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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2008
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!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13518) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2008
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Objectively speaking: Typical stuff from Jolly Pumpkin. Those who usually like them will like it and vice versa.
I like: Bretty. Huge fluffy head. Cherry pits. Vinous. Lots of fruits. Oak. Blueberry jam. Foamy texture. Earthiness. Limited sweetness. Absent 9% ABV.
I dislike: Not very distinguished from other JP, yet it’s their Christmas offering. Lactobacillus seems overly enthusiast. Astringent finish. Metallic 2nd half.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Wooden sagacity houses a salient cherry and red wine fruitiness, as a whirlwind of chocolatey malts, cakey yeast and tamed tartness magically lifts all spirits. This is yet another marvelously authentic and idiosyncratic Jolly Pumpkin creation which seems to have somehow burgeoned in the Wallonian countryside.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A frothy castle of foam protects the cloudy reddish brown.
-Carbonation is expansive, but only propels the complex flavors, never impeding on them.
-Alcohol is barely present in this flavor profile.
-The finish is rather subtle, as tartness and wilderness subside to allow more drinkability.
-That fruitiness is very complex; it can be redolent of citrus fruit, grapes, plums, cherries, and many other warped varieties.

Bottles, from 2007 and 2009.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2008
750 mL bottle, Blend #2. Pours a deep, rich dark mahogany with sturdy beige head. The aroma is an earthy sourness with some interesting lemon, mango, muscadine, and general tart fruit notes; a touch of oak is detectable, along with some sweet alcohol and a distant gentle hazelnut note. The flavor is sour right off the bat, but quickly attains an intriguing complexity. Nutty malt tones linger beneath the sourness, with an occasional vanilla hint. The sharp acidity hits throughout the mouth, but is kept in check by a moderate dusty earthiness. Once in a while I get a very distinct taste of fresh plums. The finish is slightly nutty with some alcoholic warmth and leaves a vinous aftertaste. Great beer.


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