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RATINGS: 788   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3561) - 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.

3.8
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1736) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4878) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Aged 1 year. Pours a hazy brown into a Tulip. Fluffy off-white head leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Sour cherry and barnyard funk. Crisp and sour upfront with an oaky malt middle with a lasting sour apple and cherry finish. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Blend 2, 2007, big bottle pours out a very hazy copper brown color with a monster off white head and short lived lace. the aroma is big yeast, floral, slight funk, spice, and tartness. The flavor spicy, slightly funky, decent malt undertones, sort of sour, green apple, some oak, kind of dry, pretty quenching, and well coordinated. I just realized it is supposed to be a 9% ABV brew - alcohol is very well hidden! This is another of their beers I wish I had with a hearty meal. The palate is Belgian, quenchy, and cleansing - finishes clean. Overall, not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Pours a real nice dark brown color with the perfect amount of bubbly foamy tan head that lasts. Aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and other dark fruits, and some pumpkin spice. Flavor is an interesting blend of tart fruitiness with more traditional belgian strong ale flavors like a strong sweet caramel maltiness with a yeasty spice. I like the concept, but it doesn’t blow me away. Overall, def worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8601) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Not sure which blend; I’ll have to get back to you guys on that after I alphabetize my adult DVD collection, which might take awhile. At any rate, the pour is turbid deep brown in color with a clingy khaki head. The aroma is tart cherry, spicy malt, some funky Bretty notes, and subdued oaky bourbon. The palate is complex, with all sorts of flavor hints flying around. I noted some krieky tartness, malt, Bretty spiciness, oaky bourbon, and some figgy brown sugary notes. This is very good, and i wish I had a bottle to age, because I’ll bet this one will age wonderfully.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1117) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
This one poured a murky brownish color with a medium off white head. The aroma was of sour citrus fruits with the JP funk and tartness. It tasted at first of sweet malts and caramel with a good amount of dark fruits and figs. The funk and sourness come through next and blend with the other flavors. This is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and sourness to it. The finish is nice with a slight bitterness and sweetness left behind. Another good one from these guys. I hope I get to try this one again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (4923) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Once upon a time, I lived in Michigan. Michigan has good beer. One day, I went to the store and saw a new beer. Jolly Pumpkin. Only in bombers. I bought a few. They were amazing. Rich and full of flavor. At the Michigan Beer Fest, we’d sample stuff not out in bottle. Sour beers. Amazing. Then one day, Jolly Pumpkin made everything lambic. Everything. That funky sour taste started to make many of their beers taste similar. Noel is a fine example. It is good, yes. And I like sour and funky. But it doesn’t add too much that other Jolly Pumpkins don’t already offer. Not every beer has to be funky in flavor. New yeast strains, please. Brett has limits.


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