SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blend #1: Deep brown in color this poured a thick head of tiny white bubbles that dissipated. The nose was filled with aromas of yeast, sour cherry, charred wood and spices. The palate is medium-bodied but tart with the flavors from the nose carrying through. Well made and balanced but the midpalate lacks punch and the finish comes a bit quick. Overall, quite nice but lacking punch.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the MBGWF08. Smelled slightly funky, some must, cherries and other fruit with a touch of sour. Taste was much the same, more spice came out towards the end, the sour notes were a little underplayed. Nice and balanced, but a little underwhelming.
Strykzone (5280) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big active soapy foam distinguished this beer. A dark brown copper color with wood, cherry and yeast in the aroma. There was a lot going on in the flavor. It was sometimes sweet, sometimes, tart, and sometimes sour. Fun beer to sample.
jsquire (3641) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 2, 2007. This almost filled my chalice with just foam. A really fluffybiege foam, but only foam. It took me quite a while to coax beer into the glass, but the big foamy head stayed. Sweet tart nose with sour cherries, wet wood, and some cereal grains. Very murky brown color. When the beer is cold, the sour cherries and oak are balanced with an almost smoky grain flavor. That balance vanished as it warmed, becoming focused on sour cherries, lactic acid, and some of the funk that I do not like. There is a cinnimon/nutmeg spice that hovers over all of it. The more I drank of this bottle the less I wanted it.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle (Blend 2, 2007) and served in a trappist glass. This beer poured a muddy dark brown with some light mahogany highlights and a huge head of lasting tan foam. A thick coat of uneven lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of sour funk, oak, dried dark fruits, cherries, and dusty yeast. The flavor consisted of sour cherries, brett, light spicing, and a note of dry alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and finished crisp and dry with a high level of tingly carbonation. Another unique and tasty brew from JP. Nice job!
marcus (7085) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark brown ale poured with a small beige head, eliciting a tart oak aroma. There is a sour malty flavor with cherry undertones, a carbonated mouthfeel and a chalky bitter finish.
bhensonb (11908) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; blend 2007. Aromas of sour, raisin and a little oak. Near opaque brown color with a flat white head. Medium body with mild, sharp carbonation. A little bit of sour, a little bit of sweet brown malt, a little oak, a little fruit. Lightly bitter and astringent finish. A little bit of everything adds up to a very good thing. Smooth and mellow.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour reveals a cloudy dark red color with a medium offwhite head. Solid aroma of brett, fruits, malt and spices. Very good flavor of malt, wood, spices, fruits and brett. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Merci Martin!
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, blend #2. Pours a cloudy cinnamon red with voluminous off white head. A beautiful lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head settles down into a soft layer of clouds. Aromas of funk, muscat, and wood fill the nose. Thoughts of freshly picked Michigan sour cherries fills my imagination. A batallion of tingling bubbles confront my tongue with a complex array of flavors. Smoky oak, sour cherries, and soft malt all stand tall in the front line leaving the alcohol safely hidden away behind his soldiers. The battle end ephemerally, leaving only the faintest reminder of the events of this battle. Another wonderful offering from this fine brewery, one of their best.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: Fruity funky woody lightly acidic beer. A Jolly Pumpkin alright. Excellent.
How: Tasting session with Montreal crew (fresh 750ml bottle)
The look: Cloudy brown body with a medium beige head
In long: Bretty nose and taste. High funkiness level for a beer, average funkiness level for a Jully Pumpkin. Complex dark fruits flavours, light sourness/acidity, notes of old woody/barrel. Finish is a mix of caramel and sourness. No alcohol presence. Yet another reason why this is one of my favourite brewery. Truly original. I always thought that those dudes at Jolly Pumpkin were a bit “out there”. How out there? A Christmas beer with a Pumkpin logo!!! Totally disconnected from our reality I’m telling you. And that’s just fine by me.