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RATINGS: 811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Not sure which blend; Iíll 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 Iíll bet this one will age wonderfully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1318) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (6570) - 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, weíd 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 doesnít add too much that other Jolly Pumpkins donít already offer. Not every beer has to be funky in flavor. New yeast strains, please. Brett has limits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
itís 11 degrees out with a fierce windchill....i just got home from biking back from work...need something dark, warm, deep, rich and mystical...maybe this will do...only one way to know... noel de calabaza, off goes your cap, and into my Big Ass tripel karmeliet glass you go... dark brown color, mahogany mixed with prunes, or plums...somewhere around there, with a full creamy tan head...gorgeous! bewitching aroma! dark fruits find the funk! raisins, plums, dates, as well, meet grapes, and berries, and port wine...a wicked mix! with fragrances of myriad spices, as well, an ethereal delight! A tickle as it trickles into the mouth, and spills all over the palate. Malty, sour, slick, supple, slightly sweet, and terribly complex...a lot of stuff happening here. Dark fruits at play, a rich blend of grain and fruit, velvety smooth, with a sleek, sensual mouthfeel. full bodied, long finish, dark and delicious...this is one, despite being, as we say in minnesota, "spendy", that I may have to return to again and again...best jp beer iíve yet had...damned good! the 9% abv seems to stick to my ribs a bit, but doesnít ring in the brain, yet...oh, wait...there it goes! i didnít notice the oak-aged effect, but now that i re-read the label, hey, yeah, there it is! great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Big thanks to Styles. Drank at room temp and what an awsome beer. Smell of cherries. Very balanced beer. Taste was of cherrries almost like a Flemish with a vinegary aftertaste. Nice malt and spiciness to it also. I thought this beer was almost perfect. WORD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2008
From a 750mL Bottle, Blend #3. Purchased at BevMo in Orange, 12/13/07. Pours a somewhat hazy, pomegranite skin colored body with a finger of uneven, sudsy ivory head. Gentle agitation brings a stream of tight bubbles to the surface, but overall, this seems uncharacteristically under carbonated by JP standards. Tart, cuvee-like cherry skin tannins and bretty oak leap from the glass immediately. There are some vanilla contributions from the oak as well, interplaying nicely with a backing caramel and toffee malt body. Some spicy, dusty brett notes add further complexities, but sour cherries are the main tart component of the nose. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavors are more intense than the aroma, but also much more biased toward the funky and oaky characters of the beer rather than the fruity cherry notes. Iím actually wanting a bit more of the cherry flavor, as Iím finding the sheer amount of brett and oak to overwhem the more vinous qualities. Cobwebby and cheesy. It also could use a bit more carbonation to sharpen up the palate a bit. A bit more lactic acidity would help some too. Earthy, sweaty grape skins and subtle cherry fruit lingers in the final smack. This beer shows tremendous promise, but this bottle wasnít cohesive and tight enough to be stellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Blend 1, 2007. Chestnut and garnet colors gleam when held to the light. Tall canvas colored head with a few isles of lace. I get a bit giddy as I smell the brett and herbal hops emanating from the pour. Hints of maple, roses and orange blossom honey as well. Reserved in flavor. Starts with a light almond sweetness. Middle is lightly tart with some dark cherries and touch of oak. Fairly dry finish with again some oak and a touch of toasted malt. LIght bodied. Floats by very quickly. The alcohol is not to be found and the lightness makes this seem light a quick summer quaff, rather than a winter brew. This is an all seasons type brew. I could see this slaking my thirst on a hot summers day or by the fire on a cold winters night. Linger is oaky and light toasted malt also comes out. A light acidity keeps this lively and fresh. Mild spices come out as it warms with cloves and mace. This is a brew that I wouldnít get tired of. Light and refreshing, flavors the keep you awake, not heavy and oppressive; too strong - but not detected, that is by far itís most dangerous quality. Easily one of the more enjoyable brews in a while, at least from a balance and drink-ability stance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2008
750, capped. Blend 4, 2007. Thanks, Skoisirius! Dark mahogany brown with slim rim of fizzy gray foam. Huge tart vinegar and cherry nose. Medium fizzy body. Slightly metallic, hugely tart mid-palate. Light herbal hop floating around in there somewhere. Clean, lightly tart finish. Uncomplicated, very bold nose. The quaff doesnít have much new to say but the depth and power of the nose is quite striking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2008
750ml bottle., vintage 2, 2007 My first impression is one of surprise since the head is on the modest side. Usually Jolly Pumpkin beers are crawling all over the counter and table. Pours hazy dark caramel, off white head. Aroma is sweet and sour, bread, dried fruit, slightly funky & musty. Flavor is the same and more on the bleu cheese funky side (not too pungent though) with fruit tartness and slight pine. The alcohol is well blended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2008
750ml bottle of Blend 2 (2007) courtesy of styles. The pour is a dark dark brown with a huge pillowy head of tight creamy bubbles and lace. The aroma indicates a nice bret presence. Some fruit aromas, like cherry. The initial flavor is the bret funkiness and it is funky. The cherry sourness is there, but so is the barnyard flavors. Really nice. The flavor transitions to some ginger spiciness and then to a very soft caramel finish. This is a very nice Belgian Christmas ale. Not nearly as boring as Iím used to. The bret keeps this interesting.

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