hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown, has a great aroma. Slight sour. Great from start to finish.
_angst_ (2281) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ Bierkompass.de. Pours hazy reddish orange with a fizzy offwhite head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sour and vinous with dark bread, lemon juice, hay, drak grapes, moist wood, barnyard, leather and hints of red wine vinegar and cocoa powder. Taste is sour, tiny bitter and spicy with dark bread, moist wood, hay, orange peal, lemon zest, red currants, cocoa powder, burnt raisins, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, sour cherries and hints of unflavoured yoghurt. Mouthfeel is dry, tart, spicy astringent, sparkling and medium bodied. finish is sour and bitter with dark bread, lemon juice, orange peal, red wine vinegar, sour milk, red currants, sour cherries, moist wood and hay. Nice solid sour red with spices.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours a dark burgundy with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out light dark fruits, some spices, Belgian yeast, and cocoa. Flavour is fairly tart for the style, with cocoa, tart fruits (sour plum), spices, and Belgian yeast. Quite fruity and tart for the style, finishing on both of these notes. The cocoa is not that prominent.
OldMrCrow (1701) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Chuck’s.
First pour is a beautiful orange caramel in my St Bernardus goblet, glowing almost red against the light, with an orange-tan head. I gave it a 5. But it started to go downhill approximately half way through a bottle, not ugly but certainly murky. And the final pour -- damn! That was the nastiest thing I have ever seen come out of a beer bottle. A big black slimy mucoid dollop of sludge as if seagull had taken a monster dump into my glass -- or with less hyperbole, the sort of black stuff one finds on the surface and rim of a coffee cup forgetten half-empty for a month. A lesser beer would have gone straight down the drain but this was too good to waste; I had to bust out a coffee filter for the last glass even if it did killed the otherwise glorious mouthfeel. We’re going to just give this a 3 for appearance and pretend none of it ever happened.
The Jolly Pumpkin nose is so distinctive: apple and funky brett, cinnamon wafting off the top, wet brown leaves fallen together in layers on the forest floor. Oranges. Leather.
The flavor is quite dry and of course Jolly Pumpkin sour, brett in full force, just the smallest hint of sweetness coming through the sour like sugar on grapefruit, an ample woodiness backing it all up. Mouthfeel is smooth despite ample carbonation and the beer never gets into thick or hot territory. I imagine I can taste cacao nibs in the very long finish but probably wouldn’t have come up with it without reading the commercial description. Spices and orange peel become far more apparent as the beer warms, along with a touch of capsaicin reminiscent of chile pepper in dark chocolate.
As the beer warms and the palate acclimates over the course of an hour, the flavors evolve in interesting and enjoyable ways and -- like so many Jolly Pumpkin beers -- the bottle gets easier to finish the further in one goes. This one isn’t a revelation but it is tasty enough, plenty different, and definitely interesting. It’s always fun to see what Jolly Pumpkin has done with a new-to-me one of their beers.
wxman (1327) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Sour wild yeast aroma. Taste is funky sour, tart, with essence of citrus and some sweet caramel malt. Different, but quite good.
jayzz (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An odd sour with a hint of hop finish in the sour flavor. Has a citrus sour aroma and deep dark amber color. Not one of the best sours I’ve had but unusual compared to many, so worth a try.
gschrade (426) - Collinsville, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish-brown. Taste sour, tart, fruity. I thought this was pretty good. I would drink this again.
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luttonm (2049) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwer’s in Seattle. Rosy brown, hazed tan head. Sour brown aroma. Smooth brune, soft sour, sweet. Super tasty, balanced. Some spice. Lovely
Davhgbrew (847) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear medium amber. Light white lacing. Aroma is of lambic sour yeast and apples. Sips full and slightly lively and sour. Middle is slightly spicy and finishes tart and dry. I would consider it a sour brew or a good beer for anyone that likes sours.
jjgmd (1197) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a brown amber color, with a large loose java head.. Nose is tart and sour. Taste is yeasty with spice and cloves. Finish is tart and spicy as well. Finishes nicely. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1159) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a muddy orange brown with a beige head and aroma of spices, yeast, and fruits. Taste is similar, of spices, fruits, citrus, wine notes, and lemon with a yeasty, spicy finish. Nice brew