head of tight bubbles. Initial aroma of mild barnyard, and lactic acid followed by caramal and toasted malt. The flavor of dense munich malt and slight roasted malts, finishes with very slight spiciness and tartness. The mouthfeel is very balanced between the mild bitterness, the malt sweetness, high carbonation, and sour finish. I feel this beer is actually an Old Bruen but I noticed it is not in the styles, so dubbel must be the closest RateBeer could get. If you like sour beers I think youíll love this one, if you donít try the white ale from Jolly Pumpkin.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dence brown color with a small off white head. Nose is black cherries, brown sugar, some light tofee, a sweet candiness to it as well. Taste is more black cherry juice, lots of vino here, some grapes and brown sugar. A light fizziness on the tongue with a filmy finish and wonderful lightly sour and tart aftertaste.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
another beer courtesy of Silphium....dark brownish appearance, almost deep red when held to the light...aroma of candy, sugary malts, chocolate, some dark fruits...flavor is of nuts, caramel, toffee, some sugars and fruity notes, and finishes with a strong milk chocolate bite....perfect palate
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Vanilla cocoa smell. Spicey cinnamon citrus mix with some notes of chocolate mixed in. Excellent!! First beer I had at a tasting in Orlando 11/27/05. It has lambic like qualities. This particular one was stored for a while so it was very smooth. Kudos to Jason from Knightly Spirits!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla, coconut,liquorice, oranges and alcohol all make appearances in the sweet, candylike aroma with an overlying toasted malt character. Opaque brown body is topped by a low, fine bubbled, tan head that lasts and leaves some nice lacing. Somewhat boozey flavour with orange, bubblegum, floral, vanilla, orange and lightly spicy (cinammon) characteristics. Medium body with soft texture and lively carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy and mocha forward nose with hints of bakers cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, plums, rasins, figs ,cinnamon and bananas. Orange peel comes in slightly upfront on the palate which gives way to an almost brandy and coffee cake mid palate. Touches of coconut come thru towards the end. Nice soft and mazingly complex brew.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 One and only batch 1 750mL bottle sampled on 11/6/05 with the Montreal crew. Pours a dark brassy-copper with some deep strawberry-auburn hues and some darker browns swirling about in the middle. Fair amount of haziness and only a small, off-white head with low to moderate retention and some spotty lacing. Aroma is a real sniffer. Strong, rich dates, raisins, even milk chocolate, hints of creamy oatmeal with brown sugar and bananas in it and a strong dried cherry fruitiness. I like Goldorakís suggestion of a MaiTai, there is definitely a cocktail sort of feel to it. But yet, it dosent get too one-sided in any note, nor is it too sweet. Aroma is long-lasting. The yeast is clean and works with the other notes without really asserting itself. I think, strictly as a dubbel, I wouldnt give this as high an aroma score, but I see no reason to hold this strictly to a traditional dubbel style.
The flavor starts out with a light bit of toffee and milk chocolate, with dry raisins, a hint of cinnamon and a touch of dry vanilla on the end. After a few more sips, alcohol rears its ugly head on the finish. Lightly dry, fruity citrus notes, a touch of chewy caramel and some candied prunes. A touch of grainy malts as well. Unfortunately, the texture has not seemed to hold up well even only after a year. Very loose, thinned out and watery on the end. Low carbonation and I can see where fresh, it probably had a tight mouthfeel, but not at this point. Another surprise is the relative lack of sweetness in the flavor. After taking in the aroma, I was preparing myself for a very sweet, malty, chocolatey/caramelly beer, but that it is not. Not too dry, however, it is well-balanced in that regard. High alcohol apparency knocks it down in flavor, though. If I hadnt had the same experience (high alcohol apparency in the flavor) with the Luciernaga, I might have been more apt to cut it some slack, but I have little patience for alcohol apparency, especially in beers in the 6-8% range. And one more complaint, while Iím at it, I really wish JP would cork their beers.
Rerate Had another bottle on 3/4/06. This one I poured out. Ron needs to seriously figure out where heís going with these beers, because this lactobacillus and other wild yeast infection is attenuating the beer 100% and making it dry, rough, sharp and no fun to drink. Wood tannins and alcohol apparency only exacerbate the problem. This one used to have the maltiness, but itís gone. And believe me, I need very little sweetness to keep me happy (none actually, see Cantillon), but when the texture suffers, and the wood and alcohol kicks in, then something needs to balance. 7/4/4/2/9
Had a newer batch on 1/18/07 and another one a month following that and I was blown away. Both bottles were easy mid-to-high 4ís for me. A wonderful barrel-aged wild ale that was so unique in its extremely bright, lively fruitiness. Tart cherry notes, lime, grapefruit, apples and strawberries, with a well-attenuated dryness, but nothing like the previous bottle that was obnoxiously over-attenuated from the lacto. Nearly perfect, and though I wonít assign the score completely based on these samples, Iíll greatly increase the score and chalk up the near-drainpour bottles to a poor aging candidate. Iíve got one more bottle that has been aged for a while now, so Iíll see iíll be able to further test if that is the case.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of cocoa, candy and malt. Flavor of alcohol, cocoa, candy, spices, orange peel with lingering sweetness. There seems to be an woody thing going on there or I might be crazy. The body is light with a dry and liquorous mouthfeel and low carbonation. I like the eclectic elements in this beer. Very impressive, this is my second Jolly Pumpkin and I really look forward to tasting the others.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Pours a deep brown with a tannish head. Smells of figs, raisins, maple syrup, molasses, and very fruity. Taste is spicey with some mellow cherry and rasberry notes and a tarte finish.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber shade of copper, a good, thick head that danced on top of the glass.
Wax candles, cocoa, that soap flavored bubble gum they used to sell when I was a kid (it wasnít really soap flavored, but we just called it that for some reason), jojoba, and creme de banane. You could almost say it smelled like a Mai Tai! Just a bunch of aromas I seldom detect in Beer, good job indeed!
The first Jolly pumkin ale I sampled didnít do it for me taste-wise, too boozy, this one was a lot better. It did have plenty of alcohol that started to get a little harsh towards the end, but the vanilla flavors, along with the roasted grain and candy sugar gave it a velvetty, almost buttery taste. The dry, wood-aged hard liquor finish reminded me of Marc de Bourgogne, the french equivalent of scotch (grapes used instead of barley).