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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown, very muddy, cloudy, moderate foamy light beige head, nice lacing.   Oaken nose, woody, with subtle hints of raisins and immature cherries.   Rather flat on the tongue, flavorwise.   Certainly tart, bordering on sour, but the fruity aspect has been minimized as compared to the nose.   The woody tartness on its own is still quite enjoyable, but thats the basis for this one.   Not getting the heafty fruit or spices that I thought would be present.   Its only after the finish do you get a hint of other flavors, very fleeting.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   As it warms the spices become more apparent, especially on the backside.   Tasty, but very plain for a sour.   Still enjoyable, even if a bit overly simple.   Thanks Chris for this rare treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2033) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle sample shared with oakbluff. I think it was blend #2. Dark amber in colour with spritzy and fairly strong carbonation. Aromas of funk, flowers, mint, and Christmas spices. Flavors are lemony sourness, , light malt, spices, and the signature Jolly Pumpkin funk. Suffers a bit of hollowness on the palate, which perhaps could have been solved by a bit more tart lemony sourness. Good, but not quite as mind-blowing as some of the other JPs that Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
It smells great - like spice and tart fruit; it tastes complex, like the above plus a sparkling Belgian Dubbel; the problem is that Id never drink it again. The sparkling dryness is like a dark, tart, clovey champagne... which I am not in the market for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2007, Blend 2. Quite dark brown pour. Aroma of funk, horse blanket, spices and citrus. Flavor is bone dry with a rather abrasive spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2007, Blend 3. The body is a cloudy, light cola brown color with sienna-red highlights. A large, frothy, cream colored head leaves behind random splotches of lacing. The aroma is ultra-complex and signature Jolly Pumpkin all the way. I picked up alot of funky, dark fruity esters, some cola caramel, new oak, and varied herbs, including refreshing hints of mint and thyme. The flavor profile is the same, with a slightly peppery, funky, fruity finish. The medium body is slightly over-carbonated for my liking, but its not too annoying. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite JP beers to date. Solid and inventive brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Blend 1, 2007. Muddy orange-brown body, chock full of sediment, thick creamy buff head. Good lacing. Aroma much like their other beers, with moderate funk and tartness and an interplay of spices, herbal notes, and oak, mostly indiscernible. Tart body with apple juice and toast, but mostly herbal and spicy, with tart bretty notes and oak. Muddled. Long, herbal finish. In shorthand I wrote "muddy tart spices" which conveys what I thought of this beer, not my favorite JP offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2739) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle Xmas throwdown 07. Dark red pour with a thin white head. Spicy Xmas flavors like dark fruit and vanilla along with some sour apple. Taste is a nice blend of cinnamon, vanilla, dark fruit, and sour apple. I find it a little odd, yet interesting nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2007
750 ml courtesy/split with Naka. 2007, Blend 2. Pours clear amber with red and brown hues. Huge head, two-plus fingers caramel brown head. Nose is sour cherries, with apple, a hint of vanilla and oak. Tastes of caramel malt and spice, some brett tartness that is reminiscent of sour cherries, apple, raisin, grapes and other dark fruit. There is a hint of oak, with a touch of bourbon. Finish is bitter and sour, repeating in a cyclical fashion well into the after. A damn tasty brew. Nice mouthfeel and carb, looks great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours an amber brown color with a brown head. Aroma is brett, vanilla, wood, and some tartness. Flavor is malt, spice, brett, and a bitter spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
I think this shared by Dickinsonbeer, go figure! Lightly hazy brown with some red highlights. Aroma: very nice, brett, sour cherry, with light raisin and sweet caramel. Taste is great, very well balanced between bretty, sour cherry, molasses and spices. Great funked out belgian strong.

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