drfabulous (3991) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wondrful. Rich and full. Nice creamy taste. Another excellent brew from Jolly Pumpkin. If you see it, buy it.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Dark orange or amber body with a lightly yellow head. The aroam was caramel and peanuts. Very sweet. The taste had toffee and some surprising citrus background. An interesting and solid brew.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. I haven’t been drinking a lot of Belgians these days, but these guys in general seem to do a nice job. I worked through their table, but only took ratings on this one. Lots of buttery flavors and apple pie spices, with a bit of apple juice notes on the palate. I picked up a funky citrus note that I thought was the yeast strain, but now I see this is likely explained by the orange peel.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle at GTMW. Aroma is like spiced celery with a slight sourness and it has a nice caramel undertone. Color is a rich brown witha light off-white head. Sweet buttery caramel-celery flavor that warms and changes a bit on the finish. Light body, soft carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a bottle at GTMW. The aroma is like a light smelling Biere de Mars and a spice. It pours to a hazy copper body with small particles and a nice tan head.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating # 770
This beer is Freaking Astounding! My opinions: some brewers create beers, Then there are dazzling Artists that breath life into liquid… creating tour de force!!
I almost don’t even want to write a review of this beer because I know I can never accurately piece together my true thoughts……
I will however say this…. I found flavors and aromas in this beer that create ecstasy! Amazing notations of chocolate, toffee, toasted coconut, almond and toasted oak cask…. Lite spiced notes of cinnamon and nutmeg… nectarine and apple… date sugars…. And the most divine palate imaginable!
I am utterly floored by this beers being!
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, mahogany ale with a creamy, mid-sized, khaki head. Terrific retention. Black pepper, caramel, cinnamon and other wonderful things unidentified make up the aroma. Perfectly-balanced flavor with light notes of toffee, chocolate, cinnamon, pear and apple. Medium-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Fruity, spicy, dry finish. Thanks go out to Matta for sharing his bottle of this terrific, world class brew!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 Hazy, rustic copper in color with a thin, shadow-cast tan head. The most beautiful lacing I’ve ever seen, and a beauty in the trappist glass. Aroma is absolutely delicious: cinnamon, nutmeg and dry milk chocolate lead the charge, gradually enveloping accents of cloves, chocolate covered bananas, curacau and pepper. Simply resilient. Rich, smooth oak flavor is in full artesian display. "Spicy" doesn’t even scratch the surface. Invigorating cinnamon and curacau ignite a substantive - yet delicate - chocolate complex. Orange peels seem to interject a brief citric sense and then we smooth over everything and revisit the oak. Other flavors bring in the likeness of sweet caramel and toffee. Finishes with bitter-sweet chocolate and mild, earthy tobacco.
Lively, comprehensive and slick on the palate. The hard water and artistic interpretation in this single bottle has achieved the most delicate and impressive working balance of the farmhouse brewing tradition to date. I could write for miles...
<h6>(Note: this rating was bumped up from a 4.9 to a 5.0 by giving the palate all 5 points – like the brewery’s other ales, the high effervescence, which I at first considered out of balance, is now seen by me as a key contributing element to the many complexities of this beer. Again, I don’t think a beer can get any better than this, and if it’s one of my favorites, I feel that the rating should reflect that.)</h6>
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brownish caramel, fairly dirty and cloudy, moderate fizzy off-white head that dies quickly, sporatic lacing. I swear, the head and lacing were much better during the first pour of this beer, but during the last pour it really fell apart. How odd! Yeasty/bready aroma, hints of dark pitted fruit. Quite sweet on the tongue, with some figs and plums, but also this underlying mint leave like flavor that really stands out. Wonderful body, medium to full mouthfeel. Flavorful finish, mint leaves, plums, and figs all linger well beyond the finish. There is also some vanilla/oak like flavors that emerge at the finish. This is really a unique brew. Doesn’t seem as strong in flavor in regards to a dubbel, but I find it very interesting and unique. I don’t think this brewery can brew anything thats sub par. Great logo, and beautiful labels. Gotta send out a big thank you to Mike, aka BBB63, for trading this one. Good stuff!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark plummy crimson with a finely set medium cap of light tan foam sitting perfectly stretched like canvas. Lacing keeps a small curtain close to the top and a few smaller ink stains scattered about. Keeps a solid skim maintaining that nice canvas effect.
Sublimely delicate and complex nose on this one. I want to say its Chistmasy, but that just ain’t it. Close though. More like a ginger bread cookie with a subdued nature to its charm. Cocoa dashed prunes and raisins make the mix with a durable presence along with some dates, figs, and feathery pepperyness. A peculiar earthy-like dryness is drawn through the fruity coating as is a bit of fresh red licorice.
Taste is right on cue with the darker fruityness. And again, we find some nice complexities that are delicately woxen into a farbic of forever feathery dryness and fruits. Very nice interaction of fig, date, raisin and cocoa with a earthen, woody spiced, peppery red licorice and dark baking sugars. Soft and palatable the whole way through. Banana slices at the finish with a touch of cinnamon as it drys off with touches of the drying spices. A delicately nice taster.
Body is at the medium soft level with a fluffyness that comes close to encountering a chalkyness but not quite as the dryness just creates its own weather around your tongue with just the right amount so not to snap any trees, drench any ditches, or parch any sandy beaches along the way.
A fine, fine ale. Jolly Pumpkin will be the Midwests’ Allagash.