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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Some JP tends to be a bit too funky for me. OMG someone just said, but this one was great. Aroma has some funk, sourness, tart cherries and bit of merlot. Some sour fruit, cherry, peach skin. Taste is good funky, sweet peach and merlot with some sour cherry candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
bottle. first jolly pumpkin i’ve had that didn’t gush! pours a cloudy mahogany with a thick, dense, light tan head that thins a bit, but doesn’t want to give up the ghost. the sweaty barnyard smell just eminates from the glass, and leaves nice sheets of lacing. spicy vegetable grassy hop with loads of funk is how it smells initially, with lots of apple and pear and cherry, and hints of caramel malt coming out as it warms. and somehow, the taste manages to be totally different. more like spicy cherries with a chocolate malt, and spicy earthy hops picking up the rear, all with that solid background of musty funkiness. very lightly tart finish, just enough to make the fruity taste quenching, lightly bitter and quite drying. medium bodied and very coating and quenching. plenty of carbonation, but it doesn’t stick out very much. overall, this is a very complex but drinkable beer. if the funk got toned down a bit, this would be a masterpiece, but i think it kind of gets in the way. all the same, i quite liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2008
brown with a tan head. fruity, earthy, sour aroma. smooth belgian yeast and maltiness weaved tightly with the sour and earthy flavors. a great beer, which is similar to some of their other releases (ie unique on its own, but not so much amongst the other JP brews)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2518) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle. Body looks kind of thin and has a nice brown/red color. Head is fairly impressive (2 or 3 fingers) of tightly packed bubbles. Aromas promise some of the hallmark JP sourness with all of its funky splendor, but there are some other spices and such as well as well as a very earthy/woody backdrop. Flavor is definitely JP, but has a fairly chocolaty sweetness to it that drifts in and out of the scene as it wishes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
1/27/08: Bottle.
Warm brown body with red tones. Head is an almond color; rocky, thick and clings to glass. Vinous nose – sour grape and yeasty. Flavor is pretty complex. Sour grape, funk & must, sharp Vermont cheddar, horse blanket and oak. Finish has a slight bitterness – ever so slightly reminds me of chocolate covered expresso beans (just a touch of this) toward the very end. Chalky mouth-feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5656) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Poured a nice mahogany color with a decent head. Aroma of barnyard, wet dog, oak, tart fruit, and funk. Flavors of tart cherries and oak with wine like acidity. Lingering oak and funk. A little alcohol but rather smooth for the 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Poured a cloudy red brown with a huge head. Aroma of oak, cherry, and a little bit of maltiness and tartness. flavor was pretty smooth overall. Flavor seemed very slightly spiced but very smooth. Pretty good jolly pumpkin. Out of their oridinary i dont think they have done anything 9% before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3415) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
25.4 oz bottle, blend 2. Hazed purple orange with a puffed beige head. Lemon yeast fades leaving cloves and nutmeg. Lightly tart and bubbly with a wheaty body. Taste is lemon peel, sour pineapple and a touch of honey. Dries with nutmeg and pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Bottle, Blend 4. Murky brown pour, off-white film on top. Aroma is sour and woody, some sugary malt, like sour cherries. Very smooth and nice mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt underneath the sour wood / cherries. A nice blend of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Blend 4, 2007. Brown, with an off white head. Aroma is spices, funk, yeast, and cherries. Flavor is cherries, oak, funk, yeast, and apples. A little sour. Alcohol is well hidden. Very good.

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